Staff and students of Inver College in Carrickmacross celebrated a successful set of Junior Certificate results on Wednesday last. Newly appointed Príomhoide, Mr Thomas Sharkey told The Northern Standard this week:
“Inver College delivered another set of successful results. Our students were proud of the work they had put in under the guidance of their committed teachers. Many students received Higher Level A grades and all subject areas recorded exceptional achievements. This is the 3rd year of Inver College students doing an oral exam in Gaeilge worth 40% of their Junior Cert. We are the only school in Carrickmacross to provide this positive recognition of the spoken language and it prepares students well for the Leaving Certificate.
“The traditional Junior Certificate is being replaced by the new Junior Cycle and Inver College is the only school in Carrickmacross to have embraced this exciting modern curriculum. Our Third Year students have already completed their Class Based Assessments in English and will complete their Assessment tasks this year before sitting exams in June 2017. Our First and Second Year students are also following the modernised Business and Science courses, soon to be followed by all other of subjects and some new short courses such as Computer Coding.
“The new Junior Cycle means that Key Skills and competencies such as Digital Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Self Efficacy and the Management of Information and Thinking are placed at the core of subjects. Rote learning has no future in a modern society and economy. 80% of young people will work in jobs that do not exist yet. This is why the staff in Inver College have made a professional decision to deliver the new Junior Cycle. We will be delivering a new programme called Wellbeing which will equip young people with the awareness of physical, social and emotional health.
“Of course, there will always be exams at the end of third year. That is part of the Junior Cycle Framework and our students will continue to achieve excellent results.”