St Patrick's celebrate excellent results
At St Patrick's
There was muchÂ joy and good news stories among the the 92 Leaving Cert students in St Patrick's College, when they opened their envelopes. Many stole away to a private corner, and more sought the support ofÂ their equallyÂ nervous parents in the car, as the moment of discovery arrived.Â That three students totted up their results and found they broke the 600 mark was an astonishing achievementÂ of whichÂ any school wouldÂ be justly proud.Â Further studies inÂ Science and Computer Science now await those accomplished minds.
Principal Chris Rowley was delightedÂ by the grades achieved by students across the board.
â€œThe honours English results here in the college were tremendous with a good splattering of H1s â€“ it was a standout subject, as was history this year â€“ there were a lot of H1s there too,â€ said Chris Rowley.
The science results were very good, and while at the time of speaking to the Celt he had not had the chance toÂ comprehensively analyse the results, the anecdotal responseÂ appeared positive.
â€œFrom talking to the lads after opening their results, they were very happy,â€ Principal Rowley said.
John Grogan was one of those students the Celt met in the college's corridorÂ to have the delight of achievingÂ good grades.Â The Milltown ladÂ did all honours with the exception of Irish, and was delighted to claim the 25 extra bonus forÂ Maths. All thingsÂ being equalÂ John seems destined toÂ progress to DCU to study Bio Medical Engineering.
Mark Dolan from Carrigallen opened his envelopes in the privacy of his parents' car, and pleased with his seven honours results. Chatting to the Celt in the school car park he happily reported he had surpassed the points required last year to get into his first preference course of Commerce in UCD.
New marking system
Principal Rowley said that while it took a little while to evaluate the new marking system and correlate the points, he was happy that it appeared to have resulted in a higher uptakeÂ of honours subject.
â€œThere is that little safety net of points there. It may take a couple of years to evaluate it and see where we are at with the new system,â€ he said.
He added that the â€œgreat fairnessâ€ in the Leaving Certificate is that it â€œrewards hard workâ€.
A lot of this year'sÂ St Patrick's College students are progressing onto courses in engineering, science, technology, business and finance.