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Christian Brothers College, Monkstown Park, Dn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Telephone:
00353 1 280 5854

Email:
cbcmonkstown@outlook.com

Fax:
00353 1 280 5907

Web:
www.cbcmonkstown.ie

P A R K

Monkstown Park

M O N K S T O W N

Christian Brothers
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Christian Brothers
College
Monkstown Park

A N N U A L

2016 Annual

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Christian Brothers
College
Monkstown Park

Christian Brothers College, Monkstown Park, Dn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Telephone: 01 280 5854
Fax: 01 280 5907
E: cbcmonkstown@outlook.com
W: www.cbcmonkstown.ie
Tw: @cbcmonkstownpk

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Contents
Editors Note ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Message from the Principal .....................................................................................................................................................................................6
Staff........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Head Prefect's Reflection ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 14
Student List ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
Class Photos ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Goodbye Mr. Hughes ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 32
Academic Prizegiving.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 34
Debating ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 38
Charity Fundraising................................................................................................................................................................................................... 44
Guest Speakers ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 46
American Tea Party.................................................................................................................................................................................................... 48
Grow our own Project............................................................................................................................................................................................. 50
Outstanding Achievement .................................................................................................................................................................................. 52
Celebrating '76............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 54
Reflecting on 1916 .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 56
English............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 58
CSPE .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 60
Home Economics....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 61
First Year Photos.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 64
Second Year Photos.................................................................................................................................................................................................. 66
Transition Year
Ski Trip ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 68
Poland Trip...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 70
Charity............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 72
First Aid............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 73
Tag Blitz ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 74
Musical ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 78
Music.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 82
Gaisce ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 84
Photography Competition................................................................................................................................................................................... 90
Learning Revolution................................................................................................................................................................................................. 92

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Contents
Sport
Gamesmaster's Report............................................................................................................................................................................................ 96
SCT ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100
Senior Thirds............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 104
JCT ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 106
Junior Seconds.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 110
U14 Rugby ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 112
U13 Rugby .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 114
Tennis.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 116
Fuertaventura ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 118
TY Soccer...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 120
Sporting Achievement ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 121
Rowing .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 122
Golf .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 124
Athletics ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 126
PPU .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 132
Parents' Council........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 135

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Some of the photographic images used in this publication have been generously supplied by the staff,
pupils and parents/guardians. All copyright on these images remains with those individuals.
None of the material in this publication may be reproduced or transmitted without prior permission
from the school.
Editor: Ian OHerlihy
Graphic Design and Production: Clikcreative.com
Printed by Sattal Print and Promotional Solutions

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Editor s Note
As usual CBC was a hive of activity all year long with
the school playing host to many extra curricular
events. These included debates, music concerts,
rugby, athletics, our open night and the musical. I
have tried to include as much as possible on the
pages that follow.
We are very fortunate here in CBC to have a
talented and diverse teaching staff. It is often easy
to forget that teaching is their primary job, outside
the classroom many can be found coaching sport,
directing musicals, organising tours and
counselling pupils. All this happens on a daily basis
and yet the quality of teaching and learning in CBC
is right up there with the best in the country. This
can be seen by the excellent performance of our
pupils in the state exams over the last number of
years.

Id like to pay tribute to one man in particular.


Throughout his time in CBC he has taken on many
roles such as year head, athletics coach, rugby
coach, golf coach, Master in charge of the prefects
and charities in the school.
The thing above all else that Mr. John Hughes will
be remembered for is the quality of his teaching .
He has instilled a love for his subjects Geography
and Latin in countless students over the years.
There must be no bigger compliment to see two
of your former pupils return as teahcers of your
subject in CBC. Good luck in you retirement, Mr.
Hughes.
We also said goodbye to Ms. Breda Smyth this year,
she will be sadly missed and we wish her well in her
new school.
Thank you so much to all who submitted articles
and photos to the annual, particular thanks to
Mitchell Brophy and Conor Griffin for supplying the
majority of the photos included.
I hope you enjoy reminiscing on the academic year
2015/16. If you would like something included next
year or indeed posted on the website, please email
me on website@cbcmonkstown.ie
Best Wishes for the year ahead
Mr. Ian OHerlihy

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A Message from the Principal


Foxrock, showcased the best of talent in in
the College and sincere thanks and
congratulations to our producers Mr
OFarrell and Ms OToole, along with the
many parents from CBC and Loreto, who
ensured this years production was a
resounding success.

Dr. Gerry Berry


Principal

As we start the Academic Year 2016-2017, it


is hard to believe the number of events that
took place in CBC last year. The year began
with students/staff benefiting from
additional refurbishments to the top floor of
the historic building in CBC Monkstown.
Our annual Open Night was held in
September and gave parents, both
prospective and current, an opportunity to
meet students and experience CBC
Monkstown first hand.
Last year saw another outstanding
Transition Year Musical All Shook Up. The
production, in collaboration with Loreto

As the class of 2016 head off to college and


finish their time in CBC, I wish them well in
their respective futures. I remind them that
once a CBC boy, always a CBC boy and the
CBC community extends beyond the
grounds of the College. The staff look
forward to meeting you at Past Pupils Union
and Business Alumni meetings and of
course at reunions. Your College motto
Certa Bonum Certamen will serve you well.
2016 also saw the departure of Mr John
Hughes, who leaves us after 45 years in CBC
firstly as a student and then as teacher of
Latin, Geography and Irish. We thank Mr
Hughes for his years of dedicated service to
CBC and wish him and his family a healthy
and happy retirement and I look forward to
following his many successes on and off the
golf course.
I sincerely thank the remarkable staff in CBC
for their daily commitment to our students.

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The teaching staff display commitment and


expertise in all aspects of life in CBC: sport,
musicals, debating, drama, music, charitable
activities, the American Tea Party and last
but most importantly, the everyday
activities involved in providing an education
that is second to none. Without the
cooperation of staff; their willingness to
offer their valuable free time and their
enthusiasm for the College, our many
successes would not be possible. The office
and ancillary staff, in their daily efforts and
interactions, facilitate the many activities
that form the jigsaw of life in CBC and I
thank them sincerely for their very hard
work.

the life of the College and without their time


and commitment to CBC, the progress
attained over the last number of years
would not have been possible. I would like
to thank them sincerely for their
commitment to the College.
May God bless you and your families in the
academic year ahead and may it prove a
very fruitful year for our students.
Fight the good Fight
Dr. Gerry Berry
Principal

The support of the Parents Council in the


numerous College activities is very much
appreciated, and I wish to thank
Chairperson, Mrs Carol Kelly, and all Council
members for the numerous activities they
have supported and encouraged from
Open Night, The Great Debate, Advent
Services , display cabinets and the
relocation and refurbishment of the College
Oratory we are very appreciative of all your
work and commitment.
Last but not least, the Board of
Management play a very significant role in

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Staff 2015/16

Back Row: Ms. Maire McGinley, Mr. David Lewis, Mr. Ronan ODonovan, Mr. Ryan Corcoran, Mr. Conor Montayne, Mr. Neil Ferguson, Mr. Mark
Kenny, Mr. Mark Feeney, Mr. Mark ODriscoll;
3rd Row:

Ms. Rachel Dunne, Mr. Hugh Fitzmaurice, Mr. Jim Finnegan, Mr. Owen McNestry, Mr. Ken Walsh, Mr. Kieran Brennan, Mr. Declan
Maher, Mr. Ian OHerlihy, Ms. Emma OConnor;

2nd Row:

Ms. Valarie Sweeney, Ms. Pauline OToole, Ms. Kathryn Ryan, Ms. Kate Lorigan, Ms. Linda Dempsey, Ms. Alice OConnor, Mr. Gregg
ONeill, Mr. Sean Tuite, Mr. Anthony Fay, Mr. Anthony Kerr;

Front Row: Ms. Helen OConnor, Mr. Brian OFarrell, Mr. John Hughes, Ms. Fiona Condron, Dr. Gerry Berry, Mr. Liam Murnane, Mr. Rory OSullivan,
Ms. Eve Roche, Ms Claire Maguire.

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Staff 2015/16
Principal
Dr. Gerry Berry

Deputy Principal
Ms. Fiona Condron

Teaching Staff
Mr. John Hughes
Mr. Liam Murnane
Ms. Claire Maguire
Mr. Brian OFarrell
Mr. Rory OSullivan
Ms. Eve Roche
Mr. Jim Finnegan
Ms. Kathryn Ryan
Mr. Ken Walsh
Mr. Anthony Fay
Ms. Helen OConnor
Mr. Neil Ferguson
Ms. Pauline OToole
Ms. Valerie Sweeney
Mr. Brian Dooley
Mr. Hugh Fitzmaurice
Mr. Kieran Brennan
Mr. Ryan Corcoran
Mr. Conor Montayne
Mr. Declan Maher

Administration Staff
Ms. Cathy O'Brien
Ms. Claire Fanning

Mr. Sean Tuite


Ms. Maureen Morgan
Mr. Anthony Kerr
Ms. Ailbhe Smyth
Mr. Dermot Byrne
Mr. Ronan ODonovan
Mr. Mark Kenny
Mr. Colm Rooney
Ms. Breda Smith
Mr. Gregg ONeill
Mr. Ian OHerlihy
Ms. Emma OConnor
Ms. Katherine Lorrigan
Ms. Linda Dempsey
Mr. Owen McNestry
Mr. David Lewis
Mr. Mark Feeney
Mr. Mark ODriscoll
Mr. Leo Quinn

Guidance Counsellor
Ms. A. OConnor
Facilities Manager
Mr. Ali Serkouh
Caretaking Staff
Mr. Peter Rudawski
Mr. Damien Richardson
Support Staff
Ms. Maire McGinley
Ms. Rachel Dunne

Year Heads and Tutors 2015/2016


First Year
Tutors

Mr. Liam Murnane


Ms. Linda Dempsey
Ms. Owen McNestry
Mr. David Lewis

Second Year
Tutors

Mr. Claire Maguire


Ms. Katherine Lorgian
Ms. Helen OConnor
Mr. Brian Dooley

Third Year
Tutors

Mr. Rory OSullivan


Mr. Anthony Kerr
Mr. Hugh Fitzmaurice
Ms. Ailbhe Smyth
.

Fourth Year
Tutors

Mr. Neil Ferguson / Ms. Eve Roche


Ms. Kathryn Ryan
Ms. Ryan Corcoran

Fifth Year
Tutors

Mr. John Hughes


Mr. Dermot Byrne
Ms. Emma OConnor
Mr. Ian OHerlihy
Ms. Pauline OToole

Sixth Year
Tutors

Mr. Brian OFarrell


Mr. Gregg ONeill
Mr. Kieran Brennan
Mr. Mark Kenny
Mr. Ronan ODonovan

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Dr. Gerry Berry

Ms. Fiona Condron

Mr. John Hughes

Mr. Liam Murnane

Ms. Claire Maguire

Mr. Brian OFarrell

Mr. Rory OSullivan

Ms. Eve Roche

Mr. Jim Finnegan

Ms. Kathryn Ryan

Mr. Ken Walsh

Mr. Anthony Fay

Ms. Helen O'Connor

Mr. Neil Ferguson

Ms. Pauline OToole

Ms. Valarie Sweeney

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Staff 2015/16

Mr. Brian Dooley

Mr. Hugh Fitzmaurice

Mr. Kieran Brennan

Mr. Ryan Corcoran

Mr. Conor Montayne

Mr. Declan Maher

Mr. Sean Tuite

Ms. Maureen Morgan

Mr. Anthony Kerr

Ms. Ailbhe Smyth

Mr. Dermot Byrne

Mr. Ronan ODonovan

Mr. Mark Kenny

Mr. Colm Rooney

Ms. Breda Smyth

Mr. Gregg ONeill

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Mr. Ian OHerlihy

Ms. Emma OConnor

Ms. Katherine Lorrigan

Ms. Linda Dempsey

Ms. Alice OConnor

Mr. Owen McNestry

Mr. David Lewis

Mr. Mark Feeney

Mr. Mark ODriscoll

Ms. Rachel Dunne

Ms. Maire McGinley

Ms. Claire Fanning

Ms. Cathy OBrien

Mr. Ali Serkouh

Mr. Peter Rudawski

Mr. Damien Richardson

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Head Prefect's Reflection


talent go far beyond academic results. The
Class of 2016 is no exception. We are a diversely
talented group. We have one of the best young
bands in Ireland amongst us in the Klares, as
well as Conor O'Beirne, who is a national sailing
champion. We even have Leinster rugby
representatives and a Dublin Minor footballer
in our midst. Throughout our time in CBC the
Class of 2016 have taken home a Junior League
title, multiple Leinster Debating trophies and
many detention notes, but our memories with
one another are some of the most important
things we've experienced in Monkstown.
Even in this pressure year, it was one of the
most enjoyable years I've had in CBC. As a year
group we banded together and had some
great craic along the way. The Pre Debs could
Firstly, I'd just like to say what an honour it was
to have been chosen as Head Prefect this year.
I'd like to give a special thanks to the teaching
staff who helped me along the way and to the
Deputy Head Prefect, Alec Byrne, for his
support throughout the last year.
One of the things that I love about CBC is that
it is so much more to us than just a school.
Although the school has achieved some of the
best Leaving Cert results in the country in
recent years, CBC always prides itself on the
relationships built between its students and
the atmosphere created by pupils and
teaching staff alike.
Each year the school turns out more
outstanding young men whose character and

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have been one of the most succesful nights


ever had PJ not fallen into the pond and the
Fuerta Ventura trip was an experience enjoyed
by all (especially Sean Jenkins).

They have always given us the space to


develop whilst keeping us on track and we
appreciate the time and effort that they have
put into our year group.

The school has been like our second home for


the last six years and despite the huge
excitement in starting this next stage of our
lives, there is a sense of sadness as we come to
realise the role Monkstown has played in
getting us to this point. Let's face it, the school
is a safer place without us. There's no longer
shady characters like Finn Crowley prowling
the courts looking for a 50/50 challenge and
they might actually be able to replace the
locker room lights this year but even so it was
a place that allowed us to develop into the
men we are now. My advice to current and
future students of CBC is to enjoy the school for
what it is. Despite its imperfections there are
very few places like it and you will make more
memories in the corridors and classrooms of
CBC Monkstown than anywhere else.

I know that we'll miss CBC. It's been a great few


years and I'll miss the comradary and
brotherhood that came with being in
Monkstown but I know that no matter where
we end up, we'll always be the boys from CBC.
To the Class of 2016, thanks for all the
memories lads and best of luck to all of you in
the future.
Jack McAteer
Head Prefect

I must give a special thanks to teachers who


have endured us for the last six years. We're
deeply sorry for any emotional scarring we may
have caused and we greatly appreciate
everything you've done for us. You've always
been around to offer a helping hand or correct
an extra paper and always helped us keep our
heads when under pressure.
I'd also like to thank Dr Berry, Ms Condron and
Mr Fox for their support over the last six years.

