Cork Pops Orchestra

The entire Prep School, from Junior Infants to Sixth Class, attended a performance of the Cork Pops Orchestra today.  CBC had the balcony to themselves, so even the smallest of the boys had an unobstructed view of the stage.  CDs of the songs performed at the show were sent to the school a few weeks ago, so that the classes could practice them in advance.  This meant full audience participation!  A splendid time was had by all.  After the show, the Junior and Senior Infants were collected by parents and taken home, First and Second Class boys were collected by parents and brought back to school, and the boys from Third to Sixth Class walked the half mile back to school (accompanied by their teachers, of course).

If any parents have pictures of the show, email them and they will be put up on the website.

Sixth Class Day Out

Yesterday, Sixth Class visited UCC’s Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) Department at its headquarters at the Western Gateway Building (where the old Greyhound Track used to be), where  UCC has laid on an Interactive Workshop for Primary and Secondary school pupils during Science Week.

The boys were introduced to the displays by staff members  Jill, Diarmuid, Alan and Paddy, and then were allowed an hour of hands-on activity.  They thoroughly enjoyed their morning of Science which was great fun and very thought provoking.  Sincere thanks to the very friendly staff of UCC for giving our Sixth Class boys a great experience during Science Week.

Sixth Class wait for the bus at Patrick's Street bus shelter

Sixth Class wait for the bus at Patrick's Street bus shelter

On The Way: upstairs on the double decker on the way to UCC.

On The Way: upstairs on the double decker on the way to UCC.

The boys are given an introduction to the exhibition

The boys are given an introduction to the exhibition

Sixth Class pupils are given lab coats for the interactive exhibition.

Sixth Class pupils are given lab coats for the interactive exhibition.

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The young scientists assemble strands of DNA

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The static electricity wand was very popular with the boys.

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More fun with the magic wand

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The alpha wave game: the most laid back boy wins!

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Concentration

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The boys are allowed to handle some of the interesting exhibits.

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A fully assembled strand of DNA is proudly exhibited.

Newsletter

This year’s Preparatory School Newsletter has been distributed to all pupils to take home.  It gives an account of some of last year’s activities, visitors to the school and trips outside the school.  It also contains tables of information, such as school holidays, programme of activities and upcoming events.

You can download the newsletter as a pdf document at:

Prep Newsletter 2010

Rosetta Stone French

All classes from First to Sixth have now started learning French with the aid of the computer-based Rosetta Stone French course.  Rosetta Stone is the nearest thing to total immersion in the language.  Photos show Third Class during their first lesson.

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Third Class learning French Rosetta Stone Method

Parents Meeting

A meeting of Preparatory School parents was held last night.  A new Parents’ Council was elected for the School Year 2010/11.  For more details click the Parents’ Council Page on the menu above.

New School Year Begins

Junior Infants ClassroomThe new school year began in the Preparatory School today when the Junior Infants Class of 2010/11 assembled at 9.00am.  In order to allow them to explore their new surroundings with confidence, they were the only boys present in the school.  All other classes return on Monday.  Mrs Denise Lowry and Ms Sharon McAdoo introduced the Junior Infants boys to the world of Primary School education during a two hour session.  All settled in very well.  The new boys were the first to use the new rubberised section of the yard for which the Parents  Council fund-raised last year.
Junior Infants Classroom

Junior Infants Classroom

New Junior Infans boys line up for class

New Junior Infans boys line up for class

Junior Infants run on the new cushioned yard surface

Junior Infants run on the new cushioned yard surface

Final Curtain

CBC Preparatory School and Secondary School closed on Friday for the Summber holidays.  The Prep School ended with a very enjoyable concert.

Junior and Senior Infants on stage

Junior and Senior Infants on stage

A confident individual performance at the school concert

A confident individual performance at the school concert

Fourth Class performed a short play

Fourth Class performed a short play

Boyz from the Hood: Sixth Class rap group

Boyz from the Hood: Sixth Class rap group

Everyone on stage for the finale!

Everyone on stage for the finale!

Individual Achievement

Congratulations to Robbie O’Flynn for gaining a place on the Cork hurling team and for scoring the winning goal last Sunday.  Also to Tadgh Quill-Manley for being awarded a certificate at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth, and to our class league chess winners.

