Last Tuesday evening, the school hosted a very successful Open Evening for Fifth and Sixth classes. Parents and their sons came out in large numbers to find out more about life in the CBS, the ethos of the school, the range of subjects on offer, and to take a tour of the building and see classes in action.
The boys were divided into groups, and followed a timetable of mini-lessons which introduced them to new subjects such as Business Studies, French, Spanish, Design and Communication Graphics, Materials Technology (Woodwork) and Science. They got to participate in hands on learning activities and meet with students from other schools in a warm, welcoming environment. Teachers were ably assisted by First Year students who guided prospective students around the school.
The Principal and Deputy Principal addressed the parents and answered questions on the academic and pastoral life of the school. Four First Year students also spoke to the crowd and outlined their experiences of the school so far, and the positive impact it has had on their lives, as well as including some tips on how to make the transition from primary to secondary school.
Scott Lawrence of First Year said that ‘ The twenty-eight of August marked a new milestone in my life. I was among 70 other first years to enrol in the CBS Roscommon. The staff in the school are very friendly and approachable. They work tirelessly to make sure that we are getting on well in school. I got to tog out for the first year hurling team for a hurling blitz in Pearses. I felt very proud to wear the C.B.S. jersey just like my uncle and grandfather before me.’ Patrick Mullooly said that ‘the CBS was definitely the right decision for me. I have enjoyed my time so far. Everyone has been exceptionally welcoming. According to James Connolly, ‘ The CBS is the best place to get a great education and to have lots of fun along the way too.I n the classroom there is a great atmosphere and you are given continuous support every step of the way. It is easy to make friends here. It does not matter what school you have come from, once you are in the CBS you mix with everyone. You might have played matches against someone from a different school, but now you find you are on the same team. Calum Grogan said that ‘While it is all very new, it is also very exciting. The teachers are very helpful and so is the Principal. I have settled in to the CBS now!
Many thanks to the students who came in to help out, and to the Parents’ Council for refreshments provided. We hope that both parents and students had a positive and informative evening.