FRIENDS of St Augustine Girls’ High School (SAGHS) is a group of volunteers, who are parents of current pupils of the high school and some of whom are past pupils themselves along with volunteers who have given their support will host their first major fund raising venture on March 2.
This is a fete titled “Astra” a premium all-inclusive event which takes place Carnival Sunday at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Roy Cape All Stars with BLAXX,, Chutney Soca Monarch KI and his Band 3Veni, San Juan All Stars Tassa Group, Tunapuna Vibrations Engine, DJ Duane and guests artistes.
A news release from the school explained that St Augustine Girls’ High School opened its doors on September 19, 1950 at the Archibald Institute in St Augustine with 49 pupils. Today the school population has increased to just over 700 pupils at its present location on Evans Street in St Augustine.
From that time to the present, the curriculum has been broadened, systems expanded and strengthened and facilities improved to some degree.
However the physical plant has not kept pace with these developments.
The main building was constructed in 5 phases over a period of 55 years, and is in dire need of repair, upgrade and in some instances complete replacement. This raises concerns in terms of maintenance and structural integrity, especially in light of modern constructing standards.
With a reputation for holistic development that has been consistent over the years, St Augustine Girls’ High School has topped the country in academic excellence on many occasions.
This is evidenced by the number of national scholarships won each year achieved under conditions that were intended in some cases to facilitate 12-15 pupils but now working with class sizes in excess of 30 pupils. Imagine what the girls could do in modern upgraded facilities, a news release said.
“Parents and well-wishers of the school have recognised the urgent need to address these concerns and have decided to come together to do what we can to support an institution that has moulded the lives of thousands of women in this country, including members of this committee and would like to see such achievements continue into the distant future,” the news release added.
The following can be contacted
Ramona Bridgelal 720-2979
Andy Bhagwandass 685-7315
Susanne Shah 770-8585
Rudy Sookhai 620-7303
Deanne Mohammed 682-0734
Francis Nunes 620-8145
Charlene Clarke 781-0017
Teddy’s Mall SF’do 657-9613
Mohammed Bookstore 637-6551
Mohammed Bookstore 645-7355