celebrations as students finally get their results
Many young students around Wexford can now breathe a sign of relief after they received great results in their Junior Certificate exams last week.
It was a morning of joy and celebration for 2,128 students around the county, who nervously waited all summer for their exam results.
For the first time this year, English was marked with a different grading system under the new framework for the junior cycle. Instead of the regular A, B, C, students were awarded a distinction, higher merit, merit, achieved, partially achieved and not graded.
This format of grading will continue to apply until 2021, when the last of the Junior Certificate examinations are terminated.
These results represent a students achievement in the final exam, which includes the assessment task that is completed during third year.
The numbers were just even in the county, with 1,038 females sitting the Junior Cert and 1,090 males.
The students at Selskar College, Wexford received outstanding results with a lot of them receiving As in higher level maths, geography, French, art, metal work, wood work, technical graphics and home economics.
Principal Eimear Ryan and the staff at Selskar College were very pleased with how the students did.
Mrs Ryan said: 'Lee Doyle from Croke Avenue, Wexford got top marks in his Junior Cert. He is carrying on the family tradition as all of his siblings previous to him did really well in the junior certificate and leaving certificate here with us. But, I am delighted with all of them, they all did really well.'
Over in Coláiste Éamonn Rís (Wexford CBS), Principal Michael McMahon was delighted with how his students performed and said they had an increase percentage of higher level subjects this year.
Mr McMahon said: 'We had 107 sit the junior certificate exams this year and they all exceeded our expectations. There was a strong increase in results especially with subjects such as maths and classical studies.'
The Principal at the Loreto was very happy with how all of his students did in their Junior Certificate and said it was a very positive morning when they received their results.
'We had 120 girls sit their exams this year, and all were in line with our expectations,' said Principal Billy O'Shea.
The English was graded differently this year for the first time, but Mr O'Shea said it seems to be fine as all did well in their exam, but they will assess this new change in the coming weeks to see how well it really worked among their students.
There was plenty of smiles with the students in the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford, who were more than happy with their results they received in their Junior Certificate exams.
Deputy Principal Mary Dooley said she was thrilled with the 120 girls who sat the exams as they all did very well and said it will take a while to see how the new English system will go.
'English seemed to go well for all of them, but it is like anything new, it will take a while for it all to settle to see what it is really like. We hope to look into it very soon,' said Mrs Dooley.
At St Peter's College, Wexford 132 students were over the moon with their results, and finally relaxed after waiting for so long over the summer to receive them.
The Principal of St Peter's, Robert O'Callaghan, was very pleased with how they all performed and said even the weaker students excelled their expectations.
Mr O'Callaghan said: 'It was the first junior cert with the new cycle in English, so we are still dealing with that as it is a different system now. We are coming to terms with it, but the students still did very well in their exams.'
The St Peter's principal said they all worked very hard over the three years and all the teachers are happy with how they performed in their exams.
Over at Bridgetown College, Wexford the students were extremely excited to open the dreaded brown envelopes, which held the all-important results of their Junior Certificate exams.
The nerves quickly faded once they realised they all did exceptionally well and Principal Fionnuala Greene, along with staff, are very pleased with them all.