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Student List 2015/2016


Deyor Abidjanov
Philip Bolger
Robbie Browne
Finn Calverley
Sam Cassidy
Sean Claffey
Ross Clarke
Sean Comiskey
Christian Corcoran
Harry Courtney
Leon Coyle
Michael Cregg
Mark Cullen
Kel Cunningham
Josh Curran
Oscar Daly
Cormac Devaney
Eamonn Doherty
Gavin Doran
Jonathon Doyle
Peter Duffy
David Dunne
James Dunne
Laurence Endersen
Calum Fenton
Daniel Frosi
James Furlong
Mark Gilthorpe
Tom Grumley
Daniel Heeney
Hayden Hempenstall
Paul Jones
Daniel Kelly
Karl Kirby

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- First Year
Conor Lagan
Neil Langan
Oscar Lawlor Plazas
Conor Lehane
Conor MacGinley
Conor McCaul
Daragh McCaul
Matthew McConnell Dolan
Daniel McGovern
David McNamee
Liam Molloy
Matthew Moloney
Sam Montayne
Adam Moore
Kyle Mullen
Max Mullen
Donncha Murphy
Dylan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy
Rory O'Connor Lynam
Eoghan O'Driscoll
Ruaidhri O'Hanlon
Diarmuid O'Suilleabhain
Eliot Perry
Eoin Quinn
James Rafferty Doyle
Jack Reynolds
Hugh Ross
Steven Ryan
Peter Shaw
Ben Smith
Michael Staunton
Isam Suliman
Ewan Watson

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Student List 2015/2016


Conor Anderson
Jamie Balmaine
Sam Blennerhassett
James Brindley
James Burke
Naoise Burke
Manuel Calvino Lorente
John Campbell
Maxim Comiskey
Daniel Conroy
Sean Cronin
Tiarnan De Decker
Nathan deBustos
Sean Deegan
Calum Dillon
Adam Doherty
Michael Donnelly
Conor Eivers
Diarmuid Fanning
Sean Farrell
James Finnegan
Robert Fitzsimons
Seamus Flannery
Liam Forster
Christopher Girvan
Harry Halwax
Tom Hayes
Luke Holmes
Jack Hughes
Darcy Kavanagh
Adam Kilroy

- Second Year
Christopher Langtry
Alex Lee
Jonathon McCann
Kit McCann
Calum McCoy
Dylan McGinty
Cian Meghen
Finnian Moloney
Sean Mulhall
Parsa Nazemi
James Newman
Mark Newman
Marc Noone
Liam O'Brien
Niall O'Donnell
Cormac O'Dowd
Ruadhan O'Riordan Ruddy
Jack Palmer
Jeronimo Quesada Bretones
Samuel Roberts
Billy Rogers
Jack Rowan
Daniel Sedgwick
Oscar Sexton
Alejandro Silvestre Martinez
Evan Smith
Patrick Smith
Alexander Solyakov
Joseph Speer
Rian Toner
Louis Whelan

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- Third Year

Kagiso Bolaane

Mark Kavanagh

Darragh O'Connor

Logan Brady

Charlie Kelly

Joseph O'Connor

Theodore Brady

Conor Kelly

David O'Doherty

Jonathan Browne

Andrew Kennan

Ben O'Farrell

Adam Burke

Alireza Khoddamvishteh

Oisin O'Hanlon

Alex Campbell

Noah-Neyl Kouadri

Ross O'Neill

Tomas Conlon-Cahill

Killian Lalor

Orson O'Sullivan

Daniel Drummond

Harry Loakman

Adam Patterson

Luke Dunne

Oran Long

Daragh Power

Paul Dunne

Vincent MacMahon

Sean Power

Samuel Fagan

Donal Madden

Jack Read

Eoghan Fay

Eoin Mahon

James Reynolds

Andrew Finlay

Gavin Martin

Ethan Ryan

Eoin Fitzgerald

Kevin Mc Gowan

Glenn Ryder

Luke Hallam

Louie McCarthy

Niall Scully

Luca Haran

Ewan McConnell

Tadhg St Leger-Quinn

Ryan Hayes

Barry McNamara

Vishva Sundarrajan

Eoghan Healy

Daniel Montayne

Ralph Swords

Jan Hendron

Joaquin Mora Ortega

Cian Tallon

Gareth Hughes

Cian Murphy

Dylan Tiernan

William Hughes

Patrick Nolan

Jake Unger

Raphael Jimenez

Vincent O'Brien

Harry Wall

Abhijith Jyothis

Ryan O'Byrne

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Student List 2015/2016

- Four th Year

Fionn Barron

Zak McCarthy

Jordan Brophy

Fionn McGennis

Stephen Browne

Ewan McGrath

Cian Butler

Dannan McKeever

Conor Byrne

Eoin Molloy

Liam Byrne

Mark Nolan

Harry Crossan

Sam O'Hanrahan

Sebastian de la Pena Ruiz

Max O'Hanrahan Byrne

Jake Doherty

Dean O'Higgins

David Donnelly

Michael O'Neill

Sam Dooley

Rory O'Shea

Tim Falkner

Aman Parary

Thomas Finnegan

Christopher Pilkington

Eoghan Grehan

Max Read

Alan Hickey

Zach Sattar

Conor Higgins

Vicente Santiago Serres Garcia

Sam Hurley

Harry Shaw

James Ievers

Gonzalo Vicente-Arche Balbuena

Peter Jackson

Sean Vines

Kim Ji Myeomg

Cameron Watson

Calam Jones

Ethan Webb

Joshua Kenny

Sean Whelan

Louis Kinsella

Luke Whyte

James Lim

Liam Wolfe

Eoin Mannion Maher

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- Fifth Year

5th Year

Shane Gill

Luke Murphy

Hannan Ahmed

Ivan Golitsyn

Conor Newman

Martin Bae

Alex Guard

Gregory Noonan

Brian Barry

Conrad Healy

Shane O'Hanrahan

Fiachra Behan Halpin

Conan Hewitt

John O'Mahony

Denis Blinov

Oscar Hussey

Edward O'Sullivan

James Bredin

Robert Ivers

Aidan O'Toole

Mitchell Brophy

Owen Johnston

Matthias Perschel

Eoin Byrne

Callum Kavanagh

Ben Reynolds

Matthew Cahill

David Keane

Peter Richardson

Oskar Cahill

Sean Kestell

Mohammad Rizwan

Jason Chambers

Kenzi Kouadri

Luke Sheehan

Dylan Chan

Paul Lehane

Henry Spellman

Eoghan Clarke

Brian Loakman

Mohamed Suliman

James Clarke

Cameron Madden

Luke Sweeney

Finn Coffey

Geoffrey Mahon

Harry Swords

Rory Comerford

James McArdle

Mark Theunissen

Karl Corcoran

Aaron McCoy

Conor Thorne

Jack Cunningham

Robert McDonagh

Declan Thorne

Mark Cunningham

Jake McGovern

Alan Tiernan

James Donnelly

Cian McGovern Leahy

Gavin Tinney

Gavin Dooley

Lorcain McGrath

Brian Toale

Jack Doran

Denis McKeown

Bryan Unger

Robert Doyle

Daniel McSweeney

Eoin Vaughan

Daniel Farrell

Patrick Moloney

Lee Wallace

Ross Finlay

Luke Moore

Daniel Walsh

Darragh Forster

Niall Morrissey

Patrick Whelan

Callum Geelan

Liam Moylan

Taylor Whyte

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Student List 2015/2016


Cian Ahern
Cillian Barry
Niall Barry
Luke Bennett
Jack Blennerhassett
Ciaran Brady
Andrew Burke
Alec Byrne
Fionan Byrne
Oscar Byrne
Jack Clapham
Ben Coleman
James Comaskey
Tom Connolly
Finin Crowley
Louis Cush
Jim Dillon
Samuel Donohoe
Conor Doyle
Jack Doyle
William Fay
Sam Flahive
David Flood
Michael Frawley
Conor Gill
Conor Griffin
Alex Guerin
Oisin Halpin
Luke Hanley
Ben Haverty
Cian Hempenstall
Eoin Higgins
Alex Holmes

- Sixth Year

Sean Jenkins
Patrick Jennings
Robert Jordan
Michael Kane
David Kelly
Gary Kelly
Hugh Kelly
Josh Kelly
Sean Kelly
Tom Kelly
Luca Kennedy-Grdina
Sean Kilroy
Gavin King
Finn Kingston
Jordan Lawless
Bernard Loughlin
Peter Lyons
Ben Macdonald
Cillian Madden
Nicholas Mahon
Thomas Marsh
Jack McAteer
Joe McCabe
Ross McGarry
Cian McGennis
Kieran McGrath
Killian McMahon
Conor Montayne
Conor Moore
Gavin Morris
Glen Mulvaney
Patrick Murray
David Nolan

Denis Noone
Conor O'Beirne
Gavin O'Brien
Thomas O'Callaghan
Liam O'Donnell
Liam O'Dowd
Sam O'Loughlin
Dylan O'Regan
Eoin O'Shea
Alex O'Sullivan
Eoin Parsons-O'Donnell
Ross Phelan
David Pilkington
Darragh Porter
Conor Reynolds
Jonathan Roche
Jack Rogers
Patrick Rogers
David Ryan
Mark Shalloe
Killian Shaw
Cormac Sheridan
Darragh Spillane
Jack Stafford
Ferdia Toner
Anthony Treacy
Adam Tuck
Gonzalo Vila Lopez de Villalta
Tom Wall
Matthew Walsh
Jordan Whyte
Steven Wong

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First Year
1DL
Tutor: Mr. Lewis

Back Row: Oscar Daly, Conor McCaul, Dylan Murphy, Josh Curran, Deyor Abidjanov, Hugh Ross
Middle Row: Mr. Lewis, Mark Gilthorpe, Ben Smith, Steven Ryan, Adam Moore, Conor Lehane, Matthew McConnell Dolan
Front Row: Tom Grumley, Donncha Murphy, Sean Claffey, James Dunne, Jonathan Doyle, Laurence Endersen, Christian Corcoran, Matthew Moloney
Absent: Max Mullen,

Back Row: Rory O'Connor Lynam , Eoghan Murphy, Daniel Heeney, Jack Reynolds, Gavin Doran, Finn Calverley, Harry Courtney, Eoghan O'Driscoll
Middle Row: Ms. Dempsey, Liam Molloy, Cormac Devaney, Paul Jones, Ross Clarke, Sam Cassidy, Conor MacGinley, James Furlong, Sam Montayne
Front Row: Michael Cregg, David McNamee, Michael Staunton, Daniel Kelly. Philip Bolger, Eamonn Doherty, Kel Cunningham
Absent: Ruaidhri O'Hanlon

1LD
Tutor: Ms. Dempsey

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First Year
1OMcN
Tutor: Mr. McNestry

Back Row: Eoin Quinn, Robbie Browne, Conor Lagan, David Dunne, Sean Comiskey, Kyle Mullen
Middle Row: Mr. McNestry, Daniel Frosi, Neil Langan, Diarmuid O'Suilleabhain, Peter Duffy, Daniel McGovern, Darragh McCaul, Karl Kirby
Front Row: Isam Suilman, James Raffetry Doyle, Ewan Watson, Peter Shaw, Elliot Perry, Callum Fenton, Lon Coyle
Absent: Hayden Hempenstall, Oscar Lawlor Plazas, Mark Cullen

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2BDY
Tutor: Mr. Brian Dooley

Back Row: James Newman, Niall ODonnell, Conor Eivers, Jack Palmer, Conor Anderson, Marc Noone
Middle Row: John Campbell, Cian Meghen, Sean Farrell, Adam Kilroy, Jamie Balmane, Christopher Langtry. Liam Forster
Front Row: Luke Holmes, Liam OBrien, Jack Rowan, Jack Hughes, Sean Mulhall, Diarmuid Fanning, James Finnegan
Absent: Joseph Spear, Jeronimo Quesada Bretones

Back Row: Sean Cronin, Adam Doherty, Alex Lee, Naoise Burke, Manuel Calvino Lorente, Parsa Nazemi
Middle Row: Ms. H. OConnor, Seamus Flannery, Samuel Roberts, Calum McCoy, Cormac ODowd, Jonathan McCann, Louis Whelan, Mark Newman
Front Row: Finn Moloney, Rian Toner, James Brindley, Oscar Sexton, Sam Blennerhassett, Louis Whelan
Absent: Sean Deegan

2HOC
Tutor: Ms. Helen OConnor

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Second and Third Year


2KL
Tutor: Ms. Katherine Lorgian

Back Row: Nathan de Bustos, Michael Donnelly, Harry Halwax, Patrick Smith, Christopher Girvan, Callum Dillon
Middle Row: Ms. Lorigan, James Burke , Alexander Solyakov, Tom Hayes, Daniel Conroy, Robert Fitzsimons, Tiernan De Decker
Front Row: Dylan McGinty, Billy Rogers, Evan Smith, Kit McCann, Max Comiskey, Ruadhan O'Riordan Ruddy
Absent: Darcy Kavanagh, Daniel Sedgwick

Back Row: Conor Kelly, Ralph Swords, Luca Haran, Jake Unger, Orson OSullivan, Oisin OHanlon Andrew Finlay, Tomas Conlon Cahill
Middle Row: Mr. Feeney, Gareth Hughes, Ben OFarrell, Glenn Ryder, Ryan Hayes , Sean Power, Donal Madden, Jan Hendron, Mr. OSullivan
Front Row: Harry Wall, Raphael Jimenez, Luke Dunne, Joey OConnor, Vincent OBrien, Oran Long, Gavin Martin
Absent: Abhijith Jyothis

3ASM
Tutor: Ms. Ailbhe Smyth

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Third Year
3HF
Tutor: Mr. Hugh Fitzmaurice

Back Row: Paul Dunne, Kevin McGowan, Ethan Ryan, James Reynols, Niall Scully, Harry Loakman, David ODoherty
Middle Row: Mr. Fitzmaurice. Daniel Drummond, Alireza Khoddamvishteh, Jonathan Browne, Patrick Nolan, Adam Patterson,
Vishvajit Sundarrajan, Mr. OSullivan
Front Row: Killian Lalor, Eoin Fitzgerald, Ewan McConnell, Eoghan Healy, Jack Read, Daniel Montayne
Absent: Eoghan Fay, Eoghan Mahon, Barry McNamara

Back Row: Andrew Keenan, Louis McCarthy, Tadgh Quinn, Alex Campbell, Bill Hughes, Theo Brady, Adam Burke
Middle Row: Mr. Kerr, Kagiso Bolanne, Dylan Tiernan, Luke Hallam, Mark Kavanagh, Charlie Kelly, Noah Neyl-Kouadri, Cian Tallon, Mr. OSullivan
Front Row: Darragh Power, Darragh OConnor, Logan Brady, Vincent McMahon, Samuel Fagan, Ryan OByrne, Ross ONeill
Absent: Cian Murphy

3AK
Tutor: Mr. Anthony Kerr

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Transition Year
4KR
Tutor: Ms. Kathryn Ryan

Back Row: Sam Dooley, Cian Butler , Sean Vines, Dannan McKeever, Alan Hickey, Mark Nolan
Middle Row: Liam Wolfe, Fionn McGennis, Ethan Webb, Fionn Barron, Christopher Pilkington, Cameron Watson Jake Doherty, Joshua Kenny
Front Row: Sebastian de la Pena Ruiz, Eoin Mannion Maher, Kim Ji Myeomg, Harry Shaw, Zach Sattar, Liam Byrne, Thomas Finnegan, Michael O'Neill
Absent: Rory OShea, Max O'Hanrahan Byrne, Eoin Molloy

Back Row: James Ievers, Tim Falkner, Sean Whelan, Luke Whyte, Max Read, Eoghan Grehan, Louis Kinsella
Middle Row: Gonzalo Vicente-Arche, Jordan Brophy, Cian Butler, Michael Lim, Calam Jones, Conor Higgins, Harry Crossan
Front Row: Sam O'Hanrahan, Peter Jackson, Conor Byrne, Vicente Santiago Serres Garcia, Zach McCarthy, David Donnelly, Stephen Browne
Absent: Dean OHiggins, Sam Hurley,, Aman Parary, Ewan McGrath

