San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello poses with Actg principal Wahida Mohammed-Narine and top students of San Fernando TML Primary school. PHOTOS COURTESY WAHIDA MOHAMMED-NARINE

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Despite COVID-19 restrictions and the pressures of attending online classes, the San Fernando TML Primary school has been named the Best Primary School 2021, after its students excelled in the NGC Sanfest competition copping 16 awards.

At a prize-giving distribution ceremony held at the Creative Arts Center in San Fernando last Saturday, the students received awards for excellence in Vocals, Instrumental, Creative Writing, Photography, Storytelling and Monologue.

Acting school principal Wahida Mohammed-Narine said the festival’s theme titled “The Show Must Go On” appropriately depicted the need for educators to continue tapping on the skills and talents of the children, during the unprecedented pandemic.

Chairman of Sanfest James Solomon presents Best Primary School 2021 trophy to San Fernando TML’s acting principal Wahida Mohammed-Narine. PHOTOS COURTESY WAHIDA MOHAMMED-NARINE

“Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, our students have continued to achieve in academics, religion, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. We are forever grateful to all our students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders for their dedication in ensuring the students continue to succeed not only in Sanfest but at all school endeavours,” Mohammed-Narine said.

She added, “The hybrid system impacted well in providing the ideal platform for all stakeholders to communicate effectively. Our students continue to make us proud. They displayed brilliance, resilience, effort and strength as they forged ahead during this pandemic.”

She noted that the school will continue with its vision “to achieve excellence in education by working with all stakeholders to provide a teaching-learning environment that caters for the holistic development of the children and to equip the child with the technological skills for the 21st century.”

Thanking the San Fernando Arts Council and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) for creating an avenue for promoting young talents, Mohammed-Narine said initiatives like these go a long way in moulding the confidence and abilities of children.

She congratulated the Council on its 52nd anniversary as a “Champion for Arts and Culture.”

” Your zeal to promote Arts and Culture will grow from strength to strength as you develop that innate ability in the young minds to strive towards excellence,” she added.

The school also plans to have an achievement award on Friday to honour the Sanfest winners.

Listed are the winners of the NGC Sanfest 2021 in Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Creative Writing. 

National Winners 

BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL 2021 SAN FERNANDO TML PRIMARY SCHOOL

Best Religious Vocal Soloist Arisa Rajan  

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Christyana Singh 

Best Monologist Vasudha Maharaj 

Best-One Act Play Qadir Ali 

Best Storyteller Anasuriya Seeram Maharaj 

Additional Winners:

Karina Bhagwandass Excellence Instrumental Solo

Christyana Singh Excellence in Vocal Solo UrbanExcellence in Creative Writing Poetry

Lasara Kalloo Excellence in Instrumental Solo

Arisa Rajan Excellence in Vocal Solo Urban  

Anaya Riaz Vocal Solo -Religious

Vasudha Maharaj Excellence Creative Writing Short Story/Vocal Solo Classical

 Anasuriya Seeram Maharaj Excellence in Creative Writing Short Story Monologue

Umar Mohammed Excellence in Creative Writing Poetry 

Vivek Ramnanan Excellence in Creative Writing Short Story

Anya Laquis Excellence in Photography

Raveena Gosine Excellence in Photography