Dear Parents & Students,
We have now completed 3 full weeks of school since our return at the end of August. We would like to thank you for your efforts in ensuring we have had a very positive start to the new school year. We acknowledge that a small number of students have found it challenging to get back into the routine of school, however, we ask that you continue to work with us, in particular with your subject teachers, class teachers and year heads to ensure we maintain the positive learning environment we have in the school. There are a number of supports within the school which students can access and we encourage you to ask for help if it is required. Please see below a number of very important updates:
Official Opening of our School Pitch Development
The official opening of our school pitch development by Cork ETB Chief Executive Denis Leamy took place this afternoon. We were delighted to welcome representatives of our staff and student body, members of our parents council and board of management, primary school principals, senior members of the Cork ETB management team and representatives of local clubs and friends in the community. We are grateful for the input of all the staff and students who made the occasion a resounding success. Special mention to our music acts on the day who stole the show, which included the group ‘Iris’ and the duet of Luke Mehigan & Kenneth Buckley.
Today is another key milestone in the story of our school. We are opening this state of the art facility in the context of a school that is thriving, with maximum enrolment, that has just achieved our best ever set of Leaving Cert results. It is a statement about the school’s ambition but also the high standards and expectations of all in our school community. We look forward to all in our school community benefitting from the facility for many years to come.
Briefing session for parents of First Years
A reminder that our briefing session for the parents of our current 1st Year group will take place on Monday at 7.30p.m. The meeting will take place via Zoom and a meeting ID and Passcode will be texted to the parent’s registered mobile at lunch time on Monday. Parents will hear updates from our 1st Year Year Head Ms. Casey, our Deputy Principal for Junior Cycle Ms. Cahill and Deputy Principal Mr. McGrath. Please note the briefing will finish not later than 8.15pm.
1st Year Enrolment September 2022
As the enrolment process for 1st Year September 2022 is about to begin we wish to update you on a number of key dates that will underpin the procedures involved.
- Monday 27 September 2021: GCC School Admissions Notice will be posted to the GCC school website glanmirecc.ie
- Monday 4 October 2021: The application process opens. Applications are submitted online through a link on the school website.
- Thursday 14 October 2021: The school will hold its Open Evening. This will be a virtual event with access provided through the school website
- Friday 22 October 2021: The application process closes.
- Monday 8 November 2021: GCC Board of Management meeting. At this meeting the number of places being offered in 1st Year September 2022 will be decided. Following this meeting we will write to parents offering places as per our enrolment criteria.
We look forward to welcoming new students to our school and we thank you for your continued support of GCC.
GCC School Therapist
In response to the rising rates of emotional distress in children and young people, we are pleased to announce the introduction of a school-based therapeutic counselling service for our students. This service aims to build on the excellent pastoral support available in the school and to provide a professional counselling service to students experiencing emotional difficulties e.g. anxiety, low mood, or family related difficulties such as illness, bereavement or relationship breakdown. The referral pathway for students to avail of this service will come through the schools’ Pastoral Care team and/or Senior Management team. The School Therapist will be onsite by appointment only on Friday afternoons from 12noon to 4pm providing up to four clinical appointments for students who have been referred through the appropriate pathway and wish to avail of counselling services onsite at GCC. Appointments will be forty-five minute duration, commencing on the hour. Students can avail of a maximum of six counselling appointments. These 6 appointments (maximum) will be funded through the school and are free of charge to the student. If further intervention is required this must be sourced and funded privately and cannot be with the GCC School Therapist. Parents are asked to note that this programme is being introduced for the 2021-2022 school year only and its continuation will be subject to an appropriate level of funding and satisfactory review of the programme.
Safe Routes to School
We are delighted to announce that GCC is one of 6 schools in Cork City to be selected for the Safe Routes to School Programme. Part of the process involves an in-depth front of school and school route walkability audit. Hopefully, this process, which includes the possibility of liaising with City Council engineers, will help to address some of the issues that have been raised regarding accessibility to the school car park. We again ask parents to note that the school car park is for staff only. Parents are asked not to drive into the school grounds when dropping and collecting students in the mornings and afternoons. Students who drive to school must leave their cars outside the school grounds. We would appreciate your full cooperation with this please.
- To Sarsfields U-15 hurling team who won the Premier 1 hurling championship last Monday having defeated Glen Rovers on a score of 1-14 to 1-07. The team included 11 GCC students. (Jack O Connor, Callum O Connor, Brian Galvin, Josh McMahon, Cathal Quirke, Luke Hogan, Zach Herlihy, Rory McCarthy, Danny McCarthy, Sam Allen and Harry Cogan). Well done to all involved.
- To Danielle Winter (5th Year Rang Roisin) who was a member of the 4 person crew to win the Irish Junior Ladies Rowing title this Summer.
- To Camogie players Megan Sheehan (5th Year Rang Nuala) and Kiera Mulcahy (4th Year Rang Breifne) on winning the Munster B Camogie title back in August.
- Erins Own U-18 footballers on beating Carrigtwohill in the East Cork D2 football final this week. The team included 5 GCC students Sean Power, Cathal Lynch, Callum O’Sullivan, Cian Jeffers & Finn OBrien.
- Cathal O Sullivan U-15 Captain scored the first and set up the 2nd in Ireland 2-0 win over Montenegro.
Agreed Report of the GCC Board of Management Monday 20 September 2021
Please click on the link below to view the Agreed Report from the Glanmire Community College Board of Management meeting on Monday 20 September 2021.
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)