CBC 15 – 25 Ysgol Gyffun Gwynllw



The Annual Bath Tour creates great excitement in Sixth Class. From designing the tour jersey, to sizing for gear and of course all the regular Friday morning training sessions, culminate in the boys trip to Bath.
This year a special visitor came to school and the RBS Six Nations Trophy received a great welcome.
The School would like to thank Autoglass and Marlboro Retail Trust for their generous sponsorship of the Tour Gear.

Sow and Grow

Junior Infants and Third Class were busy this week learning about planting vegetables.

Two FOURTH YEAR Students were also on hand to help.
Both Classes are learning about Cress, Runner Beans and Beetroot and each boy will record the progress of their plant.SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Easter Raffle!

Our Easter raffle is an annual event. There is always great excitement as the winning numbers are picked from every class level!

Congratulations to Adam in 3rd class who was the lucky winner of this year’s giant egg!

Matthew in San Francisco



CBC pupil Matthew Mallen (pictured above, left, with Lord Mayor Clancy) missed out on the highlight of the year for Sixth Class Prep School boys: the Rugby Tour to Bath.  However, he was not too disappointed. He jetted off to the USA last Wednesday instead, aboard the inaugural Aer Lingus flight to San Francisco.  He was invited, along with four other Cork students, by no less a person than the Mayor of San Francisco.

This invitation came about when Mayor Edwin Lee travelled to Cork in March 2013 to act as Grand Marshall in the St Patrick’s Day parade. During this visit, Mayor Lee visited CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and was highly impressed with their CoderDojo group of ‘bright sparks’. He was eager to make the connection with CoderDojo in Cork, given the vital role the tech industry plays in both our economies.

A fantastic programme of events has been put together by Mayor Lee’s office with assistance from the twinning committees in both Cork and San Francisco. The 3 day program is packed and includes exchanges with students from the San Francisco Unified School District, and CoderDojo sessions at the California Academy of Sciences.

The latest news from the group is that Matthew made a TV appearance in San Francisco, demonstrating his computer coding skills to a group of US students.  He made a great impression, full of enthusiasm and confidence.  A great ambassador for Cork and CBC.

Check out Matthew’s TV appearance by clicking the following link:

Swimming Medals

Congratulations to Conor Foley, Third Class, who won Gold in the U10 50m Freestyle and Silver in the U10 50m Breaststroke in the Munster Schools Swimming Championships 2014, held in UL recently.


Sixth Class Chess Tournament

Sixth class boys concentrating hard for their chess tournament.


CBC welcomed Scoil Íde from Limerick on Saturday, March 8.
Both schools played three games with Fifth & Sixth Classes involved.


C.A.P.E.R. (Children And Parents Enjoying Reading) takes place in First Class every Tuesday and Thursday. It is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to practice their reading and they really enjoy reading for the parents that come in to help out every week. We really appreciate all the parents that give up their time to come in every week to read with us!





Maths in First Class

First class boys can be seen here learning about capacity. They started by estimating the number of units it would take to fill various bowls, glasses, bottles, etc. and then took turns to measure accurately and record the information.



Valentine’s Day

4th class marked Valentine’s Day by giving a special loved one the message: “You’re one in a minion!”



After School Care

After school care was introduced in the Prep School in September 2013 for Junior and Senior Infant pupils free of charge until 3.00pm and for €2.50 per half hour until 5.00pm.

During after school care the pupil’s are provided with a variety of stimulating and absorbing activities centred around a ‘Theme of the Week’, such as Pirates, Dinosaurs etc. The theme is explored through painting, art work, story telling and play.

Please see our page on After School Care for further information.

Visit to Collins Barracks

The students in CBC Prep School were recently fortunate enough to attend the open day in Collins Barracks during Cork Rebel Week 2013. The open day celebrated General Michael Collins’ birthday.

The students had the opportunity to see first-hand a range of rare armoured fighting vehicles from 1922 including the Slieve na mBan. The Military Units of Collins Barracks displayed present day equipment, used both at home and in overseas deployments including Combat Support Equipment, Explosive Ordnance Equipment, as well as DF Transport Fleet vehicles. A Military Pipe Band also performed on the day.

Sports Day 2013

The weather did not disappoint today, though rain was forecast.  The boys enjoyed a full range of sporting events, including the novelty race for Sixth Class boys.  Picture shows some of the proud Mums watching the race.

The proud Mums watch the novelty race

Third and Fourth Class Visit Dáil

Third and Fourth Class  set off by bus from the school at 7.00am this morning, accompanied by two teachers and three parents.  Their destination was Dáil Éireann and the National Museum.  The group is pictured below with Prep School past pupil Mr Dara Murphy TD who met them at the Dáil.

Third and Fourth Class at Dáil Éireann this morning with Mr Dara Murphy TD

CBC’s Christmas Fair

Despite the bad weather on Sunday, the Christmas Fair was very well attended.  From twelve noon, right through to the closing time of 5pm, a steady stream of visitors came along to buy, visit Santa or get a ride on the pony.  Thanks to all who supported the event.  A total of €6,000 was raised for charity on the day.

Part of the large attendance on the day

Santa was present to add to the festive atmosphere

Santa’s little helpers

Santa was kept busy for the whole day

Satisfied customers

The Dublin Trip

The boys of Fifth and Sixth Class had a most enjoyable trip to Dublin last Saturday.  They went to St Michael’s first where they played two games against a St Michael’s side.  Next, it was on to the Aviva Stadium to enjoy the Ireland v Argentina match.  A splendid time was had by all.

Match action against St Michael’s

CBC dig out the ball

A dash towards the line