THE Project Maths debate raged prior to and in the wake of the Leaving Certificate results and the first round CAO offers made earlier this week. It even divided the views of students at Portlaoise CBS.
Michael Finlay who achieved 575 points said he ‘absolutely hated’ the new maths syllabus. He felt Paper One was reasonably alright but was ‘disgusted’ with Paper Two although he ‘got through it’. He felt Project Maths should be ‘done away with’.
And although Dean Lynch, who accumulated 570 points, found maths ‘tricky enough’ he gave it a general thumbs up.
“Coming out of the exam I was happy enough but the media made a big deal of it and it started me thinking ‘how did I get on?’ I didn’t know what to make of it to be honest until I got the results and I got a B in it and I was delighted.”
Dean, who represented Laois in minor hurling and gaelic football, said he ‘found a balance between school and sport’ and he is hoping to study Physical Education at UCC. A member of Portlaoise GAA Club he reflected, “Since I was six, I’ve been up in the field with Mick Nerney and Kevin Lynch playing hurling and football.”
Looking forward to the celebrations, Dean highlighted the ‘unique atmosphere’ at the CBS. “In History, English and Business I got A1’s so I was thrilled with them and the teachers were too, they were absolutely brilliant. There was great craic between the students and teachers.”
He admitted to being ‘slightly’ nervous when the exams began in June but he was relaxed last Wednesday. “All the hard work was done and this morning was about being rewarded for the work over the last six years. Everyone is thrilled. A lot of lads got 400 and 500 points and hopefully they all get the courses they want.”
Michael arrived at the CBS shortly after 10am and outlined that he ‘wasn’t expecting to do as well’ as he did.
He secured A1’s in English, Business and Accounting and he plans to study Economics & Finance at UCD. The 2012 Student of the Year said he’d great memories from his years at the CBS and that he was looking forward to the celebrations.