Leaving Cert students get down to business

Pictured after the Leaving Cert English Paper 1 on Wednesday morning were Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown students (l-r): Pauline Seikyte, Lauryn Harty, Caitlin Kearney, Olivia Coleman, Katie Hickey, Thumesha Dedigamuwa, Jessie Garry, Lauren Murphy, Natalia Novak and Izzie Shirkie. (Photo: Marian Roche)

The Leaving Cert of 2021 kicked off on Wednesday morning for students across the country, and after an unusual and interrupted school year, students in Mitchelstown and elsewhere are excited to be finally getting down to business.

Students in Mitchelstown CBS, Presentation Secondary School and Coláiste Fionnchua all sat their English Paper 1 at 9.30am, with Home Economics in the afternoon.

This year, students have been given two choices: opting for an accredited grade only, or opting for both an accredited grade and to sit the exam – in the second situation, they will be credited with the better of the two results.

Speaking to students outside Presentation Secondary School Wednesday lunchtime, opinion was split on whether they felt they would achieve a better grade in the exam or under the Accredited Grade system, but almost all were in agreement that they would prefer to get a better grade in the final exam. “It would feel like all the work was worth it,” they said.

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