TEAM SCSS TAKES SILVER!
The journey to the final of the Under 19 Inter-Secondary School Netball competition was one of absolute class for Team SCSS. The stage was therefore well set for a keenly contested tournament final between the ladies in yellow and maroon and the sporting prodigies of the Saint Lucia Sports Academy. Friday 17th November, 2023 was the day.
This was a very tight game as both teams were poised on executing every pass, catch and shot with the highest level of accuracy. It was too close to call from quarter one as no team held a substantial lead. The pressure eventually manifested and a crevice of weakness led to the Sports Academy capitalizing and driving home to victory.
The final score: SCSS 21 SSA 25. An authentically magnificent contest. Though it was a defeat for the ladies from Soufriere their overall performance was and has been nothing short of brilliant especially given that they faced students who are on a consistent regiment of training as part of their daily curriculum (Saint Lucia Sports Academy) in the finals with distinction.
Full commendations must be extended heartily to all of these wonderfully talented ladies and their equally talented coaches Mrs. Shenel Ferguson and Mrs. Melita Hippolyte.
We salute you with pride and immense love. In the end SCSS netballers are at top this season making their way to two consecutive finals at the Under 15 and Under 19 levels. Wow!
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TEAM SCSS TAKES SILVER!
SENIOR PREFECTS ARE COMMISSIONED
On Monday October 16 2023 a distinguished group of students, trained and drilled, received an official commission into the senior prefect caucus at the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School. The senior prefect programme among other meaningful social development initiatives championed by school Counselor Mr. Kendall Alexander over several years has served to support effectively the administration and staff with the management of discipline at the school.
The students who now carry this luminous but challenging responsibility were prepared for their role by teacher and former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador Mr. Marcellus Cazaubon as well as Youth and Sports Officer Mr. Jonathon Chalon in a crash course of skills training.
At the special assembly where students receive their badges, some of the new senior prefects participated tangibly by performing poems, song renditions and offering impactful remarks. Mrs. Eustacia Kelly, Assistant to the Counselor also played a pivotal role in nurturing the team of students in their new role.
All who gathered on that day were directed to an important theme which was not just for the moment but one that defines the spirit of prefecture that is, Fostering Discipline: Empowering Young Minds.
SALCC TURNED UP THE HEAT BUT WAS IT ENOUGH?
On Wednesday 15th November the Senior Netballers of SCSS faced the ladies of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in a riveting semi-final.
Having suffered a heavy loss under the hands of Team SCSS the mission was quite clear and the efforts on the court were magnified. It was like a classic heavy weight boxing match. Every pass and every shot taken was executed with palpable intent.
In the end the ladies in yellow and maroon broke the hearts of the ladies of SALCC with the following scoreline:
SCSS 20 SALCC 16
The Queens of the Court are on their way to the finals. Friday 17th November 2023 will be the day when a champion team will be crowned.
Team SCSS, let's do this.
A BALL AND A PRAYER FOR SAINT JOSEPH'S CONVENT!
The senior queens of the netball court were in peremptory form against the ladies of SJC at one of the quarter final games for the U-19 inter-secondary netball tournament.
The aim of the SCSS Queens is not simply to win but to turn the screw once an advantage is achieved. In that token, this is exactly what was done. It was a clinical performance where SCSS shot 38 goals to SJC's 9.
Team SCSS is now headed to a semi-final match against the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. This is the second time these teams will play each other in the tournament after SCSS defeated them 33 to 16.
Go Team SCSS! You have what it takes!
NATIONAL TABLE TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONS!
On November 8, 2023 Anneilia Paul and Amaya Emmanuel demonstrated tremendous individual skill and communicative excellence to power their way to the top spot. The pedestal of National Table Tennis Doubles Champions belongs to them. How about that SCSS?
All 3 female teams made it to semis
SCSS A VS SCSS C
SCSS B VS VFCSS
SCSS A VS VFCSS
3rd position also belonged to SCSS on the day. This is testament of the hard work put in by both the students and their support team: Mr. Vincent Jn Philip, Mr. Jonathan Chalon and Mrs. Vertilia Pascal.
