“You are the lucky few.” These are the immemorial words which greeted an assemblage of one hundred and ten budding students upon the commence of University College Cork’s Prep for Med programme. In attendance on behalf of the Christian Brothers Secondary School were the eager, enthused and excited pair of PJ Murphy and I, Pádraig Moynihan. As the weeks prior to the programme rolled by, the anticipation among us both grew exponentially and, as the day drew nearer and nearer, was almost tangible.

Mitchelstown CBS were represented by two teams at the Applied Maths inter-schools team quiz in Coachford recently. Sixth year student Daniel O’Callaghan was joined by fifth years Stephen Dwan, Lakshan Dedigamuwa, Fergal Fouhy and Conor Quane, and TY student Padraig Moynihan. The teams performed admirably in what was a very challenging quiz featuring schools from across the south of the country. The winners on the night were Presentation Brothers College Cork, who subsequently emerged victorious in the National final.

“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not, because then I wouldn’t be me. Autism is part of who I am”

-Temple Grandin

Mitchelstown CBS tennis team have progressed to the Munster semi-final where they will face Clonmel CBS.  The team members Jack Blackburne, Michael Blackburne, Mikey Keating and Darren McNamara have an unblemished record to date in the competition.  Victories in each of their league phase games saw them through to face Glenstal Abbey in the Munster quarter finals, which the Mitchelstown boys won 3-0.  In the singles games, Darren McNamara won 6-1, 7-6 and Mikey Keating was equally impressive in his win 7-6, 6-3.  Jack and Michael Blackburne were completely in control in their doubles match, winning 6-1, 6-0.  

There was further success for the Science Department at Mitchelstown CBS this month when three Transition Year students were awarded second place in a national chemistry competition. Organised by the Institute of Chemistry Ireland, the competition was open to second level students north and south of the border. Students were asked to submit a newsletter on the theme of “Chemistry for the future”, in an engaging, informative and easily readable manner. The entry submitted by Kevin Finn, Conor Peppard and Sean Clancy, under the direction of Chemistry teacher Ms. Sharon Kelleher, was chosen by the adjudicating panel as a prize winner.

Representatives from CBS Mitchelstown Student Council attended the “Cycle Against Suicide” event in Cork City Hall last Wednesday. The cycle is taking place around the country from the 22nd of April to the 5th of May, stopping in a number of locations. The initiative is a vibrant means of raising awareness around mental health and the battle against suicide. The event was very thought- provoking with moving speeches from celebrities including entrepreneur Jim Breen, rugby player Alan Quinlan and Vicky Kavanagh about their own struggle with depression. The students met other celebrities including Mick O’Driscoll and Rozanna Purccell. Their real life stories really struck a cord with the students who were taken back and inspired by the energy, engagement and positive attitude of all participants and the warm welcome shown to them. 

“Your Turn” is a programme set up by the organisation Common Purpose. The course is based on encouraging the development of various leadership skills in young Irish students, skills which can be used to bring change to ones’ community. The course also focuses on helping students develop a deeper understanding of both themselves and their own hidden talents e.g. public speaking, organisational skills and many other skills and talents which students rarely have a chance to develop elsewhere.