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.
The boys of CBC Prep marked Safer Internet Day today. The 6th Class boys performed a rap by GMC Beats on the subject of Cyberbullying to the whole school at assembly this morning. This was followed by an Internet Safety Workshop which the 6th Class boys presented to the younger classes. There were a number of interactive sessions which were enjoyed by both students and teachers alike. Well done 6th Class!
This month the boys in Junior Infants to Second Class were visited by past pupil of the Prep School, David Synnott, and his classmates at the UCC Surgeon Noonan Society for a Teddy Bear’s Hospital. The boys all enjoyed learning more about health and wellness as well as getting their teddy’s thoroughly checked out by the doctors!
Staff and students marked the beginning of the new term with the first School Mass of 2019. Each month a different class in the Prep School is responsible for leading the mass and this month it was the turn of the students of 1st Class, guided by their teacher Mr. Enright. The boys did a fantastic job. Well done 1st Class!
Following a busy week of settling into a new school term, the students of 5th and 6th Class had an early start on Friday 11th as they set off on the road to Dublin to attend the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. The boys and their teachers enjoyed an educational day out during which they met some very talented students who were exhibiting fantastic Science projects at the competition. They also found lots of inspiration for their own projects that they are currently working on with Mr. O’ Connell and which they will present at the inaugural CBC Prep Science Fair later this year!
The final few weeks of term have been busy ones here at the Prep School as classes prepare for Christmas. There has been plenty of artistic activity as the boys have worked on their Christmas masterpieces. The 6th Class boys helped the Junior and Senior Infants make Christmas cards during a craft session under the expert guidance of Alec’s Mum and granny, Tanya and Trudy. The senior classes enjoyed an active afternoon at Cork on Ice, all classes performed beautifully at the Christmas concert (along with the newly formed “Prep School Band”), the Senior classes completed their Christmas tests, we enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see “Nativity Rocks” and the Junior classes ended the term with a visit to AIB Bank at 66 South Mall to perform Christmas carols for staff and customers. We also welcomed Fr. Tom to the school for the last school mass of 2018. All of the students (and teachers) are looking forward to a well deserved Christmas break before returning in January ready for the new term ahead! A sincere thanks to all the Preparatory School Parents for all your support and help during 2018. Special thanks for your very generous donations in our recent charitable activities. Every blessing for Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.