Meet the Benjamins of QRC
By LARA PICKFORD-GORDON Tuesday, September 3 2013
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QRC TWINS: From left to right are Jade and Jordel Benjamin, and Jaden and Jezze Benjamin on their first day at school Queen's Royal College (QRC). Do...
The students marking the first day of the new academic year at new schools felt excitement and nervousness as they settled in to a new environment, and got down to work.
Among the 112 new students at Queen’s Royal College were identical twin brothers Jezze and Jaden Benjamin, and Jade and Jordel Benjamin. While they carry the same surname they are not related however, they have something else in common — they all placed in the top 100 of the 2013 Secondary Entrance Assessment students in TT.
Jezze and Jaden attended Arouca Government Primary School, while Jordel and Jade attended Febeau Government Primary.
Jordel was feeling a little anxious because he thought he forgot something home, and that he would not fit in well at the new school.
However, he was “really glad” to attend QRC after “working all these years, late night studying, and up early again.” Jordel looked forward to participating in sports, such as cricket. Brother, Jade, was excited to start.
“All the great people like Dr Eric Williams passed here, and I want to come out great like them,” he said with a tone of pride. He is interested in Mathematics and Sports.
Jade told his brother not to be nervous.
Jaden Benjamin was excited to attend QRC from the moment he saw the school building. He said he always wanted to attend the school. French and Spanish are the subjects he is interested in. Jezze said he was a little bit intimidated with the size of the school since he was not accustomed to the environment. He is interested in Mathematics.
It was also the first day for 14-year-old Jawad Bowen, who will be entering Form Three after being transferred from Chaguanas South Secondary. He was anxious and eager to meet his new teachers. Bowen was aware of the distinguished persons who have passed through the institution and he felt “special” that he was getting the chance to attend.
Teriq Alleyne, aged 12, was excited to start and experience “different culture and things.” Joel Cherry, also 12 years, said of his expectations, “it will be good. I got the school of my choice. I look forward to Math and sport — Judo.”
Ag Principal, David Simon, said the school has had twins before, but he was not aware of a time when there were two sets at the same level. “That will be an interesting dynamic. They are going to fall in and enjoy themselves,” he said of the QRC experience.
First form students had orientation last Friday. Speaking with reference to the school’s reputation, he said, “QRC has always produced leaders.” He believed every school needs to do its part in producing the nation’s leaders. Simon said, “we are putting students out there. Doing our national duty to assist. We are mindful that our young men, and us as teachers, will not escape what is going on out there.”
During assembly, Simon exhorted the students to strive for academic excellence and to keep focus. They were also reminded about punctuality, keeping their school clean, and maintaining discipline. He said discipline problems added up to the issues being faced by society.
“QRC is known for many years for providing astute leadership in our society, and the state of our society mandates we continue to do this,” Simon said.