The weather has been very much in the news lately and Sixth Class pupil James Keaveney has taken a special interest in how information on climate is gathered.  He built a weather station consisting of a thermometer to measure maximum and minimum daily temperature, a precipitation gauge to measure rainfall and a barometer to measure atomopheric pressure.   James constructed the barometer himself, using ordinary household items.  James then demonstrated his weather station, very ably, to his class.

James with his weather station

James with his weather station

Rugby Fixtures for 2010

  • Arrangements are being made to reschedule the games that were postponed due to bad weather; these games include away games against Bandon and Crosshaven and a home game against Skibbereen.
  • 23 January: All age groups; Away; v Kinsale
  • 30 January: All age groups; Away; v Dunmanway
  • 6 February: Fixture to be confirmed
  • 13 February: Fixture to be confirmed
  • 20 February: u-9 and u-11; Blitz in Clonakilty
  • 27 February: u-10 and u-12; Blitz;  Home
  • 13 March: All age groups; Away; v Ballincollig
  • 20 March: All age groups; Away; v Skibbereen
  • 27 March: All age groups; Home blitz; v Youghal & Cork Con
  • 16-18 April: 6th Class Tour to Bath
  • 24 April: End of Season Fixture

Dennis Linehan (Prep School Head)

Parents Council Dinner

The Parents Council dinner is on Friday next, 15 January.  If you did not get your ticket yet, tickets are still available from members of the Parents Council.  Your support would be appreciated for this, the fist event organised by the new Prep School Parents Council.

School on Wednesday

At lunchtime today, the Minister for Education withdrew his instruction to all schools to close until Thursday next.  Therefore, since the weather is forecasted to improve, it has been decided that CBC Preparatory School and Secondary School will open on Wednesday 13 January.


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Christmas Holiday Period


Swine Flu vaccinations will take place on Monday 21 December, from 8.30am to 9.30am approximately.  Only pupils who have brought in (or bring in) a signed parental permission form will be vaccinated.  Parents may wait while vaccination takes place.

Tuesday’s Nativity Play/Concert

Tuesday’s nativity play/concert takes place in the Secondary School Hall  at the earlier time of 10.45am to facilitate parents who wish to attend the Scoil  Mhuire ceremony in St Mary’s.  It will  finish at approximately 11.15am.  Parents are invited to come along to the Canteen in the Secondary College before the concert, from about 10.00am for light refreshments.  Pupils may be taken home by parents when they leave the concert, but pupils may, if they wish, remain until 1.00pm finishing time. 

Parent Teacher Meeting

A Parent-Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 7 January, the day before the Prep School re-opens after the Christmas Holidays.  If you wish to book a timeslot for your meeting, go to your son’s classroom on Monday or Tuesday of this week and write your name on the list pinned to the outside of the classroom door.

Concert: Final Rehearsals

Excitement is mounting as the time of the Christmas concert draws closer.  A final dress rehearsal was held this morning and everything is now ready for the performance at 7.30pm this evening.  Parents are asked to drop their sons to the Secondary School building by 7.10pm to give some time to get organised.Final Rehearsals 004Final Rehearsals 002

Parents Council Fund-Raising Dinner

The Parents Council Fund-Raising Dinner is scheduled for Friday 15 January 2010 at the Montenotte Hotel.  It is hoped to have eight tables, one for each class in the Preparatory School.  Class representatives will be selling tickets from tomorrow onwards (fifty euro per ticket) and hope to sell a minimum of ten pairs per class group.  Tickets will be on sale in the school tomorrow, Friday from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.  Tickets will also be available at the Christmas Concert on Thursday next.

Money raised by the event will fund the painting of colourful patterns for games onto the school yard.  The work will be carried out by a company specialising in this kind of work.  The patterns will be chemically fixed to the yard surface and will be very durable.

Hardy Boys

The frost did not stop the hardy boys from the Prep School getting on with their sporting activities on the Astroturf.Astroturf in Frost 002Astroturf in Frost 004Astroturf in Frost 007Astroturf in Frost 001

Christmas Concert Date Changed

The date of the Christmas Concert has been changed from Thursday 3 December to Thursday 10 December.  Please note that the Preparatory School will be open as usual on Thursday 3 December.

