Dear GCC Parents/Guardians & Students,

GCC Open Evening 

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated staff and enthusiastic students for their outstanding efforts in making our GCC Open Evening such a resounding success last night. The hard work, commitment, and passion for showcasing all that is best about GCC was truly evident throughout the event. From the carefully prepared exhibits, informative presentations and the warm welcome, everyone played their part in leaving a positive impression on the prospective students and their families who attended.

The collaborative spirit throughout our school is obvious and the strong sense of a vibrant school community is clear to see. As we do every year, we received numerous comments from parents about the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the school. Thank you to Ms Murray and Ms Byrne for overseeing organisation of our Open Evening. A special mention to our wonderful musicians, our Meitheal team and 2023 GCC graduate Aidan Power who made such significant contributions to the success of the evening.

Senior Cycle Curriculum and assessment

Curriculum and assessment related developments at Senior Cycle with particular reference to school years 2023/24 and onwards.

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit have requested that the following circular be shared with the Board of  Management,  school management, teachers, parents and students of  all  second level schools. The purpose of this circular is to inform post primary schools of curriculum and assessment related developments  at Senior Cycle, with  particular  reference to the school years 2023/24 and onwards.

Please visit the link below for more information:

GCC Parents Council 

Thank you to our GCC Parents Council for their continued support of the school. The next meeting of our GCC Parents Council takes place on Monday 6 November and new members are always welcome. Please click on the following link for detailed information on the role and function of our GCC Parents Council.

GCC Parents Council Information Leaflet

GCC Student Council 

Parents and students are asked to note that the GCC Executive Student Council meet the first Wednesday of every month. The full GCC Student Council meet the first Thursday of every month with a view to updating their classes at tutorial the following morning. For example, Class Captains updated their classes at Friday morning tutorial last week on the topics discussed during our recent Student Council meetings on Wednesday 4 October and Thursday 5 October. The minutes of this meeting will be shared via the Parents Update next week.

To assist the work of the GCC Student Council the following has been put in place:

  • Google Classroom has been set up to assist with communication between members.
  • There will be 2 noticeboards for Student Council (B&C block).
  • GCC Student Council has registered with the ISSU (Irish Second Level Students’ Union).
  • Student Council members will partake in training with the ISSU. The QR code will be available on the Student Council Google Classroom and the noticeboards.

GCC Activities of the Week

Please click here to view the planned activities for the week beginning Monday 16th October 2023

GCC Review of the week 3rd – 6th October 2023

Please click  here to see the review of last weeks activities:

Oireachtas Essay writing Competition for Senior Cycle Students

The Oireachtas Essay Competition aims to get young people thinking and talking about the democratic process. As this year is the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, we are asking students to reflect on peace-building and peace-keeping and to consider the contribution of parliamentary politics and politicians to these. 
The Essay Title is ‘Parliamentary Politics Matters for Peace’ for those writing in English (‘An Pharlaimint agus an tSíocháindóibh siúd atá ag scríobh i nGaeilge). 
This year, we have an increased prize fund of €6,000. 
The competition is open to 5th and 6th years and all information is available on:  – /–  students must register by 10 November 2023.  When students register, they will be emailed a code number with which they can upload their completed essays by 24 November 2023. 

National recognition for GCC Art Student 

Abimbola Fashade 2nd Year Art participated in the National Exhibition of ‘This is Art’ at RHA in Dublin on Thursday 5th October.  She was interviewed by RTE about her beautiful painting.  Congratulations and continued success to Abimbola.


GCC Calendar Events 
Date   Event   Time  
Friday 20 October Closing Date for Receipt of Applications to 1st Year and Other Groups Link closes at midnight
Friday 27 October Mid Term Break
Monday 6 November GCC BOM Meeting 4.30pm
Tuesday 7 November 3rd Year PPT Meeting 4:15pm – 6:45pm
Thursday 9 November GCC Staff Meeting 4:00pm – 5.50pm
Friday 10 November GCC Mass of Remembrance for deceased staff and students 1.00pm
Monday 6 to Friday 10  November Stand Up Week (LGBTQIA+ awareness week)
Wednesday 15 November GCC Culture Day
Wednesday 15 November Information Seminar on LCA & TY for parents of 3rd Years 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 November 6th  Year PPT Meeting 4:15pm – 6:45pm
Thursday 30 November GCC Staff Meeting 4:00pm – 5.50pm

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)