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.


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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2023 North Pres. Calendars

We are delighted to tell you that we will soon be receiving the 2023 North Pres. class calendars! Please click on your child's class level below to see the calendars. Your child will receive a note with information on how you can order the calendar.  Please note that the last day for orders will be Friday November 25th. 1st Class Calendars 2nd Class Calendars 3rd Class Calendars 4th 5th and 6th class calendars Early Start Calendars Junior Infants Calendars Senior Infants Calendars

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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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Happy Talk Graduation 2022

Well done to all the boys and girls in Early Start and Juniors infants who completed Happy Talk and had their graduation today. Thank you to Claire and Aoife from Happy Talk for all workshops during the year.    

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World Book Day 2022

There were lots of fun events in the school this week to celebrate World Book Day 2022. The children in Senior Infants made their own books, including text and illustrations! The 2nd and 6th class children went on a trip to Waterstones to spend their World Book Day vouchers. To finish the week off on a high, we had a dress up day on Friday, where children could dress as their favourite fictional character. It was a fantastic finish to the week and we were amazed by all of the wonderful costumes! Well done to all of the parents and guardians who helped out with the costumes. Well done to the all of the teachers who dressed up too! We are looking forward to next year's event already!!    

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People Who Help Us

The boys and girls in Early Start had great fun this week learning about people who help us and they had great fun dressing up as them too! They were very cute!

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Early Start Fun

There was great excitement in Early Start last week! The boys and girls enjoyed the sand pit and water table so much! This messy play was followed by a fun picnic with their friends.

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Kinderama in Early Start

Our Early Start children have recently started a Kinderama programme and they are enjoying every minute of it! The programme involves singing, dancing, dress up, mindfulness and games. It's lots of fun!  

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Halloween Fun

There was lots of excitement in Early Start today for their first Halloween Dress Up Day. Well done to all of the Mums and Dads who helped pick such great costumes!

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Busy Week In Early Start

It was a very busy week in Early Start with lots of fun in class and in the yard 🙂

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