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Results are out – what’s next?

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

Results day has finally arrived - congratulations to the Class of 2021! After an exceptionally difficult senior cycle the wait is over to move on to the next exciting stage.

Whatever the outcome, celebrate what you have achieved in getting to this point. Over the next week there are lots of important events and deadlines to be aware of. Make sure to take note of them all and don’t miss them.

CAO Offers and Available Places

Round 1 CAO offers will be made available by email/text or by logging on to www.cao.ie/myapplication on September 7 from 2pm. To accept the offer you must reply by the 13th at 3pm or else the offer lapses. If you wish to defer a place, you do not accept the offer, you must contact the admissions office of the college immediately by email to apply for the deferral. You will find all details on deferral on the www.cao.ie. Round 2 offers will be issued on September 20 from 10am and further rounds will continue until Round 5 on October 12. The Available Places facility reopens on September 8 at 12.00. Available Places are places that remain unfilled in particular courses after the offers have been made and it is open to new and existing CAO applicants. Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course(s) and can ignore CAO points from earlier rounds. Further details can be found on www.cao.ie.

UCAS Applications

If you have applied to college in the UK through UCAS and have a conditional offer, September 8 is the final deadline for the conditions of your offer to be met. It is still possible to apply for college places in the UK by using the Clearing facility in UCAS which remains open until October 19. See www.ucas.com for details.

Viewing of Scripts and Appeals

You are credited with the best result in each subject whether you opted for Accredited Grades or to sit the written paper. From 5pm on September 7 you will be able to access more detailed information about both sets of results via the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) on www.examinations.ie. The data will include the marks awarded in written papers, orals, practicals, projects and coursework, as well as the various stages of the Accredited Grades process. This information will help you to decide whether or not to appeal a result in a subject. The appeals process is different for written papers and Accredited Grades. It is a good idea to view the scripts of your written papers before you apply to appeal a result. Applications to view scripts will open on September 7 at 5pm and will close at 5pm on the 8th. Depending on how they were corrected, scripts can be viewed online through the CSSP from 9am on September 11 or in the case of scripts corrected on paper it will take place in the school at an assigned time on the same date. If you decide you want to appeal a result, the application can be made through CSSP from 9am on September 11 and closes on the 13th at 12pm. A date for the result of the appeals is yet to be confirmed.

Alternative Maths Exams

Some students do not get a CAO Round 1 offer because they don’t meet an entry requirement. In the case of Maths, some colleges host Alternative Maths exams which gives students a second chance to gain entry to their chosen course provided they get the required grade. In some colleges the option is only open for specific programmes while in others it relates to any programme. The dates for these exams, some of which start as early as September 9, are available on www.careersportal.ie and www.cao.ie and further details on how to apply and prepare can be found on the specific college websites.

Several other pathways and options remain open to students at this stage including Post Leaving Cert Courses (PLCs), apprenticeships, traineeships, courses in the National Learning Network and of course repeating the Leaving Cert if you have the motivation to do so.

The National Parents Council Post Primary helpline 1800 265 165, is open up from 11am each morning up to Friday 10, where qualified guidance counsellors are on hand to answer queries from students and parents.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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