Robbie O'Flynn, Sixth Class in his Cork Hurling Team gear

Robbie O'Flynn, Sixth Class in his Cork Hurling Team gear

Tadhg Quill-Manley of First Class with his certificate

Tadhg Quill-Manley of First Class with his certificate

Winners and runners-up in the Third and Fourth Class Chess competitions

Winners and runners-up in the Third and Fourth Class Chess competitions

Saltanat and Conor, winner and runner-up in the Fifth and Sixth Class Chess competition

Saltanat and Conor, winner and runner-up in the Fifth and Sixth Class Chess competition

Last Day in School

The Secondary School Class of 2010 finished school on Thursday 27  May.  Some dropped into the Prep School for a last look round.  Many of the Sixth Year boys started here fourteen years ago. 

Junior Infants are delighted to see some of the Sixth Year boys on their last day in school.  Many started in the Prep School fourteen years ago.

Junior Infants are delighted to see some of the Sixth Year boys on their last day in school. Many started in the Prep School fourteen years ago.

Contrast! Sixth Class boys sit down with Senior Infants!

Contrast! Sixth Class boys sit down with Senior Infants!

Finishing where they started! Sixth Year boys on their last day visit the Prep School where many started fourteen years ago.

Finishing where they started! Sixth Year boys on their last day visit the Prep School where many started fourteen years ago.

School Tour 2010

On Tuesday 25 May, Third to Sixth Class went to Oyster Haven for the day to enjoy all the facilities at the adventure centre there.  Meanwhile, Junior Infants to Second stayed in school but had a morning of fun and games with the Play Ball team who came to the school for the morning.

Fifth Class get ready for water sports at the Oyster Haven Adventure Centre

Fifth Class get ready for water sports at the Oyster Haven Adventure Centre

Third Class boys scramble over netting

Third Class boys scramble over netting

Rope lift across the water

Rope lift across the water

Sixth Class in canoes

Sixth Class in canoes

Sixth Class afloat

Sixth Class afloat

Fun with a parachute

Fun with a parachute

Bouncing along the Astroturf

Bouncing along the Astroturf

Chess Competition

CBC Chess Team of four, Conor and Billy from Sixth Class, Saltanat from Fifth and Paddy from Fourth were delighted with their performance today in the chess competition held in Greenmount National School.  The team qualified for the second round which is likely to be held on tomorrow week.

The Chess Team: Paddy f rom Fourth, Saltanat from Fifth, Conor and Billy from Sixth

The Chess Team: Paddy f rom Fourth, Saltanat from Fifth, Conor and Billy from Sixth

CBC Chess Team in action (Right to Left: Paddy, Billy and Conor)

CBC Chess Team in action (Right to Left: Paddy, Billy and Conor)

Saltanat about to make his move

Saltanat concentrates on the game

CBC Book Fair

The annual CBC Book Fair, in co-operation with the Scholastic Book Company, began today at lunch time and will continue tomorrow after school.  All pupils and parents are invited to browse through the large collection and order books if they so desire.  The Hall is the venue for the Book Fair.

CBC Book Fair

CBC Book Fair

CBC Book Fair

CBC Book Fair

Interactive French

An interactive, computer-based French language course will be introduced to the Preparatory School in the next school year.  Classes from First to Sixth will have access to the course on a weekly basis.  It is hoped that the boys will have a good grasp of French before moving on to the Secondary School where French is the principal European language taught.

Sixth Class boys try out the French course which will be introduced to the Preparatory School in September.

Sixth Class boys try out the French course which will be introduced to the Preparatory School in September.

Sixth Class boys try out the French course which will be introduced to the Preparatory School in September.

Sixth Class boys try out the French course which will be introduced to the Preparatory School in September.

First Holy Communion

The boys of Second Class made their First Holy Communion this morning in St Patrick’s Church.  Afterwards, they and their parents came back to the Prep School for tea, sandwiches and cakes, served up by members of the Parents Council.  After crisps and drinks, the boys went to the yard for a game of soccer.  First Communion Day football has developed into a tradition over the last few years.

Back at the school after First Holy Communion

Back at the school after First Holy Communion

Football: Shirts v Blazers

Football: Shirts v Blazers

Football: Shirts v Blazers

Football: Shirts v Blazers

Members of the Parents Council organised refreshments for First Communion boys and family members.

Members of the Parents Council organised refreshments for First Communion boys and family members.

