'A great day for school community and families and friends' - Loreto Kilkenny principal

Local school also bucked the national trend in Ordinary Level Mathematics


Principal of Loreto Kilkenny Colm Keher with Emma de Bruin who achieved a maximum CAO point score of 625

Principal of Loreto Kilkenny Colm Keher has congratulated the Class of 2018 on a fantastic set of results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exam.

He said that the group of girls, having set very high standards for themselves, can be very proud of the manner in which their hard work paid off.

"It is a great day for the school community and the families and friends of the students involved," he said.

Mr Keher paid tribute also to the girls’ teachers, whose dedication to getting the best out of each individual student was rewarded. He said was very satisfied with the number of H1 and H2 grades, with one student achieving the maximum 625 points.

"To achieve these grades, the talent and dedication required is phenomenal so it is right to applaud achievements at that level," he said.


"For a school and a group of teachers who have worked with these students for six years, every set of results has its own story. Our teachers will take particular satisfaction from the results of students who faced particular challenges over the years and came through in fine style today.

"Students who are disappointed that they fell short of their targets must not panic. The education system now provides so many options for further education and very often it is the unanticipated route that proves to be the most fruitful. "

While there were concerns on a national basis regarding the failure rate in Ordinary Level Mathematics, Mr Keher said he was delighted with the school’s performance in that regard, which was at variance with the national trend.

"We are delighted that three of our students exceeded 600 points while an incredible 27% of the year achieved 500 points or more," he said.

"Sixteen students exceeded 550 points. This of course will auger well for the issue of the CAO offers on Monday."

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