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Students celebrate top class exam results

BALLYEA resident Róisín Ní Fhallúin has achieved one of the highest scores in the country in the Leaving Certificate, having received seven H1 grades yielding a maximum of 625 points. The Gaelcholáiste an Chláir student is one of 63 in the country to receive the maximum grade in seven subjects and is now preparing to embark on a course in psychology and maths at Trinity College Dublin. Róisín said she wasn’t expecting to do so well and was hoping for points in the region of 570, in order to do her chosen CAO course. “My course was 570, so I was hoping I had got 577. I was hoping for two or three H1s. I can’t believe I got it in English because I just didn’t think it went well for me at all.” Róisín said she enjoyed the experience of going in to collect her results. “It was lovely going in. Everyone was nervous going there and a few …

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SUSI application deadline looms

The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2017/18 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is this Thursday, July 13. Graham Doyle, head of communications & customer service with SUSI, said, “The processing of grant applications is once again running pretty smoothly. We are expecting to receive around 105,000 applications for the 2017/18 academic year. We have received 80,000 applications to-date and I would urge students to apply before the deadline to ensure that their applications receive priority”. The national awarding authority has already awarded grants to more than 41,000 students for 2017/18, including 10,500 new students. Mr Doyle said, “Leaving Certificate students should not wait until they receive their Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers late in August before applying to SUSI. They should put down their first choice of course on their SUSI application forms …

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Leaving Cert exam helpline

WITH more than 56,000 Leaving Certificate students set to get their results on Wednesday, the free Examination Helpline is at the ready to offer support and valuable information. Hosted by the National Parents’ Council Post Primary (NPCpp), it will be open from Wednesday until Wednesday, August 24 to take calls from students, parents and teachers. The Helpline is sponsored by the Irish Independent and eircom and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. It is staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, who are fully qualified experts in their field, while representative of the grant-awarding body, SUSI, will also be on hand to answer queries. All queries on third level courses, such as the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training options will be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner. The Helpline received thousands of calls last year, and helped students to make informed decisions about the choices they faced and …

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‘Champion looking for short stories

ENTRIES for The Clare Champion Short Story Competition 2016 are now being accepted. Second-level students are invited to submit between 1,000 and 1,500 words on any subject of their choice, with Leaving Cert and Junior Cert categories for the young writers. The first prize is €300, with €200 for the runner-up and €100 for third place in each category. There will also be a number of prizes for highly commended short stories. Prospective entrants should submit a typed-only entry with their name, age, telephone number, school, year and English teacher’s name to Second Level Schools Short Story Competition Category (Leaving Cert or Junior Cert), The Clare Champion, Barrack Street, Ennis. The deadline is February 19, 2016. Editor of The Clare Champion Austin Hobbs said the Short Story Competition has proven to be very popular over the years, with the students, schools and parents. “It’s one of the most successful projects that we’ve ever undertaken. While we have a lot of …

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Students’ Union offers advice on exam results

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union has congratulated all 57,929 students who received their Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results today. Speaking this morning, ISSU President Rob O’Donnell said, “As a Leaving Cert student, I now fully understand the emotions, the stress, the strain and the uncertainty that goes through young people’s minds during this time of year. No matter what way results go, we will survive. It’s important to be proud of your achievements and to not stress over points and the CAO offer rounds. I wish everyone the very best of luck with their results. Thing will always work out in the end and these exams will not define anyone as a person. Celebrate responsibly and best of luck for next year, whatever it may entail.” ISSU deputy president, Joanna Siewierska added, “As a Leaving Cert survivor myself, I completely understand the butterflies and the emotions that you are feeling right now. Take plenty of deep breaths and …

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First round of CAO offers

There was general satisfaction among Clare Leaving Certificate students at this morning’s first round of CAO offers to third level institutions. Over 50,000 third level applicants across Ireland, including up to 1,400 here in Clare, received the much anticipated letter in the post or checked their offers on-line details. Demand for science and technology courses is expected to have grown considerably this year. A record number of Leaving Cert students got 25 bonus points for passing higher level maths and this is being linked to a rise in the points needed for technology-related courses.

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‘Champion feature: Education for the Future

Now that Leaving Certificate students have received their results and calculated their points, they can gather their thoughts as to what the future holds for them. There is literally something for everybody out there. This week’s special Clare Champion feature, Education for the Future, can assist students in deciding what universities, ITs, other acredited third level institutions or post Leaving Certificate course providers best suit their career path. In addition to listing the courses, many give a background on the history and particular strengths of their respective centre of education.

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