Rehearsing for the Christmas Concert in the Lunch Room

Rehearsing for the Christmas Concert in the Lunch Room

Rehearing for the Christmas Concert in the Main Hall

Rehearing for the Christmas Concert in the Main Hall

Rehearsing for Christmas Concert in the Main Hall

Rehearsing for Christmas Concert in the Main Hall

Getting ready to go on stage for the rehearsal

Getting ready to go on stage for the rehearsal

Water Supply Situation

CBC Preparatory School, as already stated, will be closed on tomorrow, Tuesday for health and safety reasons (the Secondary School will also be closed). 

On Wednesday 25th, both the Preparatory School and the Secondary School will be open as usual.  Though CBC’s piped water has been cut off, a tanker will deliver a supply which should be adequate for the needs of both schools.  We hope to be able to remain open on Thursday and Friday also.

Business as Usual Tomorrow in CBC

CBC Preparatory and Secondary School will open as usual tomorrow, Monday 23 November.  Though the water supply to the school has been cut off since yesterday, there is a sufficient supply in the roof tanks to last one day.  Pupils in the Secondary School will finish at 12 noon as planned to facilitate a Second Year Parent Teacher Meeting, which will also go ahead as scheduled.  The Preparatory School will finish at the normal time.

Pupils should bring drinking water to school with them as the water fountains connected to the mains will not be functioning. 

It is too early to say whether the College will be open on Wednesday as no information is available on how long the supply of water will remain cut off and we have not managed to arrange an alternative supply as yet.


Though the city centre was flooded this morning due to the torrential rain of the past few days, the sun was shining brightly.  The boys of Third and Fourth Class were looking forward to tag rugby, but the piches in Lansdowne were water logged and unplayable.  However, the Astroturf all-weather pitch lived up to its name and the games went on.Astroturf 001Astroturf 009Astroturf 015Astroturf 018Astroturf 019Astroturf 022 

PHOTOS: Mr Lynch, ably assisted by several Transition Year pupils, gets the tag rugby matches going on the Astroturf.

Science Week

Third and Fourth Class went to the Discovery 2009 Science exhibition in the City Hall this morning at 9.00am.  It runs from 9-21 November.  The walk took fifteen minutes and the weather remained reasonably dry.  Pupils had the opportunity to visit the various stands, choosing whichever ones interested them.  The ‘Slime Station’ seemed to be the favourite.  Later the full group attended a film show in the ‘Stardome’ set up by the Blackrock Castle Observatory. After that, it was back t school again and, luckily, we got there between showers.Science Exhibition 003Science Exhibition 006Science Exhibition 008Science Exhibition 009Science Exhibition 007Science Exhibition 017Science Exhibition 018

New Music Teacher


Pupils rehearse for Christmas Concert with Ms Ruth O'Shea

Pupils rehearse for Christmas Concert with Ms Ruth O'Shea

This morning, and every Monday morning, music and singing can be heard throughout the school as the boys practice their songs for the Christmas concert under the direction of our new Music Teacher, Ms Ruth O’Shea.  On Fridays, Ms Eveleen Whelton, our Speech and Drama Teacher, gives s her attention to the boys with speaking parts and also to the choral verse groups.  All the pupils are looking forward to the concert scheduled for 3 December.

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Munster Rugby Players Coach Prep Teams

Three players from the Munster Senior Squad, all past pupils of CBC, came to Lansdowne today to help out Prep School trainers Dennis Linehan and Steven Lynch with the training of Prep School Rugby Teams.  The boys were delighted to get a full training session with Stephen Archer, Billy Holland and Duncan Williams.

