March 01, 2012

Dear Parents,

We are in the Lenten season and we Catholics are required to give up all those things that block our focus on true repentance. I urge you as a family to renew your commitment to prayer, repentance and almsgiving.

Thank you very much for the many ways you contributed to the success of our Sports Day. Your presence and active involvement show that you are committed to the school and this is deeply appreciated.

End of Term exams

End of term exams start on March 12, 2012 for Forms 5, March 13 for LVI, March 14 for UVI and March 20 for Forms 3. Forms 1, 2, and 4 have normal classes this term and their reports will reflect marks for continuous assessment. Reports for Forms 1, 2 & 4 will be distributed during the first week of the Easter Holidays from 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

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Form 1 - Monday, April 02, 2012

Form 2 - Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Form 4 - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Reports for Forms 3, 5, L6 & U6 will be distributed during the first week of the new term and you will be advised accordingly. Please note that school closes on March 29, 2012 and reopens on April 16, 2012.


Graduation Dates

Form 5 - April 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, San Fernando.

UVI - April 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the school auditorium.

Parents and students will be informed about the Graduation Ball at a later date.

As you are aware, St. Joseph''s day is March 19, 2012. Our school will be celebrating this feast day on March 16, 2012. Monday March 19, 2012 will be a school holiday pending Ministry''s approval.

May I take this opportunity to wish all families God''s guidance as we make a spiritual journey during Lent.

Happy and blessed Easter vacation to all!

Yours sincerely,


Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)

mrs bainey

January 27, 2012

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Staff, I extend warm wishes for a happy and productive New Year. I trust that your daughters have settled into the school routine and that you are keenly monitoring their academic progress.

To all parents who were actively involved in the preparation for the Christmas Song and Dance Concert, a hearty thank you for your time, talent and treasure.This certainly contributed to the outstanding success of the Concert.I am pleased to inform you that we realized a profit of $17,000.00, which will be used to fund our musical production this year, details of which will be forthcoming.


Swim Meet/Sports Day

The Swim Meet will be held on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at the St. Michael’s Swimming Pool from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.All students are required to be in school for 8:00 am. ', '

Sports day will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2012 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.Please note that Thursday, February 16, 2012 may be a school holiday pending Ministry’s approval.Heats will be held at the same venue on Tuesday, February 07, 2012.


St. Joseph’s Day

St. Joseph’s Day will be celebrated on March 16, 2012 with Holy Mass being held in the school auditorium.I shall be applying for a school holiday on the feast day, Monday, March 19, 2012.

Mock Exams

Mock exams will be starting from the week of March 12, 2012.Reports will be distributed during the first week of the new term and you will be duly informed which day you can collect your daughter’s report.School closes on March 29, 2012 and will reopen on April 16, 2012.

Foreign Language Department Trip

This year, the Foreign Language department will be taking a group of students to Martinique.The aim of this project is to offer our students the opportunity to experience the French language and culture at its source, in the country where the language is spoken. In return, the school which is hosting us will visit our school in 2013. The scheduled period for this trip is Tuesday, April 03, 2012 to Tuesday, April 10, 2012.


CXC Dates

Parents please note that the external examinations (CSEC and CAPE) are scheduled to begin very early in the third term.Spanish and French orals start as early as April 16, 2012 which is the first day of school of the third term.Kindly peruse the CXC website with your daughters to find up-to-date information about examinations.


The tentative dates for Graduation Masses are as follows:

Form 6 – April 24, 2012.

Form 5 – April 26, 2012.

Details of Graduation Balls will be sent to you when the dates are finalized.


School Rules

I wish to remind parents when school is dismissed, students should be picked up at school.Students, who use public transportation, must go straight home.Loitering on the streets is against school rules.I am making a special appeal to parents to monitor the time your daughters reach home.Kindly refrain from asking your daughters to wait on street corners and on the Promenade.Students who do not adhere to the school rules will be dealt with accordingly.


Friends of SJC

Our parent group usually meets on the second Thursday of each month.

This is an open invitation to all parents to attend the next meeting carded for February 09, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the school library.On the agenda will be the election of a new President.

I wish to sincerely thank Mrs. Najila Samlalsingh for her contribution to the school as President of the group.Mrs. Samlalsingh tendered her resignation due to the demands of her new job.We wish her every success in her new endeavour.

