The results of the Junior Certificate 2012, which were released on Wednesday, September 12, brought to a close the final episode of the 2011/12 school year and served to remind everyone in Cashel Community School that the new school year was well and truly underway.
As students assembled for the last time in the third year class groups of last year, memories drifted back briefly to junior cycle days. However, last Wednesday was no time for nostalgia and the fond memories of the last three years soon drifted away as student after student entered Room 1 and emerged with a brown envelope and a broad smile which assured classmates with surnames further down the alphabet that the results were a source of pride for students, teachers and parents alike.
The overall satisfaction with the results stemmed from the fact that the participation and performance of students in higher level subjects was well above the national average across the entire range of sixteen subjects offered to students for Junior Certificate in Cashel Community School.
Similarly the spread of ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades on higher course papers across the entire range of subjects was also viewed as being a very positive reflection on the ability and work rate of the Junior Cert class of 2012. The fact that students who worked consistently at junior cycle received results at higher, ordinary or foundation levels which rewarded and reflected their efforts and ability provided confirmation for the entire school community of the truth of the old saying, that ’the only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary’.
As parents waited anxiously at the school, at home or for the all important call or text there was particular excitement in two families in particular namely the Kelleher family in Cashel and the Wade family in Thomastown as they awaited results the Kelleher twins and the Wade triplets respectively. Jack and Peter Kelleher together with David, Rebecca and Thomas Wade were members of the Junior Cert class of 2012 and certainly added a whole new dimension to the sense of family which is associated with results day in Cashel Community School. The presence of two further members of the extended Wade family, namely cousins Emer and Sarah Wade, in this year’s class made this a truly memorable day for the Wade family in Thomastown and for Cashel Community School.
As memories of junior cycle fade for the class of 2012, the entire school community extends congratulations and best wishes to the one hundred and twenty eight students in the Junior Certificate class of 2012 as they embark on the challenges of transition year or fifth year.