Christmas at the Prep School

Christmas celebrations are in full swing at the Prep School. Last week the boys attended a private screening of A Boy Called Christmas at the Gate Cinema. Our annual food collection for Cork Penny Dinners was a great success again this year. The teachers treated boys to a hot chocolate party on Christmas Jumper Day. Our virtual Christmas Concert aired last week and everyone enjoyed a fantastic show. Monthly mass was transmitted to the classes via ZOOM, love from 4th Class. Teachers also brought classes up to visit the crib.



3rd Class Roman Army

3rd Class have been learning about the Romans and they put everything they have learned into action by creating some shields for their very own Roman Army and marching in formation and working together to protect their army from attack by the younger classes! What a fantastic way of bringing textbook learning to life! Click the link below to see the boys in action!



MS Readathon

Well done to all the boys from 3rd to 6th Class who took part in the MS Readathon during the month of November. The boys read an incredible 370 books in total and raised €3,220 for the charity which helps fund vital support services for people living with multiple sclerosis and their families. The total figure raised nationally to this point is €266,250. We are so proud of the extraordinary effort made by students, parents and teachers and wish to thank you all.


As part of the MS Readathon, the boys from each class have been sharing their book recommendations on our new Bookflix display. We’re already looking forward to next weeks suggestions!

Maths Week in 5th Class

Some pictures of how Fifth Class have been marking Maths week. They worked on problem solving and strategising with the Pirate Game and revised Prime and Composite numbers in PE. They’ve all enjoyed playing different maths games at the end of each day.

First Holy Communion 2021

Congratulations to our 3rd Class boys who received their First Holy Communion last Sunday in St. Patrick’s Church. The boys prepared for the Sacrament last year with their 2nd Class teacher , Mr. Ger Buckley, with their 3rd Class teacher, Mr. Steven Lynch completing the preparations for the big day.

Keeping Busy

As we settle into the new school year at CBC Prep it is fantastic to see the boys enjoying both curricular and extra curricular activities each week. Our specialist teachers are back in the classrooms this year with the boys participating in Music with Mr Andrew Moran, French with Ms Elizabeth Kelleher from the secondary school, German with Ms Caitriona Power from the secondary school, Science with Ms Tanya Clifford and Mr Jakub Janiszewski from the secondary school and Computers with Mr David Dowling from the secondary school. As well as giving the boys a fantastic grounding in these subjects, it has an added bonus of familiarising them with some of the staff from the secondary school making the transition from primary to secondary even more seamless. We have also maintained our connection with UCC who are once again sending a Chinese tutor to give lessons to our boys in 3rd and 4th Class.

Our Gaelic Football and Hurling teams are back training with Mr Lynch and Mr Buckley on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

On Thursday 15 September monthly Mass was celebrated by Fr Tomas Walsh SMA and prepared by Sixth Class.

Confirmation 2020

Congratulations to last year’s 6th Class students who celebrated their Confirmation on Friday. The boys gathered with their families and class teacher, Ms Sharon McAdoo, in St. Patrick’s Church for this special occasion. It was great to see them all as a group again and to hear that they are all enjoying life in 1st Year.

Retirement of Canon Dan Crowley

Canon Dan Crowley, parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church, recently retired. He is pictured here with Ms. Sharon McAdoo, Deputy Principal, who made a presentation to Canon Dan as a mark of appreciation for his many years service to the students and teachers of the Prep School. Canon Dan was a familiar face in the school as he helped to prepare the boys for the Sacraments of First Confession, Communion and Confirmation. The boys from this year’s Communion class attended Canon Dan’s retirement mass last week. We wish him all the best for his retirement.

Junior Infants 2021

Our Junior Infants started out on their 14 year CBC journey last Thursday as they joined Mrs Lowry in the infant classroom for the first time. They completed lots of fun activities and before they knew it the morning was over and they were rushing out to tell their parents all about their first day at school. We look forward to watching the boys as they grow and mature over their time here at CBC.


