October in 3rd Class

Our 3rd Class boys have also been a busy bunch. Take a look below at some of the activities they did with their teacher, Ms. O’ Donovan.

The boys enjoyed practicing their passing skills in football with Miss O Donovan. Great fun was had calling for the ball and looking to see who was free. The boys showed excellent observing skills and quick thinking. It was lovely to hear them being so encouraging towards each other. Future Cork Footballers in the making!

The boys also spent time in October learning about the Solar System! They used oils pastels to create their own solar systems.  Here they are hard at work.

In the lead up to Halloween 3rd class listened to the Halloween poem “Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth Toast”. They then worked in groups to create their own images of the poem. They worked cooperatively and creatively in making their master pieces.

Well done rang a trí!

October in 4th Class

Our 4th Class boys have had a busy month. Take a look below to see some of the enjoyable activities that took place in October.

Their teacher, Ms. Kenny, took them to Cork City Library where they spent the morning with author, Alan Early. They received a tutorial on comic book writing. Sai was our comic book model. Each boy then created their own comic. They really are a very talented creative writing group. Everyone really enjoyed the excerise.


During maths lesson, the boys put their books away and went out to the yard where they used their body lengths to measure the yard as a team. This cooperation game is designed to develop teamwork and also uses their maths skills.

The boys have also been enjoying GAA and Rugby training in Lansdowne. Luckily the weather has been very good so far this year. Ms. Kenny reports that they are making great progress.

Finally, the boys created some great Autumn art in class. Here are some of our budding young artists at work.


Drama in Senior Infants

Our Senior Infant boys have been displaying their acting skills this week during Irish lessons. They have been learning all about the spooky characters we meet at Halloween and acting out some lovely Halloween songs and poems as Gaeilge. One of our ghosts even popped into the office to say a poem – he gave Mr. McCarthy and Dr. Jordan a big fright!

Mrs. Curley’s Retirement Dinner

Staff and management bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Sheila Curley at a dinner in The Barn restaurant earlier this month. Mrs. Curley spent many happy years teaching Senior Infants in the Prep School before her retirement this year and will be sorely missed by students and staff alike.

Computer Coding in Junior and Senior Infants

Friday afternoons sees boys from 5th Class introducing Scratch Jr to our Junior & Senior Infants Classes. With Scratch, students can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.This enjoyable module is a very popular activity on Friday afternoons!

Sciath na Scol

Congratulations to our Sciath na Scol Football team who have reached the Urban F2 Final. They will play North Mon in a match that has been refixed for Friday, Oct 27, 12:30pm at Mayfield GAA.

Go n-eirí libh!!

National Ploughing Championships 2017

Our 5th and 6th class students, along with their teachers Mr. Lynch and Ms. McAdoo, donned their wellies and travelled to the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. They were excited at the opportunity to watch some ploughing, cheer on the competitors in the sheep dog trials and visit some of the exhibitor’s stalls.

After an early start on the bus from Cork (complete with a lengthy sing-song) and a day spent out an about in the fresh air, they were delighted with the complimentary burger and chips (a big thank you to Jamie for arranging this for us!).

It was a great day out and all arrived home tired but happy!

October in Junior Infants

Our Junior Infants have been working hard since they started school in September and are making great progress with their reading. This week they have been practicing words from their class reader. Mrs. Lowry is very proud of the effort they are putting in!

Take a look below for some more pictures from the Junior Infant classroom.

Roald Dahl Day


Wednesday 13th September was Roald Dahl day. Some of our students from 5th and 6th class took the opportunity to share their love of Roald Dahl by choosing their favourite book to read to boys in Junior and Senior Infants. This was a hugely successful activity that was enjoyed by all.

First Class Rugby

Our first class students really enjoyed this week’s rugby training at Lansdowne. Their coaches kept everyone involved with fun games and drills. Their ball handling skills are already impressive. Conor Murray better watch his back!





Many thanks to all who attended our Halloween Rugby Camp.

Once again, there was a great uptake for the Camp and the boys enjoyed three days of Rugby games, coaching and skills.

