St Ciaran’s College is proudly celebrating the excellent success of its Post-16 students following the publication of AS and A2 examination results this morning. Students arrived at the school to receive their results and many A2 students were anxious to learn if they had achieved what was needed to secure their chosen pathway at third-level.
Seven of the A2 students achieved straight A’s prompting principal Mr Lavery to pay tribute to the whole school community, teachers, students, support staff and parents.
“The staff and I are delighted to see the fantastic achievements of our senior pupils. We are blessed to have dedicated pupils, a professional staff and a supportive community. These factors result in outstanding examination grades and allow pupils to progress to the next stage of their educational journey.”
He continued to comment on the improving trend of results at St Ciaran’s noting “there was an improvement of 13% on last year’s results with over 70% of our pupils achieving grade C or higher in three subjects and 50% of our pupils achieving at least 1 A grade. This is significantly above the benchmark set by the Department of Education and strengthens the reputation of St Ciaran’s as one of the leading All Ability Schools in the North of Ireland. It is worth noting that universities and employers are increasingly placing an emphasis upon evidence of personal development alongside high academic achievements. St Ciaran’s regards the provision of a wide range of opportunities in music, sport, public speaking and charity work as essential in developing pupils holistically so that time spent in school is both rewarding and enjoyable.” He finished by complimenting those receiving results today. “Our Year 14 leavers have been excellent role models and I know that our students will continue to rise to the challenges on offer and excel in the years ahead”.
The top performing students were: Sean Muldoon (1 A* and 2 As), Cora Robinson (1 A* and 2 As), Gabriele Aleknaviciute (3 As), Meabh Corrigan (Distinction* and 2 As), Nathan Donaghy (3 As), Cara Nixon (Distinction* and 2 As) and Caithair Quinn (2 Distinction *s and 1 A). Excellent results were also achieved by Katherine Kelly, Peadar McCaughey and Karolina Grzywacz.
Many of the students who received results today will go on to study at third-level but Mrs Maria Curran, co-ordinator of CEIAG in St Ciaran’s, explained that this was not the only pathway for students.
“The last few years have seen major rises in the numbers of students choosing Foundation Degrees and Higher Level Apprenticeships with clear links to technical and professional careers. Colleges represent a more practical alternative to universities and enable students to keep costs down by studying closer to home. I would advise students to consider all pathways available to them”.
In the modern world we live in young people face all manner of distractions and outside pressures so it is to their credit that they have shown the fortitude and commitment to achieve such excellent grades. During the past two years many of the students receiving results today will have had to balance their time between their studies and participation in the wide range of activities at St Ciaran’s. Indeed achieving results today include members of the MacLarnon Cup winning team in 2017, members of the Ulster Ladies Under 20 winning team and some of the cast of the school’s most recent acclaimed musical Made in Dagenham.
St Ciaran’s wishes our leaver’s every success in their future endeavours and looks forward to celebrating their successes at Prizegiving in September.