Our Christmas Fair was an outstanding success and many thanks to all who supported it.
Over 30 External Stalls were on show, who had some fantastic products for sale, together with a few of our own Novelty Stalls. A few stalls included Cork Florists, Blarney Chocolate Factory, Irish Atlantic Sea Salt, Ballycotton Seafood, Sugar Mama and Carroll Cycles. There were some lovely craft stalls with jewellery, knitwear, wood turning crafts and local artists.
We had a number of Novelty Stalls of our own with a ‘Games Room’ in the Canteen – Mario Kart, Rugby Throw, Duck Pond and a Snowball Challenge, while in the main hall, parents and students were busy at stalls such as our Spinning Wheel, Cupcake Decorating, Hot Dogs & Hot Chocolate, Marvellous Mugs, Chocolate Tombola and many, many more.
It was a great afternoon in the school and even Santa had time to call!! All proceeds from the day was raised for the Zambia Immersion Project.
Saturday, November 22
Fifth and Sixth Classes enjoyed a great day in Dublin. In the morning, they played three competitive games against St Mary’s Junior School and were provided with ample refreshments afterwards by our generous hosts.
Then it was off to the Aviva to cheer on Ireland as they played their third and final November International against Australia. This going to be a tough game for Ireland, who brilliantly raced into a 17-0 lead after 15mins. Australia came storming back to level by the short whistle, but thankfully, Ireland held their nerve and recorded a great 26-23 victory.
Our boys really enjoyed the day out.
Tuesday, November 18
Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes had the opportunity to visit the Discovery 2014 Exhibition at City Hall as part of Science Week.
There were various stalls from local well known companies like Tyndall, Lifetime Lab and EMC, as well as representatives from the Defence Forces, UCC, CIT & Fota Wildlife Park.
The students engaged in activities such as Operation, Buzz-Off, Fingerprinting Analysis, the Digestive System and had fun with Robotics. They were also treated to a ‘Magic Show’ with a difference.
The group also had a chance to meet with current Cork Senior Hurling Star, Lorcán McLaughlin, who was at the CIT Stand.
Excitement is building up in the Preparatory School for our Christmas Fair on this Sunday.
There has been a great reaction so far with 36 Stalls booked in from individuals outside the school, and together with our own Novelty Stalls, it should be a great occasion. It is our first major fundraiser for the Zambia Immersion Project, of which two of our teachers will travel out with the Secondary School.
If you are free between 12pm and 5pm on this Sunday, it would be great to see you!! Even Santa will be paying a visit!
Saturday, November 15
Third Class traveled to Temple Hill to play Cork Con and had a great morning’s Rugby. Our thanks to Mr. Shane Fitzpatrick and Mr. Alan Kennedy who looked after the teams on the morning with Mr. Lynch.
Friday, November 14
A Mini Rugby Blitz was held at the College’s Sports Complex at Lansdowne. The Blitz was held in conjunction with the Munster Rugby Branch, who had held a TY Coaching Module at the complex recently.
Thankfully, the weather was kind and the rain stayed away for a few hours!
All Classes from 1st to 6th participated in the Blitz and over 125 boys had a great hours rugby.
Wednesday, November 12
Third and Fourth Classes had the opportunity to visit Dáil Éireann, at the kind invitation of Minister Dara Murphy TD. Mr Murphy spoke to the boys at length about his job and answered any questions that they had. The boys then had an opportunity to visit the Dáil Chamber, the Seanad and have a tour of Leinster House.
Earlier that morning, the boys visited the Wax Museum and had an entertaining tour of the models on display, with the Horror Chamber the most popular.
Our thanks to the parents who accompanied Mr. Lynch with the group on the day, Mrs. Néidín Fitzpatrick, Mr. Pat Lowry and Mr. Duncan O’Regan.
Friday, October 24
Today, we celebrated in style the start of our Hallowe’en Mid Term Break. All students were encouraged to dress up in homemade costumes and a number of teacher led activities kept the students entertained until the 3pm bell!
A disco was held in the Lunchroom, while teachers had organised a number of games, all to get into the Hallowe’en spirit. There was great excitement in the lunchroom with a catwalk of the homemade costumes and well done to all who went to great lengths to make their own costume.
A total of €475 was raised and will be donated to the Zambia Immersion Project.
Thursday, October 23
The Zambia Immersion Project Team was recently selected. 10 Students will accompany four teachers to Zambia in June 2013. It will be the seventh time, CBC has sent a group to Zambia. Two of the Prep School Teachers are part of the team (Miss Fiona Buckley and Mr. Steven Lynch), while four past pupils of the Preparatory School are also travelling – James Keaveney-Jimenez, Roy O’Mahony, Alex McHenry and Kevin McCarthy. They will have a busy year ahead with fundraising and other activities and we wish them well in their endeavours.