In conclusion, I urge parents to be extra vigilant in monitoring your daughter’s activities especially during the Carnival season.Continue to encourage them to focus on their school work and the activities that take place in school. May God continue to guide you in all your efforts.


Yours sincerely,

Dinna M. Bainey (Mrs.)

Principal (Secondary)


mrs baineyDecember 05, 2011


Dear Parents,

I wish to thank you most sincerely for your contribution toward Garden Party 2011. This was a resounding success and to date we have made a profit of $187,000. This money will be used to supplement the Ministry''s contribution to our school. Some of the areas we expect to upgrade in the coming year are improved facilities for the Geography, Science and Computer Labs and much needed equipment must be procured for the Art department.

Co-curricular Activities

This term was full of activities. Besides the academic, we participated in the Tidal Wave Swimming competition, our in house Poetry competition, SANFEST and the Divali competition. The Swim Team is rebuilding as many of our swimmers have graduated.

This year the English department has collaborated with Prestige Holdings Ltd who has generously donated the first place cash prize and a trophy to the winner of the Senior category in the Poetry Competition. We also participated in the Foreign Affairs Essay competition.

The Scrabble Club had four finalists in the BPTT sponsored competition.

In the recently concluded First Citizens'' Fruit and Veggies Competition, Alyssa Mike won a $1500. NED account for her second place position. Your daughters have done us proud and we congratulate them.', '


In-house Exams

Exams began on November 17, 2011 and end on Friday, December 09, 2011.

We are in the process of computerizing our records. Exam data will be printed in the form of a report which must be collected by parents on the following days from 9:00 am to 12 noon.

  • Form 6 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
  • Forms 1, 2, 3 - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
  • Forms 4, 5 - Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Parents are asked to bring $15.00 for the purchase of the plastic pouch for securing the reports. Reports will only be given to parents/guardians whose signature is on file. No reports will be distributed outside the stipulated times.

School reopens on January 09, 2012.

School Concert

As you are aware our school concert will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Naparima Bowl at 5:30 pm.

Dress rehearsal will take place in the school auditorium on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Technical rehearsal will take place at Naparima Bowl on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 8:00 am to 12 noon. Performers are asked to report to the Bowl in full school uniform and NOT to school. These students will be required to walk with a packed lunch as permission will not be granted to leave the Bowl. All other students are to report to school in full school uniform. School will be dismissed at 12 noon to facilitate the attendance at the Bowl.

The cost of a ticket is $75.00 and I look forward to your presence.


Monday 12, December 2011

  • Prize giving for Poetry Competition
  • Opening of Art Exhibition 12:30pm - 1:30 pm


Tuesday 13, December 2011

  • UNESCO Club visit to Penal Rock R.C
  • Student Council visit to Children''s Ward of SFGH


Wednesday 14, December 2011

  • Dress Rehearsal for School Concert (House System)

Thursday 15, December 2011

  • Technical Rehearsal for School Concert


Friday 16, December 2011

  • Closing Mass
  • Class Parties
  • Dismissal at 1:30 pm



We are in the season of Christmas and it is our custom to include you in a Novena of Masses offered at Mt. St. Benedict.

May I remind parents that it is so important to remind your children about the true meaning of Christmas. I take this opportunity on behalf of the staff to wish you and your family a happy and holy Christmas. May the Light of the world continue to shine in our lives.



Yours sincerely,


Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)



mrs baineySeptember 16, 2011

Dear Parents,

We were very happy to welcome back your daughters to school.I trust that you had a good vacation with them and that they are motivated to start the academic year.We pay a special welcome to our Form One students who are adjusting to their new environment as well as the new Lower Six students.

Academic Isues

We were pleased with the overall results at CXC.Your daughter’s presence in this school indicates a high level of academic ability.The staff here has the competence, qualification and commitment necessary for the success at the examinations your daughters will write.Further, I remind you of the need for involvement in extra-curricular and community projects, if your daughter intends to have a transcript that will be acceptable for further study, locally and abroad

Recognition Day is carded for October 13, 2011 and Forms 3 to 6 are invited to attend. ', '


Safety week

Safety week will be held from September 26 th to September 30th. A full week of activities has been planned and includes a launch at assembly, mascot design, lectures and presentations from various community based groups.

