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Leah Byrne writes for local and national newspapers

22-April-20
Leah Byrne writes for local and national newspapers

Well done to Leah who in the midst of the Corona Virus found time to write an article for the local paper. Leah's article highlighted some of the difficulties LC students are facing at the minute and while we can only do so remotely, we can and do offer all our help and support.

Leah's article is worth a read,

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times “or so said Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities, this friends is the tale of two lives, our life before Covid 19 and the life we will have subsequent to it.
For three weeks now I‘ve been "studying” from home and I must admit it has been peculiar to say the least. Initially I struggled to find a routine because as we all know the internet never sleeps, it is an all-pervasive element of our lives and it’s ironic really that the tool that once caused huge angst in every teenage parent relationship has now become our new messiah. My school is small and as such, that works to our advantage, I know it is a cliché, but we truly are a family. We’ve gone through challenges before and we’ll do it again. My teachers have been incredible and have done everything in their power to help me not only with my studies but also my fears and anxieties. This is a world none of us was prepared for and they’ve stepped up to the plate with online classes, online quizzes, online “let’s just have a chat” moments and they have gone above and beyond what one could expect of them in these “strange times”
The biggest difficulty we all face though is the uncertainty, the “not knowing” what is going to happen. Personally, I want to sit my Leaving Certificate because I, like so many others, have worked hard to prepare for it. I find it difficult to listen to the media debate what “should be done” about our exams, because they are “our” exams. Everybody has an opinion on the Leaving Cert, because they’ve all been through it, but we’re the first cohort to be going through a global pandemic at the same time.
For students and parents who are not sitting exams this year, this is, a perfect time to reconnect with the beauty of the world around them, to see what the “best of times” really means, to take stock and appreciate family and nature. We however, are told to “control the controllable” and cannot afford to simply “stop and stare”, time is closing in on us.
At the end of the day, this is a global pandemic; important as they are, exams cannot and should not take precedence to life. Will the Leaving Cert go ahead? Who knows? If it does, they will have to make reasonable accommodations for social distancing, considering the number of Easter eggs I have devoured over the last few days!
These may feel like the “worst of times” but we must try to make the best of them. JM Barrie once said, “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December”, we are fortunate that sometime soon, we can create new memories and in the words of Seamus Heaney 'If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere”. (although it might not be the annual LC holiday in Ibiza)

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