Gael­cholaistí top feeder schools list

TWO SCHOOLS SEE 100 PER CENT OF PUPILS AT­TEND THIRD LEVEL

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

TWO sec­ondary schools in County Wick­low came up tops on the re­cent list of feeder schools to Ir­ish third level in­sti­tu­tions with 100 per cent pro­gres­sion recorded.

Co­laiste Raithín in Bray and Gael­cholaiste na Mara in Ark­low, both Ir­ish lan­guage schools, saw all of last year’s Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents go on to at­tend third level col­leges and univer­si­ties, 13 from the Ark­low school and 33 from the Bray col­lege.

Gael­cholaiste na Mara Prin­ci­pal Maire Mhic Mhuiris said that in many in­stances gael­cholaistí are out­per­form­ing pri­vate schools.

‘ This suc­cess is at­trib­uted to a strong work ethic in gael­cholaistí and also to the sense of com­mu­nity in th­ese schools. Stu­dents in gael­choláistí tend to have a very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to learn­ing and a great pride in their school. It is also a fact that bilin­gual con­di­tions in­crease cog­na­tive abil­ity among stu­dents. Re­search has proven that the chal­lenge of learn­ing sub­jects through a lan­guage other than your na­tive lan­guage de­vel­ops ar­eas of the brain and think­ing skills,’ she said.

Dom­in­can Con­vent, Wick­low was next on the list with 97 per cent pro­gres­sion or 65 stu­dents, fol­lowed by St Ger­ard’s, Bray with 80 stu­dents (91 per cent) who pro­ceeded to third level.

On the South Wick­low/North Wex­ford bor­der, Co­laiste Bhríde, Carnew saw the high­est num­ber of stu­dents progress to third level with 121 which rep­re­sented 88 per cent of the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate class.

Prin­ci­pal Linda Dunne said that the school is de­lighted to be listed.

‘Coláiste Bhríde was also listed as one of the most im­proved schools from 2009-2014 with a 31 per cent in­crease in a third level en­try. The school has im­mersed it­self in the dig­i­tal age by in­tro­duc­ing iPad and pro­mot­ing vir­tual learn­ing ed­u­ca­tion ( VLE). Con­sid­er­able ini­tia­tives have been placed on the aca­demic at­tain­ment of stu­dents through as­sess­ment of learn­ing exams, study skills, evening study four evening a week and sup­port­ive mech­a­nisms for stu­dents to reach full po­ten­tial,’ she said.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Bray fol­lowed with 82 per cent pro­gres­sion while St Mary’s Col­lege, Ark­low saw 80 per cent of their pupils con­tinue to third level. In Wick­low, East Glen­dalough Com­pre­hen­sive saw 79 per cent of stu­dents at­tend third level while Loreto, Bray had 77 per cent. Also in the sev­en­ties were St David’s Holy Faith, Grey­stones (74 per cent), St Kevin’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Dunlavin (72 per cent) and St Joseph’s Abbey, Wick­low (71 per cent). Ark­low CBS saw 69 per cent pro­gres­sion while Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann, had 66 per cent and Bless­ing­ton CC had 63 per cent. Scoil Chonglais had 58 per cent of stu­dents con­tinue to third level fol­lowed by St Kil­ian’s, Bray with 57 per cent, Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege with 54 per cent, St Bren­dan’s, Bray with 51 per cent, St Thomas, Bray with 48 per cent and Ark­low Com­mu­nity Col­lege with 43 per cent.

Maire Mhic Mhuiris, Gael­cholaiste na Mara.

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