As part of Boka Group’s ongoing commitment to assist a whole generation of students at Canaries and Bouton Combined schools with educational growth and achievement, Boka Group rewarded each of the respective schools’ top-performing students at Common Entrance at a ceremony on Friday August 28th, 2015.Gianna Servais from Bouton Combined School, who achieved 80.5 percent in the Common Entrance examination, was awarded the prize of a bicycle plus a bursary towards her books and other school fees for the coming school term. She will be attending the Leon Hess Secondary School in September 2015.
Canaries Combined’s top performer at the Common Entrance examination was Jeanelle Smith who achieved a pass rate of 85.67 percent and will be attending St. Joseph’s Convent, the top girls’ secondary school on the Island. Jeanelle was awarded a one year scholarship from the Boka Group that will cover her books and other school fees.
Education Officer for the district, Mrs Valencia Charlery, stated that without the assistance of sponsors like the Boka Group, such incentives as a means of encouraging the students to do better would not be possible, or available. Mrs Charlery applauded Boka Group involvement in the three schools in Canaries and Bouton and added: “The help that Boka Group is giving to these schools has shown immediate remarkable improvement in the children’s overall performance, with these schools achieving an overall average of 63.85 percent and Canaries Primary School moving up the rankings to 2nd in the Education District 8.”
This particular district was renowned for very low passing grades for over five years, at the Common Entrance exam; however, the students have been able to raise the bar and achieve a 63.85 percent pass rate, resulting in more of them earning a place in secondary schools around the island.
Mr George Alcindor, Managing Director of Boka Group, stated: “We will continue to work with the principals and students in Bouton and Canaries to improve overall performance at Common Entrance by implementing innovative programmes that will engage students not only academically but by stimulating their minds and creativity. One such programme that the Group hopes to employ is Chess in Schools, which has become a very popular learning tool in the north of the island. The long term goal is to have many more students from this district place in the top 10 at the island’s Common Entrance exam.”