Dear Parents/Guardian & Students,

Christmas Assessments

Please click on the links below to view the 5th Year & 5th Year LCA Christmas Exams timetable:

Christmas Tests 2021-Timetable Year 5

Christmas Tests 2021-Timetable Year 5 LCA1

Please click on the links below to view the outline schedule for Classroom Based Assessments for 1st Year, 2nd Year & 4th Year. For our Classroom Based Assessments parents are asked to note that:

• Specific days have been designated for assessment of some subjects
• Base classrooms will have an Assessment Exam Timetable displayed in the classroom
• As dates and times are being allocated for assessments teachers are asked to enter this information on the timetable in the classroom
• Teachers have been asked to make every reasonable effort to spread the assessments over the allocated period
• Christmas Assessments are not to take place outside the agreed window
• Teachers have been asked to engage students in active revision up to their exam
• Teachers have been asked to continue to teach their curriculum after the assessment is complete
• Subject Departments have been asked to agree on a consistent approach to assessments across each year group

Christmas Tests 2021 – Timetable Year 1

Christmas Tests 2021 – Timetable Year 2

Christmas Tests 2021-Timetable Year 4


5th Year PPT Meeting

Parents are asked to note that VSware is open to allow teachers to input feedback for 5th Year students. This is to facilitate additional reporting for students for the 5th Year PPT meeting which was due to take place last Wednesday 8 December. We will close the additional reporting facility for teachers on Monday 13 December at 1pm and parents will be able to access the teachers’ feedback by logging into VSware on Tuesday 14 December.

GCC Christmas Bake-Off

GCC Home Economics Christmas Bake Off took place today, Dec 10th. Staff and Students were asked to prepare, bake and decorate a Christmas Yule Log which were judged by members of our Department. After a tough judging session we announced our winners:

Junior Cycle:

1st Place – Fionn McDonnell

2nd Place – Ciara Worley

3rd Place – Frankie Twomey

Senior Cycle:

1st Place – Samuel Williams

2nd Place – Amy N O’Sullivan

3rd Place – Orlaith Roche and Kelly Graham


1st Place – Caroline Byrne

2nd Place – Laura Marsh

3rd Place – Eileen Armstrong

Huge word of thanks to all who donated prizes for the event; Cully & Scully, Mic’s Chilli, Neven Maguire, Ballymaloe, Good4U Nutrition, MTU, Silver Bow Gifts & Studyclix.

Well done everyone 🙂


GCC Student Breaks Irish Rowing Record

Congratulations to 5th year Danielle Winter, R. Roisin who has just set a new Irish record in the women’s 15-16 category. The record was set on the Concept Indoor Rower over a distance of 10,000 meters in a time of 42 mins 24.8 seconds. In the past 3 years Danielle has won 5 gold and 1 silver national championships with Whitegate Rowing Club. Well done Danielle!

Danielle pictured with coach Ger McClean and Emer McClean


Christmas Lunch

A delicious Christmas lunch will available from our school  canteen next Wednesday 15th December at a cost of €5.50. Orders must to be given into canteen staff by Monday 13th December at 2pm.


St. Vincent de Paul Hamper Appeal

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of year for some, and the most worrying for others. The students of GCC are looking for donations of non perishable food for food hampers for St Vincent De Paul this Christmas. If parents could spare 1 item to take to school to help make hampers for people in our community who will need some support this Christmas it would be greatly appreciated. We have several collection points throughout the school to place items into. GCC School Chaplain.


Circular 0056/2021 – Arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle

Please click on the link to view Circular 0056/2021 – Arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle which we have been asked to bring to the attention of parents.

Circular 56-2021 Arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle


Focus of the Week
On a weekly basis the school identifies one particular area of focus for the week ahead and this message is delivered to students on Friday mornings in tutorials in advance of the week ahead. This identified area is the focus for the week which helps to ensure a consistent approach from all staff members and a clear message to students. Please note our area of focus for the week beginning Monday 13 December is punctuality and being on time for school and for all classes. We are asking all our students to take pride in their punctuality and attendance records. To this end we have asked all staff members to encourage and acknowledge students’ efforts to be punctual for classes. Class Teachers highlighted this message to students at tutorials this morning and Year Heads will emphasize the message again at weekly assemblies.

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)