School principals whose pupils won most of this year’s National Scholarships have attributed hard work and all-round support as being key to their success.
The principals of St Augustine Girls’ High School (SAGHS), St George’s College, St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando and Hillview College expressed their joy in different ways, but they all sang the same song.
St Augustine Girls’ principal Joanne Mahadeo said she had just got off the phone with the Ministry of Education and had been informed that the school had received 19 and not 18 Open scholarships as had previously been announced.
“It is now 19 Open and 18 Additional scholarships. One that was in the Additional category has been upgraded to Open, so it’s 37 in all—19 Open and 18 Additional.
“We are extremely delighted for our girls and we know that this is as a result of hard work. It is as a result of perseverance. Our girls are very committed and focused.
“We also have an extremely dedicated staff who would have contributed towards their success and, of course, supportive parents...we cannot do it without the parents.”
Mahadeo also explained that the Open scholarships are more weighted than the Additional schols because Open means that the students got higher grades—grade ones in all their units with A profiles in everything, but an Additional can include grade ones or slightly lower grades and not all As in the profiles.
“You might get Bs in them so really the ones that carry the higher academic standing are the Open scholarships,” she added.
James Sammy, principal of St George’s College, Barataria, described his school’s copping of seven scholarships (one Open, six Additional) as “a happy feeling”.
“The children worked hard, the teachers worked very hard and we have seen the results. It is a trend that has been taking place at St George’s over the past six or seven years and things are moving up, we continue to be consistent.
“The thing is, St George’s has a very strong relationship with the homes—the parents, the students and the teachers and I think that is the key to the whole thing. The parents and the teachers are very close,” he explained.
Jennifer Manwaring, principal of St Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando, said she was very pleased with the performance of her pupils.
“We got 15 overall—two Open and 13 Additional—and I am very proud of the girls, they worked hard and they performed well and we look forward to next year,” she said.
Leslie Mahase, principal of Hillview College, said: “I am extremely elated. We had a special assembly this morning just to announce and we will have another one on Monday where we will invite all of the scholarship winners (three Open, 28 Additional) and their parents.
“We are very, very proud of our kids, they have worked hard. They have worked well together and certainly that arrangement of both boys and girls at that level has proven to be complimentary,” he added.
Mahase also thanked all teachers who would have interacted with the students from as early as early childhood care and education centres to form six, as well as the ancillary staff, office and library staffs at the school, as well as the parents of the scholarship winners for their support.