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Sunday 4 December 2016

Junior Cert Diary: Mum's stressing too, but she's doing a good job hiding it

Isabel Doyle who attends Sandford Park and will be writing for the Herald during the Junior Cert.
Isabel Doyle who attends Sandford Park and will be writing for the Herald during the Junior Cert.

finally, after all of the preparation and revision, the exams are under way.

Yesterday started off really nicely, as my mum cooked a big breakfast for my two sisters and I (who are all sitting exams too).

I think she was just dying to get us out of the house. She's stressing over the exams too, but she's doing a good job of hiding it from us.

There was a really nice atmosphere in the exam hall, which calmed me down. Most of my classmates are boys, so there was a lot of messing going on and it was a good distraction from my nerves.

Paper One for English started off really well - it was a tough exam with lots of questions.

I wrote a letter for employees as my answer to the functional writing exam. I'm not sure how good my answer was, but I went with it anyway.

For the rest of the paper I wrote an editorial and a story.

We had two hours off between papers to try and fit some study in, but it's hard to concentrate when you are worried about the next exam.

The second paper was manageable - except for the Romeo and Juliet question, which I'd never seen before.

I'm delighted to have one subject over and done with. Now I just have to get Irish out of the way.

Isabel Doyle (15) from Rathgar is a Junior Cert student at Sandford Park School.

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