Gymnast Valeria to sit exams in embassy while helping Irish team to chase medals in Tel Aviv
Talented gymnast Valeria Sapteboi is taking the Junior Certificate and a clashing international sporting commitment very much in her stride.
She starts the exams in Dublin today, but before she finishes she will also be representing Ireland at a competition in Israel.
It means that Valeria, a student at Luttrellstown Community College, west Dublin, will be sitting three exams next week in the Irish embassy in Tel Aviv.
Valeria is a rhythmic gymnast - a sport that combines dance, drama and music and usually involves the use of apparatus such as ribbons, hoops or rope.
She is a member of the Ireland team at the European junior championships in Holon, Israel, from June 17-19, when three of her Junior Cert exams take place.
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) makes special arrangements for candidates when exams clash with a major event in which they are participating. After starting the exams in Ireland, she will fly out to Israel where she will sit the French, history and science papers in Tel Aviv.
While there is no direct clash between the exams and her participation in competitions, her training timetable faces a juggle.
Tel Aviv is two hours ahead of Ireland so, on the morning of June 15, Valeria will sit down to her French exam at 11.30am local time, with history in the afternoon. The next day, she will sit the science paper.
"She is going to miss some of her training on the 15th and 16th, but we are scheduling training around the exams to make sure she gets it done," said a Gymnastics Ireland spokesperson.
A senior official of Gymnastics Ireland has responsibility for the conduct of the exams and has received a detailed briefing on the procedures to be followed. In order to minimise security risks, the SEC does not provide any exam papers or other exam components, such as CDs or DVDs, for such exams in advance.
"These are made available only after the scheduled start time of the examination in Ireland," said an SEC spokesperson.