Students urged to celebrate sensibly
LEAVING Cert students who get their results this week are being warned to celebrate sensibly and not to panic if they don't get the results they want.
Local teacher and PRO of the North East Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors Mr Gerry Malone says that this week is 'a very stressful time for Leaving Certificate students and their parents'.
He said that guidance counsellors will be on hand to offer advice to students when the CAO offers come out next Monday.
'Students will receive the offers through their online CAO account and by post,' he explains. It's vital to state that all students who applied for a CAO place will receive notification from them whether or not they received an offer.'
Students who have applied through the UCAS system, which incorporates universities in the North and in the UK, should contact the university they are holding their definite offer from and see whether or not they have to submit their Leaving Certificate results, as failure to do so could result in them losing their place.
Many students from the Dundalk area have also applied for places in the Southern Regional College in Newry and they too should contact the college.
Students who have opted to do Post Leaving Certificate courses and have been offered a place should confirm that they intend taking up the offer.
For the students who failed to get the points from the Leaving Certificate for their chosen course in the CAO, there is always the second round of offers two weeks later. Equally a Post Leaving Cert course may offer an alternative route into college next year.
'It's vital that a student does not accept a CAO college place just for the sake of it,' he warns. If a student drops out of a course during the academic year and decides to do another CAO course the following year, they may be liable to pay the registration fee of €2,750 as well as tuition fees.
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors is running a national helpline in conjunction with the National Parents Council at 1800 265 165.
Meanwhile Alcohol Action Ireland is also urging parents to talk openly with their children about their plans to celebrate their Leaving Cert results.
'Getting the Leaving Cert results can be an emotional and, for some, a stressful time, particularly for those who may not have done quite as well as they had hoped. If you add alcohol into the mix this can make an already challenging situation even more difficult for young people', said spokesperson Mr Cormac Cullen.