Thursday 29 March was a day of great excitement in the Preparatory School. Many of the pupils witnessed CBC’s victory in the Munster Junior Cup the day before. Winning in Musgrave Park in glorious sunshine was a memorable occasion, but what made it even better was the fact that the team captain, Gregory Roche, was a past pupil of the Preparatory School.
As on all such occasions, the winning team was welcomed back to the College with the cup the day after the victory. The avenue was lined with pupils and teachers and the boys were clapped and cheered as they make their way to the main school building.
First to greet them were the boys of the Preparatory School. As can be seen from the pictures below, they gave Captain Gregory Roche and his gallant team mates an extra special reception.
The boys wait for the parade to begin
One of the Junior Infants Class gets to hold the Junior Cup.
Greg Roche, Captain, is cheered by the Prep School boys
The parade moves on up the avenue to the main school building
Fourth Class now have their own website. It was started off to give information about their “I to I” Project. The rather unusual name stands for India to Ireland Project. The project was launched in 2011 between Christian Brothers College, Cork and the Regina Mundi School in Goa, India.
Since then the website has expanded and now includes accounts of a lot of other interesting activities of Fourth Class.
Have a look at the Fourth Class website by clicking: 4th Class CBC Cork. The link to the site may also be found on the right margin of our main page under links.
On the second Thursday of each month, Fr Tom Walsh comes to the Preparatory School to say Mass in the Hall. The whole Prep School attends. This Thursday, it was the turn of First Class to do the readings and all the other tasks associated with the celebration of Mass.
The 26 boys of Sixth Class made their confirmation on Saturday last. Scoil Mhuire, St Lukes NS, Scoil Eanna and St Paul’s pupils also made their confirmation at the same ceremony. The choir which was trained by our music teacher Ms Ruth O’Shea, was under the direction of Ms Sonya Keogh that morning and they gave a tremendous performance.
Some of the Third Class boys who formed part of the Choir
Prep School and First Year boys who sang with the Choir
Confirmation boys prepare to have a group photo taken with Bishop Buckley
The Preparatory School boys had a visit from the Blackrock Observatory on Tuesday 6 February. Ms Frances McCarthy brought the inflatable dome which was set up in the Secondary School Hall. Each class, from Junior Infants to Sixth, had a forty minutes session in the dome where they saw shows on the sun, moon and stars geared to their age group. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the presentations.
Ms Frances McCarthy of Blackrock Observatory talks to the boys before they enter the dome.
The Blackrock Dome set up in the Secondary School Hall
The boys get ready to enter the dome
The boys of the Preparatory School returned after the Christmas break on Tuesday 10 January. By Wednesday, Christmas and 2011 were dim memories with everyone looking forward to the New Year and the new term. As a little reminder of last year, have a look at the following photos.
Christmas Concert 2011 in the Prep School Hall
Christmas Concert in the Prep School Hall
Beauty and the Beast at the Everyman Theatre
The boys enjoy a performance of Beauty and the Beast
The postponed Christmas lights ceremony will take place on tomorrow, Friday. A rehearsal has been organised for 4.00pm at City Hall (the new glass section on Anglesea Street between old City Hall and Fire Station. Pupils should be dropped there at about 3.55pm. After the rehearsal, at about 5.00pm, the CBC group will be taken to Emmet Place (accompanied by teachers and volunteer parents) for the turning on of the lights and to participate in carol singing. Parents should collect their sons from there. If at all possible, pupils should wear school uniform as that make it easier to pick them out in a crowd.
The Cork City Council has informed the school that the Christmas Lights Ceremony planned for tomorrow, Friday 18 November, has been cancelled due to a severe weather warning. It may take place on Friday 25 November. More details will be given when they are received.
CBC Preparatory School has been invited by Cork City Council to participate in the Christmas Lights Ceremony on Friday next. If a sufficient number of pupils and parents are interested we will make arrangements for a group to take part in this seasonal event. A text was sent out today to parents about this event and further information will follow. The City Council invitation is as follows:
Turning on of the City Christmas lights will take place at 6pm on 18th November in Emmet place. There will be a stage area, music and carols and a high profile personality to turn on the lights. We are contacting all the local primary and secondary schools to see if they have a school choir that would be interested in the following:
- Participating in the turning on of the lights event
- Attend a conductor led rehearsal at 4pm on the 18th November for a joint sing along in a venue in the city. Hot chocolates and mince pies provided.
- Sing carols in a specific location in the city and join other schools in Emmet place at 6pm for a joint carol sing song and turning on of the city Christmas lights.
