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Teachers confirm a second day’s strike action

The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today (Friday) decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced. Both unions, which represent 27,000 second level teachers, have a strong mandate for industrial action following ballots of membership. A first day’s strike action took place on December 2. The executive bodies of both unions also agreed that they are prepared to meet with Dr Pauric Travers with a view to facilitating constructive engagement that might help to resolve the impasse. The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan stated on Wednesday that she intends to request that Dr Travers consult with both sides, and the unions see this as a positive development.

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Two Clare students top of the class in Junior Cert

Two students in County Clare have received maximum marks in the Junior Cert results announced on September 10. Only four students in Ireland achieved 12 As in the Junior Cert this year, one in the West of the county and one in Ennis. Criostóir King from Kilrush Community School and Róisín Ní Fhallúin from Ballynacally, a student in Gaelcholáiste an Chláir in Ennis, were both described as “very deserving” of the results. According to Áine Uí Chonsaidín, muinteoir í bhfeighil at Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, teachers and management at the school are delighted with Róisín’s results. “We knew she was going to do well but she surpassed all our expectations. She is a fabulous girl. She is a great all rounder; she plays sport and music and has huge academic ability as well. The Gaelcholáiste always gets great results but it is a huge achievement to get one of the best results in the country and a great reflection on the …

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Gardai Warning to those Attending Junior Cert Disco

Clare students will be celebrating their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday and as the annual celebratory disco takes place that evening in Ennis, the gardaí have issued a warning to those attending and their parents. The event takes place in Ennis on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and it is an alcohol free disco confined to Junior Certificate students aged between 14 and 17 years of age. “A large crowd of students are expected to attend from the county and bordering counties. To ensure a safe and enjoyable night out for these students we the Gardai have the following advice to parents, transport operators and to the students themselves. Appropriate attire would be appreciated. Parents are to ensure that arrangements are in place for the safe arrival and departure of their children. To transport operators busses are to ensure that no alcohol is allowed on their vehicles and are advised not to allow any person whom they believe to be …

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English kicks off Leaving Cert for Clare students

MORE than 2,800 Clare students began their State exams on Wednesday. Nearly 1,400 students; 664 female and 729 male, were registered to sit their Leaving Cert in centres across Clare beginning this week. A further 67 students, 31 female and 36 male were expected to sit the Leaving Cert Applied here. The Leaving Cert began with English Paper 1 followed by Home Economics, Scientific and Social studies in the afternoon. For the Junior Cert, English and Communications was taken in the morning followed by Social Education in the afternoon. Just over 1,400 young people were registered for the Junior Cert exams in Clare, consisting of 714 girls and 687 boys. In total 60,698 young people are sitting the Junior Cert this week, while 54,933 were doing the Leaving Cert along with 3,042 taking the Leaving Cert Applied exams. The Leaving Cert Higher Level Paper 1 lasted three hours and included texts on bank robbery, pop music and video games as …

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2,800 Clare students facing exams

As around 2,800 Clare students began the first of the main Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert Applied and Junior Cert examinations this morning (Wednesday), the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has issued a reminder about its annual blog. “The exam blog goes live on Wednesday and students from across the country will be blogging throughout the exams, letting us know how they’re finding the exam process, and what they think of the exams themselves,” said ISSU president, Craig Mc Hugh “Students in Ireland should take care to relax over the next few weeks and avoid cramming, the most important thing is for them to present what they’ve learned over the course of their studies, not in the night before. As a fifth year student myself, I can only begin to imagine the feelings among exam students, but I’d like to urge all candidates to relax and realise that they are only human and can only do their best,” he said. ISSU …

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Clare Champion short story competition launched

THE Clare Champion Short Story Competition 2014 has just been launched. Open to second-level pupils, the  competition has gone from strength to strength over the past eight years, with a record number of 270 entries received last year. The stories can be on any subject and should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words long. There are two entry categories for the competition, Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate, but entries are open to those from first year to sixth year. The first prize in each category is €300, second prize is €200 and third prize is €100. There are also awards for those highly commended and all those shortlisted will have their stories published in The Clare Champion. The competition aims to recognise the talents of young writers across its readership, which not only encompasses County Clare but extends into South Galway. Clare Champion editor, Austin Hobbs said, “Practically every school in the county has had a student on the winners’ list, …

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Nicole defies the odds with outstanding results

THOUSANDS of young people around the country collected their Junior Certificate results this week but for one 16-year-old, it was a day she and her family were not sure they would ever see. An elated Nicole Norton collected her results from St Flannan’s College in Ennis on Wednesday afternoon. The Barefield teenager, who has cerebral palsy, achieved five honours after sitting exams in maths, English, geography, religion and CSPE in June. “I am so proud. People told us that they couldn’t see a day when Nicole would sit a State exam and now she has three As and two Bs,” Nicole’s mother Ann beamed. “Nicole is completely reliant on people. She has very little movement. She is in a wheelchair. Her right side is slightly better than her left but she doesn’t have a huge amount of control of her body. She uses a laptop and types with one finger. She is visually impaired and she has a speech impairment. …

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Parents warned to know where teens are

MORE than 1,400 Clare teens were among the nearly 60,000 students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday afternoon. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors of Ireland (IGC) advised the 685 girls and 743 boys to celebrate sensibly and to use their first experience with State exams to their advantage. “For many students this is the result of three years hard work and is a base for them to build their future studies on for the Leaving Cert and higher education. I would urge students to celebrate sensibly and anyone who is disappointed with their results should remember that this is a trial run and you can use this experience to do a lot better in the future. I would also remind them that there are many routes to what they want to do later in life, not just the academic one,” commented John O’Donovan, Clare representative on the ICG national executive. While Wednesday night is the traditional night for …

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