On Tuesday, our 2nd and 3rd Class boys visited AIB on the South Mall to perform Christmas carols for customers and staff. Accompanied by class teachers and Ms. Sonya Keogh, our Music Teacher, the boys performed beautifully and created a wonderful ambience throughout one of Cork’s landmark buildings.
Staff and students at the Prep School were delighted to welcome back our friends from CBS Sexton Street , another ERST school, for a day packed full of activities last Wednesday. Once again students from 5th and 6th Class hosted the visiting school. The boys were split into smaller groups as they attended GAA training, card making and computer coding sessions throughout the morning. Mr. David O’ Connell put on his very enjoyable Science Show before staff and students from both schools descended on the secondary school canteen for lunch. A big thank you to students throughout the school who donated Selection Boxes for the 6th Class boys to bring back to the rest of their school as well as our 5th and 6th Class boys who also donated a book each to the boys who travelled to Cork for this special occasion. It was fantastic to see connections being made throughout the day and the smiles on the faces of hosts and visitors alike at the end of the day spoke volumes.
We had some very special visitors to the Prep School last week when Mrs. Blaithín McDonnell from the Parents’ Council arranged a visit from Sarah and her new assistance dog from Dogs for the Disabled. They were accompanied by some of the other dogs from the charity as well as Irish International rugby player, Peter O’ Mahony, who fielded questions from the boys on topics relating to rugby and all things canine! It was a very enjoyable occasion and the students enjoyed learning about how the Assistance Dogs help people with physical disabilities.
The Preparatory School Parents’ Council organised a very successful International Day in November, highlighting the many different nationalities that are represented in our school. The day was very enjoyable for the boys and their teachers. A very big thank you to all the parents for their tremendous work putting it all together.
A very successful & colourful Ball Run was held on Sidney Hill today with all proceeds in aid of Cork Pink. All boys & teachers dressed up in pink and lined the avenue to witness the spectacle. Many thanks to all families in the school who were so generous in supporting the event. Nearly €1700 was raised.
Results of the Prizes are as follows:
€100 Voucher: Juliet McKenna, €50 Voucher: Luke O’Connell, €25 Vouchers: Eddie Nathan, Andrew Quinlan, Henry Sheehan, Rasmus Jakobsen.
We had plenty of Spot Prizes too and these were the winners:
Ronan Sisk, Max Clarke, Adam Murphy Fitzgibbon, Kai McCarthy, Luke Nyhan, Henry Quinn, Jack Crowley, Finn Murphy, Oscar O’Riordan, Ray McGauley, Daniel Curtin, Andrew Post, James Martin, Seán Fleming, Tom Nixon.
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!