Well done again to our TY Students who gave up a few days of their midterm break to coach our boys!


Friday, October 23

Well done to our Transition Year Students who organised a fantastic Rugby Blitz for our Prep School Students on Friday.

Over the past few weeks, the Students have been implementing coaching drills from their recent TY Coaching Course and as part of their Certificate, had to organise a Blitz.

A great morning’s fun was had, we were fortunate that the weather was kind to us.


Thursday, 15 October

On Thursday, Fifth Class had a day out in Crosshaven.

First, they visited Camden Fort Meagher and toured the historic site.

After a brief lunch at the local park, the Class were invited to visit Crosshaven Coastguard Headquarters.


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Today we were delighted to receive a visit from Sonia O’Sullivan. A world champion in 1995, Sonia O’Sullivan competed in four Olympics and is undoubtedly a hero to many, especially here in Cork.

Sonia is one of the greatest Irish sports people ever and a legend of athletics, and we in the Prep School were very excited to have here as our guest.

She spoke to the pupils present about her training regime and how much she enjoyed her sport.

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Wednesday, October 7

Fifth Class held a First Aid Workshop today.

Our thanks to Pat Lowry for facilitating the Workshop.

The boys learned about how to make an emergency call and also were shown how to administer CPR. Pat had brought a number of mannequins for the students to practice their skills and was a very enjoyable and worthwhile Workshop. He also showed the Class the large amount of equipment the Emergency Services needed when travelling to an incident.

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Our October Mid Term Rugby Camp is back for 2015!!

There has been a great response in recent years to this Rugby Camp.

The Camp is open to all boys in the Preparatory School and they are more than welcome to bring a friend.

Cost is €52 for three days or €20 per day. Applications must be made via the Easy Payments Plus section of our Website.

The Camp runs from October 27/28/29 from 10am to 2pm.



Boys from the School were involved in a Mini Sevens Blitz on Friday, September 25.

The boys played very well in their games against Cork Educate Together, Riverstown and Glenville.

Well done to Glenville on winning through to the next stage and to Riverstown who were fantastic hosts.



The Preparatory School have been very active in Sciath na Scol competitions over the past number of years.


This time of year is dedicated to Gaelic Football and the team have played three matches to date against Carrigaline, Spriorad Naomh and St Joseph’s, The Mardyke. Unfortunately, results haven’t been kind, but the boys continue to improve their skills with each game.

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DSC_6409Saturday, September 19

A great day at our Sports Complex at Lansdowne. The School hosted Munster v Ulster in U18 Schools and U18 Clubs games.

There were a number of CBC students involved with the Munster U18 Schools teams. Glad to say that both Munster teams won on the day.


1st and 2nd Classes were involved in a Mini Game at Half Time in the Clubs’ game, while 3rd and 4th Classes had their opportunity at Half Time during the Schools’ game. The Classes also provided a guard of honour for both games.

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_DSC6692Every Friday we have Rugby at CBC.

Rugby is the school’s main sport and together with our teachers, a number of Fourth Year Students help with the coaching.

They have recently completed a Munster Rugby TY Coaching Course, facilitated by Finny O’Regan and John O’Neill of Munster Branch.

SONY DSCUnfortunately today we didn’t have a chance to go to Lansdowne due to the rain, so we had to settle for our Lunchroom instead. Cillian, Conor and Jude called down to play a number of Rugby Games with Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 2nd Class.

When the rain eased off, Ben, JD and David had the opportunity to take 5th & 6th Classses to our Astro Turf for a game of End Ball.

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_DSC5885Special visitors to the school on Monday, were a group of teachers from Veritas College, Springs in South Africa, which is also a Christian Brothers’ school.

Boys from 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes entertained the group and then called to various classes and answered a number of questions the boys had on South Africa.

Naturally, all were keen for an Ireland v South Africa final in the upcoming World Cup!

After school, some of our Preparatory School teachers escorted the group on their walking tour of Cork City, which was given by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy and was very enjoyable and informative.

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