Leaving Certificate results day dawned to torrential rain and gale force winds, but for the students of Mallow’s secondary schools it was sunshine most of the way, with the general consensus being one of happiness with the 2012 results.

At St. Mary’s, Principal Sr. Bríd Biggane and Deputy Principal Mary Harrington were on hand to meet students and give them their results. A total of 89 sat the exams this year, and Sr. Bríd said that the overall feeling was one of happiness at the marks received. Top student was Suzanna Weedle, who secured six As and two A2s, which capped a tremendous year for her as she had already been named Overall Student of the Year. Sr. Bríd added that a significant number of students achieved 500 points and over, and she congratulated everyone, students and teachers. With the results out and the CAO points imminent, the school is preparing to welcome its new cohort of first-years who will pass through the gates on Monday week, 27th August.

At Davis College, Principal Denis Healy expressed delight, saying that results in honours maths were particularly satisfying. “Students are very happy and are now looking forward to the CAO offers next week,” he said. The new influx of first-years arrives on Tuesday week, with a record 145 students in six classes.

Catherine Fitzgerald, Principal of the Patrician Academy, said her students were very happy with their results and the majority had achieved the points required for their chosen third level courses. 33% sat for higher-level maths and benefited from the extra 25 points introduced this year, and 20% of students achieved over 500 points,” she said, adding that the top three achievers were Darren Whelan, Jonathan Gould and Dean O’Dwyer. The new first-years come to the school next Friday, 24th August, and they will be grouped into three classes.