Hundreds of students across Inishowen will be undertaking their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations over the coming days and weeks
The State exams both started off with English Paper one on Wednesday morning.
There was an air of nervousness at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School in Buncrana as they awaited the first paper, but many were also just keen to get started.
Niamh Murphy and Eesha Rai are undertaking their Junior Certificate and said they really weren’t looking forward to the “difficult” English paper two.
Niamh said she was less nervous about the science paper while Eesa said she felt the same away about history.
Both told how they had been studying for months but that it has very much intensified over the last week.
‘They’re all so well prepared and worked extremely hard to get to this point.’Scoil Mhuire Principal Rosaleen Grant
Nadine Lyons, Patrycja Saczepanska and Roisin Cloherty admitted they were “big time” nervous about the Leaving Certificate, with Roisin describing it as “scary.”
Nadine is hoping to gain enough points to study Tourism and hospitality, Patrycja wants to go into hairdressing and Roisin aims to study Irish and French Economics.
Leaving Certificate students Ryan Doherty, Shane McLaughlin and Anne-Marie Doherty said they were “just looking forward to getting it started.”
Ryan said he hoped all the studying would “pay off” and said he was aiming to take a year out after the exams to weight up his options.
Shane wants to study Environmental Science while Anne-Marie is also hoping to go into Science.
Scoil Mhuire principal Ms Rosaleen Grant wished each of the pupils the “best of luck” in their exams and said she hoped those undertaking the Leaving Certificate would achieve the amount of points they need for their desired course.
She said: “I’m hoping they do themselves proud and work to the best of their ability. They’re all so well prepared and worked extremely hard to get to this point.”
The Junior Certificate will end on June 18th and the Leaving Certificate on June 19th with the written exams for the Leaving Certificate Applied finishing up on June 11th.