Financial matters

The UVI and LVI classrooms are now fully air conditioned so I expect that this would be an incentive for our girls to apply themselves more diligently in their comfortable environment.

The South Wing was painted during the July/August vacation and I express my sincere thanks to EFCL and by extension the Ministry of Education for facilitating this project.There is still much to do and so we depend very much on your contributions.Your voluntary contributions and our fund-raising activities are essential if we are to continue providing the quality education, which you expect of St. Joseph’s Convent.Your daughters will continue to benefit from the Human and Social Development programmes planned for the academic year.You will also be invited to participate in these sessions.



I am pleased to inform you that we have our full quota of teachers on staff and so there is no need to worry about vacancies.When teachers go on leave every effort will be made to recruit a substitute teacher.



Forms 1 to 5 will be writing an end of term examination at the end of this term.However, Lower and Upper Sixth Forms will be writing one end of term examination in March 2012. Sixth form marks this term will comprise of only continuous assessment marks.


All students will be assessed continuously during the term. Twenty five percent of this assessment will form part of their final mark.


Before I outline the calendar of events and present the external examination results, I wish to thank you for your continued support as we work together in the interest of your daughters.


I speak on behalf of all staff and the Board when I say that we look forward to working with you in striving to provide your child with an excellent education.We believe the school’s balance of academics, values, and faith offers an excellent option for you and your family.

Yours sincerely,

Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)





Term I - September 05 - December 16, 2011

Form 1 Parents Day - Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

English Dept. Program-Thursday,Sept.22, 2011

Safety week - September 26-30, 2011

Observation of UN Year of African descendants - Thursday, September 22, 2011


Life Skills:

Form 3October 03-06, 2011

Form 5October 10-12, 2011

Form 1October 31 – November 03, 2011

Recognition dayOctober 13, 2011

Garden partyOctober 29, 2011

Form 3 Parents’ Meeting To be advised

Foundress DayNovember 10, 2011

Divali October 26, 2011

End of Term ExamsNovember 20, 2011 to December 09, 2011

Song and DanceDecember 15, 2011

School closes December 16, 2011


Term II - January 09 - March 29, 2012

Form 5 Parents’ meetingJan.24, 2012

Form 2 parents’ meetingJan.31, 2012

Sports DayThursday 16th February, 2012

Swim Meet Tuesday 14th February, 2012


Music FestivalFebruary-March 2012


CarnivalFebruary 20-21, 2012


St. Joseph’s Day

HolidayMarch 19, 2012


Mock examsMarch 12 – 29 2012




Term III - April 16 – July 06, 2012


Corpus Christi -June 07, 2012


Labour DayJune 19, 2012


Musical production- Once on this Island- June 2012


Form 4 Parents’ Meetings May 17, 2012

Form 1 Parents’ MeetingMay 08, 2012

Graduation Masses - To be announced

External Exams begin– CAPE, GCE, CSEC, NCSE

End of Term Exams – Jun 18 to Jun 29, 2011


mrs baineyJune 28, 2011

Dear Parents,

We are fast approaching the end of term and the end of another academic year.For many parents, the July/August vacation provides an opportunity for them to choose meaningful activities for their daughters.

End of Term Exams

Exams started on June 16, 2011 and ends on June 30, 2011.School will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. and lunch period was rescheduled to 11:00 a.m. to 12: 00 noon.Reports will be distributed to students in full school uniform who are present for school on Friday, July 08, 2011.Please note that school will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.Parents are asked not to collect reports for absent students on that day.These can be collected on Monday, July 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


We have received permission from the Ministry to hold our Walkathon event on Friday, July 01, 2011.This year our event aims to encourage students to focus on healthy lifestyle.Proceeds from this event will assist the St. Joseph’s Convent Retreat Centre in Tobago.We look forward to your presence and students participation.', '

Final week

There will be structured activities during the final week of the term:

Monday – inter class music competition – To start at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday – class outings for Forms 3 and 4

Wednesday – class outings for Forms 1 and 2.Finals of the spelling bee for intermediate level

Thursday – SEA registration, book rental

Friday – Mass and class lunch.Distribution of reports and dismissal at 1:30 p.m.


May I remind parents that school starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.Students who arrive late during the last week of school and are not accompanied by parents will remain in detention for the day.

