Words: Niamh Dwyer
The anxious wait is almost over for Leaving Certificate students as the Leaving Cert results will be issued on Wednesday next, the August 15. Results will be available in schools on Wednesday morning and can be accessed online on
www.examinations.ie (from 12 noon) by keying in examination and pin numbers.
The results represent a milestone and every student deserves huge congratulations for reaching it. For many it is a very exciting day when students reap the rewards of months of hard work. For some students it can be tinged with disappointment for a variety of reasons. For all students it is important to keep the results in perspective and to remember that there are plenty of options available for all, in further and higher education institutions, apprenticeships, training programmes and in the world of work.
Students will make important decisions in the coming weeks so it is important to be aware of the key deadlines relevant to results, viewing of scripts and CAO offers.
|15th August||Leaving Certificate results|
|20th August||CAO 1st round offers online at 06.00|
|21st August||Application forms to view scripts to be
completed & returned to school
|24th August||17.15pm CAO round 1 acceptance closing date|
|29th August||CAO 2nd round offers online at 10.00|
|31st August||17.15pm CAO round 2 acceptance closing date|
|31st August & 1st September||Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied Viewing of Scripts in the schools|
|5th September||Closing Date for receipt by SEC of LC/LCA appeals applications|
|Mid October||Results of Leaving Certificate appeals|
|17th October||Offers season ends|
On receipt of their results most students will be quickly doing a tot of their best six grades to calculate their points total. It will then be another waiting game as the CAO points required for 2018 entry won’t be known until Monday, August 20 at 6am when the 1st round CAO offers will be available online. It is important to ensure that minimum entry requirements and specific course requirements are met before points are relevant. Exact requirements are available on the college websites and in prospectuses.
Viewing of examination papers and Appeals
Students who wish to view their marked examination paper can do so by
Completing an application form for Viewing Scripts, which students receive with their Leaving Cert results. This form must be returned to the school by August 22. There is no charge for this service and students will be given a viewing time on either Aug 31/Sept 1 by the school.
Students who wish to appeal their examination result you can use the online Appeals Application Service to do so. The service will be available from 12 noon on 20 August 20. Students will need their examination number and PIN to access this service. While it is not necessary to view the script before appealing the result, it is advisable to do so as students can be downgraded as well as upgraded on appeal.
When students apply online and pay the fee, they will get an Appeal Confirmation Form which must be printed and brought to the Organising Superintendent in the school/centre where they sat the Leaving Cert no later than 3 September 2018. All details can be found on www.examinations.ie
This can be both an exciting and anxious time for students awaiting results and their parents so it is important to take time to enjoy the achievement and to consider carefully choices being made over the coming weeks. Remember there is life after Leaving Cert and a bright one at that.
Next week: Guidance on CAO Offers and other options for students
Niamh Dwyer is a guidance counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and is PRO of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!
‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.
With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.
It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.
“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.
What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.
Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.
“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.
No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice
By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]
By Michelle Crean
Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.
Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.
Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.
As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.
As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.
“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”
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