IT is the moment of truth for hundreds of secondary school students all across Limerick city and county, as tomorrow marks the first day of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams across the country.
Students all over Limerick will begin their exams, which start at 9am this Wednesday with English paper one and will finish for the summer on June 19 with religion, Japanese and technology.
Three students in St Clements College will be active for the whole 16 days of examinations, as they finish with the final Leaving Cert exam, technology.
School captain Ryan Minihan said he was “relaxed” and confident that he will do well in both geography and technology.
“I am kind of relaxed about it, but it’s better than being stressed about it. I am most worried about English Paper 1, which I am doing in honours, and that will be my first test. There is a lot of writing. I know I’m going to do well in either geography or technology, and they would be my main subjects.”
However, young Aaron Dunne is slightly nervous about geography, though he is confident about life after the exams.
“It was a grand year, it was a good laugh. Other than the study, everything else was grand. I am kind of worried about geography, there’s a lot more to learn than I thought there was. I have a day to go before I fill out CAO forms, and I want to get it right. It was a stressful year now, but it wasn’t stressful throughout the year. About a Christmas time, I knew there was a lot of things to do.”
Adnan Kakar, (20) who lived in Afghanistan up until five years ago, said the only subject that he had difficulty with was biology.
“It’s going to be tough. I’m kind of worried about biology and technology. You have to study a lot because there is so much theory, and as English is not my first language, it was tough for me to learn all of the theory. You also have to learn the diagrams and everything. But I had lots of fun in school, especially here,” he said.
Nora O’Connell, the school’s technology teacher, said the secret to exam success was “enjoying the subject”.
“They were very good, very talented and very creative in relation to their project work and their folder work,” she explained.
Vice principal Pat Talty said the school’s new infrastructural facilities, which were launched in 2008, have helped improve the standards of the subjects on offer and has delivered better results in the past few years for the school’s population.