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Duncan Williams with Prep School boys in Lansdowne on Friday 13 November

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Stephen Archer with Prep School boys in Lansdowne on Friday 13 November

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Billy Holland with Prep School boys in Lansdowne on Friday 13 November

Christmas Annuals

sugradh_2009_cover_thumb_overThe popular Folens Christmas Annuals are available for sale in the Prep School.  They cost five euro each.  They are described by the publishers as: ‘Educational and fun, each annual is bursting with quizzes and activitied, fantastic facts, jokes, fiction and non-fiction, interviews and much more.  Great competitions with bikes and stereos to be won!’

sonas_2009_cover_thumb_overThere are four annuals available, one for each age group: Sugradh is for Junior and Senior Infants; Spraoi is for First and Second Class; Siamsa is for Third and Fourth and Sonas is for Fifth and Sixth.

The annuals are available from teachers at the moment.

Cork Pops Orchestra

Evening Echo, Tuesday 10 November 2009

Evening Echo, Tuesday 10 November 2009

The whole Prep School went to see a performance of the Cork Pops Orchestra at 12 o’clock today.  The weather was not as nice as we would have liked, and the 15 minute walk began to look a bit more daunting than anticipated.  However, parents came to the rescue and a fleet of cars materialised at short notice, and dropped the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class pupils to City Hall.  The other pupils braved the elements and walked down and back as planned.

The boys enjoyed the popular orchestral pieces, introduced by conductor Evelyn Grant.  There were plenty of opportunities to clap, stamp the feet and to sing along with some popular songs as Gaeilge and some American spiritual numbers.




Thanks to Sonya Keogh for the above photos of the the Prep at the Pops

Thanks to Sonya Keogh for the above photos of the the Prep at the Pops

Open Morning

On Tuesday next, 10 November, there will be an open morning for parents who wish to enrol their son in next September’s Junior Infants’ Class.  Parents are welcome to view the school during the school day and to meet the Junior Infants teacher.  The session will be of about one hour’s duration.  It will start at 9.45am and conclude at 10.45am.  All with an interest are welcome to attend.

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This year's Junior Infants Class enjoy a session in the Computer Room.

Shoebox Appeal

Friday next, 6 November, is the last day for bringing in items for the Shoe Box Appeal.  We are very thankful for the support given so far for this worthy Christmas charity.  A final effort to complete the work by Friday would be appreciated.  If you want to find out more about this appeal, click the following link: Shoebox Appeal.

Scheduled Events for this Half-term

Cork Pops Orchestra

On Monday next, 9 November, all pupils will be taken to a performance of the Cork Pops Orchestra for primary schools in the City Hall.  The performance is scheduled to begin at 12 noon. 

 Pantomime at the Everyman

On Friday 18 December, all classes apart from Junior Infants, will go the Pantomime in the Everyman Theatre.

 School Concert

Rehearsals have started for the School Concert, which takes place in the Hall of the Secondary School on the evening of Thursday 3 December.  Families are invited to attend and admission is free.

 Nativity Play

The Junior Infants will perform a Nativity Play on the last day of term (instead of on 18 December as originally planned).  This performance will take place in the Secondary School Hall on Tuesday 22 December at 11.00pm.  All Preparatory School pupils will attend, and parents and families are welcome to come along too.  The play will finish at approximately 12 noon.  Pupils will then return to class and may be collected shortly afterwards as there will be early closing (as on Wednesdays) on that day.


Texting has been set up and is being used to remind parents of upcoming events.

Lisa Cummins Visits CBC Prep

The boys of the Prep School were delighted to welcome Corkwoman Lisa Cummins to the school on Monday last.  Lisa has been in the news for her incredible feat of will and endurance: swimming across the English Channel and turning round immediately and swimming back again.  It took her 36 hours.  She is now in a group of only twenty who can claim this achievement.

Lisa Cummins addresses an attentive Prep School audience

Lisa Cummins addresses an attentive Prep School audience

Lord Mayor’s Visit

CBC Past Pupil Dara Murphy returned to his old school as Lord Mayor in September.
Lord Mayor Dara Murphy, with nephews Conor and Daniel Fitzpatrick and Lady Mayoress Tanya Murphy on the occasion of their visit to CBC on Friday 18 September. Dara is a past pupil of CBC and was given a huge welcome back to his old school.