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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 Science Fair 2016

    NorthGate College’s Science Department hosted a Science Fair. The afternoon’s activities took place across the NorthGate campus, indoors and outdoors and the students of NorthGate College were fully engaged in all the activities around the school.

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    There was a display of specimens, photos and posters on Trinidad and Tobago’s wildlife. Students were challenged to figure out a few mystery items , like a hammerhead skull and the hide of an armadillo. There was also a contest for guessing the length of a preserved coiled mapapire snake in a jar. The students applied their math skills by calculating diameters, counting coils to get their answer.

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    The Form 6 Physics students assembled a wave machine made with gumballs and marshmallows.  A wave machine can be used to investigate and identify different characteristics of waves. When one end of the machine is touched, an impulse is initiated and travels to the other end, creating a process which allows the wave to continue moving from one end to the next. In so doing, it allows for a continual flow of energy through the structure. The participating students made a feast of it by the end of the afternoon – first consuming the gumballs and then marshmallows.

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    ‘Imprint’, the screeching owl from the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation captivated the students with their presentation on the work at the Center and the importance of knowing about our local wildlife and how to respond to them if encountered in the wild.

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    The 4th and 6th Form students were most enthusiastic to do their “magic tricks”; from changing ‘drinks’ (which were actually acid base or redox reactions) to eggs magically dropping into conical flasks to balloons that didn’t pop. The students engaged in the process wholeheartedly, so much so that they sacrificed the majority of their lunch period to practice their tricks. They were very resilient, since two to three of the experiments were not working as researched.

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    The Science Fair featured two unmanned aerial devices also known as drones – an indoor basic drone and a professional outdoor drone. Students gathered with anticipation, as a student demonstrator explained the main differences between the two, their abilities, unique parts and features. Participants were also able to try out the drone’s flight and camera control centre on a smartphone connected to a multimedia projector. A bird’s eye view of the NorthGate campus, surrounding streets and the St. Augustine area came through in a matter of minutes. Students were able to view the drone’s live feed as its camera was connected to the projector. The session ended with several liftoff / landing demonstrations and the students gained a first-hand experience in personal flight devices and their numerous applications beyond fun flights.

    The NorthGate College Science Fair 2016 was the first of its kind and certainly will not be the last! We look forward to next year!

    NGC “Mathazaar”

    This year NorthGate College launched its first ‘Triple M: Mufty Day, Mathazaar and Munchies!’ the children were thoroughly excited, as the Form 5 graduating class collaborated with the Math Department to set up a Math based bazaar which allowed all and sundry to test their Math skills.

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    The teachers and students joined forces to make an engaging learning environment, filled with many math games and activities like Mathonopoly, Fraction Riddles, Algebra Dominos. Prizes were given for those who emerged as the Math whizzes on the day.

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    The atmosphere was filled with fun, laughter and deep concentration on the activities at hand. There was an evident energy in the Mathazaar: the music, the face painting, the photo booth, the food, and the activities. A fun time was had by all and we left with our Math skills exponentially sharpened.

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    NGC Sports Day 2016

    Sports Day is surely one of the most anticipated events on the NGC calendar. If one were to walk the corridors of the College, students will not hesitate to declare their team the best. It is the time when individuality goes out the door and teamwork is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
    Pre-Sports PreparationsThis is clearly evident during the annual pre sports events. Teams get a chance to earn points by competing in football, cricket, the academic relay, the road race and aerobathon. Events were crafted to target different aspects of individual abilities and not just the athletic! Students from each team, excelling academically from form 1 all the way up to form 6, got to pit their knowledge and analytical skills against each other to see which team would emerge as the Academic Relay Champs 2016.

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    Perennial underdogs Accuracy grabbed top honours in the Academic Relay, Aerobathon and trounced all challengers as they dominated the top ten of the road race. Impact and Destiny won the football and Cricket respectively while Purpose, usually the team to beat, were yet to find their stride.


