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UPDATED: Impressive effort from Half-Way Tree Primary students

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Carol O’Connor-Clarke (centre), principal at the Half-Way Tree Primary School, gives two of her students, Sarah Downer (left) and Angelica Smith, a big hug following their performance in the Grade Six Achievement Test.

Despite having three students scoring high 90s in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Carol O'Connor-Clarke, principal of the Half-Way Tree Primary School in St Andrew, was most impressed with Angelica Smith and Sarah Downer.

"Today I am overjoyed as (Angelica) she will be moving on to the Merl Grove High School (in St Andrew), and her average was very good," she said.

"When I saw their results, I cried for both of them. I hugged them a million times because I was so overwhelmed by their performance," she said.


Be persistent and supportive


O'Connor-Clarke advised that persons should be persistent and supportive of their children.

"On Saturdays, I usually have extra classes free of cost. That was my way of giving back to the students, and the truth, is their scores following the mock exams were not so great. However, they were always faithful and did their best, and today, I am pleased," she explained.

Sarah, who will be moving on to the Oberlin High School in St Andrew, said her plan is to continue working hard in order to improve her academic standard.

"I was surprised and I am happy that I did my best despite the challenges. My plan is to improve my grades and develop as a person," she said.

Angelica said: "I didn't know how to respond. I was shocked! My plan is to continue working hard so that I will do well in my CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) examinations and make my mother proud... ."

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate references to remedial classes. They have since been corrected.