Bittersweet moment for Graham

Not everyone was all smiles as they received their 11-Plus results Wednesday.

Shaniah Graham of the West Terrace Primary School was in tears immediately after receiving her official slip.

One of the top students in this year’s 11-plus exam, Shaniah scored full marks in Mathematics and 90 per cent in English, but was simply devastated to learn that she will be attending Queen’s College without her best friend.

One of the top 13 Mathematics students Shaniah Graham (left) hugs her best friend Destiny Small.

With red-rimmed eyes, the 11-year-old was aggrieved as she and her best friend Destiny Small hugged each other in disappointment.

When she was finally able to calm herself down, Shaniah disclosed that she was still in shock over the results.

“I feel very proud and I am not surprised because I know I could have done this, so I am speechless,” the West Terrace Primary School student said.

The Mathematics paper proved to be a breeze for Shaniah who admittedly loves the subject and aspires to work with numbers in the future.

The budding accountant said her next step before entering secondary school was to go to Bubba’s Sports Bar to celebrate her exam feat.

Her mother Shonette Turney was also moved to tears. However, hers were tears of happiness over the fact that her daughter was able to achieve her goal of attending the Husbands, St James learning institution.

“I cried [until] my head is pounding right now. I was so excited and proud. Judging from her performance from lower school coming up, I could have seen that Shaniah would have done well,” Turney told Barbados TODAY.

Beverley Burrowes, principal of the West Terrace Primary School, congratulated Shaniah on her achievements which did not come as a surprise.

“She has been consistent from Reception until now, so the result today is not a big surprise. We sort of expected that she would have been very good in Mathematics, so she has lived up to that name,” Burrowes said.

Although she could not give a precise number, the principal disclosed that approximately 75 per cent of the students who sat this year’s exam would be attending older secondary schools.

9 Responses to Bittersweet moment for Graham

  1. Mark Rosmar June 8, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Right, Congratulations Shaniah. BTW, where will Destiny be going to school? the article missed that detail. By the way which are the younger secondary schools? How is the designation made or what is the cut-off signifier?

    • harry turnover June 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Bigman…..HC,QC,Lodge,Combermere,St.Michaels,Foundation,CP ,Alleyne are the older Secondary Schools…the others are the younger Secondary Schools.
      Older means that they were there BEFORE the younger ones …that is the CUT-OFF SIGNIFIER

  2. Jo June 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Mark.. Thank you so much for the early morning laugh. What a nonsensical article

  3. cherylann joseph June 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations shaniah well done

  4. Sharon June 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats goes out to the young lady , I am also wondering what are older we secondary ???

  5. Sharon June 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I meant older secondary schools

  6. Estrellas June 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    So the school that her best friend is going to is so terrible it doesn’t deserve a mention?

  7. Rugrat June 9, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Well when it ain’t Urban Schools it is Older Secondary Schools, 6 is half dozen…however it’s admirable to see how well the school as a whole did…kudos to everyone!

  8. Patty June 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Congratulations to all the children…but why is it we seem to write off those children who go to the newer secondary schools? We are told that there are nine different intelligences, yet unless children do well in Maths and English, the media and society at large, even the Ministry of Education see them as failures, we only highlight the ‘top’ students. Don’t we know we are doing more damage to the greater majority of children who are gifted in other areas? Come on, we have to move away from this mentality


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