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Topping her class since basic school

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Chantae Bromley (right) being congratulated by her dance teacher, Syslan Hill, at her school's graduation. - Contributed

Adrian Frater, News Editor

With two younger children to care for, Nerrisa Hamilton Downie knows that the finances required for her daughter Chantae Bromley's transition from Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High in Hanover to Mt Alvernia High School in St James will be daunting.

"While she lives with her grandmother, I am the one primarily financing her," said Hamilton Downie, who works as a secretary in St James but resides in Sandy Bay, Hanover.

Like many of the parents of successful children, Hamilton Downie is extremely pleased with her daughter's Grade Six Achievement Test performance, which saw her averaging 85.2, amassing scores of mathematics, 90; English language, 93; general science, 81; social studies, 83; and communication task, 9.5/12.

While Hamilton Downie's limited income is not sufficient to meet her many and varied expenses, she is determined to give her daughter the best opportunities to succeed in life.

"From basic school, she has either been topping the class or finishing in the top two," said Hamilton Downie of her daughter, who was not available to speak when The Gleaner contacted her mother. "In addition, she is an all-rounder as she is heavily involved in numerous school activities ... . She has won numerous medals in Jamaica Cultural Development Commission competitions and she has been in the Mathematics Olympics for three consecutive years."

Hamilton Downie said her daughter is confident, outspoken, and always striving to be the best at what she does.

"She has always been my little star and I can't wait to see her shining at Mt Alvernia when she gets there," said the proud mother.

However, with the attendant costs involved in making the transition from primary to high school, the cost of daily travel from Hanover to St James, and what she said was uncertain support from her daughter's dad, Hamilton Downie has no choice but to accept the reality that tough times are ahead.

"I would more than welcome any help I can get to ensure that my daughter gets ahead in life," she said.

"Her dream is to become a lawyer and I want her to realise her dream."

adrian.frater@gleanerjm.com