STUDENTS OFF THE MARK IN LEAVING CERT EXAMS
HUNDREDS OF students across Wexford town and district began their State Exams last week, sitting down to English Paper I on Wednesday morning.
After months of classes, study and revision, the students around Wexford town seemed glad to simply be getting out of the starting block, even if the gloriously sunny weather (almost a guarantee at this stage for the start of the exams) made them wish they were elsewhere.
The exams opened with English Paper I, the English exam which is generally considered to be a more straight-forward affair than the second paper, which focuses on learned texts and poetry. While there were some surprises on the paper, most students came away from the exam, relieved that day one was over and done with.
At the CBS Secondary School, a few students were finished ahead of the allocated time and they were generally happy with the first day of exams.
Callum Cleary from Wexford town was happy enough with his first exam saying that everything he expected to come up did. He said that while he didn’t feel stressed out by the exams, he didn’t go to bed until 1 a.m. the night before because he couldn’t sleep! Callum has his sights set on doing a degree in business studies.
William Cole, from Kilmore, felt the opening exam went well: ‘I wrote a lot so hopefully it was what they wanted.’ William is heading off to the UK once his exams are finished to start an apprenticeship in engineering. He said he hadn’t felt nervous ahead of the exams and was glad that he would finish his Leaving Cert with Ag Science which he enjoyed.
Over at St Peter’s College, students were beginning to mill out of the exam hall as the time counted down on English Paper I.
Brian Kavanagh from Cleariestown found the exam ‘fairly straight forward’ and easier than he thought it would be. He intends to take up an apprenticeship once his exams are finished.
His friend Adam Cantwell, from Cleariestown, said he was ‘happy enough’ with the exams saying that English Paper I was one of the most enjoyable exams they would have. He hopes to go on to study ARchitecture in UL.
Kyle Roche, from Curracloe, said the opening exam ‘wasn’t too bad’ and was thankful that he hadn’t suffered from nerves beforehand. He intends to take up an apprenticeship after school.
Dylan Lyne, from Barntown, remarked that his arm was in bits after what is a traditionally heavy exam in terms of writing. He said: ‘The exma was grand but I couldn’t get it all done, there’s a lot of writing in it.’ Dylan has his sights set on doing Sports and Business in Waterford.
At the Presentation Secondary School, the sixth year students were generally happy with their opening exam.
Emma Busher, from Wexford town, was happy with how her first paper went, saying: ‘I was happy with what came up, I could answer everything so I think most people were happy enough.’ She said she was nervous because it was the first exam but was glad it was over. She hopes to go on to do Food Science in WIT.
Her friend, Becky Byrne, from Rosslare Strand, thought the first exam was ok, remarking that you couldn’t really study for Paper I even though the teachers said you could! She said she was ‘fairly confident’ having completed the exam. She hopes to study Languages in DCU.
Niamh Fanning, from Wexford town, said she didn’t like the way some of English Paper II was slotted into the Paper I exam, saying it had never happened before and even their teacher had remarked upon it.
‘It was manageable but it was a bit of shock. My hand was fairly sore after all of the writing!’ she laughed, adding that she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do yet but was considering joining the gardai, or heading off to college.
Jade Anderson, from Wexford town, felt the exam was nicer than some of the previous papers they had looked at. She said there were a few question options that they hadn’t seen before but there were options which made it manageable.
She said: ‘I was really nervous last night, I couldn’t sleep but once you start writing you get into it.’
Down at the Loreto Secondary School, students were happy to have the first exam out of the way.
Gillian Banville, from Taghmon, felt the exam went ok and she didn’t suffer from nerves beforehand. She said there wasn’t too much study you could do before the Paper I exam.
Sally Shortle, from Crossabeg, was thrown by the fact that some of Paper II appeared on the Paper I exam but said it was ok because she had revised Paper II questions and was ready for the question that came up.
Sinead Cuddihy, from Barntown, was also thrown by the Paper II question but said she managed it ok. She hopes to do either veterinary studies or primary teaching.
Clodagh Bruen, from Wexford town, found the exam ok, saying she was glad to be finished the first one. She is hoping to do French and Business in college but said that her exams will last for another few weeks as her Economics paper doesn’t fall until the second last day of exams.
Her friend, Katie Browne, from Piercestown, said the paper was more or less what they had expected and she was happy with how it went. She hopes to go on to study Law with Irish.
Clodagh Dee, from Taghmon, felt glad that the first exam was over and done with.
‘I was nervous, but it was more that I was nervous about not being nervous enough!’ she laughed, saying most people seemed happy enough with the exam. She hopes to do Science in UL after school.
Over in Selskar College, students were emerging from their exam halls, some heading for home while others had Home Economics in the afternoon.
Kaitana Carty-Dempsey, from Wexford town, said she found the exam ok, saying the speech question was easy as it was about technology and that was something that everyone knew about. She admitted that she was more nervous about Home Economics than English but felt better now that the exams had started. She hopes to study Zoology in UCD.
Andrew Byrne, also from Wexford town, said he found the exam ok, pointing out that he had changed his mind on what level he would sit and felt more comfortable as a result of that. He joked that his hand was sore after all of the writing. He hopes to go on to study Sports, Science and Health in DCU.
Alex Murphy, from Barntown, said he was pretty happy with the exam, saying none fo the questions were too difficult. He said he ‘eventually’ managed to sleep the previous night but had been dreading the whole week: ‘Getting the first one done is a relief.’ He hopes to study Earth Science in UCC.
CBS students Aaron Smith, Lee Moran, Cian O’Connor, Justin Butler and Callum Cleary.
Gillian Banville, Sally Shortle and Sinead Cuddihy from the Loreto.
Emma Busher and Becky Byrne from the Presentation.
Adam Cantwell and Brian Kavanagh from St Peter’s.
Presentation students Niamh Fanning and Jade Anderson.
Clodagh Bruen, Katie Browne and Clodagh Dee from the Loreto.
Selskar College student Alex Murphy.
Kyle Roche and Dylan Lyne from St Peter’s.
William Cole from the CBS.
Selskar College students Andrew Byrne and Kaitana Carty-Dempsey.