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Seventh-day Adventist school performs well in CSEC St Ann's Bay High and Prep students spark

Published:Saturday | September 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
A group of St Ann's Bay High School graduating students with, seated in front from left, Principal Rachel Pyne, Verona Bushay, senior teacher and Paulette Ambersely, director of education for North Jamaica Conference.


With 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results showing a decline over the previous year, the Seventh-day Adventist owned St Ann's Bay High and Preparatory schools are celebrating the success of its students in the 2016 exams, with above average results.

"Based on the preparations of the teachers, coupled with the quality performance of the students in the screen tests given, I was confident they would have given their best, which would result in a good performance and those expectations were met," said a happy principal, Rachel Pyne.

The good performance was reflected in the fact that the institution recorded 100 per cent passes in seven subjects - agriculture science, Caribbean history, food and nutrition, home management, English Literature, office administration and principles of business.

There was an 89 per cent pass for English Language and 60 for mathematics, accounts and chemistry also had impressive passes, both being at 80 per cent.




Twenty students graduated from St Ann's Bay High this year.

Pyne said she was particularly pleased about was the mathematics passes.

"One of things I am particularly pleased about is the mathematics passes, in light of the fact that the national average has been lowered and yet our students were able to surpass the average, with a number of students taking the subject from grade 10 - some with grade one and grade two results," Pyne said.

She paid tribute to veteran teacher, Enett Brown-Campbell, who has over 30 years experience in the classroom, crediting her with leading the high quality of teaching at the institution.

Regarding the 89 per cent pass rate for English Language, Pyne said this rate has improved significantly compared with both the national average and the school's performance over the years.

"As one of the core areas in which student competency is measured, this speaks volumes to the quality of input being offered by our institution, by Ms Curline Gordon and Ms Samantha Samuels in particular," Pyne pointed out.

She also commended Gordon and Samuels for employing new strategies in turning around the performance of students in English Literature, resulting in a 100 per cent pass this year.




On the back of the good results recorded by students at the school, several of them have matriculated directly into tertiary institutions, with the Northern Caribbean University, also owned by the SDA, being the preferred choice.

The CSEC success recorded by the school follows on the success achieved in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) by the prep school department, with the majority of students being placed at Westwood, St Hilda's and York Castle high schools.

Pyne said all prep school students scored grades above the national average with Dominique Turnbull being the top boy with a score of 91.6 and Keona McIntosh, top girl with 91.2.

Education Director for North Jamaica Conference, Elder Paulette Ambursely, commended the entire team of educators on the significant strides made, the quality of academics offered and the exceptional performance in both the high and preparatory schools.