Ballincollig Community School first opened on September 14th, 1976 with 109 pupils. In the intervening years over 5,000 pupils have attended here. During this time the school has developed a proud academic and sporting tradition and on September 26th 2003, Minister for Health and Children, Mr. Michael Martin, TD, officially opened a new school building with superb new facilities for present and future generations of pupils.
“Our School, My Future”
Our mission statement outlines the school aims:
- To enable pupils to develop their full potential – intellectually, spiritually, artistically and socially.
- To foster in pupils a sense of respect for themselves and others and a sense of civic pride.
- To provide the educational base from which pupils can proceed to earn a living in the future.
- While staff and students are justifiably proud of our excellent facilities, it is people who are at the heart of Ballincollig Community School. At the school we aim to provide the best possible education for all our students, enabling them to make the most of their particular talents and aptitudes. We believe that we are doing this in an environment that is both safe and friendly, as well as stimulating and challenging. As a school we recognise the importance and value of partnership; of working with students,parents and the community as a whole.
- Kathleen Lowney.
As part of the 40th Celebrations, we are hoping to launch a Past Pupils Union. Stay tuned…
- Our building was provided as part of the Pilot Public Private partnership project between the Dept. of Education and Science and Jarvis plc.
- According to our architects (Coady Partnerships) the site was planned to give easy access and visual prominence to the school and full advantage is taken of the existing landscape character. Existing tree groups were retained where possible and the entrance is accessed across a broad plaza. The central courtyard provides a visual focus for the school and a quiet space for pupil association. The two-storied concourse is the spine of the school. It is broad and opens into three areas for student congregation. It also opens to the floor above through rooflit voids and galleries.
- The Sports Hall is located at one end of the school with access from within the school and from outside. All classrooms are generously lit and naturally ventilated: deeper spaces have clerestory opening windows. Materials are robust. The unpainted block walls in the circulation areas are enlivened with strong natural light and panels of colour.
- Our new building has:
- 7 Science Labs
- 4 dedicated computer rooms
- 4/5 computers in each practical room and Science lab.
- Performing arts area and music room.
- Full sized Sports Hall
- Fitness suite.
- Large cafeteria.
- Lockers for all pupils.
- 6 outdoor tennis courts / basketball areas.
- Existing Astro-turf pitch.
- Full sized sand-based playing pitch.
- Ballincollig Community School’s move to its new school and School Library took place in December 2002. The Library is an attractive area with spiral staircase and an open green space outside its wall of windows. Two hundred boxes of books and tapes were moved in all. Over 4,000 books from the old building and a new batch including recommended reading for the Junior and Leaving Certificate pupils have been added.
- The new Library has six computers for student use. These are used for research purposes and projects. Restricted access to the Internet is allowed and is proving very popular with the students. The Library is open to students at lunch times four days per week and at times when requested by teachers for Library sessions.
- The Board of Management has always been very supportive of the Library and a great boost was given to all School Libraries when Mr. Michael Martin, while Minister for Education provided grants specifically to replace and update supplies of Library books.
- Library staff, Ms. Breda Bowe and Ms. Carmel Eadie have spent several loyal years working in Ballincollig Community School and firmly believe that reading is a hobby for life and that our Library with its books and computers is a great resource for our students.