Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon

Mission Statement

Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, is a college under the Trusteeship of CEIST, providing second level education for girls, in the tradition of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Congregation. Catholic Christian principles underlie the philosophy of education in the School. Our School is a community seeking to develop the full potential of each student: – intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social.

To achieve this the School seeks

  1. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of each individual and the demands of a changing world
  2. To recognise and affirm individual skills and abilities through curricular and extra curricular activities
  3. To encourage positive interaction and good communication among students, staff, parents and the wider community
  4. To continue to develop and provide a framework of support and care which meets the needs of individual students and staff
  5. To continue to provide religious education and spiritual development enabling the students to celebrate the Christian vision of life
  6. To maintain and foster willingness for and openness to ongoing staff development

Inspired by these values, we dedicate ourselves to ongoing development of our School.

School HistoryBandon

In 1829 Catherine O’Neill of Skibbereen was the foundress of the Bandon Presentation Convent. Initially, she taught in her house in Hill Terrace. As pupil numbers grew, Catherine sought a site for a convent and school. The Duke of Devonshire responded generously by giving her a five acre site at Coolfadda, on the North side of the river for a nominal sum. From 1829 until the present time, the work of Catholic Christian education has continued, influencing thousands of young people in the greater Bandon area. Primary education still flourishes on the original site, beside the Sisters’ Residence.

In 1991, because of inadequate space on the site at Coolfadda, Colaiste na Toirbhirte, the Secondary section of the School, moved accross the river to Ard Aoibhinn at Cloughmacsimon. At the time of purchase from the O’Kelly family, it was discovered that the current 12 acre site was once the property of Catherine O’Neill, foundress of the Bandon Presentation Convent!

Coláiste na Toirbhirte today is conscious of being in continuity with a great Presentation Tradition. Foundation stones from the original 1865 building on the Northside now occupy pride of place beneath the central symbol of a Celtic Cross on the School’s street.

History was made in 2001 when the Presentation Sisters appointed the first lay Principal in the school.

It is with a confident step that Presentation College, Bandon faces into the 21st century, secure in the knowledge that it always was, and will continue to be, in the forefront of secondary education in the country

News from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon

18 Dec 2018
Coláiste na Toirbhirte Bandon Students Visit Nano Nagle Place

Leaving Cert students visited Nano Nagle Place, Cork to mark the 300th anniversary of the Birth of Nano…

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30 May 2018
Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon win National Mock Trials

Photos taken from the National Mock Trials, Public Access To Law competition where Coláiste na Toirbhirte won the…

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20 Apr 2018
Coláiste na Toirbhirte Bandon School Musical

Tuesday 13th December 2016 Coláiste na Toirbhirte Bandon held a very enjoyable school musical recently and the following…

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05 Apr 2018
Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon News March 2018

Colaiste na Toirbhirte. Ard Aoibhinn CEIST Bakeoff Pictured above is Fay O’Donovan who received second prize in the…

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07 Feb 2018
Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon News of the Week

Psych slam Transition Year students from Coláiste na Toirbhirte who won the ‘PsychSlam’ -psychology competition organised by the…

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