Gerald Griffin St. Cork

5th Class

Nano Nagle Celebration

Recently the school joined in the celebrations for Nano Nagle's tercentenary held in the North Cathedral. The children performed a tableau depicting Nano's decision to become a nun and set up the Presentation sisters as well as a beautiful liturgical dance performed to the hymn "Who will light the Lantern"

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Busy in the garden

Ms. Coleman and Ms. Conway have been very busy in the school garden recently. They have had lots of help from all of the classes. Some of the older girls helped painting tyres. We now have some very colourful minnions full of flowers welcoming us into our school everyday as well as some bright colourful flowerbeds in the garden. There is also a new insect hotel for any insects who feel like having a little holiday in North Pres. The younger class helped with all the planting that was done. All the children are looking forward to see what will grow over the next few months.

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One book, one community- Sky Hawk

Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis was the chosen book for the One Book One Community Project 2018. The girls in fourth and fifth class in North Pres. read this book along with other children from other schools including Blarney St., St Vincent’s Primary, St Vincent’s Secondary, The Mon Primary, The Mon Secondary, The AG and Gaelscoil Pheig Sears. Ms O’ Brien’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 paper mache birds. There was a quiz held between all the participating schools in the area. Our Sky Hawk adventure ended with a celebration in the Blackpool Library. All schools 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 were displayed in the Blackpool Children’s Library for the fortnight over Easter.

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Gaelgeoir na seachtaine

Comhghairdeas do na páistí as gach rang a bhuaigh Gaeleoir naSeachtaine.

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World book day

The school celebrated their love of books this week by dressing up as characters from their favourite books. Some of the staff even got into the spirit dressing up as their favourite characters.

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Gamelan Music

Girls from 2nd to 6th class are learning to play Indonesian percussion instruments. Playing music can be a great way to relax and unwind. The girls would agree that it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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Science- Paper Bags

Here is an account of the experiment from a 5th class pupil: We did an experiment about how to make a paper bag. We split up into teams and got a €2 budget. Masking tape was 10c and a sheet of paper was 20c. Our group bought 5 sheets of paper and 10 pieces of masking tape. We made a bag and then we went outside and had races with our paper bags and saw which bag could hold the most water bottles. The most was 6.

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Science- Parachutes

Here is an account of the experiment written by two 3rd class pupils: Last week 3rd class, 4th class and 5th class did an experiment on parachutes. They had access to bags, string, tape, masking tape, play dough and stick men. They had to trick gravity into slowing down the parachutes fall. Everyone was separated into 8 groups for the experiment. Everyone had two bags to work with, one was big and the other was small. Most people used the big bag, but our group managed to used both the big and small bags. Everyone got about 10 minutes to make the parachute. When they were finished they took it outside in the yard. Everyone got to throw their parachutes in the air when a gust of wind passed by. The team that won was the team that used two bags.  

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5th Class enjoy a trip to the Mardyke Arena UCC.


The 5th class girls won 3rd prize in the Professor Fluffy Design A Bookmark Competition. Their prize was a morning in the Mardyke UCC Arena where they had a Zumba lesson and some rock climbing lessons. It was a fantastic treat which the girls, and Professor Fluffy, really enjoyed!

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Basketball Players

The girls in 5th and 6th classes took part in a friendly basketball tournament this week. They practiced very hard up in Neptune with their teachers and also in the yard during their lunch time. The girls really enjoyed taking part in their first tournament and hope there will be more to follow

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