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Thursday 17 April 2014

Students have plenty of reason to celebrate

THE JUNIOR Certs of 2012 will always be a history making year at Ardgillan College as the first every students to take a State exam at the fledgling school.

It was a big day for the school and those 68 students who were the first to walk through the doors of the school when it opened three years ago and the importance of the occasion was not lost on the class of 2012. One of those Junior Certificate students was Diarmuid O'Connor who acknowledged: 'We are making history I suppose.' From the day he arrived at the school Diarmuid knew his year would be not only the first to enter the school but the first to take on the Junior Certificate there and then the first to take the Leaving Certificate at Ardgillan. 'I always knew there would be pressure on us,' he said. The school has come a long way since those first 68 students had the building to themselves for a year with more than 400 at the school now and the school population growing year on year. The school has a great future if Diarmuid O'Connor is anything to go by because as he spoke to the Fingal Independent he was holding his results sheet which showed six A grades and two B grades. Alongside him was Lillith NaGreine who said she was happy with her results. 'I tried my best so I'm pleased with the results,' the Ardgillan Community College student told the Fingal Independent. She hopes to turn her hobby into a career in the long-term. As she enters the first senior cycle the school has experienced, she wants to go on to study equine science at UCD or Limerick with a love for horses fostered at Oldtown Riding Stables. Taofeeqat Olanlokun knows a lot about going to brand new schools because that has been the case for her at both primary and secondary level. After going to the newly constructed Bracken Educate Together, Taofeeqat was one of the special 68 who had the first year of Ardgillan Community College all to themselves. She remembered the day she started at the school saying: 'It was really nervewrecking because I didn't know many people.' English was her best result, scoring an A in the subject and she was particularly relieved at doing better than she expected at Irish too. As she starts the senior cycle, Taofeeqat is considering either physiotherapy or journalism as her area of study when she goes on to third-level education. With five A grades and six B grades, John Reynolds can be more than happy with his performance in Ardgillan's first tilt at the Junior Certificate. He hopes to pursue a career as an architect or engineer and he had some words of praise for the teachers and staff of Ardgillan Community College. John said: 'The teachers are good and help you a lot when you are trying to study.' As for the Junior Certificate process itself, he said: 'I knew it was going to be hard enough but it was grand.'

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