In yet another covid disrupted year, the Leaving Certificate class worked extremely hard to produce projects in the limited time available. Here are the projects submitted by this years students.
Normally at this time of year we would meet with all the 3rd year students and their parents to discuss the next steps in their educational progress. Unfortunately this year due to the ongoing pandemic it is not possible to meet in the usual way.
Below you will find a video outlining the options available to 3rd years as they progress to Senior Cycle.
Mr Burke will be in touch with the parents of the 3rd year classes in the coming days to outline the steps that need to be taken to select a course for Senior Cycle
Today was a strange day in school. Taking a trip through the construction room was like scenes more commonly seen in a documentary. It was clear the room was abandoned with the intention to return. Tools, paint brushes and varnishes left on tables ready for the next days work.
On Thursday 12th March like many we were taken by surprise, the schools closed a week earlier then we had guessed. Nobody ever expected that was the last day of school for the class of 2020, we thought we’d back back after Easter or worst case the May bank holiday. Foot and Mouth, SARS, H1N1, Swine flu, all passed through in recent years and we all kept working. Confident we would be back the Construction class left the projects with a few small touches left to do before the final exams.
Every year at this time we post our projects for all to see, and this year will be no different. Keep in mind when you look at the projects, some are finished, some are almost there. The odd coat of varnish is needed, maybe a hinge or a clock, the cushions are mocked up but the sense of where we were going is clear.
Best of luck to the class of 2020, don’t be shy call in and say hello, our door will open again.
All our students are hardworking and dedicated, and I want to acknowledge their commitment to their studies and to sport. We cannot however offer awards to everybody. The people getting awards today have shown something special that we want to acknowledge. Normally all the students would be gathered in front of me in the gym as the announcement of the award winners is called out. This year however is different and we are announcing the winners online. The presentation of the award prizes will be made at a later date.
I want thank all the staff who have worked so hard with all their students and brought them to a point where they can move from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle or leave second level education and venture to the world of work or to college. A special thanks to all the staff who have taken teams or helped out in any way with improving the quality education that is delivered in Hazelwood College.
(1) Athletics: Callum Keating, Munster Indoor Intermediate Boys Shot Put Champion 2020
(2) Basketball: Hannah Cremin MVP in Cadet Basketball Final win
(3) Camogie: Sarah Sheehan
(4) Senior Football: James Molyneaux
(5) Hurling: David Boyce Munster Colleges Hurling winner
(7) Ladies Football: Rachel Power
(8) Soccer Brian Ahern: Irish schools soccer team (Winner 2019)
(9) Handball: Doubles team of Ciara McCarthy/Aisling Shanahan
Overall Sports Star of the year
|Coyle Faulkner||Coyle was extremely helpful to me this year. One example is that every Tuesday morning he would ensure that the SPHE Books were collected and ready for the rest of the class. He is always on hand to offer help in any way he can|
Ellie May Sweeney
|Attending and assisting with the TY mentoring programme for 1st years and offering time and support to those new in the school|
|Edward O’Connor||Showing empathy and kindness to students who find school difficult|
|Connie O’Connor||Showing empathy and kindness to students who find school difficult|
|For braving terrible conditions and behaving in such responsible manner to attend the car park on the nights of the concerts|
|Concern National Debating winning 4th round|
Anna O’Regan Cunningham
Ellie Mae Sweeney
|Darragh Ryan||Participation and engagement in Politics and Society|
|Jack Walmsley||Best Citizenship project|
|Sadie Mullane||Maths For her commitment to her work over the last three years. Sadie is always in good spirits and we were very impressed with her engagement since March.|
|Gemma O’Sullivan||Maths Gemma has been a pleasure to teach over the last two years. Happy at her work and very mannerly. Very impressed with her engagement since March.|
|Paul Begley||Paul has been a dedicated student over the last two years in Maths. Always does his best. We were very impressed with his engagement since March.|
|Dean Burns||It was a pleasure to teach Dean over the last two years. Very polite and always ready to ask a question if not sure of a topic.|
|Dylan O’Flynn||Maths Dylan has been a pleasure to teach over the last three years . Even though he found some subjects difficult his attendance at school was excellent . A very polite and at time humourous student. He is very deserving of this award and we look forward to seeing him next year.|
