THERE seemed to be smiles all round from students in Duhallow on Wednesday after they completed the first English paper in both the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams
Nearly every year, the sun comes out of hiding to let students know that it is truly exam weather. This year that didn't happen but maybe the rain was a good omen as the exam papers got the thumbs up from students after their trials of the morning.
Derry Morley, acting Deputy Principal at Millstreet Community College, told The Corkman that 43 Leaving Certificate students walked through the exam hall doors as did 47 Junior Certificate students on Wednesday morning and while they may have been nervous going in, they seemed "very upbeat," on the way back out.
"They seemed to be writing right up to the end and that is a good sign for me anyway," he said.
Mr Morley felt that the English exam was a good way to start the exams, as he believed it helped students to settle down, prior to Irish and Maths.
English teacher at the school, Jennifer O'Donoghue said there weren't "any surprises" on the higher or lower papers for Leaving Cert or Junior Cert. Ms O'Donoghue said the Leaving Cert honours English paper had "very topical" questions that featured Irish Times journalist Lara Marlowe, along with well known writers such as Colm McCann and Kevin Barry. On the Junior Certificate paper, Maeve Binchy featured.
"The students that I spoke to were happy and with no surprises on the papers was clearly a bonus. It is great that it is over the students now," she said.
Principal of Colaiste Treasa in Kanturk, Seamus Buckley said the school had 100 Leaving Certificate students and 73 Junior Certs sitting the exams on Wednesday morning.
"I saw smiles anyhow at around 12.30pm from the faces of the students. It is great to just have started the exams as quite often the build up to it is the worst. There wasn't any surprises and that is always a good thing," said Mr Buckley.
Student Katie Browne (15) who sat her Junior Certificate English paper at Colaiste An Chraoibhin on Wednesday morning was clearly delighted when she spoke to The Corkman.
"The time flew in the exam and I was happy with it. It was just the thought of starting and the pressure and stress that was the worst part of it. It is good to at least have one exam over with now," she said.
She added, with a laugh, that she must buckle down for her Irish exam on Thursday and she has mathematics on Friday and Monday.