Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CPC students and staff 'delighted with LC results'

Ben Newman, Avril Glendon, Ellie O'Toole, Lisa Aspell, Niamh Garrett, Fiachra Healy and Adam Walsh with their Leaving Cert results this morning. Pic by Catherine Moynihan.
"It was great to see so many of them bouncing in, already knowing that they had got the points for their choices."

The Leaving Cert results day is arguably as much a time of anxiety for the staff of Cross & Passion College as it is for the students themselves, writes Brian Byrne. But Principal Catherine Moynihan and her team were in equally celebratory mood later this morning as the students, and their parents, will be all day.

"They were very good results indeed," Catherine told the Diary. "It's possibly the most anxious time for the students, as it is the first and only time in their lives when they will be competing against 57,000 of their peers, for third level places."

Deputy Principal Joe Leonard said it was very noticeable this year how clear and focused the Leaving Cert students were on their choices towards careers. "They all seem to know where they want to go."

A hundred and nine CPC students sat this year's Leaving, among them a group who took the Leaving Certificate Applied. "We're totally delighted with the number of those who achieved Distinction," Catherine says.

In line with national trends, a significant number in CPC took the Higher Level Maths exam, in part to gain the bonus marks. "But increasingly they are beginning to see the value of Higher Maths in itself, and the numbers going there are increasing."

Noting that this is possibly the biggest change the students will face in their lives — doing their exams, choosing career paths and course, probably leaving home, all at the same time — Catherine, on behalf of all the staff at CPC, said they wish the young adults who have just finished the very best in their future.

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