Gerald Griffin St. Cork


Home School Community Liaison – HSCL

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Aoife Scully


We are very lucky to be part of the Home School Community Liaison Scheme. This enables us to be in very close contact with the parents, which in turn is of immense assistance to the over all education and happiness of the child.

Some of the activities which parents take part in are:

  • CAPER Children And Parents Enjoy Reading
  • Maths For Fun
  • Maths Eyes
  • One Book One Community

Parents also have the opportunity to further their own education through attending classes in :

  • Cookery
  • English as a second language

Our Parents’ Room is equipped with a kitchen, play area and tea and coffee making facilities. It is an ideal place for parents to meet up with other parents from the school and support each other.

I look forward to seeing you in school throughout the year.


Yellow Flag Intercultural Day

On Friday 23rd June North Pres. held its biennial Intercultural Day. This year's event was extra special because North Pres. raised its Yellow Flag. The event was attended by the newly elected Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald, Lady Mayoress Georgina and other community representatives from U.C.C., the Traveller Visibility Group, local primary schools and our Board of Management. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress joined our previous principal Kathleen Haverty in raising the Yellow Flag. The school choir opened the ceremony, followed by entertainment from every class, project displays and concluded with a céilí. The parental support on the day was incredible. Over twenty countries were represented at our food stalls. It was a fantastic community event. Well done to all involved.


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Awards Ceremony

An Awards Ceremony was held to acknowledge and celebrate all the contributions the parents of North Pres have made towards their children’s numeracy and literacy education. The children are really thankful and proud of their parents.

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One Book One Community 2017

White Fang by Jack London was the chosen book for the One Book One Community Project 2017. The girls in fourth class in North Pres. read this book along with other children from other schools including Blarney St., St Vincent's, The Mon Primary, The Mon Secondary and Gaelscoil Pheig Sears. Ms Towhig's class did many extra activities associated with the novel including projects and artwork. A number of girls participated in an art workshop with their parents where they made clay models of wolves. There was a quiz held between all the participating schools in the area. Our White Fang adventure ended with a celebration in the Blackpool Library. All schoools were in attendance and performed musical and poetry numbers. This event was also part of Cork's Lifelong Learning Festival. The girls' projects and artwork will be displayed in the Blackpool Children's Library for the fortnight over Easter.

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Launch: The Yard At The End Of The Rainbow

The North Presentation Primary School community launched their fundraising drive to raise €35,000, to provide the children with the yard of their dreams. The children created an aerial shot of leprechauns filling the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Funds raised will be used to cover the existing tarmac yard with a surface of synthetic coloured grass. This covering will incorporate a pitch with a running track around the perimeter. It will provide a soft, safe play surface for the children - shock absorbing & non-slip. It will also result in a safe athletics track and pitch for all team sports. You can see a sample of the yard surface while standing on Gerald Griffin St. and looking into our yard. Today alone we raised €850 from the generous donations of parents and community groups. The staff, pupils and Parents’ Association are hopeful that over the course of the next 12 months they can, together, raise this money. Now we need your help to spread the word of our commitment to getting the Yard At The End Of The Rainbow. Please help us to tell the people of Cork about our quest.

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Rainbow Day

Here are some photos from today's Rainbow Day in school. The children performed some lovely Irish songs. They love learning Irish every day in school.

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Maths Eyes - 3rd Class

We had a fantastic turn out of parents for our Maths Eyes Project. The parents and children went out into the community with cameras and photographed different examples of maths.When they returned to the school they created posters with their photos. They then wrote maths problems to accompany their photos. The children loved working with the parents.

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Dress up day and Junior Idol.

Last Friday was very busy as the school had its Dress up Day. All the children made a huge effort with their costumes as well as some of the teachers. In the afternoon the girls from 2nd to 6th took part in Junior Idol. The girls had to sing in front of Ms. O Neill and the judges with some of the girls making it through to the next round of the competition. Well done to all the girls who took part.

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Sciath na Scol Final

The North Pres. Gaelic Football Team made history today by playing in a Sciath na Scol final. They played Holy Cross National School, Mahon in Mayfield’s G.A.A Grounds. The team got off to a good start scoring within in the first minute but Holy Cross made a strong come back taking the lead at half time. North Pres didn't give up though and played some of their best football in the second half but unfortunately it wasn't their day. The team did themselves and the school proud.

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Maths Week

This week the children are working hard and enjoying Maths week. Ms Lapthorne and her helpers from 6th class have been very busy putting up maths signs and posters around the school. The children from 1st class up will also be going on a Maths Trail around the school during the week with some of their parents coming in to enjoy the Maths Trail as well.

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Sports Day Medals

Here are some photos from our recent Sports Day. The children were delighted with their medals.

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