4RC
Tutor: Ms. Ryan Corcoran

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Fifth Year
5DB
Tutor: Mr. Dermot Byrne

Back Row: Liam Moylan, Rory Comerford, Cian McGovern Leahy, Gavin Dooley, Darragh Forster, Shane Gill
Middle Row: Sean Kestell, Luke Sheehan, Martin Bae, Gregory Noonan, Edward OSullivan, Ross Finlay
Front Row: Paul Lehane, Lee Wallace, Karl Corcoran, Mohammed Rizwan, Jack Cunningham, Patrick Moloney
Absent: Mohammed Suliman, Henry Spellman, Ivan Golitsyn

Back Row: Aaron McCoy, Ben Reynolds, Jake McGovern, Daniel McSweeney, Eoghan Clarke, Niall Morrissey
Middle Row: Mitchell Brophy, Oskar Cahill, Daniel Farrell, James McArdle, Eoin Byrne, Brian Toale, Ms. OConnor
Front Row: Alan Tiernan, Peter Richardson, James Clarke, Hannah Ahmed, Brian Unger, Declan Thorne
Absent: Kenzi Kouadri, Conan Hewitt

5EOC
Tutor: Ms. Emma OConnor

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Fifth Year
5IOH
Tutor: Mr. Ian OHerlihy

Back Row: Callum Kavanagh, Gavin Tinney, Callum Geelan, Conor Thorne, Harry Swords, Jason Chambers
Middle Row: Finn Coffey, Daniel Walsh, Patrick Whelan, David Keane, Mark Theunissen, Luke Murphy, Mark Cunningham, Mr. OHerlihy
Front Row: Conor Newman, Denis McKeown, James Donnelly, Alex Guard, Geoff Mahon, Shane OHanrahan, Taylor White
Absent: Dylan Chan

Back Row: Aidan OToole, Fiachra Behan-Halpin, Robert McDonagh, Eoin Vaughan, Robert Ivers, Matthew Cahill
Middle Row: James Bredin. Conrad Healy, John OMahony, Luke Moore, Luke Sweeney, Denis Blinov, Ms. OToole
Front Row: Owen Johnston, Oscar Hussey, Jack Doran, Cameron Madden, Brian Barry, Rob Doyle
Absent: Lorcain McGrath, Brian Loakman

5POT
Tutor: Ms. Pauline OToole

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Sixth Year
6GON
Tutor: Mr. Gregg ONeill

Back Row: Thomas Marsh, Ben MacDonald, Gonzalo Vila Lopez de Villalta, Mark Shalloe, Alex O'Sullivan, Kieran McGrath, Matthew Walsh,
Peter Lyons, Nicholas Mahon
Middle Row: Mr. ONeill, Ferdia Toner, Killian Shaw, Joe McCabe, Jack Rogers, Conor O'Beirne, Ross McGarry, Conor Gill
Front Row: Bernard Loughlin, David Ryan, Cian McGennis, Denis Noone, Eoin Higgins, Luca Kennedy-Grdina, Cian Ahern, Bernard Loughlin,
Michael Kane, Nicholas Mahon
Absent: Jack Rogers, Ross McGarry, Matthew Walsh, Joe McCabe
Back Row: Patrick Rogers, Darragh Spillane, Jack McAteer, Gavin King, Ciaran Brady
Middle Row: Luke Bennett, Steven Wong, Niall Barry, Cillian Barry, Jack Blennerhassett, Fionan Byrne
Front Row: Thomas OCallaghan, Andrew Burke, Cian Hempenstall, Sam OLoughlin, Glen Mulvanney, Oscar Byrne
Absent: Sean Kelly, Anthony Treacy, Jim Dillon

6KB
Tutor: Mr. Kieran Brennan

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Sixth Year
6ROD
Tutor: Mr. Ronan ODonovan

Back Row: Patrick Murray, Cormac Sheridan, Liam ODonnell, Sean Jenkins, Jonathan Roche, Sam Flahive, Oisin Halpin, David Kelly
Middle Row: Mr. ODonovan, David Pilkington, Tom Wall, Conor Griffin, Darragh Porter, David Nolan, Gary Kelly, Jordan Whyte, Patrick Jennings
Front Row: Luke Hanley, Jack Stafford, Robert Jordan, Louis Cush, Killian McMahon, Jack Doyle, Jordan Lawless, Ben Haverty
Absent: Finn Kingston

Back Row:Alec Byrne, Tom Connolly. William Fay, Ross Phelan, Gavin Morris, Dylan ORegan, Jack Clapham,
Middle Row: Mr. Kenny, Michael Frawley, Eoin OShea, Eoin Parsons ODonnell, Tom Kelly, James Comaskey, Conor Reynolds, Finn Crawley,
Gavin O'Brien
Front Row: Sean Kilroy, Josh Kelly, David Flood, Sam Donohue, Ben Coleman, Alex Holmes, Conor Montayne, Conor Moore,

6MK
Tutor: Mr. Mark Kenny

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40 years in CBC with Mr. Hughes


14As and Junior Bs. I coached sprinters during the
athletics season. I have looked after the golf teams
in CBC for 20 years and still coach the lads in
Leopardstown Driving Range on a Wednesday
afternoon.

Mr. Hughes, 40 years in CBC, tell us about your


time here?
I did the HDip in 1976/77 taking over 1st Year Latin
class from Michael Mullen. He kindly showed me
the ropes. In those days the 1st Years had an
external exam, corrected by the Christian Brothers,
well organised and properly printed exam papers.
Luckily my students did well and I got offered a job
in CBC.
I started full time employment in 1977 and have
been here ever since. I have taught Latin,
Geography, Irish, Religion and History. Donal
Courtney, a member of the Board, was a student of
mine in an A stream History class, an incredibly
sharp class. I stayed a couple of pages ahead of the
class! In my time, I have been in charge of Lockers,
Prefects, the Student Council, Charities in the
school; I was a member of the Board of
Management for 3 years with John Wrafter. I
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Which of our current staff did you teach and


what were they like as students?
I taught Mr. Walsh Irishhe will fondly remember
Na rudai a rinne(dhein) me inne. He certainly knew
his grammar. I have taught quite a number of other
members of staff mainly Latin or Geography--Mr
Ferguson, Mr O Neill, and 2 present Geography
teachers Mr Corcoran and Mr Montayne. I must
have instilled a great love of Geography in them!
Mr Mc Nestry did 3 weeks of Latin in 1st year and
recently told me that he regretted not taking Latin.
They were all model students.
What achievement are you most proud of
when you look back at your time in CBC?
I suppose keeping Latin alive and interesting for my
students and giving pupils an interest in the world
and their environment through Geography.
During Mr. Hughes last class, he was lead on a
tour of the school by the toga wearing pair of
Dr. Berry and Ms. Condron. He was lead through
a guard of honour and cheered on by
colleagues, students present and past and his
family. Mr. Hughes will be missed by all of the
students and staff in CBC.

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40 years in CBC with Mr. Hughes


One day in November 2010, Ms. Sweeney sent out
her 5th year English class on a poetic mission. In the
spirit of Patrick Kavanagh they were to spend the
class time wandering about CBC and seek
inspiration for a poem from their surroundings.
One student, Jack McCormack, met his muse sitting
on the bench outside Mr. Hughess Latin room. With
the construction of the new build the bench has
since vanished into the history of CBC. However, it
remains immortalised in Jacks poem originally
published in the 2011 Annual and which we reprint
here in honour of Mr. Hughes.
Outside the Latin Room
Amo, Amas, Amat I love, you love, he loves. But we
all love the bench outside the Latin room, The
fervoured learning that hangs over us as we sit here,
Between the statues of Our Lord as he gazes
knowingly on our pulsing minds.
There is a beat here, loud as any drums, the halfwhispers of words as you recite them, the muted
frenzy of learning, the murmured rhythm of the
Dictionary, the quiet intensity of the Aeneid, the
purposeful pace of History.
There is a beat here, but without Latin it grows
silent, Until once again you sit, and begin the
melody of the language.
Jack McCormack (CBC 2012)

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Academic Prizegiving
Leaving Cert Awards
Name

Subject

Conor Daly

Irish

Dara Keenan

English and Religious Education

Niall Hogan

Maths, Applied Maths and


Physics

Matthew McGrath Geography and Chemistry

Overall Awards

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Sean Brennan

Latin and Economics

Eoin Downes

French and Best Leaving Cert

Andrew Burns

Art

James Berry

DCG

Simon Roe

Biology

Conor Scully

Business

Edward O'Mahony Music

Name

Subject

Alan Hickey

Best Junior Certificate

Ben O'Reilly

Home Economics

Parsa Nazemi

Junior Art Prize

Ruairi Harrison

History

Conor Kelly

Junior Music Prize

Robert Chadwick

Eoin Byrne

Creative Writing Award

Brother Kingston award for


Student of the Year

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Debating Repor t 2014-2015


CBC Monkstown Debating Results 2016
All Ireland Schools' Debating Championships
Finalist Peter Richardson
Leinster Schools Senior Championship
Runners-up - Cillian Madden & Peter Richardson
Semi-finalists Tom Wall & Anthony Treacy

and Anthony made it to the semi-finals of the UCD TCD


Phil mace and Cillian and Adam won the final. Their
win was the first time since 2012 that a CBC team has
won a mace competition. Both teams made the final
of the Hist Mace in February, which was a great result
to have half the final from CBC.

This was a year of standout success for the schools


debaters at both senior and junior level. We have firmly
established ourselves as one of the best debating
schools in the country. This success is due entirely to
the huge time and effort that was put in by the boys
throughout the year. It comes from large amounts of
hard work, preparation and practice and all the
speakers this year were prepared to give up a lot of
their free time at lunch, after school and at weekends
to prepare to represent the school.

In the Leinster Senior Championships, we had a


phenomenal run this year. It is a prepared competition
where the speakers get the motions a week before the
debates. We entered two teams: Cillian and Peter
Richardson and Anthony and Tom. The competition
was a tough one this year with a lot of challenging
topics for our teams to debate, ranging from the trial
by jury, to promoting atheism to negotiating with
hostage takers. Tom and Anthony were really unlucky
to lose out in the semi-finals, where they lost a 2-1 split
decision amongst the judges. Peter and Cillian won
their semi by opposing the concept of jury
nullification. The Leinster final was on the topical issue
of mass migration. Peter and Cillian were opposing the
motion "this house would open all borders". It was a
great debate, closely fought over issues about the
responsibilities of people to themselves or the places
they were born and what would create greater change
and prosperity both in the countries that people leave
and those they come to. In the end, the boys lost out
on a 5-2 split decision amongst the judges and
finished as runners-up, which is an incredibly result that
we can be justly proud of. Peter went on to qualify for
the All Ireland final and despite a cracking
performance, didn't place amongst the winners.

At senior level, we were once again involved in a


number of mace competitions. These competitions,
where the speakers receive their motions 15 minutes
before the debates begin, are run by the debating
societies in UCD and Trinity. Our teams achieved
fantastic success this year. We entered two teams of
sixth years in all these competitions this year: Adam
Tuck and Cillian and Tom Wall and Anthony Treacy. Tom

At junior level, we made a triumphant return to the


Leinster Junior Schools' Championships. This is a
competition for students in first to third years and is
the same as the senior championships with speakers
getting a week to prepare their speeches. This year was
the first year that we've entered second years in the
competition. We entered three teams and after the first
rounds (which saw all the teams do three different

TCD Historical Society Schools Mace


Finalists Cillian Madden & Adam Tuck
Finalists Tom Wall & Anthony Treacy
TCD Philosophical Society Phil Speaks Mace
Winners Cillian Madden & Adam Tuck
Semi-finalists Tom Wall & Anthony Treacy
Leinster Schools Junior Championship
Finalists - Parsa Nazemi & Conor Eivers
Semi-finalist Conor Kelly
Quarter-finalists - Jack Palmer & Cian Meghen

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debates), Conor Kelly (3rd year), Jack Palmer and Cian
Meghen and Pasra Nazemi and Conor Eivers all from
2nd year. Jack and Cian unfortunately lost out in the
quarter-finals. The other three ended up in the same
semi-final where they were opposing the idea of
banning criminals from publishing accounts of their
crimes. Parsa and Conor won the team section
relatively easily but Conor had a much tougher time in
the individual section. As one of the judges remarked
afterwards, the four best speeches in the debate came
from the individuals and Conor ultimately lost out after
a great performance. Parsa and Conor then competed
in the final (the only 2nd years who made it in) where
they opposed the motion of the state taking control
of the Iron-Man armour. In the debate they spoke
about the dangers of technology spreading and how
it would be used to oppress people. Their case drew
praise from the judges but they were beaten by an
excellent team from Loreto St. Stephen's Green.

by Mr. ONeill

As always the highlight of the year was the Great


Debate, which saw our 6th years debate teams from
Cluny and Loreto Dalkey on the very topical motion
"this house believes the 1916 rebels were villains not
heroes". The debate was chaired by the Irish Times
security analyst, Dr. Tom Clonan. After a vigorous
debate about the morality of the Rising and its impact
on Irish history, Cillian and Adam won the team prize
and Tom took home the best speaker award.
I would like to thank all those students, staff and
parents who have contributed so much to the
debating programme over the year. In particular, Carol
Kelly and the whole team from the Parents Council
who put in so much work to making the Great Debate
a huge success this year. Our success has been built on
that support and the hard work and ability of our
students. We can look forward with confidence to
continued success in the years to come.

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Reflections on 5 years of CBC Debating

by Cillian Madden

they were good or bad and then, as we progressed,


we wrote arguments and delivered them and got
better. In third year, six of us entered the Junior
Leinster Schools' Championships. The other four
lads made the semi-finals but myself and my
partner, Patrick Rogers, got into the final (beating
the competition's favourites from Loreto on the
Green in the semi-finals) and after a tough debate
on whether the Pope should be directly elected, we
won.

When I started school here, I could hardly have


envisaged how big an impact debating would have
on my time in CBC. Ive enjoyed debating here and
it became a welcome distraction from the pressures
of the Leaving Cert. My teammates and I have
learned how to analyse issues, construct and prove
arguments about those issues and then explain
how the oppositions arguments fall down, all in
front of a crowd of people you dont know. Aside
from being valuable in any walk of life, I believe
these analytical skills that I've picked up will be far
more useful to me when I'm studying law than
anything I ever learnt in the classroom.
I started when I was in second year, when about 12
of us would meet every Friday lunchtime with Mr.
O'Neill and we would practice speaking in public,
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I have also seen the influence of debating filter into


my schoolwork and the critical thinking Ive learnt
has been invaluable in essay based subjects such as
english and history. Ive also found writing about the
effects of the 1916 Rising and the government
raising the minimum wage in history and
economics is a lot easier when youve written a
seven minute speech on those topics. Although a
considerable amount of time is invested in
debating, I think its net effect on academics is
undoubtedly positive as a debater has won the
school's best leaving cert prize for the last two years.
In senior cycle, we did more 'mace' impromptu
debating where you only get 15 minutes to prepare
for the debate. In transition year, we were learning
the ropes of this format and we did a few
competitions. I started speaking with Adam Tuck.