Third to Sixth Class will be playing against Cobh Pirates on Saturday next. Third, Fourth and Fifth should be dropped off at 10.00am for a 10.30am kickoff and should be collected at 11.30am. The Sixth Class game takes place immediately afterwards: arrive at 11.00am; kickoff at 11.30am and collection at 12.30pm. Directions to Cobh Pirates rugby grounds can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.cobhpirates.com/directions.html
Cork’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Terry Shannon and his wife Ursula visited CBC on Friday last. As usual, every boy in the school had the opportunity to see and hear the city’s First Citizen. The Prep and Secondary schools made up an audience of 1,000 as they waited in the Hall for Councillor Shannon’s arrival. William Whyte of Senior Infants Class presented Mrs Shannon with a bouquet of flowers on arrival at the door of the school. During his presentation to the assembled pupils and teachers, the Lord Mayor commented on how his predecessors over the years had been highly impressed by the exceptional welcome afforded annually by CBC. Dr Larry Jordan and the School Captain formally welcomed Mr & Mrs Shannon to CBC, and after making an interesting presentation, Councillor Shannon went among the pupils shaking hands.
Prep School boys await the arrival of the Lord Mayor
Part of the large student body awaiting the arrival of Cork's First Citizen
William Whyte greets the Lady Moyoress with a bouquet of flowers
Lord Mayor Shannon addresses the pupils of CBC
Before his departure, the Lord Mayor shakes hands with Prep School boys
The Lord Mayor shakes hands with senior boys before departing CBC
A meeting of Preparatory School parents was held last night in the school Hall. The first item on the agenda was the election of a Prep School parent to the new Board of Management which will take office next month. Mrs Myriam O’Connor was proposed, seconded and elected unapposed.
The next item on the agenda was the election of a new Parents Council. The results were as follows:
- Junior Infants: Mrs Miriam McCarthy
- Senior Infants: Mr Shane FitzPatrick
- First: Mrs Audrey O’Sullivan
- Second: Mrs Sharon O’Mahony
- Third: Mrs Aileen Waterman
- Fourth: Mr Ray Murray
- Fifth: Mrs Johanna Radley
- Sixth: Mr Vivian Hedderman
A short presentation on school developments over the past year was given by Mr Tony McCarthy, and this was followed by questions and comments from some of the many parents present.
The new Parents Council met for a short time after the main meeting. Mr Shane FitzPatrick was elected Chairperson and Mrs Johanna Radley was elected as Secretary. The Parents Council will meet again on Monday 3 October at 7.00pm in the Preparatory School Library.
Irish Examiner and Evening Echo photographers visited the Preparatory School earlier in the week to record the first day at school of our new Junior Infants class. Some photos appeared in the Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo yesterday (Tuesday 30 August). TheEvening Echo pictures can be seen (and purchased) on-line by clicking the following links:
The Preparatory School reopened after the Summer Holidays on Friday 26 August. The pupils look forward eagerly to the many adventures to come.
A big smile for the reopening of the Prep School after the Summer Holidays
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.
Third Class boys at the Tutankhamun Exhibition
The boys take an interest in a mummy at the Tutankhamun exhibition
Mr Dara Murphy TD outside Dáil Éireann with Third and Fourth Class
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.
Third Class out on the water in Oysterhaven
CBC Prep School boys in Oysterhaven
Trying to get to the other side while staying dry
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.
The boys of Second Class who made their First Holy Communion
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.
Before departing for town
CBC pupils entering Christ Church for a security check and refreshments
The view from the corner of the Grand Parade and South Mall
CBC at a prime viewing spot opposite the Market Gate
The Queen passes by, pausing briefly to talk to Prep School boys
The Duke of Edinburgh asks 'Did you get a half day from school?'
The Prep School boys wait for barriers to be lifted after the royal visit
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.
Concentration before the start of the egg and spoon race.
Sack race contestants near the finishing line.
Sixth Class boys pictured immediately after the novelty race.
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.
Junior Infants boys hold up some of Tommy's boxing trophies.
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.
Mrs Lowry settles down the boys while parents look on.
Mrs Lowry engages the boys in a story
The boys are fascinated with Mrs Lowry's little helper
Running and jumping in the playground
Lining up in the playground to go back to class
The Fifth and Sixth Class chess team took part in a chess competition in Togher last Friday.
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.
Rachel Sarah Murphy in the Library with Sixth Class
The pupils wait anxiously for Rachel Sarah to pick the winning ticket in the Easter Egg draw
Rachel Sarah presents the Easter Egg to the lucky winner