Monday 30 November 2015

Level 8 Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

Trinity's Lir Theatre School Level 8 Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre course trains students for careers in professional theatres and related industries.  This is a TWO year course at Level 8 and is NOT part of CAO. Please apply online here

This course trains students for careers in professional theatres and related industries.
Training as a stage manager and technical specialist is taught through the development of skills, instruction in professional practices and creative approaches to theatre production.  Through a series of skills-based courses in Stage Craft, Stage Technology and Stage Management the course will equip students with the skills necessary to manage a theatre production. - See more at:
This course trains students for careers in professional theatres and related industries.
Training as a stage manager and technical specialist is taught through the development of skills, instruction in professional practices and creative approaches to theatre production.  Through a series of skills-based courses in Stage Craft, Stage Technology and Stage Management the course will equip students with the skills necessary to manage a theatre production. - See more at:

Sunday 29 November 2015

Parents' Talk - Cracking the College Code

Reminder to all parents - there is a talk in the school hall tomorrow evening at 7.30 from Catherine O'Connor, education consultant from Trinity College Dublin on the First Year college experience. All welcome. 

Friday 27 November 2015

TY Bar of Ireland Programme

The Bar of Ireland’s TY programme is now launched and open for applications and as you may know.
There's an informational video available here

If you want to apply, remember to have your essay back to Ms. O'Connor or Mr. Ferguson by Friday 4th December latest!

Choices 2016

A great evening was had by TY, 5th and 6th years at the Choices careers event - some really interesting careers info gathered by all. Well done for attending and taking the initiative. Many thanks to the CBC Parents' Council for generously organising the bus to the event!

Wednesday 25 November 2015

3rd Level Study in Holland

The Holland Education Consortium, in association with EUNiCAS,  are providing students and their  families the chance to come and learn about life-changing education opportunities in the Netherlands, at an event in DublinLouis Fitzgerald Hotel - Naas Road. Dublin 22... BOOK a spot here
The Consortium consists of eight Dutch universities who work together to promote Dutch higher education. Between them, these universities offer a significant number of English-taught programmes, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. These universities include: University of Groningen, University of Twente, Radboud University, Stenden UAS, Hanze UAS, Hague UAS and HAN UAS. In addition, EUNICAS will be available to give information.
Importantly, Irish students attending these universities [and they are the real experts!], will be avialable to share their experiences.

6.30 - 7.30 Mini-exhibition, where students and their families can meet universities [and Irish students]
7.30 - 8.30  Presentation on 'Studying in the Netherlands'
8.30 - 9.30 Students/families can meet universities 1:1

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Better Options Careers Fair - DARE students

Better Options college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties will take place in DIT Grangegorman on Nov 26th 2015. This is an ideal fair for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by colleges as well as garner key information on the access routes for those with disabilities.
Many major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and useful seminars will run concurrently.
When: 10:00-13:00, Nov 26th, 2015
Where: St. Laurence's Church & Rathdown House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman Campus
Cost: Free - registration is not required, just show up

NCAD + NCI Open Days Wed 25th

NCAD and NCI are both having Open Days tomorrow, Wednesday 25th November if you can free up time to head in after school! Please see links for details

Monday 23 November 2015

IADT Open Day Saturday 28th Nov

IADT'S Open DAY takes place on Friday, 27th November (10am – 4pm) and Saturday, 28th November (10am – 2pm). See link for details and times of talks

Choices 2016 - Careers Fair TY, 5th, 6th years

Choices 2016 is being held on Thursday 26th November from 7.30-9pm in St. Kilian's German School in Clonsekagh.

Representatives from UCD, TCD, DIT, IADT, NCAD, RCSI, DCU, NCAD, Maynooth University, NUIG, DBS, GCD, NCI, ITTallaght, ITBlanchardstown, ITCarlow, Bronwyn Conroy Beauty College and local Colleges of further Education, An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, STEPS Engineering, SAP,Oxbridge Academic Programs, ENUICAS (Study in Europe through English) and Fulbright (Education USA). Foreign universities including IE Spain, Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, Sciences Po, La Rochelle Business School, TBS Barcelona and The German Federal Employment Agency.

The CBC Parents' Council have kindly organised a bus to leave from CBC at 7pm returning approx. 9pm. Any interested students please make sure they give their name to Ms. O'Connor by tomorrow latest

UCD Maths, Stats, BAFS evening - Tuesday 24th

UCD are hosting their Maths, Stats and BAFS info evening tomorrow Tuesday 24th in the Science building. Please see link for details and registration

Thursday 19 November 2015

DCU's Centre for Talented Youth TY courses

Attention TYs DCU are offering TY correspondence course in Cutting Edge Science, Legal Studies, Medicine, Psychology, Writing. Anyone interested please see link - deadline extended until Dec 4th

National Anti-Bullying Website Launched

The National Anti-Bullying website has been launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D.,

The website, which was developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University, provides information, support and advice for students, teachers and parents on how to recognise and deal with bullying behaviour and allows teenagers to share experiences with their peers online.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

UCD - info session for HEAR and DARE applicants

UCD Access Centre is hosting a HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) information session for 6th year school pupils and their parent(s)/guardian(s) in your area.