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Reflections on 5 years of CBC Debating

by Cillian Madden

The next year, Adam and would make the semifinals of the Trinity Mace and the Leinster
championships. This year, Adam and I won the
Trinity competition. I was really proud of this win as
mace debating is totally dependent how quick you
are on your feet and how much you know. I did the
Leinster Championships with Peter Richardson. We
got to the final and lost a really tough debate on
whether we should open all borders to immigration.
To be honest there are few better ways to inform
yourself about a subject then to debate it and
debating has encouraged me to learn about topics
such as jury nullification and vigilantism which I
would otherwise have never heard of. It has also
changed my opinions on other subjects such as
Syria and the Anglo-Irish Treaty. I think that in a year
where Donald Trump commands 45% of the US
vote and 17 million British people thought Brexit
was a good idea, any activity that informs opinions
can only be a good thing.
I feel lucky to have had these opportunities and I
must thank Mr. ONeill who, with the help of Ms.
Roche, Mr. Byrne and the parents council, restarted
debating in the school six years ago. Since then CBC
has won six Leinster senior or junior titles. This
success is a testament to his tireless dedication and
the set-up he has created within the school. The
many lunchtimes, evenings and weekends he has
sacrificed are appreciated by all of us.
I hope anyone coming to the school can get as
much out of debating as I have and I'd encourage
anyone considering starting debating to try it as
thats the only way you'll know whether you're good
at it or whether you'll enjoy it. Besides, there is no
better place to learn debating than Monkstown.

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The Great Debate 2016

by Anthony Treacy

The annual Great Debate was held in May with


the topic of the debate, for the year that was in
it, was the 1916 rising and whether we should
view the leaders as villains not heroes. Like every
other year, there were four teams debating the
motion, a team from St. Joseph of Cluny and a
team from CBC (Cillian Madden and Adam Tuck)
made up the proposition, while a team from
Loreto Abbey Dalkey and another team from
CBC (Tom Ward and myself ) made up the
opposition. The wording of the motion
generated great controversy and discussion in
the week before the debate when the posters
for it went up in the school. The proposition had
to argue the leaders of the rising were villains
and the opposition had to put forward the
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A variety of arguments were made by the


proposition: they questioned the need for the
rising, if the violence was justified, were we
better off both socially and economically after
the rising and the motivations of the leaders
that putting innocents in danger and having
men follow them in a suicidal mission and
whether it was morally acceptable to use the
lives of innocents to create martyrs for Irish
freedom. The opposition argued that the
leaders fought for social change and justice,
they were a diverse and inclusive group and
should be praised for their ideals, that the
symbolism of fighting an power which
oppressed a nation for hundreds of years was
heroic, that the oppression the Irish people
suffered justified the violence and that the social
change that we see in modern times is a result
of the rising as we are free to decide as an
independent nation. We argued that the leaders
of Irish political parties at the time were happy
to send young men to die in the trenches in
France in World War I for Home Rule but not in
the streets in Dublin for freedom.
The debate was judged by past pupils Carl
Whelan and Dara Keenan, the publisher
Educate.ie, Sinead Keogh, Ms. Roche from CBC
and Dr. Tom Clonan, a former Irish army officer
and the security analyst of the Irish Times. After
a long deliberation by the judges, it was decided
that Adam and Cillian from the proposition
representing CBC were the overall winning
team and that Tom was the best individual
speaker, all the teams were praised for their high
standard and thought-provoking arguments. It
was a great way to finish off my time debating
in CBC.

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The Great Debate 2016

by Anthony Treacy

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by Parsa Nazemi

The Debating year in CBC was a


successful one this year,
especially for me, we reached
the finals of the Leinster Junior
debating competition which we
came third in. But for me, it was
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greater achievement I never


thought I could reach, in only
my second year here.
I had a quite extraordinary story
with debating this year. At first,
when I was informed about

debating that took place every


Friday with Mr. O'Neill teaching
us, I had absolutely no idea what
debating even was, but thought
it's probably good for public
speaking which I wanted to
improve. I even missed a couple
of classes but decided to do it.
My first class was the one we did
trials
for
the
Leinster
competition teams in. We had
gotten the motion the previous
week but I didn't even know
that we're meant to write a
speech or at least know what to
say and I thought that you have
to just speak about the topic
there. On that trial day, I saw
everyone with big sheets of
paper, going over them with
stress before the class began,
but I hadn't even thought
about the motion. So I quickly
started writing some points
down and thinking what I can
say. The class began and I was
the second person to speak, I
was really nervous and started
to talk about anything that
came to my mind and was
relevant. That actually made my
"speech" quite interesting.
I was happy not to mumble or
mess up when I finished it.

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by Parsa Nazemi

Finally, Mr. O'Neill went to judge who he would


select for the teams. When he came in and gave
us the results, I was chosen! Along with Conor
Eivers, Cian Meghan, Jack Palmer and Conor Kelly.
I was really surprised and happy.
The competition began in October and our first
debate went ok and we came third, we won the
next two to qualify for the round of 16. All of our
teams got knocked out in this round except for
Conor and I and Connor Kelly who went through
as an individual speaker. We surprisingly won the
quarter finals and the semi finals to qualify for the
finals. By now, Conor and I who even were CBC's C
team (the worst CBC team) were the only team
from the school left in the competition.
We got ready for the final and practiced everyday
as much as we could for the final. We were nervous
on the day but knew how amazing it would be if
we won. It could have gone better and we came
third, which we were really happy about, especially
as we were the only second years in the final.
Anyway, this year and especially that day was one
of the most important days in my life, I never
thought I could reach the finals of such a hard and
serious competition having lived in this country
only for two years. So I'm very happy and would
like to thank Mr. O'Neill for all his assistance and
support, none of these achievements could've
been possible without him. I also hope that we can
repeat this success again next year, perhaps
winning the competition!

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Charity Fundraising

The Charity Committee with guests from a number of


charities they supported during the year

Eoin presents a cheque to the


Simon Community

Goal Jersey Day

Bag packing for Down


Syndrome Ireland

Teachers on Goal Jersey Day

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Charity Fundraising

Monkstown Junior 7's for the


CMRF Crumlin Hospital

The Charity Committee with John from the Simon Community

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Guest Speakers

Claire Lambe Olympic Finalist

Cambridge university
lecturer Dr. Danny
Longman human
evolution and sport

Zoran from
@GOALSchools

Polish Teachers Jakub and Mateusz on a


Teacher Exchange

Donal Courtney speaks to the JCT

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Guest Speakers
The Order of Malta speak
to Transition Year

Olympian Claire Lambe


speaks to our Rowers

James McManus from Earths Edge spoke


about Entrepreneurship & Business

Kathleen Fitzsimons from Down Syndrome Ireland

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American Tea Par ty


The American Tea Party which is one of the
social highlights of the year for most who
attend, again it was a fantastic night with over
170 people in attendance. The raffle and
auction proved hugely successful with 10,000
raised on the night.

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Grow our own project


In April 2016 our second year geography class
led by Mr. Corcoran began working on a small
farm at the bottom of the pitches. By May, with
the help of students from first, second and third
year, the soil had been filled, a fence had been
put up and we were ready to plant the seeds.
Planted in the farm were lots of fruit and
vegetables such as, potatoes, rhubarb, berries
and tomatoes. We let the plants grow over the
summer and by the time we came back in late
August everything had grown. We all had great
fun working on this project and it was nice to
see it worked out well.
Chris Langtry

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Outstanding Achievement
1964. A move begun by debutante fly half
Mike Gibson in their 22 was finished off by
Casey. The game was one of the first ever
rugby games captured by RT television
cameras.
Frank McCabe was the Senior Vice President
of Intel. He had a 40-year career in the
semiconductor industry. His wide experience
made him a mainstay of the Intels success in
Ireland. Frank has committed to awarding a
2,000 bursary to the top CBC student
entering UCD engineering for the next ten
years. The school is very grateful for this very
generous act.

The Past Pupils Union held a ceremony to


celebrate the achievements of some of our
most distinguished past pupils.
The Past Pupils Frank McCabe (Senior Vice
President of Intel), John Keogh (RTE Music),
Sen Barrett (Ceann Comhairle of Dil
ireann) and Pat Casey (Rugby) were
recognised for their lifetime achievement in
ceremony held in the atrium of the new
building.
Pat Casey was capped 12 times, scoring three
tries for Ireland at wing. He scored one of the
greatest tries in Irish rugby history against
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John Keogh is a musician, producer, director


and television personality. In the 1960s he
attracted considerable fame in Ireland for
being the lead singer of the showband, The
Greenbeats before establishing himself as a
producer at RT. The productions on RT
which he produced include The Live Mike and
Bull Island. He has also appeared in a number
of RT shows including The Lyrics Board where
he was a team captain
Sen Barrett is an Irish Fine Gael politician
who was Ceann Comhairle of Dil ireann
from March 2011 to March 2016. He served as
Minister for Defence from 1995 to 1997, and
later he was party spokesperson on Foreign
Affairs. He is a Teachta Dla (TD) for the Dn
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Celebrating '76
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of CBC
Monkstown winning the Leinster Senior
Schools cup in 1976, the PPU and the College
are jointly hosting a reception to mark the
great occasion. The reception which
honoured all players and trainers of the
winning squad was very well attended and
included a presentation to member of the
winning squad. Recent captians of the Senior
Cup Team were also in attendance to receive
a special tie to mark their acheivement.

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Reflecting on the 1916 Rising in CBC

2016 will always be remembered in Ireland as the


100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. No other
event, for good and ill, has had such an impact on Irish
history in the 20th century. As a seminal turning point
in our history, events were organised throughout the
country to mark it. There were the official state
commemoration parades and concerts, speeches by
the President, television and radio programmes,
websites and local ceremonies to mark the place of
different parts of the country in the 1916 story. Much
the commemorative events focused on the symbols
of the Rising, the Proclamation of the Republic and the
Tri-Colour flag, and what meaning those symbols have
for contemporary Ireland.
There was a particular programme of events that was
directed at schools. Members of the defence forces
visited primary schools to talk about the tri-colour and
talk to the children about the Rising. Here in CBC, we
had our own plan of events that ran throughout the
school year. Students learnt about the Rising and the
Proclamations in class, transition year students did an
entire model of study on the events of the Rising and
undertook at tour of the Rising locations in the city
centre.
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school in the country. There was a special presentation


ceremony in Croke Park on March 7th where the
President oversaw the giving of the flags to
representatives of thousands of schools around the
country. The ceremony was attended by Ben
Reynolds, Alex Guard, Peter Richardson and Mr. O'Neill
on behalf of CBC. In his address that day, President
Higgins told the assembled students that "the Easter
Rising of 1916 can, in many ways, be described as a
stunningly ambitious act of imagination. Today it is up
to our young people to take charge of change and
imagine what Ireland might yet become."
On Tuesday March 15th, National Schools'
Proclamation Day, we held our own ceremony to mark
the 1916 Rising. We joined with thousands of other
schools around the country to raise the national flag
as part of the events to mark the centenary of the
1916 Rising. The ceremony was held in the Hall, as the
whole school assembled to remember the events of
Easter Week 100 years ago. Following speeches by Dr.
Berry and Mr. O'Neill, Patrick Rogers read the words
that Padraig Pearse recited on the steps of the GPO on
Easter Monday. When he had finished, a group of 6th
year music students, organised by Mr. Rooney and led
by the head prefect Jack MacAteer, performed a
specially arranged version of 'The Foggy Dew'.
Our community was invited to reflect during the
ceremony on the meaning of both the flag and the
events of Easter Week 100 years ago. The Irish tricolour was first unveiled by the Young Irelander
Thomas Francis Meagher during the failed 1848
Young Ireland rebellion. Of his creation, Meagher said
"The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce
between the 'Orange' and the 'Green', and I trust that
beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and
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heroic brotherhood." He intended it to be a symbol of
the reconciliation between the two parts of the Irish
nation, between Protestants and Catholics, between
nationalists and unionists.
The flag might not have attained the significance that
it enjoys today had it not been flown from the roof of
the GPO during the Rising 100 years ago. It flew
overhead as the rebels occupied the building and
those that surrounded it; as Pearse read the
Proclamation from the steps; as the rebels fought off
attempts by the army to retake the building during
the week. As the building burned and was evacuated,
the tri-colour was saved before being seized by the
British army when the rebels eventually surrendered
on Moore St.

Reynolds (the Chairman of the Students' Council) to


flagpole beside the gate. They were escorted by a
guard of honour of the members of the student
council and the prefects. They raised the tri-colour as
the ceremony ended as a solemn reminder that doing
important things often requires great sacrifice and the
work for a better Ireland is the responsibility of all her
children.

As the Proclamation was read, we were able to reflect


on the profound meaning the words still have for us
still today. The commitment to equality for all citizens
and promise to cherish all the children of the nation
were a product of their time, with a particularly
emphasis on overcoming the divisions between
Catholics and Protestants on the island. This does not
mean that they are not relevant for the Ireland 100
years later that was created as a result of that day.
The Proclamation sets down a goal for the Irish
republic of "equal rights and equal opportunities" for
all our citizens. We continue to work to achieve this
goal and we have come a long way since 1916. We
have a built, and sometimes has to rebuild, a state that
we can be proud of. The proclamation is reminder to
us that we still have far to travel and the work to build
the best version of the Ireland goes on.
As 'the Foggy Dew' rang out, the flag was carried by
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English
The Highs and Lows of 1st Year by Michael Cregg
It all started out with fear and doubt
Which was all that we could think about
When Mr. Montayne came in with stories of strikes
And Mr. Finnegan and Mr. Rooney racing on their bikes
Sam Cassidy in English learning the true meaning of life:
Listening is a skill, Stay in the moment! just the highlights.
It didnt take too long to settle in,
With P.E, Rugby and Sport it was hard not to grin.
Success at Santry and winning the Rice Cup
Are some of the reasons we would never shut up.
Coming into Music Class and clearing our voices
To sing the Barbie song and Britney Spears, some of our choices.
Lows were tests and tests and tests!
We all know that they didnt go the best.
But, Hey!, who cares? They dont matter.
It was making all the noise in the classrooms to make the tables shatter.
1LD clearing the medals at Sports Day,
Gold, Silver and Bronze was we had to say.
Nicknames in our class were definitely the best,
Drico Lad and Eamo, and all the rest/
The lows and lows and the highs and highs
Made a year so unique that money could not buy.
1st year was amazing and hard to beat
but Im sure 2nd year wont go down in defeat.

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English
First Year by Oscar Daly
It seems like only yesterday that I started
secondary school. Ive had a great first year. I
didnt know what to expect from secondary
but I knew it was going to be way different
from primary. Its been different but fun.
One of the best days was Sports Day. It was
great to have no classes and no homework.
There were lots of sports activities, including
soak the coach. There was even a bouncy
castle and a bar-b-que.
I really enjoyed the trip to Edmund Rice
Museum. I enjoyed going to the rugby
matches and supporting our teams. I liked
having lots of different teachers and I
enjoyed some of the new subjects like CSPE.
The lows have been all the homework and
especially the homework at the weekend. I
didnt like having to do exams either, but
hopefully the results will be good.

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CSPE
Both 2BDY and 2HOC students followed civic, social
and political topics of interest in the media from
September to November. Topics covered included
the environment, homelessness, the migrant crisis,
the ongoing plight of Ibrahim Halawa and the FIFA
corruption scandal.
In their groups, they completed the requirements
of the task by making visual presentations to the
class on their issue and writing up a report
identifying key aspects of the topic and what they
had learned during the process.
Home Economics Prizewinner 2015 says
thank you.
Ben O Reilly, best Home Economics Leaving
Certificate result for 2015, thanked the Home
Economics department in October after the
prizegiving event for all that he had learned over
the 6 years.
He made a presentation of cheese-making kits to
the Home Economics room, which will be used in
the years to come.
Sincere thanks, and best wishes to Ben & the class
of 2015 in their future endeavours.

