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Dear Students and Parents,

I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well.


We are finishing up the 2020/21 academic year here today. Our Leaving Cert students finished their exams last week, our new First Years got a chance to visit us this week, while all our other students have had their June holidays already and are hopefully enjoying themselves or are busy working.


We want to thank everyone in our school community for their cooperation and support throughout this past year. With perseverance, purpose, and patience we prevailed.

When we take time to reflect, we can appreciate all the little things and all the big things, curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular, that make up life in our schools.Sometimes we do not realise we are living through history, we are just doing our best, one day at a time, working hard and trying to have some fun along the way.


As it stands, we will be returning to the new school year more or less as we left off in May, following Covid protocols. We will be guided by the latest Department of Education advice and will do all we can to keep those in our care safe and well.


Calendar & Dates

Monday 30thAugust

Leaving Cert, Junior Cert & First Year students return.

Full day 9am -3.50pm. Buses Run.     

Tuesday 31stAugust

Second & Fifth Year students return.

Thursday 2ndSeptember

TY & LCA students return.

October Mid-term

Week 25-29thOctober inclusive.

Monday 29thNovember

No School - Discretionary Day.

Christmas Holidays

School closes Wednesday 22ndDecember.

Re-opens Thursday 6thJanuary 2022.

February Mid-term

Week 21st- 25thFebruary inclusive.

Friday 18thMarch

No School - Discretionary Day.

Easter Holidays

11thApril - 22ndApril inclusive.

Dates for Parent Teacher Meetings & Training Days will be confirmed in September.


iPads & Book Rental Scheme

Our students may choose to use an iPad or avail of our book rental scheme again this year.

Relevant information is available onwww.glenamaddycs.ie.

We continue to use iPads as a learning tool. iPads may be ordered from Galway Compu b on (091) 755222 and collected at school with together with the hard-back books in late August.

The annual book rental fee is €130 which is payable online through a link which will be sent to you by text from the school office in early August. This link will bring you to the fees page where you will find what monies are payable.

No books can be issued without payment. Separately, workbooks & materials for Music, Art & the practical subjects may be purchased from the relevant teacher.

Book Rental Details and Collection Dates

1st& 5thYears

Collect Monday, Tuesday Wednesday 23rd, 24th, 25thAugust 10am - 2pm.

2nd,3rd& 6thYears

Students have most of their books already. Pay €130 annual book rental fee online through the office in August. 

TYs & LCAs

Necessary books & materials will be available to rent or purchase in school or from the relevant teacher.

School Uniform

Our students wear the school uniform well. The uniform is available from Dympna McDermotts on (094) 9659087. Students may wear any brand of black leather shoes. Runners are not allowed.

PE Uniform Update

Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, students may wear PE gear on PE/Games Day.ThePE gear/uniform will consist of a plain black or navy tracksuit bottoms, top and runners.

We are conscious of and want to avoid peer pressure regarding designer labels, trends, and the associated costs. To this end we are looking at the possibility of introducing an online PE Uniform Shop where all students and parents can order and purchase from a range of Glenamaddy Community School standardised PE gear.

We would like to introduce this standard gear as a core part of the school uniform for incoming First Years. We will keep you posted of developments.

We ask for your support in ensuring compliance with our school uniform.


Family Contribution

The Board of Management asks all families tocontribute the following to the cost of integral student service online via the link on the school website. Your contributions will be gratefully appreciated, as they will directly benefit your children and their school. Families may avail of the School Insurance Scheme.

  • One student - €60 family contribution + €10 insurance                   
  • Two students - €90 family contribution + €20 insurance
  • Three or more students - €120 family contribution + €10 insurance per child


Business/Computer Fetac Level 5 Course

Would you like to join our Fetac Level 5 Business/Secretarial course incorporating Computers, iPads, Accounting, Marketing & Communications? Tuition times & days are flexible & we cater for all levels.  Please contact the school (094) 9659315 for details.


School Policies & Code of Good Behaviour

Each year the Board of Management approves the policies which govern the school. The policies of the school include the Code of Good Behaviour, Anti Bullying Policy, Homework Policy, Admissions Policy etc. are available onwww.glenamaddycs.ie. We ask parents to read the Code of Good Behaviour with their children. For our code to work, the support & cooperation of parents, staff & students is vital. It is a condition of entry to Glenamaddy Community School that all parties sign the Acceptance of the Code of Good Behaviour printed in the School Journal.


Promise of a Sunny Day with Definite Certainties of Rain

This time last year we were bolstered by Heaney’s promise that ‘if we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere’.

Perhaps you might consider some of poet, Paul McCarrick’sPromise of a Sunny Dayin Galway, all be it with definite certainties of rain.


Galway is the promise of a sunny day with definite certainties of rain,

wrapped in another promise of a longer November evening,

all trapped in a magician's pocket on Shop Street who promises

you the world but gives you wrong directions to the Claddagh.


Until we see you back in school, I hope you got some natural vitamin D and a few freckles.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Yours sincerely,


James Duignan                            Eileen Gildea

Principal                                       Deputy Principal


On the 31st of May, transition year students presented a cheque to Marcella Gemmell, our local volunteer with Make-A-Wish, with a total of €1099.06 for the charity. This money was raised by transition years who collectively completed 1500km and sold ice creams vouchers. Thanks to all who donated and supported our fundraiser and a special thanks to Londis and Mr. Duignan who helped with the ice cream vouchers. 


Congratulations to Mya Grogan, who was awarded Transition Year Student of the Year for 2021. In a challenging year Mya's enthusiasm and positivity motivated students to make the most of the TY experience. 


The newly built outdoor amphitheatre held the Awards ceremony for this year's Leaving Cert students. While the cermony was much reduced due to the Covid regulations, it was still good to honour our Students for their work over what has proven to be two very difficult years for them. The two main awards were Collegian of the Year and Student of the Year. These were awarded to Paul Coyne (Collegian of the Year) and Emma Maye (Student of the Year). Congratulations to them both and to all our Leaving Cert class of 2021. We wish them well in their exams and on into their future lives. 

Picture below shows Paul and Emma with their Year head, Ms. O'Shea, Principal, Mr. Duignan and Vice Principal, Ms. Gildea.

Well done to the transition years students who organised a fundraiser for Pieta House. During the week leading up to the annual Darkness into Light walk all students during their PE and Games classes participated in a walk raising €790 for this great cause.

The Town Hall Theatre in Galway announced the names of the three young curators who will programme the venue's contribution to Lasata - a groundbreaking new national arts programme for young people by young people and our very own past pupil Lisa Mannion has been named as one of the three.

We want to wish her the very best of luck in this exciting venture.

Click here to read the full article. 

Photos from a busy day filming with rte as TY student Aoibhín Collins is awarded winner of the 2021 School's Playwright Competition. Click on the photo below to view more. 


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Glenamaddy Community School, Church Street, Glenamaddy, Via Castlerea, Co. Galway, F45KF50


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