Dear Parents,
CORK ETB Culture Day

This week is ETBI week where we celebrate the values of what it means to be an ETB school.

Tuesday was Culture Day in GCC where we celebrated the 26 nationalities represented in our school. First year students got to visit the multi-purpose room in the morning to view the student presentations and chat to the students about their countries. They will also present their findings in Geography and CSPE classes. The students involved created very impressive presentations, designed posters, made traditional food and wore traditional dress. The pride in celebrating each culture emanated from the room and it was an informative and enriching experience for all who attended.

First Year Reading Intervention

Our first years have been busy reading all week, with some class groups already through their first novel! Rang Fergal are currently leading the charge with most pages read and readtheory quizzes taken. A leaderboard is on display in the social area.

Next week, we will be arranging for some first year students to be withdrawn from their reading class to partner up with their TY reading mentor to do some paired reading.

A reminder to parents that as part of our first year reading intervention students will read four times a week for forty minutes in class. Each student has also been set up with a read theory account to practice non-fiction reading at home. All first-year students are encouraged to spend at least fifteen minutes, three times a week, using read theory at home.

As part of our literacy intervention, our TY students have organised a community book drive to gather sets of class novels for our reading community. There are seven book titles which we are looking for students/parents to donate, if they so wish. These are all novels that have been studied over the last five years in our school by our students so they might be sitting gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

School Policies

We have 3 policies for ratification/review in advance of our Board of Management meeting on Monday 20 March 2023.

  • Review of GCC Internet Acceptable Use Policy
  • Review of GCC Substance Misuse Policy
  • Review of GCC Environmental Sustainability Policy

As always, the mechanism for providing feedback is via our dedicated email. Please feedback with any comments by Friday 17 March 2023. Please click on the links below to access the policies:

March 23 Review of Internet-Acceptable-Use-Policy

March 23 Review of Substance-Misuse-Policy

March 23 Review of GCC-Environmental-Policy

GCC Review of the Week 

Please click on the link below to see our review of the recent activities in the school. Items include:

  • Track Challenges
  • Second Year Hurling
  • School’s Heritage Competition winners
  • LCPE visit to National Arena
  • Munster Schools Cross Country Running

Click here to view

GCC Activities of the Week 

Please click on the following link to view the planned activities for the week beginning Monday 6 March 2023

Activities for the week  beginning March 6th  2023

Staff Development Day

A reminder to parents that as part of our GCC Strategic Planning process, 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 Healthy Eating Policy Survey

A reminder to parents to please complete the following short questionnaire which will help inform decisions around our Healthy Eating Policy:

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete it.

GCC Canteen

Parents are reminded that our canteen provider O Crualaoi’s have notified the school of planned price increases for a number of items which they supply. The changeover took place on Wednesday 1 March and the details are as follows:

  • Chicken rolls was €3.00 going to €3.50
  • Dinner (chicken curry etc) was €3.50 going up to €4.00
  • Soup was €1.50 going up to €2.00
  • Panini was €3.00 going up to €3.50
  • Minerals will be increasing in cost by €0.10
Calendar Events 
Date   Event   Time  
Wednesday 8 March GCC Staff Meeting 4.00p.m. – 5.50p.m.
Monday 13 March GCC PPT Meeting for 1st Year students 4.15pm – 6.45pm

[All students finish at 3.35pm]

Thursday 16 March GCC Staff Development Day School closed to students
Friday 17 March St Patrick’s Day School Closed
Monday 20 March GCC Board of Management meeting @4.30pm
Monday 27 March GCC Parents Council meeting @7.30pm
Monday 3 April Easter holidays 2 weeks

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)