Principal of St Brigid's Secondary School in Killarney, Roisín Moore, has penned a special message for the departing class of 2020 who last week picked up their long awaited Leaving Certificate results.
In what surely will go down as one of the most complicated and fraught with tension exam years, Principal Moore, in her letter, described this year's journey as "particularly arduous and harrowing" as the pupils faced huge uncertainty about their future, writing that for many of the pupils, they missed out on what for almost all of us, was a "rite of passage."
"On behalf of the school community I am delighted to congratulate the class of 2020 on their Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results. The Leaving Certificate journey was particularly arduous and harrowing this year and the students faced enormous uncertainty and had to cope with a constantly evolving situation from March 12th until May 8th," said Principal Moore in her letter.
"These students missed out on many of the rites of passage associate with the completion of second level education.
"The outstanding results this year are testament to the dedication and commitment exhibited by the students not just in their final year but throughout their senior cycle."
"We were thrilled that 3 of our students were awarded maximum points of 625 points and in excess of 31 % of students received in excess of 500 points. This is in line with the school's academic profile in previous years. All of our Leaving Certificate applied students received distinctions," she continued.
"Monday was a most surreal day in the school as the usual excitement, apprehension and energy associated with results day was absent. However, the most striking absence was the absence of the girls who due to COVID-19 restrictions were required to access their results online.
As a school we missed meeting them and sharing in their celebrations," she said.
"It is our hope that no matter what the future holds for the class of 2020 that they will look back fondly on their time in St. Brigid's and that they will always be proud to be Pres girls," she finished.