Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Examiners called our bluff over the poems in paper'

Martin Grant

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

From left: Tara Brazil, Aoife Quinn, Paige Luby and Katie Brazil check over the Irish Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Paper at
Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
From left: Tara Brazil, Aoife Quinn, Paige Luby and Katie Brazil check over the Irish Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Paper at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Leaving Cert exam students at Coláiste Bríde were pleased overall with the Irish papers.

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The majority of students at the Dublin school in Clondalkin were happy with the broad range of topics which appeared at both Higher and Ordinary level.

Sherry Suhrab (18), Abbey Muritala (17) and Aimee Coogan (18) were musing over the Higher Level paper.

"When I first saw the questions I was a bit worried, but when I actually broke down the questions it was fine," said Sherry.

"I was expecting a poem to come up, but it didn't … the examiners called our bluff."

Her friend Abbey was disappointed the topic of writer's style didn't appear.

She said: "I was more surprised they didn't put a question about the actual poet and there was no talk about the style of writing. Combined with Paper 1, I think it was a fairly good paper."

Eimear Langan (18), Courtney Long (18), Sinead Collins (19) and Sinead Keoghan (18) also predicted other poems to come up on the Higher Irish paper.

Eimear said: "It was OK … it's not what I wanted to come up, so I was a bit disappointed, but the questions were not that hard."

On the Ordinary Level Leaving Cert exam, students Karla Marshall (18), Nathalie Koka (17) and Claire Healy (17) reckoned there were "no shock surprises".

"I think most of the topics were all expected, even the poems were predicted," said Nathalie.

Twins Tara and Katie Brazil believed the exams were a breeze.

"It's easier than you think; they build it up to be much more than what it is," said Tara.

Irish Independent

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