Dear GCC Parents, Guardians & Students,

GCC students at the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin this week

Early Wednesday morning the group of students and teachers met with anticipation at Kent Station Cork where they got the train to Heuston Station Dublin before heading the RDS to set up their project displays. The exhibition opened with a ceremony in the afternoon and a speech from the President Michael D Higgins. The first judging of student’s projects then got underway after the opening ceremony. That evening students attended the BT Young Scientist disco for all students. On Thursday each project was judged a further two times. The exhibition was open to the public and was attended by many schools and guests such as politicians including the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. In addition to projects, there were many interactive exhibits to visit and events to watch in the concert hall.  Students’ projects were well received and praised by judges and the public. They also attracted the attention of the national media. At time of writing (Thursday evening) both students and teachers are looking forward to the rest of the exhibition including the awards ceremony which will take place on Friday evening. All projects and students have been great ambassadors for Glanmire Community College. Please click on the following link to view the list of projects displayed by our students: BT young scientist GCC

GCC BOM Meeting Monday 8 January 2024 – Agreed Report 

Please click on the following link to view the Agreed Report from our Board of Management meeting last Monday 8 January 2024.

Agreed Report – GCC BOM Meeting Monday 8 January 2024

Student Personal Accident Brochure and Claim Form 2024

Please click on the links below to view the Student Personal Accident Brochure and Claim Form for 2024.

CETB_IPA0000474_Personal Accident Students _Cover Brochure_2024

CETB_IPA0000474_Personal Accident Students _Claims Form_2024

Register Of Electors 

Please click on the link below to view a letter regarding registration of students on the Register of Electors.

Registration of Students on the Register of Electors

Charitable Refunds – CHY 3 Forms Parents of 6th Year Students

As you are aware schools are recognised as eligible charities and GCC makes an annual charitable refunds claim to Revenue based on the voluntary contributions parents make to the school. This has no implication whatsoever for the person who makes the contribution. Completion of the form is part of the enrolment process to the school in 1st Year. Unfortunately, the initial form only covers a student’s first 5 years in the school because not all students will enter TY. Therefore, we are obliged each year to ask the parents of 6th Year students to complete a new form in order for us to be able to claim against their payments.

This morning at tutorial we distributed CHY3 forms to all our 6th Year students and have asked them to be returned again to Class Teachers on Monday morning at registration. The form is just one page (see link below) and we hope that a short turn around will help maximise the number of forms we receive back. We thank you for help in ensuring this significant source of funding to the school is maximised to the fullest possible extent.

CHY3 Form

Access UCC Open Evening (Tuesday 16 January 2024) – Information on DARE & HEAR schemes and on FETAC/QQI route to University

Please click on the link below to view details of Access UCC Open Evening next Tuesday.

Access UCC Open Evening

GCC SPHE (Social Personal & Health Education) Programme

Please click on link below to view a letter to parents regarding our Junior Cycle and Transition Year SPHE programme and an upcoming RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) module.

Letter to Parents about RSE_JC_TY_2024_2025

Activities of the week Monday 15 to Friday 19 January 2024 

Please click on the link to see the planned activities for the week beginning 15 January 2024:

Activities Jan 15th (Web Edit)

Review of the Monday 11 to Friday 22 December

Please click in the link to view the review of the activities that took place from Monday 11 to Friday 22 December:

Review of the week 11th-15th December

GCC Instagram 

A reminder that our school now has a very active Instagram account where you can follow all the extra curricular activities and achievements of our staff and student bodies.  The Instagram account can be followed by searching for @glanmirecc.

GCC VSware Attendance App 

We are grateful to parents for their continued high level of engagement to date with the VSware Attendance App. Parents who have not downloaded the app are kindly asked to do so as a matter of priority. It is our intention that during the month of January in the New Year the app will become be the only method for parents to indicate their child’s absence from school. It is also our intention this month that students will sign out at the office via the app and that parents will not be required to come into the school office to collect them.

Parents are reminded that:

  • You can send a notification to the school via the VSware app (available on the IOS App Store or Android Play Store) informing us that your son/daughter will be absent from school.
  • The VSware app sends a notification following the first class period (usually between 9:45 and 10am) to parents whose child has been marked absent from school without a parental notification.
  • You can use the app to respond stating that your child is absent from school and why.
  • If your child is in school/was dropped off, this will allow us to immediately check and approve his/her attendance, reassuring you.
  • If a parent does not respond to the app notification, a text message is then issued a half hour later.

We would like to thank parents for your continued cooperation as we work to improve our attendance monitoring procedures.

GCC Upcoming Calendar Events 

Date   Event   Time  
Thursday 18 January JCT/Oide Cluster Workshop* School is closed for all students
Monday 22 January PPT Meeting for TY students 4.15pm – 6.45pm
Saturday 27 January Entrance Assessment for incoming 1st Years Sept 2024 9.30am – 12.30pm
Saturday 27 January GCC Ski Trip Sat 27 Jan – Sat 3 Feb 2024
Monday 29 January GCC Ore Examinations Mon 29 Jan – Fri 9 Feb 2024
Monday 29 January TY Work Experience Mon 29 Jan – Fri 9 Feb 2024

*A reminder to parents that the school is closed to students next Thursday 18 January to facilitate teacher participation in a JCT/Oide Cluster Day. Parents are also asked to note that GCC is planning to hold a Staff Development Day on Friday 15 March 2024 which will focus on teaching and learning strategies that impact positively on student learning experiences and students outcomes. This will necessitate the closure of the school for the full day to students.

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