Minister Norma Foley visited Presentation Secondary School Castleisland on Friday last to celebrate the Leaving Cert results.
Results day is always one of celebration, and the minister’s visit certainly made it a day to remember for all in the school.
Music, dance and a guard of honour greeted her as she arrived at the school.
The Leaving Cert students of 2021 were in school to share their absolute joy and contentment with the high grades achieved in what was an undoubtedly challenging school year.
Congrats from Minister Foley
Minister Foley congratulated the students of 2021 for the resilience and leadership they showed throughout the last eighteen months.
Addressing Principal Katherina Broderick and members of the school’s board of management, the
minister spoke of the excellent reputation Presentation Castleisland has and how highly the school is regarded in the community.
“I know the excellence in education and in care that is delivered in Presentation Secondary, here in Castleisland. I know you by reputation and it is such a high reputation,” said Minister Foley.
Gifts for the Minister
Members of the student council: Emily Walsh, Deirdre Moynihan and Caoimhe Scanlon presented gifts to the minister on behalf of the school community.
The school was also chosen as the media hub for the announcement of the Leaving Cert results and a number of Presentation Castleisland Leaving Certificate students were interviewed by the assembled national media.
Focus On Student Mental Health
During the interviews, the students commended the school noting in particular how their teachers walked them through the challenges they encountered during the year.
They noted the constant focus on student mental health by the school and the Department of Education and Skills which proved invaluable for getting them through the year.
They said they had the best of both worlds with the opportunity to sit the exams and take accredited grades.
The Presentation girls received excellent results.
One student, Siobhán Brosnan, achieved top marks of 625 points. Overall, 63% of the Leaving Cert class achieved 400 points or greater, with 29% achieving greater than 500 points and 5% achieving 600 points or more.
“We were truly honoured to receive Minister Norma Foley to our school to join with us in congratulating the class of ’21 on their achievements,” said Principal Katherina Broderick in acknowledgement of Minister Foley’s visit.
“I know the huge efforts made by each of these students and today we are all celebrating with them on their well-deserved success and I wish them continued success in the future in whatever path they choose to take,” said Ms. Broderick.
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