Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2013 Contents Waterloo Secondary School shot
into the limelight in May after 14-
year-old Rondell Dickson was killed
on the compound.
However, it is now making headlines
once again in a more positive light,
after students Videsh Maharaj and
Shereece Mohammed copped national
scholarships in the Caribbean
Advanced Proficiency Examinations
(Cape) on Wednesday.
Principal Krishendath Basdeo,
speaking with the T&T Guardian in a
telephone interview yesterday,
described the scholarship win as "pos-
itive news" for the school, adding it
also served to lift the morale of the
students, many of whom were left
dejected after Dickson s murder.
"The unfortunate incident this year
involving the student left the school
community in state of gloom for a
prolonged period, but this achievement
today (yesterday) really lifts the spirit
of the entire school population, staff
and administrators," Basdeo said.
"We are very proud of the achieve-
ment of our scholarship winners."
Dickson, 14, of McBean, Couva, was
stabbed, allegedly at the hands of a
classmate, during a dispute over a girl
at the school. The alleged attacker is
currently before the court.
Yesterday, Basdeo said Maharaj and
Mohammed were introduced to the
school population during yesterday s
assembly. He said the scholarships
were a credit to the teaching staff at
"We are a school that has very ded-
icated and hardworking teachers who
go beyond the call of duty," Basdeo
"Our staff is very strict about having
a high level of discipline and we spare
no effort when we talk about the prin-
ciples of discipline whenever we get
the opportunity. We also encourage
staff to be team players."
Basdeo said vice-principal Bharat
Maharaj uses a special saying, "Team
work makes the dream work," all the
time to encourage staff and students
and build team spirit.
On October 17, the school will hold
an achievement day to honour students
who have excelled in every area of
school life. The school has also decided
to expand its Cape offerings from sci-
ence and business subjects to include
modern studies, he said.
Maharaj is already studying medicine
at the University of the West Indies,
while Mohammed is studying corpo-
Maharaj told the T&T Guardian
that winning the scholarship was
very special to him, since it proves
Waterloo Secondary is a good
"I see this as a positive thing for
my school," a beaming Maharaj said.
"I think this scholarship will show
that Waterloo is not a bad school.
Everywhere you go there are people
who will do the wrong thing, it is
just that guy did something bad
that reflected on the whole school.
"But that does not make it a bad
school. I think it is a good thing
that reflects great on the school in
terms of the students and also how
the public sees it."
Maharaj said his scholarship
would be inspiration to others and
he encouraged other students to
aim for academic success.
Mohammed was unavailable for
comment yesterday. (RR)
Waterloo Secondary School principal Krishendath Basdeo, centre,
poses with Shereece Mohammed and Videsh Maharaj, after they
visited the school yesterday to celebrate their success in the Caribbean
Advanced Proficiency Examinations (Cape) and national scholarship
awards. PHOTO COURTESY WATERLOO SECONDARY
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"Success is not a secret, it is hard work
and learning from failures."
These were the words of advice Naparima
Girls High School scholarship winner Shalini
Maharaj shared with her former schoolmates
yesterday, as she joined 20 of the school s
40 scholarship winners at a special assembly
at the San Fernando school s auditorium.
While Naps received the most scholarships
overall with four open and 36 additional, St
Augustine Girls High School topped the
nation with 18 open as well as 19 addition-
al.Maharaj, addressing the students, attributed
her words of wisdom to her father, who she
said was instrumental in motivating her to
succeed, as well as, her mother.
She stressed the importance of setting
goals and effective time management.
"What you put in is what you get out.
Boys, Facebook, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)
will always be there---you need to focus on
school," she advised.
Many of the other scholarship winners
who addressed the packed auditorium encour-
aged the students to believe in themselves
no matter what and keep their faith in God.
"God does not limit you, so do not limit
yourself," said Sarah Balkaran, who broke
down in tears after she dedicated her schol-
arship to her grandfather, who died last year.
Sherry Rambadan, who won an additional
scholarship (science), reminded her peers
about the importance of friendship and urged
them to work together.
"You have to help each other out," she said.
"Look at my friends, they are up here (on stage)
with me. When you reach the top you do not
want to be alone. You want to be there with
people you love and trust."
Former Naps head girl Aneel Baintold students
to "never give up."
She said the worst thing a student can do is
"throw a pity party and cry and say, I can t do
this, this is too hard.
"If you are going to do it, go all the way and
do it. Do not do it half-heartedly," she urged.
After the assembly, the scholarship winners
were mobbed by excited schoolmates who warmly
embraced them and congratulated them on their
Naps principal Carolyn Gosine said the feeling
of winning 40 scholarships was "indescribable."
She said it was the most scholarships the school
had ever received.
Gosine attributed the school s success to the
hard work of the students themselves.
"The girls worked really hard and the parents
were very supportive. I think the teachers worked
really hard with them and I think in our school
all members of staff played a role in some way.
The way we have everything here it is integrated.
I believe that the success of our students is reflec-
tive of the togetherness and the team spirit that
we have here," she said.
Gosine added that she hopes next year the
school can improve their results and she knows
the scholarship winners will continue to excel.
"I know they will continue to aim for excel-
lence," she said.
Barrackpore Senior Comprehensive (Barrackpore
West) principal Jermaine Gray could not contain
her excitement after she learned students Devanan
Ramdath and Saeed Khan had got scholarships.
"We at Barrackpore West are extremely elated,"
"We expected it because the boys work
extremely hard. We encouraged them and we are
so happy that we got the scholarships. Our last
scholarship was two years ago."
She described Ramdath and Khan as "bright,
intelligent young men."
However, she stressed that they were not only
involved in academics.
"They were not only into their books, they
took part in everything we had to offer at the
school. They were all-round students. They
received their just rewards," she said.
(See full list of scholarship winners
on Pages A12 & A13)
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Former head girl of Naparima Girls' High School, Aneel Bain, chats with students at their
school yesterday, during a function celebrating the school's latest scholarship winners.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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