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CHARLES KONG SOO
As the St Andrew s Private
School in Maraval prepares
to celebrate its 70th anniver-
sary gala at MovieTowne on Septem-
ber 23, one of the school s alumni,
Tara Lisa Persaud, Business Climate
co-ordinator, Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB), Barbados, spoke
about her experiences at the school.
She attended the school as a pupil
from 1980 to 1986 and also
returned as a teacher s
assistant from 1994 to
1995, before she left
for Wellesley Col-
what were some of
her fondest memo-
ries at the school, Per-
saud said, "I loved St
Andrew s, I loved being
there as a child.
"I made a lot of very
good friends. It was a
group, and they were
a very happy seven years com-
bined as a student and teacher
at the school.
"The teachers were all so very caring
and kind even in the smallest things.
"I loved performing in school con-
certs. We did a concert at the end of
the year and a Christmas concert."
She said whether the pupils were
singing, dancing or putting on plays,
everybody was involved and she enjoyed
that, it was really a lot of fun as well.
Persaud said at prize-giving cere-
monies, everyone also was part of these
and when the children put their artwork
on display, their parents came to see
what they did.
She said it was very inclusive at St
Andrew s and parents, teachers and
students were involved in school activ-
Persaud said she felt very proud as
a child to show off what they had done
at the school.
She said some of her very best mem-
ories were just playing at school. Per-
saud used to play marbles at lunch time
and skipping rope; she remembered
the teachers would have large, long
skipping ropes. "It was just a happy
time," she said.
Persaud said when she attended the
school as a student, Kathleen White-
house was the principal from 1977 to
1982, Helen Acanne from 1982 to 1987,
and while she was a teacher s assistant,
Angela Agarrat was the principal from
1988 to 2002.
She participated in gymnastics at
the school and her favourite subjects
were English, geography and science.
Persaud said even though she came
first in her class, the pupils did not
like exams in general.
She said she was involved
in activities such as the
Girl Guides choir, ballet,
while some of her
friends did art and
music and her
She said while St
Andrew s geared the
pupils towards academic
success, they were also
given the opportunity to
cultivate their talent,
whether it be in art,
music, sport or lan-
guages such as French and
Persaud said as the school cel-
ebrates its milestone achievement,
she sincerely believed her childhood
would have been very different if she
had not gone to St Andrew s. She said
she was very lucky to be part of it
and it laid the foundation for the rest
of her life.
Bovell: March past an
St Andrew s alumnus T&T Olympic
athlete George Bovell says his fondest
memories were playing catch (tag) in
the courtyard with other children.
"The art competitions, Christmas
Fair, Sports Day at the stadium, three
travellers in the Christmas play.
"Looking back, I actually enjoyed
singing altogether in unison early in
the morning at assemblies."
He said the sports he played in
school were tennis and swimming
and all the events of its annual sports
day. Bovell said he also participated
in the march past which was an inter-
He said Angela Agarrat was the
principal at the time.
However, in 2011 the school was
affected by flooding.
At the time of the flooding Sandra
Farinha was the school s principal.
Paula Moses, the current principal,
was the vice principal then.
"We closed the school for a week.
It was very, very bad," Moses said.
"That flood was the biggest chal-
lenge we had to deal with because
every time it rained we panicked," she
Moses said the flood showed the
resilience of St Andrew s.
"Amazingly at the time parents
came forward like you have no idea.
Teachers downed their tools and they
picked up buckets and spades and
rubber boots and they got things all
done. It was all hands on deck," Moses
Moses has been at the school since
1976 as a teacher before becoming
principal earlier this year.
Moses said St Andrew s is a fam-
"If I had to describe St Andrew s in
one word I would say family," she said.
Paula Moses: 2011 flooding
showed school's resilience
From Page A25
On his favourite subjects, Bovell
said most of it blurred into Com-
mon Entrance preparation to be
honest, but science with Mrs
McCartney stood out and was
Bovell said he vividly remem-
bered Mrs McCartney s fish
tanks and growing the space
tomatoes and eating them with
He said his science teacher
aroused in him a profound
curiosity about nature and the
reality around it.
Bovell said his general attitude
towards St Andrew s was one of
gratitude and nostalgia from the
fond memories of his formative
He said he did not enjoy the
absurd amount of homework in
primary four and five classes.
Bovell said in this regard, he
believed the country s education
system robbed T&T s youth of
enjoying the natural vitality and
spontaneity of childhood.
When asked about the
extracurricular activities he par-
ticipated in, he said the pupils
garnered understanding about
their "new" world by partici-
pating in the carefully chosen
class outings were wonderful.
Bovell said he attended First
Communion classes with Ms
'A very cosmopolitan group'
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