Thursday, September 11, 2008

Didn't he do well says a proud grandmother!

You must forgive me for jumping up and down with excitement but I'm feeling very proud of my grandson, Dillon, who is 15 years old. He received his Junior Certificate examination results yesterday and he did very well. The education system in Ireland is different to the one we have here the UK. So after only three years of study (UK they get 5yrs) he went the honours route where the grades are:
A= 85%

Dillon got 3 (A's) in Geography, English, Religion; 5 (B's) Maths, Art, Sciences, History & CPSE (civil, social, political, education); 2 (C's) Irish & Metalwork; 1 (D) French.
You can imagine the whole family are delighted with his results. He now has a transitional year where he has to do some work experience and community work alongside school subjects. After this he begins the final two years of study for his Senior Certificate which will, hopefully, enable him to go into higher education at college or university.

Congratulations Dillon, you did very well X

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At 11/9/08 06:37, Blogger Alison said...

congrats have every right to be proud Chris!! the educational system is very different here in the US....I think I like Ireland's better!!

At 11/9/08 07:17, Blogger my4kids said...

Congrats to Dillon! It is very different in Ireland then the US!

At 11/9/08 09:13, Blogger Steffi said...

Congrats to Dillon!Of course you can be proud to him!
Wow...he is so good at school! The german school system is really bad and diffrent and I think Ireland is much better!

He is a cute boy ... (said Nathalie and she is 12 ).

At 11/9/08 09:34, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'm sure it's the genes from his grandmother's side.

At 11/9/08 11:43, Blogger ChrisB said...

steffi I'll tell him what Nathalie has said!

AC but of course LOL

At 11/9/08 12:21, Blogger Molly said...

Congratulations to Dillon, I am glad that you explained the Irish system. The transitional year sounds like a wonderful idea. Some schools in the US have community service or experience requirements, but not many schools have this kind of program.

At 11/9/08 12:34, Blogger Asha said...

Indeed, you should be a very very proud grandma! :))

Good job Dillon. I will make you a good Indian dinner for you here and toast for your success!

Take him to France Chris and let him do all the talking there in French next time! ;D

At 11/9/08 12:43, Blogger ChrisB said...

asha initially he was going to do ordinary French not honours level as he doesn't like it. So this result is the equivelent of a C at ordinary level and is OK, but I take your point it's the best way to learn.

At 11/9/08 13:27, Blogger Cynthia said...


Wow. THey sure do grade in a very different way in Ireland!

What a HAPPY post. I am glad that you told us all!!

At 11/9/08 14:39, Blogger Sandy said...

Congrats, Dillon! Terrific job!

At 11/9/08 15:26, Blogger infredible said...

he should have skyped Fred more often!

uh oh I am logged in as Fred.

At 11/9/08 17:57, Blogger Sabrina said...

Congratulations and way to go!!! I'm sure it's your influence!

At 11/9/08 20:11, Blogger Lil Mouse said...

yes the grading scale in the US is much harder, but who knows what requirements there are for reaching those levels, and I think community service is a good idea. I wish we did that here.

At 11/9/08 21:05, Blogger A Spot of T said...

Congrats Dillon! A job well done!! Such a handsome boy you are too.

At 11/9/08 23:07, Blogger Beccy said...

You got most of it right, he took two at ordinary level and the 'senior cert' is actually called the leaving cert

At 11/9/08 23:10, Blogger Beccy said...

Also we went to France for three weeks last year and Dillon spoke less (ie none) than his siblings who have never learnt French

At 12/9/08 00:02, Blogger kitten said...

Congrats Dillon! Way to go! I don't blame ya, you have something to be proud about!;)

At 12/9/08 01:14, Blogger Grand Life said...

I've missed posting on Fun Monday's for awhile but life just got away from me. I'm going to be able to get back with it soon. Thanks for your great blog and congratulations to your grandson

At 12/9/08 05:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go Dillon x
and too right you should be proud.
I didn't realise how different the education is over in Ireland.

At 12/9/08 06:15, Blogger Pamela said...

I can see that having a french girlfriend might have helped with that last grade.

What is Irish ref: 2 (C's) Irish & Metalwork

At 12/9/08 06:48, Blogger alisonwonderland said...

good test results - and a cutie too! :)

At 12/9/08 09:41, Blogger ChrisB said...

molly I think the community aspect is good for building confidence at this age.

sabrina don't think I can take any credit LOL

lil mouse so what marks would you have to get in US to get the same grades?

beccy well nearly is Ok for an oldie!

Pamela all the children begin to learn Irish from the moment they start school. I can't remember the age they also go away to spend a week in an Irish speaking part of Ireland. Metal work -I know apart from the theory they had to produce a finished item in the exam. Dillon doesn't like Irish and because he is very creative he doesn't find it easy to work in straight lines as metalwork requires so to get the marks he managed was an achievement for him.

At 12/9/08 16:00, Blogger Jettie said...

Congrtoo!! Very well indeed!!
But it sounds like it is way different there than in u.s.!

At 13/9/08 06:27, Blogger bermudabluez said...

My heartfelt congratulations to Dillon!!

At 14/9/08 18:48, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done! Proud Grandma, you must be so chuffed!
I love it when my kids make their grandparents (extra) proud so I know how you must be feeling!
Well done to him !

At 15/9/08 20:52, Blogger Beccy said...

Some children speak Gaeilge (Irish) as their first language. Some universities require you to have passed Irish to get in, regardless of which course you take and some jobs require you to have passed Irish...that's why I can't be a teacher here!


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