The town of Longford was insulated in a hue of relief as the Leaving and Junior Cert students completed their first exam, yesterday (Wednesday).
Despite the dreary skies and sharp gusts-a climate unrelated to exam days, the Longford students were beaming with accomplishment as they cleared the first obstacle of the exam timetable.
As is the traditional fashion, English paper one propelled proceedings and most, when speaking with the Leader were quietly contented with how their first day went.
As the Longford students emerged from the exam centres they were radiating positive vibes and an optimism that symbolised the old adage – ‘a good start is half the battle’.
Noel Conway from Longford Town and a student of St. Mel’s college had no complaints to report. “Yeah it was bang on. Once I got going everything was grand” the 18-year-old said.
Aaron Brady, who lives in Drumlish and plans to become a paramedic, felt pressurised by the time limits, but the three hour slog didn’t leave him with heavy eyelids.
“I was a bit pressed for time but overall it was a doable paper. I’m not too tired after it and I have nothing else until tomorrow”.
Grainne Moore, who has her sights on Science in N.U.I.G, was also feeling confident after the exam. “Yeah I was happy. We’re doing the exams in a classroom which is better than a big exam hall, it’s less intimidating.”
The spotlight wasn’t dominated by the Leaving Cert alone. A figure just shy of 60,000 students sat their English paper one exam on Wednesday as well. Responses to the material on the paper were equally as content as their Leaving Cert counterparts, implying that the exam frenzy for 2011 had had a smooth beginning.
Rachel Tighe from Scoil Mhuire in Longford was pleased with the paper, “I was a bit nervous going in but I thought the paper went well. I have English paper two at 2 o’clock and I think I should be alright for that too.”