Homework Club

On Thursday 6th April, a number of our students represented our school at a ceremony at the Aula Maxima, UCC.
Since Christmas, these students and others from our Junior School participated in a Homework Club after school on Mondays.
This experience afforded students an opportunity to study in a supported environment as well as learn the value of working in a community of learners.
Ucc Plus marked the participation of both students and tutors by the awarding of certificates at this ceremony.
This initiative was supported in the school by Ms. O’Regan and Miss O’Sullivan.
On the night, Ms Daly and Ms Carne also joined in the acknowledgment of our student’s success.

Lifelong Learning Festival

Lifelong Learning Festival

A number of students represented our school at a Lifelong Learning Festival event at Mayfield Library today, the 5th of April.
Our students from 1st to 5th Year performed 3 different Abba numbers from the musical “Does Your Mother Know?” including “Thank you for the music”.

Much practice was put into this performance over a number of weeks and students were commended for their excellent singing and how well they represented the school by members of the local community.

The group were coached, supported and accompanied by Mr. Corbett, Miss O’Sullivan and Miss Holden.

SciFest and European Space Agency Winners

SciFest and European Space Agency Winners

The phrase ‘Out Of This World’ can be overused, but is exactly the right one to describe the amazing achievement of four of our Transition Year students in the past fortnight.

Sarah Buckley, Dylan Halpin Hurley, Sean Murphy and Rachel Sheehan were a winning team who have succeeded in getting their computer programs onto the International Space Station (ISS)

The students wrote two experiment programs on a ‘Raspberry Pi’ computer, as part of a competition with the European Space Agency.  This programs will be sent to space and the two experiments will be used on board the ISS.

One experiment is designed to measure when an astronaut enters or leaves the Columbus Module (a compartment on the space station) based on a change in the humidity, while the other is designed to measure anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field.

The student’s work has been hugely successful, and they are the only team from Ireland that have programs going on the AstroPi (the space version of the Raspberry Pi).

In addition, they also won a SciFest award in C.I.T on Friday 31st March.  This prestigious award is further recognition of the work achieved by our Transition Years.

Click here for the full story of the work done by the team.

More information on the European Space Agency’s AstroPi competition.

The full list of winners of the AstroPi Competition

The Team at Cork Institute of Technology on Friday, 31st March, where they were awarded the Sci-Fest trophy.

The team at work with their programs in the science lab at Mayfield Community School.


One of our Raspberry Pi Computers, with the LED display lit up.



Post of Deputy Principal

** PLEASE EMAIL admin@mayfieldcs.ie FOR AN APPLICATION FORM **


Mayfield Community School, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork

Category XIII


The Board of Management of Mayfield Community School invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Deputy Principal to take effect from Monday 6th February 2017. The school is a co-educational community school with an enrolment of 322 on 30th September 2016.


To qualify for appointment candidates must have

  • Recognised post-primary teaching qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years’ satisfactory teaching experience
  • Registration in accordance with Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001


An application form may be obtained by emailing admin@mayfieldcs.ie


Completed application forms should be submitted in hard copy by post or hand only no later than 4.00 p.m. on Friday 20th January 2017.  Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.


Short listing may apply.

All appointments are subject to sanction by the Department of Education & Skills.

Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidate will automatically disqualify.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Mayfield Community School is an equal opportunities employer.

Open Night

Open Night

Click on the image below to view some photos from our Open Night

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Gradam 2016


There were proud scenes in Mayfield Community School recently when students, past and present, received awards in recognition of academic achievement.

Along with awards for academic excellence in each year group, special awards were presented for English literature, Science, Sport, Engineering, Music, History, Business and Enterprise. Transition year students were honoured for their Gaisce achievements.

Aaron Walsh O’ Reagan, now studying Chemical and Process Engineering in UCC and Natasha Cronin, studying Beauty Therapy in Cork School of Commerce were awarded bursaries form AIB while David O’ Gorman and Luke O Driscoll, studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (UCC)   and Bachelor of Design and Manufacturing (UL)  respectively were awarded Credit Union bursaries.

Representatives from UCC and CIT presented awards to Séan Murphy Phelan for excellent educational attainment and Darragh O’ Donovan for his achievement at third level educational.

Courtney Carroll received the prestigious Garda Community Award for her work in the community during transition year. Courtney continues to volunteer with Special Olympics Ireland and is a wonderful ambassador for Mayfield Community School.

