The Parents Council dinner is on Friday next, 15 January. If you did not get your ticket yet, tickets are still available from members of the Parents Council. Your support would be appreciated for this, the fist event organised by the new Prep School Parents Council.
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.
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.
Excitement is mounting as the time of the Christmas concert draws closer. A final dress rehearsal was held this morning and everything is now ready for the performance at 7.30pm this evening. Parents are asked to drop their sons to the Secondary School building by 7.10pm to give some time to get organised.
The Parents Council Fund-Raising Dinner is scheduled for Friday 15 January 2010 at the Montenotte Hotel. It is hoped to have eight tables, one for each class in the Preparatory School. Class representatives will be selling tickets from tomorrow onwards (fifty euro per ticket) and hope to sell a minimum of ten pairs per class group. Tickets will be on sale in the school tomorrow, Friday from 12.30pm to 3.00pm. Tickets will also be available at the Christmas Concert on Thursday next.
Money raised by the event will fund the painting of colourful patterns for games onto the school yard. The work will be carried out by a company specialising in this kind of work. The patterns will be chemically fixed to the yard surface and will be very durable.
The date of the Christmas Concert has been changed from Thursday 3 December to Thursday 10 December. Please note that the Preparatory School will be open as usual on Thursday 3 December.
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.
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.
Though the city centre was flooded this morning due to the torrential rain of the past few days, the sun was shining brightly. The boys of Third and Fourth Class were looking forward to tag rugby, but the piches in Lansdowne were water logged and unplayable. However, the Astroturf all-weather pitch lived up to its name and the games went on.
PHOTOS: Mr Lynch, ably assisted by several Transition Year pupils, gets the tag rugby matches going on the Astroturf.
Third and Fourth Class went to the Discovery 2009 Science exhibition in the City Hall this morning at 9.00am. It runs from 9-21 November. The walk took fifteen minutes and the weather remained reasonably dry. Pupils had the opportunity to visit the various stands, choosing whichever ones interested them. The ‘Slime Station’ seemed to be the favourite. Later the full group attended a film show in the ‘Stardome’ set up by the Blackrock Castle Observatory. After that, it was back t school again and, luckily, we got there between showers.
This morning, and every Monday morning, music and singing can be heard throughout the school as the boys practice their songs for the Christmas concert under the direction of our new Music Teacher, Ms Ruth O’Shea. On Fridays, Ms Eveleen Whelton, our Speech and Drama Teacher, gives s her attention to the boys with speaking parts and also to the choral verse groups. All the pupils are looking forward to the concert scheduled for 3 December.
Three players from the Munster Senior Squad, all past pupils of CBC, came to Lansdowne today to help out Prep School trainers Dennis Linehan and Steven Lynch with the training of Prep School Rugby Teams. The boys were delighted to get a full training session with Stephen Archer, Billy Holland and Duncan Williams.
The popular Folens Christmas Annuals are available for sale in the Prep School. They cost five euro each. They are described by the publishers as: ‘Educational and fun, each annual is bursting with quizzes and activitied, fantastic facts, jokes, fiction and non-fiction, interviews and much more. Great competitions with bikes and stereos to be won!’
There are four annuals available, one for each age group: Sugradh is for Junior and Senior Infants; Spraoi is for First and Second Class; Siamsa is for Third and Fourth and Sonas is for Fifth and Sixth.
The annuals are available from teachers at the moment.
The whole Prep School went to see a performance of the Cork Pops Orchestra at 12 o’clock today. The weather was not as nice as we would have liked, and the 15 minute walk began to look a bit more daunting than anticipated. However, parents came to the rescue and a fleet of cars materialised at short notice, and dropped the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class pupils to City Hall. The other pupils braved the elements and walked down and back as planned.
The boys enjoyed the popular orchestral pieces, introduced by conductor Evelyn Grant. There were plenty of opportunities to clap, stamp the feet and to sing along with some popular songs as Gaeilge and some American spiritual numbers.
On Tuesday next, 10 November, there will be an open morning for parents who wish to enrol their son in next September’s Junior Infants’ Class. Parents are welcome to view the school during the school day and to meet the Junior Infants teacher. The session will be of about one hour’s duration. It will start at 9.45am and conclude at 10.45am. All with an interest are welcome to attend.
Friday next, 6 November, is the last day for bringing in items for the Shoe Box Appeal. We are very thankful for the support given so far for this worthy Christmas charity. A final effort to complete the work by Friday would be appreciated. If you want to find out more about this appeal, click the following link: Shoebox Appeal.
Cork Pops Orchestra
On Monday next, 9 November, all pupils will be taken to a performance of the Cork Pops Orchestra for primary schools in the City Hall. The performance is scheduled to begin at 12 noon.
Pantomime at the Everyman
On Friday 18 December, all classes apart from Junior Infants, will go the Pantomime in the Everyman Theatre.
Rehearsals have started for the School Concert, which takes place in the Hall of the Secondary School on the evening of Thursday 3 December. Families are invited to attend and admission is free.
The Junior Infants will perform a Nativity Play on the last day of term (instead of on 18 December as originally planned). This performance will take place in the Secondary School Hall on Tuesday 22 December at 11.00pm. All Preparatory School pupils will attend, and parents and families are welcome to come along too. The play will finish at approximately 12 noon. Pupils will then return to class and may be collected shortly afterwards as there will be early closing (as on Wednesdays) on that day.
Texting has been set up and is being used to remind parents of upcoming events.
The boys of the Prep School were delighted to welcome Corkwoman Lisa Cummins to the school on Monday last. Lisa has been in the news for her incredible feat of will and endurance: swimming across the English Channel and turning round immediately and swimming back again. It took her 36 hours. She is now in a group of only twenty who can claim this achievement.