Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
LINSTEAD, St Catherine:
WHILE HER end-of-term grades are not exactly what she desires, Julene Brown is still heartened by the progress she has made since September, particularly in the subjects which she will sit in the 2013 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
Julene scored 90 per cent in language arts and 96 for mathematics, as well as social studies. Her other marks were 92 for science and 90 in communication task.
"This definitely shows me where I am now, and what I really need to do, so I will have to still put in more work than I am putting in now to get the 98 per cent average I want. I will add another hour to my study timetable each day," she told The Gleaner.
The Linstead Primary and Junior High School student believes that the extra hours will help to enhance her preparation for the high-school placement exam in March, and earn her a place at Campion College.
Althea Smith, her teacher, is pleased with the steady progress she has been making and expects her to perform well when she sits the exam.
"She is improving and I expect her to do even better during the final few weeks leading up to GSAT, and so I am looking forward to a good performance in the exam," she told The Gleaner.
The 12-year-old took a break from studying on Christmas Eve to help her mother, a vendor, to cash in on Christmas sales in Linstead.
"I helped my mom to sell because there was a big crowd in Linstead and I just got about two hours for myself. I just walked around in the town and enjoyed Grand Market, and I also helped one of our friends to cook on Christmas Day," she said.