IT WAS A STORM OF SEVEN OF A QUARTER FINAL
The junior footballers of SCSS trampled their opposition at the quarter final of the inter-secondary school football competition on Friday November 10, 2023. It was a Friday not to remember for the gents of Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School.
Seven venomous strikes found themselves at the back of the opposition's net to the dismay of the goalie. Star striker Ranel Jn Baptiste scored 5, Mickel Mitchel hit a brilliant free kick and Captain Deslie Nelson placed one beautifully between the goal posts. Equally impressive was the work of goalkeeper and defense line for the Sulphur City boys, who kept a clean sheet.
Wow, what a brilliant display of football artistry. Congratulations are in order to the players and the fantastic coaches.
THE END OF A JOURNEY!
On Friday 10th November 2023 our junior queens of the court clashed wth Micoud Secondary in what built up to be one of the most anticipated finals. The ladies in yellow and maroon entered the final game with an unbeaten run in the season and had already defeated their challengers in the preliminaries. The ladies were definitely poised to defeat SCSS!
In a game which may have been probably more influenced by psychological factors compared to other match elements our Sulphur Stars fell, losing 7 to 21.
It was truly a scintillating run of success for Team SCSS! These ladies must be proud of their achievements along with their extremely competent champion coaches Mrs. Melita Hippolyte and Mrs. Shenel Fegurson. In the end our ladies take silver.
Bravo ladies. We salute them all in one accord.
SCSS JUNIOR NETBALLERS ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM BECOMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
The young queens of the court played their semi-final match against Babonneau Secondary School. It was not the most fluent of contests but the final result suggests that the ladies of the south toppled their northern rivals.
In the end the scoreline read:
SCSS 15 BSS 4
The SCSS Under 15 netballers play the final match of the tournament against Micoud Secondary on Friday 10th November 2023, something of a repeat of last year's final at the senior final.
We wish the ladies all the best as they go for the ultimate prize.
Ms. KAYLA ANTOINE ORATES THE MOTHER TONGUE WITH DEXTERITY.
The Administration and staff of SCSS congratulate heartily Ms. Kayla Antoine for her submission to a the National Folk Research Center video competition that seeks to promote Saint Lucia's Kweyol Heritage. Her performance was splendid. She is submission number 4. Please like and share. The link to the video is available below.
Go Kayla. You got this!
THE JUNIOR NETBALLERS OF MICOUD SECONDARY WERE LEFT IN DISTRESS
On Thursday 26th October 2023 the Under 15 Netballers of SCSS squared off against Micoud Secondary. It was very evident by the determined play of the Micoudians that they were looking to avenge the defeat of the their senior counterparts this season at the hands of the SCSS Queens of the court.
The match oscilliated back and forth a few times and nearly resembled greatly last years senior final between SCSS and Micoud Secondary where the goal difference between the champions and the second place finishers was only one goal, a loss that Team SCSS had to accept. In this junior match up SCSS took the win 15 to 14.
Congratulations are in order for the junior ladies of SCSS. The journey continues.
A MUD FEST OF A FOOTBALL MATCH
It was a battle of man, ball and mud on Thursday 26th October as the SCSS Under 15 footballers battled zonal rivals Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary on a waterlogged pitch at La Fargue, Choiseul. Both teams engaged this match as if it were a final which is always an encouraging sight for football at this level.
Team SCSS was relentless in pursuing victory, a fighting spirit that was exemplified among others by Ranel Jn Baptiste who put in a man of the match performance being the only scorer. Ranel has been in superior form from last season and continues to demonstrate brilliance on the pitch.
The match could have easily ended as a one all draw if it were not for a sensational save by goalkeeper Curdin Jones near the end of regulation time. The collective team effort of the team was most certainly praiseworthy under the challenging pitch and weather conditions.
So it ended SCSS 1 VFCSS 0.