    Every year at the Sports Day, the students get the opportunity to dramatically express the theme of the day. This year’s theme was “Revisiting the Foundations”. The sports teams depicted their best interpretation and understanding of the theme, through dance, song, monologues, props and banners. The presentations highlighted the many principles which underscore the 9/10s of the College from inception; these are the truth which have made our foundations strong. It was a spectacular production that displayed the creative minds and the dramatic inclinations of the students. Team Accuracy’s performance and execution received the nod of approval from our distinguished judges.

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    This year, Team Accuracy came with new found energy that could not be stopped. They copped First place for the races and novelty events! Much to their delight they rose from being the gracious team that would congratulate the winners for many years to the team that attained both major titles for this year’s Sports day: Pageantry winner and overall Sports day Winner! Congratulations to the team!

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    The students and teachers alike, look forward to the interaction and the friendly rivalry. Though the external activity may translate into races, pageantry, fun and excitement, everything that is done in NorthGate College is filled with purpose and geared toward the shaping of characters and personal development. Our Sports day emphasizes the building of camaraderie, collaboration and team spirit. All the teams did an exceptional job, proving that the underlying blocks of principles that are espoused everyday are taking root in their lives and producing excellent fruit.





    NorthGate Tops TTFF Secondary Schools Short Film Festival

    This year is the second year that NorthGate entered the Secondary Schools Short Film Festival. The Digital Media Club students were very enthused after placing second in the Culture Category last year and many of the same students participated again as a result of the good experience they had. Over the vacation (July-August 2015) the club members worked relentlessly to write the script, attend training sessions and shoot the film at different locations across Trinidad.TTFF 1

    The theme under which this year’s movie was created was Social Awareness- Selfie Nation – the evolution or regression of human interaction. The short film created by the students entitled “Timeless” explores this theme from the perspective of a young man living in the selfie generation but who believes his generation is taking selfies to a new extreme. On a visit to his grandfather’s house, he has an eye opening experience where he discovers the genesis of the selfie and how it has truly impacted society over the years.

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    There were sixteen other schools throughout the country which participated this year. They are: ASJA Boys’ College Charliville, ASJA Boys’ College San Fernando, ASJA Girls’ College Charliville, ASJA Girls’ College San Fernando, Bishops Anstey/Trinity College East 6th Form, Gasparillo Secondary School, Hillview College, Mayaro Secondary School, Presentation College Chaguanas, San Fernando East Secondary, Speyside High School, St. Augustine Girls’ High School, St. George’s College. St Joseph Secondary and St. Stephen’s College.

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    At the Secondary Schools Film Festival Awards Ceremony NorthGate College came away with the lion’s share of the awards.

    • 2nd place – Best Script and Storyline ‘Timeless’ by NorthGate College
    • Best Cinematography – ‘Timeless’ by NorthGate College
    • Best Editing – ‘Timeless’ by NorthGate College
    • Best Actor – Conrad Taitt [NorthGate College]
    • Best Director – Charise Laveau [NorthGate College]
    • Best Social Awareness Film – NorthGate College
    • Best Film Overall 2015 – ‘Timeless’ by NorthGate College

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    We applaud their efforts and wish the Digital Media Club even more success as they pursue excellence in the things that they create as well as the young people that they are becoming.

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    NorthGate College’s Debaters Shine

    During the period, September-November 2015, NorthGate College’s Debate team participated and excelled in the ‘Young Leaders Debate’ and ‘The Ultimate Debate 2015’ hosted by RBC Royal Bank and Republic Bank respectively.

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    The motions for the Young Leaders Debate coincided with the theme of the RBC Young Leaders Programme for 2015/2016, ‘ME…YOU…WE: A shared vision for a better society’. The motions were, “Self –awareness is more important than empathy for others, and is the key to building a strong society” and “The principle of individualism, as an ideal, discourages the development of community spirit and a shared vision for a better society.” Republic Bank’s ‘The Ultimate Debate 2015’, required schools to debate the motion “Be it resolved that the enforcement of the anti-gang legislation is the only way to eliminate gang involvement by school-age youth in Trinidad and Tobago.”

