Alpha manager goes offline in style

Kaela Calvert

IN sixth grade, several teachers expressed concern about Kaela Calvert’s inability to achieve the required level and recommended that a learning assessment be carried out to assess her preparation for the sixth grade achievement test (GSAT) , which has since been replaced by the primary exit profile (DYNAMISM).

At the end of the learning assessment, the results showed that she was unable to perform as well as her peers in certain areas. This meant that she needed more time to take the GSAT exams.

Today, the 19-year-old outgoing headmistress of Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha” offers seven Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects – first year Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Information Technology, Physics, chemistry, Spanish, and a two in visual arts.

For Unit 1 of the Caribbean Advanced Competency Examination (CAPE), Calvert bagged some in Physics, Pure Mathematics, and Computer Science. She has a two in communication studies.

Kaela Calvert

More recently, she did straight studies in Unit 2 of Physics, Pure Mathematics, Computer Science and Caribbean Studies.

“I’m still in disbelief every time I see my results because I just can’t believe I got 60% on GSAT and have now gotten grade one in pure math. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to God for such a supportive family and I’m proud of myself for achieving my goals in high school. My experience reinforced my grandmother’s words, “What men have done, men can do.” My sister attended the academy and really set the bar high for CSEC subjects,” Calvert said. Career and education.

“She was also one of the 2020-2021 academy assistant head girls. Her performance at the academy has motivated me to aim even better than what she achieved. I deeply appreciate the opinions of my family, and just to know that they are happy keeps me happy with what I have achieved and eager to do even more. I am grateful to all my teachers for their unwavering support. They have always motivated me and pushed me to do my best.

Calvert, who is now a freshman at the University of the West Indies, Mona, majoring in software engineering, pointed to two types of students: those who can check their results and those who have to ask someone else to check them. She is part of it.

CALVERT… I’m still in disbelief when I see my results (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

“I remember my older sister checking my results on her phone. She started cheering without mentioning my actual grades, after which the phone was passed to my younger sister and then finally I saw my results. Screams, screams, screams and I was elated and elated. I didn’t even realize that out of the four subjects, I got three consecutive A profiles,” she shared.

Calvert grew up in Portmore, St Catherine, with his parents and two sisters and enjoys creating art and playing badminton. His early education began at Alpha Infant. She then moved on to Jessie Ripoll Elementary School. Calvert’s GSAT scores brought her to Excelsior High School, where she spent two years.

“During this period, I was still struggling with math, but I started to excel in other subjects, such as Spanish and French. This meant that I had to work twice as hard to get a score. average and twice as hard to achieve excellence. This is where my mindset started to change. I went from doubting myself to believing that I could do anything through Christ who gave me fortifies,” she recalls.

“Having an older sister also helped motivate me to do my best and strive for excellence. After the first two years at Excelsior, I transferred to the academy, where I joined my older sister. My older sister has always been a role model to me and I feel accomplished when she expresses pride in my performance.”

Calvert said her family is grounded in Christianity and credits her boldness to exposure to large audiences at church and the various ministries she has been a part of, including choir, dance, sign language, multimedia and praise and worship. crew. But just when she found and started enjoying a groove, the novel coronavirus pandemic shuffled the cards.

“The pandemic has fueled uncertainty, worry and anxiety for many students, including myself. The sudden adjustment to online learning has been accompanied by a great deal of fear. I was preparing to spend my external exams and I didn’t have answers to many questions I However, 2020 was not as difficult as 2021 and 2022 because I had already obtained most of my SBAs [school-based assessment] and assessments completed. In the years that followed, I was forced to go independent,” she explained.

“Adjusting to the new normal posed many challenges, such as maintaining a great grade point average, maintaining an active presence in school online, and communicating with teachers and peers. as a practical science student, I was forced to use my imagination and instead of a physical lab.-ups I now had to use virtual simulations and make my observations based on those results. Any questions I I had on a subject-related topic had to be emailed. In essence, COVID-19 has deprived me and several other students of developing meaningful relationships with administrative and academic staff.”

And she said Career and Education that being Head Girl made her anxious for results.

“During this school year, I have had to manage my time, in terms of engagement with students, both online and face-to-face, academics; external school affairs; clubs; church ; and everything I was doing before the role of being the head girl. It was difficult trying to find a balance, but in the end, thanks to the management team, we managed to get through it”, she said.

Calvert said she strove to set an “overall standard for my sisters, my fellow Alpharians, and also for my younger brother. That overall standard included academics, and I wanted to be someone the ladies of the academy would like. So while waiting for the results, I had all these thoughts going through my mind.”

She expressed special thanks to her parents who she says were always supportive and trusted in her abilities even when she was not.

“My parents expressed that they were proud of me and all that I have accomplished. My sisters also expressed great joy in my performance. My father being the pastor of the Redeemed Pentecostal Church of God at Arnett Gardens is used to celebrating individuals. and so he has always celebrated every step that I have taken, no matter how small. My mother was a feat and kind of mentored me. Her years of experience as a teacher have always been beneficial to me throughout my secondary education.”

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