The eerie silence which descended on Cashel Community School in late June was lifted last Wednesday as the class of 2012 collected their Leaving Cert results. Smiles and whoops of joy from the students served to ease the strain and provide reassurance that the results were of a high standard and that life does go on after the contents of the envelope were revealed.
The percentage of students who exceeded 500 points was in excess of the national average and this, together with the number of students who achieved higher than 400 points was also above the national average, was a major source of satisfaction for teachers and students. Undoubtedly one of the principal reasons for pride was the fact that there was a 100% pass rate for the 110 students. The majority of the Leaving Certificate Applied class received either distinctions or merits, contributing to the celebratory mood as the class of 2012 walked through the front door of the school for the final time.
The thoughts of those leaving Cashel Community School drift to the future, which for many means following in the footsteps of previous year groups who are now studying in universities and colleges. Many more will hope for a place on a PLC course which will greatly enhance their career prospects.
As the quietness returned, temporarily, to Cashel Community School, every member of the school community was unanimous in wishing this class health, happiness and success as they commence the journey through life.