Sunday, June 15, 2014

Crooked Tree Village Tops The Primary School Examination - Belize

Ashton Tillett, Top PSE Scorer, 2014
Ashton with family members in Crooked Tree Village
Principal of Crooked Tree Village School, Winnie Gillett
Verla Jex, PSE teacher
The Primary School Examination (PSE) results were announced this week and the Crooked Tree Village School top the nation with the highest score. A total of 19 students sat the exams and all of them were successful.

Twelve year old Ashton Tillett was the top scorer for Crooked Tree School with a score of 381 of 400. The top 5 for Crooked Tree School are Ashton Tillett, Damion Tillett, Raheema Sealy, Gabriel Crawford and Elias Flowers.

According to a release from the Belize Ministry of Education, across Belize, seven thousand two hundred and forty five students sat the exams. As has been for the past several years, the results show major weaknesses in Maths, English and Social Studies. In Maths forty seven percent of the students scored below the fifty percent of the passing grade; in English the grades improved slightly, and fifty-eight percent of the students performed at satisfactory levels in Social Sciences, which is below the level from last year. 

Ashton Tillett, the number one student in Belize along with the principal of Crooked Tree Village School Winnie Gillett were interviewed by the news media, News 5 Belize and this is what they had to say.   

“I feel totally satisfied and it is a great feeling to finally reach a goal that you have tried so hard for. It is a good feeling. I prayed to God and I asked him to be there for me. I couldn't have done this without some special teachers from school; Verla Jex and all the other teachers that supported me with additional morning classes. I think what helped me on the English is because I like to read a lot and I like to study. All were easy except for the Math Two which was a little bit challenging because I think they put a piece of high school work in it and I think that was what took me down a little. To me, the subject that was easiest was English. I am always good at English and most of the subjects.”

Principal, Winnie Gillett:

It is one of the best feelings. I can’t even explain how we felt when we got the news that we had topped the country. it is something that we've been aiming for because we are always thriving for the best. As our school motto says, “Thriving for Excellence.” So I guess we've reached excellence and we will strife harder for next year.”

Congratulations to Crooked Tree Village!!!!

All photos via 5 News Belize.com

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