Future bright for class of 2014
Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00
CONGRATULATORY hugs, smiles of relief, laughter, and important phone calls home were very much in evidence at the front of Gorey Community School last Wednesday morning, as the long awaited Leaving Cert results were handed out.
Though the results weren't due to be given out until 10 a.m., anxious students began arriving before 9 a.m. so as soon as they were ready, the brown envelopes started being opened.
School Principal Michael Finn was on hand to personally congratulate the 250 approx students who nervously approached reception for their results.
'We are delighted with the results,' he said. 'Having the top student in the country last year, was a once in a lifetime dream, and this year, we had an excellent set of students. Honours Maths seems to have done particularly well.'
As they caught up with how their friends got on, the students were full of smiles. Lauren O'Brien from Gorey was 'very happy', and said she hoped to have got what she wanted to do hairdressing.
Alan McPartlan from Gorey was also very happy having well exceeded the points he needs to do Arts in UCD, where he hopes to study Geography and English.
'I'm so happy,' smiled Aiesha Cullen from Gorey. She was particularly pleased with her English, Business, and Maths results, and she said she hopes to study Business in Waterford.
Josh Reid from Ardamine was also 'very happy', confiding that he hadn't expected to pass Maths, but he did, so he was expecting to go on to study Journalism in Ballyfermot.
Sean Mahon from Ardamine was smiling from ear to ear as he achieved more than enough points to study his preferred course in Marine Biology in Galway.
Happy too was Michael Dwyer who well exceeded the points needed to study History and Politics in UCD.
Top student this year was Aisling Lenihan from Coolgreany, who was over the moon with her 580 points. 'It was a big shock,' she said.
'I wasn't expecting it.' She achieved a remarkable 3 A1's, 2 A2's, a B3, and a B1 in pass Irish. 'I was really surprised with the A1 in Art,' she said. 'I had a really good teacher for Art.' She now plans to study Digital Media in Maynooth.
'The bulk of the students seem to be very happy,' said Mr. Finn. 'If students didn't get the course they were looking for, there are options out there, such as a Post Leaving Cert course.'
In Coláiste an Atha, Kilmuckridge, Principal Elizabeth Martin said the 44 students were delighted with how they did. 'They were really good students,' she said.
'There were lots of good results at higher level.' She said they will go on to do a wide range of courses.
'We're really proud of them,' she commented. 'They worked really hard and got the results they deserved.'
In Coláiste Bhríde Carnew, Principal Linda Dunne was equally proud of her 130 students. 'We're very happy,' she said. 'They were a really solid set of results. The majority are going on to college, while a few have started apprenticeships already.'
She added that guidance teacher Elma Drummond was on hand to offer advice on the day. 'We wish them all the best, and assure them of our support should they ever need it,' she concluded.