Below are the projects submitted by this years Leaving Certificate class for the State Examinations 2018.
The Leaving Certificate course is broken into three sections with 50% awarded for the terminal exam, 25% for a practical examination and 25% for the projects shown below.
Unlike previous years where students have focused on furniture skills, this years group also looked at other areas of study, including a historical study of Liscarroll Church, and investigation into the design and construction of Mallow Gaa. Also an extensive restoration of a family heirloom, a folding farm chair.
Keith Coughlan, Hazelwood College Class of 2017, with his Biology Teacher Ms Martina Mathews. Keith was awarded a gold medal from the Institute of Biology of Ireland in recognition for having achieved the highest grade in Leaving Cert Biology in Ireland this year.
The long wait is over for our Leaving Certificate students as they finally received their results following years of hard work.
There were exciting scenes at the school this morning as anxious students opened their envelopes. Thankfully there were smiles all round as it became clear that many students had achieved above and beyond their expectations.
The class of 2017 at Hazelwood College exceeded last years national average points by over 120 points reflecting the continued success of the school. A record number of students achieved above 500 points including students achieving over 600 points.
The success of one student, Laura Stack, made national headlines by being one of only thirteen students in the country to achieve 8 H1’s.
The management and staff of Hazelwood College are extremely proud of all the students’ efforts and wish them every success in their future endeavours.
Here’s what the Limerick Leader had to say about Laura’s success
Limerick camogie player scores top marks with 8 H1s in Leaving Certificate
A LIMERICK minor and senior camogie player from Dromcollogher has achieved one of the best Leaving Certificate results in the country.
Laura Stack, who sat her exams at Hazelwood College, got 8 H1s – the equivalent of 800 points – in the final state exams.
“I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever, I thought it was a wind-up this morning,” Laura told the Limerick Leader from her home in Dromcollogher.
“I kept (sport) up until the beginning of May, and then I stopped it to put the head down. I was probably more stressed coming up to the results than I was for the exams.
“The month of June was stressful but throughout the year it was grand,” said the 18-year-old star pupil.
The maximum number of CAO points a student can claim is 625, from the six best subjects – and Laura’s first choice is Management Science and Information Systems in Trinity College Dublin.
“I like all my subjects, but I like business and maths – they’re my favourites,” said Laura, who went to Broadford National School.
“I suppose the best piece of advice is to do it properly as you go along, because I found out that you can’t really do a lot at the end of May and start of June,” she added, laughing.
Hazelwood College principal Brendan Burke congratulated the student and said that she has always been “an excellent student”.
“She participated fully in sport right up until the end. She’s on the Limerick senior and minor camogie panels, she has an All-Ireland club medal for camogie with Milford, and she was in the All-Ireland football final with Dromcollogher-Broadford,” he said.
“She has senior camogie and football medals with the school, and she won the Munster camogie final this year with the school. Hurling, football and handball are her sports. She’s a real all-rounder,” said Mr Burke.
“She was always good – we weren’t surprised this morning, we were delighted. There are 13 people who got 8 H1s in the country, out of almost 60,000. We are very proud of her, she is a great ambassador for the school and always has been,” he added.
Hazelwood College Sixth Year Geography students are pictured showing their support for Hazelwood College Paralympian Bronze Medallist Noelle Lenihan while on their trip to the Burren as part of their Laving Certificate studies. Despite being miles from home, completing their Leaving Certificate Geography Investigation, they took time to celebrate their fellow Hazewood College student’s amazing success. Pictured are (back row left to right) Ciara Ahern, Jack Hennessy, Patricia Galvin, Caoimhe Ryan, Chloe Reidy, Sean Madigan, Pierce Curtin, Micheal Begley, Keith Coughlan, James Guidera, Ronan O’Keeffe, Timmy Larkin, Damien Burke, Darragh Lane, Diarmuid Murphy, Aisling Cunningham, Eoin Considine, Mary Kate Sherlock, Enya O’Donnell and Ms Maria Curtin, Hazelwood College Geography teacher. Front Row: Jacqueline McCarthy, Micheal Nolan and Sean Twohig.
