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“Changes must be made” to State exams

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By Michelle Crean

After multiple years of disrupted education local students are calling for hybrid State exams this year.

Many say they feel under pressure having missed school days due to COVID-19 and feel a hybrid exam would suit them better.ISSU conducted a nationwide survey last week with 40,000 students saying they'd prefer a hybrid alternative.

St Brendan's College student Kacper Bogalecki, who is a National ISSU representative, says he has spoken to students from Killarney schools, and their message is clear that "changes must be made".

"It is clear to me that the students do not want the Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Many feel under a lot of pressure, having missed school because of COVID-19, many suggest the "hybrid model" as their preferred outcome for the 2022 Leaving Cert. Many also feel that additional changes should be made to the written exams - similar to what last year's cohort received. They highlighted to me how the pandemic has affected their senior cycle education as a whole pointing out remote learning last year as well as this year's substitution crisis as a major cause for this reasoning. Some students, those living in a rural community, said that having online learning whilst being in Fifth Year caused many to be disadvantaged over simply having an unstable Internet connection.

The accommodations that were made for our cohort in August are simply not enough, he added.

"This very much mirrors the results of the nationwide survey ISSU recently conducted where 67.81% of respondents indicated a hybrid model as their first preference and when including second preferences this rose 84.81% of Sixth Year students rating this option favourably. It is evident that they do not want a "traditional" Leaving Certificate exam. At this point in time many Leaving Certificate students are looking for an answer, some clarity for what their exams will look like."

 

When it comes to the Junior Cycle Exams, he said he received a lot of feedback from students who wanted to have the choice of sitting an exam in June as opposed to last year where the Junior Certificate/Cycle exams did not proceed.

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“I personally believe that a hybrid model would be the correct option for this year’s Leaving Cert," Andrew Moynihan, a Sixth Year St Brendan’s College student, said.

"Nearly my entire Senior Cycle from Transition Year to today has been in a global pandemic. Therefore, to consider our Leaving Cert a “Normal Leaving Cert” would be grossly unfair on all students. The hybrid model would alleviate much of the stress laid upon us right now.”

Peter Walsh, also a student in Sixth Year in St Brendan’s College, said he feels it's important to understand that their time in Senior Cycle hasn’t been traditional.

"We shouldn’t have to do a traditional Leaving Cert. We have missed several weeks last year as well having to suffer through the substitution crisis. I have also been impacted on a personal level as I missed school at the start of this year. I hope that the work I have put in for the last two years is accounted for and that it isn’t all down to one exam, especially due to our current circumstances. I would like to see a hybrid model introduced to satisfy the needs of the majority of the student population.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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