Preparatory School Parents Council 2019-2020

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.


Preparatory School Mass

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).

6th Class Graduation

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.

Graduating 6th Year Students Visit Junior Infants

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.

Final Session at Lansdowne

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.

Junior Infants Open Morning 2019

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!

5th and 6th Class Science Fair

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.

Bath Tour 2019: Presentation of Tour Gear

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!

Easter Egg Raffle

There was great excitement in the lunchroom today during the annual Easter Egg Raffle. This is always the final fundraising activity for the 6th Class Bath Rugby Tour and was followed by the Presentation of Tour Gear to the departing 6th Class Team. Well done to all the boys who won eggs today!


Trade and Bartering in 6th Class

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!

Transition Year Play

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!