They were among a group referred to as “early sitters” who sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination.
However, that in no way proved intimidating for either Miyanda Clarke of Bay Primary School or Shania Joseph Lynch of St Mark’s Primary School, who placed fourth and sixth respectively from the group of students who did the exam earlier than required.
“I felt prepared and I was confident that I did all I had to do,” said Miyanda, who is headed to Harrison College in September after scoring 84 in English and 97 in Mathematics with a B in Composition.
Her principal Marielon Gamble was also confident that Miyanda would have done well, given her history at the school.
“At each point, Miyanda excelled and that is the reason why we would have given the okay for her to sit the Common Entrance exam early.
“Miyanda was always an outstanding student, one who was diligent in every area, not only in academics, but also when it came to her involvement in various clubs within the school, Miyanda was always on top.”
A member of the school’s book club and Brownies, Miyanda was also voted president of the K Kids Club in Class 1.
Gamble said she has been very impressed with the student’s attitude and her overall level of preparation.
Yesterday, a team from Barbados TODAY also stopped by St Mark’s Primary School, where a bubbly Shania admitted that initially she had expressed some disappointment over her results.
She is due to attend Combermere in September after scoring 92 in English and 78 in Mathematics, with a B in Composition.
“At first I was a little disappointed because I wanted to go to Queen’s College, but then after I realized that every school is very good and it just matters what you do when you get there,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Knowing what she wanted to achieve, Shania said she had put aside her favourite gadgets in preparation for the exam.
However, she said while the English Paper came easy, she found the Mathematics Paper “a little bit challenging”.
Shania, who aspires to be either a teacher or an entrepreneur, credits her parents for her success.
In fact, she said they were her biggest supporters, along with her teacher Phyllis Griffin, who described Shania as “a very dedicated and diligent student” who once given the encouragement fully applied herself to the assigned tasks.
“I am very pleased with her performance and even more pleased when we heard that she was sixth overall in the 11 sitters,” her teacher said.