WHILE heavy rain prevented a crowd of ecstatic students from leaving the school grounds, the foyer of St Clement’s Redemptorist College was clustered with blue uniforms and relieved faces.
Groups of delighted students came together to pose for photos, waving the certs that proved their three-year efforts in 10 subjects.
Principal Vincent Foley said it was a proud day for the school with the success of one student who achieved 10 As.
“Congratulations to all the teachers and the students. It’s an excellent day and most important thing is that they enjoy the evening, forget about the Junior Cert exams and work hard for the Leaving Cert,” he said.
Some Junior Cert students spoke about Leaving Cert subjects they would be taking up, in order to get the college course they want in three years time.
Laid-back Sean O’Brien, who earned 10 As, told the Limerick Leader that he has yet to think about college.
“I am absolutely delighted with my results. I worked hard enough, but I didn’t kill myself. I was pretty comfortable about it all year. My best subject was probably English. I was delighted that a review popped up in the exam because that was my favourite part,” he said.
St Clement’s had another academic success when Raza Abbas followed a tradition in his family of taking home eight As and two Bs.
“I am very happy with my results. I was so nervous, I couldn’t even open up the envelope for a few seconds. My brother Jaffar got the same results as me; he got eight As and two Bs. But there’s no competition between us because we are both different. After Leaving Cert, I hope to do business, but I also have an interest in astrology,” he said.
Amongst the many successful secondary schools was Ard Scoil Rís, where students Mark Considine, Luke Doherty, Eoin Caffery and Goffrey Keating achieved 10 As.
The North Circular Road school gained another achievement when all of Padraig Doyle’s 30 students received top marks in history.
On the other side of the city, on Sexton Street, Presentation Secondary School’s Junior Cert students repeated the standard of their Leaving Cert graduates and exceeded the “national average”, according to principal Marion Cummins, who was “delighted” with this year’s results.
“Virtually all the pupils got honours and the results were above the average,” she said.
Gaelscoil Coláiste Lumni was not short a success story. One student, who earned eight As and two Bs, was eagerly waiting for her mother to arrive at the school, so she could reveal the good news.
“I am delighted with how I got on. My best subject was science. So for Leaving Cert, I am going to do biology and chemistry. I might do physics - I’ll see. I want to go to Trinity College to do veterinary medicine. I got one of the best in the year, but I know my friend Eileen got nine As,” said content Sadhbh Anderson.
Scoil Carmel art teacher, Tom Shortt praised this year’s Junior Cert students for their “creative” influence in their projects.
“I was delighted with this year’s art students. We got a group, four of them, who got As, so it’s great when you see students hitting the highs spots. This year, they did a lot to do with computer games because they grew up with that. “Last year, I was seeing the influence of computer games in art, but this was the year where I was seeing the huge influence. We do have a student from this year’s Leaving Cert who is gone off to study in that field,” he said.