THERE was delight and relief on the faces of many students as they arrived to Heywood CS last Wednesday to collect their much anticipated Leaving Cert results.
School principal Philip Bowe told the Leinster Express that he was pleased and delighted with this year’s results. “The tradition of hard work and dedication here in Heywood has paid off. We have had an increase in As in Irish, English and Maths”. Mr Bowe said that with the change to the points for higher level maths (students who complete higher level maths receive 25 extra points), many students are now achieving well over the 500 point mark.
Student Stephen Kelly from Borris in Ossory said that he hadn’t slept the night before thinking about getting his results. Stephen who hopes to study sports management in Waterford said he was looking forward to the celebrations later that evening. David McElwaine from Ballyouskill is hoping to do games design in UL. “I got a good night’s sleep but I was a bit nervous over the past few days”, he said.
“It didn’t hit me until this morning”, said Jack Roach from Abbeyleix. “I was a bit nervous, I couldn’t eat my breakfast”. Jack, who is hoping to do sports rehab in Carlow said that he will and he won’t miss Heywood. His mother Nikki Roache also said that she was nervous on the day. “I’m just hoping that he gets what he wants. he’s been getting calls from family and friends all day wishing him well”.
Students James Lowry from Timahoe, William McDonald from The Swan and Eamon Nolan from Abbeyleix said that they were glad the waiting was over. “We won’t miss school too much”, joked Eamon. James and William are hoping to go into agriculture, and Eamon is hoping for digital media.
Principal Philip Bowe said that over 90% of students from the school are hoping to go to college, with popular course choices this year including technology, engineering, digital media.