Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Reading 2: 'I Was a Boy in Belsen'

Last year senior pupils had a memorable visit and talk from the Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, and many bought copies of his memoir I Was a Boy in Belsen. We hope many have read it in the months since Tomi's powerful talk, and the summer, on holiday with family, may well be the best time to do this: time to count our blessings that we have never had to experience what Tomi did. He writes clearly, directly with without adornment about the Jewish Slovenian experience, and then the horrifying conditions in Belsen itself (the section about the death of his grandmother is particularly heart-breaking). In the earlier pages, describing his rural upbringing, he is more expansive and almost lyrical: this makes the experience of the Holocaust seen by a child all the more devastating.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Leaving Certificate results, 2015

Congratulations to our candidates on their results in the Leaving Certificate, which set a new College record of 472 points per person. More details can be read on the College site here.

In English, 89% of our candidates sat the English exam at Higher Level (compared to 68% nationally).

  • 7% of all our candidates achieved an A at Higher Level (nationally, 6.1% of all candidates achieved this).
  • 39% achieved a B (nationally, 18.4% of all candidates).
  • 36% achieved a C (nationally, 27.2% of all candidates).
See previous results by clicking on the years for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.