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Safiya breaks new ground at Campden Park Secondary

Safiya breaks new ground at Campden Park Secondary


If the new fifth formers at the Campden Park Secondary School maintain their current discipline and commitment, they should be able to repeat or surpass the record-breaking achievement of 16-year-old Safiya Mckenzie.

That’s the view of the school’s principal Wendell Edwards, following the just released results of the 2009 CXC CSEC examinations last week.{{more}}

“I think we have some students who just moved to Form Five with a lot of potential, once they maintain the discipline that is required,” Edwards indicated.

Although disappointed with the overall results of the school at this year’s sitting, Edwards had nothing but high praise for young Mckenzie, who passed nine of the ten subjects she wrote; the first time this has been achieved at her school.

Safiya gained a grade one in Office Administration, Grade twos in Integrated Science and Principles of Accounts, and grade threes in Principles of Business, Art, Mathematics, English A, Spanish and French. She also gained a grade four in Economics.

And what made her feat so outstanding is that she did not pass the Common Entrance examination when she sat it in 2004.

The Campden Park resident told SEARCHLIGHT that she is very pleased with her results, though she believes that she could have done better. She cited the encouragement of family members, friends, teachers and her trust in God as the reason for her outstanding performance.

The second of five girls to proud parents Anthony and Amy Mckenzie, Safiya now has her eyes on entering the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies of the St. Vincent Community College where she intends to pursue Business Studies and Art. She hopes one day to become an accountant or business manager.

For students who will be writing examinations at the next sitting, the 2009 Head Girl of her school and valedictorian of the graduating class offers some valuable advice: “Put God first and he will guide you. Get involved in extra curricular activities!”

Safiya had been involved in her school’s band, the Young Leaders Programme, the Girl Guides and the Red Cross.

Principal Edwards also has some words for the students of his school, many of whom also did not pass the Common Entrance Examination: “Come to school regularly and be punctual. Discipline is important. There is a direct connection between discipline and performance,” he stressed.

“We are in a building process and eventually we will see more success.”