Happy faces all around on Junior Cert results day
RELIEF ALL AROUND AS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS COLLECT THEIR JUNIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS
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.
Conor Harte, Dylan O’Sullivan, Tanmoy Debnath and Brian Shanahan from Mercy Mounthawk in Tralee getting their Junior Certificate results.
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.