CBC first became involved in the Total Immersion Zambia Project in 2003. The project involves sending a number of teachers and Fifth Year pupils to Zambia, every second year, to live for three weeks with a community of Christian Brothers. During this period, the groups work in orphanages and schools, visit hospitals and hospices and experience normal life in the Third World. On their return, the pupils pass on their experiences to their fellow pupils, by giving talks and presentations to the various classes throughout the school, in both the Preparatory and Secondary Schools.
Money raised through fundraising helps to assist the Christian Brothers to maintain and expand on their work in Zambia. They currently have a number of projects in operation such as the following:
WaSH Programme: A Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme for 9 schools (mostly rural) in the Mufulira area. This programme facilitates the installation of proper shower and toilet facilities at schools. Many students, especially girls, were leaving school at an early age, as it was felt that the provision of such facilities would encourage more students to stay in school. The scheme had been trialed in Mopena and proved to be a success and was extended to 8 other schools.
Edmund Rice Village: A shelter for 45 elderly people near Murundu village. Unfortunately, there is a large generation gap in rural Zambia, with the very young being orphaned or cared by grandparents. Zambia has one of the world’s most devasting HIV and AIDS epidemics, with one in seven adults in the country living with HIV. Life expectancy in the Mufulira area is 38 years. The shelter provides a home for the elderly in Murundu who cannot look after themsleves and do not have any family who can support them.
Murundu Development Centre: Providing and developing training Centres for those who have left school early to train in skills such as Metalwork, Carpentry, Building, Agriculture and Tailoring. Murundu is a large rural village some 15km from Mufulira with a population of some 12,000 people, many of whom are very poor.
The Tipperary Fields: Approximately 70 acres of land administered by the Brothers are used to grow maize during the rainy season and vegetables (under irrigation) during the dry season. The maize is grown as part of the Brothers’ Feeding Programme. This programme feeds approximately 200 families who otherwise would not have access to this food.
Tuesday, October 21
Today, Br. Mick O’Donoghue paid a visit to our school. He is the Development Officer of Christian Brothers’ Projects in Africa. A native of Tipperary, he has spent 15 years in Zambia and has been very welcoming to CBC Groups who travelled to Zambia as part of the CBC Zambia Immersion Project.
In June 2013, Miss Sharon McAdoo and Mr. Steven Lynch from the Prep School travelled to Zambia and Br Mick called in to visit the teachers. Both 1st and 3rd Classes were treated to a number of songs by Br. Mick and he also explained to both Classes, the important work which he does.
16 October 2014
Over the past few weeks, Third Class have been talking about Food and how important it is to eat the right things, for our body to work properly.
Michael Clune and Michael O’Halloran (members of the Senior Rugby Team) called to Rang a Trí to talk about Healthy Eating and looking after our bodies. They also explained their busy daily schedule being involved with Senior Rugby Training and preparing for their Leaving Certificate exams next June.
Saturday, October 11
CBC welcomed Scoil Íde from Limerick to our Sports Complex at Lansdowne on Saturday last.
Both schools played three games with Fifth & Sixth Classes involved, and all games were keenly contested.
Scoil Íde will host CBC on Saturday, February 28, 2015 as part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations.
As part of the fundraising for the CBC Zambia Project, a Christmas Fair is planned for Sunday, November 23 from 12pm to 5pm in the College Sports Hall. This will be the third Fair held in the College and again all proceeds are in aid of the CBC Zambia Immersion Project.
In 2015, CBC Cork will embark on its seventh Zambia Immersion Project. Returning to Mufulira, this trip will renew old friendships and continue the strong bond between CBC Cork and the local community there. The trip will be the climax of a long year’s work by the students, their families and teachers, but its success is always down to the fantastic support it receives across the whole school community. The project has developed a huge interest among students from all year groups; as every Project group has recounted their experiences with their peers, which keeps the project rejuvenated and alive in the mindset of CBC students and families.
The Christmas Fair is an important part of the group’s fundraising and has been an ideal opportunity for both Parents & Students to showcase their talents to a wider community. For anyone interested in setting up a stall, please contact Mr. Steven Lynch at the school or at email@example.com
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Fourth Class travelled to Ashbourne, Co. Meath to take part in a National IRFU Mini-Rugby Festival.
6:30am was an early start for the class but they had a great day out in an extremely well organised festival. The Class had opportunities to play Fullerton Prep School from Belfast, as well as St Michaels & Willow Park from Dublin. The boys played very well in all their matches, which is very promising as it is so early in our season.
