Friday, October 16
Today we were delighted to receive a visit from Sonia O’Sullivan. A world champion in 1995, Sonia O’Sullivan competed in four Olympics and is undoubtedly a hero to many, especially here in Cork.
Sonia is one of the greatest Irish sports people ever and a legend of athletics, and we in the Prep School were very excited to have here as our guest.
She spoke to the pupils present about her training regime and how much she enjoyed her sport.
Wednesday, October 7
Fifth Class held a First Aid Workshop today.
Our thanks to Pat Lowry for facilitating the Workshop.
The boys learned about how to make an emergency call and also were shown how to administer CPR. Pat had brought a number of mannequins for the students to practice their skills and was a very enjoyable and worthwhile Workshop. He also showed the Class the large amount of equipment the Emergency Services needed when travelling to an incident.
Our October Mid Term Rugby Camp is back for 2015!!
There has been a great response in recent years to this Rugby Camp.
The Camp is open to all boys in the Preparatory School and they are more than welcome to bring a friend.
Cost is €52 for three days or €20 per day. Applications must be made via the Easy Payments Plus section of our Website.
The Camp runs from October 27/28/29 from 10am to 2pm.
Boys from the School were involved in a Mini Sevens Blitz on Friday, September 25.
The boys played very well in their games against Cork Educate Together, Riverstown and Glenville.
Well done to Glenville on winning through to the next stage and to Riverstown who were fantastic hosts.
The Preparatory School have been very active in Sciath na Scol competitions over the past number of years.
This time of year is dedicated to Gaelic Football and the team have played three matches to date against Carrigaline, Spriorad Naomh and St Joseph’s, The Mardyke. Unfortunately, results haven’t been kind, but the boys continue to improve their skills with each game.
Saturday, September 19
A great day at our Sports Complex at Lansdowne. The School hosted Munster v Ulster in U18 Schools and U18 Clubs games.
There were a number of CBC students involved with the Munster U18 Schools teams. Glad to say that both Munster teams won on the day.
1st and 2nd Classes were involved in a Mini Game at Half Time in the Clubs’ game, while 3rd and 4th Classes had their opportunity at Half Time during the Schools’ game. The Classes also provided a guard of honour for both games.
Every Friday we have Rugby at CBC.
Rugby is the school’s main sport and together with our teachers, a number of Fourth Year Students help with the coaching.
They have recently completed a Munster Rugby TY Coaching Course, facilitated by Finny O’Regan and John O’Neill of Munster Branch.
Unfortunately today we didn’t have a chance to go to Lansdowne due to the rain, so we had to settle for our Lunchroom instead. Cillian, Conor and Jude called down to play a number of Rugby Games with Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 2nd Class.
When the rain eased off, Ben, JD and David had the opportunity to take 5th & 6th Classses to our Astro Turf for a game of End Ball.
Fifth Class have been busy with some fantastic Silhouettes.
Here’s a sneak peak!!
We’ll post more when we have them on display!
Special visitors to the school on Monday, were a group of teachers from Veritas College, Springs in South Africa, which is also a Christian Brothers’ school.
Boys from 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes entertained the group and then called to various classes and answered a number of questions the boys had on South Africa.
Naturally, all were keen for an Ireland v South Africa final in the upcoming World Cup!
After school, some of our Preparatory School teachers escorted the group on their walking tour of Cork City, which was given by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy and was very enjoyable and informative.
A great day was had by all when a group from the Preparatory School visited the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
It was Ireland’s final World Cup warm-up game, yet despite the result, the boys from Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Classes, really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Boys from Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Classes have just left Wellington Road with a number of teachers, parents and coaches.
They are heading to the Aviva Stadium to see Ireland’s last Rugby World Cup Warm-Up game, where they play Wales.
We hope the boys have a great day!!
A warm welcome back to all our Students for the 2015/16 Academic Year.
A special welcome to our new Junior Infants, who had a busy morning on Tuesday, August 25.
While all was quiet in the school, our new Junior Infants took advantage to get used to their new surroundings. Their class teacher, Mrs. Denise Lowry, took the boys on a tour of the school and then settled down to get to know each other.
We wish the boys all the best as they prepare for hopefully an eventful fourteen years at CBC!
Beautiful, handmade Communion and Confirmation cards are for sale in the Prep School. The cards can be bought in the mornings inside the main door or from Miss Buckley. All proceeds from the sale of these cards will go to the Zambia Immersion Project.
Cards are €4 each or three cards for €10.
Na Naíonáin Bheaga ag canadh Teidí Beag Álainn ar maidin!!
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.