All running smoothly as exams get under way in Wexford
The first day of the Leaving Cert passed with a whimper rather than a bang in Wexford on Wednesday, with the English paper causing few problems and even drawing comments from students that it was a nice introduction to the examinations.
Almost on cue, the weather improved after a dismal start to the week, and predictably the sun started shining at students streamed into the exam halls.
By Thursday, with the second English paper under way, the weather was even better - had summer finally arrived?
Adam Culleton, from Wexford CBS, said he was 'happy enough.'
'It went well. Some of the questions didn't really suit my style, but I'm happy enough though.'
Donal Moore, also from the CBS, said, 'Paper One was surprisingly OK, it was handy enough for a first paper, a nice introduction to the Leaving Cert.. there was a good variety of question Bs and essay titles. I chose one about writing a short story in which the main character's life is changed by a daunting challenge.. I got through it.'
Thomas Sheridan, from St. Peter's College, said the first paper was 'fairly straightforward'.
'I'm happy enough with the paper, it was fairly straightforward.'
David Dempsey from the CBS said he was happy with how the English papers had done.
Billy O'Shea, the Principal at the Loreto in Wexford, said the exams were going 'very smoothly'.
'On the ground it all appears to be fine so far, with no scares or nasty surprises,' he said.
The Loreto has 118 students doing their Leaving Cert and 120 doing the Junior Cert.
A total of 1,917 County Wexford students began their Leaving Cert last week, with 135 of their number sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) exam.
At the same time, 2,130 Wexford students begin their Junior Cert exams, again starting with English.
In County Wexford there are more female students sitting the Junior Cert this year, but more male students sitting the Leaving.
This year's Leaving Cert exams run until Friday, June 19, but many students will complete their exams before that date, depending on their subject choices. The Junior Cert finishes up with Latin, Classical Studies, Italian, and Ancient Greek on Thusday, June 18. The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme finish on Thursday, June 11.
The results of the Leaving Certificate examinations will be available on Wednesday, August 12. Results of the Junior Certificate will be available in mid-September.