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Schools close at 12:30 pm tommorow

Good evening, readers.

The Ministry of Education has issued a statement indicating that, due to Union meetings, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm.

Best regards,

Bajan Mom

TERM 2 ENDS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

Good day, readers. The School Calendar for the School Year has been adjusted. So while the Ministry’s official school calendar states that the Term ends on Thursday for students, they have announced that that date is actually this WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Student Visas for Barbados

A question was asked about student visas for foreign nationals to attend school in Barbados. I will try to write a proper article during the week. For now, please check the following links:

Advice on the process:

http://www.immigration.gov.bb/pages/StudentVisa.aspx

Necessary forms

http://www.immigration.gov.bb/pages/Downloads.aspx

School Calendar Update

Please note, there has been an addition to the school calendar. The Ministry of Education has announced that there will be NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 to accommodate the launch of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Independence.

Important Information for May 3rd, 2016 BSSEE (Common Entrance Examination)

Just in case you did not get the opportunity to attend the 11 plus Town Hall Meetings this year (the final meeting was this evening at 5pm at the St. Michael School), here are a few important points to note. Additional information is also available here

Examination: Time and Structure

The examination takes place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

It begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Essay, which takes approximately 30 minutes. The English paper begins around 9:40 a.m. and is for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is in two parts. The first section is 70 questions worth 1 mark each. It mostly consists of multiple choice and underlining the correct answers. The second section consists of 15 questions worth two marks each. It is important that we as parents remind our children the importance of writing in complete sentences. It turns out that if your child has a correct one-word answer that the student will receive NO MARKS for that answer.

There will be a half-hour break for snacks (nothing too heavy to eat so the children can concentrate better), then there is the Mathematics paper, comprised of three sections. Part A = 20 questions for 1 mark each. These are basic knowledge and this is the simplest section. Part B measures the student’s ability to comprehend what he/she is doing. This “comprehension” section has 25 questions worth 2 marks each. Of course, this section is a little more challenging. Finally, Part C, the most challenging section, contains 10 questions worth 3 marks each. It measures the child’s ability to reason. Remind your child of the importance of showing his/her working in the columns provided. If the child has the wrong answer but the working makes sense, a mark or two may still be attained.

Early sitters and deferrals

In order for a child to sit the exam early (i.e. not 11-years old by August 31, 2016), that child needs to have maintained a score of 85% or above in both English and Maths for all three terms in Class 2 and all three terms in Class 3. Parents may receive an Early Sitters form from the school’s Principal.

Deferrals are allowed up to age 12, however, the student must be scoring less than 20% in English and Mathematics. Deferrals may also be considered if the student suffered prolonged illness, e.g. for over a month. Parents may receive a Deferral form from the school’s Principal.

Non-nationals

Non-nationals MUST have a student visa or be a citizen by descent. The cost for a student visa is $300. Note that if a student has been in Barbadian schools without a visa, for example for four years, ALL monies would need to be paid before the examination, i.e. $1,200.

Choice of School Forms

Please see https://bajanmom.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/barbados-secondary-school-entrance-examination-common-entrance-2014-town-hall-meeting-recap-partial-zoning-ranking-the-nations-schools/.

Also, the Ministry may make the forms available online this year. All forms are to be given to the Principal NOT the Ministry of Education.

Special Needs

“Special Request” forms are available if needed. Special need examples include:

Vision – request for examination papers with larger print (no medical report needed). Parents of students who are fully visually impaired must give early notice so that the exam can be prepared in Braille.

ADHD – child put in other room so he/she can focus better and is less of a distraction for other sitters.

Uncontrolled diabetes (if child has to eat every 30 minutes, e.g.) – put in separate room.

Dyslexia – extra 15 minutes per paper. Medical report required (psychological evaluation).

Problems with hands – writers can be provided but request should be made early in advance (6 months the latest). If a child breaks his/her hand close to the exam, an alternate exam will be administered once a doctor reports that the hand is sufficiently healed.

Results

Examination results are normally available in June.

