Gerald Griffin St. Cork

Early Start

We, in North Pres, are very fortunate to be one of 6 schools in Cork which has an Early Start unit.

Early Start is a pre-school initiative which caters for children aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months. It is a bright, spacious, well equipped and happy environment where children enjoy their first experience of school.

 Learning takes place through play activities which include equipment like construction blocks, jigsaws, beads, sand, water, “home corner”, art and crafts, library, music and movement, physical activities and much more!

Parents are encouraged to be actively involved both inside and outside the unit through courses and trips.

Early Start is a great advantage to help children make the transition from home to Junior Infants.

Dress up Day

The whole school enjoyed dress up day last Friday. The children wore their costumes into school and some of the teachers joined in the fun as well dressing up. Junior and Senior infants went trick or treating to the older classes, while 4th, 5th and 6th classes entertained the whole school by showing us the Thriller dance. Early Start loved hearing the story "Room on the Broom" and 3rd class did some Halloween art.

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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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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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Farmer Jimmy

There was great excitement when Jimmy the Farmer visited our school and brought some animals with him. He brought a calf and we named her Molly. He also brought his sheep dog Miley. He was very friendly. Then Jimmy surprised us with a hen and she had laid some fresh eggs. Jimmy let us name her Rosie. We were very gentle with the animals. We investigated all the different vegetables he grows on the farm. We saw carrots, leeks, onions, poatoes, beetroot, parsnips and parsley. Patrick brought home some potatoes. It was a day we will never forget!

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Santa Claus & Mrs Claus

Santa Claus and his wife Mrs Claus came to visit North Pres. The boys and girls in our preschool, sat on Santa’s lap and received toys. Santa and Mrs Claus then visited all the classes in the school. All the children were delighted to be told that their names are on Santa’s nice list.  

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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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Good luck to our football team!

Best of luck to our football team who are playing in the Sciath na Scol final today. North Pres Abú!  

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Late Late Toy Show Documentary

What an exciting day today in North Pres! We had a celebrity visit. Ryan Tubridy from RTÉ popped in to meet our Early Start, 3rd class and 1st class children with his film crew. This filming was to document all the work that goes into the making of the Late Late Toy Show. The Toy Show is an annual event that attracts millions of viewers across Ireland. It was an honour for North Pres. to be involved in this documentary and the children did their teachers and parents proud.  

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