Hundreds of schoolchildren and their parents “let their hair down” at some of the island’s popular food and hospitality establishments, as the little ones sought to relax following today’s Common Entrance Examination.
At one outlet in particular, it was the eighth year that it was sponsoring an after-party, with meals especially geared towards the children.
Operations manager of the Lucky Horseshoe in Warrens, Debra Walker, told Barbados TODAY the party was part of the restaurant’s contribution to the community.
Walker said she expected more students to patronise this year’s event, and estimated the numbers to exceed 150.
“Today is 11-Plus and we are trying to help the kids de-stress. We have been doing this for the last eight years . . . giving back to the community,” said Walker.
She said that unlike previous years where the showing of a movie was the main attraction, the business had introduced kids’ karaoke and games.
She said the reaction from the children had been amazing.
“I am happy. The place was full in no time,” added the restaurant executive.
She saw this event as a bonding time for children and parents, noting, too, that friends from last year, were still talking about their experience and passing it on.
At Divi Southwinds, students from St Stephen’s and Westbury Primary, were also feted and fed.
Earlier today, students questioned at one of the exam centres, provided mixed responses.
While most of them found the test to be easy, others used descriptions such as a little challenging and difficult.
Maths appeared to have been their biggest hurdle.
A group of children who sat the exam at Princess Margaret Secondary School in St Philip joined in chorus, shouting: “I’m glad it’s over.”
One parent also declared that she was glad the test was over as well.
At least two girls told Barbados TODAY they thought the English and maths would have been more difficult. More than 3,000 children sat the 11-Plus at schools across the island.
This exam will determine what secondary schools they would attend next academic year.