News 2014

Sciath na Scol County Football Champions 2014

No torrential rain could dampen our spirits at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday as pupils and parents cheered on our Sciath na Scol footballers to victory,  to become  Roinn C County Champions. All present were treated to a fine display of skill and teamwork, characteristic of the spirit and long tradition of Scoil Barra! Well done to the boys individually and collectively, who made us so proud. Congratulations also to their mentors, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Horgan, whose meticulous training and hard work throughout the campaign, paid off on the day.

Read on for the full match report…

Sciath na Scol Final 2014

Beaumont Boys: 4.12                                                    Clonakilty NS: 0.05

Our Sciath na Scol heroes returned football silverware to the school in dramatic fashion for the first time since 2008 at a rain drenched Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Monday. With 7 of last year’s team starting from last year’s defeat to the same opposition, the Beaumont boys were focused on gaining revenge.

The score line above does not tell the full story. At half-time, it was Clonakilty, aided by a stiff breeze, who led by 5 points to 3 with points from the boot of Oran Crowe, Billy Cremen and the industrious Luke O’Leary keeping the Blackrock side in the game. However, Clonakilty were not to score again as a ruthless Beaumont set about dismantling the Clonakilty defence.

Expertly taken goals from captain Billy Cremen (2) and full forward Seán Cummins (2) as well as superbly taken points from Oscar McCarthy and Oran Crowe pushed the boys ahead and from there they never looked back. A penalty save by Michael O’Neill and sterling defensive work from Robbie Wiseman, Stephen Ahern, Fionnán Leahy, Conor Hanley and Daragh Cronin kept the West Cork school at bay. Kevin Morganled the way in midfield with his partner Olan Gribbon and forwards Cormac Leahy and Eoin O’Sullivan contributing also.

The crowd went wild at every score and Beaumont knew the title was theirs long before the final whistle. Two features of the game were the support play shown when in possession and the controlled aggression in winning the ball back.

This team trained hard since the first week of September, giving up many of their lunchtimes to practice skills and work on tactical drills. They were fantastic to coach and their attitude was exemplary at all times. Mr. Horgan and Mr. Murphy as well as Principal Ms. Ryan and the entire school community are extremely proud of them.

Beaumont Abú!!

Scorers for Beaumont Boys: Billy Cremen (2-02), Seán Cummins (2-00), Oran Crowe (0-04), Luke O’Leary (0-04), Kevin Morgan (0-01), Olan Gribbon (0-01).


School Self-Evaluation

In line with the requirements of Circular 0039/2012 and other directives from the Department of Education and Science, our school produced a School Self- Evaluation (SSE) report in June 2014.

School Self Evaluation is a collaborative, reflective process of internal school review. During school self-evaluation, the principal, deputy principal and teachers, under the direction of the board of management and patron, and in consultation with parents and pupils, engage in reflective enquiry on the work of the school.

School self-evaluation empowers schools to tell their own story to their own community. Each school’s circumstances, pupils and work are unique. SSE enables schools to affirm and celebrate what they are doing well and to decide on changes  they would like to make based on evidence they have gathered. SSE provides schools with an opportunity to tell their own community about their strengths and the priorities they have set for improvement.

This is a summary of our story for our community.

A school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in Beaumont Boys School was undertaken during the school years 2013 /2014. As a result of Teacher Reflection and analysis of Standardised Test data the focus of our evaluation became Numeracy.

Other evaluation methods used during the process of compiling our report were:


  • Staff Review (SR)
  • Numeracy sub -committee (NSC)
  • Pupil Questionnaire (PQ)
  • Parent Questionnaire (PTQ)
  • Focus Group of Link Teachers and Principal (FG)
  • Recommendations from WSE (WSE)
  • Consultation with Divisional Inspector (CI)

School Improvement Plan- Numeracy

 A school improvement plan (SIP) for Numeracy was prepared in tandem with our SSE report.

The SIP identified our areas of strengths and our areas requiring improvement as well as 5 improvement targets, all of which are outlined below:

Summary of Areas of Main Strengths:

  • Standardised test results for Numeracy are above the National Norms.


  • There is a designated room for maths resources.
  • Staff members have high expectations for student achievement.
  • Teachers engage in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) where they see a need.


Summary of Areas Requiring Improvements:

  • Standardisation of Teaching Approaches.
  • Differentiated group work needs to be agreed upon and implemented.
  • Assessment for Learning (AfL) assessment methods need to be implemented.
  • Communication with parents on agreed teaching methods.
  • Problem solving strategies.
  • Data, Shape and Space and Measures.


5  Key Improvement Targets:

  1. Adopt a uniform approach to the teaching and learning of the four key operations of number.
  2. Adopt a differentiated approach to teaching and learning specific to each class group.
  3. Adopt a range of assessment methods, including both Assessment of Learning (AoL) and AfL in the area of numeracy.
  4. Communicate with parents agreed teaching methods of number operations relevant to class groupings.
  5. Adopt a whole school approach to the teaching of problem solving in the area of numeracy.

The work on our SIP is ongoing.

A hard copy of this summary report has been distributed to our  parent community along with a handout  of our agreed teaching methods of number operations- Target 4, in our Numeracy plan.


Beaumont Boys selected for VEX IQ Robotics Project!

Following on from our  receipt of the Award of Science and Maths Excellence last Summer, we are delighted to announce that Beaumont Boys School has been invited as one of  a small number of schools  to be  part of the VEX IQ Robotics competition for the 2014/15 school year.

This competition, promoted jointly be EMC and Lifetime Lab, is a fun and interactive way to promote STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), while also promoting team-work and communication skills. Rang 4 will be the class to represent the school.

