Tomorrow morning, Sixth Class will assemble at Cork Airport rather than in the School Hall. They will be on their way to the beautiful city of Bath for an educational and rugby tour. This final major event for the most senior boys in the Preparatory School is an annual event of long standing. They will play seven matches while in Bath, against local opposition. They will also spend some time sight seeing. They will be taken on a guided tour of the ancient Roman Baths, the feature from which the city takes its name. The boys designed a special jersey for the trip. Today, Dr Larry Jordan presented each of the 25 boys with the special touring jersey and a touring bag.
Fifth Class were guests of Scoil Cholmchille, Blarney Street on Friday last, to play return cricket and hurling matches. All the boys enjoyed the event and it is planned to have some more matches before the summer holidays.
Fourth Class took part in a Feis Maitiu choral speaking competition this morning. Their performance was highly praised by the adjudicator. They took third place in the highly entertaining competition.
A few weeks before Ireland’s famous victory over England in the Cricket World Cup, a cricket match had been planned between CBC Prep School and Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney Street. The match took place this morning at Lansdowne in glorious sunshine. The fact that cricket has been very much in the news this week, made the event all the more enjoyable.
The Fifth Class boys from each school competed and everyone got a chance to play. The final result: we want more cricket. A return match is planned for next Friday morning when the CBC boys will be the guests of Scoil Cholmchille.
The boys finished off the morning’s sport with a game of hurling on the Astro Turf. What energy!
Next Wednesday afternoon will complete the eight weeks of swimming lessons in Mayfield Swimming Pool, started in November. Fifty-two pupils participated from Second Class to Sixth Class. Some First Class and Senior Infants pupils who have brothers in Second to Sixth Class were also allowed to participate. Four swimming instructors were on hand each Wednesday, so that the boys could be coached at their own individual level.
It is proposed to start another eight week session of swimming lessons immediately after the Christmas break. The course costs twenty-five euro, to be paid in advance. Most of the current participants have expressed an interest in continuing on, but there is also room for a few more pupils.
The lessons take place on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 2.00pm. Pupils who are going swimming may stay in the Lunch Room from 1.00-1.30pm under supervision, to convenience parents.
Don’t forget the CBC Christmas Fair on Sunday next, 12 December, from 1.00-5.00pm. For full details, click the following: Christmas Poster
When the boys saw snow out through the classroom windows this morning, there was a spontaneous outbreak of Christmas songs! From Junior Infants Class upwards, the boys just had to go out to the yard to experience the snow first hand. They went in turn and really enjoyed the experience as can be seen from the following pictures.
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.
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.
For a full list of Preparatory School Rugby Fixtures, click the following link: Rugby Fixtures Rugby Fixtures
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam McCarthy’s drawing, Sixth Class:
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
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.
Scoil Mhuire Second Class and the Prep School Second Class came together this morning to practice some of the hymns for First Communion Day (Saturday 8 May) under the direction of Prep School music teacher Ms Ruth O’Shea.
Plans are well advanced for a CBC Preparatory School rugby camp to be held during the second week of the Easter Holidays: Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April. The camp is open to Preparatory School boys from First to Sixth Class. They may also invite their friends from other schools, numbers permitting. To download the brochure for this event click the following: Rugby Camp Brochure