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2HOC saying Farewell to Mr. O Driscoll


Having taught 2HOC in English and CSPE during
the year, the class showed their appreciation at the
end of the year to Mr. O Driscoll.
They presented him with a card and gift reminding
him of their appreciation in the years to come.
Good luck, Mr. O Driscoll in your future career.

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Home Economics
CBC Home Economics embraces
Technology
This year the Home Economics department
set about creating Its own webpage
(cbchmec.weebly.com) and joined Twitter
(@cbchmec).
These added to its platform of educational
tools, they provide ongoing updates of work
being achieved by the different year groups
and allow pupils and parents access up-todate links to information of interest in our
subject area.

Returning after summer holidays in August,


2015, the scene was not pretty, the Home
Economics room for the last 18 years B5s
ceiling had collapsed due to a heavy storm
causing damage also to the classrooms
directly above. Wires criss- crossed the room,
plaster and dust coated every surface, any
semblance of a classroom ready for teaching
duty was far from evident, up until the day
before re-opening.
Some urgent focus, re-organisation and
diligence along with hard graft from the
caretaking staff got the room up and running
for the busy year ahead. Home Economics will
move into the new classroom complete with
state of the art preparation and cooking
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Home Economics
Critical appraisal of focaccia Bread
The bread looked very attractive; over all it had an
even brown colour. The traditional dimples on the
focaccia were crucial to the look of the bread,
otherwise it would have just looked like a flat
regular soda bread. The sea salt on the bread was a
very dominant flavour; the addition of some onion
or herbs like rosemary would have balanced the
flavour.
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enthusiastic students began their three year
programme of work in the Home Economics. Their
proactive engagement with all aspects of
coursework included improving awareness in
supermarkets and developing food appreciation.
Second year students began the year engaging
with textiles, fashion and using the sewing
machine. Beginning with tie-dyeing t-shirts to
completing the Christmas project to make a
zipped-up pencil case, students took on each new
challenge with gusto.
After Christmas, they began their food module, and
once again showed their passion for food - where
it comes from and how they can make something
sensorially memorable from new experienced
ingredients which involved a 2-way learning
process between teacher and students. This
culminated in their summer practical exams, where
bread-making skills, inclusion of fruit & vegetables
in savoury and sweet dishes, and exploring special
dietary group requirements, e.g. vegan, anaemic
showcased their high standard practical talents.
Literacy standards are also important, as an
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Third Year students got into exam focus from the


outset craft & child care projects required
planning, instruction, implementation and
evaluation. New skills were acquired in project
planning & craft techniques.
Childcare topics included:
The Impact of Kasabach-Merritt Syndrome on
a growing childs physical development
The impact of type 1 diabetes on the physical
development of a child.
The impact of cold weather on asthma and
the development of a 2 year old asthmatic
child.
Food practical exams took place after Easter with a
wide variety of skills displayed among the group.
From there it was theory focused until Friday 17th
June. We wish that all their hard work pays off on
results day.
This was the last State Examinations Commission
Food practical exam to take place in B5. During
the summer, we eagerly anticipate the conversion
of E1 into a new Home Economics room. After
many years and memories in the basement, Home
Economics moves up to the G-corridor to begin its
next phase of education & development. A sincere
thank you to both parents and students for making
it an exciting year once again in Home Economics.

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Home Economics
Venerunt
Viderunt
Vicimus

They came,
They saw,
We conquered!

To acknowledge the contribution of Latin to


our modern syllabi, 2nd Year Home Economics
invited 2nd Year Latin to learn about the
significance of Food to Roman civilisation and
how many of their flavour concepts still
contribute to our European palate experiences
today.
For our Latin teacher, Mr. Hughes, it was an
experience which he thoroughly enjoyed and
as he heads off into his much deserved
retirement, his wish was to see this initiative
continuing in the years to come.
2nd Year Home Economics students grappled
with original Roman recipes, which unlike
todays recipes lacked specific instructions and
quantities of ingredients. Two of the recipes
which suited the palates of all attending were
Osicia Omentata, otherwise known as Roman
burgers and Patina Versatilis, Nut Tart. Recipes
are now available on our website
http://cbchmec.weebly.com

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Second Year

Jeronimo Quesada Bretones ,


2nd Place in DLR Student
Enterprise Awards

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Transition Year - Ski Trip


My main highlight of TY would have to be the ski
trip. Nothing can compare to it. I get on with more
people in the year now. I loved the ski trip. It is rare
that you get the opportunity to go to a foreign
country with your friends, it was something
different, which Id never done before.
Most of us did lessons in Kilternan before going so
we were actually pretty good for beginners when
we got there. We all had great craic with each other.
The hotel was good. The food was of a very high
standard, but it not appeal to our limited palates!
Although we all had ski-school instructors when we
were in Italy, it was great that we also got to go on
the slopes with Mr OFarrell, as he taught us a lot
more.

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Transition Year - Poland Trip


One of the memories that will stay with me was from
our trip to Krakow. In Auschwitz- Birkenau, standing
around, the chilling feeling I experienced will stay
with me for the rest of my life. Seeing the peoples
belongings and their living quarters was a worrying
thing to witness.

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Transition Year - Charity

Bewleys Hospice coffee morning

Run in the Dark


Bag packing for Down Syndrome

Zoran from Goal came in to talk TY

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Transition Year - First Aid


If I had to pick one of the many experiences I have
been given, the one that stands out for me is the First
Aid Course. It was quite literally life- changing! This
small experience has helped me be ready for what
life might throw at me and has boosted my
confidence tenfold.

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curtains opened we were all quite nervous, we
were afraid to expect too much but then we hit
them with the first song Jailhouse Rock. I will
never forget the applause!

The highlight of TY for me was the musical I


dont know how but I somehow managed to get
a lead part in the show. I really enjoyed the
experience this gave me. I enjoyed every bit of
TY and definitely feel more confident heading
into fifth year. It was a lot of fun. We made new
friends and became better friends with others. I
had never listened to the music of Elvis Presley
and I like it. Everybody wished the musical could
have continued for longer and we all wish we
could do it again.

We started musical rehearsals shortly after


Christmas. It was very slow going to begin with
as the teachers expected a high standard from
all of us. It was always fun though, constantly
making new friends. But on-stage things werent
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Going into the musical I was happy to just take


part and not push for a lead role. But I decided
to audition any way because everyone was
auditioning. When I got called back to the final
singing auditions I was very surprised and I
started more and more to want a lead. I was
secretly delighted with myself for giving it a go,
but I tried not to show it. When rehearsals began
though, I couldnt believe how bad we were. We
had numerous talks about how we needed to
sing louder. Apparently we lacked volume and
movement. It looked like it was going to be a
disaster. Most of us couldnt even talk to the girls,
so I didnt know how we were going to sing in
front of them. Luckily Ms OToole, Mr OFarrell,
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Harry never gave up on us. I think we made them


proud.
I had never heard of All Shook Up when they
announced that it would be our musical. I
suppose I was skeptical of its success because of
this. However, when I understood the setting of
the show, it began to grow on me. I was one of
the dancers. We had to have extra rehearsals that
seemed stressful at the outset, but when they got
going, I had an incredible amount of fun. Right up
until the first performance, I didnt think we were
a promising cast. However once the first show
began something magical happened. We were
applauded and cheered. We all experienced a
feeling weve rarely had before.

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Gaice The Silver & Gold Journey 2015-16


At present, seven 5th Year students are
completing their personal, community &
physical challenges and weekly reflective diary
entries in time for the Silver award ceremony in
The Helix, Glasnevin in October.
Each of the students (former bronze awardees)
are pursuing their personally selected
challenges to complete within one calendar
year. Each of them has learned early on that
the best-laid plans (of mice and men) often go
awry. The challenge is not to allow defeat to
take hold, but to search for solutions to ensure
the challenge is completed, resulting in selfsatisfaction.
Silver Gaisce Group 2015-2016
Fiachra Behan-Halpin
Denis Blinov
Mitchell Brophy
Eoin Byrne
Liam Moylan
Luke Sheehan
Bryan Unger
We wish each of them well as they complete their
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This year also saw two students, one 6th Year


and one former student (2011) work towards
completing the Gold award. Conor Waters
(2011) combined college & Gaisce working at
his own pace, to take on diverse challenges and
make a difference to the groups or
communities that he engaged with over the
course of his Gaisce experience. He established
a strong Ventures Scouting group in his locality,
organising various activities for young people
in his area including taking them to a World
Scouting Jamboree. He took on the challenge
of Diabolo, circus juggling and other circus
skills through DIT Circus & Juggling society.
Although he had a concern for heights, he
challenged them through actively pursuing
indoor and outdoor rock & indoor ice climbing.
Tom Wall, 6th Year student, combined the
minor challenge of Leaving Certificate with
progressing his Gold award. His initial
achievement was working through a Life
Saving programme, which sees him taking up
training coast side this summer. At many social
and sporting events throughout the year,
alongside his training with St. Johns
Ambulance, he put his First Aid skills into
action, and on the most recent immersion
project to Zambia, Tom contributed to its
success from initial planning to day to day
activities with the schools partners in Lusaka &
Helen O Connor (Project Facilitator). Best
wishes to them both as they complete their
portfolios for submission to Gaisce for
consideration for the Gold award.

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Account of the Silver Adventure Journey Bryan
Unger
On the first day, we went to school as usual, but in
our hiking gear. Once it was 10:55 am, we met with
Mr. Dooley & Mr. Feeney and walked up the road, with
our gear on our backs, to the bus stop. The bus took
us to Ballinteer, which is located at the base of the
Dublin Mountains.
After going up a long, steep tarmac road (not ideal
for hiking boots) we came to the edge of a forest,
which marked the start of the journey.
The path was twisted and tall, clustered pine trees
surrounded it, throwing us into a darkness that
almost seemed unnatural. We came to a clearing
where we could clearly see the landscape around us
and the forest after that was never as dense.
The area was empty in fact, as all the trees had been
cut down and the sun beat down on us harshly.
When we arrived at the top of the hill, the first real
obstacle, we stopped for lunch and I perched myself
on a large boulder, eating my wrap. That is also where
I found a broken, dead tree branch that was ideal for
a walking stick and it aided me greatly in the days to
come.
We descended down the hill to only go up another
incline that was, as you can imagine, far steeper and
tougher. We went on trails that seemed almost
redundant because they were twisty and the distance
achieved wasnt great (incline reduces distance
covered over a period of time). It would be far more
practical if one were to go in a straight line up. I tried
applying this logic but I soon saw why the trail was
like it was. It was like scaling a wall and the ends of
my tracksuit bottoms were drenched. Luckily for me,
we decided to have a break and I was able to change.

We left the mountain and arrived at a valley where


the country side and the tarmac roads sprang up
again. The group became separated and we thought
we were lost, but continued on anyway. To our joy we
went around a corner and the hostel stood there like
a shining beacon.
We stayed in the Knockree hostel in Wicklow. It had
great facilities, and beautiful views. The room we
stayed in had lots of space, enough for 7 of us! Across
the hall we had 3 bathrooms and 3 showers which
meant there was no fighting over showers.
Downstairs there was the dining room which was
massive, and very open, with views of the glorious
mountains. It was great because there was also a
kitchen in which we could prepare and cook food. In
the evening we had the opportunity to play ping
pong, or watch television. All in all it was the perfect
hostel, just for what we needed on the hike.
We then began the second day at 8 am by eating
eggs and cereal to prepare us for the day. We left at
8:45 am and began our hike along the Wicklow Way.
We passed through a thick forest and climbed a steep
hill. It was difficult because it was very narrow. There
was beautiful rock on our right and multitude of thick
green trees. But as we passed the trees began to thin
out and ultimately we had a beautiful view of the
Powerscourt Waterfall. After that we took a few
pictures and admired the view. We pushed ahead and
up to the top of the mountain. When we made it to
the top we had a rest and we were all feeling the
burn. But after a few minutes we were ready to
continue down to the bridge.
Once we had crossed this small bridge we had to
tackle this menacing incline we saw so horrifically
from the opposite peak of the valley which wasn't all
that bad, I found. I think it was because I just walked
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for myself. Little did I know that the nice almost
staircase part of the hike was over.

looked into the distance, got a photo and turned


around to go back the way we came.

We crossed over a wall of which we were meant to


have our lunch at, but, we chanced it and continued
up the slope passing extremely slippy areas, the worst
I had ever seen. I had only a stick I found to keep me
up as the rocks were still wet from some light drizzle.
The hill billowed so we could see no end. Reaching a
semi-peak it hit us that the wall we went by was our
meal point as everywhere we saw was simply
marshland and much too open, so once the group
had gathered we continued our hike (after a few
photos obviously).

On the start of the third day we woke up earlier than


usual at around 6:00 am so that we could arrive back
at the school at around 13:00. At 7:00 we began our
final hike back home. It was a clear day and we all had
great views of the farmland, with sheep huddling in
the corner of one field. We took two breaks as the
group was becoming stretched and a few people
were disappearing into the distance. We played
games to pass the time such as twenty-one
questions, where we had to guess the character a
person was thinking of with a limited amount of
questions. This led to much frustration relatively
quickly but somehow it continued until we reached
the peak of the mountain.

We walked along the edge of the hill where we


decided to stop and have our lunch, chicken wraps.
Many other hikers went past, some multiples of our
ages of whom nobody wanted to speak to yet it was
common courtesy to smile and greet. So after
complaining about the terrain and our route we
chose to go on and see what we face. Little did any
of us know, this is where the snow in March came into
play.
The large allotments of snow stood as mighty
obstacles as we each attempted to make our way
higher up, finally reaching a thin walkway of wood up
to the top where we looked over vast hills which I
described as "This must have been how Frodo felt"
(My shoes were not hiking boots so every time I saw
a puddle I was leaping). There were terrifying winds
blowing into our faces were thought to be 40 km
strong, but none the less my comrade and I built a
strangely tilted snowman overlooking the landscape.
I do wonder if it's still there.
We then carried along on more of these thick railwaysleeper boards while stumbling across the spine of
the hill, the wind attempting to chuck us into the ice
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There was a fierce wind, and with no trees to provide


cover, we were completely beaten down by it and
you had to shout to be heard. To compensate we
were given a fine view of the Dublin coast, with
Dalkey Island and Dun Laoghaire pier and to our
backs the rolling hills of Wicklow. Our descent led us
back into a field of pines and the views were replaced
by rows of trees, but fortunately the wind practically
disappeared. Now on the other side of the mountain
we sat on a fallen trunk that acted as our lunch table
and helped ourselves to a much deserved meal of
wraps. We lay on a bank that was beside this road
and the long grass was like a mattress to me, as I
daydreamed of lying back on my own bed at home.
What an experience, what a group to partake this
adventure with thanks particularly to the teachers
and to Liam Moylan for taking the numerous photo
opportunities, some of which accompany this
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Gaisce - Bronze Award


(The First Step)
Gaisce is the Presidents Award, a personal
development programme that is a direct challenge
from the President to all young people to challenge
themselves to do something new, dream big and
fulfil their potential.
At the outset, the question often asked is, Why
should we get involved in Gaisce. Gaisce provide Five
simple reasons:
1. The Gaisce programme is self-directed: you get to
choose your own activities with the assistance of
a Presidents Award Leader or P.A.L. in your school
this means that your Gaisce experience is
entirely personalised with no competition.
2. It is open to all young individuals between 16-25
in Ireland whether through your school, college
or local youth organisation, e.g. Scouts
3. The award is recognised nationally and
internationally as a huge achievement showing
those in authority that you have displayed an
ability to set your own challenges and goals and
work consistently to achieve them.
It
demonstrates a level of self-motivation and hard
work that is highly valued by employers, so a
good addition to your personal CV.
4. It is a rewarding experience to all those who have
completed, whatever the level.
5. You can register at any time and work at your own
pace to complete the award (usually 26 weeks for
bronze, 52 weeks for silver and 52 weeks for gold
(if you have completed your silver award)
Although Gaisce indicate that you can register at any
time, in CBC and most schools around the country, it
is introduced immediately upon return from summer
holidays to avail of the full school year to complete
the Bronze award (26 weeks required).

