Three years of hard work and dedication came to fruition on Wednesday last, as students collected their Junior Certificate results.
A nerve-wracking day for many, Wednesday, September 11 saw 612 Transition Year and fifth year students from Co Longford receive the results of their first State Examination. The Leader spoke to a number of principals in Longford, and happily, many schools throughout the county are praising their students’ excellent results.
In Moyne Community School, results were good across the board. Principal Des Cullen said that, overall, he was very happy with the students. Mr Cullen also explained that higher level subjects were quite popular in the school, with almost half of the students undertaking higher level maths, while approximately 85% of the students studied higher level science.
There was an air of excitement in Cnoc Mhuire, Granard as the students collected their results. “They were excellent results” said Principal of Cnoc Mhuire, Moira Mahon. For the most part, Ms Mahon explains that both teachers and students alike were happy with the results on the day. Cnoc Mhuire student Danielle Kane was definitely happy with her results, as she earned an incredible 11 As in her Junior Certificate exams.
The students of Templemichael College, Longford had to wait until evening for their results. Principal Sorcha Nic Dhonnacha happily exclaims that she was delighted with the “excellent” results achieved by her students, and also commended the hard work of parents and staff. This year’s results were somewhat special for Ms Nic Dhonnacha, as the students who received their results started at Templemichael College the same year Ms Nic Dhonnacha took up the position as principal. She admitted that it was nice to see their progression throughout the years, and added that they should keep going with their excellent work.
Principal of Lanesboro Community College, Jimmy Flanagan was also thrilled with his students’ results. “We’re delighted” he said. “But more importantly, the students are delighted.” Having had a meeting with parents earlier this week, Mr Flanagan also reported that there was a great feeling of satisfaction amongst the parents at their childrens’ results.
There were also great reports from Ballymahon, where Principal of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Josephine Donohue, announced that she was very proud of the students across the board. “Congratulations to the students, parents and teachers” Ms Donohue said, adding that nerves were running high on the day, as it was the first state examination that the students had undertaken. Just like Cnoc Mhuire, the Ballymahon school was also celebrating exceptional results, as Oisin Bennett and Ciaran O’Hanlon earned 11 and 12 As respectively.
Overall, reports have been excellent, and the students have been encouraged to keep up the good work.