Day one of the Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examinations appeared to go well yesterday, with more than 4,000 Donegal students sitting exams around the county.
“Students seem relieved to have it started after the wait,” said Jimmy Keogh, principal of Coláiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon, where 250 students began exams yesterday. He wished the students “the best for the rest of the exams and a good summer after that”.
Across Donegal, 2,073 Leaving Cert students, 176 Leaving Cert Applied students and 2,228 Junior Cert students were to sit exams yesterday. Nationally, early figures showed 53,789 Leaving Cert students, 3,301 Leaving Cert Applied students and 59,684 Junior Cert students were to sit exams this year.
This was the first year for Finn Valley College students in the new Stranorlar school building. “It’s nice, cool weather for the start of the exam, which will help the students,” Principal Frank Dooley said. There were 110 Finn Valley students sitting exams.
“Thankfully everything is running smoothly,” Mr. Dooley said yesterday.
At Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, 97 students sat Junior, Leaving and Leaving Certificate Applied exams. Speaking of the higher English exam yesterday morning, Principal Noel Ó Gallchóir said, “I would say most students were happy.”
Chris Darby, principal of St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny, said he was glad to see students had followed the school’s advice, and arrived on time and well rested. “It bodes well for a successful sitting of the exams,” he said.
There were 318 St. Eunan’s Junior and Leaving Cert students yesterday, including one who was facilitated at Letterkenny General Hospital, where he was recuperating after having his appendix removed on Friday.
“So far, so good,” said Anne Marie Luby, principal of St. Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs, where 100 students sat exams yesterday.
Emmanuel McCormack, principal of Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town said after talking to some of the exam students, that “they seem to be happy enough with their lot this morning.” There were 275 students sitting exams at the school yesterday.
The 20 exam students at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada on Arranmore Island “all stayed in until the end of the exams -- nobody left early,” said Principal Máire Ui Dhochartaigh. “They all seemed very pleased.”
There were 120 Leaving, 10 Leaving Applied and 130 Junior exam students at Loreto Community School in Milford yesterday.
Andrew Kelly, Loreto principal, said students seemed pleased with yesterday morning’s English paper. “It has given them a very good start, and hopefully they will relax for the rest of it,” he said.