When a student signs up for Gaisce Bronze award,


they take on 3 new activities/ challenges in order to
achieve the award: one physical, one community, and
one personal challenge; physical being some sort of
sport/exercise based activity; Community requires
the individual to something to help individuals or
groups in need in your local community; Personal trying a new language or skill to add to your personal
skillset.
Although Mr. Dooley is the schools President Award
Leader, the school/ TY team assists Bronze awardees
through provision of the social placement
(contributes to Community Challenge) and providing
a broad range of sport & exercise opportunities to
pursue for the physical challenge.
Finally, an adventure journey is undertaken:
Challenge Agreed: Two day hike between CBC
Monkstown and Knockree Hostel (return)
Dates: Monday 2nd Tuesday3rd May, 2016
Distance Travelled: 45-50Km (Bronze requirements);
17 TY students signed up for the bronze award this
year. 8 students completed the challenge and
received their awards at the TY Presentation evening
in May.
Bronze Group Awardees 2016
Cian Butler
Liam Byrne
Harry Crossan
Alan Hickey
Calam Jones
Eoin Molloy
Sam OHanrahan
Michael ONeill

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Gaisce Bronze Award Adventure Journey:
Alan Hickey
Planning & Preparation
To prepare for the journey, we researched different
routes accessible in our area and decided on one
from Ballinteer to Knockree Valley via the Wicklow
Way. We rang the hostel to discuss suitable dates and
availability, then booked rooms for ourselves and 2
teachers who would accompany us on the hike. After
this, we decided on a menu for our overnight chicken curry & rice, our breakfast and packed lunch
for the return journey. I was responsible for making
out a shopping list and to buy everything we needed.
We organised for one of the parents to bring the
things we didn't need while hiking to the hostel by
car. We looked up the bus times to get to Ballinteer
on Bank Holiday Monday and we agreed a starting
time to meet there on the morning of the first day.
Route Covered
Our route started outside the SuperValu in Ballinteer.
From there, we walked to Marlay Park, along the
outside and under the M50. From there the route
passed Kilmashogue, Fairy Castle, Two Rock Mountain
and Tibradden Mountain. From there we walked
along the Glencullen Road until we turned south and
ascended to Prince Williams seat, and the to the
Enniskerry Road before we arrived at our hostel. The
return route was the reverse of the route on day one.
Cooking
We divided ourselves into small groups. One group
cooked the dinner, another washed up, another
prepared breakfast and the last group cleaned up
after breakfast. For dinner, we had a chicken curry
with rice and poppadoms. For breakfast, we had
scrambled eggs, Weetabix and coffee. I was involved
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as the hostel was busy.


Hostel & Activities
When we arrived at the hostel, we split into two
groups for each of the rooms. We showered and
relaxed for a short time before dinner. After dinner
and the clean-up was over, we walked down to the
river near the hostel where we played games. The
following morning, we cleaned our rooms after
breakfast and packed our bags before we checked
out and started the hike back to Ballinteer.
Personal Experience
The Gaisce adventure hike was a great experience.
Overall, the weather wasnt that bad with some very
short, light showers on day one. On the hike back to
Ballinteer, the weather was even better. The views
from the tops of the mountains were amazing. It was
nice to see Dublin from a different angle. The whole
group had good fun on the hike and in the hostel. I
think our teamwork improved as the hike went on. I
also think we learned valuable skills such as planning
and organisational skill as a result of taking part in the
hike. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our
thanks to Mr. Mc Nestry & Mr. Dooley for
accompanying us on the trip.

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Photography Competition

3rd Chris Langtry

1st Eoin Byrne

2nd Tom Hayes

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Photography Competition

Best Sports Photo, Mitchell Brophy

Brian Toale

Daniel Farrell

Conor Eivers

Jack Hughes

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Learning Revolution
If you want to go fast go alone. If you want
to go far go together -African Proverb
The Learning Revolution in CBC had another
great year of learning, collaborating and
innovating.
On a weekly basis teachers both experienced
and new met during their lunch time to
discuss and share learning. Teachers presented
on topics as diverse as learning from failure,
entrepreneurial education and use of
improvisation in the classroom! Our principal
Dr. Berry also took the time to present on
Accountability and Learning which was very
valuable!
Last November Mr. Martin Murphy who is an
actor, director and educationalist came in to
our Learning Rev. group to carry out a
workshop on Advanced classroom facilitation
through use of disciplined improvisation This
helped open our minds to more possibilities
of enhancing communication and learning in
the classroom.
With so much great cross collaboration
occurring around learning we decided as a
group that is was time to share our learnings
and classroom techniques with parents and
In Their Shoes was born!
On March 10th 2016 over 30 brave parents
experienced what learning is like in a 21st
century classroom. The purpose of the night

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Learning Revolution
was to help parents experience learning from
their childs perspective and to associate joy
and fun with learning! The night, which
involved a variety of different workshops, was
a great success and we hope to continue with
a bigger and better version in 2017!
A huge thanks goes to all the teachers who
volunteered their time and expertise to make
the night a great success. Also a massive
thanks to the Parents Council especially Ms.
Carol Kelly for all their help and advice in
organising this great night. Thanks also to Dr.
Berry and Ms. Condron for their great support
throughout the year. We believe parents play
a pivotal part in the learning process so a big
thanks to all those brave parents who became
students again during our In their Shoes
night.
Lastly a huge thanks to all the students who
helped with our In their Shoes night! Also
thanks to the T.Y. students who, with the
support and guidance of Ms. Alice OConnor
and Ms. Kate Lorigan presented to teachers in
May on the topics of Digital online bullying
and coaching indoor rowing to Junior cycle
students. Great presentations and leadership
shown by the lads.
CBC is a school where learning is valued and
our community of teachers and students
embrace this concept and make it happen!

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by Mr. O'Neill

Once again, they were to be coached by Mr.


O'Herlihy, joined this year by Mr. Corcoran.
Despite initial setbacks against Gerards and Pres
Bray in the opening matches of the league, they
found find their feet in fine style to dominate their
final three matches against Newbridge, Kings
Hospital and Wesley. In the playoffs, they narrowly
overcame Castleknock and Killkenny to set up a
league final against Roscrea in Donnybrook. While
that match ultimately was a heavy defeat, there
was a sense at Christmas that this was a team that
had something special.

Introduction
Looking back on the 2015/2016 sporting year, I
am filled with pride in the achievements of
sportsmen across all the levels and sports. This
year has turned out to be my last as Gamesmaster
and it couldn't have been more reflective of our
approach to sport in the College.
Rugby
Heartbreak is a common feature of the CBC rugby
experience. It was when my dad was in the school
in the 1960s, it was when my brothers and I were
here in the 1990s and it certainly was this year.
Last year's juniors won the Godfrey Cup in a fitting
end to a season that saw them became a team
transformed. With so many of that team returning
in 3rd year to play again, we fielded one of the
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Their crushing of Dundalk Grammar by 20 points


in the first round of the Cup in February caused
us to look to the quarter final clash with a greater
sense of confidence that is usually the case. We
were not to be disappointed. The clash with
Clongowes will surely go down as one of the
great CBC games, full of the heartbreak that all too
often comes with those games. Leading 19-14 at
the break, Clongowes fought back and we
eventually equalised making it 26-26 in the final
moments, heading we assumed for a replay and
another half day. It was in those dying moments
that dreams were crushed as the Clongowes' 15
stole the ball in contact and ran the length of the
pitch and scored. It was possibly the finest game

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of rugby I've seen from a CBC in the last four years.
The quality of the team that played for us that day
is testified by the fact that eight of them were
selected for Leinster U17 training programme last
summer.
At senior level, the SCT, like the juniors, had a
shaky start to the year with a loss to Gerard's and
a narrow 14-12 defeat to Newbridge, before they
scored decisive victories over Pres Bray, Wesley
and Kings' Hos. A disappointing 39-8 exit to
Andrews in the league quarters highlighted for
Mr. O'Donovan and the team the work to be done
before the cup came round in January. As so often
happens with our teams, they were able to put a
disappointing run behind them as they looked
forward to a rematch against Gerard's in the first
round of the cup. There was nothing between the
teams throughout the match, with a scrappy first
half producing only one try for a 5-3 led at the
break. We were to extend that to 12-3 before
Gerard's came back with two tries, the second of
which was four minutes from the end. Facing a
12-13 defeat with minutes to spare, it would take
something special to rescue the situation. That
came from the boot of captain Rob Jordan, who
put his previous misses behind him, to put a
penalty between the posts in the dying moments.
In the next round, they also faced Clongowes,
who they lost to 27-5. It was with a huge sense of
pride that we saw Eoghan Clarke and Thomas
O'Callaghan go on an represent their country over
the Easter break as part of the Ireland U18s.
At u13s, it was disappointing to lose our
development officer, David Kirk, though the
disappointment was ultimately more in the
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school can be nothing but grateful to Stephen


Flood who took over mid-season and saw a huge
turn around in the u13s programme. The new
attitude from the players was palpable by
Christmas, with teams scoring more points,
winning more games and, most importantly,
enjoying their rugby more. The huge numbers
that signed up for our first ever first year trip to
Wales in April are a testament to the success of
the u13s this year. We can look forward to them
representing us with pride over the next few
years.
Athletics
This was a year that great success for a our
athletes across the ages and events. A fantastic
performance at East Leinsters saw us bring home
the Minor Shield for the performance of our first
year athletes, with gold medals in the 100m,
800m, relay, long jump and shot. At the Leinster
Champions we had a gold medal for Max Read in
the hammer and a silver for Alex Campbell in the
triple jump. These are just a selection of the
medals won by our athletes across track and field
events at provincial level. Many thanks to Ms.
O'Toole, Mr. Finnegan and all the other coaches
involved in athletics for all their hard work with
our athletes over the last year, especially in the
weeks after Easter.
Rowing
One of the most significant aspects of CBC sports
over the last few years has been the emergence
of a full scale, broad participation rowing
programme. Organised almost singlehandedly by
Ms. Lorigan, it has regularly seen dozens of
students from all years at lunchtime training on
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has now been taken on Ms. O'Toole. I want to


thank all three of them for the incredible
commitment and hard work they have put in to
administer key parts of the sports programme.
Without them, we would not have the broad and
diverse range of sports that we offer to our
students.

competitive success at schools and national level,


with Harry Halwax winning gold in his age
category at the national indoor championships
and our rowers winning the first and second years
sections of the Trinity College schools' blitz. It has
also raised money for Trocaire through the 'Row
to Rio' schools challenge and has provided an
opportunity for our own students to take on a
leadership role with a number of TY students
being trained as coaches for the years under
them. The fact that all of this has come about
because of the enthusiasm and dedication of one
member of staff, Ms. Lorigan, is extraordinary.
There are a huge numbers of people who do so
much to make our sports programme work, from
the parents who get up early every Saturday
morning to drop sons to matches and wash the
gear when it arrives home, to teachers who take
on coaching duties for teams and sports to past
pupils who come back to coach. We could not do
it without all of these people and I want to thank
them sincerely for everything they have done
over the last four years. In particular I want to
thank Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Finnegan who have both
served as assistant Gamesmasters over the last
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As I reflect on the last four years, I cannot help but


be struck about how little I understood the full
range of what the job would entail when I was
appointed to succeed Mr. Ferguson. The
gamesmaster is part fixture secretary, part gear
manager, part social event organiser, part ticket
tout, part bus booker, part caterer, part
disciplinarian, part diplomat while also fitting in
some teaching along the way. I look back on the
last four years with a tremendous sense of pride,
not in anything that I may have done but rather
in the achievements of our students that I played
a small role in supporting. We have been in three
Leinster senior cup quarter-finals, won the Junior
League and Godfrey Cups, produced players who
have represented Leinster and Ireland, saw
national champions in rowing, hurdles, long
distance and pole vault. Within in these
achievements, there were hundreds of individual
successes, the personal bests, the making the
teams, the scoring tries in the games that do and
don't matter, the earning the jerseys and the
singlets. The last few years have not been the
easiest for the school's sports programme. With
lower numbers of students and budget cuts, we
were not always able to do all things that we
would have wished.
The next few years present a different set of
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base at junior cycle, we will face the question of
how do we fashion a sports programme that
accommodates all those who want to play a sport
and resist the temptation to simply focus on
those at the top. Participation and excellence
cannot be viewed as a mutually exclusive choice.
We will need to continue to develop and evolve
the range of sports that we can offer to our
students. The introduction of table tennis under
Mr. Kenny and the continued success of our
competitive tennis teams with Ms. Dempsey are
great to see and suggest a way to grow our nonrugby sports in the years to come to afford as
many students as possible the opportunity to
represent their school community.
Rugby will rightly remain the main sport the
school will play. It is our history and tradition and
the team sport that best enables us to impart the
values of teamwork, discipline and leadership to
our students. If numbers coming through the
school continue to grow, we will need to work
harder to retain players as they move from year to
year, especially from junior to senior cycle. If we
want to compete at the highest level, we will
continue to find ways to keep our best players
playing. Sometimes we can let the achievements
of one team 40 years ago overshadow the
successes our players right now. Sometimes,
within the wider CBC community, there can be an
unreasonable level of expectation that creates the
impression that no achievement is valuable
unless it is the ultimate one. We sometimes forget
that we are not a rugby club but rather a school
that plays rugby. It, as a sport, is only worthwhile
for what our students get out of it.

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are exciting times. I think there is no-one better


prepared to drive our sports programme forward
so that every student has the opportunity to
benefit from it, to reach their own potential and
enjoy that unique pride that comes with
representing your school. I have no doubt that he
will be very successful.
Finally, I want to thank each student who chose
to participate, to give up their free time to seek to
better themselves and play a part on a team, to
represent their school and to strive for excellence
across all the extra-curricular activities that take
place in the school. Doing nothing is easy,
choosing to do something is hard.
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes
short again and again, because there is no effort
without error and shortcoming... who at the best
knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while
daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with
those cold and timid souls who neither know victory
nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

I want to wish Mr. Montayne the very best of luck


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by Rob Jordan
Newbridge in between, however the win against
Wesley ensured our qualification into the cup. We
felt that we were really coming together as a team
as some positive results came together.
The cup draw came around and we were drawn
against St. Gerards in the first round. The whole
team knew that a massive amount of hard work
would be needed in the coming months to negate
the heavy loss we suffered to them at the start of
our league campaign. Our preparations took a hit
when we were knocked out of the league by a
physical St. Andrews side in cold and wet
conditions. The result was a tough one to swallow
but there was a clarification among the whole
squad as we began the three month grind
preparing for the cup.

Firstly, Id like to say captaining the CBC SCT this year


was a huge honour and an experience Ill never
forget. Although our season didnt finish with any
silverware it was enjoyable and worthwhile. Preseason began in mid-June, consisting of mostly
gym sessions, taken by the fantastic Dan Hazely,
who ensured we got the most out of the two and
a half months before the season started.
Our first few matches didnt go our way, and the run
of losses definitely didnt reflect the talent we had
at our disposal. The league came around and our
first match was against St. Gerards away, we were
probably guilty of underestimating them, which
resulted in a frustrating loss. Our first wins came
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We had some really positive performances in the


coming months. The Munchins game was a
memorable one, getting a result on a cold Saturday
morning with Thomas OCallaghan scoring a
wonder try, running the pitch, leaving the majority
of the Limerick boys on the ground. One game
before the cup and we faced a daunting task of
driving down to Kilkenny to face the league
finalists. I must say coming home on the bus was
one of the most satisfying moments of the season,
the two big men, William Fay and Callum Kavanagh
supplied us with the tries and its worth noting the
game concluded in quite a comical fashion with
the Kilkenny out half kicking the ball into touch at
full time, 4 points down.

