Students complete their Junior Certificate after three years following which they have a choice of going directly to the Leaving Certificate or firstly taking the optional Transition Year Programme.
The following subjects are offered at Junior Certificate:
Maths, English, French, Irish, History, Geography, Technical Graphics, Business Studies, Science, Woodwork, Computer Studies, Religious Education, Art, Physical Education, Social Personal and Health Education, Civic Social and Political Education.
Subjects offered at Leaving Certificate include:
Maths, English, Irish, History, Geography, French, Computers, Business, Accountancy, Economics, Construction Studies, Technical Drawing (Design), Physical Education, Music, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Religious Education, Art, Enterprise Education.
*Typically students select seven of the above subjects for Leaving Certificate.
A comprehensive career guidance facility is available to help students identify their talents and to direct them to the career opportunities of their choice. Parents' are also invited to an information evening to help them make sense of the application process for Colleges and other careers.
It is important that the varying talents and interests of each student are nurtured in the school. Pupils at the C.B.S. have opportunities to take part in a range of sports and other activities.
Hurling, Soccer and Gaelic Football are very popular while Athletics and Swimming are also catered for. The swimming pool and gymnasium at the Sean Kelly sports centre near the school are used routinely as part of PE class. Students have also participated in Munster Golf competitions.
Students complete the President's Gaisce awards where they are required to complete a specific pre-determined challenge. Class groups have also taken the opportunity to explore the Comeragh Mountains. The opportunity to participate in the Young Scientist and Enterprise competitions and in school quizzes provides a wider set of experiences and challenges for students.
Transition Year students have the opportunity of being involved in the "meals-on-wheels" service while the Junior St. Vincent de Paul provides a Christmas Toy Service to children in the community. Class-groups are regularly involved in raising funds for the less well off through charities such as Bothar, Concern and others.
Students' Consultative Council
The Students' Consultative Council consists of six Leaving Certificate students who are elected each year by the students. Its aim is to give students and staff an opportunity to formally discuss and act on behalf of their common interests within the school. The Council provides a wonderful opportunity for boys to develop leadership skills while having an input into the running of the school.
Comhairle na nOg
Each year senior students are nominated to this regional organisation from which boys have the opportunity to be nominated to represent their region at Dail na nOg. This provides a forum which facilitates discussion, at a national level, of issues which are relevant to young people's lives.
At the end of the school year an awards evening is held to celebrate the achievements of the boys throughout the year. Prizes are awarded to students who have excelled in areas which reflect the mission statement of the school. Pupils who have made a special contribution to a particular area of school life are nominated for these awards. The final celebration of the school year is the annual sixth-year class mass marking the end of the boys' second level education and the beginning of the next phase of their young lives
Student of the Week
Each week we award a student with a prize to mark their contribution to the school community. Students can be nominated by their teachers and peers.