142 students received their Junior Cert results on September 14th . Many did very well far out-performing their expectations. Students of all abilities earned very good or excellent grades in a wide range of subjects. Cliodhna Breen hit the headlines with her 11A's . Only 0.2% of the country's 60,000 matched Cliodhna's achievement and only 6 students out performed her. So well done to Cliodhna and to all of our students. We wish them well as they settle in to Transition Year or Fifth Year
With the attention of the Leaving Certificate results fading and our students beginning life in 3rd level, working or travelling we cannot escape the positive impact that our leaving certificate students have had on the school. Recently the Sunday Times posted their School League Table which shows where schools across the country stand in relation to results and those attending 3rd level. This table shows that St. Mary's Secondary School Edenderry has rose 25 places and is again placed as Offaly's Number 1 Co- Educational school. This year 82% of the Leaving Certificate Class of 2016 have gone on to 3rd level education. Out of the 135 strong group there were seventeen who achieved over 500 points with one student getting 615 points while thirty two students got over 450 points.
These results and the Leaving Certificate Results of 2014 and 2015 further highlight how St. Mary's Edenderry has continued to improve its results:
Percentage of students getting over 300 points up from 59% to 68%
Percentage of students getting over 350 points up from 41% to 54%
Percentage of students getting over 400 points up from 28% to 42%
Percentage of students getting over 450 points up from 12% to 23%
Percentage of students getting over 500 points up from 5% to 11%
Junior Cert results are due to arrive in the school on Wednesday 14th September. We wish all of our students the best wishes for that day.
All students will have school that day but Fifth Years and Ty students will be free to go home after they receive their results –at about 11 am.
It is important that parents monitor closely how students celebrate their results through the Wednesday day and evening
It is important that all of those students are in school the following day. Particular notice will be taken of those absent on that day.
The new Board of Management due to take office from October 15th. The process of electing parent and teacher nominees to the Board has begun. Parents can propose nominees for the board using the blue form sent home with students on Friday September 10th.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our current Board. They have served the school with great diligence and care. Their work is done on a voluntary basis and requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill. With the involvement of parents, along with teachers and Trustee nominees, our Board of Management represents a true example of partnership. The work of the Board has ensured the continuous improvement that is evident throughout the school.
Recently a number of our students were competing at the World Kickboxing Championship that were being held in Dublin. Representing their club and the school were Leah Grant who finished second in her category, brother's Nathan and Brandon Tait with Nathan picking up a bronze medal finishing third. Along side those we had Sadbh Kelly and Luke Hensey both in 5th year. We the school would like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them every success in the future.
This year St. Mary's Secondary School are delighted to welcome 157 incoming first year students into the school. These numbers are up from last year and we are very excited about educating these first years and getting to know them over the coming weeks, months and years. The students are nearing the end of their first week in the school and are settling in very well.
Congratulations to Aaron Mangan who came 3rd in the Intermediate Boys 800m final in the Schools Post Primary Finals over the summer. Aaron again showing improvements on his times and wish him all the best in his future. Aaron has always represented the school so well and we are sure he will in the future again.