Tears of joy in St. Finian's
STUDENTS at St Finian's Community College in Swords gathered early outside the school doors at 9 a.m. in anticipation of their long-awaited Leaving Certificate results.
A steady flow of students entered the school and on receiving their brown envelopes containing their results, ripped them open with plenty of cheers, laughter and hugs flowing around and plenty of tears of joy to be heard.
Some students gathered around each other with their mobile phones in hand to calculate their points from their results while others were busy texting and phoning family members to reveal their results.
Principal, Patricia Knightly said she and the staff are delighted with their students' results as she said each and every one of them did very well.
'We are all very pleased with the results and the students put an awful lot of work into their studies and their exams so the results are as to be expected,' she said, adding that the students all performed extremely well.
'We had students studying for the Leaving Certificate Applied, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Leaving Certificate itself,' said Ms Knightly.
Jack Bourke and his friend Karl Quinn, who both studied the Leaving Certificate Applied were 'thrilled' with their results.
'I'm delighted, I got a Distinction and I want to study Computer Science in Whitehall,' said Jack, with Karl adding that he received a Merit grade and that it 'was easy enough. I am thrilled.'
Chloe McDonnell said she was 'happy' with her results which she hopes she will now be able to go on and study Food Science while Leanne Fisher said she was also very happy with her results.
Megan Campbell was joined by her proud parents Yvonne and Andrew as she opened her envelope to reveal that she had acquired enough points for her chosen course for Nursing.
'I am thrilled. The long wait is over now,' said Megan, with her parents adding that they are 'very proud of her' before dad Andrew quipped that now that Megan has her results, she still has vacuuming to do at home.
Ian Dignam said he was 'very happy' with his results and was delighted that he passed Higher Maths giving him enough points overall to study his chosen course in Engineering while Gavin Johnson said he received more than enough points for his chosen course in Computing at Blanchardstown IT.
'I needed 320 points and I smashed this and got more than I needed,' said Gavin.
'I want to say again, well done to each and every student and I want to wish them all the best in their chosen courses and careers,' concluded Ms Knightly.