Exams hit the right note for Tralee students

Leaving Certificate students Hannah Lynchehan and Rebecca Ryane from Tralee pictured outside Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School after they had finished their English Paper One exam on Wednesday morning. Photo by Dominick Walsh
Leaving Certificate students Hannah Lynchehan and Rebecca Ryane from Tralee pictured outside Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School after they had finished their English Paper One exam on Wednesday morning. Photo by Dominick Walsh
Teacher Denise Buckley pictured with Leaving Certificate students, Daniel Carton (Tralee) and Jade Sanderson (Tralee) after they finished English Paper One on Wednesday morning. Photo by Dominick Walsh

Fergus Dennehy

Wednesday morning was a milestone day in the lives of thousands of students all across Kerry as they sat down to tackle the first papers in this years Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exams.

English and Home Economics were the orders of the day  and judging by the reaction of students that The Kerryman spoke to at Tralee's Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, everyone seemed happy.

"It was actually really good. The opinion piece wasn't too difficult but I did find that some of the essay questions were kind of hard. Overall though, it's been a good start," said Leaving Cert student Rebecca Ryane. 

"It was grand. It went okay, thank god. There was nothing too tricky in there. There's not much study you can do for Paper One, but overall, it was really good," said another student. 

"I'm kind of nervous about the Home Economics exam after lunch but hopefully, it will be fine," they added. Most students said they were relieved to have the build up to the exams over with and they were glad to have the hurdle of the first exam out of the way.

For Junior Certificate student Megan O'Mahony, this was her first taste of a state examination, but thankfully she said that the exam went well and that there were no real questions that threw her.

 Junior Cert students Erica Jones, Isabelle Curran and Nicola Moriarty were all smiles after their first exam on Wednesday, declaring it a positive start to the week, thankfully. 

"I think it was all good. There was nothing that caught us out, it was all fine really. It's been a god start. We have CSPE after lunch now which should be grand," the girls said yesterday morning.

Some of the subjects later in the week which students said they were most apprehensive about included maths, Irish, History, Geography and Biology. Even though the exams had just begun, some students said they were already looking forward to the weekend and the end of the exams.

For teachers who were present at the school, they said that the feedback from most of the students that they had spoken to was  a positive one overall, meanwhile.

Leaving Cert students are facing into Engineering and English Paper Two today and Geography and Maths Paper 1 on Friday; Junior Cert students meanwhile are had a full day of Irish ahead of them on Thursday, before Geography and Maths Paper 1 on Friday. 

Although there is still a long road to go to reach the summer holidays, there is an air of hope now amongst students now that they have first day down.

Kerryman

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