Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,
The ETB ethos and Values
We would like to gather parents/guardians views about the Ethos of our school. This survey is also part of a wider Education and Training Board Ireland review across the schools under their patronage.
We would be grateful if you could take a moment to complete the survey by clicking on the link below. Please note that students were given an opportunity to complete the survey during class tutorials this morning.
A reminder to parents of the following key dates during the month of March:
- Monday 7 March – GCC Parents Council Meeting
- Tuesday 8 March – Deadline for input of additional feedback for 2nd Year students
- Wednesday 9 March – Additional Reporting feedback available to access on VSware for 2nd Year Parents
- Wednesday 9 March – Staff Meeting from 4pm to 5.50pm
- Monday 14 March – 1st Year Pupil/Parent/Teacher (PPT) Meeting from 4pm to 6.45pm
- Thursday 17 March & Friday 18 March – School is closed to all students
- Saturday 26 March – Assessment of Incoming First Years 2022- 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
1st Year Pupil/Parent/Teacher (PPT) Meeting
Our 1st Year PPT meeting will take place face to face on Monday 14 March 2022. You will recall that prior to Covid we had started to use the B-Block Social area to reduce the load on the PE Hall. While the necessity to social distance has been removed it is our intention for this meeting to use the multi-purpose area to further alleviate the congregation of teachers, students and parents. Please note the allocation of teachers to centres will be based on alphabetical order. Details regarding the location of teachers will be included in our update next Friday 11 March.
Safe Internet Month
In February we informed parents of our plans to introduce a ‘Safe Internet Month’ to the Glanmire Community College calendar and to run a school based internet safety programme during the month of March. Session 1 which focused on the ‘Self-Esteem Online’ was completed during Class Tutorial this morning. Please click on the link below to view the content of the lesson.
Focus of the Week
Parents and students are asked to note that our focus of the week beginning Monday 7 March 2022 is piercings. A reminder that piercings are not allowed except for one stud in the lower lobe of each ear, nose and other piercings are not permitted. With the requirement to wear masks during the pandemic some students piercings could not be seen. Now that masks are no longer obligatory it is important that our rule around piercings is reinforced. We have asked all our teachers to ensure that students do not sit in their classes with incorrect piercings and to question students they meet on the corridors during school time who are not observing this rule and place a note in their journal. Students will not be allowed to class if they have 2 notes in their journal regarding piercings. Class Teachers highlighted this issue to students at tutorials this morning and the message was also be re-iterated by school senior management as part of the whole school address this morning. Year Heads will also emphasize the message again at weekly assemblies.
Environmental Sustainability Draft Policy
Please click on the link below to view a draft copy of the school’s Environmental Sustainability Policy. Please feedback with any comments or suggested amendments through our dedicated email@example.com email by Friday 11 March 2022. The policy will be presented to our Board of Management for ratification at its next meeting on Monday 21 March 2022.
Munster Boxing Championship – Riverstown Boxing Club
Congratulations to Alex Noonan Carmody, R. Dara, 3rd year who won the Boys 4 70kg Munster title on Sunday 27 February. Alex trains 5 nights a week and is a truly dedicated athlete. He has been boxing with Riverstown boxing club since he was 8 years of age. He will be competing in the All-Ireland competition from the 11 March. We wish him the best of luck!
Chloe Atkinson, R. Nuala, in 5th year was representing the Ireland U17 team over the midterm break at a training camp in Spain and competing in two friendly games against Switzerland. The Swiss won the 1st encounter 3-1 but Ireland dominated the second game with a 4-1 victory. Chloe had a big part to play as a playmaker as she set up 2 of Irelands goals. The second Irish goal came in the 36th minute, after fantastic work from Chloe Atkinson winning the ball back on the right-hand side. She played a through ball to Joy Ralph who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, Ireland 2-1. Ireland’s third came swiftly after, and in the 58th minute Atkinson put another great ball into the box, it was spilled by the Swiss keeper and Ralph pounced to get her second of the game. The Girls in Green maintained dominance to finish out the game with a great win. Well done Chloe and the Irish team!
On Wednesday, March 2nd, the GCC VEX Robotics team travelled to Kinsale Community School who were hosting the Irish Worlds Qualifying Skills Event. GCC placed top in both autonomous skills and driver control, and were overall winners. Consequently, an invitation to participate in the World Finals should be with us within the week….watch this space!
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)