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.
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This year’s Preparatory School Newsletter has been distributed to all pupils to take home. It gives an account of some of last year’s activities, visitors to the school and trips outside the school. It also contains tables of information, such as school holidays, programme of activities and upcoming events.
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All classes from First to Sixth have now started learning French with the aid of the computer-based Rosetta Stone French course. Rosetta Stone is the nearest thing to total immersion in the language. Photos show Third Class during their first lesson.
A meeting of Preparatory School parents was held last night. A new Parents’ Council was elected for the School Year 2010/11. For more details click the Parents’ Council Page on the menu above.
CBC Preparatory School and Secondary School closed on Friday for the Summber holidays. The Prep School ended with a very enjoyable concert.
Congratulations to Robbie O’Flynn for gaining a place on the Cork hurling team and for scoring the winning goal last Sunday. Also to Tadgh Quill-Manley for being awarded a certificate at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth, and to our class league chess winners.
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.
The annual CBC Book Fair, in co-operation with the Scholastic Book Company, began today at lunch time and will continue tomorrow after school. All pupils and parents are invited to browse through the large collection and order books if they so desire. The Hall is the venue for the Book Fair.
An interactive, computer-based French language course will be introduced to the Preparatory School in the next school year. Classes from First to Sixth will have access to the course on a weekly basis. It is hoped that the boys will have a good grasp of French before moving on to the Secondary School where French is the principal European language taught.
The boys of Second Class made their First Holy Communion this morning in St Patrick’s Church. Afterwards, they and their parents came back to the Prep School for tea, sandwiches and cakes, served up by members of the Parents Council. After crisps and drinks, the boys went to the yard for a game of soccer. First Communion Day football has developed into a tradition over the last few years.
This morning at 10.00am, the boys of the Prep School assembled in the Hall to await the arrival of the Romanian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Iulian Buga. As he walked into the Hall, Mr Buga was given a great round of applause by boys from Junior infants to Sixth Class.
Mr Buga spoke to the boys about Europe Day, 9 May, and the importance of the declaration made on that day in 1950 by M. Robert Schuman, which is regarded as the first significant move towards a united Europe.
The Ambassador spoke about sports in Romania and how football is the most popular sport in his country. He said that rugby is also played in Romania, but that Ireland has had more success at that sport than Romania.
Then Roy O’Mahony and Conor Leahy, captain and vice-captain of the Sixth Class rugby tour to Bath, presented Mr Buga with a CBC rugby ball. The ball was made in the black, yellow and red colours of CBC which closely resemble the blue, yellow and red of the Romanian flag.
The Ambassador then spoke informally to pupils and teacers and posed for pictures before moving on the the Secondary School.
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 Romanian Ambassador to Ireland is to visit CBC Prep School on Friday 7 May. Mr Iulian Buga is helping to celebrate Europe Day, 9 May. For more information on Europe day, click the following link: Europe Day.
Again this year, a much bigger number of pupils applied for places in CBC Secondary School than the school could possibly cater for. The large numbers are whittled down by applying the school’s entry criterea. Prep School boys are lucky, as they are the first to be offered places. This year again, the entire Sixth Class will move on to CBC Secondary. This morning’s Assessment Test was for boys who have already been given places in next September’s First Year classes. The test is for internal school purposes only.
This is a busy week for Sixth Class. They arrived back from Bath on Monday; today they made their Confirmation in St Patrick’s, and on Saturday they will sit for the Secondary School Assessment test. Below are some pictures of Confirmation Day: Boys from the Fourth and Fifth Class Choir and musicians from the Secondary School who helped to make the day a success.
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.
Adam McCarthy’s drawing, Sixth Class:
The Sixth Class rugby tour to Bath will take place this weekend. The class will meet on Friday at 1.00pm at Cork Airport, flying out at 3.15pm. After arrival in Bath and settling in to the tour accommodation, the boys will take a walking tour of the city, followed by dinner and a trip to the cinema.
On Saturday, the group will travel by coach to Walcott Rugby Club for two fixtures. The highlight of the afternoon is attendance at the Bath v Sale Sharks rugby match at the Rec.
On Sunday, the CBC boys will travel to Bristol University to play St Brendan’s and Avon RFC. The game will be followed by lunch. At 3.00pm, it’s back to Bristol Airport for the return flight to Cork at 5.00pm