This session, which is taking place in L024, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield, Dublin 4, on November 25th from 7pm to 9pm will give attendees all the information they require to make an application to the schemes.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

DCU Open Day - 21st Nov

DCU are hosting their Open Day this weekend on Saturday 21st November for anyone interested

Cork IT School of Music

Cork IT School of Music offer degrees in Music (Classical, Traditional Irish, Jazz), BA in Theatre and Drama Studies and  BA in Popular Music - drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, voice. Their open day is this Saturday 21st for anyone interested

Friday 13 November 2015

UCD - Computer Science Open Evening

UCD are hosting their Computer Science open evening on Tuesday 17th November. Please see this link for further details and to register

Thursday 12 November 2015

Colaiste Dhulaigh - open for applications 16th Nov

Colaiste Dhulaigh in Coolock is a very popular college of Further Education with preparatory courses in Animation, Film and Art along with many other courses in various subject areas. It is open for applications earlier than most other colleges from Monday 16th November. Please see the link for details.

Monday 9 November 2015

Friday 6 November 2015

Competition with prize of €2,000

‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards is a competition for young people and is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the website, which is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website.

This annual drugs education competition aims to help students explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, students are asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug use. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.

More information about the competition can be found at

Last year there were some fantastic entries that can be viewed here:

Trinity's Lir Acting School Audition Workshops

The Lir are hosting two days of Acting Workshops on Saturday 21st November and Saturday 12th December. These are open to anyone over the age of 16 and may be particularly useful to any students thinking of applying to The Lir or any other Drama/Theatre/Acting courses or roles in the future. Info and booking here

Trinity - top in Europe for Entrepreneurs, UCD 4th

This article for an interesting read re. entrepreneurship and business for anyone thinking of going to Trinity and UCD

Thursday 5 November 2015

CAO open for business

All 6th yrs should be aware that the CAO is now open as of 12.00 today. Until 20th January 2016 it costs €25 to apply, after this date it costs €40. Closing date and time is 17.15, 1st February 2016. Please note ALL restricted courses (medicine and most art, music, drama based courses) must be on your course choice list by February 1st. 

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Trinity Maths/Physics Open Day

The Trinity Maths and Physics Open Day will take place from 10:00 until 15:30, Saturday, 14 November 2015. The day features lectures and tours along with a chance to meet staff and students from both the School of Physics and the School of Mathematics. The event will be held in the MacNeill Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, East End of Trinity College, by Westland Row. Pedestrian access through College, or via Lincoln Place, or through Science Gallery entrance on Pearse St.

Please register here to reserve a place as numbers are limited to ~300.
Registration opens 10:00. Talks begin 10:50
Programme covers degree courses in:
  • Physics
  • Physics & Astrophysics
  • Nanoscience
  • Mathematics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Maths & other subjects

Cracking the College Code Parents' Information Talk

The CBC Parents' Council have organised a Parents' Information Talk with Catherine O'Connor, education consultant from Trinity College Dublin, to take place on Monday 30th November at 7.30pm in the school hall. The talk is designed to provide insights and practical advice for parents on how to support their child in choosing the right college course and making the most of the college experience. All parents are most welcome, but it may be of particular relevance to 6th year and 5th year parents. The 6th year students will have a parallel talk on Thursday 10th December during school time - more info to follow

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Choosing the right CAO course

6th years please see here a very practical and useful checklist which may help in choosing the right CAO course next year

Monday 2 November 2015

NCAD Portfolio Information Days

NCAD will host three separate Portfolio Information days on Sat 7th Nov at 12.30pm, Tuesday 10th Nov at 5.30pm and Wed 11th Nov at 5.30pm. See here for booking

The Lir courses - Trinity College Dublin Acting and Theatre School

Applications for the undergraduate courses at The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin, have now opened. 

There are three courses available:

1. Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre - 

2. Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre -

All applications can be downloaded from The Lir website and when completed are returned directly to the Academy. We do not go through the CAO system and entry onto the courses is not points based, it is based on talent. Both the stage management and technical theatre and the acting courses are subject to FREE FEES. The foundation diploma in acting and theatre is not.

There are careers in stage management, in sound design, in lighting, in costume, in scenic art and in stage construction. For anyone who has worked on school productions or productions within the community the Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre would be ideal. We do require that students have at least six months experience before starting the course.

The open day for The Lir is Saturday 5th December as part of Trinity’s Open Day. We will have a presence in the drama department at Trinity College Dublin and we will also have tours of The Lir and a presentation by the Director in The Lir during the day.