Third and Fourth Class had an extra tour laid on for them this year: a visit to Dublin on Thursday 26 May. They set off on the bus from Wellington Road at the unearthly hour of 7.15am, but the early start was well worth the trouble. They packed three great experiences into their day in Dublin. First of all, they went to the Tutankhamun exhibition which they found very interesting. This was followed by a trip to the Natural History Museum, also known as the ‘dead zoo’, as the exhibits consist of stuffed animals and skeletal remains of animals. They found this experience highly enjoyable as well. Their final stop was Dáil Éireann. They spent some time in the visitors’ gallery where they saw both Gerry Adams and ‘Ming’ Flanagan performing. Prep School past pupil Mr Dara Murphy TD met the boys and took them on a tour of Leinster House and presented each of the boys with a special lapel badge featuring the Cork coat of arms as a souvenir of their visit. Many thanks to Dara for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet the boys and their teachers.
This year’s school tour was on Tuesday 24 May. Junior Infants to Second Class went to the Glen Recreation Centre where they had a very enjoyable day of activities, including wall climbing.
The boys of Third to Sixth Class went to the Oysterhaven aquatic centre where more adventurous activities were on offer, including canoeing, boating, rope bridge crossing and other pursuits that involved getting wet and muddy.
First Holy Communion Day for this year’s Second Class was on Saturday 21 May. After Mass, the boys and their families returned to the Preparatory School for a little reception organised by the teachers and the Parents Council. Special thanks to the mothers (and fathers?) of First Class who supplied the cakes for the occasion.