    This year students, Kai Fairman, Shanade Ali and Zachary Joel comprised our determined and dynamic team. They were coached by teachers, Christopher Williams and Danielle Johnson, with Mr. Williams spearheading the entire team.

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    Fairman, Ali and Joel worked tirelessly during the debate process. They met with their coaches Monday-Friday, on lunch breaks and after school, practicing with absolute vigour, displaying a true passion for the art of debating. The students, though very popular with their classmates, never seemed weary of missing key social time, understanding that it was only for a season.

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    Hard work brings more work and diligence brings great rewards. These are the lessons learnt by our debate team this year. With each successful round of debates, well fought, they had to return to the drawing board to discuss new strategies and carefully select from an arsenal of ideas. Once the strategy was decided, extensive research was done, pieces were written and the students practiced.

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    In the end, we are proud to say that NorthGate College was victorious, placing second in the RBC Young Leaders Debate and first in Republic Bank’s The Ultimate Debate 2015.

    NGC Board Games Tournament 2015

    The Board Games Tournament 2015 featured three games: Chess, Draughts and Scrabble. It provided a way for the students to show off their skills in the various games or to simply have fun with their peers. Furthermore, it helps generate interest in the various games which not only provide a form of relaxation for the players, but develops different skills while playing: strategy, logic and language skills.Board Games 1

    The students’ interest and participation was high, so much so that it took almost two weeks to eliminate participants in order to get to the final games!  Even the students who were not directly participating in the games faithfully attended every day to support their friends and classmates and to evaluate the skills of their future opponents.

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    The winner of Chess category was Sebastian Rudden (from Form 5) who maintained his reputation as the best Chess player of NorthGate College; our first Draughts champion was Nathan Laveau (Lower 6); and dethroning last year’s Scrabble winner was Ethan Joel (Lower 6).

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    NorthGate College Graduation Ceremony 2015

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    Graduation ceremonies are typically a flurry of flash photos, spontaneous celebrations and smiling selfies. But when NorthGate College’s graduating fifth and sixth formers gathered for their annual send-off, it was anything but. The group of about 80 graduands listened intently as Dr Noel Woodroffe, founder and chairman of the college, urged them to look soberly at the crises confronting the world around them, and consider their responsibility as future leaders. “It’s a chaotic time and things are falling apart at an alarming rate. But NorthGate College is a system where young people can be put on a track of development, and have the best opportunity to emerge as leaders in their respective spheres,” he said.

    NorthGate College Director Yolande La Pierre outlined the strides taken over the academic year. She cited the school’s achievements in academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and national competitions. Her advice to the graduates put the achievements in context. She reminded them that true success lay within their determination to pursue core values and become the leaders of tomorrow.

    NGC Grad 2015-9Values-based leadership was a recurring theme throughout the ceremony.  Barbados-based entrepreneur Richard Mark, in his keynote address, shared from his personal experience in the Caribbean business realm. He admonished the young graduates to focus on character, purpose and social responsibility, not just academic achievement. “The hardest experiences in life offer the greatest opportunity for learning. Therefore, we should not seek to run from difficult circumstances, but always try to draw life-lessons from them,” he said.

    The students also had their own pearls of wisdom to share with their peers and with the parents, teachers and well-wishers assembled at the Learning Resource Centre of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine for the graduation ceremony. “Strength is the mental force that allows us to learn from challenges and losses, to stand firm through the process and stay true no matter what,” said Head Girl Rebekka Wooding and Andrew Dookhoo, valedictorians from sixth and fifth form respectively, in their jointly presented Valedictory Address.  “We must remember that our strength comes from decisions that comes from principles and values. We will not let go! We will not give up. The world needs us,” they proclaimed.

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    The evening ended with presentations and special awards to deserving student. The school’s first Director, Cecile Taylor, was present to hand the Cecile Taylor Community Enhancement Award to Justin Edwards and Deborah Thomas. Karl-Johann Bailey received the Chairman’s award for embodying the spirit of the College. Head Girl Rebekka Wooding captured the esteemed NorthGate Award.

