John C. B. Ehringhaus

C.B.C. Monkstown

Christian Brothers College, Monkstown (or C.B.C. Monkstown) is a fee-paying Catholic school, founded in 1857 under the trusteeship of the Christian Brothers in Monkstown, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. The school fees are approximately €3,500 per annum.

In the 2004 Sunday Times Schools League Table, CBC was listed among the country's top twenty school, while in the Irish Times tables in 2006, the school was the top all boys school in Ireland (3rd overall).

Rugby and Athletics are C.B.C. Monkstown's two main sports, the school won the Edmund Rice Games title in Athletics the past five years running.

The school motto is "Certa Bonum Certamen (CBC) or "fight the good fight" and the school colours are red, black and gold.

There is another C.B.C. in Cork also founded by the Christian Brothers, both schools share the same colours of red, yellow and black.

History

Eblana School

On January 1. 1857, the Christian Brothers opened a school at Eblana Avenue in Dun Laoghaire. This was just ten years after the Great Famine and emigration was rife. The school at Eblana prospered to an extent that it became impossible to accommodate both primary and secondary departments in the 19th century buildings.

Monkstown Park

In 1949 the Brothers purchased the nearby estate of Monkstown Park, which had been most recently occupied by a Protestant school. At that point the school which had hitherto been known as St. Michael's College split into public and private schools, with the private part (the new CBC Monkstown) moving and the public (now CBS Eblana) remaining on the site.

The secondary department, with the exception of the commercial stream, moved to the house at Monkstown in 1950, and extended the neo-classical house built by Charles Haliday in 1843. In 1987 the school was further extended to include new offices, cafeteria, staff room and technology department. The latest addition is the Edmund Rice Oratory, which opened in 1994.. There are currently plans undertaken to rebuild the school on its current site.* This caused considerable controversy in 2005 in the national media when in was announced as CBC would receive a portion of the costs of funding the building despite being a fee paying school.

Today

Curriculum

CBC Monkstown today is a fee-paying secondary school with about 500 pupils. Boys study for both the Junior Certificate after the first 3 years, and the Leaving Certificate after 5 or 6 years.

The fourth year (Transition Year) includes courses in academic subjects, as well as such optional subjects and activities as: Japanese, Sailing, Computer science (ECDL), Social work, Tourism, and First Aid. The Comenius project is also offered which is a project linking CBC with other schools around Europe. Transition Year classes won the Comortas Scannan TG4 in 2005 and were finalists in 2006, the 2005 group having their film represent Ireland in Italy in 2005.

Subjects offered to Certificate students at both levels are: Latin, Art, Music, Computers, French , German, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Home Economics, Maths, Economics, Business, Accounting, Spanish, Geography, History, Technical drawing, Irish Language, Japanese and English.

Facilities include: playing fields, theatre/gymnasium, Science labs, library and computer room.

Charity Work

Pupils in the senior cycle of the school are also given the opportunity to participate in the Zambia Immersion Project where pupils fund raise and travel to Zambia and help in charity work. Others complete An Gaisce(Presidents Award) and the Edmund Rice awards.

The Junior School's 6th class raise money annually for the Chernobyl Children's Project and culmanate their fund raising in a business exhibition at the end of every year. In 2007 they raised €30,000 for the project.

Management

Though the Christian Brothers retain a presence on the Board of Management, as Trustees, CBC is now staffed entirely by lay teachers. The school has over 500 students in the secondary college and more than 700 students if one includes the Preparatory School.

Sport

Rugby is popular, with Athletics taking over in the summer. Other sports taken include: Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Orienteering and Badminton.

Rugby

From the outset, Rugby Union has been the main competitive team sport of the school. CBC Monkstown won the Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 1976 and reaching the finals in 1984. The school won the League Cup at Junior Level in 1998 and 2004, reaching the final in 1997 and 2008. The Senior Cup team played in the Senior league final in 2001, 2003 and 2008, winning the latter against St Andrews College. On each of the four occasions the Senior team have played in the Vincent Murray Cup they won in 2003, 2005 and 2007 whilst losing the final in 2006.

In 2008 the Senior team reached the semi-finals of the Senior Cup defeating St Columba's College 24-0 in the 1st round, defending champions St Michaels College 30-3 before losing to St Mary's College in Donnybrook. They also won the Leinster Senior League for the first time in the schools history. The Junior Cup team reached the final of the Junior League.

In 2008 Monkstown produced 6 Leinster players on both the under-18's (Richard Ivers) and under-19's (Michael Noone, Steve Boucher, Shane Grannell, Gary Foley and Killian Jenkison) teams - including Leinster's under-19's Captain Michael Noone. Three of the Senior squad were also selected for the Ireland under-19's team, and were in the starting line up against Italy and France, (Michael Noone Gary Foley and Shane Grannell sub second row.)

In 2008 the school undertook a tour of Argentina and Uraguay playing games against a number of teams.*

Athletics

The school is also involved in Athletics and Cross Country competitions. The school currently hold the Leinster Minor Athletics Trophy (jointly with Blackrock College), the East Leinster Junior title, and the Edmund Rice Shield. The Senior Athletics team finishing second overall at the 2007 All Irelands, and won the Presidents Shield.

Past Pupils

Famous past pupils include:

See also

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