The Cedros Peninsula recently celebrated with 60 of its youths, ages ten to 12, because of their performances in the 2012 SEA exams and a letter writing competition. Forty-four pupils made at least 80 per cent in one of their SEA exam subjects, a target previously set by the Bob Gopee Foundation for the eight elementary schools from Cap-de-Ville to Icacos.
One pupil, Jordi Ali, of the Cedros Government School scored 100 per cent in the Math paper. The challenge trophy for the best performing school in the Cedros Peninsula also went to the Cedros Government School. Sixteen pupils of the standard four class of the same school were finalists in a letter writing competition organised by the Bob Gopee Foundation between May and June this year.
The awards for the pupils included book prizes and cash vouchers each valued between $500 and $1,000. In an attempt to stimulate an incentive to save, the vouchers must be used to open a bank account in a neighbourhood bank or deposited into the students’ existing bank accounts.
Entertainment at the event included pan, choral speaking, ballroom dancing, Latin American dancing and calypso—all performed by students themselves. The feature speaker was Member of Parliament for Point Fortin Paula Gopee-Scoon, while the keynote address was given by Sumintra Ramnarine Singh of the Minister of Education. “The enthusiasm of the students, teachers and parents have grown by leaps and bounds over the years,” said Ramganie Bob Gopee, president of the Bob Gopee Foundation. This is the third year the foundation has sponsored the programme.