Class 4 students prepare for transition

As Class 4 students await the results of the Common Entrance Examination, some of them have been getting some tips on what to expect when they head into secondary school in September.

The Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit has been holding sessions this week, entitled In the Winning Circle – Making the Right Choice, for those pupils of schools in St Philip and Christ Church.

The annual initiative, now in its ninth year, is done in collaboration with Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Family Planning Association and the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors.

“We look at issues like substance abuse, self-esteem, the law and you, your body and you, bullying and conflict resolution,” explained coordinator of the programme, Modupe Sobeyi-Boadu.

The organizers target schools in specific zones each year, because they do not have the resources to carry out the programme on a national scale. However, that does not stop schools outside the catchment areas from participating.

Programme coordinator Modupe Sobeyi-Boadu during an exercise
with the students.

“We often have schools familiar to the programme asking whether we are still having it, and despite the fact that it targets different areas, tomorrow we have St Mary’s [Primary] coming – even though they are in Bridgetown, the principal really wants them to take part – and St George Primary will also be coming in. So, once we have space and resources we have no problem allowing students to come,” Sobeyi-Boadu said.

The programme targets both public and private primary schools, and today’s session at the Frank Walcott Labour College was attended by students from the St Martin’s-Mangrove Primary School and Reynold Weekes Primary School.

.Students of Reynold Weekes Primary and St Martin’s Mangrve Primary enjoyed the workshop.

One Response to Class 4 students prepare for transition

  1. Mr Rock USA May 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    These kids should still be in elementary school. there are too young to be force into the so call secondary school half way across the country only to be kick out in four years on turning 16. what a crime. i call that aging out. sad! Barbados need schools zones and a middle school system to prepare these kids for high school work. let see how long it take for some of these same innocent looking kids to start acting up once away from the eyes of mom and dad. Btw, what is so secondary about a first class high school education? Change the name to high school please! i wish you all the best. you will need it.


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