Senior students at Scoil Mhuire in Carrick-on-Suir were advised not to regard the Leaving Cert as a hurdle to overcome but a rock to place themselves on as they face their future lives at the school’s annual awards ceremony.
The advice came from guest speaker Anne Kelleher, Chief Executive Officer of CEIST the school’s trust body with responsibility for 110 Catholic secondary schools.
The awards ceremony last month was attended by more than 80 students and their parents.
School Principal Ms Mary O’ Keeffe congratulated the student award winners on their various achievements.
Robert McCarthy, Chairperson of Scoil Mhuire Board of Management, spoke of how schools across the country were striving to continue to provide the best education for their students but that constant cutbacks are having a seriously negative impact on schools.
Ms Kelleher, in her speech, mentioned the need to reward young people for their achievements and endeavours. She complimented the school, the parents present and the students for the broad range of awards being presented and encouraged all the students to continue to use and develop their talents to the very best of their ability.
In her advice to students, especially senior students, Ms Kelleher suggested that they could use the Leaving Certificate as a rock or pedestal on which to place themselves as they face their future lives rather than as a hurdle to overcome or a burden to carry.
She said this change of attitude could help reduce the stress they feel throughout the year.
Addressing parents, Ms Kelleher empathised with the concerns that all parents have.
The trials and challenges of parenthood were indeed daunting, but the joys experienced for example on occasions such as these make it all worthwhile, she said.