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Leaving and Junior Cert exams begin

As the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams begin today (Wednesday), ASTI President Philip Irwin has urged students in Clare and countrywide to “look after yourself” over the coming days and weeks. First up for both the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert was the English paper 1, to be followed in the afternoon by English paper 2 for the Leaving Cert. Junior Cert students are facing into Home Economics. “It’s normal that you would experience some stress during the exams period. However, it is important to keep things in perspective – these exams do not define your worth as a person. Just as in life, you may have good days and not so good days,” was Mr Irwin’s message to approximately 119,000 sitting the State exams. “The important thing is to move on and put extra effort into looking after yourself. Have a good routine including enough time for sleep, rest, relaxation and exercise, and make sure you are eating well. All …

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Leaving Cert students collect results

The anxious wait is over for the more than 1,400 Clare students who sat their Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied exams in June. Results of the State Exams were released from schools this morning and are available online and by phone from midday today (Wednesday). In Clare 661 females and 713 males sat the Leaving Cert in the county while 30 females and 35 females completed the Leaving Cert Applied. Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today congratulated the 56,990 Leaving Certificate students who are receiving their results. “Completing secondary school and the Leaving Certificate is a milestone in many people’s lives. Every student should be proud of their achievement. Today is the culmination of much hard work and sacrifice and I hope that the effort students made is reflected in their results,” she said. “Students now have the opportunity to choose which path they want to take next. There are a wide range of opportunities available …

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Leaving Cert cheap drink warning

Young people celebrating their Leaving Cert results should not be targeted by cheap alcohol promotions. That’s the message sounded by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, in calling on pubs and nightclubs not to use cheap alcohol promotions to target young people planning on celebrating their Leaving Cert results this week. “It’s natural that students want to go out, have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland. “The reality is that for a significant number of young people, their plans to celebrate this week will include drinking and, as a result, they are already being targeted by venues with offers of cheap alcohol, including price promotions based on the number of drinks bought. Promotions and ‘drinks deals’ like this are aimed squarely at young people and encourage the type of harmful binge drinking that is such …

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iPoints App for Leaving Cert results

With the Leaving Certificate results being published this Wednesday, NUI Galway’s award-wining iPhone app, designed to calculate points, is available to download free through iTunes. Since launching the app last year it has been downloaded over 8,000 times, with an average of 200 downloads every month. NUI Galway, in partnership with former IT student, Paul Herron, developed the iPhone app, which will allow Leaving Certt students to quickly and easily calculate their points when they receive their exam results. Paul, originally from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, explained, “This app aims to simplify the point calculation process for students to relieve some of the stress of Leaving Cert results day” CAO points are calculated based on a student’s six highest results in one sitting of the Leaving Certificate. Students using the app will simply enter their results for each subject, indicating whether it is higher or ordinary level. The app calculates the number of points attained in each subject, and indicates the …

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Nervous wait for Leaving Certs

ABOUT 1,400 students and their families in Clare have a nervous week ahead, as they await the Leaving Cert results, which will be released on Wednesday. This year, 664 girls and 729 boys were registered to sit their final State exams in June, while a further 31 females and 36 males were registered for the Leaving Cert Applied. This week, they will find out how they got on. Gardaí in Clare are encouraging young people to enjoy themselves but to behave responsibly in their celebrations. “People have put a lot of hard work into getting these results and we are here to facilitate them having a good and safe time. There is a responsibility on people to ensure they don’t over-do it and get over-enthusiastic and drink too much because, if that happens, we will have to step in and may have to arrest them. Leaving Cert results are the start of a whole new chapter in people’s lives and …

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CAO change of mind deadline looms

The Leaving Cert exams are over – highlighter-filled, dog-eared books thrown in a corner at home. So what’s to worry about? Well for most, nothing, we hope. However, for some, the worry of not having done as well as had been hoped brings up the question, should I change my CAO preferences? Since May 5, you may change your CAO course choices – without cost – as often as you wish, up to 5.15pm on Tuesday, July 1. The best time to do this, if at all, may be in a relaxed frame of mind a few days after your exams are over. Remember, however, to leave your course choices in order of genuine preference, regardless of what points you feel you may get. There are a few very valid reasons why this is important: 1. You have so many choices (10 Level 8 and 10 Level 7/6 choices) so as long as you believe your last few choices are …

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O’Donnell says be SMART about college

As the CAO Change of Mind deadline on July1 looms, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is reminded parents and students considering whether to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at third level to visit www. smartfutures.ie. Clare’s All-Ireland hurling final hero, Shane O’Donnell, who is studying genetics at University College Cork (UCC), is an ambassador for Smart Futures and will help Smart Futures highlight the opportunities available to young people in the areas of STEM. Smart Futures is a Government-industry initiative providing access to STEM careers information and role models to second-level students, parents, teachers and careers guidance counsellors in Ireland. At this important time in the education calendar, this online resource will be important for parents looking for information about STEM careers, to help best support their children in making study and career decisions. An online resource for students and parents alike, Smart Futures demonstrates the huge range of opportunities open to post-primary students that study STEM subjects at second and …

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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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