Cork students celebrate results
There was an overall sigh of relief for 5,855 students throughout Cork city and county who received their Leaving Certificate results yesterday. 2,963 female students and 2,892 male students undertook the exams.
This year was the first time that students who obtained a pass grade in honours maths received 25 bonus points to add to their result and more than 11,100 candidates sat this paper this year, up from 8,235 in 2011.
Gerry Breslin, President of the ASTI congratulated the thousands of students who received their results.
"While we often hear stories about the high fliers, the Leaving Cert results are about celebrating the unique talents, interests, abilities and commitment of each and every Leaving Cert student. These students have reached a significant milestone in their lives. While these are challenging times, there are many opportunities out there and I would encourage students to take time to explore all their options in the days and weeks ahead, " said Gerry.
"Many teachers have spent five or six years working with these people in the classroom as well as on extra-curricular activities and events and it is a proud moment for teachers when they watch another group of young people complete their second level education and face the world with confidence in themselves."
Senator Deirdre Clune welcomed the 35 per cent increase in students sitting higher level maths in the Leaving Certificate with almost 97.7 per cent achieving a D3 grade or higher which entitles them to 25 bonus points to add to their overall results.
"I am delighted the system of awarding bonus points in return for sitting high level maths is working. The extra points on offer has obviously encouraged more students to sit honours maths while in previous years many might have been tempted to drop to ordinary level, " said Senator Clune.
"It is very promising that the level of failure has dropped to 2.3 per cent for higher level maths. The additional points are just the beginning of the potential benefits for these students and hopefully these results are reflected in the CAO offers with a high demand for maths related courses like science and ICT areas."
Almost 56,000 students candidates received their results yesterday, down by 3.2 per cent on the 2011 figure and results obtained in most subjects this year followed broadly similar patterns to those of previous years.
A number of help facilities will be operating from 15 August to provide information and advice to students and parents. The National Parent's Council post primary help line will be staffed by fully qualified guidance counsellors from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the help line number is 1800265165. The first round of CAO offers will be released on Monday 20 August and their help line will be operating from Monday 20 August until Wednesday 22 August.
Candidates are also strongly advised to consult the Leaving Certificate Candidate Information Booklet if they want to view their scripts or appeal a grade.
Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig
The forecast was the last thing on the minds of Leaving Cert students in Ballincollig yesterday morning. Amid the pelting rain students began arriving at Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig just before 9am to collect their results and end the agonising waiting game.
For Jake Murphy from Blarney, seven was the magic number as he received seven A1s and he was overjoyed with his results which will surely guarantee his hope of studying Medicine at UCC this September.
"I really wasn't expecting that and to be honest I'm delighted with it. I just rang my parents there and they were screaming down the phone when I told them what I got. They were over the moon for me and it will take a while for it to sink in, said a thrilled Jake.
Michelle Sliney, Principal of Coláiste Choilm said that overall they were very happy with the results her students obtained.
"The results overall were very good and there were very high standards and there was relief with the honours maths results and those that undertook will get their bonus points. Everyone seems happy with what they got," she said.
Career Guidance counsellor, Sephine Hallahal was there to help and advise students about calculating their points and other options. Most of the students that the Cork Independent spoke to there were very happy with their results.
College of Commerce
For 30 year old Francesco Grassato from Milan, getting his Leaving Cert results was a very poignant moment considering he didn't speak a word of English up until seven years ago. The Italian who lives in Cork was delighted with his results considering he had to balance his bar job in the River Lee Hotel with his studying over the last year.
"I'm thrilled to have done so well and what's really good as well is that I passed all these exams in English. The teachers here at the College of Commerce have been brilliant and very supportive and I want to thank them for helping me," said Francesco who completed his exams under the Adult Education section.
Francesco now plans to study psychology and sociology in the coming year at the College of Commerce and hopes to attend UCC.
While Kathlynn Punch from Glanmire had received her envelope, she was none the wiser of what her results actually were as she was waiting to get home before opening the envelope.
"I suppose I'm a bit superstitious that way, I'll wait for the next bus home and then open them when I get in the door. I hope I do well as I've worked hard all year. The Adult Education Leaving Cert were great and very supportive too and the teachers really helped us throughout the year, " said, Kathlynn who has already been accepted to study Multimedia in St John's College in September.
For some of the Repeat Leaving Cert class there was a general consensus that they will get the course they want second time round.
"I'm delighted with the results after a tough year of study and hopefully I will get what I want," said Connor Hickey from Ovens.