Students graduating from the St Gabriel’s School have been urged to continue doing their best when they transition into secondary school in September.
Belle Holder threw out the challenge to the 57 students in her feature address at their graduation today.
“You are about to embark on a very exciting and, perhaps, one of the most memorable stages of your lives. It is during these teenaged years that you will develop lifelong friendships and connections, discover new passions. Continue to apply yourselves to your studies and to do your best in all that you do,” she said.
“Don’t be daunted by your transition. Know that your experience here at St Gabriel’s is a great foundation that will help you to prepare for the challenges ahead,” added Holder, who also has a child attending the school.
In her brief remarks, principal Angela Blackett boasted of the school’s exceptional performance in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination, known as the Common Entrance Exam.
She said the school surpassed the national average in both Mathematics and English, scoring an average of 82 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.
The school’s top performer, Shannon Vaughn, was one of 13 students in the island who scored full marks in Maths. The school’s top boy was Muhammad Makda.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Gabrielle Simmons pledged to fly the school’s banner high.
“As this chapter of our lives comes to a close, we say a fond farewell to St Gabriel’s; we will never forget you. As we forge ahead into our secondary schools, we will take with us what you have given and use it well,” she said.