Sunday, 09 September 2012 08:47
Our new school year!

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope that you all enjoyed the holidays and have returned rejuvenated to face the challenges that lie ahead.

It was a very eventful vacation.  In July Mrs. Melba Pounder passed away – she was the first lay principal and had served as the Vice principal for nineteen (19) years. Shortly after we lost one of our past pupils, Elizabeth Borely who was the daughter of Mrs. Kathleen Borely also a past member of staff.  Then Sr. Rosa Pantin was buried at the Chapel so our condolences go out to the sisters of St. Joseph’s of Cluny. Eternal rest grant onto them , Oh Lord.

In this month our country celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Independence and as we have a time of celebration let us also use this as an opportunity to reflect and teach young people about their rich tradition and inheritance.  We also celebrate the successes of our athletes at the 2012 Olympics.  We sympathize with those affected by the recent flooding. 

We welcome back Abiola Kirton  from maternity leave and celebrate with her on the birth of her daughter and ask God for the health and strength of both mother and baby. We also celebrate with Alicia Stephens who is getting married next week. Aneefa Ali has gone onto another post at British Academy and Colleen Norville has gotten the transfer that she wanted.  We welcome Ms. A. Richards to replace her in History and Social Studies who will join us at the end of September.  Both Jessie and Tamara have expressed interest in revisiting the options with the new additions to their families. Two past students, Lori Ng Chow and Krystal Rahim have offered their assistance.Mr. Ian Hypolite will take up for Kelly Leotaud who will go on sick leave.  Ms. Dacon joins us as an Associate Professional to assist in English.

Once again we are encouraged by the excellent CAPE and CSEC results.  There are a few areas that we need to study and will meet to continue to ensure that we maintain standards and meet the needs of all of our students.  Thank you to teachers who came in the vacation to assist in so many areas … timetable, results, Form One Registration or to assist in the office. 

We have a new Clerk III, Ms. Simone Bobb so we are glad to have our office fully staffed again.  Congratulations to Mrs. Yasmin Lee Wen and Mrs. Maria Wong on their promotion to the post of Dean.

I want to thank Mrs. Francine Mohammed for her sterling contribution during her year as Vice principal (Ag.).  We acknowledge her efforts and high level of commitment. 
We forge ahead with out Middle Management Team strengthen and our administration supported by the work of all, and I welcome Mrs. Maritza Ramphal as the Vice Principal and I trust that you will give her all the support and assistance needed.

We were able to deliver the Self Study in July and now await the review by the committee and their recommendations in order to guide our 3/5 year School Development Plan. I know that there were several projects proposed however, the expected Grant for Minor purchases and repairs was severely cut therefore all projects have to be reviewed.  We have taken the decision to increase project 2012 to Nine Hundred Dollars ($900.00) in order to be able to provide for ourselves in light of changing arrangements re: Financing for Denominational Schools, but we will also have to have Fund Raisers for School Upgrade and Maintenance.


Once again, Maritza and I look forward to your continued dedication and commitment grateful that we work with such a professional staff. May God continue to surround us with His Grace and strength so that we can carry out our duties.


MRS. ANNA POUNDER

 
mrs anna pounder
Mrs. Anna Pounder - Principal
St. Joseph's Convent
Port of Spain
B.A., Dip. Ed., M. Ed.,

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