Ambassador Buga Visits Prep School

This morning at 10.00am, the boys of the Prep School assembled in the Hall to await the arrival of the Romanian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Iulian Buga.  As he walked into the Hall,  Mr Buga was given a great round of applause by boys from Junior infants to Sixth Class.

Mr Buga spoke to the boys about Europe Day, 9 May, and the importance of the declaration made on that day in 1950 by M. Robert Schuman, which is regarded as the first significant move towards a united Europe.

The Ambassador spoke about sports in Romania and how football is the most popular sport in his country.  He said that rugby is also played in Romania, but that Ireland has had more success at that sport than Romania.

Then Roy O’Mahony and Conor Leahy, captain and vice-captain of the Sixth Class rugby tour to Bath, presented Mr Buga with a CBC rugby ball.  The ball was made in the black, yellow and red colours of CBC which closely resemble the blue, yellow and red of the Romanian flag.

The Ambassador then spoke informally to pupils and teacers and posed for pictures before moving on the the Secondary School.

M. Robert Schuman

M. Robert Schuman

National Flag of Romania
National Flag of Romania
Ambassador Buda is introduced to Prep School boys

Ambassador Buga is introduced to Prep School boys

 

 

Ambassador Buga addresses Prep School boys

Ambassador Buga addresses Prep School boys

 

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Part of the Ambassador's audience

Part of the Ambassador's audience

Roy O'Mahony presents the Ambassador with a CBC rugby ball.

Roy O'Mahony presents the Ambassador with a CBC rugby ball.

Sports Day

Today, the Junior and Senior Infants, First and Second Class had their sports in the morning in the Gym.  Third Class to Sixth Class went to the UCC Sports grounds at the Mardyke at 12 noon to join the Secondary School for the annual Sports Day.  Each class had a number of races including sprints, three-legged, wheelbarrow, egg and spoon and sack races.  Sixth Class also had a novelty race involving having to stop at various points to don shoes and dresses!  A great day was enjoyed by all.

Second Class get ready for the egg and spoon race

Second Class get ready for the egg and spoon race

Egg and spoon race entrants

Egg and spoon race entrants

First Class boys between races

Boys between races

Sixth Class lining up for the novelty race

Sixth Class lining up for the novelty race

Racing for the finishing line in the novelty race

Racing for the finishing line in the novelty race

Sixth Class enjoyed the fun of the novelty race

Sixth Class enjoyed the fun of the novelty race

Romanian Ambassador to Visit CBC

The Romanian Ambassador to Ireland is to visit CBC Prep School on Friday 7 May.  Mr Iulian Buga is helping to celebrate Europe Day, 9 May.  For more information on Europe day, click the following link: Europe Day.

His Excellency Mr Iulian Buga, Romanian Ambassador to Ireland

His Excellency Mr Iulian Buga, Romanian Ambassador to Ireland

Assessment Test

Prep School pupils sit for entrance exam this morning with pupils from other primary scools

Prep School pupils sit for entrance exam this morning with pupils from other primary scools

The Secondary School Gym was the venue for the assessment test

The Secondary School Gym was the venue for the assessment test

This morning's assessment test

This morning's assessment test

The boys who will form next September's First Year classes

The boys who will form next September's First Year classes

Again this year, a much bigger number of pupils applied for places in CBC Secondary School than the school could possibly cater for.  The large numbers are whittled down by applying the school’s entry criterea.  Prep School boys are lucky, as they are the first to be offered places.  This year again, the entire Sixth Class will move on to CBC Secondary.  This morning’s Assessment Test was for boys who have already been given places in next September’s First Year classes.  The test is for internal school purposes only.

Confirmation Day

This is a busy week for Sixth Class.  They arrived back from Bath on Monday; today they made their Confirmation in St Patrick’s, and on Saturday they will sit for the Secondary School Assessment test.  Below are some pictures of Confirmation Day: Boys from the Fourth and Fifth Class Choir and musicians from the Secondary School who helped to make the day a success.

Part of Fifth Clas Choir

Part of Fifth Clas Choir

Boys from Fifth Class Choir

Boys from Fifth Class Choir

Musicians from Secondary School

Musicians from Secondary School

Musicians from Secondary School

Musicians from Secondary School

Some Photos from the Bath Tour

The Sixth Class Bath touring group returned to CBC last night at 10.00pm after an eventful four day tour.  The following photos show some of the tour

activities.

