Over at the Princess Margaret Secondary School there was calm as the students of St Martin’s Mangrove Primary turned up to sit the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination, better known as the 11-Plus.
St Martin’s Mangrove Primary principal Judy Braithwaite expressed delight at the composure her students had exhibited before the exam.
“This year, I found that the children were more settled, and they seemed more confident; and they are a good bunch. We are wishing them God’s blessings; and we are confident that He will bring them through,” Braithwaite said.
Evans Hinkson, senior teacher of Bayley’s Primary, a contingent from which also sat the 11-Plus Exam at Princess Margaret, thought his students were very well prepared, compared to previous years.
“The teachers worked hard with them and the children accepted what was given to them. We counselled them and prepared them for such an examination that would alleviate any nervousness. The students this year were ready for the exam,” Hinkson said.
He also offered advice to parents of children who will be sitting the exam next year.
“Keep working with your child, and eventually best results will be achieved.”
The St Martin’s Mangrove students, in a review of the examination, too offered some counsel.
Kiah Blackman advised future Common Entrance Examination students to be prepared for the unexpected.
“[Also] be prepared and bring all your stationary. And most importantly pay attention in class.”
Blackman said to her the maths was challenging, but the English was easy.
In contrast, Davonte Straughn said the grammar was a challenge, but the maths easy.
He advised future Class 4 students to revise as hard as they could for their exam and aim to do their best.