Some of the top six performers of the Grade Six National Assessment Exams credit self sacrifice for success after results were made public on Monday.
Speaking to DNO, Convent Preparatory student and second place, Kodie Jean Jacques said he was happy but not surprised at his results. “I know how hard I worked,” he said. “I know what I am capable of, so it wasn’t a total surprise.”
He said when preparing for the exams, he watched less television and took extra classes and had “less of everything.”
Gianni George, 12 of Elmshall, of the St. Martin’s Primary, who tied for second place on the island with Jean Jacques, said she has made her parents, school and teacher proud. ‘I have worked very hard reaching home at 5 in the afternoon and still doing work,” she said about her preparations for the exams.
Kaila-Ann Guiste (4th position), of the St. Martin’s Primary, said she had to redoubled her efforts at her school work since she was hospitalized for two weeks during second term; she said she aims to become a police woman or an accountant.
Shalian Shaw of the St. Martin’s Primary, who got the 5th top position, said she was happy since she worked “really hard and had sleepless nights.”
“My parents and teachers helped me a lot,” she said.
She hopes to become an accountant one day since her favourite subject is Mathematics.
Makayla Bedneau, of the Salisbury Primary, tied for fifth place. She said she is very happy with the result and attributes her achievement to “hard work.”
Meantime Principal of the St. Martins Primary, Brinette Morreau, is urging parents to recognize their roles in their children’s lives.
She said there is a direct link between the success of students and the involvement of parents in school work.
“I don’t know if parents recognize the importance of parental involvement,” she said. “You may have a very bright child. All you need to do as a parent is to sit with the child. Why should you be watching television while your child is sitting at the table doing their work?”
She said parents need to turn off the television more and pay more attention to their children.
The top student, Louis Riviere, is currently out of state with his parents and DNO has so far been unable to contact him.