Each boy was presented with a Water Bottle and a Certificate after their day of rugby. They also met Irish Rugby Star, Dave Kearney before the festival.
PE is an important part of our Curriculum.
Every Tuesday, we wear our Tracksuit and learn new skills and play games.
We are fortunate that a number of FOURTH YEAR Students give of their time to help out with our PE.
Today Jordan, Neil and Sam were the coaches and used some of the concepts from their recent Munster Rugby Coaching Course to plan a fun and active PE lesson.
ABOUT THE CAMP
There has been a very positive feedback in relation to recent Rugby Camps held at the school, resulting in an increased number participating in the camps – with over 100 at our camp last Easter. Rugby is an important part of our School Curriculum with a Programme of Coaching introduced on Fridays and a regular schedule of games on Saturdays against Schools/Clubs.
Now more than ever parents are aware of how vital it is that children engage in exercise and regular activity to stimulate both the body and the mind. Our primary aim at the CBC Camp is to ensure that every child has loads of fun, engaging in social and physical activity in a safe and appropriate manner, leading to an enjoyment of the sport of rugby and building team morale with their classmates.
The School is fortunate to have excellent facilities at its disposal, with playing fields at our Sports Complex at Lansdowne, and an Astro-Pitch & Sports Hall on the School Grounds. Other nearby facilities may be utilised if available, and will be informed to parents.
The Camp is open to boys from 1st to 6th Classes, and friends from other schools are welcome to attend.
Cost: €52 per Camp (1st Child), €40 (2nd Child), €30 (3rd Child)
Hallowe’en 2014 October 28, 29, 30 10am-2pm
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Thursday, May 22, was the last day in school for the Leavng Cert. Class of 2014. On Friday, some of those who had started their CBC journey in the Prep School came back to visit students and staff whom they encountered during their time in the Prep School and to have a look at where it all started for them.
They called to visit Mrs Lowry, who was their teacher way back in September 2000 and the present day Junior Infants class, who were delighted with the extra attention they were getting.
The boys gladly posed for photos as they brought the curtain down on 14 memorable years at CBC.
All our Staff wish them every success in their future paths.
Third Class had a great outing on Monday last, with a walking tour of Spike Island.
The Class walked to Kent Station, Cork and boarded the train to Cobh and then a ferry to the island.
Spike Island has been a monastery, fortress and prison and the boys had a guided tour around all the facilities.
The highlight for the boys was the 6 inch Gun which looks out over Cork Harbour and a chance to visit the Cells where prisoners were kept..
Junior Infants and Third Class are involved in a ‘Sow & Grow’ Project and have had some spectacular results to date.
We planted our Cress, Beetroot and Runner Beans outside in our School Garden
Our caretaker, Brian Austin, was willing to help as he is very interested in flowers and plants. He showed the boys how to build a wigwam to help the Runner Beans to grow and he explained why it was important to keep their leaves off the ground. Slugs would have a feast!! He showed some signs of where slugs were eating into plants.
The boys had great fun putting the wigwam together, using bamboo sticks and string and then planted all their plants in the garden, tying the Runner Beans to the bamboo sticks, and then planting the Cress and Beetroot.
We were very proud of our day’s work.
Sports Day at CBC is always a popular day and thankfully, the sun was shinning for our Annual Outing on Thursday, May 15.
The whole school availed of the excellent facilities at the Mardyke, UCC and proved to be a popular venue for all.
Over the course of the day students experienced events such as 100m Sprint, Egg & Spoon Race, Wheelbarrow Race, Sack Race, Puc Fada, Long Jump, High Jump, Bean Bag Race and Penalty Shoot-Out.
Sixth Class had their own special event in the Novelty Race and again, the style was outstanding from all participants!
There was even time later in the day for a Tip Rugby and Soccer Blitz. An exhausting day all round!!
Many thanks to the Staff and our TY Students who helped to make the day such a success.
The Army Band visited CBC Preparatory School on Friday, May 9.
They performed many well known songs and kept the boys entertained for an hour and a half. Covering TV shows, Movies, Local Songs and Popular Music, the band put together a very entertaining and varied programme. They also explained about each instrument and the various sounds each make, which linked well with the CBC Music curriculum. Some boys in the school, play an instrument and were delighted to meet with Band members afterwards.
It got too much for some students as they felt the need to get up and dance!
A Rugby Camp was held in the School over the Easter Holidays.
Over 100 boys attended the Camp, ranging from boys in 1st Class to 6th Class, and some of their friends.