Preparation for life at Secondary School has begun in earnest for Matthew Weatherhead of St. Pauls Primary School thanks to a donation by Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages

Preparation for life at Secondary School has begun in earnest for Matthew Weatherhead of St. Pauls Primary School thanks to a donation by Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages.

One of the top 10 performers in the island in this year’s Common Entrance Examination, Matthew was recently presented with vouchers by Pam Roach, Marketing Manager of Global Directories/ Barbados Yellow Pages worth Bds$200 to assist with the purchase of school supplies.

Pam Roach, Marketing Manager of Global Directories/ Barbados Yellow Pages presents top 10 performer, Matthew Weatherhead with vouchers in recognition of his performance in this year’s Common Entrance Examination. Also pictured here is Principal of St. Paul’s Primary, Mrs. Sandra Small-Thompson.

With scores of 100 in Mathematics, 97 in English and an A in composition, Matthew will be attending Harrison College in September where he intends to pursue studies related to his dream of becoming a Chemist. Principal of St. Pauls Primary, Mrs. Sandra Small-Thompson, said the Matthew’s performance was indicative of the hard work he and the other 80 students put in during the lead up to this year’s examination:

“The overall results were quite pleasing. An example of this being the fact that more than half of the 81 students to sit the examination this year scored between 80 and 100 in Mathematics. We are certainly elated to have achieved these types of results and look forward to even better performances next year.”

Mrs. Roach also applauded the performance of the students and reaffirmed Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages’ commitment to assisting with the continued development of the school:

“When we decided to adopt St. Paul’s Primary we did so knowing how hard the teachers and students worked to achieve great academic results. We therefore sat down with the principal and looked at ways in which we could assist with the development of well-rounded individuals and are very elated with the results they have produced. We remain committed to providing them with as much support as possible in an effort to ensure continued success.”

Earlier this year Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages embarked on a set of activities to support St. Paul’s Primary as part of their decision to adopt the Brittons Hill Cross Road institution. Throughout the course of the year and beyond, the Belleville based company will be working closely with the school to provide targeted assistance to its various programmes.

With over 50 parents and guardians accompanying children and staff, the recently held “Numeracy Night” at the St. Paul’s Primary School proved to be equally as entertaining as it was educational for all those attending.

Featuring a variety of challenging, yet fun mathematical activities, the Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages sponsored “Numeracy Night” brought students and their parents together in teams to solve numerous mathematical puzzles developed by the teachers at the school, with an aim to improving all parties’ understanding of mathematics and its everyday application.

Principal of St. Paul’s Primary School, Mrs. Sandra Small-Thompson, indicated that, following Literacy Night which was held last term, many parents asked for a follow-up since the first session had provided so much fun and had allowed the students and parents/guardians to have one-on-one sessions in helpful education activities:

“With tremendous support and assistance from Barbados Yellow Pages and other sponsors, the staff worked feverishly to set up the various activity stations, such as Math-O-Logical, Running Math, Domi-Matics, Math-A-Make-It, Mem-O-Matic and a number of other activities which tested the participants’ mathematical skills and also provided new learning tools. At the end of it all the teachers, pupils and students returned home armed with novel ways of demystifying mathematics and recognizing fascinating methods of mastering numbers.”

“Bashment Granny” (seated right) paid a visit to the school and had the full attention of the students.

At the start of the night each participant was issued with $20 in St. Paul’s currency which bought them chances at the various stations. Additional money could be attained by persons correctly answering a mathematical problem, while time restrictions were imposed on each activity, allowing all attendants to visit each of the stations set out.

Pam Roach, Marketing Manager of Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages, said events such as this are important to the continued development of students and as such Global Directories/Barbados Yellow Pages is happy to lend its assistance to the school’s endeavours:

Slyvia Chandler and her daughter Chelsea Chandler getting into one of the many activities on the night.

“Education must not only be structured, it should also be fun, particularly when dealing with young children who tend to grasp concepts better when the delivery is much more interesting. We therefore fully support any attempts by St. Paul’s Primary to emphasize this approach and look forward to assisting with similar events in the future.”