Foreign Trips

The Foreign Languages department has committed to providing the opportunity for our girls to travel to Guadeloupe and Ecuador this year.The French students will be accompanied by Ms. V. Austarlie and the Spanish students by Ms. Hamid and Ms. Dwarika.This will be a very valuable exercise for the students as they will learn about the richness of the culture and experience the beauty of the country. It is hoped that the students’ interest in the foreign languages will be heightened and will assist them in the choice of their career paths.

I take this opportunity to thank all those parents who remain committed to supporting us with their time, talent and treasure.May God richly reward you.Also, please ensure that the time spent with your daughter is meaningful.It may be a wonderful opportunity to teach your daughter about etiquette and decorum.

Enjoy the vacation with your daughter and I look forward to your continued collaborationin the new academic year.


Yours sincerely,

Dinna M Bainey

Principal (Secondary)


mrs baineyJanuary 13, 2011

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you!I do hope that the year has started well for you.I pray that God will continue to guide and enlighten you as you embrace your parenting role.

This term spans from January 03, 2011 to April 08, 2011.


Most departments have analysed their Christmas results in depth and this was discussed at Staff meeting.I assure you that teachers will be addressing weak areas.Once again, I invite you to make an appointment to see any teacher when you have concerns.

Electrical Update

As you know, our school is receiving an electrical update.The job is almost at a close.However, the electrical panel which was burnt in the Home Economics lab has not been replaced as yet.This was not in the scope of work of the contractor and he is still awaiting permission from the Ministry to replace the panel.

The electrical upgrade involved increasing the capacity in the kiosk and bringing in the supply to the panels.We are hopeful that the Ministry will then undertake the wiring of the classrooms to install additional outlets.

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This is a co curricular activity undertaken every two years.Members of the community are invited to share their skills and talent with our students.This year projects will run from Wednesday, February 02, 2011 to Wednesday, March 16, 2011.Open Day will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011.I take this opportunity to invite you to our St. Joseph’s Day Mass which will take place at OLPH Church on March 17.The time of the Mass will be communicated to you at a later date.Please note that the St. Joseph’s Day holiday will be on Friday, March 18, 2011 subject to Ministry’s approval.

Valedictory Function

Mrs. Susan Otway-Charles has resigned from the Teaching Service and is now attached to the Faculty of Education at UWI.A valedictory function will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.We do have a normal school day.


Carnival celebration would be a joint effort between the VAPA department and the House System.The celebration will take place on Friday, March 04, 2011.School will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on that day.Kindly make the necessary arrangements for your daughters to leave school promptly.

Mock Exams

The tentative date for the start of Mock Exams is March 21, 2011.It may start earlier.The CXC examinations start early in the new term.As such, reports for all classes will be distributed on April 08, 2011.School reopens on April 26, 2011.

Parents’ Day

Form 5-January 18, 2011 (need to see basis)

Form 2-February 01, 2011

Form 4-May 17, 2011

The life skills dates can be accessed on the school’s website.

Form 5 “World of Work’ session is carded for January 27, 2011.


LVI – A closing service will be held on April 29, 2011

UVI – Graduation Mass in the school auditorium on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Form 5-Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at OLPH Church



The VAPA department will be holding Formal Venetian Ball with Wine and Cheese on March 19, 2011 at San Fernando Hill.Tickets are priced at $150.00 and proceeds go toward purchasing equipment for the department.


Friends of SJC


Please note that Friends of SJC meeting will now be held every second Thursday in themonth.You are invited to our next meeting which will take place in the school’s library at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 27, 2011. Election of a new executive will take place and we look forward to your presence and participation.


Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny


The Sisters are celebrating 175 years of their presence in Trinidad and Tobago.Our school has been invited to be part of this celebration.A fun and family day is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Fatima grounds.Our school will be taking part in the March past and we will be representing Senegal, the first country that our foundress served as a missionary.The choir will be participating in a Mass later this month.Letters will be sent home for all students participating in the various activities taking place during the year.


I take this opportunity to urge parents to be extremely vigilant about their daughters’ activities.Parents you need to support and to show a keen interest in your daughters’ academic work.Research has shown that interested parents have successful children.I wish you God’s grace and blessing in the months ahead.


