Leaving Cert results: Only a snapshot.

Leaving Cert results: Only a snapshot.

Leaving Cert results: Only a snapshot.

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Almost 57,000 Leaving Certificate students received their results today, having completed 14 years of formal education. For many it will be a day of celebration of their achievements and a reward for their endeavour. They can now look forward to beginning the course of their choosing in their preferred institution. Life will take on a new meaning, more independence, new friends and new challenges.

For some there may be disappointment at not receiving what they wanted to achieve. For them it will be difficult to see beyond today. But, it is extraordinary what a few weeks can do. A fresh look at different course options can change directions for the better and quite suddenly optimism returns and exceeds all our previously held expectations.

For both groups it is quite amazing how students will find that their paths will change and move in ways they had not anticipated. They will adapt and meet new challenges. They will find that the value in their education is not defined on 13 August 2014, but rather in their ability to be flexible, to use their education to find solutions to new challenges, and to realise that today is only a step on a continuum that is life-long learning. We should never be judged on snapshots and that, sadly, is what our outdated and archaic Leaving Certificate is.

Well done to everyone who sat the Leaving Certificate this year – be proud of your achievements – they are only the beginning of a long and wonderful journey. It’s up to you now!

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