The deluge of rain last Wednesday morning didn’t dilute the high spirits of most who arrived at Mountmellick Community School to collect their Leaving Certificate results, with an estimated quarter of the 115 students scoring more than 400 points.
They were slow to brave the weather however, as piles of envelopes still awaited collection at 11am. Once the dreaded brown envelopes were torn open and results counted up, students quickly returned to their anxious parents waiting in their cars.
First to go in was a nervous Grainne Scott, who is hoping to study nursing at Athlone. She accurately predicted a high score in her history, a B2, and unfortunately a low score in the new Project Maths syllabus, which she admitted she found “diabolical”,
“I am happy enough, I will go celebrate tonight, I have been accepted for a PLC so I will consider my options,” she said.
Thomas Keating from Rosenallis had repeated the exam, and was happy after scoring a B1 in English.
“It’s fantastic, better than last year. Project maths was a bit iffy, very different,” said Thomas, who plans to study Biotechnology in DCU.
Musician Paul Allen from The Rock got enough to get him to Ballyfermot, where the guitarist, singer and bass player with State 79 plans to further his musical education.
Amanda Conroy from Mountmellick was over the moon with her 430 points, as big sister Gemma looked on proudly.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d get it, I feel great, delighted, I only needed 390 to study Business in Limerick,” said Amanda.
Joyce Dunne from Eyne got an impressive 535 points, coming in to collect her paper later in the morning.
She spoke to the Leinster Express by phone and was surprised to hear she had the top results, with an A2 in Biology, a C in Engineering and the rest all B’s.
“I was mostly happy, but a bit disappointed with some stuff. I am getting my maths and chemistry rechecked. I hope to to study Physiotherapy in Trinity, but it’s borderline, depending on points,” said Joyce, who was looking forward to collecting her Debs dress that evening.
Top scoring male student was Jonathan Reddin from Acragar, with 495 points.
Deputy Principal Frances Kerry reported the mood as being good.
“They all seemed quite happy, For those who didn’t get what they needed, there are loads of other routes to take, and we will help them. A huge congratulations to them all, and well done to the teachers too,” she said.
She accepted that the Project Maths course, introduced last year was difficult for some to adjust to.
“Naturally you are going to get some problems, but in Honours Maths we got excellent results, also in Business, Accounting, Home Economics and LCVP,” she said, adding that more than 90 per cent of the graduates are going into further education.