Gerald Griffin St. Cork




Home School Community Liaison – HSCL

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Maire Coleman



The Home School Padlet for Parents in North Presentation Primary School, Cork City.

Hello my name is Máire Coleman and I am the Home School Community Officer for North Presentation Primary School. I am here to support parents and link between to the school and wider community. I will update this regularly and please feel free to contact me.


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 usually take part in are:

  • Happy Talk
  • Junior Maths
  • CAPER – Children And Parents Enjoy Reading
  • Maths For Fun
  • Maths Eyes
  • One Book One Community
  • Professor Fluffy

Due to recent Government Guidelines in relation to Covid-19 all Parent Classes and in-school Parent/Child Initiatives have been suspended until further notice. 

We will keep you updated on any changes. 

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

  • Cookery
  • English as a second language
  • Crochet

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.

We are sorry our Parent’s Room is not in full use due to Government Guidelines in relation to Covid-19. 

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


Math's Eyes

The children and parents in Mr O Connor's class took part in Math's Eyes this week. On the first day the children went with their parents around the school grounds and school community taking pictures of maths that they could see everywhere - shapes, numbers, car registrations etc. On the 2nd day the children and parents looked at the pictures they took and wrote some maths questions based on the pictures.

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One Book, One Community art work

4th class are taking part in the One Book, One community initiative. The class and classes from other neighbouring school are all reading the book "Holes" by Louis Sachar. They will then take part in different activities over the next couple of months. They started this week when children and parents from North Pres, Blarney Street and Gaelscoil Peig Sayers took part in an art class based on the book.

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The children in 1st classes and Senior infants are enjoying CAPER (Children and Parents enjoy reading) in the  classes once a week again. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and relatives for coming in to the classes.

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Christmas Activities

The school was very busy in the run up to the Christmas Holidays. Early Start parents came into their class for Cuddle and Read. Every child in the class went home with a new book for Christmas which they could enjoy with their parents. Ms. Murray and Ms. Coleman held the In it to Win it raffle where a raffle was done in each class and pupils won prizes. The more often they were in school the more raffle tickets they had. Ms. Coleman organised a flower arranging class for the parents to make their Christmas wreaths. She also organised a raffle for the children and families that brought back in their Christmas wishes stars. The two 2nd classes went baking rice crispy cakes with their teachers and Ms. Rooney. They tasted delicious afterwards. The whole school took part in a Christmas Concert in the cathedral which told the Christmas Story.

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Parents in the classroom

Ms. Coleman has been busy lately organising activities for parents to come into classes and work with the children. In the two 2nd classes parents have been coming in for Maths for Fun, while in Junior Infants parents have been coming in for Happy Talk. Thank you to all the parents for coming into the classes.

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Pumpkin Carving

Ms. Coleman and some of the parents worked hard this morning to carve some pumpkins. There was some great creativity shown with some wonderful carvings. The pumpkins were then sold at home time with the money going towards the Parent's Association Fundraising for the year.

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CAPER October

We are delighted to have CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoy Reading) back in the classrooms this year. Parents, Grandparents and other family members are coming into the Senior Infant and 1st classes to read some stories to the children on a Wednesday morning. The children really enjoy listening to the stories being read to them.

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A big thank you to the parents and grandparents who came to C.A.P.E.R. (Children and Parents Enjoying Reading) this week. The Senior Infant and First Class children love this fun reading initiative and we really appreciate the support of our parents and grandparents.

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First Holy Communion 2022

Saturday May 14th was a very special day for the boys and girls of North Presentation as they made their First Holy Communion in the Cathedral Of St. Mary & St. Anne. It was the first time in over 20 years that there were North Pres. boys making their First Holy  Communion and it was so lovely to see! Thank you to Fr. Sean who celebrated the mass with us, to the class teachers, Ms. O'Callaghan and Ms. Ahern and to Ms. Buckley, Ms. O'Connell and Ms. O'Neill who played the music during the mass. A huge thanks to Ms. Coleman and the Parent's Association who decorated the school so beautifully and provided gorgeous food for the celebrations after the ceremony. We hope that all of the boys and girls had a wonderful day!  

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Gardening Club

We are very lucky to have a lovely school garden, including some raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables. Some of our parents were working very hard in the garden today clearing the raised beds and planting some new plants around the school. The Gardening Club is organised by Ms. Coleman and is a great opportunity to meet new people while helping brighten up our school! If you would like to join the Gardening Club, please contact Ms. Coleman.

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