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Model pupils hard at work for Leaving

AS the sun continues to split the stones this week, there are some who won't welcome the scorching weather – this year's batch of Leaving Cert students.

The dreaded State exams kick off today and, while most of us spent the bank holiday weekend boozing and barbecuing, some of Ireland's most promising models were busy hitting the books.

Dublin native Thalia Heffernan (inset) is one of Ireland's most in-demand high fashion models and was a VIP Style Award nominee.

But this week, she is joining the 118,000 students sitting State examinations.

Taking to Twitter, Thalia (17) said she needed all the "prayers and luck I can get" when entering the exam hall.

A source close to the model-of-the-moment said she is determined to keep her head down and avoid the social scene until her exams are done and dusted.

"She needs to concentrate.

"She is giving the Leaving Cert her full attention," the source said.

"She has put modelling on hold until June 17, when she finishes up and is trying to stay focused.

"But of course she's finding it a bit of a struggle – who doesn't?"

Thalia isn't the only young model whose life currently revolves around revision notes and study timetables.

Celbridge native Eve Connolly (17) can't wait to say goodbye to textbooks and past papers.

Model Georgia Gannon (18) and Latvian beauty Rasma Dzene are also sitting their exams this June.

"Once these girls have the exams out of the way, they'll have a lot more time to strut their stuff," Assets model boss Derek Daniels said.

Thalia has planned a relaxing holiday to wind down once the exams are finished, while Eve is planning to continue her assault on the international modelling scene.