Back to School

The halls of the Preparatory School were buzzing with excitement as students and teachers returned to school last Friday, eager to start a new school year. It was great to see the smiling faces as the boys arrived bright and early and there was plenty of catching up on news from the summer holidays throughout the morning. Studies began in earnest on Monday morning and both teachers and students are looking forward to a busy and productive  year ahead.


Congratulations to all who received awards during today’s virtual ceremony.


Jacinta Tyrrell Award             Alex Martin

Student of the Year                Eoin Brennan

Principal’s Merit Award         David O’Leary


Rugby Player of the Year       Tom Nixon

Rugby Back of the Year          Gerard O’Connell

Rugby Forward of the Year    Conor Downey


Hurler of the Year                   William Hegarty

Gaelic Footballer of the Year Elliot Quin

Soccer Player of the Year       Corrado Mottareale


Chess Winner                          Conor Downey

Chess Runner-Up                    Oliver Bailey


Draughts Winner                    Adam Carroll

Draughts Runner Up              Eoin Brennan


History Project                       Oliver Bailey

History Project                       William Hegarty

History Project                       Bréanainn Ó Dálaigh

History Project                       Fionn Cronin

History Project                       Eoin Brennan




Rugby Player of the Year       Oisín Scannell

Rugby Back of the Year          Johnny Chen

Rugby Forward of the Year    Dalton Caren


Hurler of the Year                   Jack Norton

Gaelic Footballer of the Year Seán Fleming Byrne   

Chess Winner                          Nikhil Sundaram

Chess Runner-Up                    Arnav Dhama


Draughts Winner                    Oscar De Róiste

Draughts Runner Up              Nikhil Sundaram


History Project                       Max Power

History Project                       Dalton Caren

History Project                       Matthew Lordon

History Project                       Luke & Adam Farah

History Project                       Seán McLoughlin






Rugby Player of the Year       Luke O’Connell

Rugby Most Improved            Donal Hegarty


Chess Winner                          Edmund White

Chess Runner-Up                    Matthew Keane


Draughts Winner                    Harry Howell

Draughts Runner Up              Rasmus Jakobsen


History Project                       Leo Dennehy

History Project                       Killian McCarthy

History Project                       Patrick Kiely Tarda

History Project                       Rory O’Brien

History Project                       Liam Crotty





Rugby Player of the Year       Faolán Bambury

Rugby Most Improved            Cillian Cotter


Chess Winner                          Ethan Bambury

Chess Runner-Up                    Matthew Barry


Draughts Winner                    Julien Freeman

Draughts Runner Up              Luke Walsh


History Project                       Luke Walsh

History Project                       Fergal McKenna

History Project                       Ethan Bambury

History Project                       Daniel Curtin

History Project                       Harry Law Boland


Spelling Bee                            Ethan Bambury










6th Class Graduation

Congratulations to our 6th Class students who celebrated their Graduation from the Preparatory School this week. The ceremony was once again held virtually, with parents tuning in from home while the boys gathered together in their classroom with their teacher, Ms. McAdoo. The rest of the classes also tuned in from their classes as Fr. Tom led mass, after which followed the now traditional slideshow of pictures to remember their time in CBC. The boys were also presented with gear and certificates.

History Project 2021

To mark the centenary commemoration which took place nationwide during 2021 of the Irish War of Independence our history classes in Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class concentrated on this revolutionary period in Irish history and on the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1921. In addition, the boys in the four classes were tasked with producing a personal project on ‘Cork City and County during War of Independence Years 1919-1921’. The pupils were asked to research details of events which took place in the Cork area during this critical time in Irish history. In particular, the boys were asked to do some primary research within their own family and to seek out any connections within their own family with the period. The boys in the four classes produced some outstanding projects where many family connections were indeed established.  For example, Oliver Bailey in Sixth Class, actually recorded an interview with his family relative Ms Fidelma Collins, a grand-niece of Michael Collins.  The boys did a fantastic job, presenting their  projects in class.