Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Preparation for the 2022-2023 School Year

Parents are asked to note that our preparations for the 2022/2023 school year are well underway and next Friday 3 June we will be providing you with important information, such as return to school procedures and stationery lists, which we hope will help you in planning for the next academic year. All up to date information will be available on our school website You are advised to visit the school website regularly to keep yourself informed.

GCC Parents Council School Uniform Bank – Collection Point 

Over the last number of years, in preparation for the return to school in late August, our GCC Parents Council has organised a school uniform bank during the month of June. We are once again seeking donations from parents of unwanted uniform items which are in good condition. These uniform items will be offered for sale to parents with all proceeds going to our Parents Council fund. Please note that from next Monday 30 May a collection point for school uniforms will be available during normal school hours outside the main school office. We are grateful to our Parents Council for offering this choice to parents at what is a very expensive time of year. Details of the date and time of the uniform bank sale will be shared with parents next week.

Transition Year (TY) Graduation Ceremony 

Our TY Graduation Ceremony will take place in school on Tuesday 31 May. Following the ceremony, students will finish for the Summer and will be available for collection at 11.00am.


GCC Awarded The Amber Flag

The Student Council on behalf of the students of GCC gathered on Tuesday 24th May to celebrate the school’s latest achievement of earning the Amber Flag for Pieta House. The Amber Flag highlights the promotion of positive mental health in the school community and all the effort made by both staff and students throughout the year. Pictured in the photo is the Class Captains along with Mr McCarthy, Amber Flag Coordinator Miss O’Brien and our furry friend Alma. Well done to everyone involved for this great achievement

ETB Ethos Poster Competition
Ethos poster competition winners having been presented with their vouchers. Lauren Tobin, Heather Murphy (both 1st Year Rang Peadair) and Heather Daly (4th Year Rang Cliona) runners received O’Crualaoi vouchers for the school canteen. Winner Hellen Martins (5th Year Rang Donnacha) received a voucher for Vibes and Scribes. Hellen’s winning picture will be framed and displayed in the school.
In Helen’s words:
“Everyone has to carry their own worlds, like Atlas they need help, people and places give us the strength to keep carrying everything.”


Article on Alma – The Echo

We had a visit from The Echo this week following huge public interest in our new community dog ‘Alma’.  Alma was introduced to GCC in a bid to reduce anxiety and stress amongst students post-Covid and is already making a ‘pawsitive’ impact in helping to break down barriers and bring a smile to students’ faces.

Two-year-old Alma, a golden Labrador and Retriever mix, joined the school community on April 25 following an extensive process of assessment and has been lighting up the corridors ever since. To view the full article that was published in the paper on Thursday please click HERE. 

Caroline Byrne, teaching staff member and dog handler with students Leah and Ushna along with community dog Alma.

Supporting teenagers to deal with the stresses and challenges of everyday life.

Barnardo’s and ETB Schools along with the National Parents Association are hosting a Webinar Series for parents.

The aim of this webinar is to help parents support their teenagers to deal with the stresses and challenges of everyday life. It will highlight how parents can positively impact on their teenagers development and overall well being. This webinar will empower parents to talk with their teenager about factors that might influence their mental health and cause stress in their lives. It also aims to support parents with key information that will enhance their teenager’s coping strategies.

The Register for this webinar please click here.


Department of Education newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The Department of Education newsletter published its latest edition of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for May 2022. Please click HERE to view this publication which highlights important events, plans and achievements carried out by schools across the country to help tackle climate change and promote sustainable living.


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)