Principals around the county yesterday reported strong results in the annual Junior Certificate examinations, with many reporting strong showings in science and maths.
A little more than 2,200 Junior Cert students received their examination results in Donegal yesterday, and nearly 57,000 students nationally.
“We’re delighted with the results,” said Susan Kenny, principal of Loreto Letterkenny, who said maths and science scores at the school were very good.
“We had a high number of students who got A’s across the board,” Mrs. Kenny said. “Seven, eight, nine, ten, 11 A’s.” Loreto had 173 students sitting this year’s Junior Cert.
Ruairi Quinn, TD, minister for education and skills, said he was pleased to see the number of students taking higher-level science rose again this year, with 2,500 more students taking this year’s paper compared to last year.
“Today’s results are the culmination of many hours of hard work by all the students, their parents and teachers, and they all should be very proud of what has been achieved,” Minister Quinn said.
Chris Darby, principal of St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny, was also very pleased with the results for the 171 college students who sat the Junior Cert.
“There is nervous excitement and anticipation with the fifth-years, but we’re trying to keep everything as normal as possible,” he said. “But there are very, very strong results this year and we’re very happy with them.”
Maeve Scully, principal at St. Columba’s College in Stranorlar, said, “We’ve had a number of incredible results, right up to and including 11 A’s.”
“I’ve been blown away by the results,” she said. Ms. Scully said the school’s Junior Cert Schools Programme students also did very well.
Noel Ó Gallchóir, principal of Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, said the Gaeltacht school recorded strong results across all subjects.
“We’d have been very happy with maths and science,” Mr. Ó Gallchóir said, adding that many students took the subjects at higher level.
Other subjects, including business studies and home economics, also recorded a high number of A’s and B’s, and pobalscoil students are traditionally strong in Irish, the principal said.
Students at Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town were also celebrating strong results. Vice-principal Ronan Doherty said students achieved good results across the board and even managed to buck the national trend in mathematics.
“They were all very happy with their results. We had some excellent results. We don’t like to pinpoint people in particular but we had some very good results,” he said.
He said there was a “good consistency” in the range of results from the 130 pupils who took the tests in June.
“We are happy with our results and they are in line with previous years,” Mr. Doherty said.