Over 4,000 students start state exams in Wexford
The moment that over 4,000 students have been nervously waiting for will finally arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Leaving and Junior Cert exams get in full swing.
A total of 1,971 students in Wexford will open up their Leaving Cert English papers in the morning. Of these 1,971 students 1,861 are sitting the traditional Leaving Certificate exams while the remaining 110 are sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied. There is an relatively even split between male and female students with 944 females sitting the Leaving Certificate and 917 males. 44 females are sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied compared to 66 men.
Meanwhile, 2,034 Junior Cert students, 1,004 females and 1,030 males, will begin their own English exam at 9 a.m.,
This year's Junior Cert exams will run until Thursday June 23, with more unusual subjects such as Latin, Classical Studies and Ancient Greek making up the bulk of the final few days.
The Leaving Cert exams will finish up on Friday June 24 with Religious Education and Applied Mathematics as the final subjects.
Stress can be a big factor for many students preparing to face their exams. Speaking in advance of the exams, Principal of Loreto Wexford Billy O' Shea highlighted the importance of minding yourself during exam time.
'It's important to acknowledge that there is stress but if teachers, parents and friends rally around, they can really help students. It's important for exam students to make sure they approach the exams fit in both mind and body,' he said. 'Stress management methods are taught in schools throughout the country now. It is important to get plenty of rest and above all, find someone to talk to.'
Loreto Wexford will have 120 students sitting the Junior Certificate exams and 120 sitting the Leaving Certificate.
'We wish all of our students every success and best of luck in the exams. We believe they have worked hard and prepared for the exams as best as they can,' said Billy.