Dear Parents,
Annual SVP Christmas Hamper Appeal 

Thank you to all our staff and students who contributed to the annual SVP Christmas hamper appeal.

GCC Students send Christmas Greetings to Local Nursing Home Residents 

Well done to the students of GCC who wrote over 800 Christmas cards to the residents of the local nursing homes. Here in GCC we continue the tradition of connecting with the wider community. ‘

FAI Interprovincial Champions

A huge congratulations and well done to our 5th year students, Patryk Swieczka-Andrzejczak (R. Ailbhe) and Daniel Leonard (R. Dearbhla) who won the FAI Interprovincial schools’ tournament last weekend. Not only were our students involved but our PE and History teacher Mr. Billy Woods led them to victory as their head coach. This great achievement is the first time in 10 years that Munster have won this title. Munster won the tournament which took place in Dublin by defeating Leinster 1-0, they drew 1-1 with Connaught, and beat Ulster 3-0. Well done to the whole team.

TY Trade Fair

TY students attended the LEO Annual Christmas mini company trade fair in Marina Market on 6th December.  Seven companies attended after submitting progress reports on their companies and were interviewed by local business people on the day.  Products included Christmas Cards, Terrariums and Baubles, Dog Bandanas, Phone Accessories, Lip Scrubs and Teddy Bears. A great day was had by all with healthy sales reported.

HPV Vaccination Programme for 1st Year Students 

Please click on the following link to view an update from the National Immunization Office regarding the HPV Vaccination Programme for 1st Year Students.

HSE Vaccinations

Review of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004

The Department of Education has commenced a review of the legislation that provides for education for children and young persons with special educational needs. The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, is often known as the EPSEN act and provides for the education of children aged under 18 years with special educational needs. The purpose of the review is to ensure that legislation on education for students with additional needs is up-to-date, fully operational, and reflective of the lived experiences of students, families and school communities. The review will help us to understand what aspects of the law is working well and whether aspects of it should be amended. As part of the review process, a public consultation is taking place. This consultation will seek the views of a wide range of organizations and individuals that have experience with the law and with the services provided under it. It is an important part of the review that the lived experiences of students and families are recorded. To achieve this, the Department has asked us to share the information about the public consultation and the link to the survey with our school community ( The Department especially wants to hear from students and their parents, and from young people who left school in recent years.

It is vital that the public consultation reaches a large number of people, so that a wide variety of views and experiences of different individuals can be captured. The Department is committed to ensuring that the views of persons with disabilities are fully considered in policy making.  It will also hold focus groups with parents and students over the coming months. When the survey process is completed, the Department will produce a consultation paper, and will run further consultation events. If you would like to be invited to a consultation event, please contact the Department on

Recommended Reading Booklets

At our PPT meeting on Wednesday a considerable number of parents were asking about getting their kids back into reading and looking for recommendations. Please click on the following links to access recommended reading booklets from our English Department. These recommendations will also be will posted on Google Classroom.

GCC Recommended Reading First Year Part A

GCC Recommended Reading First Year Part B

GCC Recommended Reading Second and Third Year

GCC Recommended Reading Senior Cycle

School Policies

We have one new policy and 2 existing policies for ratification/review in advance of our Board of Management meeting on Monday 9 January 2023.

  • Review of Critical Incident Plan
  • Review of Attendance/Participation Policy
  • New Policy on School Outings*

As always, the mechanism for providing feedback is via our dedicated email. Please feedback with any comments by Friday 6 January 2023. Please click on the links below to access the policies:

Dec 22 Review of Critical Incident Management Plan

Dec 22 Review of Attendance-Participation-Policy

Dec 22 Draft School Outings Policy

1st Year Subject Options Information 

Please click on the following link to view our presentation to parents at our 1st Year Subject Options Information evening on Monday 5 December.

JC Information for Incoming 1st Year 2023_2024_Subject Choice_5Dec2022

Changes required to Schools’ Admissions policies

The Department of Education wishes to bring to the attention of school authorities changes that are required to the schools Admissions Statement following the commencement of the Education (Provision in Respect of Children with Special Educational Needs) Act 2022. All schools must include the below text in the schools admissions statement. The admissions statement is part of the school’s admissions policy.

Glanmire Community College will cooperate with the National Council for Special Education in the performance by the Council of its functions under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 relating to the provision of education to children with special educational needs, including in particular by the provision and operation of a special class or classes when requested to do so by the Council. Glanmire Community College will comply with any direction served on the patron or the board, as the case may be, under section 37A and any direction served on the board under section 67(4B) of the Education Act.”

The Department’s template schools admission policy has been updated to include this text. Section 62 (2) (b) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 requires schools to consult with the patron, parents of students attending the school and staff of the school where amendments are made to the school’s admission policy. We have been asked to bring this legislative change outlined above to the attention of the above members of the school community for their information and comment. Please feedback via our email by next Friday 16 December 2022.

Christmas Exams 2022

Please click on the following links to view the exam guidelines for students for our Christmas Exams:

1st Year Year Exam Guidelines

2nd Year Exam Guidelines

5th Year Exam Guidelines

We have again included timetables below for 1st, 2nd and 5th years for your convenience

1st Year Christmas Exam Timetable

2nd Year Christmas Exam Timetable

5th Year Christmas Exam Timetable

Please click on the following link to view a Revision Guide for 1st Years which was distributed to all 1st Year students at tutorial this morning.

1st Year Revision Guide Christmas 2022

Calendar Events 
Date Event Time
Wed 14 – Wed 21 December Christmas Exams
Thu 22nd Dec – Wed 4 Jan Christmas Holidays
Thursday 5 January 2023 School opens for Second Term

Wishing you a good weekend.
GCC Senior Management
Ronan McCarthy (Principal), Gertie Cahill (Deputy Principal), Seamus Kennefick (Deputy Principal), Sean McGrath (Deputy Principal)