Discovery Science Festival 10-22 November

On Wednesday November 12th Beaumont Boys will be represented by teams from Fourth and Fifth Classes in a Science Quiz promoted by the Lifetime Lab to be held in Devere Hall U.C.C.

Jerome Mc Carthy, Niall Allen and Luke Mc Donnell will represent Fourth Class. Fifth Class will be represented by Evan Keohane, Stephen Aherne and Hugh Collins. Go n-eirí libh a bhuachaillí.

On Friday November 21st  Dr. Paul McCrory (Children Learn Differently) will pay a return visit to the school with his Science Roadshow- ‘Move It!’ A fast moving show exploring the forces that allow us to move. The children will discover propellers, rockets, friction and resistance. There will also be inflatable marshmallows and a DIY hovercraft. Paul proved to be a huge hit on his visit to the school last year, with one boy remarking having viewed the show that it had been his “best day ever at school”.


Summer Concert

This year’s Summer Concert was one of the best ever. Each boy got a chance to strut his stuff on the stage, and were Ant and Dec, or Louis Walsh to have been there they would have to acknowledge that ‘Beaumont’s Got Talent’.                                          

Parents were treated to excerpts from shows such as Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bugsy Malone, while Rang 2 rocked the house with Rockin Robin and ABC.  The reprise of Joseph which had been performed at the Cór Fhéile got a great audience response as did Sixth Class’s rendition of the Gary Barlow song ‘Sing’.

Add to the mix the recitation of Feis poems, and individual performances by Louis Gannon, Bryan Chan, Samuele Flannery and Caleb Hepi and one appreciates why this year’s concert was so well received. A large vote of thanks is also due to Irene Warren for producing and directing such a wonderful show.


Irish League of Credit Unions Quiz National Finals

Evan Keohane, Faolán Punch, Hugh Collins and David Cahill, all pupils from Mr. Mac Sweeny’s Rang 4, participated in the National Finals of the Irish League of Credit Unions Quiz. Over 50 primary schools took part in this event, which was held in the RDS, Dublin, on Sunday 6th April. The boys were one of two teams to represent County Cork and the first team from our school and St. Michael’s Credit Union to reach the final.

The boys and their families had a day to remember thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by Mr. Roland Haussmann, Manager of St. Michael’s. Earlier this year, Adam Lawlor from Rang 4, represented St. Michael’s CU as County Finalist in the League of Credit Unions Art Competition – National Finals.

Many thanks to Mr. Pádraig Keating, Deputy Principal, who accompanied the boys to the RDS and for promoting the involvement of the school in various quiz competitions, down through the years.


School Sports Day

The boys and their parents enjoyed an action-packed programme in Avondale Park on the occasion of our annual Sports Day. There were some very close contests in the straight races while the novelty races were hugely enjoyed. Two additions to the programme this year saw walking races for the Third and Fourth Classes. Rob Heffernan’s memorable victory in the World Championship  50 K Walk last Summer was the catalyst for the introduction of these two events. By way of preparation, Rob even found time to come to the school and do some coaching with the boys.


Cór Fhéile na Scol

On April 3rd last , Rang 3 and Rang 4 took part in Cór-Fhéile na Scol at Cork City Hall. This year’s performance was a rendition of excerpts from Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The songs, which were performed with aplomb, included:

  1. Some Folks Dream
  2. Jacob and Sons
  3. Joseph’s Coat
  4. Any Dream Will Do.

Joseph was performed by soloist Jake Allman with excellent back-up support provided by the boys of Rang 3 and Rang 4, as Joseph’s brothers. Congratulations to the boys, their parents and teachers, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Sexton, Mr. Mac Sweeny and Ms. Irene Warren ( choreography).


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014

Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge á cheiliúradh againn i mbliana le raon leathan de gníomhachtaí éagsúla a bhí eagraithe chun an Ghaeilge, ár dteanga dúchais, a chur chun cinn.

B’iad frása an lae, tráth na gceist, ceol-choirm agus an díolachán cístí cuid de na himeachtaí a bhí i gceist.

Chuir na buachaillí suim faoi leith insan comórtas ealaíne bunaithe ar na seanfhocail, a d’eagraigh an tUas. Ó Buachalla. Bhí an caighdeán an-ard agus bhí sé deacair go leor do na moltóirí – Bn de Nógla, Inión Uí Ghoggáin & an tUas. Ó Buachalla – teacht ar chinneadh!

B’fhiú daoibh buail isteach chugainn chun féachaint ar na postaeirí deasa ar na fallaí.



Discover Schools Heritage Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce Beaumont Boys School successes at the Discover Schools Heritage Awards 2014. The presentation of awards will take place on Wednesday 19th March.

Pupils in 4th &5th classes , led by their teachers, Mr. Horgan and Ms. Horgan/Mr. MacSweeny, worked extremely hard in researching and exhibiting projects based on the local history of  Blackrock and Cork.

A number of excellent models were  constructed and a host of DVD’s devised to complement the various projects, listed below:

A History of the Cork/ Blackrock/ Passage Railway

Spike Island

Blackrock National Hurling Club

Blackrock Castle- Past & Present

St. Michael’s GFC

Avondale United FC

Ballintemple Cemetery

The Cork/ Bandon Railway

A History of Sport in UCC

Blarney Castle


The importance of the pupils’ promotion of our school’s heritage was recognised with the

  “Best Overall School Effort” award!

The other prizewinners were as follows:

Best Railway Project – Ist Prize:  Darragh Cronin and Rory Harrington (Mr. Horgan’s 5th class).
4th Class Group Section – 3rd prize: Oran Crowe, Peter Redmond, Vaughan Ryan and Connor Coakley (Ms. Horgan/ Mr. MacSweeny’s class).

Well done to all the boys who submitted projects and to their parents for their support.




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