|Guaico Presbyterian Primary — champion quiz winners |
By JANELLE DE SOUZA Tuesday, January 21 2014
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WINNING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS: Standing proud from left are Shayla Hernandez, Shakti Koonj-Beharry, Cassie Khanhai, Keedan Joseph, Karina Ramsaroop, A...
Guaico Presbyterian Primary School yesterday won the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Primary Schools Competitions Word Quiz and Quest, taking away the grand prize of a team Challenge Trophy, gold medals, $3,000 in Units, $30,000 worth of school equipment, and a Teacher’s Prize of $1,000 in Units.
Nine schools including Diego Martin Government Primary, La Pastora Government Primary, Lambeau Anglican Primary, Signal Hill Primary, St Mary’s and Mucurapo Girls’ RC played a Family Feud-style game where teams of four battled each other by answering questions based on the Judiciary. The competition took place at the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain.
Melville Memorial Girls’ Anglican Primary School, of Port-of-Spain, placed second and won a prize of $2,000 in units, $20,000 worth of school equipment, and a teacher’s prize of $800 in units, while ROSEC Private Primary School, of Arima, placed third and received $1,000 in units, $15,000 worth of school equipment, and a teacher’s prize of $600 in units.
Addressing students and their teachers before the start of the quiz, Chief Justice Ivor Archie noted that the competition was meant to tie in with the country’s 50th Anniversary, but it was not pulled off in time.
He hoped it would give the children a better understanding to what the Judiciary means and perhaps stimulate them to learn about other institutions, as knowledge would equip them to make a better contribution to the country. “You are the future of this country of ours, and if that is the case, it is the responsibility of the institutions, as well as of the adults of today, to make sure that you are fully aware of those establishments around which our country is built; how they operate, and what value they bring to the lives of every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Archie noted that people seemed to be more interested in institutions and ways of life in older countries and may even want to live there. However, he urged the children to be proud of all things the country achieved in its short national lifespan, although it faced many challenges. “We are an example to the world in the way we have been able to exist peacefully, and in harmony as one people, despite being made up of a number of people of different races and cultures,” he said.
“We have been able to raise men and women who have excelled in many fields — politics, economics, law, religion — and who have gone on to assist in developing some of those very countries that you read about,” he added.
In addition to the Quiz, there were also Art and Essay competitions. Winners of each competition received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 for first second and third places respectively.
In the Art competition, Ellaina Morris of Chandernagore Presbyterian Primary School won with Alexander Mondro of Guaico Presbyterian Primary School in second place, and Kevin Chan Tack of St Peters Private Primary School, in third place.