On Wednesday, 254 students from George Headley Primary School brought a golden chapter of their lives to an end as they graduated from the institution and took one step closer to secondary school.
The graduation ceremony took place on the school grounds.
Principal of George Headley, Veronica Wynter, encouraged the children to take their hard work and dedication into the next chapter of their lives when they start high school in September.
Wynter commended the graduates on producing outstanding results in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and for their participation in the Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz and various other academic competitions.
"Academically, they are one of the best as they did better than last year; 135 of these students passed for traditional high schools," Wynter told The Gleaner.
They were also revered in the areas of sports, music, performing arts and various other activities. Wynter noted that students who were involved in extra-curricular activities excelled more academically when compared to those who did not, despite the fact that they had more weight on their shoulders.
"One such activity is the Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz. It was our first year and most of the children who got the highest scores in GSAT were part of the team. I think exposure to the club, studying and working together as a team have pushed them further than on a normal basis in the classroom," Wynter said.
She also encouraged the next batch of grade-six students to embrace these extra-curricular activities in order to become well-rounded individuals.
"It widens their knowledge and understanding on what education is all about. It will also help them to fit into a career, one that will contribute to nation building," she added.
George Headley is also celebrating 35 years of existence and contribution to education as the school strives to provide an atmosphere to enhance learning, whether academically or through morals and values.