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Naps, a top choice

By Cecily Asson Friday, July 4 2014

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Proud to lead Naps: Principal of Naparima Girls' High School Carolyn Bally-Gosine at her office in San Fernando yesterday is ready to welcome the coun...
Proud to lead Naps: Principal of Naparima Girls' High School Carolyn Bally-Gosine at her office in San Fernando yesterday is ready to welcome the coun...

Carolyn Bally-Gosine, principal of Naparima Girls’ High School, San Fernando was pleased to learn the top three students of the 2014 Secondary Assessment Entrance (SEA) examinations had gained places at her school.

It was a parent who broke the news to her late Wednesday morning that not only first place winner, Shivanna Chatoor of Avocat Vedic School, Fyzabad, will be attending “Naps” but that she will be joined by Cameel Juman, of Grant Memorial Presbyterian and Arielle Rambharose, of ASJA Primary school in San Fernando, the second and third place winners respectively.

“I did not realise that we had the top three until I got a call from a parent,” Bally-Gosine told Newsday in an interview at her office yesterday.

Bally-Hosein went on to explain, “When we got the list (successful students) it was an alphabetical listing and there was no indication whether you have first, second or third place students. It was only when I was told that I became aware of it and I checked the list and saw the names of the girls.”

Bally-Gosine said she was really excited for the top three.

“These children must have worked really hard,” she said. “I am sure their parents did as well, the school, the teachers would have worked really hard and recognised their special qualities and I assume they would have harnessed all of that energy in working towards coming to this school.”

Last year the two top SEA students, Sandyha Sookoo (first) and Kay Lynn Ramlal (second) also secured places at Naps and continue to be students there.

“This year we got first, second and third — who knows what will happen next year, might be more. We are happy that they have chosen this school,” Bally-Gosine said.

While she expects the girls to continue working as hard as they did throughout their primary school years, Bally-Gosine made it clear that the school is not only about academics but is involved in extra and co-curricular activities.

“I hope they continue to excel and take advantage of all the opportunities offered here at the school because we don’t concentrate only on the academics.

“Our latest addition is scuba diving,” she said. Bally-Gosine said while many expect the spotlight to be only on the three girls for their achievements when the new school term begins in September, that’s not the way it is at the school.

“They would be recognised,” she said, “but a uniform makes everyone equal at the school. I am really happy for them and they must be so excited just like their parents. I know their stay at the school will be a happy one.”

A former “Naps girl” herself, Bally-Gosine is anxiously awaiting results of Caribbean Secondary Examinations Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).

She expects her students to again perform well having secured first and second places at CSEC in 2013.

Registration for the successful SEA students begins at 8 am today and orientation takes place on August 25.

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