Gerald Griffin St. Cork


Home School Community Liaison – HSCL

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Aoife Scully


We are very lucky to be part of the Home School Community Liaison Scheme. This enables us to be in very close contact with the parents, which in turn is of immense assistance to the over all education and happiness of the child.

Some of the activities which parents take part in are:

  • CAPER Children And Parents Enjoy Reading
  • Maths For Fun
  • Maths Eyes
  • One Book One Community

Parents also have the opportunity to further their own education through attending classes in :

  • Cookery
  • English as a second language

Our Parents’ Room is equipped with a kitchen, play area and tea and coffee making facilities. It is an ideal place for parents to meet up with other parents from the school and support each other.

I look forward to seeing you in school throughout the year.


Maths for fun

The girls in 2nd class had their last Maths for Fun session with their parents today. The children had great fun playing the games while practising their maths skills at the same time. They were very grateful to the parents that came in to help them play the games.

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Maths 4 Fun in 2nd class

For the past number of weeks parents have been coming into 2nd class on Wednesday mornings to have fun while doing maths. The children really enjoy this time and are very appreciative to the parents that come in and play maths games with them. This week the children and parents went on a maths trail around the school and saw that maths was everywhere.

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Open Night

North Pres held their open night for prospective pupils and their parents recently. The pupils from 3rd to 6th classes acted as guides for the evening and demonstrating everything our school has to offer. The school choir performed, while pupils from 5th and 6th class provided refreshments. The class rooms were set up to show all the resources that the school has including those for aistear, numeracy lift off, p.e and science.

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Cake Sale!

Senior Infants had a great day in school today. They got to buy some yummy cakes at the Cake Sale. Well done to everyone who brought in cakes. Thanks to the Parents' Association for running it. 466 euro was raised for the school yard.  

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Friendship Week Art Competition

This morning we had another whole school assembly to celebrate the end of Friendship week in the school. Ms. Twohig's 2nd recited a poem about friendship while the girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th class led the school singing "How far I'll go" Shandon Street Credit Union kindly sponsored prizes for our Friendship Week art competition. The children had to draw a poster about friendship. Some of the older children wrote poems about friendship instead. Congratulations to the winners from each class. During the week there was a display up next to the Blue Room where examples of how the children were kind were displayed. By the end of the week, the board was full of kind things that the children from all the classes did. In the yard, also this week, was a friendship station. If children couldn't find anyone to play with they would go to the friendship station and some of the older girls would play with them or help them to find someone else to play with. All the children had a great time this week, made some new friends and learned how important it is to be nice to others.

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CAPER started this week. This is when parents come into the school every Wednesday morning and read books with the younger classes. The children really enjoy listening to the adults reading and look forward to it every week

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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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Awards Ceremony

An Awards Ceremony was held to acknowledge and celebrate all the contributions the parents of North Pres have made towards their children’s numeracy and literacy education. The children are really thankful and proud of their parents.

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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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