You could say that Kimani Archer was in “seventh heaven” today.
Kimani was the pride and joy of Blackman And Gollop Primary after scoring the seventh highest mark in this year’s Common Entrance Examination. She scored 247.18, with an A in composition, and will be attending Queen’s College when the new school term begins.
The news made an already good day better, since when Barbados TODAY caught up with the 11-year-old, she was returning with the school’s victorious netball team that had earlier defeated Wilkie Cumberbatch 6-1 in the Pine Hill Dairy National Sports Council Primary School Netball Competition to keep their unbeaten record.
“I’m not surprised that I did so well because I always expected to do well,” Kimani, who is also head girl, confidently stated. “The maths was a little bit challenging, but in the English only the comprehension was challenging.”
And even though she will have to trek from her home in Chancery Lane Terrace, Christ Church, to her new school in Husbands, St James, Kimani is anxiously looking forward to the challenge.
“I can’t wait to meet new friends,” she boldly exclaimed.
Her form teacher Jacqueline Evelyn explained that Kimani’s score was in line with her marks at school.
“I’m not surprised at all. She has always performed well at school, and I always expected her to do well in the exam,” she said.
For the time being, though, Kimani, who plays wing defence, is looking forward to helping her school defend their netball title.
And let’s not forget the camera she has been promised by parents Tracy Archer and Kenneth Payne for her outstanding achievement.
“When I spoke to my parents, they told me congratulations and asked me what I wanted for it; and I told them a camera and a laptop bag.”