SJCPOS Spotlight
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:59

Career Fair 2009

The Career Fair was held on Tuesday 8th, December at the school compound. Students were offered career advice from numerous public and private companies from all over Trinidad and Tobago. Many students attended and the following images show just some of the booths that presented themselves at the school.


 
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:58

Our annual Christmas Concert

This was held on Thursday 17th December 2009, the day before school ended for the Christmas vacation. The students and teachers both put on a grand display of talent. Check us out!

 

 

 
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:56

Carnival 2010

Our annual Carnival celebrations were held on Friday 12th February 2010 where the students honored the cultural event of Carnival. The following images show just some of their  costumes and dances performed by the students. Mama, that was mas!

 

 

 
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:54

La journee francais

On October 9th 2009, Form 3 and Upper 6 represented our school at the Journée française held at Queen’s Hall and put on by the French Teachers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago. At the event, the Form 3s dramatized a song while the Upper 6s recited a poem and sang in French (see photos). Both performances were well received. In addition, Kimberly Salloum and Ysabel Bisnath (of Upper 6 Modern) participated and won book prizes in the Spelling Bee competition. Congratulations to all those who represented SJC at the event!

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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:51

11th Concorso Corale Internazionale, Riva del Garda, Italy, 26th March – 31st March 2010

 After traveling for a grueling seventeen hours, we arrived in Riva,  with our steel pans intact, to meet pretty cold weather. We were staying at the Portici Hotel, overlooking Lake Garda, on the Piazza,  with  weathered, old buildings made of stone from the neighbouring mountains (the Alps) which were covered in snow at their summits even in springtime!

We were immediately treated to authentic Italian cooking, course after course after course of unusual combination of salads, cheeses and soups and specially cooked meats followed by a milk dessert….. wow! Luckily for us most of the people seemed to be able to speak English which meant that simple things like shopping and sightseeing were more enjoyable.

Professor Eisenbeiss, the Musical Director of Interkultur (Musica Mundi) visited that evening and asked us to perform for the opening Ceremony which was indeed a great honour as 39 countries were being represented in this Competition!

Pan and ting!So early the next day we started practicing and generally getting ready to take part in the Parade of the Choirs through the town, followed by the Opening Ceremony later that evening. For the Parade the girls dressed in our traditional white Belee dresses and colourful wrapped headdresses. The choir sang David Rudder’s “Trini to de Bone” with the tenor pan playing the accompaniment.

The Pan Ensemble opened our presentation at the Opening Ceremony with an arrangement by Mario Gormandy of “Pan in A minor” by Lord Kitchener and  the audience loved it – so many people told us later that they had never heard our national instrument before! We followed this with the 3 Canal piece “Now Is The Time” arranged for choir by Judith Ann Walters and pan by Akua Leith. Our gorgeous multi-coloured dresses were designed by Robert Young, our piece choreographed by Francesca Vazzana and we were accompanied on piano by Diamanda Garnes. It was a hit!! Trini warmth, Trini style and Trini sweetness all combined!

Competition Time

 

 

The very next day at 9.30 a.m. we were expected to sing for the G2 choirs, single sex voices, Competition. We were No. 2 of 9 choirs. Choirs from Hungary, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Africa, Denmark and Poland. Our choir took the stage of the huge San Giuseppe Auditorium with our 34 girls and performed: (the first 3 pieces were done a cappella).

 

 

  •  A twelfth century chant by Hildegard von Bingen “O Virga ac Diadema”

  •  “Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains” from Elijah by Mendelssohn – early nineteenth century

  • “Hammer/Bahia Girl” by David Rudder (our local piece)

  •  “Now is the Time” by 3 Canal (a piece by a composer of this present era).

 The choir was truly impressive and were at their peak with the audience clapping after every piece even though it was not allowed! We sat in the audience after-wards and listened to some of the following choirs. We sat in amazement as we heard the most glorious music from so many nations, we heard such trained voices as to make us think they must be professionals and recognized as well that we were indeed a very young choir compared to the range of the other choirs who were mostly in the brackets of 16 to 19 years. Our range was 11 to 17 years.

We also sang for a Secular Concert where we were able to vary our programme and include songs like the operatic “Quando m’en Vo” from La Boheme by Puccini in Italian of course! also the Gospel song “Somebody’s Knocking” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from Godspell.

We even sang in our local Piazza for the entertainment of the local people “Zottelmarsh” a German Marching Song (which they seemed to know) and a lovely lilting Irish piece “Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded” by Havelock Nelson, written especially for the St. Joseph’s Convent Choirs, which they very much enjoyed .

Goodbye!

On the final night, after the Grand Prix Competition the awards were given out and to our delight we had achieved a high ranked Silver Certificate! An honour to be applauded among this highly accomplished European Arena. 

What an experience, what a joy, how the girls were honed even in this short week, more experienced now, more comfortable with themselves, the mysteries resolved and a true feeling of satisfaction for a job well done! After all the hard work of over a year of preparations to return home knowing that they had accomplished so much and that they would now be capable of so much more.



 
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