WATCH: Students less afraid of Common Entrance than parents
Students of St. Winifred's who sat at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School happily going to greet their parents after the exam.
It was the parents who showed more signs of nervousness ahead of and after the Common Entrance Examination than their children and wards who actually completed the tests.
In some instances, children even put their parents' minds at ease with their words and by their actions.
This became clear as Loop News spoke to parents and students at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School examination centre in St. Thomas today.
With some parents on site to say their final best wishes as early as 7:30 am this morning, Loop spoke to Kathy Ann Jones, mother of Donte Jones of the Sharon Primary School, who said, “My son has all the praise and blessings from all of his family so he feels very confident this morning. I think I feel a bit nervous although I am not the one doing the exam. I feel more nervous for him than anything else."
Alexia Leacock admitted she had butterflies too, but her daughter Kailey came to the rescue. Leacock pointed out, “She [my daughter] told me it's going to be like any other exam she did. Coming up with the practice exams weekly she [was] calm, relaxed, confident. I asked her to do her best and that’s all I will require.”
After the exam, many an embrace and congratulations were shared, but Annmarie Elcock, mother or Kai Connolly still told Loop a similar story as those anxious mothers from earlier in the day.
“I would say three weeks ago I was very anxious, 'freaking out' as the young people term. About week ago, I said, it’s God’s will. What will be will be, and I admired my son too.
"The school gave him a little prayer rock that he would pray with at night and that really kept his anxiety down too. He didn’t want anybody calling and saying, 'Good luck! Are you prepared?' He just didn’t take the calls. That made it too important, too crushing. I got the WhatsApp messages, but he was like, 'I’m not taking any calls’. He handled it well.”
Kai pointed out that he was a bit tired before the exam but upon seeing the paper was ready and rearing to go. "As soon as I got in I said, 'Wow! I know all of this stuff. I better start writing', and I feel very confident now."
Whilst Naiya Benskin-Leacock of the Sharon Primary School shared, “I felt confident going in the exam, and coming out I feel good and glad that's all over. I am satisfied with what I did today and looking forward to the results."
The only complaint of the day from some of the parents and guardians was that of parking as they were not allowed onto the school premises this year to park, wait or greet their children after the exam, except at the gate.
Common Entrance Day 2018
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