Group waiting to

Waiting to depart for first match

Waiting to depart for the first game of the tour

Waiting to depart for the first game of the tour

Waiting to depart for the first game of the tour

Waiting to depart for the first game of the tour

Limbering up for the first match

Limbering up for the first match

 

 

Post-match barbeque

Post-match barbeque

Presentation of CBC rugby ball to opposition

Presentation of CBC rugby ball to opposition

CBC Captain Roy O'Mahony is presented with a pennant

CBC Captain Roy O'Mahony is presented with a pennant

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

At the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match

Full team outside Bath YMCA

Full team outside Bath YMCA

Ms Ann McCarthy applies sun block to the team

Ms Anne McCarthy applies sun block to the team

The fiery tour jereys sponsored by Brown Shipping

The fiery tour jereys sponsored by Brown Shipping

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Parent supporters in tour jersey

The Team

The Team

Match action

Match action

Match action

Match action

Half-time huddle

Half-time huddle

Coach Mr Ian Rea congratulates the team

Coach Mr Ian Rea congratulates the team

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

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Post match presentation of tour jersey (sponsored by Brown Shipping)

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

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Post match presentation

 

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Post match presentation

Post match presentation

Post match presentation

The Teams

The Teams

Canteen in Fishguard before departure for Cork

Canteen in Fishguard before departure for Cork

On board the ferry on the way home

On board the ferry on the way home

Bath Rugby Tour

The Sixth Class rugby tour to Bath went ahead despite the grounding of aircraft and the cancellation of the flight from Cork to Bath.  The Sixth Class parents took the initiative in trying to arrange for the class to go by ferry when the flight was cancelled.  Eventually, tickets were found to be available for the Rosslare-Fishguard ferry.  All parents were consulted and  the overwhelming majority were for rearranging to travel by ferry.  Special thanks to Ms Anne McCarthy the Sixth Class representative on the Parents Council and Mr Niall Brown, parent, who pushed the right buttons.

The boys enjoyed the ferry crossing and withstood the two long bus journeys, first from Cork to Rosslare and later from Fishguard to Bath. 

Three games were arranged for today: CBC had one draw, one loss and one win.  The boys also attended the Bath v Sale Sharks match held at the Rec in Bath.  Later they went to the cinema.

Rugby Tour to Bath

The Sixth Class rugby tour to Bath will take place this weekend.  The class will meet on Friday at 1.00pm at Cork Airport, flying out at 3.15pm. After arrival in Bath and settling in to the tour accommodation, the boys will take a walking tour of the city, followed by dinner and a trip to the cinema.

On Saturday, the group will travel by coach to Walcott Rugby Club for two fixtures.  The highlight of the afternoon is attendance at the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match at the Rec.

On Sunday, the CBC boys will travel to Bristol University to play St Brendan’s and Avon RFC.  The game will be followed by lunch.  At 3.00pm, it’s back to Bristol Airport for the return flight to Cork at 5.00pm

Sixth Class Touring Gear

Sixth Class Touring Gear

Gear bags packed and ready for the Bath Rugby Tour

Gear bags packed and ready for the Bath Rugby Tour

Some of the CBC Senior Rugby team with Bath Tour Vice-Captain and Captain

Some of the CBC Senior Rugby team with Bath Tour Vice-Captain and Captain

The Bath Touring Group with some Senior Rugby players, with coaches Mr Steven Lynch (left) and Mr Dennis Lenihan (right).

The Bath Touring Group with some Senior Rugby players, and coaches Mr Steven Lynch (left) and Mr Dennis Lenihan (right).

Easter Rugby Camp

The Easter Rugby Camp, held from Tuesday to Friday this week, was a great success.  Seventy-five pupils in all participated: a total of sixty-eight from CBC and seven of their friends from other schools.  The first day was a bit wet and all the lads went home covered in mud, but the rest of the week was nice and sunny and provided more fun for the boys and less washing for their mothers.  Each participant was presented with a rugby ball in the CBC school colours as a souvenir of the camp.

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Principal Dr Larry Jordan and Munster Players Billy Holland and Duncan Williams visit th camp

Principal Dr Larry Jordan and Munster players Billy Holland and Duncan Williams visit th camp

Prep School Teachers Ms Sharon McAdoo and Mr Steven Lynch with some of the younger rugby players

Prep School Teachers Ms Sharon McAdoo and Mr Steven Lynch with Fourth Year assistant coach Daniel Wallace and some of the younger rugby players

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Rugby Camp Action

Rugby Camp Action

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