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Mixed feelings in St Ann

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Mother Nicole Ellis gives her daughter, Lamar Peart, a comforting hug after her first day of the Grade Six Achievement Test. - photo by Carl Gilchrist

Reports from across St Ann indicate that there were few hitches as students began the first day of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) yesterday.

As for the exam - the mathematics and social-studies papers - students at Ocho Rios Primary had mixed reactions.

Atalia Green, who said she wants to attend York Castle High School, said that overall the exam was manageable.

"I usually do better in maths and I think I did great today," she said.

Odecia Reynolds also thought it was "quite manageable but challenging".

"But tomorrow I know I will pass language and science and communication task as those are some of my best subjects," she explained. Knox College in Clarendon is her first choice.

Brady Sherwood, who said she, too, wants to attend York Castle, told The Gleaner the exam was challenging but that she expects to do better in Friday's subjects.

Meanwhile, Lamar Peart wasn't too happy. The student, who has Ocho Rios High as her first choice, said while she thought she did well in math, the social-studies paper was a problem.

Her mother, Nicole Ellis, a vendor at the school's gate for several years, said she has always been there for her daughter, supporting her and assisting her with her schoolwork but has come to realise that social studies was her weakest subject.

Lamar is confident she will do well in Friday's papers.

- Carl Gilchrist