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

CBC Rugby Camps

RECENT RUGBY CAMPS were a great success, judging by the reaction of the participants ─ Prep School boys from First Class to Sixth Class and their friends from other schools ─ and the very positive feedback from parents.  Two camps are planned for this school year as follows:

October/November Camp: Tuesday 30th October to Thursday 1st November

March Camp: Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th March

TIMES: 10.00am to 2.00pm

VENUES: Lansdowne/Gym/Astro.

The brochure may be downloaded from this site  by clicking: “Brochure”  and application forms are available from Prep School teachers

The Glen Resource Centre

All the boys of the Preparatory School spent last Tuesday at the Glen Resource Centre.  Last year, Junior Infants to Second Class went there for their school tour and enjoyed it so much that it was decided that the destination of this year’s school tour for all the boys would be the Glen Centre.  Despite a little bit of rain, all the boys gave the Centre top marks for fun activities.  The younger boys finished at 1.00pm, thoroughly exhausted; the older boys stayed going until 3pm.

The mighty ball

Team sports

Enjoying rock climbing


The Centre has a wide variety of climbing activities

The excitement of zip wire

School Sports at CIT

The School Sports were held last Thursday (17 May) at the CIT Sports Centre.  The Preparatory boys had all the facilities to themselves from 9.30am to 12.30pm when their big brothers arrived from the Secondary School.  It was a great day of fun and experimenting with  various races on the running track, attempting the high jump and the long jump and finishing off with a game of soccer: each class had one of the astro turf pitches to themselves from 12.00 to 1.00.  A great day out!

Getting ready for the three-legged race


Going for the high jump

Clearing the bar in the high jump

Hopping along in the sack race


The sack race is keenly contested


About to hit the dust in the long jump


The "puck fada" competition

The wheelbarrow race is about to start


...and they're off...


Sixth Class three-legged race competitors at the starting line.

Sixth Class get ready for the final race of the day: the Novelty Race


A race to put on the dresses!


At the end of the race, the boys are transformed into girls!


Second and Third Visit UCC

Second and Third Class enjoyed an interesting tour of UCC last week in the company of their teachers and some Transition Year boys.  As they made their way round the quad, stone corridor, etc, they encountered many past pupils of CBC, who were surprised and pleased to see them.

The boys were given gowns and ‘parchments’ in a mock graduation ceremony and various mementos including a biro and a bookmark with the ogham alphabet.

Second and Third Class on the Quad with their 'parchments'.


Second and Third Class on the Stone Corridor in their 'graduation' gowns

Bath Tour Trophy

At Tuesday’s assembly, the  Sixth Class touring group were proud to show off the trophy they won for beating all comers at the Avonvale tournament over last weekend.  Pictured below: Mr Dennis Linehan, Ronan Barry (Touring Captain) with tournament shield, Daithi Heffernan (Team Captain) vice captains Tom O’Connor and Paddy Kelleher and Dr Larry Jordan.

Avonvale Tournament Winners

The Sixth Class touring group returned to school at midday today after a very successful tour of Bath.  They recorded a famous win when they beat all comers at the Avonvale Bathford tournament and brought the trophy home to the Prep School trophy cabinet.

Touring Team Captain Ronan Barry in action during the Bath Tour



Touring Jersey

Mr Michael Cronin (of John Cronin, Oliver Plunkett St, CBC uniform supplier) made a last minute dash to Cork Airport this morning to deliver a set of touring jerseys to the CBC Prep School team, arriving just before the flight took off for London.  The Sixth Class boys designed the special jersey for the Bath Tour, something of a tradition for the last ten years.  The artwork went in very late and Mr Cronin performed above and beyond the call of duty by collecting the jerseys from the delivery depot in Little Island at 6am and arriving at the airport just in time.  He also took the photo (below) of the class just before take off.

The Bath Tour Jersey 2012

The team pause for photograph just before take off.


Bath Time

The annual Bath Tour has come round again, with this year’s Sixth Class boys  flying out to Heathrow Airport, with three Preparatory School teachers and many parents as well, early tomorrow morning.

Dr Larry Jordan presented each of  the 25 members of the touring group with rugby gear this afternoon in a specially made McWilliams touring bag.  A photograph of the group was also taken, which is reproduced below.  We wish the team all the best in their forthcoming games with English teams.

The whole school gathered in the Hall for the presentation of rugby gear.


Dr Jordan makes a presentation


Dr Jordan makes a presentation


Dr Jordan with Captains, Vice-Captains and other members of the travelling group


The Touring Group, including the teachers who will travel: Mr S. Lynch (left) and Ms McAdoo and Mr Linehan (right).


Fourth Class Website

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.

The Blackrock Dome

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