LIGHTS CAMERA COCOA
The Soufriere Bus Terminal on Sunday October 15 2023 became a temporary cocoa resort as it was the host venue for one of the principal events for Creole Heritage Month, the Cocoa Festival. With Soufriere being one of the officially designated communities for Jounen Kweyol activities the Food, Nutrition and Health Department of the school could not pass on an opportunity of pedestalizing the brilliant talent of their students.
The Cocoa Festival assembled some of the most talented young and seasoned cullinary artists who unveiled the numerous scrumptious food items that can be conjured up with cocoa being a central ingredient. Three students of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification programme of SCSS put their skills to the test with the support of their teachers Ms. Sania Charlery and Mrs. Biscette Joseph to create some delectable cocoa based creations. The following is a snapshot of the menu:
Pumpkin and Cocoa Cake
Macaboo and Cocoa cake
Passion Fruit and Cocoa Cake
Cocoa and Mint Ice Cream
Cocoa and Peanut Ice Cream
Cocoa Ice Cream
Cocoa and Peanut Seamoss
Cocoa and Coconut Seamoss
Students Shaeem Butcher, Alisha St. John and Annaeveah Lansiquot worked tirelessly that weekend with their teachers who sacrificed personal time to perform school duties.
The SCSS family salute all these fine individuals for their praiseworthy representation and tasty delivery at the Cocoa Festival.
THE CLASH OF TWO NETBALL TITANS
The SCSS Queens of the Netball court engaged in another exciting fixture on Wednesday 25th October against Team SALCC (Sir Arthur Lewis Community College). On paper this was a mouth-watering match in prospect. In actuality it turned out to be an intense battle where only strength, sharpened skills and greater passion would prevail.
At the final whistle the SCSS Under 19 players defeated their challengers 33 to 16, scoring just more than twice the number of goals as the ladies from one of the island's premiere tertiary institutions. What an excellent feat!
Felicitations are due to these ladies of Sulphur City! Team SCSS it is again on the day!
SCSS UNDER 19 FOOTBALL UPDATE
The SCSS Under 19 Football Team were victors once again on Wednesday 25th October, 2023. They played Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary at the Soufriere Mini Stadium.
The final result on the day:
SCSS 3 VFCSS 0
John Wilfred: 1
Kailon Flavius: 1
Cy Alcindor: 1
Man of the match: John Wilfred.
Congratulations Team SCSS!
A TRIUMPHANT START TO THE SEASON FOR THE UNDER 15 FOOTBALLERS
On Tuesday 24th October 2023 the Under 15 Footballers of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School began their journey to glory with a fine performance against the Beanefield Secondary School. The Soufriere Mini Stadium was the theatre of success for Team SCSS as 5 goals were shot into the goal of the visiting team.
On the score sheet on the day for the victorious gents in maroon and yellow were:
Ranel Jn Baptiste: 3 goals
Kyemani Louisy: 1 goal
Dwayne Saul: 1 goal
It was a complete team effort as the backline (defence) and goalkeeper performed outstandingly as well ensuring a clean sheet after 90 minutes.
Congratulations to Team SCSS and to the duo of coach and teacher Mr. Stephen Charles and the champion coach and friend of SCSS Coach Gilroy (Gig) Lamontagne.
May the journey ahead bring tremendous success!
SHARP SHOOTING FORM FOR SCSS FOOTBALLERS
On Monday 23rd October, 2023 the SCSS Under 19 footballers were in accurate shooting form against their first opponents of the season, Vieux Fort Post Secondary School. They fired 6 goals past the opposing keeper and kept a clean sheet.
This was a performance of excellence, a more than ideal start for the young men of SCSS. Congratulations are in order for this team and their coach Mr. Stephen Charles.
Goal Scorers on the day:
Kailon Flavius- 3 goals
Cy Alcindor- 2 goals
Alex Longville- 1 goal
Man of the Match John Wilfred
May the journey ahead bring even more impressive results.
DEVASTATION ON THE COURT
On Monday 23rd October 2023 the SCSS Under 19 Netball team were in devastating form. In this their second match of the tournament this time against Stanley John Odlum School the SCSS Queens of the Court shot 49 goals to only 1 goal from their opponents.
