Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sixty Years Of Excellence

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Getting ready: Pupils put the finishing touches on their costumes. Photos: Ishmael Salandy

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talented: Standing with Vice Principal Jean Persad-Sankar, third from left, and pupils of Holy Faith Convent, Principal Sister Theresa Vialva holds a drawing done by a pupil.

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In celebration of its 60th year in existence, Holy Faith Convent, Couva, has embarked on a number of activities and events to celebrate the occasion.

Among them, a grand reunion held by the Past Pupils' Association which takes place today on the school's compound from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day-long event is expected to feature performances by top artistes including Patrice Roberts, Iwer George and Rikki Jai.

The grand reunion begins with breakfast, followed by lunch, interspersed by performances from local artistes and past and present pupils of Holy Faith Convent.

There will also be tassa and pan and a short five-minute dramatisation of St Bridget's play (patron saint of the Irish sisters) after an interfaith service.

What started out as an abandoned estate of bush, swampland and not much of anything else for four nuns in 1950, stands today transformed as a recognised educational institution in Central Trinidad that serves as a place for future lawyers, doctors, teachers and entertainers.

Giving some history of the school, Nichole Melhem, who attended Holy Faith Convent and is now a teacher at the school said: "The Holy sisters of Ireland came to Trinidad in 1947 and at the time the then Archbishop Finbar Ryan felt there was a need to have a secondary school in Central Trinidad.

"Holy Faith Convent opened its doors to its first 50 students on January 12, 1951. Our first principal was Sister Magdalena MacBride who sought a curriculum that not only included academic subjects but aesthetic subjects as well for the young women who attended Holy Faith Convent.

"Though a Catholic secondary school, Holy Faith Convent over the years has catered to students of multi-religious backgrounds who have taken their place in the government service, medical field, legal profession and education system."

According to Melhem, today will be a non-stop day of fun for all former and current pupils as they take a trip down memory lane. For further information and tickets please call association representatives at 703-5500 or e-mail: hfccpastpupils@gmail.com.