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Letter to Incoming First Year Students for 2021/2022

Dear First Year Student of 2021, 


Looking Forward to Seeing You

We are really looking forward to seeing you in person here in Glenamaddy Community School. You have no doubt been busy over the past year, minding yourself and your family and working away in school or at home. 

Well done and thank you for being a good citizen. It is vital we all continue to follow the health advice and take care of everyone around us. In the future let us be able to say, "when things were at their worst, we were at our best". 


Invitation to Visit the School - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 28th, 29th 30th June 

We would like to invite you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to visit your new school, take a guided tour and ask any question you may have on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 28th, 29th or 30th June at one of the following tour times 11am, 12 noon or 2pm.  You can choose whatever day suits you best. 


Our Leaving Cert. students will have finished their exams by then and you will have your holidays. We will ask everyone to follow the Covid safety procedures, so please wear a mask, sign-in atreceptionand sanitise.  


First Day at Secondary School

All going well we hope to welcome you here on Monday 30th August. We realise moving to secondary school can be both exciting and daunting, but from experience we know things will all work out. We will help you with your classes, subjects, lockers, iPads, books, etc.  


We will be in contact with your National School and on request receive your Educational Passport. Consequently, we will not hold a formal "entry test". During the year, you will have assessments to help you and us get an insight into your strengths and maybe areas that need attention. This will help you to best reach your potential. If ever you need help with anything in school, please let us know. 


School Uniform

Our students wear our uniform very well. The school uniform may be ordered from Dympna McDermott, Church Street, Glenamaddy on 094 9659087 or 087 7743286. Students may wear any brand of black leather shoe. Runners are not allowed.  It has been suggested we introduce a PE uniform, but for the time-being students may wear a tracksuit and runners on PE day. 


Choose iPad or Book Rental by 2nd July

Our students may choose to use an iPad or avail of our book rental scheme. Please email the school office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 094 9659315 before Friday, 2nd July to let us know which option you are taking.  


If you choose to use an iPad, the ebooks for your chosen subjects are loaded on the device and you also get the hard copy of the books. iPads with ebooks are available from CompuB, Liosban Business Park, Galway at (091) 755222 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. iPads must be ordered from CompuB by Thursday, 5th August as indicated on the flyer attached and can be picked up here in Glenamaddy Community School in late August. iPad information is available on www.glenamaddycs.ie. If you have any query, please let us know. 


Alternatively, you may choose to rent the books from the school, for the annual book rental fee of €130 which will be payable online through the school office in August. On receipt of payment, books may be collected here in school on the 23rd, 24th, 25th August 10am -2pm or on the day you start school. 


Separately all students use a School Diary, SPHE workbook and a locker key which cost €10. 


Wishing you Well 

We will keep you posted of any relevant news and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 094 9659315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Take care 

Yours sincerely, 


James Duignan                                    Eileen Gildea  

Principal                                                     Deputy Principal 




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


Telephone +353(0)94 9659315 | Fax +353(0)94 9659354 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.