Dear Parents,

Open Evening 

We would like to thank so many of our students who helped in the preparation and running of our Open Evening last night. From moving of furniture, cleaning, making displays, meeting parents to provide information on different subject areas, our students were a credit to the school. Thank you also to our wonderful musicians who kept visitors entertained throughout the evening. We are very proud of our school and our students, and they were a credit to GCC yesterday.

We would also like to express our gratitude to all our staff for their efforts in ensuring our Open Evening was a success. Departments went above and beyond in showcasing the qualities of GCC and we received numerous comments from parents about the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the school.

Admissions – First Year September 2023

A reminder that the closing date for receipt of applications for First Year September 2023 is next Friday 21 October. All applications after this date are treated as late applications. Applications can only be made via the link on the school website.

A link to the application is available here on the school website (link below).

Please click the following link to access the Admissions section on the website for more detailed information.

Admissions – Glanmire Community College (


BT Young Scientists Competition 2023

We would like to express our good wishes to Robert O Halloran and Aoife O Donoghue, two transition students, who have entered the young scientist competition, with a project, entitled:

An investigation into attitudes and awareness towards pain-medication in 15-19 years.

This project, entered into the Social and behavioral Sciences category, aims to assess prevailing attitudes towards pain-medication in young people as future consumers.

We wish our students the very best of luck with their efforts.



My Brain & Me – The Science of Learning

Last week we directed parents and students to the website. This week as part of our update we are providing details of a useful resource on retrieval practice. This resource is a 20-minute video by Kate Jones which provides an explanation of retrieval practice and how it can be used inside and outside of the classroom to support learning. The link to the video is below:

Retrieval Practice: A guide for parents, carers & families

Smart Screens 

Parents are asked to note that data projectors have now been replaced in all of our B-Block general classrooms with Smart Screens. This is part of our school’s ICT strategy and will help provide high quality learning experiences for our students as teachers will have improved access to resources which can support learning. The high-quality picture and sound from these devices allied to the increased functionality of the screens should provide both students and teachers with positive and engaging learning opportunities.

School Policies 

The following 3 school policies are to be reviewed and updated (if required) in advance of our Board of Management meeting on Monday 7 November 2022.

  • GCC Code of Behaviour
  • GCC Anti-Bullying Policy
  • GCC Guidance Policy

Please see below links to the policies.

GCC Code of Behaviour Review October 2022

Review of Anti-Bullying-Policy Review October 2022

Career Guidance Policy Review October 2022

As always, the mechanism for providing feedback is via our dedicated email. Please feedback with any comments by Friday 28 October 2022. These polices will be signed off at the meeting of our GCC BOM on Monday 7 November 2022.


Students are directed to their year group Google Classroom if they wish to apply for the Misneach student committee. Our Misneach programme is a GCC initiative aimed at promoting a more inclusive and integrative school community that celebrates, supports and challenges all groups within our school. Closing date for applications is Friday 21 Oct @ 1pm.

Career Guidance Events

Career Options (Cork) 2022 will be hosting a career’s exhibition for second level students in the Rochestown Park Hotel on the 18 and 19 October 2022.

  • On Tuesday 18 October, 6th Year students will go to the C block social area at 12.30pm and depart at 1.00pm for the event. They will return around 3.30pm
  • On Wednesday, 19 October, TY students will go to the Multipurpose Room (B26) at 9.35am and depart at 9.45am. They should be back for 12.30pm
  • Parents will be admitted free at the 11.55am session on Wednesday 19 October. This is still a busy session and parents should be aware of this fact
  • On Thursday 20 October at 10.15am in the Multipurpose Room, Ms Sandra O’ Herlihy from UCC will speak to the sixth students for one class period.

We have very high expectations of our students when attending public events like this and students are expected to represent our school accordingly.

CAT4 Assessments

Parents of our current 1st Year students are asked to note that the CAT4 assessment will be held next Friday 21 October 2022 from 9:10am to 11.10am for 1st Year Students who did not complete the assessment before the Summer.

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)