Six Cork students from Christian Brothers College (CBC) Cork are celebrating this morning after they achieved the maximum 625 points in this years’ Leaving Cert.
Six CBC students achieved the highest possible marks this year, while eighteen more achieved in excess of 600 points.
This year's exams were cancelled due to Covid-19 and students instead received grades that were predicted by their teachers.
Speaking to The Echo, CBC principal David Lordon, said the last few months have been a rollercoaster for the students, and he was glad to see their hard work rewarded on results day.
“It’s a very exciting morning here.
“It’s been a whirlwind and a rollercoaster for the boys over the last few months so this is a good day for them, a culmination of all their efforts,” added Mr Lordon.
Alex Sheehan, Tim Wang, Ben Terhorst, Jack O’Sullivan, Luke Galligan and Finn Mac Fhlannchadha achieved 625 points in the Leaving Cert this year at CBC.
A further 18 CBC students achieved more than 600 points.
“The most encouraging thing is the consistency of the results,” said Mr Lordon.
“Traditionally, the results here have been excellent and this year, the results are consistent with previous years.
“We had six students achieve the maximum 625 points, including two students omn eight H1s,” he added.
“Eighteen students received in excess of 600 points in the Leaving Cert this year.
“Last year, we had eight students on 625 points and the year before we had seven students on 625 points so the consistency of the results is just as rewarding and gratifying as the results themselves.
“It has been a challenging number of months for the boys with a lot of uncertainty so it’s great to see their hard work, effort and ability being rewarded here this morning.” Mr Lordon praised students and teachers for working through “unique circumstances”.
“We’ve always been of the view here in the school that the system set up by the Department of Education was robust enough to recognise, acknowledge and reward hard work,” he said.
“This is not just a culmination of the last few months, it’s a culmination of six year of hard work.
“When lockdown came, the boys’ coursework was largely finished and they were into revision work,” he added.
“So this is really an acknowledgement of the work done by students and teachers over the last six years, rather than just the last few months.
“But it certainly has been a steep learning curve and an emotional rollercoaster.” One of those to receive maximum points, Finn Mac Fhlannchadha, was also CBC’s Senior Cup rugby captain this year.
“Both Finn and our Harty Cup hurling captain achieved in excess of 600 points,” said Mr Lordon.
“This very much confirms the view we’ve long held here in the school that extra-curricular activities and sport involvement is no obstacle to academic achievement.
“It’s very much about the students’ work ethic and willingness to put the shoulder to the wheel, applying the same discipline both on and off the pitch.” Mr Lordon added that he is hopeful things will be back to normal next year.
“I think every school in the country is aiming to ensure students experience as much normality as possible,” he explained.
“We are living in times where we have to adapt and be flexible but the best thing for students is certainty, routine and structure.
“The Leaving Cert, as students are familiar with, is the best thing to provide that certainty and structure,” he added.
“So we are hopeful that next year’s cohort of students will be able to sit the traditional Leaving Cert in the traditional way because it’s very important both for themselves and as a rite of passage between second and third level.”