Gerald Griffin St. Cork


 North Presentation Primary School 

The school of many welcomes!


Dear Parents at Christmas,

A letter from the teachers,

I know at this time of year there is pressure to create a perfect magical Christmas. I know that you want them to have the magic of Santa and be sure he brings them the best presents and sometimes that means a bit of stress for you. But I’m writing to tell you a secret.

Every January when your child comes back to school they tell us all about the Christmas holidays. They tell us about the days  everyone stayed in and watched TV, they tell us about the walk in the cold all bundled up in coats and hats, they tell us about staying at grandma and granddads and then being excited when you come home from work. They tell us about how you let them snuggle in your bed. They tell us about how you played cards with them and took them swimming and went for a walk in the woods. They tell us about a visit to a friend on New Year’s Eve and how they stayed up very late. They tell us how they loved staying in their P.J.’s some days and trips out other days.

They do mention their gifts and presents but for them Christmas is you and their family and your love and your time. You are their favourite thing!


We would like to wish all our pupils and parents a very safe, happy, holy and peaceful Christmas holiday!

Over the holidays please spare a thought, a prayer and any help you can for those less fortunate than ourselves without food or shelter.




Our school is situated in the historic centre of Cork City under the Shandon Bells and a stone’s throw from the Cork Butter Market.

North Pres. has a long and proud history of education on the northside of Cork city. Our aim is to combine the best traditions of the Presentation ethos with modern teaching aids and ideas so that our pupils can look forward to the future with confidence and skills.


North Presentation Primary School caters for boys from Junior Infants ( 4/5 years ) to 1st class ( 6/7 years) and for girls from Junior Infants ( 4/5 years) to 6th class ( 12/13 years).

We have an Early Start Pre-School catering for girls and boys aged 3 to 4 years.

  • Our school is a Catholic school founded by the Presentation Order. We also welcome and cater for children from all other religions.
  • North Pres. School is a diverse community with pupils from more than 40  Ethnicities. We encourage respect and inclusivity.
  • We see parents as the primary educators and value their contribution to our school through our active Parents’ Association and our Home-School-Community Links Programme.

School Policies and Plans are available to parents from the Principal’s Office and are available to download and view from the Policies Page (see link on the right hand bar).


Health Promoting School Team News!

In May of last year, the North Pres Health Promoting School Team sent out questionnaires to pupils, parents and staff, which many of you very kindly filled out. We compiled the results and put some plans in place based on the findings. There were lots of wonderful suggestions and ideas. The most common suggestions were:

  • To further promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  • To increase opportunities for physical activity
  • To provide more nutritional information
  • To promote good hygiene
  • To further enhance the positive school atmosphere through our social interactions with each other

Here is a brief summary of the plans and initiatives we put in place as a result of your valued feedback:

  • Monthly School Assembly – to celebrate effort, successes and promote class unity and school spirit
  • Buddy Week – to promote new friendships and a positive school community
  • Monthly Kindness Award
  • Well Done Wall
  • Inspirational Quote of the Month
  • Mindfulness Monday – opportunity to relax our minds for a few minutes in our busy week
  • Wake Up and Shake Up Club – Before school skipping club
  • Brunch Club – to promote class spirit and unity
  • Screen Free time

Thank you for your support in helping us to make North Presentation a Health Promoting School!

North Presentation Primary Health Promoting School Team 2018-2019