Parents were in happy tears at Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise on August 15, where a “substantial” number of the 156 girls sitting the Leaving Cert got over 500 points.
Principal Helen O’Donnell prefers not to single out top achievers by name.
“I am proud of all of them, they are a very good group this year, and they are all ready now to take the next step in their lives. There are many very proud parents here today, and a great number of teachers, that shows the support the students have,” she said.
Two of those proud parents are Martin and Mary Brennan from Stradbally, whose daughter Sorcha got over 500 points, gaining mostly H2 grades.
“We are both sick with nerves, we had no sleep, we couldn’t eat,” said Martin, close to tears with relief.
Sorcha has enough points to get her chosen course, primary teaching in Mary Immaculate in Limerick.
“I can’t even speak, I’m shaking, I’ve a few points to spare hopefully,” said Sorcha.
Another tearfully happy parent was Chantal Ntumba, whose daughter Laurel also got over 500 points.
“I am so happy, she was panicking but she got her first choice. I am just so proud of my girl, I couldn’t sleep last night, I'm shaking,” she said, hugging Chantel in delight.
“I didn’t think I’d get this much, especially in maths, I did badly in the mocks but I doubled those points,” said Laurel, whose first choice is pharmacy in Cork.
Lucy Scully from Stradbally was thrilled with her high points.
“I plan to study chemistry in Cork, and I’ve 30 points to spare. I thought the chemistry exam was hard and am happy to get a H2. Accounting was an horrific paper, but I still did decently so they must have had to change the marking scheme,” she said.It had been a tense few days but the Scoil Chriost Ri Debs ball was a good distraction on Monday she said.
“Thank god we had the Debs because yesterday dragged,” a happy Lucy said.
Dominika Krygielska from Portlaoise was likewise happy.
“I hope to do a PLC in office administration in Portlaoise College, but I will wait to see if I get into college first, to study sports and science,” she said.
Ms O’Donnell acknowledged the efforts of teachers and year head Eileen Loughnane.
Deputy Principal is Anne Dollard.
“They were a lovely bunch who had great camaraderie and friendship, they were so mature, I will personally miss them,” she said.