Students and staff of the San Fernando Girls’ Government School (SFGG) came in for high praise, yesterday, for their “craft, calypsoes and commitment” to competitions in commemoration of City Week in San Fernando.
Deputy mayor Vidya Mungal-Bissessar said it was sad that many other schools in the area did not see the importance of participating in the event, which allowed students to express themselves.
Speaking at the Recognition of Excellence ceremony for the school, held at the city corporation’s auditorium, Mungal-Bissessar explained that organisers invited primary schools to participate in two categories. One was a Standard Four calypso competition with the theme, “What I love about San Fernando.” The other was for Standards One, Two and Three students to submit three pieces of craft made with recyclable materials conceptualising San Fernando.
At the secondary level, only three schools took part in an essay competition for Forms Two to Four students on the topic of bullying. There were two entrants each from Naparima Girls’ High School and ASJA Boys’ College, and the winner – Nazma Gainer – of San Fernando West Secondary. City Day is officially on Saturday, when the corporation hosts the mayor’s ball. It culminates with the Chronology tour with Jamaican-born artiste Chronixx’s concert on November 24 at Skinner Park.
Principal of SFGGS Wendy-Anne Dick spoke at the event yesterday, saying the school’s acronym also represents students who are smart, focused, genuine, gracious, and sensitive to the needs of others.
She noted: “In keeping with our motto ‘Be prepared,’ we responded to an invitation to participate in the competition. At this point, I want to give credit to Ms Rohanie Mohan. She, together with the parents, led the charge for these girls to use the recyclable materials to come up with these presentations.”
There was a colourful display of paintings and crafts at the event.
“We have a lot of talent at SFGG. It is that which forces parents to want their daughters to come to SFGG. Only this year, we had 240 applicants to fill 78 spaces. The demands are great, the workload is great, but we are committed to excellence with excellent teachers and beautiful, brilliant and blessed girls,” Dick said.