TAKING EXAMS IN THEIR STRIDE
AS the rest of us enjoyed exceptional weather, the promising youth of Bray sat down to their exams.
Despite a very understandable level of nerves, Leaving Certificate students at St Kilian’s and Loreto were making a great start last week.
‘I’ve really put in the hours,’ said Nathan Flanagan at St Kilian’s. ‘I’ve studied my best so I think I will get the rewards. We just had geography there. I’m not very good at geography but I tried my best so I think I did well enough.’ Nathan plans to be a maths teacher so was hoping to do well in those papers.
Sean O’Dowd said that studying is a bit hard with mounting pressure. ‘ The two years of work will be worth it at the end of the day,’ he said. He has been particularly focussing on Irish recently due to a drop in standard, so he was hoping to do well in that subject.
Chloe Gray said that in general there is a lot of pressure surrounding the exams.
‘I’m just going to go with the flow, I’m not going to pressure myself. As for the fabulous weather, she’s making the most of it. ‘I just study in my garden, so it’s not too bad,’ she said.
Nicole Ryan said that the geography paper was ‘ugly’. ‘It was harder than expected,’ she said.
Kelly waters agreed with the assessment. The English papers were relatively easy, she said, and with maths being one of her favourite subjects she was expecting to be comfortable with the papers.
Year head Helen Dodd said that the students had been going into their exams with a positive attitude. ‘ They’ve done their bit of work and they’re doing the best that they can do,’ she said. ‘And that’s all we can ask of them.’ She said that most of the exam stress is prior to the first paper. ‘It’s the build-up to it,’ said Helen. ‘Once the first exam is done they’re on a roll.’
Outgoing head girl at Loreto Roisin Martin said that these were not like any exams they had done before. ‘English paper one was nice, then paper two wasn’t my best friend!’ she said. ‘With maths, we’re just hoping that what we’ve learned comes up. We’ve put a lot of work in.’
Eimear Martin said that the workload at the weekend would include biology, maths and Irish. ‘ There’s a lot of work involved with all of them.’ Molly Fitzgerald insisted that she’s no good at English, to guffaws from her friends. (‘She’s good at everything,’ said one.) She was happy to get it out of the way and move on to other subjects like chemistry. ‘I can’t wait to just get in and smash them to be honest,’ said Molly. Aimee Kane was relieved to make a start. ‘ The night before the first exam I was really nervous but it’s not as bad now,’ said Aimee.
Lauren Kirwan, Beth Barrett Cullen and Sorcha McMahon at Loreto Bray.
Aoife Doyle, Kellie Waters and Nicole Ryan at St Kilian’s.
Sean O’Dowd, Chloe Gray and Nathan Flanagan.
Abbie Seville and Sophie Delaney at Loreto Bray.
Megan Doyle and Timea Fodor at Loreto Bray.