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Top three SEA students excited to be at Naps Girls

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Wednesday, September 3 2014

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HAPPY TRIO: The top three SEA students, from left, Shivanna Chatoor, Cameel Juman and Arielle Rambharose are all smiles on their first day at Naparima...
HAPPY TRIO: The top three SEA students, from left, Shivanna Chatoor, Cameel Juman and Arielle Rambharose are all smiles on their first day at Naparima...

TOP performer in this year’s Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination, Shivanna Chatoor, was so excited about attending secondary school she was unable to have a proper night’s sleep on Sunday. Yet, Chatoor, of Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad, said she awoke at 5 am yesterday eager to attend Naparima Girls’ High School in San Fernando.

“I was excited to come to school today and woke up about 5 am. The school is even bigger than I had expected. I met many students so far... My vacation was tiring. I had many interviews. Sometimes if I have things to do, I would wake up early,” said Chatoor, 12. Chatoor, the daughter of a farmer and seamstress, attended the Avocat Vedic Primary School in Fyzabad and passed for her first choice.

She was speaking with Newsday yesterday at her school at La Pique Road in San Fernando, where the students of Form One as well as Lower Six had to undergo orientation.

Also making their first day appearance at Naps Girls were second and third place SEA students Cameel Juman and Arielle Rambharose, respectively. Both girls, like Chatoor, said they are looking forward to life at secondary school. Juman, who attended the Grant Memorial Presbyterian Primary School in San Fernando, said she too was very excited about attending school. “I got up 4 am and was looking forward to school. I could not sleep last night and I met a lot of new friends this morning. I am looking forward to doing my school work,” said the soft-spoken Juman.

Rambharose, formerly of ASJA Primary School in San Fernando, was nervous but excited to be at Naps Girls. Principal Carolyn Bally-Gosine yesterday said that orientation will continue today for Lower Six and Form One students. The school has also invited a speaker to address the new students today about what is expected of them and what they can expect at the school.

Due to the orientation exercise yesterday there were no formal classes and the same is expected to continue today. “Orientation started on August 25 when their parents came in with them. They spent about two hours in the school and met with their fellow students. They are here for the whole day and tomorrow (today) is the last day for orientation,” said Bally-Gosine. She added, “They would meet teachers, have fun activities, do some team building exercises, meet friends and get to know each other.” The morning assembly is normally held outside in the school’s courtyard but due to heavy rainfall yesterday morning, it was held in the students’ respective classrooms.

“Thus far everything is running smoothly. The turnout is great. We did not expect any absenteeism today — staff and students are in full attendance,” said the principal.

There were no reports of hiccups at other schools in San Fernando and environs yesterday. Even at the Pleasantville Secondary School where repair works are incomplete, students attended classes.

Parent-Teacher Association president Clarence Mendoza noted parents opted to send their children to classes despite various problems at the school, among them health and safety issues. “Right now there is school as normal. We are not keeping anyone away from classes and about 95 percent of the population is here today. For the next 30 days we will be monitoring the situation to see what the Education Ministry is doing. After this period, we would decide on what course of action to take,” Mendoza said.

During a tour at the school on Friday, some of the concerns raised included rat infestation, mosquito breeding grounds, leaking roofs, collapsing ceilings, exposed electrical lines, and poor ventilation.

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