Hard work pays off as students celebrate their record results

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hard work pays off as students celebrate their record results thumbnailPictured are the top A Level students at St Mary’s High School, Newry. 34606IHN.

AN anxious summer came to end for hundreds of A-Levels students across Newry and Mourne on Thursday morning - and once again they excelled with schools again recording record results.
Two years of hard work, determination and focus, combined with guidance and advice from teaching staff and parents, means many of out local A-level students will be heading off next month to university in pursuit of their dream careers.
And it's a sad farewell from their various principals who were full of praise for the students as they embark on their next educational journey.
Sacred Heart Grammar School is celebrating another successful year for A-Level students with 77 per cent of students achieving three or more Grades A*-C and 91.3 per cent of entries gaining A*-C grades.
School principal, Sr Julie McGoldrick, expressed her delight at the "excellent results".
She added: "This was a remarkable year group in many ways and the girls showed exceptional warmth, friendship and support for each other as they endeavoured to achieve their full potential. I am very grateful to my staff for their professionalism and dedication and to the parents and guardians of our students. Congratulations to all our A-Level girls; I wish them every blessing for their future studies, careers and lives."
Staff and students at St Mary's High School were delighted as they celebrated another successful year of excellent results. Principal Margo Cosgrove praised the 100 per cent pass at A Level with 71 per cent achieving the highest grades A*-C. She said: "The students have maintained the high standards within the school and these excellent results reflect their dedication and commitment to their studies.
“Hard work, excellent teaching, pastoral support and the dedication and support from parents ensured the students achieved their potential, allowing progression onto their chosen course at University, College or Higher Education."
Our Lady's principal Geraldine Pettigrew said "dedication, hard work, first-class teaching and caring support in school and at home" helped the school achieve A*-C in 93 per cent of all A-Level examinations taken at the school and ensuring that the school's 125th anniversary celebrations "finished with a flourish".
She added: "Everyone at the school is absolutely delighted for the girls and their families and wishes them great happiness and success in the future."
Education Minister John O'Dowd was a guest at both St Paul's High School and Newry High on Thursday morning as students picked up their results - and it proved another successful year for both schools.
St Paul's principal Jarlaith Burns commended the pupils on attaining the school's best ever A-Level results, adding: "I congratulate all our students who have done themselves, their families and our school proud. We celebrate, as always, all their achievments and efforts they made towards the life of this school."
Newry High principal Iestyn Brown was equally delighted as his school also boasted excellent results with 100 per cent of all students A-Level passes.
Mr Brown said: "The life chances of so many of our fantastic students have been enhanced by the tremendous work achieved at Newry High School during this year group's journey. Our inclusive ethos has allowed students of all abilities to achieve outstanding results and add considerable value to their achievement. We are so proud of them all. In March 2014 inspectors endorsed Newry High School as a "Good" school and these results confirm their findings."
St Colman's College principal Cormac Kinney said that as a result of the hard work, dedication, determination and commitment of the Class of 2014, excellent results have been achieved.
A total of 93 per cent of all grades attained were A*-C.
Mr Kinney added: "As a consequence of their results, the vast majority of students have already been accepted onto the university course of their choice and are looking forward to embarking on the next stage of their educational journey with pride and confidence."
Southern Regional College attained an overall 91 per cent pass rate in its A2 grades with 11 subject areas achieving 100 per cent pass rate.
Sinead Bantleman, Acting Head of School for General Studies and Applied Science, said: "This has been a great year for our learners. I am very proud of our achievements, particularly in the subject areas which achieved 100 per cent pass rate. It is a real testament to the hard work and effort of staff and learners in a Further Education College that we have performed so well."
St Louis Grammar principal Kevin Martin was delighted with the success of the school's class of 2014.
This year, the percentage A*- C grades at A2 level was 89 per cent with 41 per cent of all grades either A* or A and 72 per cent A*-B.
Mr Martin praised the efforts of all involved and said he believes the results enhance the reputation of the excellent teaching and learning environment that has been created at St Louis.
“Once again I am delighted to announce that our students are following in the footsteps of their predecessors by continuing to keep up the tradition of high academic achievement and excellence associated with St Louis," he added.

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