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The cup came around and St. Gerards in


Donnybrook was always going to serve up a
fascinating match. Ultimately our dominant pack
inspired us to a 15-13 win. Remembering how we
were beaten so convincingly five months before
hand made it all the more special, and I think truly
reflects the work put in not only by the players but
by Mr ODonovan, Mr Lewis and Dr Berry. We went
in to the second round against Clongowes truly
believing that we could win, and a well worked try
in the corner only enforced that belief at half time.
Unfortunately the well drilled and more physical
Clongowes side won out in the end, the season
came to a close earlier than we wouldve liked, but
finished as a hugely positive experience overall.

On behalf of the whole squad, Id like to thank our


coaches Mr ODonovan and Mr Lewis for all the
time and effort and hard work they constantly put
in for our benefit, our manager Dr Berry for
organising all the equipment and sessions for us
and making sure everything ran smoothly and
finally our games master Mr ONeill for taking care
of referees, buses and a lot of things behind the
scenes.
Finally, Id like to wish the Senior Cup team of
2016/17 the best of luck in the coming year, with
the experience Ive had playing with the younger
group of players I have no doubt that they will be
very successful.

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served as a statement of intent as after ten


minutes of the second half and facing a 64-0
deficit, the Kilkenny coach threw in the towel as
CBC were installed as the early favourites for the
Forster Cup.
Gonzaga were the next team to attempt to tame
the Ducks and they came brimming with
confidence. Their Jeb Frawley masks showed
how this cup had become a game of both
physical and psychological warfare. However, an
ice-cool winning penalty, slotted by Jebs son
Michael, sent them back to Ranelagh with their
Mot firmly between their legs. However, music
was the real winner on the day as an emotional
pre-game tribute to David Bowie meant there
wasnt a dry eye in Monkstown come kick-off.
The Senior 3rds, better known as the Mighty
Ducks were an eclectic bunch with former Junior
and Senior Cup players combined with the
remnants of Mr. Mahers legendary under 14 C
team. The men tasked with ending CBCs twenty
year wait for Forster Cup glory were led by the
charasmatic talisman Louis Cush, who selflessly
gained the necessary weight to effortlessly make
the transition from the wing to our problem
position of tighthead prop.
We welcomed Kilkenny College up to civilization
for the opening game of the season. The team
drew a large crowd, including both junior and
senior cup squads, as the Ducks gave a master
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We then hit the road and Coach Montaynes fears


that the Ducks would not travel well were swept
aside by bonus-point wins in a frosty Clongowes
and a muddy Terenure. We also found ourselves
a bagman, in the form of Carmelite trainee priest
John, who honed Sean Jenkins skills on the
sideline as he prepared to make his Ducks debut.
We then prepared ourselves for our quarter-final
against a supposedly different Terenure team
who seemed to have poached all the good
players from the team we had already knocked
out. However, we responded with signings of
our own, with Alex Guerin and the iconic Ciaran
Brady joining the team in deadline day drama. A
large crowd, including a group of Foxrock girls,
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evidence of the magnetic effect the Ducks were


having both on and off the field.

rugby world and paid for shots on graduation

Terenure took the lead with their winger flying


past the despairing two-footed flying slide tackle
of Luke Bennett. Surprisingly, the Terenure
players didnt seem to understand that
protecting the Ducks try line was a perfectly
reasonable excuse for attempting to poleaxe
one of their players, and Benno had to go off.
However, Jonny Roche powered through their
defence to give us a 10-7 halftime lead. It looked
like that try had won it but a Terenure try at the
death ended our Forster odyssey.

particular Thomas OCallaghan, for generously

Massive thanks to Mr. Montayne who coached


us, gave moves like Dingo and The Wall to the

team in the pantheon of Monkstown rugby

night. I must also thank the Seniors, and in


allowing us to use their changing rooms during
the season. A special mention must be reserved
for Joe-nah Lomu McCabe who lit up the Forster
Cup with a breathtaking individual try in each of
our first four matches. The Mighty Ducks gave
the class of 2016 a fitting finish to their CBC
careers and ensured that the likes of Sean
Jenkins and Jack Rogers took their rightful place
alongside the Class of 76 and the 08 dream
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brought us out onto the pitch afterwards for


a game of tip. The hard work paid off
throughout the summer and this made preseason that little bit more enjoyable when it
began in early August.

Back row: : Eoin Mahon, Niall Scully, Tomas Conlon Cahill, Logan Brady, Daniel Drummond, Mark
Kavanagh, Cian Tallon, Killian Lalor
Middle Row: Ben OFarrell, Darragh Power, Donal Madden, Patrick Nolan, Eoghan Healy, Luke
Hallam, Adam Patterson, Theo Brady, Ethan Ryan
Front row: Jonathan Browne, Ryan Hayes, Tadhg Quinn. Sean Power, James Reynolds, Daniel
Montayne. Liam Forster

Firstly, I would like to say that it was a huge


honour to be chosen as Captain of this years
Junior Cup Team. The team was made up of a
great bunch of lads who worked extremely
hard throughout the year to ensure we made
our school proud and played to the best of our
ability.
Our training began once the summer holidays
kicked in. We had four gym sessions a week
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We knew right from the start that it was not


going to be easy qualifying for the quarterfinal of the league, and more importantly the
cup, with the tough league draw we faced but
we focused on making ourselves the best
team we could. This showed when we beat a
physical Seapoint team under floodlights in
Kilboggett Park early on in the season. In the
following weeks however we faced CBC Cork
and St. Gerards and were beaten well. We
knew we lacked intensity and it wasas if we
were playing as individuals rather than as a
team. Our training rose a level and we finished
the League with three strong wins against
Wesley, Newbridge and Kings Hos. We made
our way to the League final by beating two
decent sides in Castleknock and Kilkenny but
unfortunately we were beaten well by a
physical Roscrea team on a rainy December
afternoon in Donnybrook.
We took the positives from the League and
really worked on the negatives over a long,
cold Christmas. We knew that we faced a
challenge against the Godfrey Cup finalists
and eventual winners, Dundalk Grammar
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favourites we tried not to be complacent. The


game was played in Angelsea road on the 1st
of February and we won by 20 points to nil.
We were happy to not concede any points
despite being under pressure for long periods
of the second- half. Our next challenge was
Clongowes in Donnybrook in the quarter final
of the Junior Cup. We were now full of
confidence coming into the game and did not
let the fact that we conceded a rather soft
early try dampen our spirits and led the game
19-14 at half-time. The game was tied at 26
points a piece in the last play of the game and
unfortunately we lost the ball while on the
attack and they raced away with the victory.

The result was very disappointing but it


showed that with hard work and
determination we could challenge and
potentially beat any side in Leinster.
I would like to thank our coaches Mr. OHerlihy,
Mr. Corcoran, Aaron Sheeno Sheehan, Dan
Hazley and Sasha Dzokic for all of the hard
work they put in throughout the year training
us and making us the best rugby players we
could be. I would also like to thank the rest of
the school for supporting and encouraging us
through every match. Finally I would like to
thank the whole squad for making this year so
enjoyable and I look forward to playing rugby
for three more years in CBC.

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penalty from James Finnegan. This brought us
through to the quarterfinals. However we lost
narrowly to Newpark who continued on to
win the league.
I would like to thank everyone who was part
of this team throughout the season. This team
changed several times from September. The
players showed enormous dedication, as they
continued to train even when we didn't have
matches. Throughout the year our individual
skills improved and we became a team unit.

After a summer of training we started the year


by travelling down to face CBC Cork, only to
get beaten by a strong side. In the next few
weeks, we improved but not enough,
narrowly losing our next two games to
Gerards and Newbridge respectively. We
learnt from these defeats and just before
Halloween we beat St. Columbas
comprehensively. We continued to improve
and finished by beating Kilkenny College
before we broke up for Christmas.
The New Year signalled the start of the
Seconds League and we began by beating
Pres Bray. We then faced Castleknock who we
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Finally I would like to thank all of our different


coaches throughout the year, especially Mr O'
Driscoll, Mr. O' Herlihy, Mr Corcoran, Sheeno,
Dan Hazley and Sasha Dzoic for all their work
and support throughout the year.
Dnal Madden

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U14 Rugby
One of the biggest highlights of the year was
when we played Kings Hospital in the last
home game of the season. Down by 4 points
and with less than a minute left on the clock,
our winger, Mark Noone, capped off a great
team play to score and win the game 21-20.
On behalf of the team, I would like to say
thank you to our coaches, Miss Lorigan, Mr
McNestry, Conor Dundon and Mr Quinn. It has
been a great year and I wish everyone all the
best next season.
Conor Eivers, U14 captain.
I am very proud to have had the opportunity
to captain the CBC under-14 rugby team this
year. Throughout the year we have had our
ups and downs: we had a difficult start to the
season, including a narrow loss to St Michaels,
losing to a last minute try in a game where the
lead constantly swapped between the two
sides. This was followed by two tough games,
facing strong Newbridge and St Gerards
teams. Having come through these heavy
defeats, we bounced back to beat Marys,
showing that we could play as a team and
play well. Later in the season we faced another
strong Newbridge side at home, but this time
it was our turn to hold the bragging rights,
winning 36-20.

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U13 Rugby
Our first match with Stephen Flood was against
Blackrock College. The A team lost by two points
and we were a man down, the B team won and the
C team lost as well.
One of the best matches we played was against
Temple Carrick in Greystones. We came down on
the bus after school and when we got there, we
started our warm up straight away. In the first half
Temple Carrick were beating us by a few tries but
we did not give up and then we scored a try. The
second half we came back and did not let them
score. We scored a few tries and we were nearly
level. We lost the match but left with our heads held
high because we put up a good fight.

At the start of the season Kirky was our coach and


on the first day we had a session where we
watched videos on how Leinster and Ireland set up
around the ruck and how they attacked. We lost our
first match against St Gerards and Kirky left CBC
shortly after in October.
Then Mr. Feeney, Stephen Flood, Connor, MS.
OConnor, Birdo and Colin took over coaching the
team. We trained on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday and had matches on Saturday and
Wednesday. Some days we did skills and tackling
and other days we did fitness. At the start of every
training session we played a short game of tip to
work on our hands and then went straight into
passing drills. At the start of the new coaches we
didnt do well in our matches because we were
getting used to them but by Christmas we were
doing well as a team.

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In our last match of the season, we were playing


Pres Bray in the Rice Cup in Pres. There were two
matches, one was rugby 7s and the other was
rugby union.
At half time in the rugby union we were twelve nil
down. 5 minutes in to the second half Pres were 17
nil up. Gavin Doran came on and scored twice and
Ross Clarke scored as well, that put us ahead by two
points. We won the Rice Cup in the end 19-17, it
was probably the best game of our season.
Ruadhri OHanlon

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U13 Rugby - Welsh Trip


We left to go to Wales on the 7th of April, the people
who were going to Wales were able to go into school
in their tracksuits. We left at 4:30 to go to Rosslare
Harbour. It took two hours to get there, we then got
the boat Fishguard. We arrived to our hostel at
1:30am.
On Friday we trained on Tenby beach, later on in the
day we went to Pembroke Castle and had lunch. That
evening we played a match against Tenby Rugby
Club, they were very big and although we played
well, we lost. We ate at the rugby club and socialised.
On the Saturday, we went into Cardiff and we went
on a tour of the Millenium Stadium. It was great to
see where the Internationals change and then
getting to walk out the tunnel. We then had a bit of
free time to explore Cardiff before going bowling.
On Sunday we went to Heaterton Activity park where
we got to go body zorbing, go-karting and play mini
golf. We then made the journey back to the ferry, It
was great fun!
Big thank you to Dr. Berry, Mr. Feeney and Mr. Fox for
the trip.
Eoin Quinn

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Tennis
CBC were in a pool with Belvedere, St Andrews and
St Marys, with 2 to qualify for the semi finals.
The first match was away to St Marys and Luke and
Sam both had excellent wins Sam in 3 sets and
Luke in 2 very long closely contested sets. Michael
Frawley had a very tough opponent in Thomas
Brennan who was the reigning Irish champion and
lost in 2 sets. Both doubles played extremely well
and won convincingly in straight sets so a great
4-1 win for CBC

The CBC senior boys tennis team entered Division


1 of the Leinster League this year, which is generally
regarded as the highest level of schools tennis
competition in the country. The CBC team was as
follows:

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No 1 Singles

Michael Frawley 6th year

No 2 Singles

Luke Hanley 6th year

No 3 singles

Sam O Loughlin 6th Year

No 1 Doubles

Gary Kelly 6th year and


Harry Crossan transition year

No 2 Doubles

David Keane and


Mark Cunningham.
Both 5th year

Subs

Luke Bennet 6th year and


Shane Gill 5th year

Next match was also away to Belvedere this time


who were one of the favourites. CBC so nearly
pulled off an upset! Sam O Loughlin had an
excellent 3 set win in the singles and David and
Mark had a very good win in the no 2 doubles also in 2 sets. Michael once again drew a very tough
opponent the runner up in the Irish junior
championship this time Sean McCullagh - and
CBC lost both the 1 st and 2nd singles matches. The
no 1 doubles went to three sets, but unfortunately
Gary and Harry were beaten so Belvedere won 3-2
The final match was at home to St Andrews and
Monkstown tennis club very kindly facilitated the
school by allowing the boys to use the courts there.
CBC knew they had to win to get thorugh. Luke
Bennet was called in at first doubles and proved his
worth winning in 2 sets with Harry Crossan. The
second doubles also won well in 2 sets so CBC just
needed one of the three singles but easier said
than done!! In the end it was Luke Hanley who got
the pivotal win in a very close encounter, showing
great character throughout the match. Although
both Michael and Sam were eventually beaten, the
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thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the parents
and members of Monkstown tennis club who were
there
So CBC were through to the semi final against
Gonzaga who have really dominated the Leinster
tennis competitions in recent years. The two
doubles matches were top class particulalrly the
first doubles where Harry and Luke again combined
to give an excellent display winning in 2 sets. The
second doubles went to three sets but Mark and
David were very determined and took the final set
to keep their 100% record for the competition. So
once again CBC only needed one singles win.
Unfortunately Luke and Sam were beaten, but
Michael Frawley was locked in a very long struggle
with Fergus O Rouke who ironically is a

Monkstown club player - for over 2 hours.


Unfortunately it was not to be in the end - but a
really wonderful performance and display of tennis
from the team well done to all of them
In a cruel twist of fate Belvedere were disqualified
for playing an illegal player, but there was not
enough time to replay the semi -finals so Gonzaga
were declared winners! So effectively the CBC
Gonzaga match was the Leinster final.
It is worth highlighting that this has been a golden
era for CBC tennis those 6th years in particular
have won the Division 1 junior cup , the Div 2 junior
cup and have been in the top 2 or 3 schools in
tennis in Leinster for the past 4 years. The school will
miss them but they did us proud!!

