Vauxhall Primary School’s head girl Nyeka Gibson was one of two early sitters who received 100 in Mathematics this year’s Common Entrance exam. The other was Faheem Jada of the Al-Falah School.
She also received 81 in English and an ‘A’ in Composition for a converted total of 229.29.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Vauxhall, Christ Church School, the soft-spoken ten-year-old said she surprised by her performance in Mathematics.
“I never used to do good in Maths,” said Gibson, who revealed that she improved her academic performance by studying harder and cutting out some of her favourite pastimes, such as playing games, watching television and reading the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan.
“I like to read fiction so I had to stop that and go and study,” Gibson shyly said.
Although she failed to get into her first choice, The St Michael’s School, the aspiring journalist said she was pleased with her performance and was looking forward to going to Christ Church Foundation in September.
Principal Heather Parris was ecstatic about Gibson’s results. Parris described Gibson as a natural leader who excelled in whatever she put her mind to.
“I am overly excited because she is an early sitter and . . . she is one of three students from the public primary schools that has achieved 100 marks,” her principal said.
Over at the Hilda Skeene Primary School, Stephenson Springer was receiving numerous congratulations from teachers and peers. The early sitter gained entry to his first choice – Harrison College – with 94 in English, 90 in Mathematics and a ‘B’ in Composition for a total score of 233.41.
When the Barbados TODAY arrived at the Ruby, St Philip School, the results had not been revealed yet, but the ten-year-old student was simply overwhelmed when he eventually got the results.
In few words, the Hilda Skeene Primary School student said his hard work paid off and he was looking forward to attending one of the island’s oldest secondary schools.
“It is a school I was looking forward to going to since I was three years old and I am pretty sure my family would like me to go there as well,” Springer said.
His teacher Kiesha Lavine was confident that her well-rounded and “determined” student would excel in the examination.
“Stephenson usually puts his all into everything he does . . . . I wasn’t worried too much about it I knew he would have done his best,” she said.
Meanwhile, Nasir Blackett from the Arthur Smith Primary School described his performance as satisfactory.
The early sitter will be heading to the Christ Church Foundation School in September after receiving 89 in English, 83 in Mathematics and a ‘B’ in Composition.
Blackett, who is a member of the Paradise Football Club, Wanderers Cricket Club and a track and field student for Arthur Smith Primary, said that while he did not do his best, he was pleased with the results.
His mother Naimbi Boyce, who is a teacher at the St Matthias, Christ Church school, said that she encouraged the aspiring pilot to juggle all of his extra curricular activities in an effort to teach effective time management.
“I ensured that he kept doing all of those things whilst preparing for the Common Entrance because I believe life is all about balance. As you get older you can’t put aside if you have something else to do, you have to manage your time wisely and go ahead,” she explained.