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An arduous and harrowing year for Killarney’s Leaving Cert students

The Leaving Certificate and Leaving Cert Applied Class of 2020 missed out on many of the rites of passage normally associated with the completion of second level education but, St Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney Principal, Róisín Moore (pictured left) writes, she hopes they will look always back fondly on their time in the school

ON behalf of the school community, I am delighted to congratulate the class of 2020 on their Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results.

The Leaving Certificate journey was particularly arduous and harrowing this year and the students faced enormous uncertainty, having to cope with a constantly evolving situation from March 12 until May 8.

These students missed out on many of the rites of passage associated with the completion of second level education.

Sophie Vousden was one of three students in St Brigid’s Secondary School awarded a maximum 625 points

The outstanding results this year are testament to the dedication and commitment exhibited by the students, not just in their final year but throughout their senior cycle.

We were thrilled that three of our students were awarded maximum points of 625 and in excess of 31 per cent of students received in excess of 500 points.

This is in line with the school’s academic profile in previous years. All of our Leaving Certificate Applied students received distinctions.

On the day of the results, it was a most surreal occasion in the school as the usual excitement, apprehension and energy associated with results day was absent. However, the most striking absence was the absence of the girls who, due to Covid-19 restrictions, were required to access their results online.

As a school, we missed meeting them and sharing in their celebrations.

Some of the St Brigid’s Class of 2020 enjoying a results day celebration in the Killarney Oaks Hotel, left from front, Angelika Maslach, Rachel Harrison, Klara O’Donoghue and Caitlin Brosnan with, right from front, Alice Lampkin, Hanna Lampkin, Laura Kenny and Michaela Lynch 

We are, however, mindful that for many of our girls, the uncertainty was not over as they awaited third level offers on Friday and, on Monday, the students were given access to the estimated percentages assigned to them by the school.

As a school, we know that these estimated percentages will, in many cases, be at variance with the calculated grades assigned by the DES and will leave parents and students with numerous questions. The process used by the DES to convert the school’s estimated percentage into calculated grades remains unclear.

Unfortunately, some students, including those who studied additional subjects outside of school, will have little alternative except to commence preparations to sit the written papers in November, thus prolonging the uncertainty.

It is our hope that no matter what the future holds for the class of 2020, that they will look back fondly on their time in St Brigid’s and that they will always be proud to be Pres girls.

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