Congratulations to Leon Reilly (6th year) and Andy Cullinan (5th year) on their incredible success at the Oxford University School Competition on Saturday.
This competition is the largest school competition in the world, with over 700 teams participating. The competition begins with regional rounds across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world. 104 teams were then selected to take part in the finals day at the Oxford Union itself on Saturday. On the day of the competition, all teams compete in four debates and the top eight of them qualify for the semi-finals. The best two teams from each semi-final then make it to the grand final. Teams are given only fifteen minutes to prepare their speeches in these debates.
Following debates about social media, a universal basic income, parent/child relations and the value of citizen journalism, Leon and Andy finished in the top eight teams. In their semi-final, they were proposing that 'cultural defence' should be a mitigating factor in criminal trials. After an excellent performance in that semi, the two boys made it through to the final. You can watch Andy and Leon's speeches below.
The final featured three other teams, two from Canada and one from the Netherlands. They debated a motion based on the idea of a perfect city where people's lives of happiness relied on the suffering of a single child. Unfortunately, they ultimately lost the final to an amazing team from Canada. This doesn't take anything from the phenomenal achievement of our students on Saturday. They are the first team from CBC to ever reach the final of Oxford Schools' and the first Irish team to do it in nearly a decade. We are so proud of them both.
Congratulations to Mr. Finnegan and his students on being announced as joint winners of the Thomas F Meagher Foundation - BEST VIDEO/AUDIO CLIP - JOINT WINNERS 2022. The Students of CBC summitted pictures and videos based on what the Irish flag meant to them in 2022. The song Tar Abhaile was composed by past teacher Colm Rooney, with Mr. Finnegan and students singing the song.
Report by Giulio Fantini (TY)
On the 13th of January. CBC Monkstown and Synge St. met in the plate final which would take place in Oblate Hall. Monkstown got off to a strong start in the first quarter leading 11 points to 2. Strong work from the Monkstown captain Alex McCarthy would set up a good lead for the rest of the game. Synge St. would cut the deficit in the second quarter which ended 15 to 8 for CBC, giving them a 7 point advantage leading up to the second half.
he Second half was much the same as the first where CBC started of strong and were able to gain a larger lead thanks to the depth and skill of the team. The third quarter ended 19-10. The fourth quarter was where CBC solidified their lead and confirmed the victory making them the victors of the plate.
The match ended 25 to 14 for Ms Dempsey’s CBC.
The end of the calendar year is nearly upon us and as we head into the Christmas season and school holidays, it is a good time to reflect on the past few months in CBC and beyond. The Covid-19 global pandemic continues apace in all its various guises and this has presented immense challenges for many in our society. In true CBC spirit, the school community has managed, with your fantastic support, to maintain a level of ‘normality’ in these challenging times. The past few months have displayed, once again, our firm belief that all schools are much more than places where information is passed on. Schools are about relationships, connections and experiences. Our students, staff, parents and the wider school community have collectively galvanised their efforts to ensure that teaching, learning and student well-being is very much at the core of all things in CBC.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank and remember in our prayers all those among our parent/guardian body who are helping on the frontline, be they in healthcare or other important services. We ask that all of our CBC boys show leadership and responsibility and help out at home and be kind to one another. At times like this, we remember the school’s motto, Certa Bonum Certamen = Do the Right Thing.
We also remember that some families in our school community are mourning the loss of loved ones in recent months from the COVID-19 virus. Go ndéana Dia trócaire orthu.
These weeks of the Advent Season are given to us as a time of waiting and preparing for Christmas. As followers of Jesus Christ, the Advent invitation is extended to each of us to take time to get to know Jesus afresh and give time to genuine prayer.
Over the Christmas period, we have time to reflect on our lives and ask ourselves where we need to make adjustments or indeed initiate fresh beginnings. Christmas is a time like no other time in the year – it brings out the best in a lot of people. It generates a fabulous spirit and force for goodwill and generosity. As a staff in CBC, we feel so proud when we see our students, your sons, exhibit their reserves of generosity in helping those who are less fortunate in our society. This year, once again, we have witnessed the depths of compassion, commitment and character of our CBC students, your sons, who put together a fabulous array of Christmas Gift Hampers for the students of Francis Street CBS, in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin 8. Our students, your sons, can never forget that each of them can make a difference for the better in our world. It’s during moments like these that we are aware that we are truly part of something special here in CBC. Your sons continue to inspire, motivate and encourage us all to be the very best that we can be and it is always a privilege for us to welcome them to CBC each day.
I hope that you and your families have a safe, peaceful and restful Christmas. Please take time out to reconnect, to restore and to relax (watch some of those Christmas Film classics like The Great Escape and Where Eagles Dare or listen to the glorious Christmas carol, O Holy Night as sung by Martina McBride!). Le cúnamh Dé, 2022 will bring in a real sense of hope for us all. We look forward to welcoming you back to CBC on Thursday January 6th. Beir Bua agus Beannacht!
Gerry Duffy, School Principal.
