Siobhán Daly - Deputy Head Academics October 2020
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2020 on receiving an excellent set of leaving certificate calculated grades. What a challenging year it has been for them, due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the disruption and uncertainty that ensued. I am extremely proud of this year group and they will always be fondly remembered, for their resilience, and positive attitude despite all the final year celebrations they have missed out on.
We were very encouraged to see a large number of students achieve 500 points or more, which accounted for 30% of the overall student cohort and 66% of our students achieved 400 points or more. This culminated in our average points increasing this year to 442.
Of the students that received, what was considered to be, an unfair grade reduction, 13 were relieved to receive an upgrade in 1 or more subjects after the error in coding was detected by the DES. A small number of students have opted to sit some of their subjects in November, if the exams are permitted to go ahead under current restrictions.
122 students completed the Leaving Certificate program with us and in line with last year’s results saw 6 students achieve 600+ , with 3 of them achieving the maximum of 625 points. Congratulations to those students; Richard Beattie, Ingrid Duggan, Abdul Rabiu, Tom Armstrong, Muhammed Memon and Saoirse White for consistently performing at that level throughout their time at KH. They have been offered places in Theoretical Physics, MSISS (Management Science and Information Studies), Medicine and Global Business at TCD, with Richard Beattie heading off to MIT in the US. Richard has written a blog for us on his journey to MIT, which talks about how his involvement in extra-curricular activities at school helped shape his choices – read his blog here.
While the top choice of university for KH students is still Trinity College Dublin there are many students still choosing to study abroad this year in England, Scotland, Austria, Poland, Florida, and China. As you will be aware these student placements are not included in the overall progression to university numbers, published in the newspapers each year.
It is also important to recognise and acknowledge the hours of dedication that many students have given over their time at KH to the arts, sport, student leadership, and the numerous extra-curricular activities on offer at school. Many students have excelled in these at a very high level, while at school, and will go on to further studies related to these talents. Three of our very talented music students from the Class of 2020; Sofia Rose Deelman, Rebecca Thorne and Jade Treacy, will continue their musical studies at TU Dublin & Cork IT conservatories, with Peter Sweeney accepting Music in TCD.
Thank you to our SEN coordinator, Yvonne Mahady, and her dedicated team of staff whose support and encouragement helped many students reach their true potential and realise their dreams of further education.
Although the main universities have not announced their entrance scholarships yet, we are delighted to congratulate the following students on their achievement in academics and sport:
- Christiana Chee – Biological & Biomedical Science – TCD – Global Excellence Scholarship
- Tia Doyle – Medicine – TCD – HPAT Excellence Scholarship
- Richard Beattie – MIT – Academic Scholarship
- Adam Bagnall – International Business – NUIM – Rugby Scholarship
- Aishling Spillane – University of Florida – Soccer Scholarship
As the next generation of educators, medics, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs, food producers, artists, performers, consultants, environmentalists, to name a few, embark on the next stage of their journey we wish them every happiness and fulfilment.
‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’