Creole Day at CHS

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Monday, 01 November 2010 Written by Brianna Benjamin. Photography Andre McAulay

Students came out in their brightest and best clothes on Friday 30th October, Creole Day, at the Convent High School showcasing their various forms of the National Wear in celebration of our 32nd Independence celebrations under the national theme ''Creating Opportunities, Empowering Communities''.


The day commenced with an Assembly conducted in Creole. Mademoiselle Severin, former French teacher, led the assembly as the Master of Ceremonies, French teacher, Mr. Cesar, read the gospel in Creole, and Chaplain Monsignor William John-Lewis, gave a commentary on the Gospel reading. Guests present were former principal Mrs. Dorothy Levy, former teachers- Mrs. Bertha Toulon, Mrs. Carmel Agar, and Mrs. Flavia James Edwards. Also with us was Mrs. Eunice McAulay, mother of our Head of Science Department, Mr. Andre McAulay who visited us from Guyana.  Local patriotic songs led by our school’s choir, and prayers recited in Creole made the assembly exciting and interesting. The assembly also included a parade where students displayed various forms of dress depicting our National Wear.



Students and teachers were then treated with a pageantry of beauty and grace in which four students contested to be crowned Ms CHS Wob Dwiyet 2010. These students were: Latisha Lockhart of St.Rita's house, Sherra Soanes of St.Agnes's house, Jasmine Defoe representing St. Theresa's house and Naomi Nicholas representing St.Ann's house. The four criteria by which they were judged were Creole Speech, Talent, Spectacular Wear and the Carrying of the National Wear, the Wob Dwet.



On her way to claiming the title of Ms CHS Wob Dwiyet 2010, Ms Jasmine Defoe of St Theresa's House also prevailed in the area of Creole Speech. Latisha Lockhart of St Rita's house came in first place and won in the area of talent which was a combination of poetry, dance and speech encouraging students to eat locally produced food prepared in Creole fashion during the Independence Season. Sherra Soanes of St. Agnes's house came in second place and succeeded in the area of Spectacular Wear when she showcased a dress enhanced by local shells, beads and leaves. She also went on to grace the stage with her beautifully adorned national wear enabling her to cop the prize for Carrying of the National wear.  Naomi Nichols of St.Ann’s house came in third place. Students were allowed to congratulate the winner and the other participants after the results were announced.  Judges of the Creole Speech were Mrs Levy and Mademoiselle Severin. Judges of the Spectacular Wear were Ms. Dejean and Mrs Sorhaindo. Judges of the talent were Mrs Agar and Mrs Sorhaindo. Mrs Toulon and Ms. Dejean judged the Carrying of the National Wear.


Throughout the day's activities students were made more knowledgeable of their cultural heritage, while engaging in appetizing Creole gustatory delights and enjoying activities like music, dancing and boisterous singing.


Click here to view a web album of the Creole Day 2010 at CHS.

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