Dear Parents,
Lord Mayor’s Visit

On Thursday The Belle Trio (Ciara Worley, Michael Lynch & Eve Flynn) welcomed the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Deirdre Forde to GCC with a wonderful rendition of Ode to Joy. First year student Mary Ellen Lynch together with her brother Michael entertained the students with an Irish favorite, Mo Ghile Mear.  A mighty well done to our musicians.

French Exchange Itinerary

After 2 Covid interrupted years, we are delighted to recommence our annual French exchange with the Ecole Massillon in Paris. Our thanks to Ms Casey for leading the student exchange. Please click on the link below to view the student itinerary from Sunday 8 January to Friday 13 January 2023.

Click Here for Itinerary

Cork ETB Arts in Education Strategy Launch

The launch of the Cork ETB Arts in Education Strategy was attended today (Friday) by Minister for Education Norma Foley TD in Nano Nagle Place. GCC students Jenny Lambe (3rd Year) and Michael O’Callaghan (4th Year) performed a wonderful duet at the ceremony.

Pictured at the Cork ETB Arts in Education Strategy launch at Nano Nagle Place Cork with Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education

TY Students Visit Ballynoe Nursing Home

Our TY students were invited to decorate the local nursing home this week bringing Christmas cheer to the residents.

Road Safety Authority (RSA) Workshop

Rang Siobhan, attended an RSA talk on Thursday facilitated by Frank Fitzgerald of Cork City Council.  It’s both timely and important to foster good road safety attitudes and behaviors of both drivers and passengers.

The students watched RSA videos through the virtual headsets.

SVP Food Hampers

The annual food hamper appeal is underway. Drop off points are outside Mr Mc Grath, Ms. Cahill or Ms. Mc Inerney’s office. Thanks to the Meitheal Team for organising this year’s food hamper appeal.


A special word of thanks to students and staff who contributed to the Ukraine appeal. Former Senator John Gilroy accepted the clothes collection from school today (Friday) and would like to express his gratitude to all the students and staff who contributed.

Christmas Theme Day

All staff and students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper next Friday 9 December. Donations will be collected during tutorial on Friday morning. This year’s chosen charity is the Irish Guide Dogs. The Meitheal Team will call to classes during tutorial for the collection.

Sunrise Walk

The GCC Health team have organised a Sunrise Walk on Tuesday 13 December meeting outside the annex at 7.30am. This time of year can be dark and lonely for people and the walk will symbolise our community being ever present to support each other, as we watch the new day dawn.

The walk will conclude the morning walks that staff and students have participated in each Wednesday and Thursday morning. These morning walks will resume again in the new year. Thanks to the GCC health team and Alma for accompanying the students and staff in the mornings before school. As one student said: ‘It’s a great way to start the day, it gets me going.’

Christmas Bake Off

A reminder of our Home Economics Department Christmas cookery competition. You are invited to create a festive family of gingerbread people. There are separate Junior, Senior and Staff categories.

  1. Date: Friday 9t December
  2. B31 drop off point @8:30 am
  3. Judging completed by a special guest.
  4. Prizes to be won.
Christmas Exams 2022

Best wishes to our 3rd and 6th Year students who start their Christmas Assessments next week. Please click on the following links to view Christmas Exam Timetables below for 1st, 2nd and 5th year.

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
Monday 5 December Incoming 1st Years Subject Choice Seminar 7.30pm
Monday 5 December Parents Council Meeting 7.30pm
Tuesday 6 December JCT Cluster Day – School closed to students 8.50pm – 3.50pm
Wednesday 7 December PPT Meeting for 5th Years 4.00pm. – 6.45pm

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