Dear Parents,

GCC Young Environmentalist National Winner 2023

Congratulations to GCC 4th Year students Aisling O Sullivan, Adam Hayes, Toby Tangney and Ciara Worley who this afternoon were crowned Young Environmentalist National Winners 2023. Having already won the Senior Water Award, the students then claimed the ultimate overall prize. We would like to express our gratitude to GCC teacher Noreen Emerson who has supported the students throughout the competition, as well as our appreciation to all in our Green Schools team who continue to promote such a positive environmental programme in GCC. GCC continues to go from strength to strength in this area of critical importance to all in our school, local and national community and we look forward to building on the outstanding work done in the school to date.

Preparation for the 2023-2024 School Year

Parents are reminded that our preparations for the 2023/2024 school year are well underway and that next Friday 2 June we will be providing you with important information such as return to school procedures and stationery lists. We hope this will help you in planning for the next academic year. Please note that parents will be able to start paying the €300 student activity fee on Way2Pay from next Friday. 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.

GCC Weekly Review

Please click on the link below to read our review of the week 15 – 19 May.  Items include:

  • 5th Year Ecology Fieldtrip to Fota Wildlife Park
  • 5th Place in Munster Finals for Luke Merrigan 2nd year
  • TY Gaisce trip to Dungarvan
  • Junior Achievement ” Economics for Success”
  • 1st Year Business Studies
  • Green Schools adventure Dublin Zoo!!
  • Our final Track Thursday

Please click on the link below to read the review

Review of the Week 15th -19th May

GCC Review of Assessment Calendar 

As indicated in our update last Friday, we plan to review the current assessment calendar and we want to hear your thoughts on how often our students take assessments. Assessments are important for two reasons. They let the students show what they have learned and they give feedback on what they need to improve. Please click on the link below to complete the survey:

As part of the process, the Review of our Assessment Calendar will be discussed at our staff meeting next Friday 2 June.

Transition Year (TY) Graduation Ceremony

A reminder that our TY Graduation Ceremony will take place in school on Monday 29 May at 12pm. As exams are in full session, only students may attend. Following the ceremony, students will finish for the Summer and will be available for collection from school at  1.10pm. Thank you for your support throughout the year.

Leaving Certificate Results August 2023

The State Exams Commission [SEC] has announced that the 2023 Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied exam results will issue to candidates on Friday 25 August 2023, a full week earlier than the 2022 results date. This follows extensive work by the SEC to improve the timeline to the greatest possible degree taking account of all of the factors which feed into the process and ensuring adequate time for extensive checks and balances.

Details of the Press Release issued by the SEC is to view by clicking here

Barnardos & ETB-Schools-NPA webinar Tuesday 30 May
TITLE: Supporting parents to become aware of their own needs and look after their own well being 

 DESCRIPTION: The aim of this webinar is to support parents to recognise their own self care needs as they navigate their way through life when parenting a teenager.  Adolescence can be a challenging time for both young people and parents. It is the time when teenagers are going through significant developmental changes, are striving to become more independent from their parents and often establish closer connections with friends. This webinar will help parents to recognise the need to take an active role in caring for themselves so that they can adapt to these changes, maintain strong relationships, recover from setbacks and handle challenges and stress. 

Please click on the link below for access:

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

A reminder that a collection point for school uniforms is available during normal school hours outside the main school office. Our GCC Parents Council is seeking donations from parents of unwanted uniform items which are in good condition. These uniform items will be offered for sale to parents in late June [date to be confirmed] with all proceeds going to our Parents Council fund.  We are grateful to our Parents Council for offering this choice to parents at what is a very expensive time of year.

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.

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

GCC Calendar Events 
Date   Event   Time  
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)