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Students’ relief as they get answers about State exams

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FAIR: St Brendan’s College Sixth Year student Cillian Hickey said the Leaving Cert decision for the State exams is fair.

By Michelle Crean

 

Locally, news of the changes to the State exams, which includes the cancellation of the sit down Junior Cert exams and a choice of a mix of calculated grades and a traditional sit down exam for Leaving Cert has been positively welcomed.

 

Kacper Bogalecki, Regional Officer for Kerry for the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) said that after months of advocating on behalf of students that the Minster for Education “delivered” what was asked as the news was announced on Wednesday evening.

“I think the Minister has delivered. We had asked for three things; Clarity. Choice and Compassion, and I think this announcement delivered on all those points. In our survey, the choice between calculated grades and sitting in-person exams received 81% of the combined first and second preferences (55% first preference, 26% second preference). This indicated to us that students wanted a choice – so they got that.”

Overall, he sid that feedback from students since the announcement was very positive, however one concern was that they won’t get the result of the calculated grade before the exam.
“We did want that to happen but logistically it doesn’t work.. He said that the students’ voice will be brought to the table if any issues arise over the coming weeks as the details of the exam process are ironed out.

“We’ve crossed the hurdle for choice. We will be engaging with the Dept of Education and the stakeholders as new issues may arise. We will keep pushing for a fair process.”

Students’ reaction

St Brendan’s College Sixth Year student Cillian Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser in January that he understood that the “Minister of Education finds herself in between a rock and a hard place” and this week said that the decision made is “the fairest result”.

“I believe the decision made to have a choice with the newly named accredited grades and timetabled exams in June is the fairest result from what has been a tormenting 12 months now,” he said.”Personally I was slightly bewildered by the choice to go ahead with orals and practicals at this late stage but equally confused by the decision to not factor them in if a student elects to choose the new calculated grades format. However, if students are allowed to have a mix of the best results from accredited grades and the written exams I am worried there could be a large rise in points for third level college courses.”

RELIEF: Junior Cert student Daniel Murphy from St Brendan’s College said that it’s a relief to finally have an answer.

Junior Cert student Daniel Murphy from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser that it’s a relief to finally have an answer.

“I am delighted that we now have an answer to our questions about the Junior Cert and the Government has made a decision to cancel the exams. So now we can move forward with our studies with clarity and not the worry of do we have or don’t we have an exam.”

 

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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