The boys of the Preparatory School returned after the Christmas break on Tuesday 10 January. By Wednesday, Christmas and 2011 were dim memories with everyone looking forward to the New Year and the new term. As a little reminder of last year, have a look at the following photos.
The postponed Christmas lights ceremony will take place on tomorrow, Friday. A rehearsal has been organised for 4.00pm at City Hall (the new glass section on Anglesea Street between old City Hall and Fire Station. Pupils should be dropped there at about 3.55pm. After the rehearsal, at about 5.00pm, the CBC group will be taken to Emmet Place (accompanied by teachers and volunteer parents) for the turning on of the lights and to participate in carol singing. Parents should collect their sons from there. If at all possible, pupils should wear school uniform as that make it easier to pick them out in a crowd.
CBC Preparatory School has been invited by Cork City Council to participate in the Christmas Lights Ceremony on Friday next. If a sufficient number of pupils and parents are interested we will make arrangements for a group to take part in this seasonal event. A text was sent out today to parents about this event and further information will follow. The City Council invitation is as follows:
Turning on of the City Christmas lights will take place at 6pm on 18th November in Emmet place. There will be a stage area, music and carols and a high profile personality to turn on the lights. We are contacting all the local primary and secondary schools to see if they have a school choir that would be interested in the following:
- Participating in the turning on of the lights event
- Attend a conductor led rehearsal at 4pm on the 18th November for a joint sing along in a venue in the city. Hot chocolates and mince pies provided.
- Sing carols in a specific location in the city and join other schools in Emmet place at 6pm for a joint carol sing song and turning on of the city Christmas lights.
Third to Sixth Class will be playing against Cobh Pirates on Saturday next. Third, Fourth and Fifth should be dropped off at 10.00am for a 10.30am kickoff and should be collected at 11.30am. The Sixth Class game takes place immediately afterwards: arrive at 11.00am; kickoff at 11.30am and collection at 12.30pm. Directions to Cobh Pirates rugby grounds can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.cobhpirates.com/directions.html
Third and Fourth Class had an extra tour laid on for them this year: a visit to Dublin on Thursday 26 May. They set off on the bus from Wellington Road at the unearthly hour of 7.15am, but the early start was well worth the trouble. They packed three great experiences into their day in Dublin. First of all, they went to the Tutankhamun exhibition which they found very interesting. This was followed by a trip to the Natural History Museum, also known as the ‘dead zoo’, as the exhibits consist of stuffed animals and skeletal remains of animals. They found this experience highly enjoyable as well. Their final stop was Dáil Éireann. They spent some time in the visitors’ gallery where they saw both Gerry Adams and ‘Ming’ Flanagan performing. Prep School past pupil Mr Dara Murphy TD met the boys and took them on a tour of Leinster House and presented each of the boys with a special lapel badge featuring the Cork coat of arms as a souvenir of their visit. Many thanks to Dara for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet the boys and their teachers.
This year’s school tour was on Tuesday 24 May. Junior Infants to Second Class went to the Glen Recreation Centre where they had a very enjoyable day of activities, including wall climbing.
The boys of Third to Sixth Class went to the Oysterhaven aquatic centre where more adventurous activities were on offer, including canoeing, boating, rope bridge crossing and other pursuits that involved getting wet and muddy.
Tommy Hyde of Sixth Class is a talented boxer. He brought some of his trophies to school this week, much to the delight of the Junior Infants Class.
Sixth Class arrived back in Cork last night after a hectic weekend in Bath. They played seven rugby matches over the three days at three different venues. They also spent some time sight seeing, culminating with a guided tour of the famous Roman Baths. The touring team also found time for bowling, quasar and a visit to the cinema.
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.