Art and busi­ness papers leave stu­dents ‘beam­ing’

Irish Independent - - News - Kather­ine Don­nelly

THERE was a lot of pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate busi­ness and art papers.

Some art can­di­dates left the exam hall “pos­i­tively beam­ing”, ac­cord­ing to Ger­ard Lane, an ASTI sub­ject rep­re­sen­ta­tive who teaches at Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Athenry, Co Gal­way.

Top­ics cov­ered in some “lovely” ques­tions were the Bronze Age, Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture, ‘The Book of Kells’, Ver­meer, Car­avag­gio and Im­pres­sion­ism.

“About 90pc of the kids in the county would have cov­ered Im­pres­sion­ism,” he said.

Ear­lier in the day, it was the turn of busi­ness. Mary Killilea, an ASTI sub­ject rep­re­sen­ta­tive and teacher at St Joseph’s Col­lege, Nuns Is­land, Gal­way, de­scribed the higher level pa­per as “very fair and well bal­anced”.

She wel­comed the sec­tion 2 ap­plied busi­ness ques­tion about a “green­way” as “very top­i­cal and very clearly laid out with good graph­ics and ex­cel­lent links to text”.

In the short ques­tions, she said the dif­fer­ent style of ques­tions was “very pos­i­tive” and she par­tic­u­larly noted a new de­par­ture, in Q6, where stu­dents had to fill in blanks.

Ms Killilea said while over­all there were some chal­leng­ing ques­tions, it was needed to sep­a­rate the stu­dents who were high achiev­ers. She said the or­di­nary level pa­per was very stu­dent friendly and would re­ward those who worked hard.

Ruairi Far­rell, a TUI sub­ject rep­re­sen­ta­tive and teacher at Coláiste Craobh Ab­hann, Kil­coole, Co Wick­low, agreed that higher level was a fair pa­per, al­though he thought some of the short ques­tions were “quite wordy”.

In the long ques­tions, he said can­di­dates would have re­laxed at the sight of fa­mil­iar names like Ryanair and Aldi. There were some ques­tions that would “catch stu­dents on first read­ing, but they would have been OK if they took their time”.

Some stu­dents he spoke to found it a chal­lenge to com­plete the pa­per in the time.

Mr Far­rell de­scribed the or­di­nary level pa­per was one that “stu­dents should have man­aged with ease”.

Padraig Do­herty, of the Busi­ness Stud­ies Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land and Moyne Com­mu­nity School, Co Long­ford, said the higher level was “fair and ap­proach­able”, al­though chal­leng­ing in places for those seek­ing higher grades.

Char­lotte Stevens, from Prim­rose Hill Na­tional School, Cel­bridge, was crowned cham­pion speller in the 2018 Ea­son Spelling Bee All-Ire­land fi­nal which took place in The Helix in Dublin.

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