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Students excel at Mona Prep

Published:Tuesday | June 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Principal of the Mona Preparatory School, Carol Blanchard (centre) embraces Sarann Allen (left) and Dania Green after sharing their Grade Six Achievement Test success stories with The Gleaner last week. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Jodi-Ann Gilpin and Kemisha Anderson, Gleaner Writers

The Mona Preparatory School family in St Andrew was in a celebratory mood as The Gleaner visited the school after Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results were released last week.

Sarann Allen, head girl of the institution, who was among several students who performed exceptionally well, said she was anticipating a great time at St Andrew High School for Girls come September.

"It was a challenging journey because I had to practise all the things from grade four, but I had the help of my teachers and family. That went a far way in assisting me to cope with the challenges and I am grateful for that," said Sarann. "There were some challenging subjects but I was determined to give my best and I pulled through."

She added: "I have always wanted to go St Andrew High. I will give nothing but my best and I want to continue aiming high and achieving excellent results."

Put in extra work

Dania Green was elated, having been placed at her first choice, Campion College. She said her preparations presented challenges but resulted in joy.

"I had to put in extra work. I had to give up some things that I love, such as watching television. I was nervous because I didn't know what was going to come on the exam, but after I saw the first question, I got more confident because I knew the answer," Dania said.

She gave credit to her family, who she said was very supportive during her preparations.

"They tried their best to comfort me and they would do nice things for me. They made me feel very special," she said.

Dania said she planned to continue to work hard at Campion and make new friends.

Mona principal Carol Blanchard said she was extremely proud of her students.

"The journey has always been one of teamwork here. Each group is different, and every year we have to go back to the drawing board and find out what works," she noted.

"We always try to maintain excellent averages among our students and we make sure to include all stakeholders, parents being an integral part of the team," Blanchard added.

She said: "There is an overall attitude of thanksgiving among all of us. We are extremely grateful that we were able to pull through another year. Our students made us proud, and we are rejoicing and thanking God because we could not have done it without Him."