There were squeals of delight ringing out today at Casa Grande Hotel as scores of 10- and 11-year-old Class 4 students descended on the St. Philip venue.
With the Common Entrance Examination over, it was time to release any residual stress associated with preparing for that four-hour test and the youngsters from Deacons, Eagle Hall and St. Stephen’s primary schools did just that.
They bowled, played video games, drove bumper cars, rowed bumper boats and paused for lunch.
Parliamentary representative for St. Michael North West, Chris Sinckler, who was not left out of the fun, treated the students and their teachers who attend the three primary schools in that area to a fun day.
“Last year my staff came up with the idea of taking the students on a fun day because you know the 11-plus is fairly stressful after all the nerves and all the studying. Last year it went very well and we thought we would do it again this year through the St. Michael North West Development Foundation.
“School life is learning about different types of activities and they learn some stuff here as well. A few of them might have been here already and so they’re familiar with the surroundings… We’re happy to contribute this to the students of St. Michael North West as a small gesture to them and their families and to the teachers because it is the kind of day where the teachers can sit down without the heavy book work and supervise their charges in a more relaxed atmosphere,” he said.
The minister of finance thanked sponsors who contributed to the event, including Mrs. Ram Merchandani, who allowed them to use facility at “a reasonably reduced price” and the others whose contributions enabled them to reserve the Transport Board buses for the outing. (DS)