This morning got off to a smooth start at Queen’s College where 167 students wrote the 2015 Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination.
Just after 8 a.m., the students of West Terrace Primary and Eden Lodge Primary said their goodbyes to their parents and guardians at the school gate and in orderly fashion made their way to their respective examination rooms.
Some students were visibly nervous and initially a little hesitant to leave their parents’ side, but the majority appeared calm and confident. There was also much encouragement among peers.
At 9 a.m. sharp, they were all sitting, in possession of their tools, and ready to work on the composition paper –– the first for the day.
Before going on to the school’s compound, a few students –– and their parents –– spoke to Barbados TODAY about how prepared they were.
“I’m feeling good,” said Eden Lodge student Aaron Burnett. Meanwhile, Burnett’s mother Veronica Stuart said she was hoping her prayer for her son to do his best was answered because he had “worked really hard preparing”.
“We have been giving him the support that he needs, and we are confident that he will do his best and get to the school that he is looking forward to going to –– which is Combermere,” Stuart said.
Dad Rodney O’neale said despite his son’s coping with a little cold, he was confident the fellow Eden Lodge student would do well.
“This morning, he was a bit nervous at first; but then when he caught himself after, and the time for the examination started to get closer, he got a little bit relaxed,” O’neale said.
Sophia Boyce was not just expressing well-wishes to one child –– rather to three. She hugged and kissed her triplets: two girls and one boy.
“The teachers really helped with extra lessons, and I tried my best, and they will come through. They were very upbeat this morning and they really encouraged each other,” Boyce said as she watched anxiously her three charges walk through the gate together.
Queen’s College principal Dr David Browne said he and his staff had done everything to ensure the students felt comfortable.
Browne said, there were also sixth form students from that institution writing Caribbean studies for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), but that that had not deterred from attention to the 11-Plus students.
“Everything is going smoothly. We have been doing this thing for a long time; so we know the drill,” the principal noted.