The mission was more than well accomplished on this day. Many congratulations to our students and their coaches for this marvelous performance. Truly clinical one might say.
DOMINANCE ON THE COURT
On Friday 20th October, 2023 the Under 19 Netball Queens of SCSS started their new season of competition with a superlative expo of skill. Their opponents were rivals Micoud Secondary School.
The match saw our queens netting 42 goals to Micoud's 10. Simply emphatic. This is the start that was hoped for. The journey ahead looks scintillating. Let us wish them well.
Congratulations Team SCSS!
SCSS SEEKS ANOTHER BRIGHT NETBALL SEASON
On Thursday October 19th the SCSS Under 15 netball team engaged in their first exchange of the intersecondary school sports season. Their challengers were Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School.
Our girls of maroon and yellow exhibited grit and skill as they toppled the girls of black and gold 13 to 6. There is a great history of strong rivalry between the two schools. Thankfully the young queens of SCSS demonstrated royalty in play.
Many congratulations to Team SCSS led by Mrs. Shenel Ferguson and Mrs. Melita Mathurin, champion teacher coaches of the game.
THE SCSS STUDENT ELECTORATE HAVE SPOKEN
Like a scene right out of a general election so did the voting process for the new students' council election proceed. Electoral officials were very well trained, prompt and well prepared for the opening of the polls at 8am on Wednesday 18th October 2023. This was evidence of the fantastic work done by the teachers who provided the necessary training to the students who served as officials in preparation for this significant exercise of democracy.
The atmosphere on the day was certainly mixed as it was clear some students were very eager to cast their ballots in support of their favoured candidates while others seemed uncertain of who to support and still others showed a measure of apathy towards the process. Nonetheless there was maximum student participation and outstanding support was provided by the administration and staff.
This year's campaign in a unique manner attracted the involvement of not only student influencers but national celebrities in the persons of Arthur Allain and Ezra The Fun Machine who both made bold statements via social media about their endorsed candidate for the presidency.
In the end the students made their decision through the secret ballot. The results are in and the following students are now the elected members of the SCSS Students' Council:
President Elect: Ms. Kayla Antoine
First Vice President Elect: Mr. Micah Alphonse
Second Vice President Elect: Mr. Na'Kenta Alcindor
Treasurer Elect: Mr. Reilly Sylvestre
Public Relations Officer Elect: Ms. Faith Marquis
General Secretary Elect: Mr. Zazi Similien
Assistant Secretary Elect: Mr. Sherquan Celestin
Many Congratulations to the newly elected team of leaders. May their tenure bring forth positive change and the advancement of student related concerns.
A BLESSING FROM RISE SAINT LUCIA AND WEST INDIES SHIPPING
The students of Form 4 and 5 of SCSS received a very timely blessing from RISE Saint Lucia and West Indies Shipping on Monday 16th October, 2023. Mr. Jonathan St. Rose better known as Ninja Dan came bearing the gift of two HP printers that are to be used by the students of upper school (Forms 4 and 5) specifically for the printing of SBA's.
Over the years many students have found it challenging to produce SBA's due in part to the issue of finding reliable and affordable locations for printing these assignments. SBA which stands for School Based Assessment is an essential component of every CXC CSEC subject. In some cases cover 20 to 30 percent of the final grade for a CSEC exam. If a student fails to submit this assignment the examinig body issues the student with an ungraded status for their result whether he or she takes the exam.
This donation is received with utmost gratitude by the administration, teachers and students of SCSS. May the good work of RISE Saint Lucia and West Indies Shipping continue to change the lives of our people.
It was John Quincy Adams who esposed that "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader". And so it was on Wednesday 11th October, a cadre of young students' council executive hopefuls claimed to be, leaders. With the election day slated for Wednesday 18th October this vivacious, smart and intentional group of students presented themselves elegantly in an expo of oratory brilliance to their colleagues. They addressed the student body confidently, each providing a brief overview of their intentions as potential executive members of the SCSS Student Council Executive.
