Happy faces all around on Ju­nior Cert re­sults day

RE­LIEF ALL AROUND AS THOU­SANDS OF STU­DENTS COL­LECT THEIR JU­NIOR CER­TIFI­CATE RE­SULTS

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - BY FER­GUS DENNEHY & EMMA MCCARTHY

THE sense of re­lief was pal­pa­ble around Tralee on Wed­nes­day morn­ing as hun­dreds of stu­dents in schools around the town fi­nally got their hands on their long-awaited Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults.

It is easy for those who have sur­vived the sys­tem it to sit back and say that ‘ah sure, it’s only the Ju­nior Cert’, but for the 1,936 stu­dents across Kerry - 919 girls and 997 boys - who ar­rived bright and early to school full of nerves, it is mile­stone day in their young lives.

There was a sea of emo­tions in Mercy Moun­thawk as al­most 200 stu­dents who sat their ex­ams at the be­gin­ning of sum­mer, gath­ered to­gether to col­lect their re­sults.

There was a great sense of ex­cite­ment and nerves as the stu­dents opened their en­velopes.

Stu­dents at the school were de­lighted with re­sults they de­served.

“The hard work paid off. We’re de­lighted,” said one stu­dent speak­ing on the morn­ing.

Thank­fully for all schoold in­volved though, ev­ery­thing has gone off with­out a hitch with Prin­ci­pal’s from schools around town re­port­ing happy and smil­ing faces all round.

“The vibe was very happy around the school this morn­ing. We are all de­lighted with the re­sults and they ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. They all did very well, each and ev­ery one of them,” said Chrissie Kelly, Deputy Prin­ci­pal at Pre­sen­ta­tion Se­condary School in Tralee, speak­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The school was de­lighted to re­port that a num­ber of stu­dents re­ceived the max­i­mum re­sults, but as John O’Rourke, Prin­ci­pal of Mercy Moun­thawk em­pha­sised, the re­sults are not the most im­por­tant thing.

“Our re­sults at the mo­ment are run­ning at about four per cent to seven per­cent ahead of the na­tional av­er­age which we we are very pleased with; what we are most pleased with though is see­ing all the happy faces walk­ing out the gate this morn­ing, know­ing that they have done them­selves jus­tice,” he said, speak­ing on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Fi­nally, in Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí, the school were de­lighted with how the re­sults went - with stu­dents achiev­ing grades which are well above na­tional av­er­age grades.

“The suc­cess this morn­ing is of course down to the hard work of our stu­dents and the sup­port of their teach­ers and fam­i­lies,” said Ruairí Ó Cin­néide.

“This year 93% of the co­hort achieved an A/B grade in Higher level Ir­ish. We are im­mensely proud of this as 40% of the stu­dents came to Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí from English-medium pri­mary schools,” he con­tin­ued.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh.

Conor Harte, Dy­lan O’Sul­li­van, Tan­moy Debnath and Brian Shanahan from Mercy Moun­thawk in Tralee get­ting their Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults.

by Dom­nick Walsh. Photo

Dy­lana O’Re­gan and Megan O’Ma­hony from Mercy Moun­thawk in Tralee get­ting their Ju­nior Cert re­sults.

Stu­dents Robyn Moore, Caitlin Di­neen and Ciara Ní Shúil­leab­háin of Gael­cholaiste Chiar­raí de­lighted with their Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults on Wed­nes­day.

Dy­lan Duffy with his grand­mother Dolores O’Ke­effe and his mother Siob­han Duffy on his Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults day at Coláiste Gleann Lí.

Joe Line­han, Mark Stephen­son and Thomas Scally from CBS the Green.

Ni­cola Mo­ri­arty (Tralee) and Janna Litch­field (Tralee) from Mercy Moun­thawk.

Dara Clif­ford, Pa­trick Pit­man and Dáire McGovern from CBS The Green.

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