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    NorthGate College (NGC) seeks to engineer a quality learning environment that goes far beyond an academic experience. NGC provides students with knowledge and experience that will endure throughout their lives. NGC students must be drawn by their sight of a preferred future that is not necessarily shaped by the past or limited by their present circumstances. Read on »

    NorthGate College’s Modern Foreign Languages Festival

    NorthGate College’s MFL Festival was held this year on Friday 2nd June. The 2017 theme was People, Events, Monuments. Each class was given the responsibility of preparing and presenting on one of the areas as it related to either the Hispanophone or Francophone culture.  Booths, stations and assigned areas were set up to display and conduct the many cultural presentations by the very linguistically eager students.

    Form 1G took us on a tour of Paris, France as we visited the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Bastille, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and, a must-see for any tourist to the city, the Eiffel Tower. Then we relaxed and had some fun with some French karaoke at a Parisian cafe!

    The Form 2N and Form 2G classes worked together to highlight some popular Hispanic music and dances such as the Tango, Mariachi and Salsa. The students demonstrated their salsa-dancing skills and gave mini-dance lessons to those visiting their area. Both teachers and students left with a few new dance moves in their repertoire.

     

    Form 3G was responsible for our gastronomic experience on the day. The students set up their restaurant with ambience music and posters about the food items that their customers, their fellow schoolmates, as well as their teachers, could purchase. We learned about empanadas, churros, quiche, madeleines, macarons, and croissants, not only by reading about them, but by tasting our way through them.

    Not only were the Spanish and French students of Form 4 in charge of their own presentation, but they were given the additional responsibility of managing each of the lower school classes and ensuring that everyone was prepared. They certainly must be commended for the way they guided their assigned classes, at lunchtime and after school in the lead-up to the Festival day, and during the Festival when they stayed with the younger students to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The Form 4s were able to show, through their engagement with the other students, their readiness and willingness to accept greater responsibilities being placed on them as they grow into their role as the future student leaders of the College.

    The entire student population was also given the opportunity to participate via Best Cultural Dress competition. It was quite a spectacle to see the college, staff included, transformed into a francophone/hispanophone fashion parade. Two Form 1G girls, representing French and Spanish fashion, took the title home as joint winners.

     

    National Secondary School Quiz and Debate on the Impacts of Squatting

    The Land Settlement Agency hosted the National Secondary School Quiz and Debate on the Impact of Squatting. The objective was to promote awareness amongst the nation’s youth about the negative impacts of squatting. The LSA effectively used the school system as a platform for the dissemination of information about the serious consequences of squatting to the wider society.

    The team that represented NorthGate College topped the quiz section of the competition. They displayed a firm command on the history, the impacts and containment of squatting in addition to the mandate of the Land Settlement Agency.

    NorthGate’s debating team, looked forward to their chance to battle against the heavy hitters of the various Secondary Schools debating teams. They took on the challenge of being proponents of the stance: Be it resolved that squatting should be made into a criminal offence because of the impacts on the Nation.  The team fought admirably and in the end they secured 3rd place overall.

     

     

    NGC Matura Beach Clean up and Turtle Watching

    On Monday 29th May, the entire form 3 student body ventured up to Matura for an overnight adventure in turtle watching and beach cleaning.  There were two main objectives for the overnight trip. It was a Biology field trip and a class bonding exercise. The Biology trip component focused on the conservation and preservation of the Matura beach which is a significant nesting location for leatherback turtles. Trinidad is unofficially the number one nesting location for these leatherback turtles.  We partnered with Nature Seekers, the organization that patrols the beach and organizes tours for visitors.  They also organize beach cleanups, not just at the start of the turtle watching season, but throughout the season. In addition, they tag the turtles and work with various NGOs to track and protect the turtles which are known to travel as far as Madagascar! Their work had the students very intrigued.

    The students, teachers and supervising adults arrived at Matura at 8:30 pm and headed to the beach to witness the laying of eggs by one of eight (8) turtles that was estimated to be on the beach that night. The process normally takes approximately one hour for the eggs to be laid and buried before the turtle returns to the ocean. Some of the students were able to see two (2) turtles that night as there was another one close by which was much larger than the first one. The students learned about the turtle’s diet, the frequency with which each turtle can visit that beach to lay eggs in one season, the strategy of the turtles to conceal their nest site and the care they take in securing their eggs.  It was a very informative and practical experience for the students.

     

    On Tuesday morning the group returned to the beach for a brief talk from the tour guide.   Groups of students, equipped with garbage bags and gloves, were assigned to different areas along the beach. Everyone diligently walked along the beach and collected the garbage that amounted to more than 40 bags of refuse!

