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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 »

    F6 Leadership Forum Visits Parliament

    The NGC F6 Leadership Forum class took their first field trip, on Monday, Oct 23rd, 2017.  The Class visited the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Parliament as part of their curriculum for term one. The students of F6, both lower and upper, were given a tour of Parliament and its chambers. Our guide, on this particular morning, was Ms. Melissa Griffith, the Director of Communication for Parliament.  She wasted no time engaging our students as she tested their historical knowledge of the leaders of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. She provided our students with insightful details of session proceedings, the full chain of command for Parliament and clarified the election process for Representatives and the selection process for the Senate.

    The purpose of the field trip was to expose our students to the leadership process at the nation’s highest level, allowing them an opportunity to observe the system in progress.  Although we were unable to visit Parliament in session, our students were able to spend some time with the Marshal of Parliament, Dr. Kirt St Bernard, and he exposed some of the inner workings of the system itself.

    The students walked away with a greater appreciation for the ethos of Trinidad and Tobago as they learned more about traditions and the historical impact that still reverberates in existing structures.  This trip created an excellent opportunity for these young leaders to engage in rich dialogue from this experience.

    French Guiana Visiting Student Contingent

    On Tuesday 24th October, 2017, seven students accompanied by two of their teachers visited the NGC campus from French Guiana. The visiting Form 6 students, who are learning English at the Lycée Polyvalent Bertène Juminer traveled to Trinidad and Tobago as part of their language-learning experience. They have also been engaging in e-correspondence with the students of the Form 5 French class at NGC since March 2017.

     

     

    The students became part of the NGC student body for the day. They participated in a joint French class with the Form 4 and 5 French students in the morning session. At lunch time, they enjoyed an inter-class football game taking place at the College, and in the afternoon, they joined one of the Form 3 French classes. The NorthGate students we eager to engage with the French students, fully enjoying the opportunity to practice what has been learnt and share a bit of culture. Many have made new pen-pals and learnt about French Guiana.

    Induction of a New Student Leadership Team

    A new academic year has begun and with it came new opportunities for growth and development for the student body. NorthGate College (NGC) continues to fulfill the mandate to raise up leaders and a practical expression of this reality is through the induction of Student Leaders. This is seen as an opportunity to embed within our students the capacity for accurate, values-based leadership.

    At the Student Leadership Induction Ceremony, the student body was charged with the relevance and importance of the appointment of leaders within the school community. As Dr. Marlon Jameson, co-Chairman of NorthGate College gave context to NGC’s Leadership mandate, he defined leadership to the student body as “… to know what is correct, to stand for it and lead others in that direction.”  It was made very clear that tremendous responsibility is not only placed on the appointed leaders to walk in the values taught but also in the student body’s ability to give of their commitment to the upholding of the same values and standards. As stated by Dr. Jameson, “The responsibility to live up to a standard is not determined by a badge that is worn, but it is the responsibility of everyone.” For the appointed leaders, it will be a time of training and development and for the student body, an opportunity to grow in strong and accurate follower-ship.

    Co-Chairman Dr Marlon Jameson and Director Yolande La Pierre (front and center)

    Director of Northgate College, Yolande La Pierre declared to the selected leaders, “we have seen diligence, accountability, self-governance and humility in you, and we now call you before the student body and charge you to lead by example on a student level!”  The student body expressed their undeniable agreement with emphatic cheers and applause for each leader chosen, further validating their appointment. Present were past student leaders that attended the ceremony as a show of support and encouragement. The newly appointed leaders were the very same students who walked in accurate follower-ship that the past student leaders led when they served! At the ceremony, these past students were able to witness the fruit of their sacrifice when they displayed knowledge of what is correct, stood for it and led others in that direction. They have passed on the baton to an eager and vibrant group of young people who are committed to raising the standard of leadership and ushering their fellow schoolmates that accurately follow into the same mandate.

    Past Head Prefects (far ends; Right to left) N. Laveau and A. Payne Newly Appointed Head Prefects (S. Rudden, K. Grant and B. Wooding; Right to left)

    NorthGate College Students Continue the Trend of Excellence

    The CXC results for graduating classes of 2017 are out. The results act as irrefutable proof that the NorthGate model of values-based education, which focuses on character development, goes hand in hand with academic success. The students performed commendably at both the CAPE and CSEC levels. The 2017 cohort has continued the trend of solid academic performance celebrated by the College over the years. We applaud the students and staff for the diligence, sacrifice and commitment which has produced great success. The students are more than qualified to continue their process of development.

