Students across South Dublin were celebrating yesterday as they received their Junior Cert results

Students across South Dublin were celebrating yesterday as they received their Junior Cert results

By Brendan Grehan

ACROSS SOUTH Dublin, thousands of Junior Certificate students received their results yesterday. Many faced an anxious wait to see how they did.

Across the nation, nearly 60,000 students received their Junior Cert exam results. The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD congratulated all the students who received their Junior Certificate results.

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She said: “I want to congratulate all those who are receiving their Junior Certificate exam results today. I hope your results reflect the hard work you have put into your studies and gives you a solid foundation to continue your studies in the coming years.”

She also acknowledged the work of the teachers in preparing their students over the three-year cycle and acknowledged the key role that parents and the wider family play in supporting the students.

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The Minister stated that she very much welcomed the continual rise in the number of students sitting the optional oral Irish exam. The numbers taking the optional Irish rose from 339 in 2007 to 16,529 this year. Also, the numbers sitting the optional oral in other languages, such as Spanish and Italian, have also risen, which is to be welcomed.

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Students who wish to appeal their results can do so through their school no later than Friday,September 25.

The Minister encouraged students to enjoy their celebrations and to take care of each other.
Over in Coláiste de hÍde in Tymon in Tallaght, Principal Deiric Mac an Bhaird told The Echo that he was very pleased with how his 66 Junior Cert students had performed.

Indeed, one student got nine ‘A’s in higher level subjects. Deiric told The Echo: “We are very pleased that more students every year are taking higher level papers.

“We are very proud of our students and very happy with their results across the board. It was great that one student got nine ‘A’s in higher level subjects.”

In St Aidan’s Community School in Tallaght, the Principal, Sr Ann O’Donoghue told The Echo that she was “very, very pleased” with the results of her Junior Cert students. Almost 90 students in St Aidan’s sat the Junior Cert this year.

Sr O’Donoghue told The Echo: “We are very, very pleased with the results this year. The students were all very excited to be getting their results. Some were nervous, but they were calm when they saw their results. Many of our students received eight or nine honours at higher level.”

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In Lucan Community college the Principal, Diane Birnie, and Deputy Principal, Andrew Purcell, said they are delighted with the excellent standard of results that students achieved this year in the Junior Certificate.

Particular mention goes to Alan Murphy who achieved 8 ‘A’s in higher-level subjects and also to Rachel Fitzpatrick, Imran Lanambai, Sinéad Courtney, Emma Kilroy, Rachel Kilroy, Sophie Power, Dylan Wright and Sabina Kuljancic who were among the top achievers.

Results in Maths show that over 70 per cent of students took higher-level maths in Lucan Community College, which far exceeds the national average of 55.3 per cent, with 30 per cent of these achieving either and ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade.

In English over 81 per cent of the students taking higher level received an honours grade (‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’) compared to 75 per cent nationally. Across all subjects many students achieved results that improved on their Mock results and can celebrate three years of hard work and effort.

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