The display of persuasaive devices, motivational chants and political joisting captivated not only the student audience but the teaching staff as well, as they too pondered the future of student leadership in the coming year. It was clear, however, that the style of campaign presentations exuded a strong resemblance to some local, regional and international political figures. Perhaps this was a foretaste of the national political leadership in the coming decade or two.
Given the energy of this campaign rally experience, it is clear that the contest will mostly like be keenly engaged by the students. The election procedure will mirror the procedures practiced for national general elections.
May the most worthy candidates emerge victorious!
HON. EMMA HIPPOLYTE MAKES A SPECIAL DELIVERY TO SCSS
On Monday October 9, 2023 Parliamentary representative for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques, the Honorable Emma Hippolyte visited the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School. Ms. Hippolyte's mission was very important as made an official presentation of laptops to the newest students, the Form 1's. This gesture signalled the continued consciousness of government to bridging the digital divide and to ensure that students develop essential skills in computing for purpose of learning.
The Covid-19 pandemic thrusted both students and teachers into a new era of learning which demanded the use of informatics and online classroom interfaces for a novel teaching/learning experience. The dye has been cast in some sense as it appears that online learning experiences will continue to be a feature of schooling in the years ahead at all levels.
School administration will advise parents of Form 1's on the specific dates and times for the collection of the laptops. The administration, staff and students are very grateful for this measure of support being shown by the government of Saint Lucia.
EXCERPTS FROM KWEYOL HERITAGE MONTH LAUNCH AT SCSS
KWEYOL HERITAGE MONTH TAKES FLIGHT AT SCSS!
Like the shots of the traditional bamboo bursting euphoria, so enticing was the launch of Kweyol Heritage Month at SCSS on Monday October 9, 2023. An assembly was convened to bring to the awareness of all in attendance (staff and students) the degree of importance that must be placed on the celebration of the mother tongue, a language of liberation, a colourful system of communication that is Kweyol.
The assembly was masterfully hosted by Form 5 student Ms. Kayla Antoine who spoke the mother tongue with such ease and poise. The opening prayer was also verbalized in Kweyol through chant and recitation by Mr. Marcellus Cazaubon. Long serving educator and cultural activist Mr. Gabriel Jude provided a solid context and teaching on the significance of the language and the need for all Saint Lucians to embrace this gift of a language. Mr. Stephen Stevaco Joseph also added magnificient essence to the proceedings as he poured out his soul as he delivered two poetic pieces. Students of Form 2A4 and 3A8 also delivered one piece respectively giving a wonderful account of themselves.
The pictures in this post tell a story. They transmit a message. Kweyol la viven tou jou. It is time to celebrate our heritage. SCSS is definitely gearing up for a grand celebration of our Kweyol heritage on October 27, 2023.
Bon fete Kweyol tout moun.
APPRECIATING THE ART OF TEACHING WITH VISUAL ARTS
At SCSS the vibrations in the subject area of Visual Arts are positive. There is a joy that many students bring to the subject matter. Perhaps it is the freedom that it affords them to express themselves or the opportunity it provides for creativity of expression or it may be as a result of the quality of work that teachers Yukari Charles and Trevern Stephen bring to their craft. Whatever the factor, the movement is progressive.
Captured here are a few moments where students used their visual arts skills to create a piece that would be used as a backdrop for the Teacher Appreciation Day Assembly of which was held on Friday 6th October. Further detail will be provided on the latter in a subsequent post. It is so pleasing to see the manifestation of joy emanating from their efforts.
May they continue to strengthen their skills and maintain their love for this wonderful area of expression.
SAINT LUCIAN PHILANTHROPIST TREATS SCSS STAFF ON WORLD TEACHERS' DAY
On Thursday 5th October 2023, "World Teachers' Day" the teaching staff of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School were served up a sumptuous buffet through the most generous act of kindness and love from a past student of the institution over two thousand miles away. Mr. Bernard Haynes, an ever consistent supporter and donor of a plethora of resources to the school once again showed his love and appreciation to his alma mater by organizing and sponsoring a special luncheon for the teachers.