Special Guest speaker Dr Kevin Cahill, School of Education in UCC, acknowledged the dedication and hard work of students and their teachers in Mayfield Community School. He congratulated the many award winners and their parents on the evening.

Commenting on the awards, Principal Kieran Golden said that “the school is exceptionally proud of the students who received their awards. In Mayfield Community School we pride ourselves on academic achievement and I think that this evening underpins the hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.”

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College Awareness Week

College Awareness Week

Mayfield Community School students and staff embraced and promoted College Awareness Week in November.


Sixth year students enjoyed a really insightful and informative day at CIT’s Open day. Mayfield Community School works closely with UCC; voluntary undergraduate tutors come to our school each week to mentor junior students. As a result of their commitment to hard work, these students had an opportunity to visit UCC, participate in a campus tour, talk about college with their tutors and enjoy lunch on the UCC campus.  Students were absolutely delighted to see the Christmas lights being switched on outside the Honan chapel


Dr Chris Ngwa from UCC and Anne-Marie George, PHD student of Computer science spoke to all our Year 4 students about career opportunities in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Deidre Creedon from CIT also spoke to students about course options in the college.


Teachers in the school put up on the doors of their classrooms the names of the Colleges they attended. This was a huge talking point for students throughout the week and one senior student said “it was really interesting to talk to different teachers about their college experiences and it increased my motivation to seek out the best college opportunity for myself”.

Principal Mr. Kieran Golden said “I am delighted with our Career College Awareness week. It was received very positively in our school by students and their parents”


Turning Mayfield Green

For Science Week 2016

  • A group of First Year students and a small group of LCA students built Bug Hotels
  • The idea of bug hotels is to provide shelter and a source of food for insects over the winter and into the spring
  • Insects such as Solitary bees and ladybirds are very important in nature as they can help native plant species to thrive.
  • Mayfield Community School is hoping to encourage these insects and others to take up residence in the grounds of the school
  • We would hope the bug hotels would contribute to improving the natural environment around MCS
  • The bug hotels were constructed using recycled materials including bricks,tiles,wood and chicken wire.
  • We constructed a large bug hotel in the garden at the back of the school
  • The smaller bug hotels in the garden pots will be placed in various locations around the school
  • Bird Feeders have been placed around the school grounds and it is hoped we will encourage the smaller birds such as robins,blue tits and chaffinches to appear more often around the school grounds.

(written by Adam Cunningham and Tyrone Meade of TY)

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Science Exploration in Mayfield Community School

Students in Mayfield Community School were spoiled for choice during Science week. First year  and LCA students built an insect hotel and put up bird feeders in the school grounds as part of a biodiversity project. Science teacher Ms Callanan said “First year student recycled old pots, twigs, rolled up cardboard, red bricks and chicken wire to create a safe haven for insects and learned the importance of protecting our native species by providing suitable habitats over the winter”.

Students enjoyed a plant tour of Biopharma Education Centre where they learned of the processes and conditions required in a pharmaceutical factory setup. Students also learned about career paths in the pharmaceutical sector.

Students had a unique opportunity to visit the Stardome set up in the hall of the school’s sports complex by Blackrock Observatory. Science teacher Mr Begley said “students gained a new perspective on the night skies in Ireland.” Students were excited to explore the possibility of travel to Mars and learned of the difficulties such a journey would entail. Science teachers in Mayfield Community School were delighted to host this exciting event as it links directly to topics on  the new Junior Cycle syllabus.

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Mayfield CS Rugby Focus

Mayfield CS Rugby Focus

Mayfield Community School broke new ground by participating in the Munster rugby emerging schools competition held recently in Ballincollig RFC. Mayfield boys were not found wanting in what was an extremely demanding and competitive group.

First up was Deerpark, Mayfield’s backs were very much to the fore led by Connor Morrissey charges.  Despite relentless pressure on the Deerpark tryline, Mayfield went down at the death to a break out try by Deerpark, final score was 7 points to 5 in Deerparks favour. Next up was an extremely strong Ballincollig Community School but Mayfield again were not found wanting in what was an extremely abrasive encounter.

Mayfield finished the day on a high by putting Cobh to the sword 10 points to 0 to finish out the competition in a very positive manner. To a man Mayfield were exemplary both on and off the pitch with many complementing them on their skill set and attacking brand of running. It would be remiss not to mention John Murphy, Sam Brickley and Conor Morrissey for the first up tackling and intensity they and their teammates brought to each game, this bodes well for the future.

Mayfield will continue to train every Tuesday after school in conjunction with UCC and Munster rugby, all are welcome