Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,
GCC Board of Management meeting Monday 16 May 2022 – Agreed Report
Please click on the following link to view the Agreed Report from our BOM meeting on Monday 16 May 2022.
Summer Exams 2022
Please see below the summer exam timetables and schedules for 1st, 2nd, Transition Year and 5th year. These are draft timetables which may be subject to change and finalised on Monday next.
GCC Robotics in Texas
On May 3rd, 6 students from the GCC Robotics Club, accompanied by Mr Steele and Mr Browne, departed for Dallas and the VEX Robotics World Championships. The first day in Dallas was spent getting our bearings and checking out the Venue – Dallas’ massive 190,000 square metre (2 million sq ft) Convention Centre.
The High school event began on May 5th with a Parade of Nations – 36 countries represented in all and the GCC captain, Toby Tangney, carrying the flag for Ireland. Competition ensued for three days with around 1000 teams spread over 10 divisions battling on the Tipping Point game field. Success in this game depends on good design, robust engineering, superior programming skill, planning, strategy, teamwork and driving skill. GCC delivered on all these fronts, but unfortunately not all at the same time. A combination of inexperience at times, together with some really, really bad luck in three of their matches saw the team finish just outside the knockout positions in their division, but still, higher than any Irish team ever, at this level. The final was won by an alliance of high schools from Kentucky and California.
The short visit to Dallas was all about Robotics, but what little downtime we had was spent trying to savour the Texas experience as much as possible. Friends and contacts were made, souvenirs were bought, sights were seen and a final day visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was far more impressive than any of us had expected. Well done to Toby, Rian, James, Riley, Kyle and Bobby. Huge credit to the other club members who did not travel, but whose contributions were not forgotten. Enormous thanks again to Mr Ronan McCarthy and Ciara Coughlan for all their work and support, and all the club’s sponsors: Glanmire Credit Union, Jones Engineering, Stryker Model Farm Rd and Cognex Ireland. The 2023 campaign begins now.
Sustainable Development Goals
Last week GCC engaged in ‘Mayday 2022′ an ETBI program aimed at embedding the UN Sustainable Develpment Goals (SDGs) into the curriculum across all subjects. Embedding the SDGs is also part of the new GCC Environmental /Sustainability policy that has been developed and introduced in March 2022. We have promoted all the activities and lessons teachers have facilitated that you can view on our School twitter page; @GCCCork.
We would like to thank all the teachers and students for engaging in this initiative. See below for some samples of the work carried out.
An Update from Alma
This week I was very busy visiting those that have helped me settle into my new job! Thank you to McCarthy Sports and Lisa at Spick and Span who customised my school bandanas. Thanks also to Glanmire Pet Shop who have been very helpful in ordering in all the things I need! My new family in GCC are telling me I’m doing so well in my new job but I’m having so much fun it really doesn’t seem like a job! When I meet my humans in the mornings they are so excited to see me! Throughout the day they play with me, groom me, relax with me and take me for walks! I’ve also been busy helping them with their school work. I do get tired and really enjoy my rests too! When I walk on the corridors and social areas I know I’m doing a good job, everyone smiles when they see me. That’s my update for now! Alma 🐶
Texaco Art Competition
Congratulations to Lauren Daly Rang Diarmuid on reaching the final stages of the Texaco Art Competition in 2021. Lauren is a gifted young artist and has just completed a beautiful CBA1 in Ms Kiely’s art class.
GCC Sports News
First Year Blitz
Our First year boys had great day out on Thursday who participated in a blitz in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. They played in both Hurling and football and displayed an excellent performance in both disciplines. Well done!
Congratulations to our athletics team- Sinead Hurley (Rang Niamh), Ciara Keohane (Rang Teresa), Lydia Walshe (Rang Nuala), Samuel Curtis (Rang Neasa) and Ben Merrigan (Rang Daithí) who represented GCC in the South Munster Schools. All athletes performed really well but a special mention to Lydia Walshe who won gold in the Senior Girls 1500m Steeplechase and will go on to the Munster Schools tomorrow in Templemore.
Munster Tennis Champions
Huge congratulations to the Boys U16 Tennis team who won the Munster U16 Shield competition this afternoon with a very narrow victory over St Fanahan’s Ennis.
National Rowing Record
Congratulations to Danielle Winter (Rang Róisín) who added two more national rowing records to her belt with the 4 minute time trial and half marathon record now in her name.
International Soccer Captain
Congratulations to Cathal O’ Sullivan (Rang Bláithín) who represented Ireland as team captain in the final u15 soccer tournament of the season against Croatia last week.
U17 Boys Soccer
Our u17 campaign came to an end on Thursday after just loosing out 3-2 to Christians Brothers Cork in the semi-final of the Cork Cup. They had a very successful run and are very unlucky not to be advancing to the final. This team have a great future in the school and will have another few years of success.
School Facebook Page
Parents are asked to note that it is our intention to close our school’s Facebook account and to consolidate our school’s online activity through a single platform Twitter.
We hope you have a nice weekend.