Principal’s Welcome

As Principal of Coláiste Na Toirbhirte, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website.

I hope that you will capture a real sense of our dynamic and vibrant school.

From its earliest years, Coláiste Na Toirbhirte has a distinguished record of achievement.  Our school provides a diverse learning environment within a caring and supportive setting.

We are a co-educational secondary school sitting on a 12-acre site at Ard Aoibhinn, overlooking the beautiful Bandon valley. Our School building was built with great consideration for space and light. We are privileged to have a comfortable and spacious learning environment for our students.

Our School is under the trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education, An Irish Schools Trust). Coláiste na Toirbhirte was established in the traditions of Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Congregation. From the establishment of a Presentation Convent in 1829 onwards, thousands of young people in the greater Bandon area have been educated at our school.  We are dedicated to the Core Values of CEIST which are intended to support the holistic development of all within the school community.

We aim, in the spirit of collaboration, to help students to achieve their personal and academic potential in a caring and inclusive setting. We are proud of our pastoral care and guidance system and together with the dedication of all staff, we are able to support students in reaching their own maximum potential.  Our students are encouraged to develop their interests and you will have an opportunity to capture a flavour of our range of extra-curricular activities on our website. The wellbeing of all in our school community is hugely important to us.

We offer choice to students who can avail of a wide variety of subjects at multiple levels. Every effort is made to accommodate subject choice. Our goal is to provide a wide and balanced curriculum combined with a range of activities including sports, music, dance and much more. We have a strong sporting tradition with many of our students competing in athletics, football, camogie, hockey and more. Students have an opportunity to explore the Arts and the Musical is a much anticipated and much loved experience on the annual calendar.

Our students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills. Our Meitheal Team support our First Year Students from their first day in our school. Our Leadership team and the Student Council have important roles to play in the development of our school as a centre of learning embedded in a caring environment.

I want to acknowledge the contribution of all stakeholders in our school community as we work together in a spirit of collegiality and collaboration.

I hope that you enjoy our website and that it offers you an insight into the life of a student at Coláiste Na Toirbhirte.

Mary Galvin