Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 20th 2013 Contents Prashaanta Singh first
joined Valsayn Dojo
(Karate Hall) at the
age 11. She has
entered and won
many medals over the
past years. However, in August 2012 she was
promoted to the rank of 1st Kyu in Brown Belt.
Prashaanta became the champion in both Kata
(Technique) and Kumite (Full body contact
fighting) in the Under 18. She also received a
special award trophy for being the overall top
most outstanding champion.
Prashaanta also represented Trinidad and
Tobago at the S.K.I.F. Pan-American Karate
Championship in July 2013. Some of her other
Annual Championship Tournament where she
won the overall top Female Champion Trophy, in
December 2011. She also became the Under 18
(Cadet) National Archery Champion (Indoor) in
MINISTRY OF GENDER, YOUTH & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
February 2013 and also broke a National record .
In July 2013, she achieved a Certificate of
Advance Training in Swimming at the St.
Augustine Aquatics Club. Prashaanta also
culture graduation, she also received a special
award trophy for culture.
(Arts & Culture)
Shimiah Lewis is a
continues to be an
example for other
consistently makes her
Maloney community proud. She is an A student of
Arima Central Secondary who loves the
performing arts and who continues to cop
awards bringing praise and joy to her community.
Last year between September and November,
she received Certificates of Excellence at the
auspicious Junior Festival of the Arts in the
following categories: monologue, debate speech,
poetry, best written short story and best written
poetry. At the end of the Arts Festival in
November 2012, Shimiah was named the Most
Outstanding Seconday School performer for 2012.
She made her school, her community and her
parents really proud. She is now the cultural
ambassador for her school. She is often called
upon to represent her school at several functions.
She is a role model at Arima Central Secondary
and often speaks to other students and assists in
training them for cultural programs. She also
extends her hand to students in her community
who are studying the Performing Arts for
examinations, by training them in drama pieces
and giving them tips about how to write a
Shimiah did not stop there. Between May and
June 2013, she entered the Miss Teen Trinidad
and Tobago pageant. This pageant consisted of
the following categories: debate, talent, national
costume, career wear and formal wear. Shimiah
won each category successfully giving her the
title as the new reigning Miss Teen Trinidad and
Tobago. Her title is an avenue for her to help
other teenagers in her community reach their
goal through the Arts.
This 15 year old is also the drama and assistant
dance tutor of the Maloney Young Leaders, a
youth group that promotes young talent. Children
have entered competitions through her tutoring
and won accolades. She is a young role model in
the Maloney community who believes that you
should put Christ first in all that you do and also
strongly believes that the Arts helps you
MOTIVATING YOUR CHILD
Expose Your Child to New Ideas and Areas:
Provide an environment for learning,
creativity and exploration.
Do not use excessive rewards. They tend to
undermine children's ability to value
themselves. Remember, praise and rewards
should be based upon children's effort and
persistence, rather than on the actual
The Arts emphasize discipline and it is discipline
that gets you through life. This is what she also
teaches the youths in Maloney while tutoring
them in drama and dance.
Need to Play
remember when I received my first dolly at
the age of three. How I combed her hair,
bathed her and change her clothes. Those
skills learnt while playing with my dolly assisted
me in my own development. Play according to
the UC Davis Cancer Centre and UC Davis
is critical to the healthy growth and
development of children. As children play, they
learn to solve problems, to get along with
others and to develop the fine and gross motor
skills needed to grow and learn.
Play helps children develop:
Physical Skills: Moto skills are developed
as children learn to reach, grab, stand,
climb and balance
Language Skills: As children play and
interact with others their speech
Social Skills: Learning to interact builds
relationships which are
important to all children
Thinking Skills: Children learn to solve
problems through play. They learn how
to read, write, count and decipher
different objects while playing.
Play not only develops a child skill, but their
parents, guardians or caregivers as well.
Parents are children first playmates. Play
develops key skills in parents that can assist
their child in his/her development.
These skills are:
Parents are able to observe and learn
their child ability and skills. This is key to
cultivating certain skills
It gives the child a sense that he/she
belongs and that you are interested in
So I encourage parents, guardians and
caregivers to start playing. It helps !!
Promoting, Protecting, Guiding and
Empowering Our People
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