Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:44

Celebrating 180 years of excellence; Continuing to build on our Core Values!

Welcome to a new academic year 2016-2017!! Welcome to our new Form Ones and their parents/guardians as they join the community and family of SJC POS! Welcome also to those joining us in other year groups and we trust that your time with us will be fruitful and productive years!

old_schoolThis year our school celebrates its 180th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of St Joseph's of Cluny in T&T. The library will be hosting a full display of this history and I invite you to visit the school to learn more about the oldest secondary school in Trinidad and Tobago. We are very proud of our accomplishments over the years and ever grateful to the Cluny Sisters, lay administrators, alumni, and all who have supported the school and helped it to not only maintain its rich traditions but also its high standard of excellence in education! We launched the year by producing a commemorative calendar then the Past pupils hosted a Gala event in July so this term we will be closing off the celebrations with various school activities. 

The Cluny Board of Management has produced a Policy Document and I urge all stakeholders to read it as it outlines many key elements about the management and philosophy of our school. Last year we focused on four (4) Core Values and this academic year we will be "Continuing to build on our Core values of Love, Compassion, Courage and Creativity.

"Our students continue to excel academically and we are proud of their accomplishments having obtained 100 % passes at the CSEC and Cape levels. At the CSEC level we also had an overall 77.48 % of Grade Ones and we are proud that all our Sixth Form graduates have a full certificate, able to move on confidently to tertiary education or into the work place. We thank God for all our members of staff whose commitment and dedication ensures that our school continues to excel in all areas.

Our number one priority is the Holistic education of our students and this is why we continue to strengthen our core values and see our primary role as developing young people with the character and values needed to transform our society. We are tremendously proud of all their accomplishments in the many Clubs both sporting and service. All of this will be celebrated at our annual Awards ceremony in November 2016.

Over the vacation we were able to paint our Form One to Form Four classrooms, repair the roof over the main building, replace the main doors, extend one of the teacher's bathrooms and upgrade another, as well as do the full maintenance of our air conditioning and electrical infrastructure. Our daily running costs and maintenance are a constant drain on our resources therefore I encourage you to continue to support our 'Project 2013 and Beyond.' Also to pay for projects and upgrades we will be hosting our "Parang 'n a Pot" on November 12th 2016. We look forward to your continued support.

The ICT committee has also been working diligently to bring all our classroom up to fully functioning multimedia facilities. All classrooms have projectors, there are new computers in the Multi Media rooms and prep rooms so that our teachers can utilize the latest technologies to fully engage our students. Therefore, teachers and students can bring their own devices and have more dynamic and stimulating environments for learning.

We are offering a new subject at CAPE this year Entrepreneurship and are excited about this new venture.We welcome on board four (4) new members of staff as we work hard to ensure that we have our full complement of teachers. 

As we conclude this Jubilee Year of Mercy we hope that it will be a time for rejuvenation and conversion within our church and that all will take advantage of this opportunity to bring mercy and forgiveness into all areas of their lives.

We thank God for all the tremendous support we have received from our parents, alumni, business community over the years and look forward to continue working with all our stakeholders over the next academic year to ensure that our school continues to provide a sound education for all.

 
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:19

 

A renewed focus

Jubilee Year of Mercy

 

“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones. Let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish”.

                                                                                 Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

Dear SJCPOS family,

The Easter message tells of the joy of the Resurrection and this should fill us with continued Hope.  We ended last term in deep sadness at the sudden loss of our beloved Dean, teacher, colleague and friend, Karen Joseph-Fraser but as we embrace the Easter Season may we come to understand that death is not the end but that in Christ we will find eternal life.  It is in this faith, hope and love that we are able to carry on in our life’s work.

Despite this enormous challenge, reports to the Form I – Vs were delivered at the end of term and all reports for Lower and Upper Six were ready by April 4th 2016. Bravo!! Timely feedback to students is an important feature of an effective school and it is a testimony of the professionalism of this staff.

Many teachers also gave of their vacation time to work with students to complete syllabus, revise and to assist with IAs and the preparation for external examinations and Ms Lorraine Neves and Ms Maria Huggins who came in to continue to work on our technology upgrades. We must thank them all for ther dedication and commitment. Mr. and Mrs. Asssing took a group of nine (9) students on an exchange visit to Martinique in April; a wonderful opportunity for them to practice their foreign language skills and to experience the French culture.

We began the term with a Walk-a-Thon on Thursday 14th April, 2016, which was necessary as we never received a Grant for Running Cost for January – March, 2016 and have no word on what Grant we will receive this term. We have to find ways to support ourselves so that we can continue to deliver the curriculum effectively.

Ms Mahadeo will leave us 26th April, 2016 as she transfers to Holy Faith, Penal which is much nearer to her home.  We thank her for agreeing to remain this year to complete the Sociology programme despite her many challenge and wish her well in her new school. Mrs Nalini Castagne will take her post.

The Modern Studies Department will work together to cover Mrs Fraser’s classes; this speaks volumes again to the solidarity that exists among the staff.  We have truly been called to live out the Core Values and we continue daily to see examples of Respect, Integrity and Service.

This will also be Pat Howai’s final term with us as she retires in October, 2016.  I know we will all support her as she makes this transition into retirement and make her remaining time with us pleasant and enjoyable.  Also we ask for your prayers for Ms Neves who goes off for surgery on 22nd April, 2016.

Once the external examinations begin we will start the process of filling the outstanding posts and will liaise with the Board to set interviews for the vacancies in English, Art, Economics, Accounts and History.  We will also continue our Middle Management Team Meetings to resume our School Based Management planning which is an important directive from the Ministry of Education, so Deans, H.O.Ds and Co-ordinators will meet to look at areas of Curriculum, Infrastructure, Student Development, Teacher Development, Stakeholder Involvement and Extra Curricular Programmes.