Common Entrance Town Hall Meeting Dates – November 2015

Good evening, loyal readers. I apologise for being so late with the list this year but I am swamped and recovering from the flu. Keeping it short tonight. Here are the dates and locations for the town hall meetings for parents and guardians whose charges will be sitting the 2016 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination. All meetings begin at 5pm.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Cuthbert Moore Primary School, St. Helen, St. George; Bay Primary School, Bayville, St. Michael.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Blackman Gollop Primary, Staple Grove Christ Church; Wesley Hall Primary School, King Street, St. Michael

Sunday, November 22, 2015 – St. Lucy Primary, Trents, St. Lucy; St. George Primary, Constant, St. George.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Western Light Church of the Nazarene, West Terrace, St. James; George Lamming Primary School, Flint Hall, St. Michael.

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – A. Dacosta Edwards Primary, Ermie Bourne Highway, Belleplaine, St. Andrew; Eden Lodge Primary School, Eden Lodge, St. Michael.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Cross Roads, St. Philip; St. John’s Primary School, Glebe Land, St. John.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – The St. Michael School, Martindales Road, St. Michael

CALENDAR UPDATE – NAPSAC & BSSEE (Common Entrance)

Good evening readers. Please see this link  for calendar updates in regards to NAPSAC and the Common Entrance Examination.

Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (Common Entrance) 2015 – Secondary Schools Ranking and Percentages

This year’s BSSEE will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. I have been getting questions about percentages to get into certain secondary schools. This list is incomplete (no statistics for Alma Parris, Darryl Jordan Secondary or. Grantley Adams Memorial) but here is what has been accumulated thus far from different sources. Out of zone requirements are in bold print. Also notice that the rankings are slightly different from what was obtained from last year’s town hall meetings.

1. Harrison College (90-95%; 95%+) – Zone 2

1. Queen’s College (90-95%; 95%+) – Zone 1

3. St. Michael School (85-90%; 90%+) – Zone 3

4. Combermere School (80-85%; 85%+) – Zone 2

4. Christ Church Foundation School (80-85%; 85%+) – Zone 3

6. Lodge School (70-80%; 80%+) – Zone 3

6. Alexandra (70-80%; 80%+) – Zone 1

8. Deighton Griffith (65-75%; 75%+) – Zone 3

9. Alleyne School ( 60-70%; 70&+) – Zone 2

10. Coleridge & Parry (55-65%; 65%+) – Zone 1

11. Graydon Sealy ( 50-60%;  60%+) – Zone 3

11. Lester Vaughn ( 50-60%;  60%+) – Zone 2

13. Ellerslie (45-55%; 55%+) – Zone 1

14. Springer Memorial (50%+) – All Zones

14. St. Leonard’s Boys’ (50%+) – All Zones

16) Frederick Smith Secondary (30-40%; 40%+) – Zone 1

17) Parksinson Memorial (25-40%; 40%+) – Zone 2

17) Princess Margaret Secondary (25-40%; 40%+) – Zone 3

Dates for School Openings & Closings – Terms 2 & 3, 2015 (Barbados)

Here are some important dates to remember for the rest of the school year. This page will be modified as new information emerges. Please note that additional dates to consider such as Sports Days will vary from school to school. Bank holidays shown in red.

JANUARY

Term 2 begins: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 (for students)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – Errol Barrow Day

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – NAPSAC ZONAL PATSY CALLENDER CHAMPIONSHIP (Your child’s school may be closed)

MARCH

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – NAPSAC QUARTERFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – NAPSAC SEMIFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – NAPSAC FINALS (Check with your child’s school)

APRIL

Term 2 ends: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (for students)

Term 3 begins: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (for students)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – National Heroes’ Day

MAY

Friday, May 1, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – May Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – COMMON ENTRANCE EXAM – Public Secondary Schools will be closed.

Monday, May 25, 2015 -NO SCHOOL – Whit Monday

JULY

Term 3 ends: Thursday, July 2, 2015

9 WEEKS SUMMER HOLIDAY

2015 BSSEE (Common Entrance) Town Hall Meetings

It is that time of year again, when parents all over the island of Barbados are given an opportunity to be educated about the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (BSSEE) and to ask for any clarification they need from Education Officers who are au fait with the process. This opportunity takes the form of town hall meetings, which occur island-wide during the months of December and January. If you would like to get an idea of issues that are addressed, click here.

For further information on dates and locations of the meeting, please see the schedule below as was issued by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation. All meetings convene at 5:00 p.m.

BSSEE Town Hall Meetings 2015

The next meetings will be in January. They are:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DaCosta Edwards Primary School

Eden Lodge Primary School

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Princess Margaret Secondary School

Wesley Hall Primary School

Sunday, January 11, 2015

St. John’s Primary School

St. Joseph Primary School