We kept a closer eye than usual on this year’s Leaving Cert results, along with the subsequent first round of CAO offers published on Monday morning.
It’s always a compelling moment – the anxiety, the outpouring of joy, the promise of so many brilliant careers – but this year we’ve been working with Cistercian College Roscrea, so our interest was of the vested variety.
The boys did well.
Hardly surprising at a school where one in three Leaving Cert students typically receive more than 500 points each year – a testament in itself to the balance of academic achievement and holistic education for which ‘Roscrea’ is renowned.
Among the many excellent results at the midlands boarding school, however, one stood out.
Matthew Kavanagh (18) was just one of 12 students in Ireland to achieve eight A1s in this year’s Leaving, racking up the highest grade in English, Irish, Maths, German, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting and Economics.
Take a bow!
Matthew’s achievement is all the more mind-boggling in the context of his extra-curricular activities: he captained his school to the North Leinster Hurling Final and was also on the winning team (naturally) in the 2013 All Ireland German Debating competition.
“Matthew has been an all-round student in terms of academia as well as music and sport, and his outstanding results reflect the hard work put in not only by the student himself but also his teaching staff,” said a delighted Cistercian College President, Brendan Feehan.
“All the grades reflect very well on the holistic education and ethos here at Roscrea.”
Another Roscrea student, Richard Tynan, has been invited to study computer science at Cambridge University, just weeks after taking home a bronze medal at the 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taiwan. Richard was also awarded 1st prize in the Technology category at this year’s BT Young Scientist competition.
Matthew and Richard, like thousands of others in the class of ’14, have the world at their feet.
For others, things may not have worked out quite so well. Anyone who came up short would do well to remember that the Leaving Cert is an important pathway – but it’s not the only one. Regroup, reassess your options and don’t stop believing in yourself.
Well done to all.