Training has begun in earnest for this year’s Sciath na Scol Football Competition. Pictured are boys from 5th and 6th Class who are hopeful for a successful campaign.
Back Row L – R: Mrs Edell Sheridan (5th Class), Mr Sergio Las Heras (Junior Infants), Mrs Amanda Banim, Secretary (2nd Class), Ms He Sun (Senior Infants)
Front Row L-R: Blaithín McDonnell (4th Class), Mrs Hilary O’Shea, Chairperson (3rd Class), Mrs Johanna Radley (Parents Representative, Board of Management), Mrs Joelle Coade (1st Class), Mrs Jane Beare (6th Class).
On Monday 9 September 2019 the Parents Council held its Annual General Meeting in the Prep School assembly hall. The outgoing Council Chairperson, Mrs Hilary O’Shea, gave a detailed account of the Parent’s Council activities, during 2018/19 and outlined the Council’s programme for 2019/20. The parent representative on the Board of Management of the College, Mrs Johanna Radley, then conducted the election process which saw one parent elected to represent each of the eight class groups for 2019/20 (see above photo). The Principal, Dr Larry Jordan, thanked the Parents Council for its support on so many initiatives for the welfare of the pupils in the Preparatory School and said the staff of the Preparatory School looked forward to working closely with the Parents Council during 2019/20. The newly constituted Parents Council will meet on a monthly basis during 2019/20 school year.
On Thursday 5 September 2019 Mass was celebrated in the Prep School by Fr Tomas Walsh SMA. Each month throughout the academic year Mass is celebrated in the Prep School for an assembly of all pupils and teachers. Our monthly Mass is prepared on a rotating basis by a class group- on this occasion the boys of Sixth Class under the direction of their teacher Ms Sharon McAdoo prepared much of the liturgy. A particular focus of the religious programme for the year will be preparation for First Holy Communion(Second Class) and Confirmation(Sixth Class).
Our 6th Class boys had their Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 29th May on what is always a very special occasion for the students, their families and the staff of the Prep School. The ceremony opened with mass, celebrated by Fr. Tom, and was followed by a performance by the 6th class boys. The boys were then presented with certificates by Dr. Larry Jordan with ceremony ending with the highlight of every year, a slideshow of pictures of their time at CBC. Wishing all the boys the very best as they continue on to the secondary school.
The graduating students from this year’s 6th Year cohort who began their CBC journey 14 years ago in Mrs. Lowry’s Junior Infant classroom called in to reminisce over their time in CBC and chat to the present Junior Infant Class. This is a yearly tradition in the Prep School and it’s always wonderful to see the boys and wish them luck as they leave Sidney Hill for new pastures.
In what has become something of a tradition for the students and staff at CBC Preparatory School, the final Friday training session of the school year at Lansdowne culminated in a visit from an ice-cream van. The dull weather didn’t quell the enthusiasm for the cold treats and all of the boys lined up eagerly for their ice cream! Thanks to Mr. Lynch and our 4th Year coaches for another great year of rugby at Lansdowne.
The incoming Junior Infants visited the Prep School this month to meet their teacher Mrs. Lowry and see the classroom where they will begin their journey at CBC. The Open Morning was a great opportunity for the boys to get to know each other whilst enjoying some fun activities that Mrs. Lowry had prepared for them. It was also an opportunity for the parents to meet one another as they enjoyed refreshments in the lunchroom with our Principal, Dr. Larry Jordan. We look forward to welcoming the boys back again in September!
Following a very successful year of Science lessons with Mr. O’ Connell in the secondary school, the boys from 5th and 6th Class presented their Science Projects at the first ever CBC Prep Science Fair. The boys worked very hard putting the projects together and the rest of the school really enjoyed visiting the stands to see all of the projects. Well done to all for their hard work.
Best of luck to the 6th Class boys who will depart for Bath on the 20th annual 6th Class Rugby Tour at the exceptionally early time of 4.30am tomorrow morning! This morning the boys received their Tour Gear, a lot of which was sponsored by various parents in the class. Thank you to the parents for their generosity. The gear was presented by Scott Buckley and Aidan Brien (a former Prep School student) from the Senior Rugby Team.
A very hearty congratulations to this year’s Tour Captain, Louis Murphy, and Vice Captain, Evan Collins who were announced today. Well done also to Matthew Daly who designed this year’s Tour Jersey. The boys will look great as they play their matches in this fantastic jersey! A big thank you to Mr. Lynch for organising another tour and to Ms. McAdoo and Mr. Enright who will accompany him to chaperone the boys over the next few days. Wishing all a happy and safe trip. We look forward to hearing all about it after the Easter Holidays!
This week 6th Class learned about barter, trade and money in History. To bring the topic to life, we created our own classroom currency, CBUX, and the boys had to trade or buy/sell a rugby team. There were some great deals done in the classroom and there are definitely some shrewd businessmen amongst this year’s 6th Class!
The students and teachers of the Prep School were very lucky to be invited to a special showing of this year’s Transition Year play, Crucified, today. Mr. Hussey and the actors showed us some of the key scenes from the play as well as sharing some “behind the scenes” secrets. It was a very enjoyable break from the classroom for the Prep School boys. Well done to all involved!
Congratulations to our Senior Cup team, crowned Munster Senior Cup Champions for a record 30th time. A hard fought and well deserved win for captain Scott Buckley and the squad. CBC 5 V 3 PBC
The boys in the Prep School enjoyed the celebrations when the team brought the Senior Cup back to CBC last week. They lined the avenue to cheer the team as they walked up to a whole school assembly. There were many familiar faces on the team due to the close connection between the Prep School and the secondary school and the players are fantastic role models for the younger boys. The team then visited the Prep School and gave the whole school homework off, much to the delight of the students!
Students at the Prep School are encouraged to support the secondary school teams in all of their sporting endeavours. The Jersey Presentation for the Junior and Senior Cup Rugby Teams is a much anticipated event every year and a fantastic opportunity for all boys on the school from Junior Infants to Leaving Cert to come together and celebrate the proud sporting tradition at CBC. The fact that many of the boys on the teams are familiar faces, having coached Prep School rugby in Lansdowne on Friday’s, makes the occasion all the more enjoyable for the younger boys.
Travelling to the games to lend support to the teams is an important part of fostering school spirit as seen below in photos taken by Joey O’ Neill in 6th Class.
The Prep School took advantage of a recent trip to Limerick to support the Senior Rugby Team by playing their own match against Scoil Ide earlier in the day.
Active School Week was a huge success again this year. The boys in CBC engaged in a variety of activities and workshops throughout the week, including completing active homework.
All classes enjoyed a talk by Gill O’ Shea on nutrition and were particularly interested as she spoke about suitable foods to eat before training or a match so that they would be able to play to their best ability.
The boys of 5th and 6th Class also attended a talk on Mental Health, facilitated by Martina Ryan of Cork Mental Health, an organisation that promotes positive mental health within the community.
The Senior classes all enjoyed a Circuit Training session with Paul FitzPatrick as well as a GAA Skills session.
6th Class took to the yard for some VERY active learning about An Aidiacht Shealbhach during their Gaeilge lessons.
5th Class also arranged and led some fantastic playground games for the Junior Classes.
A big thank you to Ms. O’ Donovan for coordinating this annual school event.