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Fuer taventura
able to get our bearings on the resort and it
was a good start to the day.
After this we had the opportunity to play 11-aside football on a full size astro turf pitch. A
number of standout performances were on
display such as Monty on the left wing, Mr
Maher showing off his inner Philip Lahm at left
wing back, and Luca box to box Kennedy
Grdina . For the second day of matches our
own team was crippled by the loss of our
general Mr Maher who sat it out due to his
engine giving in. Mr O Donovan was another
casualty suffering an injury to his groin when
playing in nets. Team Corcoran took full
advantage and claimed the overall victory in
what was a great competition.
After a long 7 week term of anticipation we
were glad to be leaving the grey skies of Dublin
behind for our October mid-term break. The
flight to the Canary Islands was roughly 4 hours
and we arrived late on the Monday night to our
hotel Las Playitas. Here we were shown our
four-man apartments, before going for a
midnight swim on the beach in twenty degree
water. The following morning we met at 8 am
for a morning run around the grounds of the
resort. However, upon arriving down to our
meeting place we were somewhat taken aback
to find our 3 male teachers engaged in a sun
salutation yoga session for elderly women.
After having limbered up, the teachers joined
us for our 3.2 k run, and we were led out of the
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We also took part in a number of group


activities such as Pilates, Bodypump, Spinning
and Volleyball. These were challenging due to
the humidity but very enjoyable classes. Then
we had our own version of WaterPolo which
successfully managed to clear the pool every
time it was played. Shoutout to Brady, whose
inspiring commitment resulted in a broken
hand.
On the third day Mr Corcoran, Sean Jenkins and
I entered a triathlon style run swim run event.
We failed to realise when signing up that most
competitors (45 year old Scandinavian
triathletes) actually took it seriously, but
managed to reasonably hold our own in what
was a tough race. Special mention to Sean,
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and goggles for those of an angry Swedish man.
Unfortunately the words they exchanged could
not be repeated here.
On the last day we had great weather, some lads
went on the 13km Lighthouse run in the
morning and everyone joined for the volleyball
tournament in the afternoon.
Overall it was a great holiday, the weather along
with our accommodation was ideal, and we
were able to take full advantage of the Olympic
standard facilities. Huge thanks to Mr Corcoran,
Mr Maher and Mr ODonovan for putting it
together for us, and I hope that the tradition is
continued for many years to come.
Patrick Rogers

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Transition Year Soccer

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Spor ting Achievements outside of School

Thomas O'Callaghan, William Fay,


Eoghan Clarke and Rob Jordan Leinster Schools

Daniel McSweeney and


Robert Ivers, represented
Ireland in Athletics

Darragh Spillane
playing for Dublin
Minors in football

Eoghan Clarke and Thomas


O'Callaghan Ireland U18s

Conor O'Beirne won the ISA Laser


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Rowing
fame for sub 7 minute 2K pieces had gotten a bit
longer.
Students competed in in-house, provincial and
national competitions, and did themselves and
their school proud. J13s and J14s took home
trophies and medals in the inaugural Dublin
Schools Blitz in Trinity College and in Dublin City
Blitz in City Hall. First second and third years got to
try racing on a larger scale in the Leinster indoors
in November. An early morning start brought a
group of rowers to Limerick in January for the
National Indoor Championships in Limerick in
January to represent their school and in some cases
their province and Harry Halwax placed first in his
age category for both the times piece and the
sprint event.

Rowing is going to strength to strength in CBC


Monkstown.
Indoor rowing is becoming
increasingly popular, with many students
combining it with another sport.
The year kicked off with a visit from Claire Lambe,
an Irish international who recently made Irish
sporting history with Sinead Jennings by making
the final of the Womens Lightweight Double at the
Rio Olympics.
Early months were spent focusing on technique,
with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of TY
coaches assisting with the large numbers of first
years. Gradually we moved towards race pieces,
with leader-boards on the wall allowing students
to push themselves to get a personal best to edge
ahead of their classmates, with places often
decided by fractions of a second. By June, several
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Finally in April all students took part in the Row to


Rio initiative, facilitated in CBC by the TY coaches,
where students rowed a kilometre each in support
of our Olympic athletes. This was a great chance to
get the school involved in the sport, with many lads
pulling PBs in the process, and first years raising
money for Trocaire.
Throughout the year, many of our first and second
years got to go out on the river in Islandbridge
thanks to our links with Trinity College Boat Club,
Neptune Rowing club, and Get Going Get Rowing.
Whether it as for a learn to row day or a longer
rowing camp, students had the opportunity to get
out on the water and build on their machine work
by working on their technique in one, two and four
man boats.
This really has been a great year for rowing in CBC,
thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of all those
who took part. Heres hoping it will continue to
develop in the coming year!
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Golf
This year saw the first (hopefully) annual Staff
Student golf competition. It was a four man
team event made up of two teachers (past and
present) and two students. After a very tightly
contested affair Sean Kestell and Oscar Sexton
carried their team to victory.

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Athletics
Congratulations to all the Athletes who
contributed to the overall success of the CBC
Track and Field team during the school year
2015/16
Thank you to all the students who participated
for ,their commitment and determination in all
events in which they participated.
Particular congratulations to the minor team
who took home the overall minor shield at the
East Leinsters. A brilliant achievement, great
potential for next year!
And to Alex Campbell and Max Read both
through to the All Irelands.
I would like to thank all the coaches who
helped to train and encourage all their athletes
to success at such a high level, Michael Mullen,
Pat Fox, John Kent, Emma OConnor, Sean Tuite,
Linda Dempsey, Ryan Corcoran, Jim Finnegan,
Colm Rooney.

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Athletics Results
MINOR

Triple Jump
Alex Campbell
Louis Kinsella

1st
3rd

100m Relay
G. Doran, P. Duffy
P. Jones, J. Furlong 1st

Hammer
Max Read 1st
Louis Kinsella

2nd

Discus
J. Reynolds

400M
James Reynolds
Louis Kinsella

1st

800m
Peter Duffy

1st

100M
Gavin Doran

1st

Shot
Jack Reynolds

2nd

Long Jump
Paul Jones
Eoin Quinn

5th
6th

JUNIOR

1st
2nd

SENIORS
Relay
T.O Callaghan / R. Ivers
L. Sweeney/D. Porter
Triple Jump
Shane o Hanrahan 2nd
Ben Mc Donald
3rd
Pole Vault
Patrick Rogers
Robert Ivers

1st
2nd
1st
2nd

Hammer
Darcy Kavanagh

4th

Triple Jump
Gavin Doran
Jack Palmer

Hammer
Alec Byrne
Callum Kavanagh

1st
4th

Hurdles
Robert Mc Donagh 3rd

U 16
Long Jump
Alex Lee 1st

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OVERALL WINNERS OF THE


EAST LEINSTER MINOR
SHIELD 2016

Walk
Conor Thorn
Robert Doyle

1st
2nd

1st

Shot
Michael Frawley
Eoghan Clarke

1st
4th

High Jump
Geoff Mahon /
Alex Guerin

5th

Discus
Eoghan Clarke
John O Mahoney

5th
6th

400m Hurdles
Roberts Ivors
Robert Doyle

3rd
4th

All Ireland Athletics


Championships
Inter Hammer
Max Read 6th
Triple Jump
Alex Campbell

6th

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Spor ts Day
Our sports day was held in May. Students from
first to sixth year took part. A great day helped by
some great weather! I would like to thank all the
teachers who participated and officiated on the
day, the day would be impossible without you!
I would like to say a special thank you to the Ms
OConner and the charity committee for all the
great refreshments!
Sports day allows every student to compete in
both track and field events, along with other fun
activities. It gives the opportunity for all students
to sample the atmosphere of a track and field
event
Thank you to Dr. Berry for his continued support
and encouragement.

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Past Pupils Union Repor t


donates regularly to local and, on occasion,
global charities.
To help encourage membership, the PPU awards
all CBCs graduating 6th Years honorary five year
membership. It was my privilege and pleasure
to be a guest at the CBC Graduation Dinner in
May where the Class of 2016 all received their
certificates of honorary membership of the PPU.

The Past Pupils Union vision is summed up with


two very simple words, CBC Matters. We believe
that it is very important to maximise effective
and lifelong engagement of past pupils in
supporting each other and the College and so
we organise events and provide a networking
body for all pupils of CBC, past and present. Like
all such bodies, the whole is greater than the
sum of the parts and so we encourage all past
pupils to become and remain members of their
PPU. The executive committee of the PPU
organises events each year which afford the
opportunity for members of the extended CBC
community to come together; it facilitates and
organises class reunions, participates in and
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A busy year kicked off in the traditional fashion


with the PPU Annual Golf Outing in Dun
Laoghaire Golf Club. This was very well attended
as always with nearly 60 past pupils participating.
In October the PPU held a second Outstanding
Achievements Awards event for four of our
esteemed past pupils, Sean Barrett, Pat Casey,
John Keogh and Frank McCabe. January saw the
Annual Tag Rugby Blitz take place during the
Christmas holidays and later that month the
2016 senior cup squad members were
presented with their SCT ties by the PPU.
On April 22nd we had one of our biggest events
in many years, Celebrating 76. About 200
people including past pupils, their family and
friends, pupils and staff members, present and
past, took part in an event marking the 40th
anniversary of CBCs winning of the Leinster
Senior Cup in 1976. This event was hosted jointly
by the College and the PPU. Dr. Berry even
persuaded the Leinster Branch to lend us the
cup itself which was proudly on display in the
hall once again. The evening kicked off with a
presentation of medals by the PPU to recent CBC

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SCT captains. Presentations were then made to
the team and squad players of 76, support
coaches Joe Brady and Paddy ODonoghue and
finally to legendary coach and former teacher,
Michael Skinner Mullen. A cheque for 500 for
Michaels favourite charity, the IRFU Charitable
Trust, was also presented. Then followed a
presentation by the 76 squad to the school, in
honour of Michael, of a framed photo of the
winning team which was adorned with
inspirational quotes from the players.
Deceased members of the 76 squad, captain
Declan Murphy and Gerry McCoy, were
remembered and we were delighted to have
family members of both in attendance on the
night to collect their awards.
Other
presentations on the night included Pat Casey
getting his Outstanding Achievement Award
which he had not been able to collect at the
event in October and a special presentation
made to former deputy principal, Pat Fox, in
recognition of over 20 years service on the
executive committee of the PPU. The event
culminated with Michael Mullen paying tribute,
not just to the victorious SCT, but also to the

many other excellent CBC rugby teams over the


years that went close to emulating the success
of 76. Michael went on to sing the praises of the
numerous track and field athletes and teams that
CBC has produced over the decades, with
proceedings culminating in the great man
leading a passionate rendition of From the Hall
of Christians College.
In May we had our Annual Five-a-Side Soccer
Tournament for 6th years at the Bluepool Centre
and later that month the PPU AGM was held in
the college. Sadly, on May 20th, we lost a long
serving member and former vice-president of
the executive committee, Dick Hargaden, who
passed away suddenly but peacefully while on

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holiday in Spain. Dick was a member of the class
of 55 and was an oracle of information on the
history of the PPU. Ar dheis D go raibh a anam.
I would like to take this opportunity to
acknowledge the contribution of the members
of the executive committee without whose
voluntary work the PPU could not function. I
would like to extend a particular thanks to
immediate past-president John Molloy who has
given tireless leadership to, and been a
wonderful ambassador for, the PPU during his
two year tenure as president.
The other
committee members are David Coffey
(Secretary), Shane Counihan, Richard Cruise, Alan
Cuffe (Treasurer), Dermot Kelly (Vice-President)
and David OHanrahan. A special thanks also to
outgoing treasurer and former president, Jim
Shakespeare, who stepped down after many,
many years of dedicated service on the PPU
executive committee.
This last year also saw a number of CBC Class
Reunions including the Class of 95 in
September, the Class of 85 in October and the
Class of 2005 in January. A 40th anniversary

celebration of the Class of 76 is scheduled for


September.
Finally the PPU and its executive committee
would like to record its thanks to CBC Principal,
Dr. Gerry Berry, for his attendance, participation
and support of our activities, and whose
ongoing commitment to the PPU ensures that
we continue to work closely with the wider CBC
community.
Russell Burke, Honorary President, CBC
Monkstown Park Past Pupils Union
If you would like more information on the PPU
please email cbcppu@gmail.com

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Parents Council Repor t


The Parents Council began the school year with
their first meeting of the year on September 6th.
This was followed by the AGM on September
24th, during which Mr Dooley gave a talk on
healthy eating and there were addresses by Dr
Berry, outgoing Treasurer Brendan White and
Vice Chairperson Carol Kelly. The two parent
representatives on the Board of Management
had recently stepped down as they no longer
had sons in the school so the
nomination/election for parent representatives
to the schools Board Of Management took place
on the same evening. Orla Ievers was elected as
the female parent representative with Eddie
Loakman being elected later in the year to fill the
role of the male parent representative.
The first PC meeting took place in early October.
A number of long standing members stepped
down as their sons had graduated from the
school and we were delighted to welcome new
members. The Council Officers are;
Chairperson:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Vice Treasurer:
Communications Officer:

Carol Kelly
Zita Robinson
Orla Ievers
Justin Doyle
Darina Loakman

The role of the Parents Council can be broken


down into three areas:
The first is to provide support to the school at
various school events during the year by
providing refreshments. This year these events
included the School Open Night, the Advent
Service, and the First Year Intake Meeting.
The second element of the role of the Parents
Council is to act as a bridge between parents
and the school and this is achieved by
organising events specifically for parents,
whether school wide or specific to one year. This
year the Parents Council organised two talks, one
given by Dr Fergus Heffernan which was open
to all parents and one given by Ms Catherine
OConnor which was for parents of sixth years.
Both talks were well attended and very well
received.

Members: Cecilia Bolaane, Cormac Madden,


Fiona Condron (Deputy Principal),
Jo Ross, Kathleen McGarry, Marie
ODonnell, Mary Reynolds, Mary
Tuck, Nicola Lee, Siobhan Hickey
and Teresa Husband.

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CBC, St Joseph of Cluny and Loreto Abbey
Dalkey. We were honoured to welcome Dr Tom
Clonan as our guest speaker and the evening
was a great success. This wonderful event would
not have happened without the hard work of
the Great Debate Committee Gregg ONeill, Mary
Tuck, Cormac Madden and Carol Kelly.
The third part of the role of the Parents Council
is to enhance the school experience for the
students, this is particularly the case for first years.
At the beginning of the academic year a quiz is
organised for first year students and their
parents, this works as a great way for new
students and parents to get to know each other
and is always very competitive! The Parents
Council run the quiz and provide refreshments
and prizes. This is followed by soccer blitzes
which are held for each year, first to sixth, starting
again with first years. These blitzes are organised
and run by Parents Council members, they take
place outside school on Saturdays and prizes
and refreshments are provided which are
sponsored by the Parents Council. This is the
fourth year the PC has organised these blitzes for
all the school years and they were well attended
and hugely popular with the students.
One of the highlights of the year in CBC is the
annual Great Debate which is organised by the
Parents Council in partnership with the school
and in particular Mr Gregg ONeill. This year the
Debate took place on May 4th and the motion
This House believes that the 1916 rebels were
villains not heroes saw a heated debate between

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6th year photograph - The Parents Council


arranges a farewell gift to the graduating class
every year. This is made up of a group
photograph with their names and signatures
and is presented at the Graduation as a
memento of their time at CBC.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful
support of Dr Gerry Berry and Ms Fiona Condron
during the past year and we would also like to
record our appreciation for the efforts of Mr Ali
Serkouh and his team for all their hard work - we
couldnt have managed without them.
We look forward to seeing you all at our AGM in
September and welcoming new members to
the Parents Council - serving on the Parents
Council is a great way of meeting other parents
and getting involved in the school community!