The Preparatory School reopened after the Summer Holidays on Friday 26 August. The pupils look forward eagerly to the many adventures to come.
The Prep School will reopen tomorrow, Friday 26 August, after the Summer break FOR JUNIOR INFANTS CLASS ONLY. The new Junior Infants should arrive at 9.00am and should be collected at 11.00am. On Monday next 29 August, all classes will commence at the usual time of 8.30am and will finish at the normal time: 12.30pm for Junior and Senior Infants; 3.00pm for all other classes.
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.
CBC was among a number of Cork schools invited to send a contingent of pupils to the city centre to view the royal visit this afternoon. Nine boys from the Prep School accompanied by about 100 secondary school boys and five teachers walked to the assembly point, Christ Church on the South Main Street, around midday. They were treated to sandwiches, fruit and bottled water before being led to a viewing point at the corner of the Grand Parade and the South Mall. A little later, they were moved to a better vantage point directly opposite the gate of the English Market. From there they had a great view of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they entered the Market. After leaving the Market, the royal couple crossed the road and spoke to some of the onlookers. The Prep School boys were delighted that the Queen and the Duke exchanged a few words with them.
The annual Sports Day was held at CIT Sports Grounds this year as the Mardyke was not available. A great day was had by all. Sprints, three-legged, egg & spoon and novelty races were run off for all classes from 3rd to 6th. Meanwhile, back at the school, the younger boys had their Sports Day on the Astroturf.
Tommy Hyde of Sixth Class is a talented boxer. He brought some of his trophies to school this week, much to the delight of the Junior Infants Class.
Many of the boys who will start Junior Infants Class next August came along to CBC this morning to spend a couple of hours with Mrs Lowry. Their parents stayed in the classroom until the boys settled down, which did not take very long. Then there was a morning of fun with stories, games and a spell in the playground. They are all looking forward to coming back after the summer.
Rachel Sarah Murphy, who plays Jo Fahey in the RTE soap Fair City, visited CBC today. Her company, the Irish Film Academy, recently sponsored the touring jersey which the Sixth Class boys wore on their tour to Bath. Rachel Sarah called in on the Sixth Class boys as she was told that they had a particular interest in drama. She spent an hour in the Library with them, explaining various acting techniques and getting the boys involved in acting out short scenes. She took a break to pick out the winning ticket for the Easter Egg draw. The Preparatory School are very grateful to Rachel Sarah for calling in and also for her sponsorship of the Bath Tour.
Sixth Class arrived back in Cork last night after a hectic weekend in Bath. They played seven rugby matches over the three days at three different venues. They also spent some time sight seeing, culminating with a guided tour of the famous Roman Baths. The touring team also found time for bowling, quasar and a visit to the cinema.
Tomorrow morning, Sixth Class will assemble at Cork Airport rather than in the School Hall. They will be on their way to the beautiful city of Bath for an educational and rugby tour. This final major event for the most senior boys in the Preparatory School is an annual event of long standing. They will play seven matches while in Bath, against local opposition. They will also spend some time sight seeing. They will be taken on a guided tour of the ancient Roman Baths, the feature from which the city takes its name. The boys designed a special jersey for the trip. Today, Dr Larry Jordan presented each of the 25 boys with the special touring jersey and a touring bag.
CBC Preparatory was glad to show their solidarity with the people of Japan who are currently suffering the after-effects of the March earthquake. The class group hold a sign, which means in translation: ‘Hang in there!
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Second Class took the top prize today in the Feis Maitiu Choral Verse competition. The boys were delighted to return to CBC with their big silver cup. Congratulations to all the boys on their success.
Joshua Fitzgerald-Roberts of Third Class, who came first in the 10 years and under recitation competition at Feis Maitiú, displays his winner’s medal.
Fifth Class were guests of Scoil Cholmchille, Blarney Street on Friday last, to play return cricket and hurling matches. All the boys enjoyed the event and it is planned to have some more matches before the summer holidays.
Fourth Class took part in a Feis Maitiu choral speaking competition this morning. Their performance was highly praised by the adjudicator. They took third place in the highly entertaining competition.
A few weeks before Ireland’s famous victory over England in the Cricket World Cup, a cricket match had been planned between CBC Prep School and Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney Street. The match took place this morning at Lansdowne in glorious sunshine. The fact that cricket has been very much in the news this week, made the event all the more enjoyable.
The Fifth Class boys from each school competed and everyone got a chance to play. The final result: we want more cricket. A return match is planned for next Friday morning when the CBC boys will be the guests of Scoil Cholmchille.
The boys finished off the morning’s sport with a game of hurling on the Astro Turf. What energy!
A cake sale has been organised for tomorrow, Friday. The boys of Fifth and Sixth Class will bring in cakes to sell during the morning break. The sale will continue at 12.30pm to 1.10pm so that parents can also buy. The funds will go towards the Sixth Class Bath Tour. Pictured below: Charlie and Tom with their birthday cakes, which will NOT be on sale tomorrow!
The Sam Maguire Cup was brought to CBC yesterday and the boys of the Prep School celebrated Cork’s seventh win in the All-Ireland Football final (in 120 years). Ballydesmond forward Donncha O’Connor, who played a crucial part in the semi-final against Dublin, was the man who brought the cup to CBC. He has been a member of the Cork senior inter-county team since 2006. After a few inspirational words to the Prep School pupils, who gathered in the Hall to hear him, Donnacha allowed the cup to be passed round, so everyone was able to hold on to it for a little while,
and stood for photographs with each of the classes.
Next Wednesday afternoon will complete the eight weeks of swimming lessons in Mayfield Swimming Pool, started in November. Fifty-two pupils participated from Second Class to Sixth Class. Some First Class and Senior Infants pupils who have brothers in Second to Sixth Class were also allowed to participate. Four swimming instructors were on hand each Wednesday, so that the boys could be coached at their own individual level.
It is proposed to start another eight week session of swimming lessons immediately after the Christmas break. The course costs twenty-five euro, to be paid in advance. Most of the current participants have expressed an interest in continuing on, but there is also room for a few more pupils.
The lessons take place on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2.00pm. Pupils who are going swimming may stay in the Lunch Room from 1.00-1.30pm under supervision, to convenience parents.
Don’t forget the CBC Christmas Fair on Sunday next, 12 December, from 1.00-5.00pm. For full details, click the following: Christmas Poster