When the Beech Hill Nursing Home was advertised for sale in September 1972 County Monaghan VEC identified the site as an ideal location for a second level school. The Vocational School located on a four acre site in the Glen Road did not have sufficient room for the increasing enrolment numbers of the time. The seventeen acre site at Beech Hill was purchased for £50,000 in October 1972 and the transfer from the Glen Road to Beech Hill College was completed in September 1979.
Since its inception, the College has provided a very comprehensive education for thousands of students from the catchment area and beyond. Past pupils are esteemed members of all the professions. They have contributed greatly to the economic revival of our country either in a professional capacity or as entrepreneurs who generate employment and thus create wealth.
During that time our country has come through a period of great change. Immigration has replaced emigration. There are now no barriers to educational advancement. Opportunities abound for those students with ambition. Beech Hill College has responded to those challenges. In 1979 the College offered the Intermediate Certificate, Leaving Certificate and Secretarial Courses. Today the courses on offer include the Junior Certificate, Junior Certificate School Programme, Transition Year Programme, Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, and programmes for students with special educational needs. Beech Hill College is also part of a School Completion Programme consortium.
At school today, students speak many different languages and come from countries in all over the European Union. Students participate in games and athletics, poetry and short story writing, quizzes, public speaking and debating as well as art competitions. Each year the Transition year students perform a musical or drama to packed audiences. The fact that Beech Hill College students regularly feature as award winners ranks not only as an expression of their own abilities but it is also is a tribute to those teachers who provide the encouragement and stimulation needed to identify that innate talent.
“We don’t remember days we remember moments.” (Cesare Pavese)