Quirky questions but no major problems as Wexford students start Leaving Cert exams

By David Tucker

if HAPPY, smiling - and relieved - faces were anything to go by, the opening round of the 2017 Leaving Certificate - English Paper 1 - posed no major problems for students at Wexford town's secondary schools.

And even a 'quirky' optional question asking those sitting the paper to describe how they would pass on knowledge to their fellow students about how they created the wheel, in the event they did, brought smiles rather than frowns.

Principals and teachers were happy too, with CBS Principal Michael McMahon saying that things had gone well.

'It all went to plan,' he said at the school where 91 students are sitting the Leaving Cert and 107 the Junior Cert.

After all the build up, the tension, the frayed nerves and for some, sleepless nights, the students seem to have taken it all in their stride.

At the CBS, Tony Wilde, Matthew Creane and Terry Whitty, all from 'Wexford town', were all 'happy enough'.

'English Paper 1 was kind, we're waiting now for Paper 2 tomorrow,' said Tony, standing outside the examination room shortly after the students handed in their papers.

'It was a nice one to start off with,' said Matthew.

Terry said the paper was 'easy enough'.

'Everything that came up suited me well, it was grand.'

'It was very good,' said Michael Kaluzny, also from Wexford town, gathered with a couple of his friends for a post-mortem on the paper.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Mahon, another CBS studest, said the first paper of this year's Leaving Cert 'wasn't too bad'.

A couple of kilometres away at St Peter's, the message was very much the same.

'It was grand. I was a bit nervous, but it was fine once I saw the paper,' said Ben Redmond, from Blackwater.

'It wasn't too bad, although some bits were difficult,' said Sean Keane, from Curracloe, sitting on the wall in the school car park.

'It went very well, it's Paper 2 that I'm worried about,' said Niall O'Dowd, from Barntown, 'I'm happy with the way it went'.

Conor Neville, from Crossabeg, was sitting in his mum Susan's car.

'It's great it has started, there was a long build-up, but now it's the beginning of the end,' said Susan.

'I'm happy enough with it overall. It was a tough paper,' said Conor.

Across at the Loreto, Siofra McGuinness, from Wexford town, and Isabelle Mullins, from Carne, were re-running the paper outside the school.

'It was good, though some of the questions were a bit quirky, said Shiofra, highlighting the question about inventing the wheel as probably the quirkiest, although she thought it was a good idea.

Isabelle said there were a few trick questions, although nothing too difficult.

'Overall it was all right. It could have been a lot worse. There was nothing in it that I wasn't expecting,' she said.

Fionnuala Smith, from Oulart said it was a good paper, and her friend Aoife Hearne, from Wexford town, agreed.

'It was a confidence builder,' she said.

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