Principal Vincent Foley, St Clement’s College, wished all students well
THOUSANDS of students across Limerick city and county will join those around the country in opening their exam papers for the first time this morning as the Junior and Leaving Certificate commence.
Students who have been in exam mode since August will arrive at the test centre in their schools at 9am this morning to start work on English paper one at 9.30am.
Following English paper one, at 2pm Leaving Cert students will sit the Home Economics exam, while Junior Cert students will tackle English paper two.
St Clement’s College principal, Vincent Foley, said that it asw a “tough time” for students, adding that he wishes all of them well over the next two weeks.
The State exams will run from June 8 to Thursday, June 23.
Laurel Hill secondary school deputy principal, Norma Lenihan, said that it is “important students prepare for their exams and to avoid needless pressure the night before”.
“At this stage, all the hard work has been done. They need to be confident in themselves and in their abilities, and hopefully the papers will go their way.”
She said that the Junior and Leaving Certificate are “never as bad they seem” and that students should relax in the mornings, prior to sitting their exams.
“It is not as daunting as they might think. On the night before, they should try to be as organised as possible. And on the morning of the exam, have a good breakfast and pack a good lunch, which is important.”
She added: “Students should work out a strategy in how you are going to tackle the paper. It is very much like working out a strategy when you are playing a game.”
Chairperson of the State Examinations Commission, Pat Burke, also wished all students well ahead of the first day of exams.
“The Commission is committed to ensuring that the examinations are conducted to the highest standards in an open, and fair manner. It is our objective to enable each candidate display his or her achievements during what can be a stressful time.”