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Limerick Youth Service Infolink 33

Thursday, 24th August Posted 4:46pm


Leaving Cert Applied Class of 2017

It’s back! After a brief sojourn for a much needed summer break, one of the
most leading newsletters in the youth sector, Infolink, is back in your inbox.

Produce by the Youth Information team at Limerick Youth Service, Infolink promotes the
positive contribution of young people to our communities, while keeping you
up to date with the latest news from LYS.

The annual exam results are a key feature of this week’s edition with
students Leaving Cert Applied students from LYS one of many opening their
envelopes on Wednesday morning.

Top Marks for LCA
Class of 2017

There were joyous scenes at Limerick Youth
Service (LYS) this past week as twelve students received their Leaving Cert
Applied (LCA) results.

The students, who spent two years studying their LCA, saw their hard work
rewarded with excellent results that were among the highest in the country.

‘Delighted’ was the reply from student Kelsey Markham, when asked about how
she fared in the state examinations.

‘I did really well and would like to thank the staff at LYS for all their
support,’ smiled Kelsey, whose next stop is Limerick College of Further
Education where she plans to study a Pharmacy Assistant Course.

When asked what attracted her to LCA Kelsey, who also sat her Junior Cert
at LYS with Youthreach, said that it was ‘the mix of practical and
classroom activities.’

‘The practical side really appealed to me and I really enjoyed my time on
work experience’ said Kelsey adding, ‘it was a difficult and challenging
two years but we (classmates) got great support and encouragement from the
staff, who are excellent.’

The success of Kelsey and her classmates was acknowledged by LYS’s Noreen
Murphy who paid tribute to the Class of 2017.

‘They worked very hard and this has been reflected in their results which
are simply outstanding’ said Noreen, LCA Coordinator.

‘They should be very proud of their achievements and we wish them all the
best in this next step of their lives,’ said a very proud Noreen.

LYS wishes to echo Noreen’s sentiments and wish the LCA Class of 2017 all
the best in their futures.

Meet LYS

Certificate Applied

Launched in 1997, the Leaving Cert Applied
programme meets the needs of students who prefer the practical and
continuous assessment approach in contrast to that of the ‘mainstream’
Leaving Cert.

Delivered over a two year cycle the LCA focuses on the talents of each
individual student and helps them apply what they learn in the real world.

Learners study a variety of subjects including Maths, Communications, Home
Economics and Social Education while they also take part in periods of work

The balance between the academic and practical skills with periods of work
experience and extra-curricular activities leads to a more wholesome or
rounded experience, a fact alluded to by many former graduates.

The LCA has been taught at Limerick Youth Service for almost two decades
with one of the key features the supportive and encouraging environment in
which it is delivered.

For more on the Leaving Cert Applied programme please click HERE.

Class of 2017

Limerick Youth Service wishes to
congratulate the thousands of students who received their Leaving Cert,
Leaving Cert Applied & LCVP results this past week and wish you all the
very best in the future.

For those students who are starting college or university this September,
LYS has a limited number of ‘Flying the Coop,’* a publication that has all
you need to know about making the move from second to third level.

If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with your results LYS would like
to remind you that there are plenty of options available, from repeating
your Leaving Cert, studying a PLC programme or taking a few years out by
entering employment or volunteering.

‘Education is for life and there will always be opportunities to study
further down the line,’ said Dermot Troy, Youth Information Officer, LYS.

‘There are a number of Post Leaving Cert (PLC) programmes available while
working, volunteering or travelling overseas may allow a young person to
gain life experience before deciding what career path they would like to
choose,’ added Dermot.

Young people who need more information on starting college, deferring their
course, entering the workforce, volunteering, travelling overseas or need a
copy of Flying the Coop are asked to contact LYS’s Youth Information Centre
at or call

*Flying the Coop
was produced by YWI Roscommon & NE Galway.

LYS Youth
Information Service

Row Family Project

Infolink features articles
from Limerick Youth Service’s Youth Information team on services of
interest to the community with this week’s article focusing on the Bedford
Row Family Project.

The Bedford Row Family Project is a Limerick City based group that provides
information, advocacy, counselling and support to the families of people in

The Bedford Row Family Project works with family members of prisoners and
ex-prisoners to ease their distress and assist them in making positive life
choices in particular with respect to their children.

The project provides leadership and direction in designing and implementing
programmes that work effectively with families affected by imprisonment and
related matters.

The project also works with other groups in the interest of raising
awareness of and addressing the social inclusion that partners, parents,
siblings and children of prisoners and ex-prisoners face.

For more please click HERE

Programme for First Years

Limerick Youth Service will deliver its
‘Moving On Up’ Transition Programme for First Year students at Askeaton’s
Coláiste Mhuire on Thursday, August 31st and Desmond College,
Newcastlewest on Monday, September 4th.

The Transition Programme introduces students to the different subjects,
extracurricular activities and the often confusing timetable that awaits
them in secondary school.

The Transition Programme focuses on the social and personal changes that
students go through when making the move from national school to second

The programme is delivered to First Years as part of their ‘induction week’
with interactive workshops covering communication, friendship, peer group
pressure, bullying, mental wellbeing and the fears and expectations that
some first year students may have.

For more on LYS’s Primary to Secondary Transition Prog please click HERE

Over to You

Please send your views to LYS’s Youth
Information team at
or call 061-412444/083-1726898.

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