It may not be the best known primary school, nor does it have the largest student population, but Happy Vale Montessori School was pleased to leave its mark on this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.
The Welches, St Michael-based private learning institution entered five students for the exam and all five earned a spot at their first choice school.
Class Four teacher Margaret Stewart told Barbados TODAY she was not surprised at the students’ performance because they were well-prepared.
Still, she admitted, she was nervous, particularly over the Mathematic paper, which some students complained was difficult.
“There is always a slip between the cup and the lip; sometimes someone may get nervous and my greatest concern with a couple students was that they encounter a question in the Maths exam which they found difficult and that they spend too much time on it . . . . I told them if you find a question and you cannot get it done, circle it and move on and that was my only concern,” she said.
With a class of only five students, Stewart recognized she had an advantage over many of her counterparts across the island, since it allowed for individual attention and the opportunity to deal with each student’s weaknesses.
“From the time students enter at three-and-a-half we start building a foundation and we have a very firm, strong foundation at Happy Vale Montessori School,” she said of the school, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year and which enjoys a healthy relationship with parents.