    The students had an enjoyable practical learning experience that highlighted the importance of cleaning the beach in order to make the turtles’ nesting area more welcoming and heightened the value of keeping our environment clean.

    NGC Career Day 2017

    NorthGate College held the 2017 iteration of its Career Day on Friday 12th May.  The Career Day was designed to provide an opportunity for the form three students to deliberately and strategically reflect on career possibilities and begin to map their way forward.  To this end, they interacted with professionals who gave personal insight into the day-to-day aspects of the job in traditional as well as non-traditional fields. The students also had the opportunity to engage with several tertiary level institutions.

     

    The morning session gave insight into university/job interviews and guidance on an individual’s online/digital footprint and how this is analyzed by potential employers. By midday the students completed a job matching exercise with the facilitators from the National Training Agency’s Career Coach. The students were able to benefit from the information they shared, which complemented what they had learned throughout the day.

     

    A buzz filled the atmosphere as the students were given the option to select any four of the eighteen professionals who had designated areas for small group interaction.  They were excited and bursting with questions as they spoke to professionals in the filed of: Crime Scene Investigation, Medicine, Law, Army/Special Forces, Animal Health Care, Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Development, just to name a few. The professionals gave them practical insight into their day-to-day operations and fielded their questions.  The students were heartened to recognize parents among those there to share with them.

    At the end of the day, the staff of NGC were unsure who enjoyed their time more, the parents or the students!  The parents and collaborative partners left feeling grateful for having been able to contribute in this meaningful way to the decision making process of the students.  It is safe to say that both benefited from the experience!

    NGC Technology Tune Up

    Technology is always evolving and has found its way into every aspect of our lives. Thus, on Friday 20th January 2017 NorthGate College held its “Technology Tune Up”. The event created the opportunity for our students to learn about and interact with various forms of technology in a fun-filled way. The school plant was divided into 7 stations, allowing the students to interface with the technologies of our day, from robotics to entertainment to emerging technologies. Each room was abuzz with questions, comments and sheer excitement as minds were fully engaged for every presentation.

    One of the stations included the ‘Robotics and Science’ segment presented by the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST). Students were excited to participate in designing different robots. They learned to send commands to robotic devices and allow the robot to execute them while observing and interacting with technology that has assisted with several scientific breakthroughs.

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    The students got exposure to drone technology and took the opportunity to take a drone on a test flight while recording images of the campus from above. 3D printing was another area of interest and all experienced an actual 3D printed key-ring move from an onscreen design to a tangible item they could use! Emerging technologies were on display through video updates presenting technologies in health, education, sport, transport and communication which provided the basis of much conversation throughout the event on how to use digital technology to our advantage.

    The last segment came under the theme ‘Active Technology’ allowing students to broaden their scope of technology’s application in movement and general health. Classes buzzed in excitement seeing their friends gather in teams of 4 to compete against each other using the xBOX Kinect to engage simple and tricky dance moves and the Nintendo Wii Sports to play virtual tennis, golf and baseball.

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    The event was a success. Students were not only able to engage with today’s technology in a fun yet meaningful way but it also inspired them to consider inventive ways technology can improve the quality of life in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Check out the video report of this event on our YouTube Channel – NorthGate College Trinidad.

     

    Form 6 Communication Studies Paramin Visit

    The Form 6 Communications Studies programme involves the evolution of language and learning about various influences which form our Caribbean dialects. This year’s class embarked on an adventure to Paramin Hills to investigate its strong patois heritage. This village is located on the mountainous Northern Range of Trinidad near the third highest peak in the island.

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    The Paramin Development committee was very eager to meet with our teachers and students and made arrangements for them to meet at the Paramin community hall with various members of the village for interviews and a plenary session.

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    The visit also included a trip to the main hill which can only be accessed by all-terrain vehicles commandeered by very experienced drivers. The view experienced was spectacular and breath-taking.

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    They were further immersed in the culture of Paramin as they visited a local bakery where an authentic dirt over was still in use.

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    The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and while they walked away with many patois phrases under their belt, they developed a strong valuing of patois itself, a sight of language as a living, changing agent of human intercourse, and an appreciation of the village of Paramin as a bastion of rich culture.

    National Secondary Schools’ Swim Meet 2017

    The annual National Secondary Schools’ Swim Meet was hosted on Sunday 29th January 2017 by Tidal Wave Aquatics swim club. It was held for the very first time at Trinidad & Tobago’s new National Aquatic Centre in Couva. NorthGate College fielded 12 swimmers – 1 girl and 11 boys, some in the competitive and others in the non-competitive category. All the swimmers swam hard, with many of them improving on their previous times. NGC Swim Meet 1

    Chazanne Charles, our sole female swimmer, placed in the top 8 in all 4 strokes for girls 12&Under competitive swimmers. Rowan King and Samuel Rudden each earned a trophy for placing first and second overall respectively in the boys 12&Under non-competitive category.