Last Friday our TYs and some of our 5th Years took part in CBC's own @TheRunInTheDark 5k. 80 students took part with almost €1,000 raised for @MPollockTrust. See below for full results, some photos from the day and a photo finish for 6th place!
Well done to Tom O'Halloran (2nd), Sean McMahon (1st) and Joe Doody (3rd).
Introduction: In agreeing to their appointment to a Board of Management, a member of a Board is undertaking the valuable task of helping to shape and manage our voluntary secondary school, CBC, which is entrusted to their care. This work is done on a voluntary basis and while much of it is routine, nevertheless, it requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill that is, perhaps, sometimes taken for granted.
With the involvement of parents, teachers and Trustee nominees, Boards of Management in our schools represent a true example of local partnership and volunteerism in action. A special debt of gratitude is owed to all those who serve on Boards.
Appointment to the Board: All members of the Board of Management are appointed by the Trustees. Trustees appoint four trustee nominees. At a properly convened staff meeting two teacher nominees are elected and, together with two elected parent nominees, they are appointed by the Trustees to the Board of Management.
Gender Balance: Section 14(5) of the Education Act 1998 refers to directions which may be given by the Minister in respect of “appropriate gender balance”. Trustees, parents and teachers should take account of gender balance when nominating or electing members
Election of Parents: There must be an election of parents/legal guardians of children currently in the school. The parents of children currently in the school elect two nominees for appointment to the Board. The election must be open to all parents and is not confined to the Parents Council or nominees drawn from the Parents Council.
Nomination Process: Nominations can be sought by writing to all parents/legal guardians asking them to return nominations to go forward for election. It should be advised that the consent of the nominee should be sought before putting the name forward. The nomination form can be found at the end of this notice.
This form should be downloaded, and a hard copy appropriately completed, signed and returned to the Board Secretary before 5pm this Friday, October 16th. These nominations, when returned to the school, will then, if necessary, be placed on a ballot paper for election.
Election Process - Nomination Option: If required, prepared ballot papers are posted to all parents/legal guardians, two per household, unless school records indicate otherwise. Parents/legal guardians are asked to indicate two names on the ballot paper for election. The election is by majority vote. The counting of votes takes place on a specified evening at a specified time by duly nominated tellers who are not candidates for election. All ballot papers should be placed in an envelope marked Ballot Paper to ensure it is a secret ballot. This envelope is then placed in a larger envelope with the name of the parent/legal guardian and the name and class of their son/daughter. The names are checked against the register of parents/legal guardians eligible to vote. In the event of a tied vote the elected parent is determined by lot.
Report by Charlie Flusk
Photos by @chesterpics
As I arrived into Energia Park, Donnybrook, I could feel the tension of all the players as they were warming up. CBC with their backs to the main pitch and Wesley College warming up at the far end. After what felt like a long time. The players going through the motions, stretching, jogging, throwing and kicking the ball around. Finally, both teams head for the changing rooms. This is it.
With CBC captain Charlie Meagher winning the toss and electing to Kick off towards the Bective end. Stakes were certainly high as a loss resulted in an immediate knock out and no second chance. Monkstown started strong and Wesley pinned in their 22 for the first 5 minutes of the match.
Wesley kicked for touch to help clear their lines. CBC line out just inside the Wesley half. Following a well drilled set piece, the ball was passed out to Ronan Mahon, who took the ball in stride a making a lovely solo break through their defence, stepping their 9 and dodging their full back for a fine try under the posts. Getting the score board moving and putting CBC in the lead just before the 15 minute water break. CBC 7-0 Wesley.
Wesley came back fighting with two un-converted tries making it 7-10 to Wesley at half time. Towards the end of the second half, a Monkstown set piece making 20 yards resulted in a penalty which Mahon kicked making it 10-10 for the 45 minute water break.
The intensity was insane as the noise from the crowd only grew louder towards the end. Now with only 10 minutes to go, Cuan ‘magic’ Hussey scored in the left corner from a very well worked Monkstown set piece, moving the ball out all the way to the winger to score in the corner, making it 15-10 Monkstown.
With the game drawing to a close Mahon sent a floating pass out to Hussey on the wing for another try. But unfortunately the game was not over yet. Wesley rushing up to take a quick kick-off putting Monkstown under pressure with a minute left on the clock. The Wesley #8 took it quickly and with a few phases on the CBC 5 meter line, Wesley scored under the posts as the clock went red, Monkstown 20-17 ahead.
CBC now wishing for the final whistle that the referee refused to blow. CBC had to kick-off back to an eager waiting Wesley team. CBC then making a few small mistakes, helped Wesley get back on the front foot on the Monkstown 22. The pressure was now unbearable as both teams were giving it their all, eventually one of the Wesley players dropped the ball, which resulted in a penalty to CBC which drew the game to a close.
MONKSTOWN 20 - 17 WESLEY COLLEGE
All the players and coaching staff were very relieved with the win as it was not their finest performance. They are all very eager to play St Vincents Castleknock in the next round.