This week we have been celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2020. Our morning assemblies have been centered around the theme of ‘Living in Harmony With God’s Creation’ with teachers and students from 3rd – 6th Class leading reflections relating to the daily themes. Classroom teachers have also been leading mindful moments throughout the day and encouraging the students to discuss and reflect on these daily themes during activities.
See link below for a great list of 100 books all children should read before leaving primary school. Whilst not compiled by CBC teachers, we are in agreement that this is a handy resource for parents to have and encourage all of our students to spend more time reading!
The Prep School was delighted to once again welcome the Medical Students from UCC’s Surgeon Noonan Society to our school last Friday as the lunchroom was transformed into a hospital ward for a Teddy Bear’s Hospital Fundraiser.
This event involved the boys and girls from CBC and Scoil Mhuire bringing their “sick” or “injured” teddies or furry toys, along with a donation, to the team of Medical Students who examined the teddy much like a GP or hospital doctor, prescribed some tender loving care with a side of 5-a-day fruit and vegetables, and offered some bandages for good measure! This activity aimed to demystify the healthcare experience for children and remove any stigma/fears they may have about hospitals and doctors, while raising funds for those less fortunate than us in the third world.
Mrs. Lowry treated the Junior Infants to a Breakfast Party this morning. The occasion provided lots of opportunities for oral language development as the boys discussed restaurants, food and breakfast. The Senior Infants were delighted to be invited to the party too and it was a great way to end the term.
This month our Senior Infant boys embarked on a Kindness Project whereby they carried out a kind deed every day. As part of this project they wrote Thank You notes to Cork City Ambulance Service, Cork City Fire Brigade and the Gardai, thanking them for all they do to help people and wishing them a Happy Christmas. They were delighted to receive the following responses. Well done boys!
This year’s Christmas concert took place on Wednesday 18th December and featured fabulous performances from the CBC choir as well as our growing troupe of very talented musicians. Directed by our Music Teacher, Ms. Sonya Keogh, a medley of songs from Les Miserables was met with enthusiasm from the audience and you could hear a pin drop when soloist Matthew Keane performed Castle on a Cloud. The Junior Infant Class, led by teacher Mrs. Denise Lowry, recited The Present by Christy Keneally and there was also a surprise performance from the teachers who sang their own version of The Twelve Days of Christmas! The concert always marks the end of the school term and is a wonderful occasion for the school community to come together before breaking up for the holidays.
On Tuesday, our 2nd and 3rd Class boys visited AIB on the South Mall to perform Christmas carols for customers and staff. Accompanied by class teachers and Ms. Sonya Keogh, our Music Teacher, the boys performed beautifully and created a wonderful ambience throughout one of Cork’s landmark buildings.
Staff and students at the Prep School were delighted to welcome back our friends from CBS Sexton Street , another ERST school, for a day packed full of activities last Wednesday. Once again students from 5th and 6th Class hosted the visiting school. The boys were split into smaller groups as they attended GAA training, card making and computer coding sessions throughout the morning. Mr. David O’ Connell put on his very enjoyable Science Show before staff and students from both schools descended on the secondary school canteen for lunch. A big thank you to students throughout the school who donated Selection Boxes for the 6th Class boys to bring back to the rest of their school as well as our 5th and 6th Class boys who also donated a book each to the boys who travelled to Cork for this special occasion. It was fantastic to see connections being made throughout the day and the smiles on the faces of hosts and visitors alike at the end of the day spoke volumes.
We had some very special visitors to the Prep School last week when Mrs. Blaithín McDonnell from the Parents’ Council arranged a visit from Sarah and her new assistance dog from Dogs for the Disabled. They were accompanied by some of the other dogs from the charity as well as Irish International rugby player, Peter O’ Mahony, who fielded questions from the boys on topics relating to rugby and all things canine! It was a very enjoyable occasion and the students enjoyed learning about how the Assistance Dogs help people with physical disabilities.
The Preparatory School Parents’ Council organised a very successful International Day in November, highlighting the many different nationalities that are represented in our school. The day was very enjoyable for the boys and their teachers. A very big thank you to all the parents for their tremendous work putting it all together.
A very successful & colourful Ball Run was held on Sidney Hill today with all proceeds in aid of Cork Pink. All boys & teachers dressed up in pink and lined the avenue to witness the spectacle. Many thanks to all families in the school who were so generous in supporting the event. Nearly €1700 was raised.
Results of the Prizes are as follows:
€100 Voucher: Juliet McKenna, €50 Voucher: Luke O’Connell, €25 Vouchers: Eddie Nathan, Andrew Quinlan, Henry Sheehan, Rasmus Jakobsen.
We had plenty of Spot Prizes too and these were the winners:
Ronan Sisk, Max Clarke, Adam Murphy Fitzgibbon, Kai McCarthy, Luke Nyhan, Henry Quinn, Jack Crowley, Finn Murphy, Oscar O’Riordan, Ray McGauley, Daniel Curtin, Andrew Post, James Martin, Seán Fleming, Tom Nixon.