There was a universally positive reaction to the Junior Certificate results in every school in the north and south of the county last Wednesday.
At Colaiste Eamonn Ris in Callan, principal Frank McKenna said he was delighted with how things had gone.
“We are very happy; the results are some of our best in years,” he said.
“Our ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ grades are up substantially on last year. The students are almost unanimously delighted and the teachers are pleased as well.”
In total, 32 students sat the exams in Colaiste Eamonn Ris last June. Most of them have now gone on to Transition Year. They were planning on celebrating in the traditional fashion that evening.
“The students came in out of uniform and most of them will go to the No Name club this evening,” said Mr McKenna.
“Shane Doyle has done a great job there, it is very well run.”
Likewise, in the nearby St Brigid’s College, principal Pat Murphy said that the students had done the Callan school proud.
“We were delighted with the results, the girls did very well,” he said.
“It reflects the hard work they have done in class over the last two or three years. There was great joy and emotion here – it is a stressful time waiting for the results, so it is an emotional time when they arrive.”
In Scoil Aireagail, the 46 students who sat the Junior Cert exams were treated to the traditional trip to Tramore for the day on Wednesday before returning to the Ballyhale school in the afternoon to get their results.
Principal Patrick O’Hanlon said the school was very pleased with the results and that the students excelled particularly in honours Irish, honours English, art, music and metalwork. He said the students could be very proud of the results of their hard work.
Castlecomer Community School had 113 students sitting the Junior Cert this year, and they returned to the school at 10.20am on Wednesday to collect their results. As they gathered in the school canteen, principal Seamus O’Connor said the school was very pleased with the results overall. “We had a lot more students doing the honours maths and honours Irish this year,” he noted, which bodes well for when they sit the Leaving Cert in a few years’ time.
A lot of the parents also came out to the school that morning to offer their support, and the rest of the students were given an extended break to join in the celebration.
Fifty-five students sat the exams at Johnstown’s Colaiste Mhuire, and they were given their results around 11.20am on Wednesday. “They did very, very well. They are all very happy,” reported principal Michael Killeen. “They are quite over the moon.”
There were the usual nerves beforehand, “but they did exceptionally well,” Mr Killeen said, noting that the maths scores were very good. “They had a good number of As in higher level and we are very pleased with that.”
There were scenes of celebration in Graignamanagh also, as the 21 students who sat their exams in Duiske College last June opened their results.
“We are thrilled here in the college, there is a great buzz at the moment,” said principal Pat Murphy.
“I was really impressed, we had a great set of results across the board. This year, we introduced a procedure where students had to stay until the end of each exam, and it paid off in dividends.”
The school has recently implemented its first ever Transition Year programme, and every single one of the 21 students has opted in.
“It is the first time for this in the history of the school,” said Mr Murphy.
“It will give them an extra year of maturity going into Leaving Cert, and puts them on equal footing with students in other schools.”
The Junior Cert students of Abbey Community College in Ferrybank were given their results at 10am, after which they were allowed leave for the day. Deputy principal Colm Rice had said they were a very good set of results.
“We’re delighted with the results,” he said.
“We’re over the moon – we had some very high achievers in subjects like English, Irish and Maths. It is a reflection of all the hard work put in by the students and teachers over the years.”
In Colaiste Cois Siuire in Mooncoin, the 20 students who sat the Junior Cert last June were delighted with their marks also.
“We are all very pleased here,” said principal Paul Duggan, who handed out the envelopes at 9.15 that morning.
“The teachers are happy and the students are very happy. They did even better than they expected.”
In Thomastown’s Grennan College, students were given their results at 10am.Principal Sean Og O’ Sullivan said they had done themselves proud. “We had a fantastic set of results and the students can be very proud of themselves,” he said.