Naparima Girls' High School
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|Naparima Girls High School|
|4 La Pique Road, San Fernando. La Pique Hill forms part of the San Fernando Hill which overlooks the city of San Fernando
Trinidad and Tobago
|Type||Female secondary school|
|Motto||Non nobis solum sed omnibus
("Not for ourselves only but for others")
|Established||12 January 1912|
Naparima Girls' High School is an all-girls high school in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.The school was founded in 1912 by Rev Dr. Fulton Coffin to complement the education offered to boys by Naparima College. It is located on La Pique Hill (part of San Fernando Hill) which overlooks San Fernando.
In keeping with these words to live by, students are required to complete forty hours of community service during the first four years (forms 1–4) of their secondary education at the school. After these compulsory hours, students are free to add more.
Youth undaunted lift up your head,
Though a hope and a dream are dead,
Soon a new beacon is burning,
Hope is forever returning.
Lift your head, look around and hear
Voices calling you far and near;
Voices insistent and ringing,
Challenging, urgent and singing.
Lift your head in yourself within,
Must your heaven on earth begin,
Rivers begin at the fountain,
As in the valley the mountain.
Lift your head, let you heart be filled
With the hope that sustained and thrilled
All who in past generations
Lived as the light of the nations.
- Miss Edith Doyle (1912 – 1913)
- Miss Marion Outhit (1913 – 1916)
- Miss Grace Beattie (1916 -1917)
- Miss Adella Archibald (1917 -1927)
- Miss Constance Young (1927 – 1928)
- Miss Grace Beattie (1939 – 1950)
- Miss Margaret Scrimgeour (1950 – 1964)
- Miss Beulah Meghu (1964 – 1984)
- Mrs. Mavis Lee Wah (1984 – 1986)
- Mrs. Jean Bahadur (1984 – 2000)
- Mrs. Patricia Ramgoolam (2000 – 2012)
- Mrs. Carolyn Bally-Gosine (2012 – present)
The years 1928 to 1939 saw four changes of Acting Principal: Mrs. Irene Thompson-Kerster in 1928, Miss Margaret Scrimgeour in 1930, Mrs. Maude Howell-Dales in 1932 and Miss Bessie Bentley in 1936.
The students are placed into five teams called 'houses'. The houses compete against each other in sporting, arts and cultural activities. All houses vie for the title "Best House" which is named at the end of every school year. Houses gain points and merits which are totalled, the highest scoring house receives the award. Each house was named after a prominent female figure and also assigned a colour. The houses and their colours are:
- Archibald – blue (Adella Archibald)
- Cavell – green (Edith Cavell)
- Curie – red (Marie Curie)
- Keller – yellow (Helen Keller)
- Scrimgeour – purple (Margaret Scrimgeour)
Entry into the institution is done after writing the Secondary Entrance Assessment.
- Dionne Brand – author of At the Full and Change of the Moon
- Dr. Jean Ramjohn-Richards – former First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Zalayhar HassanaliORTT – former First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Occah Seepaul – former House Speaker and first woman speaker of the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
- Nasma Mohammed, Miss T&T Universe 2002
- Gillian Lucky, politician and lawyer
- Michelle Xavier, soca artiste
- Dr. Anna Mahase CMT – former Principal of SAGHS Teaching Service Commissioner
- Naparima College
- Hillview College
- Iere High School
- Saint Augustine Girls' High School
- List of schools in Trinidad and Tobago
- Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2.