|Colleen O Dwyer||Colleen is a wonderful young lady who has embraced second level education with great determination . Not easy for any first year but Colleen certainly did excel in certain subjects. Her love of cats caused a few smiles in the staffroom and corridor during the year. Looking forward to working with her next year,|
|Darragh Ryan||Darragh has always been a student of impeccable behaviour. His positive attitude and diligent work has marked him out in the last two years in my class as a good student and as a calm and resourceful young man. I am confident that he will be a success in whatever path life takes. His easy going nature makes it certain that he’ll never walk alone.|
|Nicole Power||Nicole is a very able student, with a mature attitude towards her studies. Her quiet demeanour belies a lively ability to discuss and argue in her work. I wish her all the best in the future.|
|Jack Pierce||Jack’s constant optimism has been important in our class over the two years, his dedication and hard work have been obvious for the six years he has been in Hazelwood, as has his unfailing good manners. He has developed into a mature and thoughtful man. Best of luck for the future.|
|Jack Walsmley||Jack has grown into a mature and capable young man, whose attitude towards his work has been marked by determination and dedication. Best of luck in the future|
|Gillian Gore||Gillian is a very hardworking student, whose effort and dedication is exemplary. She is always very pleasant and a great student.|
|Ella Dore||Ella is a very diligent student, whose consistent effort and mature attitude ensure that she is a huge asset to the class|
|Mark Kennedy||Mark is a student of huge ability whose contributions to class are exemplary.|
|Colm Ryan||Selected Limerick U20 Football team|
|Both of these students worked tirelessly to help out with any task that needed to be done to get the well-being room up and running. Their help was invaluable and the job would not have been completed without them.|
|Oliver O’Dell||He is a very thoughtful and kind student. He is obliging and helpful at all times and acted as an admirable role model for younger students in bus study these past months.|
|Padraig O’Regan||Reason for Award is a very thoughtful and kind student. He is obliging and helpful at all times and acted as an admirable role model for younger students in bus study these past months.|
|Amy Walsh||She is an engaged, enthusiastic and energetic student. She has added to her class with interesting questions, debate, discussion and an enthusiasm which was both admirable and enjoyable. She has added to her science class during her junior years and is a pleasure to teach.|
|Excellence in Woodwork|
|These students are in the second honours class great workers over the last 2 yrs|
Emma O Flynn
|Ethos awards for their help with the organisation of Cadet Basketball in the school|
|Robert Galvin||Robert is such an enthusiastic student. I find his enthusiasm is a very positive influence in the class. He is always on time and polite and when asked to help in the art room he is more than willing to give a hand. I am happy to nominate Robert for an ethos award 2020|
Junior Subject Award
|Woodwork||Evan O Callaghan|
|Home Economics||Grace Noonan|
Senior Subject Award
|Politics and Society||Nicole Power|
|Ag Science||Caitlin O’Connor|
|Home Economics||Yvonne O’Kelly|
Jack Pierce who has never missed a day in school since he started in Broadford Primary school
Student of the Year & LCA Student of the Year
In line with tradition The Student of the Year will be announced at our graduation ceremony which will be held online this year.
Congratulations to all our award winners.
Stay safe and stay well
10 April, 2020 – Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations
Changes follow updated health advice regarding school closures until further notice
- Leaving Certificate written examinations postponed until late July/August
- Junior Cycle examinations in June replaced with school-based exams and assessments early in the new school year
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Friday 10 April 2020) announced a series of changes to the 2020 State Examinations as part of measures to respond to Covid-19, including postponement of the Leaving Certificate examinations.
The decisions have been taken on foot of updated advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
Minister McHugh said plans were being put in place for the postponed Leaving Certificate examinations to begin in the last week of July or early August, subject to public health advice.
Junior Cycle final examinations due to take place in June will be replaced by school-based exams and assessments held early in the new school year.
A series of other decisions has also been taken –
- As part of the wider public health measures, schools are closed until further notice.
- Practical examinations for Leaving Certificate students which were due to have been held in May are deferred. They will be rescheduled for late July/early August.
- The new Leaving Certificate exam timetable will be confirmed in early June.
Minister McHugh said: “All decisions we are taking in relation to rescheduling exams are based on current public health advice and put the best interests of students first. The welfare of students and that of their families is front and centre in all decision making.