Hazelwood College Geography students are pictured in the Burren in the course of their fieldtrip there as part of their Leaving Certificate studies. The students were able to use the knowledge they gained in the course of their field trip to prepare for the Investigation element of their Leaving Certificate studies. Pictured are the following ( from left to right) Ciara Ahern, Jack Hennessy, Patricia Galvin, Caoimhe Ryan, Chloe Reidy, Sean Madigan, Pierce Curtin, Micheal Begley, Keith Coughlan, James Guidera, Ronan O’Keeffe, Timmy Larkin, Damien Burke, Darragh Lane, Diarmuid Murphy, Aisling Cunningham, Eoin Considine, Mary Kate Sherlock, Enya O’Donnell and Ms Maria Curtin, Hazelwood College Geography teacher. Front Row (left to right): Jacqueline McCarthy, Micheal Nolan and Sean Twohig.
This new subject will be offered in our school to students going into 5th year in September 2016. Hazelwood College is one of forty-one schools selected to pilot the subject which will be examined in the Leaving Certificate 2018. The subject will be available to fifth-years in the remainder of the country’s 730 second-level schools in September 2018. Politics and Society has been introduced to the Senior Cycle curriculum by the NCCA. It will qualify for CAO points in the normal way. Teachers and students will work with key themes and ideas in the social and political sciences. They will apply these to their schools, to the local environment, as well as exploring how they apply in the wider world. It is offered at both Ordinary and Higher level. The assessment will include a citizen project (20%) and a written exam (80%). It will be useful for the study of politics, sociology or other courses such as law, anthropology, philosophy, education studies, media studies, and many more.
Hazelwood College class are pictured with Stuart O’Sullivan, one of Ireland’s most famous pianists, after a concert they attended at St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, which was conducted by Peter Barley. The concert and talk on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major will be beneficial to the students, as the piece is on their Leaving Certificate curriculum. A performance such as this is invaluable to the students understanding of a complex piece and all agreed that it was a beneficial day out!
Here are some pictures from the recent Hazelwood College Graduation Ball
Picture 1: Áine Fitzgibbon (left) and Dave O’Sullivan (right) are pictured as they attend the recent Hazelwood College graduation ball.
Picture 2: Hazelwood College students prepare to attend their graduation ball. Pictured are back row (left to right): Chloe O’Connell, Seamus O’Connor, Ryan Coffey and Megan Banks. Front row (left to right): Grace Morey, Charlie Dickens, Sean Coffey and Leighanne Shanahan.
Picture 3: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Catherine Corbett, Amanda Collins and Denise Browne prepare to attend their graduation ball.
Picture 4: Julia O’Doherty and Callum Donaghue celebrate at the recent Hazelwood College graduation ball.
Picture 5: Denise Forde and Billy Foley, both Hazelwood College graduates prepare to attend their graduation ball recently.
Picture 6: Tara Fitzgibbon and Sean Shine prepare to make their way to the recent Hazelwood College graduation ball.
Picture 7: Dressed to impress: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Lyon Lenihan, Mairead Lordan, Emma Carroll and Alan McAree.
Picture 8: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Alannah Matthews, Julia O’Doherty, Emma Carroll and Lara Grufferty make their way to their recent graduation ball.
Picture 9: Denise Forde (left) and Selina Kiely (right) make their way to the recent Hazelwood College graduation.
Picture 10: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Kaylyn Dunleavy, Maria Cremin and Louisa Dempsey make their way to their graduation ball.
Picture 11: Suited and booted: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Darren Roche, Sean Shine Jason Sheahan, Keith Shine, Jack Ryan and Edward Hourigan prepare to attend the recent Hazelwood College graduation ball.
Picture 12: Summer celebration: Hazelwood College graduates (from left to right) Vanessa Daly, Aisling Stack, Leanne Nolan, Niamh McCarthy and Ciara McCarthy make their way to their recent graduation.
At the recent graduation evenings a number of achievements by students in the school were recognised. Both were wonderful nights where the students and their parents were able to celebrate the collective and individual accomplishments of students.
The Students of the Year for 2015 were:
Leaving Certificate: Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Student of the Year Award winner Julia O’Doherty (centre) is pictured here at the recent Hazelwood College Graduation, being congratulated by Hazelwood Principal, Mr Brendan Burke, and Year Head for Sixth Year, Mr Tom Quinlan.
Leaving Certificate Applied: Hazelwood College Principal Mr Brendan Burke (left) congratulates Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Applied Student of the Year Aodan Brennan at the recent Hazelwood College Graduation.
Transition Year: Hazelwood College Student of the Year Award Winner Keith Coughlan pictured (centre) and his parents Mrs Annette and Mr Pat Couglan at his recent graduation.