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.


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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Maths for Fun - 2nd Class

Ms Whelton's second class are really enjoying Maths for Fun on Thursday mornings. Parents join us each week to play maths games that are promoting mathematical skills.

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Parent & Child Cookery

A snapshot of the fun our parents and children had while cooking & baking together.

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Parent & Child Art Workshops

During October a number of our parents worked with their children to create a beautiful work of art. The image used is from an exhibition in the Crawford Art Gallery. These parents and children worked with the artist Paul Mc Kenna to create a wonderful display for our school.

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Professor Fluffy 2019

Our 5th and 6th Class girls participated in the Professor Fluffy Programme. They have spent the year learning all about third level education and thinking about their futures. The girls and twelve of their parents had a tour of U.C.C. and ended the day with a graduation ceremony.

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City Sports

The City Sports were held recently in C.I.T. The boys and girls who represented the school did a fantastic job. We are so proud of them. Well done to the staff involved who trained them and also thanks to their parents for taking the time to bring them to the sports.

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Communion 2019

The girls from North Pres made their First Holy Communion in the North Cathedral on 25th May. They were joined by the boys from 2nd class from Blarney Street school. The weather was lovely and we were very proud of them, especially when they gave an amazing rendition of the song 'oh happy day'. Afterwards they came back to the school for the communion breakfast. Many thanks to the Parents Association for organising the communion breakfast for the girls and their families.

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Maths for Fun 2019

Second Class participated in Maths for Fun. Ten families got involved in this numeracy initiative. We had mums, dads and aunts who all came into Ms Whelton's Class to play Maths games with the girls.

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CAPER- Children and Parents Enjoying Reading.

Our Senior Infant and 1st Classes enjoyed CAPER over the last four weeks. The children really enjoy listening to their parents reading and talking about the stories. The children and teachers were delighted that 40 mums and dads came in to show their children how important and enjoyable reading is.

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Mercy Coffee Morning

On Friday 19th October our Parents’ Association organised a coffee morning in aid of the Mercy Hospital’s POONs Service (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service). Thanks to the support of our families, friends and school staff €500 was raised for this worthy cause. Thank you to our Parents’ Association and all the parents who volunteered to help out on the day. Thank you too to all the people that supported this event by attending the coffee morning or donating cakes. The NCE Bakery in Farranferris donations included a cake that was raffled and Healy’s Bakery donated a delicious and beautifully presented cake. Well done to everyone for supporting such a worthy cause.

Our pupils helped decorate our Parents' Room for this special event by designing posters as part of the Shandon Street Credit Union Art Competition. One artist from each class won a voucher.

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