Students feel the heat
State exams get under way
Years of hard work stood to west Wicklow and east Carlow pupils this week as they commenced their Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams.
Pupils from Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass, Blessington Community College, St Kevin's Community College in Dunlavin and Coláiste Eoin in Hacketstown remained focused, if a little nervous ahead of this year's examinations.
As they commenced the two-week process, they put into practice all they had learned and were encouraged by their teachers to remain calm, get plenty of rest and trust in the many months of preparation they have already completed.
The week's Leaving Cert exams, as always started with English Paper 1 followed by option subject, Home Economics, Scientific and Social, which meant that not all pupils had a two-exam day to start with.
According to Principal at St Kevin's CC, Dunlavin, Catherine Burke the exams got off to a good start.
'The exams have gotten off to a positive start. Both Junior and Leaving Cert students were happy with Wednesday's exams. The students were very pleased with the English paper 1 and this helped to settle their nerves. The Home Economics paper was fair and well-balanced. The obesity, calorie labelling and lipids question was very topical and relevant to current health concerns,' she said.
Ms Burke added that a calm environment is essential for exam success.
'We are trying to keep a steady, calm atmosphere for our students during the exams so I hope that the rest of the exams proceed smoothly allowing them to reach their potential.'
Student at Blessington Community College were feeling the heat as they started their Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams but that had more to do with the tropical weather than any examination nerves.
School Principal Keiran Burke said the students seemed well prepared and were dealing well with any pressure coming their way.
'The exams have been going well so far,' said Mr Burke. 'The Leaving Cert students just came out of their Geography exam, which they found challenging but were still happy enough with. Both the Leaving and Junior Cert classes are a hard working group of kids.'
Students also seem to have taken the recent heat-wave in their stride.
'The weather always improves come exam time. It's the same every year. We have a cool down room for students to study in which has plenty of fans but I don't think the great weather has been too much of a distraction,' said Mr Burke.