Many of you are still working your way through the Leaving Cert exams but with the CAO Change of Mind deadline approaching on July 1, it is really important that you take some time to look at the details of your CAO application, particularly your course choices.
This is the last opportunity for you to make changes before the final deadline at 5.15pm on the day. It has been a challenging two years, with lots of uncertainty and so much has been out of your control. What is within your control now is how you finalise your CAO choices to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of securing a place on a course you want in September. Leaving Cert results will be issued on September 3 with CAO Round 1 Offers out on September 7. To use the Change of Mind facility you simply log on to www.cao.ie, click on ‘My Application’ and log in with your CAO number, date of birth and account password.
As you review your CAO choices in the coming weeks, use the following checklist as a guide:
* Have you checked your Statement of Application email from CAO and verified that all your details are correct including personal, educational and exemption details?
* Have you included courses on both sides of the CAO (Level 8 and Level 7/6). This gives you the best chance of getting two offers when the Round 1 Offers come out - the top choice that you qualify for on each list. You will then have to choose which one you prefer.
* Have you filled in as many of the 20 choices as you can? You have the option to fill up 10 on both sides, giving you 20 possible options for college in the new academic year. By filling all 20 choices you give yourself 20 chances of getting a college place.
* Have you checked the Alert Lists on www.cao.ie? Lots of new courses have been added in several colleges since the CAO Handbook was published last September, some very recently. You can add these courses in by checking the course code on the Alert List.
* Have you taken out courses that you are no longer interested in? Lots of students rush the application ahead of the February 1 deadline with the intention of coming back to look at the course choices more closely. It is not unusual for students to completely change their minds between February and July 1.
* Have you researched the detail of any course that you are including on your CAO application – take particular note of entry requirements and modules. By doing so you are giving yourself the best chance of choosing courses that you are able for, that suit you and that you are interested in.
* Have you listed your courses in Order of Preference? This is the golden rule of CAO. No one knows what the points will be for 2021 until the day the Round 1 offers come out and equally you won’t know your results of exams and/or accredited grades until September 3. My advice is don’t try to second guess either of them and before 5.15pm on July 1, make sure that your course choices are listed in Order of Preference!
* Have you applied the HEAR and/or DARE schemes or completed the HPAT exam? If so you will know the outcome of your applications on June 29 and the result of the HPAT exam is expected around the same time. This may influence your decisions around your choices.
You have had a challenging senior cycle, all the more reason to look ahead to a brighter future. Take time to review your CAO course choices, research your options outside of CAO and make an informed decision about the best next step after the Leaving Cert!
In next week’s column I will be answering your questions about CAO Change of Mind and offer stage so please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook on @mycareerplan1.
Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors and Careers Advisor at www.mycareerplan.ie.
Add heather for plenty of garden colour
By Debby Looney, gardening expert Nothing provides more reliable colour and interest throughout the winter months than heathers. A forgotten about group of plants, they have gotten a bad rep for overgrowing their welcome. It is true that if not looked after they become lanky, woody, brown, straggly and unsightly. The only reason heathers become ugly […]
By Debby Looney, gardening expert
Nothing provides more reliable colour and interest throughout the winter months than heathers. A forgotten about group of plants, they have gotten a bad rep for overgrowing their welcome.
It is true that if not looked after they become lanky, woody, brown, straggly and unsightly. The only reason heathers become ugly is because they need a severe trim after flowering every year. Miss a year and things start going wrong. After flowering, cut back all heathers to the point at which they started flowering. This does not really have to be done carefully, you can take a shears or even a hedge trimmer to them. This is the only attention they will need all year!
