Nerves and excitement were in the air at Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington as the class of 2018 received their Leaving Cert results last week.
Many of the students set a new trend taking the big envelope home to face the results with their families.
This resulted in some nervous groups of friends gathering to embrace the last few moments of the unknown before heading their separate ways ahead of the celebrations.
One student who broke the trend was Leah Naughton from Portarlington who was delighted to open her results and see she met the requirements to go on and study to be a primary school teacher.
“I got my H5 in Irish for primary teaching! I’m so happy,” she said.
Kieran Leinung opened his too and was relieved to see he got 522 points when he needed 520.
“I want to do Business, Economic and Social Studies in Trinity and I just got it by like a point, I feel relieved. It wasn't a hard year really but it was tiring,” he said.
A nervous Nicole Garnek who wants to study Genetics in Maynooth and her friend Karolina Wasowicz decided to swap their results and break the news to each other.
“I actually don’t know what I want to do next, I haven't decided, we will see how the points go and we will go from there. We are going to swap them, she is going to open mine and I am going to open hers and then we will just spill it,” Karolina said.
Parents Rosaleen and John Ryan waited with bated breath for their daughter Emma to open her results.
“We are so nervous for her, hopefully she gets what she wants, she worked so hard all her school life so it all depended on this one exam which is hard. We just want her to open it!” Rosaleen said.
Deputy Principal at Coláiste Íosagáin, Ms Siobhán Higgins, was delighted with the class and said there are many pathways in life after the Leaving Cert.
“As long as they get what they want in life it is not the end of the world, as long as they are happy that’s what we want for them that they reach their dreams.
“That is a message we want to get through to them, third level is not for everybody, there are apprenticeships, there are other routes just keep at it and whatever it is strive to get there. That is what we always say to them here all the time as long as they have a goal in mind and that’s what they want to do, keep at it.
"This morning they did very well, they will be delighted with themselves at the end of the day that’s what we want,” she said.
With a huge class of around 180 students, Ms Higgins praised the class who have stuck together over the years.
“They are an outstanding group, they are fabulous, all the way through they have had solidarity, they are always routing for each other you see that today and that is something we encourage.
“During their graduation mass you saw this bond between them and that has been the case throughout the years and I hope when they go their separate ways that they remember they had friends here,” she added.
Principal Seamus Bennett congratulated the students.
“In general they are very happy both Leaving Certs and Leaving Certificate Applied students did very well, the student body is happy with themselves so we are happy,”he said.
Photographer Michael Scully captured the exciting morning, flick through the gallery above. See this week's Leinster Express for some printed pictures.