Ocho Rios Primary top students make parents proud

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The parents of Ranecia Matthews and Patrick Vassell are elated that their children, who were students at Ocho Rios Primary, were named among the top 1,000 students who sat this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

Ranecia scored an average of 96 per cent to be named the top girl at Ocho Rios Primary School and Patrick scored an average of 96.8 per cent to emerge the top boy and top student at the institution.

“We are proud; we expected it,” Ranecia's mother Brenda Matthews said about her daughter's performance, adding that she will be attending St Hilda's High School in September.

She said her daughter does not like studying and so the family devised a strategy for the brilliant child, who did not do extra lessons at school.

“She has to read to us and ask us a question; that's how she studies,” she explained.

Matthews said her daughter always knew what she wanted.

“She said she was going to St Hilda's from [she was in] grade one,” she said

The mother said, too, that her daughter, though shy, was always a hard-working student. Matthews said she did not see the need for extra classes and so Ranecia, who wants to become a nurse, never attended any weekend, summer or after-school classes.

“Daddy and myself were her evening class teacher.”

“The day before GSAT she watched movies,” her father Washworth added.

He said he was overjoyed about his daughter's performance.

Ranecia scored 100 per cent in mathematics, 91 per cent in social studies, 100 per cent in communication task, 97 per cent in Integrated science, and 92 per cent in language arts.

“I am looking forward to improving my grades in high school,” Ranecia told the Jamaica Observer.

Meanwhile, Patrick's mother, Juliet Taylor, said her son has always been an overachiever.

“All the girls always trying to beat Patrick. He always maintains that high performance,” she said.

Patrick, who would like to become a gynaecologist and an athlete, was happy with his performance; however, he believes he could have perfected his scores.

He told the Observer he is looking forward to excelling at York Castle High School, both academically and in sports.

“I want to make my name known there,” the confident Patrick said.

Patrick scored 100 per cent in communication task, 97 per cent in social studies, 93 per cent in mathematics, 96 per cent in language arts, and 98 per cent in integrated science.

“I feel good, but I think I could have done better because I know I have the potential,” he said.

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