Heathers fall into two groups, Calluna, and Erica. Callunas are lime tolerant and recognisable as such by their leaves and structure. The leaves are smooth and soft, and their growth is upright. Ericas do not tolerate lime, and their leaves are more like needles. They do not grow as tall as Calluna types, and their growth is horizontal more so than vertical. I think heathers look best in a designated bed as they compliment each other. Having said that, they also work really well as a border edging, especially Erica varieties as they tend to stay lower and have a nice round growth habit. I have Erica ‘Kramer’s Red’ along the driveway, in winter it blazes purple and in summer it is a nice dark green. Perfect! They are also ideal planted under roses as they provide a nice bit of interest in the winter. I have recently started adding the to mixed perennial beds too where I think they look great when all else has withered. Heathers are ideal for banks too, and will tolerate wind and fairly dry soil. Yes, I am a fan of heathers!
Some varieties to try are: Calluna ‘Silver Knight’, beautiful mauve flowers on silver foliage. C. ‘Dark Beauty’ – the deepest of burgundy flowers on rich green foliage, the most striking of all the dark flowered ones. C. ‘Wickwar Flame’, lavender flowers on golden foliage, good contrast. C. ‘Theresa’, pink buds on golden foliage – looks like it glows! C. ‘Helena’ white buds on bright green foliage, a welcome break from the pink colours. C. ‘Bonita’ has crimson buds on amber foliage, very pretty. Erica varieties: E. ‘St. Keverne’ has bright pink flowers early in the autumn, compact growth habit. E. ‘Darley Dale’ pink, but foliage has white tips in the spring. E. ‘Eva Gold’ pink flowers, golden foliage. E. ‘Furzey’ dark pink flowers, pink tips in spring. E. ‘White perfection’, pure white flowers, E. ‘Moonshine’, lime green foliage with pale pink flowers, E. ‘Saskia’, masses of rose pink flowers clustered at the end of the shoots, very showy!
There is a relatively new trend in Calluna types emerging, one of which sells under ‘the Girls’ range or ‘bud heathers’. These are usually two or three different colours in one pot. They are different plants put in together and I have noticed in the garden one colour usually takes over from the others. The problem with these is that if you are planting for pollinators they are useless as the buds do not open! They are also, in my experience, not very reliable repeat flowers. All heathers, except these bud heathers are excellent for pollinators. They provide much needed pollen in winter and spring, and it is a great idea to plant them near your apple trees and other fruit plants in order to get pollinators into the habit of visiting a certain area of your garden. All in all, there should be a spot for heather in anyone’s garden!
Remove dead cells at the deepest level
By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Glycolic peels are amazing professional facials that use medical grade glycolic acid and salicylic acid combined to help remove dead cells to the deepest level. They really have amazing benefits from removing dull, damaged layers. It will also address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, photoaging, scars, uneven […]
By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio
Glycolic peels are amazing professional facials that use medical grade glycolic acid and salicylic acid combined to help remove dead cells to the deepest level.
They really have amazing benefits from removing dull, damaged layers. It will also address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, photoaging, scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and helps clear up acne. A consultation is done before this treatment is started, to see what your main concerns are. It’s tailored to suit each individual client. It’s not a relaxing facial but more of a treatment that works on specific concerns.
These are a great chemical peel for men’s skin also. You do not shave or wax at least 48hrs before treatment and you should not expose your skin to UV light one week before treatment and one week after.
The facial will start off with a cleansing and toning process, followed by the glycolic acid being applied to your face and neck with a brush. Your therapist will be wearing gloves. The glycolic is left to work from five to 15 minutes, however all skin types can take it at different lengths of time. It may feel tingly or hot on the skin but it’s completely safe. It’s then neutralised and the steamer is applied to thicker skin types. This helps to really release the blackheads from the skin. They will be given an extra nudge to release them. Blackheads are usually characterised by red pimples in younger skin and caused by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands that may have a bacterial infection. Nobody likes the look of blackheads and this is a great facial to help remove them. This is why it is so important to wash your skin thoroughly at home, but be aware to remove all your facewash product also as this can cause problems in itself. People tend to be very good at washing the larger areas of their face, cheeks, neck and forehead, but simply miss the crevasses of the nose or under the bottom lip.
So, if you’re looking for an amazing results driven facial treatment this is defiantly the one for you and it’s suitable for both men and women.
For more information or to book an appointment please call Jill on 064 6632966.
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