    NorthGate College’s Graduation and Awards Ceremony 2015

    Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Online published this press release about NorthGate’s Graduation Ceremony 2015.

    Source: Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Online

    Date: June 30th 2015

    URL: Click Here

    Modern Foreign Languages Theatre Festival 2015

    The Modern Foreign Languages Day has now become an annual event in the NorthGate College calendar of events. Each year, specific aspects of Spanish and French culture are highlighted in an attempt to generate interest and enthusiasm for the languages studied at the College. This year, the day was celebrated with a Theatre Festival.

    The aim of this activity was to allow the students to engage with the languages they have been studying in a very practical way. Each Form was asked to present a play in one of the foreign languages. Some performed adapted versions of well-known stories, such as The Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and King Midas, while others created their own.

    NGC_6711A high level of commitment, effort and overall aptitude in the languages was required for this type of event, and our students rose to the occasion. Understandably, they were nervous about performing in  a foreign language in front of their teachers and the entire student population. However, the more they practised, the more enthused and excited they became and the result was performances which were thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike.

    Special mention must be made of the Form 3 year group, whose students were asked to present dramatic pieces in both Spanish and French. For French, they combined and adapted two plays that they had presented as course-work assignments in the second term of the academic year. They created a suspenseful but comedic depiction of the well-known character, Dracula, as he tried to “win the heart” of an innocent Oompa Loompa (a.k.a. his dinner) from a chocolate factory. Their Spanish play was entirely original and centred on a maid with ninja skills who saves a prince from a power-hungry robot! The execution was even more impressive than the concept and this turned out to be the highlight of the afternoon’s performances.

    NGC_6592The students’ talent for the dramatic arts was on full display and special mention must be made of a few of them. The afternoon’s MCs – Arnold Graham, Johanna Jordan, Kimberly Leed and Brandon Wooding were funny, entertaining and kept the audience engaged in between performances. Arnold Graham’s performance as ‘le grand méchant loup’ or The Big Bad Wolf had audience members literally on the edge of their seats as he roved through the hall in character. Ethan Wilson’s portrayal of Dracula did not frighten the audience but certainly was reflective of the character’s confidence and charisma. And no one could forget Joshua Durity’s delivery as the town crier and the extended Spanish name that he rattled off in Spanish!


    While there was teacher input throughout the preparation process, the students were the ones who were primarily responsible for managing their practice sessions, organizing and building their props, stage-managing and even hosting the festival on the day. It served not only as a foreign language exercise, but evidently allowed them to use the skills that they acquired in the Drama courses at the College. The major lesson that the students learned was that what they can accomplish is directly related to the amount of effort that they expend. This is certainly a valuable lesson to learn as a student, but it is also an important life skill that they will take with them into the future.

    NGC Career Day 2015

    At NorthGate College, all Form 3 students navigate a decision point  in their academic journey which will help determine their future careers. As a result NGC designed a Career Day which introduced the students to a myriad of career choices. Some were areas in which the students expressed an interest some were presented to broaden their scope to other areas that may not have been considered.

    The day included a number of practical presentations such as:

    • The Perfect Interview Candidate
    • The World of Work: A Reality Check
    • Plain Talk: Men and Women in the Workplace


    These presentations were well received and prepared the students not only with the tools to choose a career but also how to live and function successfully upon entry to the world of work.


    Additionally, an inspiring panel was chosen with a number of professionals in their fields. Students were allowed to ask questions and the professionals gave real life experiences and advice in an effort to bring clarity to the inquiring minds. The students also had the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the different industry representatives.

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    A Career bus was also included in the day’s proceedings where the students received advice, booklets and handouts on different areas of interest for future careers.


    In the end, the students were well prepared to interface with the many options for their future, especially as they had to select specific subject areas before entrance into Form 4, which will set them on their desired path.