Yours sincerely,


Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)



December 08, 2010



Dear Parent,


This is to inform you that school will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. on Friday December 10,

2010.This is to facilitate our staff lunch.


Please note that reports will be distributed on Friday, December 10, 2010 except to students of Forms 4G, 3M and 2 P who will receive their reports on Monday, January 03, 2011.


I take this opportunity to invite you to our Annual Song & Dance Competition which will be held on Thursday December 09, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the school auditorium.


Yours sincerely


Dinna M. Bainey (Mrs.)

Principal (Sec.)


mrs baineyNovember 15, 2010


Dear Parents/Guardians,


This letter expresses our gratitude and appreciation for your assistance and for the many contributions received for our Annual Garden Party.To date, profits stand at $104,000.00 and we are still awaiting outstanding monies from donation sheets.I wish to thank you parents and guardians for your continued support, as we work together to provide the very best for your daughters.


Co-curricular Activities


This term has been filled with activities.We took part in the recently concluded San Fest and won in many categories:

·Best Calypsonian

·Best Classical Choir

·Best National/Patriotic Song


Our school was also very successful in the Visual Arts competition at San Fest.Twenty-one (21) pieces of the students work were on display at NAPA.We were the only school to enter in all categories for Visual Arts. In addition, Miss Tiana Chandler won Miss SanFest 2010.



The Volleyball team has also been successful as the Under 20 team placed first in the South Zone and third in the National Volleyball Championships. ', '


Our Swim Club has been very successful in the Beacon Insurance Secondary Schools Swim Meet.We placed 2nd among the South schools and 3rd in the country.Miss Chardae Thompson placed 1st in the 13-14 competitive category and Miss Kelly Durham placed 3rd in the 15 and over non- competitive category.


I wish to congratulate all participants and winners and to express my gratitude to staff.Their dedication to duty outside school hours must be commended.I am also very grateful for the assistance of parents in all our co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


Internal Examinations


Exams begin on Thursday, November 18 and end on Friday, December 03, 2010 and are scheduled for Forms 1 to 5.Please be reminded that our school day ends at 2:30 p.m.Reports will be distributed on Friday, December 10, 2010.Upper and Lower Sixes will receive a report based on continuous assessment.


Christmas Concert-Glory, Glory


This concert is being organised by The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny and will take place in our school auditorium on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.I encourage parents to support this event as the funds raised will go towards the Retreat Centre in Tobago.Kindly see the advertisement overleaf.


Song and Dance Concert


The Captains and Vice Captains are busy organising their Houses and have the daunting task of motivating the members to participate in the event.I am sure many of you have become involved in the preparations, and I thank you for your interest and support.You are cordially invited to attend this production, which will take place on Thursday, December 09, 2010 in the Auditorium.Please check with your daughters for the commencement time.I look forward to your presence.


I wish to point out to parents that participation in school activities provides an avenue for your daughters to develop their skills and talents.Every student should participate in House events as this builds school spirit, camaraderie amongst peers and encourages healthy competition.This year the Captains and Vice Captains are particularly challenged by some students’ lack of cooperation and interest in the various categories for Song and Dance.


Friends of SJC


Thank you to all those parents and friends who supported our Parang Lime this year.It was a very successful event.The proceeds from this event will contribute to improved facilities for your daughters.A special thank you to the Committee members who worked well into the night to ensure that patrons were satisfied.


The Christmas Season


During the last week of school students will be visiting Penal Rock R.C., an annual project of the UNESCO Club, designed to bring good cheer to the students there.Many of our girls will also be visiting homes for the aged and the children’s ward at the hospital.


During the Christmas vacation I urge you to be vigilant about your daughter’s activities.In this season of giving, please impress upon them that it’s not the value of the gift that counts; it’s the value of the thought that matters.


I take this opportunity on behalf of the staff to wish you and your family a happy and holy Christmas and as is the custom, a Novena of Masses will be offered for you at Mt. St. Benedict.We pray that the God who came close to us at Christmas may continue to be our light, our joy and our peace.


May God bless us all.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!



Dinna M. Bainey (Mrs.)


mrs baineyMarch 14, 2011

Dear Parents,

I trust that you had an enjoyable Carnival weekend participating in the activities or spending a relaxing time with family.We are now in the season of Lent and I do hope that all Catholic families will use this opportunity to renew their faith and to commit to prayer, fasting and abstinence.

