There might have been dismal weather on the morning of the Leaving Cert results, but nothing could have overshadowed the overflowing joy in all of the Limerick city schools.
There were scenes of joy in Laurel Hill Coláiste when five of the 57 students achieved maximum points. It was also confirmed that for the first time in the school’s history, one of their students has been accepted to Yale University. Principal Aedin Ni Bhriain said she was “very pleased” with this year’s success.
“We are delighted with all of them. All of their hard work really paid off,” she said.
Maths was the main concern for CBS Sexton Street and Presentation secondary school, but was quickly allayed when the students ripped open the brown envelopes to see their results.
CBS principal Tom Prendergast said the new maths curriculum has seen a higher uptake in honours maths because of the bonus points. He said this has influenced stronger candidates for the prestigious JP McManus scholarship.
“When these boys came in, in 2007 or 2008, they would have sat in the reception and seen the plaques and the photographs of the previous winners since 1997, and they would have imagined that this day would arrive and have their names up on the plaques, so we do have strong competition for that.”
Deputy principal of Presentation secondary school, Mary Ryan said this year’s Leaving Cert students set a high standard for years to come, and that it was one of the school’s most successful years.
“Everyone was very excited. They were apprehensive but extremely excited about getting their results. And I am delighted to say that we did well above the national average. There was a huge success rate with the project maths. It was an excellent year for maths, as there were no failures in the subject at all.”
She complimented the students for their “maturity” and that students nowadays are more eager about going to college and are focusing on future job opportunities.
Close to 2,500 students sat their Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied exams in Limerick this year.
- For more on Limerick’s Leaving Certificate results see the print editions of the broadsheet, in shops this Thursday morning