Tuesday 27 September 2016

Relief for pupils - and confidence for challenges ahead

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Evan Quirke, Lisa Doran, Luke Heneghan, in front, and Laura Gilligan and Sean Fogarty, at back, go over the Maths paper at Presentation College, Athenry. Photo: Ray Ryan
Evan Quirke, Lisa Doran, Luke Heneghan, in front, and Laura Gilligan and Sean Fogarty, at back, go over the Maths paper at Presentation College, Athenry. Photo: Ray Ryan

Students sitting the honours Maths paper at Presentation College Athenry breathed a collective sigh of relief as they turned over Paper 1.

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After much trepidation, the Leaving Cert students were warmly welcoming of the first higher level paper which threw up little surprises.

Luke Heneghan (18) from Annaghdown was relieved to have the first Maths paper behind him. "I'm happy enough, it was all fairly understandable and it was what I was hoping for," said the student who plans to study Financial Maths and Economics in NUI, Galway.

His classmate, Sean Fogarty (18) from Craughwell, said the paper threw up "pretty much what I wanted it to", adding that the short questions in particular had worked well for him.

"We still have paper 2 but I feel good coming out of this one and I feel a lot more confident about the next one," he added.

For Lisa Doran (18), from Craughwell, the paper was much better than she had expected. "I though the long questions were going to be much worse but they were fine. None of it was too bad," she added.

While Laura Gilligan (18) from Craughwell felt she was more than prepared for the paper, adding: "I think it was much the same as other years. What I wanted came up so I'm happy".

Evan Quirke (18) from Athenry said the paper left him "very confident and very happy". Maths teacher Padraic O'Reilly said "all in all it was a very fair paper".

He said Section A had been fair and the more difficult Section B also offered a very nice straightforward option. However, he said the lack of financial maths on the paper was a surprise and wouldn't please some students.

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