History Week at CHS

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Sunday, 11 November 2007 Written by Audris Jno. Baptiste

Dominica’s history week began on Monday 8th October, 2007, under the theme “Dominica’s Folk Music”, which was meant to pay special tribute to the island’s very own folk singers and writers. Here at the Convent high school, the students received first hand experience of the music, dance and drama of Dominica’s rich folk culture. The artists were displayed and honoured with much splendor and awe capturing the interest of both students and teachers alike.

The week began with the honoring of our very own Jean Lawrence-Mathurin who was once a music teacher at the Convent High School. Her works, life, and contributions to Dominica’s folk music were highlighted in the assembly on Monday morning. A group of students, after much practice, performed a piece on the ever popular “Ti moun o la ou sorti” with Collete Ambo playing the role of a worried mother.

Dominica’s very own Mabel Cissy Caudieron was paid special tribute on Wednesday. Her love for Dominica’s culture and her hard work in influencing Dominicans to accept and promote our Creole dances and song was highlighted in her biography. Performing students of the CHS dressed up in their creole wear, some wore the men’s wear, others in the jupe and performed a spectacular heel and toe dance. Afterwards, the students of form 4-A performed one of Mrs. Caudieron’s most famous folk songs, “Johnny is a Saka Boy”. The school’s applause to the performances could be heard miles away.



Pearl Christian, lovingly known to many as “Aunty Pearl” was the highlight of Thursday morning’s assembly. What made it even more special, was that we were blessed to have her attend this short assembly, which was carefully and painstakingly put together in her honour. After the morning’s prayers, a short biography of Aunty Pearl was read. A student of the CHS, Nicole Joseph read a poem dedicated to her. One of Aunty Pearls most loved folk songs “Coffee will set me right” was beautifully performed by a few students. The rhythm and melody had the entire school body chanting the song for the entire day.

Staff, student and guest enjoy history week at CHS


 

The curtains draped down on Friday in honour of Mrs. Jennifer White who was once a student at the CHS. Mrs. White, like Aunty Pearl, made a special effort to attend the morning’s assembly. Mrs. White’s hard work in promoting Dominica’s folk music was acknowledged. In celebration of Mrs. White’s music, a brilliant medley was played by two students, using the flute and clarinet. Form 2-4 performed a stunning dramatization of one of Dominica’s most well-known folk songs “Cashaku”. The students were dressed up in costumes representing the fishermen and the women. The week’s assembly came to an end with Ms. White herself leading the school song.

During History week, students were encouraged to learn about their culture through the history week quiz. Everyday, a question was asked and the winning student was awarded a small prize. What was so interesting about the week was that, almost every one of the women honoured was somehow associated with the CHS at one point of their life. The history department, with the help of other staff members and especially the students, made history week 2007 a truly memorable event for the CHS.

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