Gerald Griffin St. Cork
 
 

5th 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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Busy in 5th class.

Below is an account of all that is happening in 5th class. It was written by one of the pupils in the class.

Great fun in 5th class!

We all had great fun in 5th class and it’s almost over. We learned so many new things and subjects . First, we did Zumba with Ms. Whelton. It was really fun but now we’ve started to do yoga with her instead, I think it’s really relaxing. Then, we learned a lot about the Irish famine. It was very interesting but sad. Then we made coffin ships and drama scenes to do with the famine.  Later on, we did gardening with Anne and got to eat lemon balm and mint and got to bring home strawberries. We learn a lot of during First Steps. We made brochures advertising different European and Irish Cities. I made a brochure about Venice. Recently, we wrote short stories for Early Start. Ours was about a Mermaid called Millie and a deer called Dory. We also learnt  “The Fields of Athenry”. and we made poems about it. Mine was called ‘The Irish Sailors’. We did so many projects in 5th class. Our most recent projects are the 7 Wonders of the World. I did Machu Pichu. We’re going to make projects about architects in the future. Last years, 5th class did a marathon and we’re trying to do the same. It’s very exciting! We’re also learned a new language, Spanish. I can’t speak fluent Spanish yet but I can have a conversation. The last thing we did is planting. We’ve already planted tomatoes and sunflowers, I can’t wait to see them! That was it so far, I hope next year will as good!! Here are some photos of what we have done in the last few months in 5th class.

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Trip to Fota with Professor Fluffy

As a result of winning the Professor Fluffy Bookmark Competition, our 5th class visited Fota. One of our 5th class girls describes the visit... My class and I went to Fota. We left the school at half nine. We traveled by bus. When we got there a woman called Rachel introduced herself to us. She was our guide. She brought us into the learning room and told us lots of interesting facts. We spotted red squirrels, ducks and wallabies on the way to the kitchen. When the animals are sick they make them a jam or Nutella sandwich and sneak in tablets or medicine, so that the animals can get better. We saw giraffes, monkeys, gibbons, zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, lions, tigers etc. Thaihg, the giraffe was my favourite. When we got back our teacher told us we had no homework. Fota was a brilliant day and I really enjoyed it.

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5-a-side soccer

Girls from 5th and 6th classes recently participated in an FAI five a side tournament. The girls performed brilliantly in a very tight group where they won two of their matches. They really enjoyed themselves and hopefully some of them are soccer stars in the making.

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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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Cork Pops Orchestra

4th and 5th classes enjoyed a trip to the City Hall, to see the Cork Pops Orchestra. There they learned about different sections of the orchestra and instruments.The theme of the morning was the "Colour of Music" and we were encouraged to listen to the music and imagine different colours and images in our minds.  There was a gorilla dressed in a tutu playing the cello and ukulele. There was also music from Keith Hanley (Winner of "The Voice") and DJ Dashka

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Professor Fluffy Bookmark Awards

One of our 5th Class girls won an Art Competition. She designed a bookmark for U.C.C.'s Professor Fluffy and UCC+ programmes. Her class attended the awards ceremony in U.C.C. She was awarded a giant bookmark of her design and a bookmark for every child in North Pres. She also won a trip to Fota for her class which they will enjoy at the end of March. Well done!

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