Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

6th Year PPT Meeting

Parents are asked to note that our 6th Year PPT planned for next Wednesday 24 November will not be held face to face. As with the 3rd Year PPT meeting last week, feedback will be provided to parents via the mechanism of additional reporting. A reminder that the additional reporting process involves teachers commenting under the following 3 headings:

  1. Engagement in Learning: Teachers may wish to comment on students development of academic skills that support learning*: for example: Well Organised; Pays attention well; Persistence in Tasks; Adaptability; Cooperation; Eagerness for Learning (engaging in questions, discussion, seeking clarification); Independent Learner. (*Behaviours that predict success in education:
  2. Academic Performance: Achievement in class assessments and the quality of assignments/projects submitted – Teachers may wish to comment on the suitability of the subject level currently being studied and grades achieved relative to overall ability/potential.
  3. Areas for Improvement: Teachers may wish to comment on 2-3 specific areas that would help the student to improve their overall engagement and/or performance.

School Car Park

We would like to thank parents for their cooperation this week with our new entry/exit system to the school car park. A reminder that:

  • From 8.30am to 9.10am Monday to Friday the school car park will be entry only. The exit lane from the car park will be closed at these times.
  • From 3.30pm to 4.10pm Monday to Thursday and 12.30pm to 1.10 pm on Friday the school car park will be exit only. The entry lane to the school car park will be closed at these times.

We would be grateful if parents could remind students to:

  1. use the pedestrian footpaths and not walk along cars when entering/leaving the school
  2. use the pedestrian gates only and not enter or leave the school via the main gate

These small few steps will help ensure added safety for our students when accessing the school grounds.


The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE )scheme is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who, as a result of having a disability, have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. Please click here for comprehensive, up-to-date information on the DARE scheme: DARE section of the website.

A student applying to the DARE scheme needs to provide evidence that meets the DARE Scheme criteria of:

UCC’s Disability Support Service has organised a live online advice clinic to disseminate information on the DARE application process. Parents/prospective students/guidance counsellors and other interested parties will be afforded an opportunity to get advice on applying for the DARE scheme. From  the first 30 mins approximately, there will be  presentation giving an overview of the DARE scheme with an opportunity for questions and answers  afterwards.

For DARE Clinic times and bookings click below:


Stand Up Awareness Week

This week, Nov 15-19th is Stand Up Awareness Week. Stand Up Awareness Week is a time for second-level schools, youth services, and Youthreach in Ireland to join BelongTo and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.  It is heart-breaking that one in five young LGBTQIA+ people face bullying and that 73% of young LGBTQIA+ students feel unsafe at school. Together we can create spaces where LGBTQIA+ young people feel safe, equal, and valued.

To demonstrate our solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ community Glanmire Community College raised the updated rainbow flag. This flag recognises intersections within the LGBTQ+ community honouring LGBTQ+ people of colour–whose activism inspired the very first Pride—as well as different gender identities.

Staff also wore ‘Ally’ badges. An ally is someone who stands up for, supports and encourages the people around them. It’s a term that gets used a lot in the LGBTQIA+ community. In this case it refers to someone who is heterosexual and/or cisgender, but who tries to make the world a better place for people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Thank you to all students and staff involved in organising and for supporting this weeks events. Many thanks to Grainne NiLaoithe, Lisa O’Shea and Córa McKenna (teachers) for leading this initiative.


LCA & TY Presentations 

Please click on the links below to access the presentations to parents at our information seminar on LCA & Transition Year for parents of 3rd Year students last Wednesday 17 November.

GCC Transition Year Programme 2021

GCC LCA  Presentation 2021


Cork City Soccer – Congratulations to Chloe Atkinson 5th Year R. Nuala who represented Cork City in the Cup Final on Thursday evening, taking on Peamount United in Athlone. Unfortunately Cork were defeated 2-1 after a close contest and a great performance by City. Glanmire Community College are very proud of Chloe’s great success in soccer, well done!

Christmas Lights

Parents are asked to note that our Christmas Lights are due to be installed next Monday 22 November. Our display last year was welcomed in both the school and local community within Glanmire and we are hopeful that this year’s display will lift the spirits in a similar way. We would like to express our thanks to our Parents Council, our Board of Management and the Tomar Trust for their support in ensuring the school has the opportunity once again this year to bring some Christmas cheer to all.

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)