We, staff and students at St Marys Baldoyle were absolutely delighted with our Leaving Cert results this year. Although the results were available online at 10 am on the day, most students and some parents chose to drop down to the school to collect their results. All were met by Dr. Edel Greene, Principal and Mr. John Moore, Deputy Principal. They were all given an envelope with their results to open in school or elsewhere. Envelopes were opened with great anxiety and trepidation. However, once opened, there was great excitement. All were delighted with their results and shouts and tears of joy were common. The customary photograph was then taken. We have dedicated webpages for photos of each Leaving Certificate year. Many had to go around the school to meet their teachers, discuss their results and talk about the next stage of the career – college, plc, work, apprenticeships and travel. The teachers were all as equally happy as there is nothing better than when a student calls to your classroom and displays great delight with their results. It is also a great incentive for those in the classroom as they experience and can actually see the joys of doing well and the rewards that it can bring. It is a great time to re-iterate to your class the need to work hard, study and revise, particularly if you have Fifth or Sixth Years, so that they can end up getting results that they will be proud of. The point calculators later came out as they worked out their CAO point totals and looked at last year’s point requirements for the various courses. Some met or made appointments with the Guidance Counsellor to examine options now on offer and now that CAO preferences were being realised and anew focus was emerging. The newly crowned Sixth Years were given plenty of food for thought as they begin their journey towards the Leaving Cert of 2024. The Class of 2023 had certainly left their mark and as all former students they will always be welcome back to St. Mary’s.