Dear GCC Parents, Guardians & Students,

GCC Our GCC Global Community 

We take great pride in the diversity of our school community here in GCC where we have the privilege of representing 36 different nationalities. We are delighted to share the work of Valerie French (vvbdesign), a talented local illustrator and graphic designer. Valerie has beautifully captured the varied essence of our community by featuring all 36 nationalities in her artwork. We look forward to displaying this in the school.

GCC Staff and Student Reflection 

Please click on the link below to view a GCC staff and student reflection based on the theme of ‘Kindness’ which was chosen by the students. As we work and interact with one another, it is important to be aware that kindness is an essential element of all that we do. Kindness is a core value of our lives both here in GCC and beyond. We are grateful for the kindness shown by others and for our ability to extend kindness to others within our school community. Special thanks to our GCC students Sean Nott, Carragh Galvin, Ava Mullery, Aoibha Burke, Eabha Long, Fia Byrne and Aoibhe O’ Gorman as well as the students from CETBSM [Cork ETB School of Music]

GCC Staff and Student Reflection 

Safe Routes to School [SRTS] – Cork City Council Public Consultation 

Parents and students are asked to note that Cork City Council is conducting a Public Consultation regarding the GCC Safe Routes to School project. Below is a link to the plans and the proposed works as well as the online public consultation portal. The plans are available for public inspection from Tuesday 9 of April 2024 until Monday 13 May 2024 and can be accessed electronically via Cork City Council’s Online Consultation Portal or via the public reception desk of Cork City Council’s offices at City Hall, Anglesea Street. The deadline for receipt of submissions and observations is 4:00 pm on Monday 13 May 2024. Please click on the link below to view plans and particulars of proposed works for our SRTS project.

Safe Routes To School Update and Details ; Glanmire Community College

Congratulations to GCC 1st Year student Lev Lobanets

Congratulations to GCC 1st Year student Lev Lobanets who was the top Cork swimmer with four victories from his four events at the recent Aspiring Champions event in UL. Lev is a member of the Dolphin swimming club. Please click on the link below to view details of Lev’s success.

Lev Lobanets (13), from Dolphin was the top Cork swimmer with four victories from his four events (

GCC Mobile Phones

Parents are reminded that 1st Year Rang Aine students have been working in a Mobile Phone Free Learning Environment since February. The feedback from teachers and parents has been very positive. From next Monday 15 April we are asking for the support of all 1st year teachers in refraining from using mobile phones for any classroom activity. Teachers at school activities will be asked to email work for 1st year classes to Deputy Principal Caroline Byrne instead of uploading work on Google Classroom or give the work to the students in advance of the class. Some parents may support 1st years in not having a phone at school. Chrome books and computer rooms are available to teachers to book should their lessons require the use of technology.

GCC Autism Appreciation Week  

GCC AsIAm committee are running an Autism Appreciation Week from next Monday 15 to Friday 19 April. There will be activities happening throughout the week to raise awareness and develop a better understanding and appreciation of people with autism. All students in the school were given a presentation this morning at tutorial and watched a short video which can be viewed in the link below. We would encourage and be grateful if all parents and guardians would take the time to view this lovely short clip called ‘Amazing Things Happen’.

Activities of the week Monday 15 April to Friday 19 April 2024 

Please click here to view the planned school activities for the week Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April 2024.

Review of the Week Monday 19 to Friday 22 March 2024

Please click here to see the review of the activities that took place from Monday 11 to Friday 15 March 2024.

GCC Student Development Fund 2024/2025 School Year 

A reminder to parents that at our GCC Parents Council meeting on Tuesday 19 March, it was agreed to maintain the annual parent contribution to our GCC Student Development Fund at €300 for the 2024/2025 school year. The alleviation of school fees for families of one or more children in the school will also continue. We would like to thank parents for your continued support of the Student Development Fund which allows us to maintain many of the supports we provide annually to our students. These include payments for:

  • School Buses
  • Junior & Leaving Certificate Pre-Examinations
  • Transition Year Activities
  • Student Insurance
  • School Counselling
  • Wellbeing Activities
  • Health and Safety Work
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Servicing of Equipment
  • Staff CPD
  • ICT Maintenance and Upgrades
  • Building Repairs
  • Contract Cleaning
  • Print Management
  • Upgrading of School Facilities

Once again this Summer we have work planned to develop a GCC Reflection Room/Library, painting of staff and student bathrooms across the entire school and upgrading of our B Block Art Room and PE Office area. This work would not be possible without the consistent support and contributions of parents to the school. As always we will continue to support parents and families that may have difficulty in paying this money. For the 24/25 school year, we will set up the payment facility on Way2Pay in May/June.

Email Communication with Teachers 

At our GCC Parents Council Meeting in March, we asked that parents looking to contact teachers, would do so through the school office. We highlighted in particular scenarios where parents attempt to email teachers directly by assuming their email is their name followed by the domain.

Parents are asked to note that the domain is used across the entire Cork ETB (CETB) organisation which has thousands of employees and students. Given that there may be multiple staff and/or students with the same name across the CETB, it is imperative that staff are contacted through the school office to reduce the risk of sensitive information being shared with the wrong recipient. Please email the school office  in the first instance and your email will be forwarded to the correct recipient by our office staff. We appreciate the support of parents in this matter.

Parents Book Review

As part of our well-read initiative please click here to see book review from parent Deirdre O Rourke

Reading list Junior cycle

1st Year Library Membership

As part of our Reading Initiative GCC has launched a 1st year Library Membership Drive. Please click on the following link for further details:

1st Year Library Membership – Glanmire Community College (

Senior Cycle Redevelopment Information Note

Please click here to view information on Senior Cycle Redevelopment.

Senior Cycle Redevelopment Information Note March

GCC Upcoming Calendar Events 

Date   Event   Note
Tuesday 23 April GCC TY European Tour 1 23 – 26 April
Tuesday 30 April GCC TY European Tour 2 30 April – 3 May
Wednesday 1 May GCC Staff Meeting @ 4.00pm
Monday 6 May May Bank Holiday School Closed
Thursday 9 May GCC Diograis Awards @ 7pm
Monday 13 May GCC BOM Meeting @ 4.30pm
Monday 13 May GCC Parents Council Meeting @ 7.30pm
Tuesday 14 May GCC Leaving Cert Graduation @ 7.00pm
Friday 24 May GCC House Exams 24 – 31 May
Friday 31 May GCC Staff Meeting @ 11.00am
Wednesday 5 June State Examinations 2024 5 – 24 June
Tuesday 25 June GCC Parents Council Uniform Bank Sale @ 9.30am

We hope you a good weekend.
GCC Senior Management
Ronan McCarthy (Principal), Caroline Byrne (Deputy Principal), Seamus Kennefick (Deputy Principal), Sean McGrath (Deputy Principal)