Cork ETB Awards 2022
The annual Cork ETB Leaving Certificate awards ceremony takes place this evening in Cork City Hall. We would like to congratulate all our students who are being acknowledged at the event on their outstanding results in the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes. We would also like to once again thank parents, teachers and all our staff for the support provided to students which has enabled them to perform to such a high level. Please click on the following link to view the booklet which shares the achievements of all of tonight’s award winners from GCC.
Discover Cork; Schools Heritage Project Competition
Congratulations to Conor Mohally 2nd Year Rang Grainne and George Cussen 4th Year Rang Treasa who were prize winners in the Discover Cork; Schools Heritage Project Competition. Conor won 1st prize in Junior Cycle History category and George won 2nd prize in the Leaving Certificate category. This was GCC’s first time entering the competition. The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project is aimed at both primary and post primary level. Project books may be submitted on any aspect of Cork’s rich past. The theme for this year’s project is “The Value of the Past”. A total of 29 schools entered the competition. The students worked really hard on this, from the initial presentation in the classroom from Cllr. McCarthy in October to final project work. Glanmire library, Glanmire Area news and other media will showcase the students’ work. Students/parents/teacher/ school management are invited to the awards ceremony in the Lifetime lab Museum to receive their award from the Lord Mayor on Saturday 25 March at 3.45pm.
South Munster Schools Cross Country
Congratulations to Luke Merrigan 2nd Year Rang Barra who was 1st in the boys South Munster schools cross country competition yesterday in Tramore Valley Park. He will go on to represent GCC in the upcoming Munster Cross Country Championships at the end of February. Congratulations also to Samuel Curtis 6th year Rang Neasa who has also qualified for the Munsters. Well done to the two lads and all the other athletes who represented GCC yesterday.
Congratulations to Mia Furlong
Congratulations to GCC past pupil Mia Furlong who made her senior competitive debut for the Irish team in last Thursday’s final 2023 European Championships qualifier, against the Czech Republic. Please click on the following link to view an interview with Mia with the Irish Examiner in advance of the game:
The game can be viewed on youtube here
Activities of the Week
Please click on the following link to view the planned activities for the week beginning Monday 20 February.
Assessment Morning for Incoming 1st Years
The assessment morning for incoming 1st year students [September 2023] takes tomorrow morning Saturday 11 February from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the school PE Hall. Please click on the following link to view the schedule for the day and an explanation of the assessment test and the profile of the students it provides to parents and the school.
Staff Development Day
GCC is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all its students and seeking excellence in all aspects of school life. Following a tendering process, GCC has engaged the services of Pinta consultants in order to develop a GCC Strategic Plan for the period September 2023 to December 2026. Part of the strategic planning process is a whole school session with staff. To provide adequate time for this to take place the school will be holding a Staff Development Day on Thursday 16 March 2023. This will necessitate the closure of the school for the full day to students.
GCC First Year Reading Intervention 2023 – Information for Parents
Due to school closures during the pandemic, our first year students have missed out on developing some literacy skills in reading and writing that are essential for their academic success at secondary school. As a school, we have identified this issue, researched best practice and are putting in place a first year reading intervention to assist our students to get back on track and set them up for success going forward. Students will be assessed before February mid-term break to assess where they are with their reading comprehension skills. The whole first year cohort will then embark on a reading intervention which will run from after February midterm break to the end of the first term in second year. Please click on the following links to view details of the initiative.
Document A is an outline of the rationale, plan and information on the Reading Testing for parents:
Document B is a simpler one-pager outlining the intervention:
|Friday 10 February||End of Pre-Examinations|
|Saturday 11 February||Assessment of Incoming 1st Years 23/24||9.30am – 12.30pm|
|Monday 13 – Friday 17 February||Mid-term break||School Closed|
|Monday 20 February||School reopens after mid-term break||8.50am|
|Tuesday 21 February||AP1/SMT meeting||4pm – 5pm|
|Tuesday 28 February||PPT Meeting for 2nd Year students||4.15pm – 6.45pm
[All students finish at 3.35pm]
|Wednesday 8 March||Staff Meeting||4.00p.m. – 5.50p.m.|
|Monday 13 March||PPT Meeting for 1st Year students||4.15pm – 6.45pm
[All students finish at 3.35pm]
|Thursday 16 March||Staff Development Day||School closed to students|
|Friday 17 March School closed||St Patrick’s Day||School Closed|
We hope you have a enjoyable mid-term break.
GCC Senior Management