Children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds are equally respected and can enrol for the school.
The school is located in the Parish of Desertserges (An Díseart) on the River Bandon between Enniskeane, Bandon and Clonakilty. The area is named after a hermit monk called Serges, a man of great learning and knowledge who was associated with the Church of St. Colman in the 7th Century.
In the last 10 years we have had two extensions to our school, a senior wing added 10 years ago, and a junior wing added 6 years later. These two extensions have brought new life to the main building which is now over 100 years old. They have given us the envious asset of a large general multi-purpose hall connecting both wings which is used for sports, drama etc., and an indispensable indoor play area on wet days. The school grounds are large and our pupils have lots of space to run around and play during their break times. Our school kitchen is fully equipped, not only for school cookery classes but to give pupils and staff an opportunity to have their lunches heated on cold wintry days.
In our school we view each child as an individual and his/her personal learning skills, abilities and talents are nurtured to the full within a caring, happy and secure environment whilst developing respect and understanding for those in the world around them. Academically the pupils are always trying their best, they push themselves and work continuously at raising their own standards in spelling, reading, maths, writing etc. They are encouraged to research, discuss and form their own opinion on many subjects. But it is in their respect for others in the school and their personal achievements where their true merits shine. They help each other, they commend each other and they congratulate each other. Books are very important in class for reading, research and enjoyment. We have a great interest in technology and have interactive whiteboards, laptops and hand-held tablets.
Our school promotes the on-going academic achievements of each child with particular emphasis on Music, Drama and Art. Sue Blake is not only a primary teacher but a very professional Drama teacher too and she forms part of the overall emphasis on giving the children an all-encompassing education, she is phenomenally talented. Our students really enjoy the Arts part of the curriculum; some of them never get the chance in secondary school to do Art due to the immensity of subject choices, so we really make sure our classes are fun and memorable. Our school is becoming famous for its achievements in the Performing Arts. Over the past two years we have performed two massive musical productions, “The Wind in the Willows” and “Alice in Wonderland”. The standard of the shows has been very professional from all points of view – the acting, the singing and dancing, the make-up, the costumes and the props.
In the past few years the school has also supported Childline, Haiti Appeal, Daffodil Day, The Cork Simon Community, A.B.C. (Aid Bandon Children) and UNICEF – for children in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
This is not just a school built with bricks and mortar, but a school built on mutual respect, warmth and humour between teachers, parents and pupils alike. In addition, parents past and present have been indispensable in giving their support, help and time for which the school is immensely grateful.