Christmas Lights Ceremony Again!!!

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.

Christmas Lights Ceremony Postponed

The Cork City Council has informed the school that the Christmas Lights Ceremony planned for tomorrow, Friday 18 November, has been cancelled due to a severe weather warning.  It may take place on Friday 25 November.  More details will be given when they are received.

Prep School Parents Meeting

A meeting of Preparatory School parents was held last night in the school Hall.  The first item on the agenda was the election of a Prep School parent to the new Board of Management which will take office next month.  Mrs Myriam O’Connor was proposed, seconded and elected unapposed.

The next item on the agenda was the election of a new Parents Council.  The results were as follows:

    • Junior Infants:   Mrs Miriam McCarthy
    • Senior Infants: Mr Shane FitzPatrick
    • First: Mrs Audrey O’Sullivan
    • Second: Mrs Sharon O’Mahony
    • Third: Mrs Aileen Waterman
    • Fourth: Mr Ray Murray
    • Fifth: Mrs Johanna Radley
    • Sixth: Mr Vivian Hedderman

A short presentation on school developments over the past year was given by Mr Tony McCarthy, and this was followed by questions and comments from some of the many parents present.

The new Parents Council met for a short time after the main meeting.  Mr Shane FitzPatrick was elected Chairperson and Mrs Johanna Radley was elected as Secretary.  The Parents Council will meet again on Monday 3 October at 7.00pm in the Preparatory School Library.

Reopening for the New School Year: 2011-12

The Prep School will reopen tomorrow, Friday 26 August, after the Summer break FOR JUNIOR INFANTS CLASS ONLY.  The new Junior Infants should arrive at 9.00am and should be collected at 11.00am.  On Monday next 29 August, all classes will commence at the usual time of 8.30am and will finish at the normal time: 12.30pm for Junior and Senior Infants; 3.00pm for all other classes.

Open Evening

The Open Evening scheduled for Tuesday 9 March has been cancelled.  Parents interested in sending their sons to the Preparatory School who contacted the school over the past school year, were invited to call to the school during normal school hours in order to view the school in operation during a school day.  This policy has proved to be very successful.  Parents who have not taken advantage of this arrangement so far, are invited to phone the school (021 4559209) and make an individual appointment to come during normal school hours.  The parents who called so far, many of whom brought their sons with them, were very pleased with the insight into the school which the experience gave them.  It gave them the essential information to make up their minds as to whether what the Preparatory School was offering was what they were looking for for their sons.

Death of Br Reynolds

As a mark of respect to the late Brother Laurence Reynolds, former Principal of Christian Brothers College, CBC pupils and staff will attend a special Mass in St Mary’s, Popes Quay, at 12.00 noon on Friday 26 February, the day of his funeral in Dublin, after which the College will close for the remainder of the day.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Brother Reynolds

Br L.P. Reynolds studied in Marino College of Education, at UCC and UCD.  He took his Masters degree at Boston College.   He first came to CBC in 1962 and also spent periods of his professional career in O’Connell School, North Monastery, CBC Monkstown, Mount Sion and Ard Scoil Ris where he was Principal and the driving force behind the building of the new school.  As a teacher in CBC, nothing was impossible to Br Renolds.  He trained the school choir, produced an opera, coached rugby teams and at the same time followed a heavy schedule of work in the school.  He was  Principal of Christian Brothers College from 1984-1994.   He assumed responsibility for the building of the new Secondary College and Preparatory School.  Any pupil who would like to see Br Reynold’s achievements need but look round him.

School on Wednesday

At lunchtime today, the Minister for Education withdrew his instruction to all schools to close until Thursday next.  Therefore, since the weather is forecasted to improve, it has been decided that CBC Preparatory School and Secondary School will open on Wednesday 13 January.

Christmas Holiday Period


Swine Flu vaccinations will take place on Monday 21 December, from 8.30am to 9.30am approximately.  Only pupils who have brought in (or bring in) a signed parental permission form will be vaccinated.  Parents may wait while vaccination takes place.

Tuesday’s Nativity Play/Concert

Tuesday’s nativity play/concert takes place in the Secondary School Hall  at the earlier time of 10.45am to facilitate parents who wish to attend the Scoil  Mhuire ceremony in St Mary’s.  It will  finish at approximately 11.15am.  Parents are invited to come along to the Canteen in the Secondary College before the concert, from about 10.00am for light refreshments.  Pupils may be taken home by parents when they leave the concert, but pupils may, if they wish, remain until 1.00pm finishing time. 

Parent Teacher Meeting

A Parent-Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 7 January, the day before the Prep School re-opens after the Christmas Holidays.  If you wish to book a timeslot for your meeting, go to your son’s classroom on Monday or Tuesday of this week and write your name on the list pinned to the outside of the classroom door.

Water Supply Situation

CBC Preparatory School, as already stated, will be closed on tomorrow, Tuesday for health and safety reasons (the Secondary School will also be closed). 

On Wednesday 25th, both the Preparatory School and the Secondary School will be open as usual.  Though CBC’s piped water has been cut off, a tanker will deliver a supply which should be adequate for the needs of both schools.  We hope to be able to remain open on Thursday and Friday also.

Business as Usual Tomorrow in CBC

CBC Preparatory and Secondary School will open as usual tomorrow, Monday 23 November.  Though the water supply to the school has been cut off since yesterday, there is a sufficient supply in the roof tanks to last one day.  Pupils in the Secondary School will finish at 12 noon as planned to facilitate a Second Year Parent Teacher Meeting, which will also go ahead as scheduled.  The Preparatory School will finish at the normal time.

Pupils should bring drinking water to school with them as the water fountains connected to the mains will not be functioning. 

It is too early to say whether the College will be open on Wednesday as no information is available on how long the supply of water will remain cut off and we have not managed to arrange an alternative supply as yet.