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.


Cake Sale!

Senior Infants had a great day in school today. They got to buy some yummy cakes at the Cake Sale. Well done to everyone who brought in cakes. Thanks to the Parents' Association for running it. 466 euro was raised for the school yard.  

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Friendship Week Art Competition

This morning we had another whole school assembly to celebrate the end of Friendship week in the school. Ms. Twohig's 2nd recited a poem about friendship while the girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th class led the school singing "How far I'll go" Shandon Street Credit Union kindly sponsored prizes for our Friendship Week art competition. The children had to draw a poster about friendship. Some of the older children wrote poems about friendship instead. Congratulations to the winners from each class. During the week there was a display up next to the Blue Room where examples of how the children were kind were displayed. By the end of the week, the board was full of kind things that the children from all the classes did. In the yard, also this week, was a friendship station. If children couldn't find anyone to play with they would go to the friendship station and some of the older girls would play with them or help them to find someone else to play with. All the children had a great time this week, made some new friends and learned how important it is to be nice to others.

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CAPER started this week. This is when parents come into the school every Wednesday morning and read books with the younger classes. The children really enjoy listening to the adults reading and look forward to it every week

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Friendship Week

Today the school had an assembly to launch Friendship Week. All this week we are going to be kind to everyone in the school. The older classes will be reading and playing with the younger classes. There will be a competition for all classes where the children have to design a poster based on the theme of friendship. We will also be helping Ms Manley complete the display outside the seomra gorm by writing all the kind things that we did this week. During the assembly today the whole school sang "You are my Brother" and Ms. O Brien's 4th and 5th class sang a lovely version of Ed Sheeran's song in Irish.

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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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