Towards the end of the term we will have a Career Fair as part of our mission to assist all students, Form threes in particular, with guidance in this area.

As we bring the academic year to a close, it is vital that we remain focused on our goals and objects and work as a community in the delivery of quality education to all our students.  As always, Mrs Ramphal and I are thankful that we work with such a professional and dedicated staff.  Let us continue to communicate and dialogue for the continued growth of our noble profession.  May God continue to surround us with His grace and strength so that we can carry out our duties with love and dedication and fulfil our vocation as teachers.

Mrs. Anna Pounder

Principal (Secondary)

 
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 12:24

Our prayers for blessed new year to you all!

Happy New Year 2015 and my prayerful Best Wishes to you and your families.  I wish to thank everyone again for all the hard work and effort of the last term.

Thank you to all teachers who came in to complete files, to do staff reports, to work on Awards or to conduct classes and assist students with I.A. preparations.

Thank you also to all who assisted with the Valedictory Function.  Both Sonia and Judy were very delighted.  Alyssa also appreciated the kind gestures.

We welcome past student, Gabrielle Francois who will be taking up Alyssa’s timetable

We finally launched our new printed Report Cards for Form Ones and will now spend time reviewing the process and implementing the necessary changes to carry the project further.

The Ministry is intent on promoting the School Based Management (SBM) model for all schools and we will keep you updated once the proper training has taken place.

We excitedly anticipate our 2nd term activities – Awards, School Carnival and the RBC Young Leaders Project.  We need to be mindful of the effective use of time as there are only seven (7) teaching weeks for exam classes before Mock Exams.  We remain committed to developing and maintaining excellence in all areas of school life.

As always, Maritza and I look to you for our inspiration, thankful that we work with a staff such as yourself.  May God continue to surround us with his grace and strength so that we can carry out our duties with love and dedication.

Mrs. Anna Pounder

Principal  (Secondary)

 
Monday, 08 September 2014 10:02

Welcome to the Academic Year 2014-2015!

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“Recommitting ourselves to excellence in all areas of school life!”

We welcome in a special our new Form Ones and their families to our school community. Congratulations on securing the school of your first choice. We also welcome 117 Lower Sixes and congratulate them on their outstanding CSEC results which allowed them to secure their choices for Sixth Form. We held our orientation programmes for these year groups and trust that they all feel settled and secure.

Our school continues to enjoy great academic success once again accomplishing 100% passes in both the CAPE and CSEC exams. We applaud the hard work, dedication and commitment of our young people and the teachers who work with them. As a staff we will continue to examine the results in order to ensure continued growth and development. We are fortunate to have several teachers who went to mark external exams and appreciate their feedback and input into the delivery of the curriculum.

Over the vacation the Board held interviews and we were able to fill our vacancy in the Modern Studies department. Therefore we have our full complement of staff. We thank God for his many blessings and for keeping us all safe. We are preparing for a Board visit on Tuesday 23rd September. This is a great way to kick off our academic year. Our Middle Management Team of HODs and Deans will meet with board members to discuss the progress of the school and future Action Plans for continued excellence in all areas of school life.

The Ministry has also revived School Based Management and we will be developing a new School Development Plan for 2014-2018 which will look at areas like Academic performance, ICT integration, Physical infrastructure, Teacher professional development, Relationship with stakeholders and Extracurricular activities. We welcome any input, thoughts and ideas from our stakeholders. We also have plans to upgrade our multimedia facilities and our IT committee is working towards meeting this goal.

All our plans are only possible with the support from our Parent body and we ask you to continue to contribute towards our Project 2013 and beyond. We will also be having our “Parang and A Pot” on November 8th so please mark your calendars!

This is the longest term 15 weeks so we encourage all students to use it wisely and well. Look out for our Calendar of Events which will be posted soon. We look forward to another productive and fruitful academic year. May God continue to surround us with His grace and strength so that we can carry out our daily duties with love.

Anna Pounder

Principal.

 
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:24

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014 and my prayerful Best Wishes to you and your families.  I wish to thank everyone again for all the hard work and effort of the last term.

Mrs. Sonja Halfhide officially retired in January, 2014 and I take this opportunity to thank her for her years of dedicated service to our school community.  She will be in this week to help us with the Awards Function.

Alyssa Akin will be taking on some more English classes and we welcome her officially onto the staff. Ms Helene St. Bernard and Ms Keisha Knights have been successful in their interviews and have been recommended by the Board to fill our two (2) foreign language posts.

We continue to pray for a safe delivery for Mrs Hannah Elias-Perryman and Mrs Lycell John-Williams.  Ms Krystle Jordan has been improving steadily and she will be back with us this term.  Congratulations to all with good news to share for 2014.  We extend our prayers to those managing difficult situations.

We have hired Ms Ann Marie Herbert as a supervisor for Ancillary Staff to ensure that the school remains clean and tidy at all times.

Last term we were introduced to the SAMS Management System.  We will be scheduling another session for teachers to be fully trained in this programme so that we can have it up and running by April, 2014.  It does require some initial expenditure for hardware which we will have in place by end of January, 2014.

We excitedly anticipate our 2nd term activities – Awards, Sports Carnival, Mock Exams and Lenten Exercises.

As always, Mrs Ramphal and I look to you for our inspiration, thankful that we work with a staff such as yourself.  May God continue to surround us with his grace and strength so that we can carry out our duties with love and dedication.

 

Mrs. Anna Pounder

Principal (Secondary)

 
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