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    At the end of the day NorthGate College was awarded the trophy for the most improved team and also came away with the trophy for first place out of 15 schools in the co-ed schools division.

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    Design and Build Competition 2017

    The Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) annual Secondary School Design and Build competition was held at JFK auditorium on Saturday 28th January 2017. The aim of the competition was to design and build a bridge out of spaghetti and marshmallows that would hold at least 100grams over a 30cm gap. All schools represented came prepared with elaborate drawings and plans of their bridges. The level of preparation and the various approaches displayed, created a great learning environment and experience for all students involved.

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    Our six students: Aaron Payne, Timothy Gooding, Charise Laveau, Tahj Ramudth, Kai Fairman and Yuying Jiang represented NorthGate very well. Their bridge surpassed the minimum weight requirement and withstood up to 1263 grams! The team placed 11th out of 35 schools. We are very proud that the team took ownership of the process and relentlessly worked on their unique plan and exceeded their expectations.

    NGC Spoken Word Battle 2016

    NorthGate College understands the importance of communication and expression, and thus saw it fitting to introduce yet another avenue to creatively foster these skills. This academic year, the English Department decided to introduce Spoken Word to the College through its inaugural Spoken Word Competition.  Joshua Thomas, past Head Boy of NGC and Spoken Word aficionado, was invited to conduct a workshop for the students who expressed an interest.  This caused what had been sub-surface excitement to bubble forth as the students who attended wrote, and presented original pieces, many for the very first time.

    adp_5537On Friday October 14, a total of twenty-one students took centre stage.  The students rose to the occasion and produced an excellent standard of Spoken Word poetry.  One of the performers declared, “We are the foundation for a new generation, so shine bright like a new constellation!” Another stated, “Each race contributes their value in this big pot of callaloo.” So many different issues were addressed with great passion and confidence.

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    It was very clear that the values of NGC are embedded in the students as they wove these pearls of wisdom in their writings and offered well calculated thoughts with humor, play on words, and performance richness. The thought-provoking pieces filled with vivid imagery, repetition and alliterations reflected character and deep thought about current issues. It was certainly “Lucozade for the mind…” as was said by another performer.

    We commend the students for standing in front of their peers to share their inner most thoughts and musings. They received strong support from their colleagues and teachers who appreciated the weighty, clever and witty offerings.

    We congratulate our lower and upper school Spoken Word Champions:

    • Lower school – 1st place Tamir Youssef, 2nd place (team) Kristoff St. Bernard, Rowan King and Ageyi Dacon.
    • Upper School – 1st place Zachery Joel, 2nd place Brandon Wooding, 3rd place Sebastian Rudden

     

     

    NorthGate College Inducts New Student Leaders

     

    A core part of the mandate at NorthGate College is to raise up leaders for the next generation. Every year, student leaders are inducted to stand as exemplars before the student body as they play a very vital role in the governance structure of the school.  For this reason the selection of leaders from the Upper School cohort was done with great consideration. The students chosen to serve were observed as they stewarded their process of development and growth at NorthGate College – their stance towards their studies, how they have been relating to their peers, stewarding the small tasks that they have been given and their commitment to maintaining and upholding the values learned at the College.

    At the Student Induction Ceremony, leadership principles were outlined which were not just for the student leaders, but for all to consider the way to accurately lead. All were encouraged to be young men and women who love what is right and loathe what is wrong, to be sober so as to ‘judge with right judgement’, and to know their measure.

    As each student leader was inducted, each selection received rousing cheers of approval and agreement from the wider school community.  It was clear that they all agreed with the selections made as they also would have observed the basis for the selection and the leadership potential resident in these students.

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    Director Yolande La Pierre (middle) with the Female Student leaders

    Yolande La Pierre, the Director of NorthGate College shared with all present, “When we place these leaders before you today, we do not say that they are perfect. We know that they are still in a developmental process but we expect them to see the importance of the role that is placed on them and to give themselves fully to the process. We encourage them to lead and lead well by learning to listen to God, care for their charges and remain accountable.”

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    Co-Chairman Dr. Marlon Jameson (middle front) with the Male Student Leaders and the Head (right front) and Deputy Head (left front) Prefects

    Our Co-Chairman, Dr. Marlon Jameson commented, “The school environment of NorthGate College will be used as a training ground for the development of the leadership capability inside of our students… At the end of the process of mentor-ship and development, we expect to output a cadre of leaders that are secure in their identity, are able to go out into an environment that is less sanitized than the school environment but, as a result of their process in NorthGate College they will stand in any environment and be able to defend the values that they have been exposed to.”

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