    Cross Section of the Graduating Classes 2017

    The summary tables of the 2017 CXC results are below:

    CAPE 2017 Results

    Subject Percentage Pass Rate
    Applied Mathematics 100%
    Biology 100%
    Building & Mechanical Engineering Drawing 100%
    Caribbean Studies 100%
    Chemistry 100%
    Communication Studies 100%
    Digital Media 100%
    Entrepreneurship 94%
    Environmental Science 100%
    Information Technology 100%
    Management of Business 100%
    Physics 100%
    Pure Mathematics 100%
    Sociology 100%

    CSEC 2017 Results

    Subject Percentage Pass Rate
    Additional Mathematics 100%
    Biology 100%
    Chemistry 76%
    English A 93%
    English B 100%
    French 100%
    Geography 100%
    Human & Social Biology 95%
    Information Technology 100%
    Mathematics 83%
    Principles of Accounts 88%
    Principles of Business 100%
    Physics 92%
    Social Studies 96%
    Spanish 100%
    Technical Drawing 100%
    Visual Arts 100% 100%

     

    NorthGate College Students Shine on Graduation Night

    Painting the metaphor of NorthGate College as a great, ancient Samaan tree, Ms. Yolande La Pierre, Director of the College, triggered images of stability in times in which many find values are unpredictable and the way forward difficult to discern. This was her charging statement to the graduating class of 2017:

    Ms. Yolande La Pierre, Director of NorthGate College

    “When I see this tree, I think of it as a picture of NorthGate College—a sense of grace and beauty on the outside, undergirded by a complex structure of strength and support from beneath.”

    Speaking to a roomful of parents and students, Yolande La Pierre, Director of NorthGate College, said it was the institution’s “root system” that allows it to produce values-based young leaders who will face the challenges of the future. She was delivering the Director’s Report at the College’s Graduation and Awards Ceremony, held on June 24 at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain. “You, graduands, are the fruit of this tree.  Ensure that as you leave here, your roots run deep, that you are firmly planted in the values you have been taught and you will not wither. Whatever you do, you will prosper,” she said.

    Fifty-nine graduates from Forms 5 and 6 crossed the stage on the evening. Among them were Valedictorians Kai Fairman and Nathan Laveau, who received the school’s most esteemed prizes. Laveau, the Head Boy, captured the Chairman’s Award, for the male graduate who demonstrates the highest degree of integrity and character, while Fairman copped the NorthGate College Award, for the female graduate who consistently exemplifies the vision and mission of the school.

    Valedictorians’ Address: Nathan Laveau, (Left ) Kai Fairman (Right) and NorthGate College Chairman Awardee, Northgate College Awardee (respectively)

    “Our external achievement is just the surface of our internal identity,” Laveau said in a jointly delivered Valedictory address. “But who we are—our diligence, sacrifice, accountability—is hidden beneath the surface,” Fairman chimed in.

    Fittingly, the evening celebrated both external achievement and internal character. Zachary Joel was recognised for securing the lion’s share of the Form 5 academic awards, while 5 graduates Rene Best and Daniel Li were honoured with the Cecile Taylor Community Enhancement Award. Created in honour of the College’s first director, this coveted prize is reserved for students who perform exceptional service and contribute to the preservation of the NorthGate culture.

    Cecile Taylor Community Enhancement Awardees: Rene Best (left) and Daniel Li (right) with Cecile Taylor (center)

    The school’s inaugural Digital Chronicles Award was copped by Justin Edwards, one of the top ten students in CXC Cape Digital Merit List. He received the trophy from Ronald Hinds, CEO of software development firm Teleios Systems, and current president of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Delivering the keynote on the evening, Hinds encouraged Edwards’ fellow graduates to walk worthy of the education that had been invested into them.

    Dr Marlon Jameson, NorthGate College Co-chairman

    Co-chairman of the College, Dr Marlon Jameson, said the school’s mission was to prepare its graduates, not just to pass exams, but to navigate the complex challenges of our time.
    “With so much uncertainty in the current global climate, we’re constantly reminded of the great responsibility entrusted to educators across the globe. At NorthGate, we’ve always taken that challenge seriously, which is why we focus on academic achievement but never at the expense of ethical development. Our commitment is to produce the kind of leaders that our world needs,” he said.

    Graduating Class of 2016-2017

    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.

    NGC Tech 1

    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.

    NGC Tech 2

    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.