Gerald Griffin St. Cork

4th Class

Attendance Reward

Our boys and girls were so proud of themselves for having full attendance during the last school year. They were rewarded by going on a trip to a local cafe for hot chocolate. We are sure these children can meet the 100 Days of Attendance Challenge and enjoy another reward in February.  

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Attendance Assembly September 2017

We held our first attendance assembly of the year on Friday 8th September. Entertainment was provided by Ms O' Brien's class. The girls made up their own anti-bullying raps and performed them for the school. Ms Murray challenged the children to an attendance challenge. Every child with full attendance for the first 100 days (7th February) will get a reward. The children who had full attendance last year were presented with certificates and were informed that they will be taken out for hot chocolate. Our assembly came to an end with some Zumba dancing.

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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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Parachute testing

The girls in 4th class this week were learning about forces and gravity in science. To see how gravity can be slowed down the girls went designing and making parachutes. They used a range of materials including old clothes, plastic bags and newspaper. They then chose a toy to be their test pilot before heading out to the yard to test their designs. There was some very successful flights which lowered the pilot gently to the ground.

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Friends for Life

The girls in 4th class have been doing the Friends for Life programme over the past couple of months. This programme is about dealing with their feelings and learning to deal with difficult situations. An important part of Friends for Life is rewarding yourself for your achievements no matter how big or small they are. So as a reward to the girls for completing the Friends for Life programme they had an ice cream party.

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Tug of War Blitz

3rd and 4th class took part in a Tug of War blitz in Neptune Stadium. A few weeks ago they had training in the school yard and since then they have been out practicing with their teachers. At the blitz  it was all about participating. There were loads of teams from different schools. The girls were outstanding showing great strength when pulling against other teams. They had great fun and showed lots of promise. At the end of the blitz the school got a Certificate of participation. All the pupils had a great day and hope to take part again in the future.

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Donkey Sanctuary

The 4th Class girls went to the Donkey Sanctuary as the final part of their One Book One Community Project for 2017. The girls read White Fang by Jack London which had themes of animal cruelty so a trip to this animal welfare centre was very suitable. Ms Twohig’s class groomed a donkey called Dessie and learned all about donkeys and how they are cared for. Before leaving the girls chose a donkey,  named Julie Anne, to adopt for the year. Here are two accounts written by pupils in the class. Chuamar go dtí tearmann na hasal inné. Chuamar ar an mbus. Bhíomar ar an mbus ar uair a chloig. Nuair a shroicheamar, bhuaileamar le Martha. D'inis sí dúinn faoi na hasal. Cíoreamar na asal. Dessie ab ainm do. Tar éis é sin shiúileamar timpeall na páirce. Chonaiceamar na hasal ag ithe féar. Tar éis é sin chuamar go dtí an bus arís Chuamar ar an mbus. Bhí mé in aice le mo chara. Bhíomar ar an mbus ar uair a chloig. Shroicheamar tearmann na hasail. Bhuaileamar le Martha. D'inis sí dúinn faoi na hasail. Cíor mé Dessie. Chonaic mé asail dubh, donn, liath agus bán. D'ith na hasal féar. Chuamar go dtí an mbus agus chuaigh mé abhaile. 

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Tug of War

3rd and 4th class had a great time this afternoon. They had training in Tug of War. They learned how to compete in tug of war competitions safely and have fun doing it. They also showed their very competitive side pulling against each others teams. They will be taking part in a blitz later in the month so will be having lots of training between now and then.

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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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4th class knitters

In January 4th class began to learn how to knit. Since then they have really taken to it and completing some amazing knits. They have made mini monsters, owls, cats and bats so far. We can't wait to see what they will make next.

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