There was a mad rush around 1:10 p.m. today as hundreds of primary school children excitedly ran out of the Christ Church Foundation Secondary School into the waiting arms of their parents after they completed the four-hour long Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination, also known as the 11-plus.
Laughter echoed throughout the car park of the Church Hill, Christ Church secondary school as the Class Four students of Christ Church Girls School, Milton Lynch Primary, St Christopher’s Primary, Jones Private School and Cane Vale Preparatory School collectively breathed a sigh of relief as their months of studying paid off.
The students were eager to de-stress and have fun as they huddled with their peers and parents and discussed the exam and their post-exam plans.
Christian Marsh’s mother, Okkar, was taking him to Chefette, but the only thing on the Milton Lynch Primary School student’s mind was playing football and a possible trip to Disneyland.
The shy Class Four student was among the first group to exit the examination room.
He told Barbados TODAY that overall it went well, especially the English paper.
“It was easier,” said Marsh, comparing the English to the Mathematics exam.
He also disclosed that he was hoping to attend the Lodge School or Deighton Griffith Secondary in September.
Trinity Rogers from St Christopher’s Primary School also had high expectations in terms of her results. The 11-year-old revealed she expected to get at least 96 per cent in her exams after she felt she had aced her Composition, which was her best subject. Although she did not have any concrete plans to celebrate the ending of the examination, she was pleased overall.
“I think I did well,” Trinity said, adding that she was hoping to go to Queen’s College.
Head girl of St Christopher’s Primary Kayleah Blackman was also quite confident about her performance as she left with her sister Krystal Moise. Blackman said that although Mathematics was not her strongest subject, she easily got through it.
“Maths is not one of my strongest subjects but it was quite easy. Only for some of them you had to reason properly and for the English it wasn’t as bad. Although they had some tricky questions in the Section B, it was still a good performance,” Blackman said, adding that the Composition was “a breeze” for her.
However, while several students were eager to go to Bubbas or hang out with their friends, Blackman said she just wanted to go home and relax until next week before preparations begin for graduation.