Dear GCC Parents, Guardians & Students,

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 in the New Year, the app will be the only method for parents to indicate their child’s absence from school. It would not be practical to have the app and the school journal operating in tandem. It is also our intention that in the New Year 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 understanding and cooperation as we work to improve our attendance monitoring procedures.

Inspectorate Update for Children and Young People

Please click on the link below to view a newsletter for children and young people about the work of the Inspectorate as it relates to 2023-2024 which we been asked by the Chief Inspector Ms Yvonne Keating to bring to the attention of all students in our school.

Inspectorate December 2023 Newsletter

Academic recognition for GCC past pupil Aidan Power

Pictured with President of UCC, Professor John O’Halloran is GCC 2023 graduate Aidan Power who was recently awarded the UCC Quercus Entrance Scholarship in the College faculty of Medicine and Health.

HSE immunisation project – Nasal Flu Vaccine

A reminder to parents that Glanmire Community College has arranged for the Health Service Executive to attend the school next Wednesday 13 December 2023 to administer the free Nasal Flu Vaccine. This is completely optional and vaccination will only be given upon receipt of online parental consent. Please click on the following link for details:

HSE – Nasal Flu Vaccine – Glanmire Community College (

GCC Social Media Awareness campaign

Glanmire Community College is launching a Social Media Awareness initiative over the coming months in order to educate students about the dangers of social media, the impact inappropriate social media use can have on other students and what to do if you encounter cyberbullying. This initiative will be run by both staff and student committees, with a number of projects and workshops included. Please click on the link to see the presentation given to GCC at our recent staff meeting:

GCC Social Media Awareness

GCC Christmas Themed Day

Staff and students are invited to wear Christmas jumpers or other accessories in aid of St Vincent de Paul next Thursday 14 December 2023. Students can wear one item in addition to their school uniform. We are a suggesting a maximum €2 donation from each student with the money being collected during the first class period.  Many thanks to our GCC Health Team for organizing this fundraising event. Please note participation is completely voluntary.

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 Activities of the Week Monday 11 December to Friday 15 December 2023

Please click on the link to view the planned activities for the week beginning Monday 11 December 2023:

GCC Activities of the Week Monday 11 to Friday 15 December 2023

GCC Review of the Week 

Please click on the link to view a review of some of the school activities that took place:

GCC Review of the Week Monday 27 November to Fri 1 December 2023

GCC Information Briefing for Parents on the CAO Process 

Following a request from our GCC Parents Association the school will hold an information session on the CAO process on Thursday 14 December at 7pm in B26 (Multi – Purpose) room.

GCC Christmas Exams 2023 Timetable

Parents click on the links below to view the timetable for the 2023 Christmas Exams:

GCC 1st Year Christmas Exams 2023

GCC 2nd Year Christmas Exams 2023

GCC 5th Year Christmas Exams 2023

The Laura Brennan HPV Catch – Up Vaccination Programme

Please click on the following link to view a letter with information about the Laura Brennan HPV Vaccination Catch up Programme. The HSE is offering young people the chance to protect themselves from HPV, by receiving the HPV vaccine, if they were not already vaccinated. The HPV vaccine protects against the human papilloma virus which is linked to several types of cancers. Most students will require only one dose. Those with underlying medical problems and weakened immune systems may require more than one dose. The vaccine is free and the programme will run until the end of 2023.

The Laura Brennan HPV Catch- Up Vaccination Programme

Details of HPV Catch Up Clinics for November/December 2023

Teddy McCarthy Tribute Games

Please click on the following link to view details of the Teddy McCarthy tribute games [v Meath in football @3pm and Galway in hurling @5pm] which take place tomorrow Saturday 9 December in Pairc ui Chaoimh.

Teddy McCarthy Tribute Games

GCC Upcoming Calendar Events 

Date   Event   Time  
Monday 11 December GCC AP1 – SMT Meeting 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday 13 December HSE Nasal Flu Vaccinations
Thursday 14 December GCC CAO Information Session for Parents 7.00pm
Thursday 14 December GCC Christmas Themed Day
Fri 15 – Fri 22 December Christmas Tests
Monday 8 January GCC reopens following the Christmas break 8.50am
Monday 8 January GCC Board of Management meeting 4.30pm
Monday 8 January GCC Parents Council meeting 7.30pm

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)