Ten students from the St Michael School (SMS) have received international scholarships and will be jetting off to the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Japan and Hong Kong to study.
This was the highlight of the Principal’s Report delivered during the school’s annual speech day and prizegiving ceremony today at the Martindale’s Road institution.
Principal Yvette Mayers reported on the school’s stellar performances in the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).
Based on the CAPE results, she said ten students had obtained places in international universities after being awarded scholarships.
“Even though we did not get any national scholarships this year, there were several students who earned other scholarships,” Mayers said before announcing the awardees.
They are Kierra Forde Richards, who was awarded an athletics scholarship; Jade Best, Nyesha Bridgeman, Anqi Cao, Jody DaSilva and Maurice King who will be studying in Costa Rica; Hannah Lashley in Wales; Pierce Mackenzie in Japan and Erin Philips in Hong Kong.
The principal also highlighted the outstanding academic achievements of former head boy Nicholas Brathwaite, who is the only student from a school other than Harrison College to win the Aubrey Collymore Scholarship.
Mayers also applauded the exemplary work of Rachel Young and Nathan Lovell. Young obtained six out of eight grade 1 passes in CAPE over two years. Lovell gained all Grade 1 passes.
Another student, Chloe Branker, got all four grade 1 passes in CAPE Unit I.
In terms of CCSLC, SMS got 100 passes in all subjects.
In CSEC, the overall pass rate was 90 per cent, up from 89 per cent in the previous academic year. However, while there were improvements in Additional Mathematics and Spanish, the principal noted that there was a decline in the school’s overall performance in Biology, English B, Geography, Physics, Social Studies and Industrial Technology:Woods.
Nonetheless, Mayers said there was a slight improvement in the quality of the passes received by her students in CSEC with 64 per cent getting Grades 1 and 2.
The featured speaker at today’s event, the Acting Principal of the Lester Vaughan School, Tanya Harding, implored students to not let social media and video games distract them from their quest for excellence.
“[Former British prime minister] Winston Churchill said that continuous effort in the quest for intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Now more than ever, our students need to be reminded of this. For all of your intelligence, if you allow yourselves to be distracted by social media chats, playing video games; if you don’t always feel like doing your homework and other readings, you won’t reach those academic heights that you are capable of reaching,” she said.