Dear GCC Parents, Guardians & Students,

Díograis Awards 2024

The preparations for Díograis 2024 are well underway and we are looking forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements of our students on Thursday 9 May. This week the ‘long list’ of nominated students received a postcard detailing the award they were nominated for. Teachers will collaborate and decide on the short list of nominees who will be invited on the night. Please click on the link below to view a power point presentation on Díograis.

Díograis 2024

All First Year students were shown the presentation at tutorial this morning. Thank you to the TY Meitheal team who designed the presentation.

GCC Prodigies head to Dublin

Two promising 5th Year Students, Nathan Manley and Toby Tangney are highly experienced in programming, engineering and problem solving. After competing in numerous STEM programs and personal projects, their efforts have been recognized with their acceptance to the competitive Patch 2024 cohort in Dublin this July.  Patch is a 7 week summer accelerator for ambitious future leaders funded by known companies such as Stripe and OpenAI.  Backed by experienced mentors from a variety of expertise, the selected attendees work to develop an idea from concept stages all the way to a completed start-up. Toby and Nathan will gain valuable skills such as leadership, entrepreneurial mindset and will learn from other members and alumni.

GCC Book Drive & Book Reviews – Well Read Initiative 

GCC is thrilled to announce our book drive aimed at enriching our school’s reading spaces and igniting a passion for literature among our students. We kindly request your donations of books! Donation boxes are conveniently located outside the school office and at Supervalu. A heartfelt thank you to all who have generously supported this endeavour!

Additionally, we are in search of parents to contribute book reviews for our parent’s update. Your unique insights and perspectives will play a vital role in enhancing our community’s engagement with literature. If interested, please reach out to Aishling Ryan at

Activities of the week Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April 2024 

Please click here to view the planned school activities for the week Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April 2024.

Review of the Week Monday 8 to Friday 12 April 2024

Please click here to see the review of the activities that took place from Monday 8 to Friday 12 April 2024.

Latest Update on the works being carried out by Sorensen Civil Engineering

Please click on the following link to view the latest traffic management updates from Sorensen Civil Engineering:

Sorenson Traffic Management Update

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

Parents and students are reminded 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

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. Since last Monday 15 April, all 1st year teachers have been asked to refrain from using mobile phones for any classroom activity. Teachers at school activities have been 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 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 at  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.

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