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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Students focussed on exams says St. Kilian's principal

Published 11/06/2014|05:22

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Principal of St. Kilian's John Murphy said that there were 70 Leaving Cert and around 100 Junior Cert students doing exams.

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'They are great,' he said, adding that the school had provided supervised study days for eight days and also a few days during the February mid term. 'It was packed out,' he said.

'They are a very pleasant gang and very focussed,' he said of the sixth years. 'They're a very nice year group.'

He agreed that students seem to take schooling more seriously since the collapse of the economy some years ago, adding that he has seen a difference in subjects people choose with a swing towards science.

He added that some of the past pupils to have excelled have established links with the school which have inspired the pupils. They include Dr. Daniel Crean who is a research scientist at UCD; as well as Colin Keogh of the English department of UCD who arranged trips to the university for St. Kilian's students. 'It was stunning,' said Mr. Murphy.

He added that the important thing for the students is that they stay true to their values, no matter how many points they may achieve in the leaving.

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