St Joseph’s Convent is No 1
By RESHMA BAAL Saturday, September 18 2010
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Among the best: Principal of St Joseph's Convent, Port-of-Spain Jennifer Annandsingh celebrates with three of her 35 scholarship winners: Sherisse Pie...
Port-of-Spain schools quietly celebrated their success at the 2010 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), especially St Joseph’s Convent which won 35 scholarships, the most of any school in the country.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Education released the list of 320 scholarship winners from schools throughout the country. St Joseph’s Convent topped the nation with 35 scholarships, ten open and 25 additional scholarships. One hundred and thirty of its students wrote CAPE. Principal Jennifer Annandsingh said she felt a great sense of gratitude over her students’ success.
“We had our usual assembly this morning, but acknowledged the hard work of our students, teachers and parents with thanksgiving,” said Annandsingh.
Annandsingh became aware of the number of scholarships yesterday morning, through the media, and called all the winners and congratulated them. She was very proud the school won scholarships in all academic disciplines. Students from the school won the President’s medal in 2008 and 2009. Principal of Bishop Anstey High School Patsy-Ann Rudder said she was pleased with her students’ success: the school received five additional scholarships. She said her students were successful because they strived for excellence.
“It is a culture where we try to nurture our girls. Teaching is a service and we do our best and hope it is good enough,” Rudder said.
She said the school would host a ceremony to honour the scholarship winners.
At St Mary’s College teachers and students were excited and thankful for their success.
The school received 14 scholarships, one open and 13 additional.
Vice-principal Nigel Joseph said he was happy and pleased with the performance of students even before they achieved 14 scholarships.
“This was just the icing on the cake. This year the A’ level grades also showed an increase in quantity and quality, we had a 99 percent full certificate,” said Joseph.
Enrico Raja, the Dean for Form Six, felt great at the level of success his students achieved.
“I felt we were going to get 11 scholarships, but we got 14, and I have to say thanks to my teachers. I am really proud of my boys,” said Raja.
Head of the physics department, Cheryl Ramadhar, said the students did extremely well in the subject. “Half the students got ones in my unit and about ten out of the 14 scholarship winners were science boys, so we are very happy. They deserved it because they worked very hard,” said Ramadhar. Chad Mitchell, the school’s only open scholarship winner for science, told Newsday he was “proud and excited”. “I am happy that God has blessed me with this opportunity to take my education, and life, to another level, in the direction I would prefer to take it in,” said Mitchell.
He said he would be taking a year off studies as he would be applying to schools.
Camille Mitchell, Chad’s mother, said, “My cheek muscles are hurting because I can’t stop smiling. He did the work, he was very dedicated and very focused.”
She said her older son, Dwayne Mitchell, who attended St Mary’s College four years ago, also received an open scholarship.
Alison Baisden, principal of Trinity College in Maraval, also said she, and the school population, was very proud and pleased of the school’s only scholarship winner, Jerome Sammy, who received an additional scholarship for environmental studies.
“We are very pleased because he has worked exceedingly hard. We were also expecting this since he got all A profiles in CAPE,” said Baisden.