"I was so happy I started to cry!" declared Arianna Bailey from Rousseau Primary in St Andrew. "I passed for Meadowbrook High. That was the best news ever. I am really proud of myself."
"I want to cry too," expressed her mother, Marshalyn McCalla, who was jumping with joy. "She got an 80 per cent average. I am so very, very happy and excited."
Overwhelmed with emotion, mother and daughter hugged each other tight outside the gate of the school yesterday afternoon following the release of the results for the Grade Six Achievement Test.
Next to them, Philmore Rhoden fought to contain his excitement as he hugged his son, Ramon, who was placed at Kingston College.
"I feel more than excited! I feel thrilled!" exclaimed a smiling Ramon. "I'm going to KC!"
His father hugged him again.
Over by Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory School on Old Hope Road, some parents and students were engaged in excited chatter, discussing the results.
"I'm really, really happy," declared Leesa Schaaffe, who got placed at Immaculate Conception High School. "I had to study really hard, extra lessons seven days a week. I had to stay up, all sorts of revision. My mommy gave me a lot of motivation, so I am really thankful. All my classmates did well and we are so happy."
Her mother, Michelle Campbell, said she could now relax.
"I was really worried when I heard the minister say he was going to be placing students with good grades across all schools. I'm just really glad she got placed in a good school."
At the Mico Practising Primary on Marescaux Road, the students and teachers were beaming with joy.
"When I heard I passed for Wolmer's, I jumped up and down," said a breathless Nichalia Hutton.
"My mom said she felt like crying when I told her."
Her friends, Aaliyah Mitchell, Casey Willis, Tarique Simpson and others, all joined her and hugged each other, as they discussed their placements at schools like St George's College, Kingston College, Wolmer's Girls, and Alpha Academy.
Relieved to get that stress behind them, they all talked about the fun stuff they planned to do over the summer holidays.
Navaro Laidley, the vice-principal, said she was quite excited at her students's results.
"We got some really good results and some very good placements. The students really made us proud," she said.
"We did have some students who cried because they were placed in schools they didn't want to go, but overall we really are very happy with the performance and the results."