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We are the champions!

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Our talented and  hard working hockey team, who sweat it out twice weekly at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, far away from our school compound, finally saw their hard work pay off on Thursday 5th March 2015 when they were crowned champions of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s Secondary Schools Outdoor Girls Premiership division. Going into the match, we were tied with Providence on seven points, with Holy Name Convent, the defending champions on six.  Our superior goal difference however meant all we needed to do was just to avoid defeat in our last match by four goals.

hockey_team_and_coach1And we did. Our final game at the St. James Barracks, with the strong, determined girls of Woodbrook Secondary was an edgy, hard fought encounter with neither team able to penetrate the other's defensive wall until SJCPOS' senior national team player, Tamia Roach struck in the 25th minute. And try as they might, our cross town rivals were unable to match it as we were able to hold on to a narrow 1-0 victory, just enough to seal the coveted title. After the match, the team and the small group of proud parents and ecstatic supporters praised their efforts and especially, those of their brilliant coach, past SJCPOS alumni and past national team captain, Stacey Ann Siu Butt. Congrats, guys and keep shining!

Shubh Divali Everyone!

Story by India Montserrin

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We come to the time of year students prepare for the school’s Divali Showcase which took place on Wednesday 22nd October, 2014. In the 2 short years I’ve been here at SJC (which sometimes can feel much longer) our Divali celebration has been something to look forward to.

This year the celebration took place between break in lunch (4th & 5th periods) instead of the last 2 periods before the end of school (7th & 8th periods) like it usually does. Some students felt that this would cause a rush during the activities, thus causing stress on the participants during an event that should be fun for all members of the school community. None the less, we still looked forward to what was in store.

During 4th and 5th period students and staff alike were allowed to go down to the courtyard to watch the Divali skit, dances, a musical performance and a favorite by many, the fashion show. All activities featured some of the many talented SJC students.

The Divali celebration doesn’t only allow staff and students a short break from the monotonous daily grind but also gives everyone a chance to learn a little more about Hindu culture which plays an important role in Trinidad and Tobago’s society.  Staff and students agree that the Divali Celebration is a good experience for the school community as it includes students of all religions and allows us to be exposed to a little bit of the Hindu culture.

All in all, the Divali celebration is always something to look forward to. It’s the time when the school community comes together to celebrate an important festival in our society. Another important point; Buss-Up-Shut is sold for lunch at the cafeteria on the day of the Divali celebration. So don’t forget to order early next year!

 

  

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We are indeed blessed!

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“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you”
 
 
In the pursuit of excellence, our school has always strived to provide its staff and students with the best physical and technological environment to fully engage our learners in order to produce the type of citizen who will contribute to the advancement of our nation. But in today's economy, denominational schools can only continue to succeed because of the partnering with stakeholders. The support of the business community is a tremendous opportunity for our school to continue to fulfill its vision and mission and to provide first class, 21st century education to our students.
 
Today therefore, our school community are thrilled and grateful  that once agin the Proman Group of companies headed by Mr. Jürgen Schütz, Managing Director of Proman AG (Trinidad) Limited, Mr. Claus Cronberger, Managing Director of Process Energy (Trinidad) Limited and Mr. Dennis Patrick, Chief Executive Officer of Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, have chosen to honour us with their very generous donation.

proman_donation_2Our relationship with Proman is a long standing one which began in January 1997 under Past Principal, Mrs. Elisabeth Crouch, when we needed to redesign and expand our Physics Lab. Now our students are able to  carry out experiments with proper equipment, at work stations particularly designed for laboratory work and in air conditioned comfort!  Proman again came to our aid in 2004 when we needed to refurbish our Computer room. 

In 2003, we successfully established our Multimedia Wing – five classrooms and six teacher-prep rooms, fully equipped with the most advanced facilities available at that time. The past eleven years however, have taken their toll and rapid technology advances and constant use, much of the equipment has either become obsolete and/or irreparable. As a result, there is a dire need to upgrade and expand our once enviable facilities to meet the needs of our techno-savvy, twenty-first century learners and to this end, we have begun the process of upgrading and expanding of our current infrastructure.

This will allow us to:

  1. Increase our students’ ability and interest in applying technology in learning.

  2. Prepare our students for success in a technology-centered world.

  3. Prepare our students to manage and use information so they can be productive, life-long learners.

  4. Make available high-speed internet access capable of connectivity throughout the school and with individual devices which students and teachers may use in school.

  5. Provide network and internet security and acceptable policy aimed at ensuring all users access the internet only for educational and research purposes.

  6. Provide teachers with up-to-date software and multimedia equipment to improve teaching strategies.

  7. Encourage teachers to develop well-designed lessons, units and projects that utilize the appropriate technology in an integrated fashion.

  8. Provide instruction in finding and evaluating resources.

The generosity of these stakeholders is a testimony that they appreciate the work that we do and an endorsement of the dedication and commitment of our students and staff and we deeply appreciate them and their confidence in our tradition.

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