Alystra Clarke’s sobbing could easily have been mistaken for disappointment with the news of which secondary school she would be attending, come September.
But the Trinity Academy Christian School student was so overcome by joy, she couldn’t help weeping openly after learning she would be attending her school of choice –– Christ Church Foundation.
Alystra was one of many students sitting the 11-Plus exam about a month ago.
After being consoled by her mother Donna, Alystra told Barbados TODAY she found the wait to be “hard” and she just could not hold back the tears when she got her results.
“I didn’t know which school I was going to,” she said through sniffles.
The Christ Church resident says her dream is to become a hairdresser.
Excited mum Donna said she was “so happy” for Alystra, pointing out she had always been supportive of her, and that that would continue as her child embarked on her secondary school journey.
“It is important to encourage them in their chosen career, because they have to live their lives, and it is important that they pursue their dreams. So whatever she wishes I will support,” the mother said.
Contrastingly, Kai Sealy of The Rock Christian School in Strathclyde Drive, St Michael, was beaming with joy when she learned she had passed for the school of her choice –– Harrison College.
Kai’s mother Gail-Anne and grandmother Stephanie Jones said it came as no surpise when they gathered Kai had “achieved her dream”.
Granny Jones, affectionately known as Nana, told Barbados TODAY Kai was a dedicated student.
Gail-Anne said her daughter was “a naturally bright student” so she did not have to put any added pressure on her prior to the exam.
“The plan is to be behind her 100 per cent,” she added.
“She said she wants to be a doctor to care for me,” Nana chimed in.
“This school has a very good reputation. I was instrumental in bringing here. She is a Rock child,” declared the proud granny.