Dear Parents,

Preparation for the 2023-2024 School Year

Parents are asked to note that our preparations for the 2023/2024 school year are well underway and on Friday 2 June we will be providing you with important information, such as return to school procedures and stationery lists, which we hope will help you in planning for the next academic year. All up to date information will be available on our school website You are advised to visit the school website regularly to keep yourself informed.

Agreed Report from the GCC Board of Management meeting Monday 15 May 2023

Please click on the link below to view the Agreed Report from the Glanmire Community College Board of Management meeting on Monday 15 May 2023.

Items on the report include:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • School Policies
  • School Building
  • School Planning
  • Finance
  • Risk

Agreed Report for the BOM Meeting Monday 15 May 2023

GCC Review of Assessment Calendar 

As part of our Strategic Planning process, we plan to review the current assessment calendar to determine stakeholders’ views of the assessment load undertaken by our students. Next week we will be surveying parents and students for their feedback. Once this information is collated we will have a whole staff discussion at our meeting on Friday 2 June.

GCC Parents Council School Uniform Bank & Book Bank – Collection Point

Over the last number of years, in preparation for the return to school in late August, our GCC Parents Council has organised a school uniform bank during the month of June. We are once again seeking donations from parents of unwanted uniform items which are in good condition. These uniform items will be offered for sale to parents with all proceeds going to our Parents Council fund. Please note that from next Monday 22 May a collection point for school uniforms will be available during normal school hours outside the main school office. We are grateful to our Parents Council for offering this choice to parents at what is a very expensive time of year. Details of the date and time of the uniform bank sale will be shared with parents next week.

This year as well as collecting uniform items, the school is hoping that parents will donate a number of novels that have come off the prescribed curriculum list in the last few years which we are looking to collect, recycle and re-use as part of our reading initiative next year. The title of the books we are looking for are as follows:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Parents are again invited to leave the books at the collection point outside the main school office.

Transition Year (TY) Graduation Ceremony

Our TY Graduation Ceremony will take place in school on Monday 29 May at 12pm. Following the ceremony, students will finish for the Summer and will be available for collection from school at  approximately 1pm.

Transition Year (TY) 2023-2024

Parents are asked to note that we will be notifying the students next week that have been enrolled in TY for the 2023/2024 academic year.

We will also be sending parents of successful applicants the withdrawal from Religious Education [RE] request link.  Glanmire Community College is a multi-denominational school and is open to all students regardless of their commitment to any particular religion or worldview. Religious Education is provided as a core subject and follows the Religious Education specification developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). It is important for parents to note that the school’s ability to facilitate friendship pairs in TY is impacted by any decision to withdraw from RE.

GCC Activities of the Week 

Please click on the following link to view the planned activities for the week beginning Monday 22 May 2023:

Activities of the Week Mon 22nd- 26th May

GCC Weekly Review

Please click on the link below to read our review of the week 2 – 5 May.  Items include:

  • TY School Tour 2 Amsterdam
  • 3D Printing Course Success
  • Emmy McCarthy Vaughan Rang Cathal wins Dance Competition
  • South Munster Schools Track and Field
  • Schools Mile Challenge

Please click on the link below to read the review

Review of the Week 9-12th May

GCC Book Rental Scheme 

Glanmire Community College is acutely aware of the substantial costs of schooling for parents and we try to keep costs to a minimum. Our book rental scheme is one way we can help parents substantially reduce their annual costs. The scheme is operated and supported by various groups in the school including the Book Rental Coordinator, the Parents’ Council on behalf of the Board of Management, with assistance from our Senior Management Team, Teachers, SNA staff and students. Please click on the following link for information about the GCC Book Rental Scheme.

Parents Update Friday 12 May 2023 – Glanmire Community College (

Home based Summer programme 2023

Please click on the link below to view see information for parents regarding the Home-Based Summer Programme 2023 as well as an application form should you wish to participate in the programme. If you wish to avail of this support, please complete the application form and return to the office in order for the school to register your child on the portal.

2023 Home-Based Summer Programme to Support the Education or Care Needs of Students with Complex Needs – Overview

Application form for Sanctioning

Summer Schools run by UCC’s Disability Support Service

Deirdre Madden in the Disability Support Department, UCC would like to share the following information with students and parents:

UCC’s Disability Support Service welcomes and supports students who have disabilities.

  • On May 29 we will welcome secondary school students on the autistic spectrum

UCC Summer School for Autistic Students Tickets, Mon 29 May 2023 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

  • On May 31 we will welcome secondary school students with who are blind/vision impaired or Deaf/hard of hearing or students with a physical/mobility difficulty

UCC Summer School for Students who with sensory/physical disabilities Tickets, Wed 31 May 2023 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

These Summer Schools are free of charge and lunch will be provided for students who attend. Their parents/guardians are invited to attend an information session in the morning. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

GCC Summer Exams 2023 

Please click on the following link to view the final timetables for our 2023 Summer House Exams.

Parents Update Friday 28 April 2023 – Glanmire Community College (

The following revision guides for 1st and 2nd Year students will assist students in preparation for their exams.

1st Year Revision Guide Summer 2023

2nd Year Revision Guide Summer

Reminder – GCC Strategic Planning Parents/Guardians Survey 

A reminder to parents to please complete the Strategic Planning survey below. The closing date has been extended to next Friday 19 May:

GCC is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all its students and seeking excellence in all aspects of school life. Proper forward planning is essential to give GCC the best opportunity for sustained and continued success. GCC is in the process of developing our school improvement plan for the period September 2023 to December 2026. This plan will provide clear direction for the students, staff and management, as to the agreed priorities for the school over the coming years. As part of the plan we are seeking the input and participation of parents and guardians. Please click on the link below to complete the short survey:

GCC Calendar Events 
Date   Event   Time  
Monday 22 May 2023 GCC AP1/SMT Meeting 4pm – 5pm
Friday 26 May 2023 GCC House Summer Exams 2023 1 week
Monday 29 May 2023 GCC TY Graduation Ceremony 12pm – 1pm
Friday 2 June 2023 GCC Staff Meeting 11am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 7 June 2023 Leaving and Junior State Exams

We hope you have a nice weekend.

GCC Senior Management

Ronan McCarthy (Principal), Gertie Cahill (Deputy Principal), Seamus Kennefick (Deputy Principal), Sean McGrath (Deputy Principal)