Wednesday 23 August 2017

That's a wrap: end of exams is music to students' ears

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Junior Cert wrapped up yesterday with exams in Music, Technology, Italian, Ancient Greek and Jewish Studies.

Music was by far the most popular subject, with about 11,000 candidates.

Siofra Fox, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), said both papers were fair and balanced.

On the higher level paper, Ms Fox, of Scoil Muire gan Smal, Roscommon town, said the Irish music question was "straightforward, while reasonably challenging students to identify specific features of a ceilí band performance" and that students would have found the question featuring Maillart's Overture to 'Les Dragons de Villars', "a stimulating test of their finer listening skills".

Meanwhile, Gavin Berry of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) and Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co Tipperary, said Technology students, at both levels, would have been happy with their papers "if they had done their work".

Damien Cloney, of the ASTI and FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody, Co Wexford, agreed and while he reported "very happy" students, he said their one criticism was the use of black and white images, rather than colour.

Irish Independent

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