Some 96 students at the Allman Town Primary School in Kingston proudly collected their school leaving certificates on July 4 at a graduation ceremony held on the grounds of the St. Paul’s United Church on Lockett Avenue.
Most of the graduates sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will go on to secondary school or placed in the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP).
Principal at the School, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, who delivered the report for the 2011/12 academic year, said that the students did exemplary work, especially in the GSAT, where the school had “very high averages” this year.
She informed that the literacy level increased by 13 per cent to 67 per cent mastery, while average attendance was 91.5 per cent.
The principal encouraged the graduates to continue making strides regardless of the school they will be attending and to maintain their grades.
She also urged the parents to continue playing a critical role in the development of their children’s education and to assist them where necessary so they will be able to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
For his part, Board Chairman, Keith Samuda, advised the students, who will be going on to high school, to start working hard from the onset and not to wait until the last minute to study for their examinations.
He also urged them to maintain good grades, be punctual, courteous and “be the best they can be” at the various activities in which they will participate.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter