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Another Fantastic Year for Emmanuel SDA Primary School

[L-R] Kyle Edward, Leizell Victor, Achym Antoine
[L-R] Kyle Edward, Leizell Victor, Achym Antoine
When the students and teachers of the Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Primary host their graduation ceremony on July 16, it will be an emotional day for them.

The school, this year, continued to build on its past successful momentum with a phenomenal showing at the National Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) with one of its students securing a place in the top five nationwide. The school also secured the top three spots in District Five.

Kyle Edward scored 95.4 percent to secure a place after Montesori’s top three students, while his classmates Achym Antoine (93.8) and Leizell Victor (91) joined him to solidify their school’s position as top performers in their district.

Emmanuel SDA previously had students in the top 10 and top 15 nationally over the past two years. This year the school achieved a general mean of 81.8 percent compared to the national mean pass of 74 percent.

School principal Mrs. Bessie Augustin and her teachers could not contain their excitement after two years of hard work with their students; breaking into cheers when results were handed over to them.

“This is the result of 100 percent support from our parents and 110 percent effort from our teachers who work together as a team to ensure our students reach their full potential,” said Mrs. Augustin.

“We are grateful for the teachers who remain committed to Christian education. We work hard at the academics and also work at growing the spiritual aspect of our students’ lives. With faith we triumphed and our results reflect our motto,” she added.

Grade six teacher Mrs. Sabiola Antoine praised the students’ perseverance throughout the rigours of the CPEA school-based assessment (SBA) requirements.

“My goal was always to ensure my children excel,” she said.  “Their success is simply the best gift I could ever be given. I am grateful to have been able to contribute to their educational journey and to make a difference.”

The school uses a mixed teacher plan where teachers share instruction over several grades.

Students will move to schools around the island including the Vieux Fort Comprehensive School, Micoud Secondary, St Joseph’s Convent, St Mary’s College as well as the Seventh Day Adventist Academy.

This year the Ministry of Education adopted a fresh approach to highlighting success of students from each district placing the spotlight on great results islandwide. The school placements also indicate that many high scoring students are opting to attend high schools within their community.