“The final arrangements for the exams, the exam centres, social distancing and other measures will all be determined by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) on foot of public health advice in June. I want to thank the SEC for its efforts to put in place these revised arrangements.
“Students and their families have been seeking clarity. Today’s announcement addresses that. It also provides them with several weeks of advance notice to prepare for the examinations. I hope it helps to alleviate some stress being experienced by students and their families at this time.
“Asking Leaving Certificate students and their families to refocus their attention from June to August is not something we do lightly. I know it will not be easy. However, I believe it is the fairest way of assessing students and giving them certification of achievement in school and a pathway to higher and further education and training, apprenticeship or work.”
Minister McHugh also said: “Students with special educational needs will be fully supported in sitting the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations in line with the reasonable accommodations as already arranged for them.”
Minister McHugh said the intention was to allow at least two weeks of class time, in school, before the Leaving Certificate examinations begin.
“Great work is being done by schools and teachers to connect with students and to keep them learning. We must give teachers, principals and school staff huge credit for their commitment to supporting students, in their schoolwork and in their wellbeing. And we want to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to build on that,” the Minister said.
As part of the changes to the Junior Cycle, discussions will take place with teacher unions and school management to allow these examinations, linked Classroom-Based Assessments, Assessment Tasks and project work to be completed as school-based assessments early in the next school year.
Minister McHugh acknowledged the positive engagement he has had with unions, management bodies, the further education and training and higher education sectors on all of these issues.
“I am grateful for the co-operation shown by all concerned, in what is a very challenging situation for our young people, their families and teachers. I am confident we can continue to work together in a supportive spirit to help secure the best outcomes for students,” the Minister said.
Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “The third level institutions look forward to welcoming this year’s Leaving Certificate students who have applied to enter their courses. I appreciate the particular challenges these students have had to face and I welcome the flexible approach indicated by the sector to enabling these students to take up a place in the year ahead.”
The admissions process for higher education, managed by the Central Applications Office (CAO), will operate as closely as possible to the usual timeframe for offers and the entry date for first year students will be delayed.
The Department has asked the Higher Education Authority and the higher education sector to explore ways of assisting access to higher education for students from under-represented groups.
Notes for Editors
- Schools were closed on public health grounds at 6pm 12 March and remain closed until further notice.
- Students have lost 15 classroom instruction days to date, since the closure of schools.
Leaving Certificate statistics
- More than 61,000 students are expected to sit the Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied in 2020.
- This includes 44,396 students sitting the established Leaving Certificate and 13,668 for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and 2,999 sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied.
Orals and Practicals
- Leaving Certificate oral language and some Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle practical performance examinations had been scheduled to take place between 23 March and 3 April.
- These were cancelled and candidates awarded 100% for these components.
- Today’s announcement does not change that position.
Practical projects and Course Work
- A range of subjects involve these elements – Computer Science, PE Performance, Technology, Art, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics, History, Geography, RE, Politics and Society, Music Composition, Construction Studies and Home Economics (Textiles).
- The deadline for submission of work will now be immediately prior to the commencement of the written examinations in the late July/August period.
- A number of practical examinations, supervised by school appointed superintendents and scheduled for 27 April to 8 May in Engineering, Art Life Sketching and Construction Studies and a practical and written examination in Computer Science scheduled for 27 May will now take place in the late July/August period.
Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and LCVP Link Modules
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
LCVP is a Leaving Certificate programme with a Strong Vocational focus. It may be taken alongside other subjects.
- LCA Personal Reflection Task, scheduled for completion by 1 May, will now be completed by the commencement of the written examinations in the late July/August period.
The following will be rescheduled for the late July/August period.
- LCA Oral Examinations
- LCA practical performance tests in Hotel Catering & Tourism; Office Administration and Customer Care; Active Leisure Studies; Hair & Beauty; and Agriculture/Horticulture
- LCA ICT practical performance and written examination.
- LCVP Link modules written examination.
As the Universities and Colleges start back this week we wish all of our past pupils the best of luck as a new year gets underway. In particular we are thinking of the Class of 2019 who will be starting out on the next chapter of study or working days having received some excellent results earlier this month. The very best of luck to you all. Here are a selection of the photos taken on Leaving Cert results day earlier this month.
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.
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Below are the projects submitted by this years Leaving Certificate class for the State Examinations 2017.
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