Mr. Haynes is most definitely a shining example of an individual who epitomizes the spirit of community loyalty. Though he currently resides in the United States of America this has in no way discouraged him from being an active participant of community development. Of particular note is his desire to support education in Soufriere, his community of origin and several other efforts that include aid to the under privileged and persons in need.
The staff of SCSS offer their most heartfelt thanks to this fine son of the soil. A true patriot and philantropist.
Thank you Mr. Bernard Haynes.
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SCSS PEER HELPERS PRESENTED
On Monday 25th September 2023 a cadre of empathatic, strong-willed and progressive students were presented to the school's assembly as the team of school peer counselors or peer helpers as they are known officially.
The assembly which was smoothly chaired by the spirited and charismatic assistant to the school counselor: Mrs. Eustacia Kelly focused on informing the school body of the role of peer helpers in schools. At SCSS the programme has been in existence for over a decade.
Peer helpers are students who volunteer their time to engage students (peers likes themselves) who present personal challenges with the goal of finding solutions. Their role is governed by the application effective listening skills, critical thinking skills, confidentiality and empathy. These students have been trained and guided by the school counselor Mr. Kendal Alexander as well as Mrs. Kelly and continue to be mentored and guided by the same.
The nobility of this labour of love is truly outstanding and well founded on the invaluable need for their to be a formidible support network for students consisting of students themselves. The peer helpers stand firm on three SSS's of sharing love, shining light and spreading hope. As further impetus for their practice their motto: "providing help, support and encouragement" is maintained as their mantra for service.
The SCSS family welcomes our new team of peer helpers and wishes them the best as agents of change and development within the school community.
BADGING THE OUTSTANDING
September 11, 2023 will be remembered as the date that the academic award ceremony returned to the school calendar at SCSS. Challenges presented by the covid pandemic and the associated protocols were the main reasons for the interrupted succession of such an exercise.
Students who performed creditably in the end of Term 3 examinations in the academic year 2022/2023 were celebrated at the Monday morning assembly. Two major categories of awards were established these being students achieving averages of 70% and above who received merit badges as well as the Honour Roll comprising students averaging 80% and above who received Honour Roll Badges.
A DUAL WELCOME TO SCSS!
Monday 4th September 2023 did not only mark the commencement of a new passage of time for the "freshly minted" Form 1 students at SCSS, it was also the beginning of a new journey for five new staff members.
With reference to the picture published in this post the new staff members to join team SCSS from left to right are: Ms. Nicole Antoine, Ms. Pinky Fontenelle, Ms. Adelia Henry, Ms. Kerisa Francis and Ms. Chantal James. This fine addition to the teaching team will serve in the Language, Mathematics, Social Science, Science and the Food and Nutrition Departments.
Our in-coming Form Ones were warmly welcomed to the SCSS family at their orientation exercise on August 31, 2023 as well as the opening assembly. They seem ready for the adventure of learning ahead.
Success and progress is wished for our new staff and students.
SCSS REACTIVATES FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024.
Five hundred and one students were welcomed back to the walls of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School on Monday September 4 2023 with a very inspiring assembly exercise.
Acting Principal Combie made a valiant attempt at helping the students focus on the essential ingredients for success at school namely: adopting healthy habits, remaining disciplined and developing a vision for success. She appealed firmly to the need to master the "little things" in life which would redound to the conquering of the greater challenges of life such as prevailing in exams, obtaining a job, winning scholarships and the like.
Mrs. Melita Hippolyte stirred up the Holy Spirit Fire which brought a different ilk of heat to the already very warm atmosphere. She helped the pupils engage in praise songs as a means of inviting the great divine into the assembly.
Finally, Mr. Peter Jn Paul, a loyal supporter of this institution came as a representative of the Seventh Day Adventist Church to offer his service as intercessor. He prayed with powerful fervor for school administration, staff and students. The prayer itself provided both comfort and inspiration simultaneously. He also left a strong challenge to all to pursue the overcoming of the tests of life with a spirit of boldness.
There is no looking back now. The new year is here. May the SCSS family triumph in every aspect of school life.
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