Over the past seven weeks your daughters took part in our co curricular activity-Projects.This culminates in an Open Day on Thursday, March 17, 2011.You are invited to attend Mass in honour of our patron saint, St. Joseph, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 8:30 a.m.and then to view the live performances and still displays from 10:30 a.m. in the school.Please note that I have applied for a school holiday on Friday, March 18, 2011 pending Ministry’s approval.

End of Term Exams

We are fast approaching the end of the term, and oral examinations have started for your daughters.Formal exams will begin on Monday 21st March, 2011 for Forms 3, 5, LVI and UVI.Report books will be distributed to all students on April 08, 2011.Absent students will receive their report books in the new term.

School reopens on April 26, 2011. ', '


Parents, I wish to emphasise that students are to report to school for 8:00 o’clock and that the school day ends at 2:30p.m. Far too often parents are signing out their children during examination time.We are a school NOT a university. Students must arrive for 8:00 o’clock and not when they perceive that the examination will start.I look forward to your full cooperation in this matter.


A reminder to parents that Graduation Mass for Form Fives and Sixes are as follows:

Form 6:Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm in the school auditorium

Form 5:Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 5:00 pm at OLPH Church.

Vacation Classes

A few teachers will be conducting classes during the Easter vacation.Letters will be sent home informing you about these classes.The tear off slip indicating your consent should be returned to the class teacher.May I remind parents that students should attend classes in school T-shirts and jeans.They should be decently attired.

Friends of SJC

The parent body has organized a seminar for parents of Forms One and Two on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 4:00pm in the school auditorium.Guest speaker is Dr. Sastri Harnarayn, orthodontist, who will speak on dental care and dental health.You are invited to this meeting and we look forward to your presence.

This group of parents has also organized a Teacher Appreciation Day and will be treating the staff to breakfast on March 24, 2011.We thank these hardworking and dedicated parents for this gesture.I would like to take this opportunity to invite all parents to be part of this dynamic group.

School uniform

I am appealing to all parents to ensure that their daughters are properly attired in the school uniform.Too many students have deviated from the prescribed uniform.Also, their shoes have become an eyesore in many cases.I look forward to your support in addressing this issue.

Life Skill Programme

We have organized a Personal Effectiveness Programme for fifth and sixth form students.The facilitator is Ms. Denyse Busby-Earle, a past student of our school.Ms. Busby-Earle is a British resident who is here in Trinidad to conduct these workshops.Your daughters have received the flyers and I urge you to seriously consider investing in this programme for your daughters.The cost is $400.00 and forms are available from the office.

On behalf of the Vice Principal and staff, I wish you a Happy Easter vacation.May the glory of the Lord’s miracle strengthen your faith and renew your hope.

Yours sincerely,


Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)



mrs baineySeptember 15, 2010.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the academic year. A special welcome to all of our new parents and students. I hope that the students are settling in and enjoying their new school.

I do hope that you had the time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends during the vacation period.St. Joseph’s Convent has actually been a hive of activity. Significant improvements have been made to the facilities and these include: installation of storage cupboards in the auditorium for P.E. and Theatre Arts; installation of classroom partitions in the Fifth Form; repair work to all toilets and furniture; pressure washing of the school; cleaning of the water tanks and painting of the North Wing and the Administration building.In addition, the EFCL has started the electrical upgrade at our school and this job is expected to be completed by mid-October. I have requested 300 chairs and desks from the Ministry for Forms 1 and 2 but am yet to receive these.

All of the changes are very important to ensure that our students have facilities that will further enhance their educational experience. However, improved facilities are only a small area that contributes to individual outcomes. A factor of far greater impact is the staff. We have superb staff at St. Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando and the new staff joining us this year will add to the quality we already have.

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Family Life and Faith Development

We encourage all parents to become involved in the spiritual development of their children.For Catholic parents (in keeping with the theme, “Catholic family: Become what you are”) a parenting programme with a faith-based component that addresses local matters such as single-parenting, fatherhood and abuse is being offered by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission.The training period comprises three 8-hr sessions.If you are interested in becoming a Parent Trainer, kindly call Tricia Symms or Karena Chang at 672 4280/4478 or 299 1047 respectively.



An invitation is again extended to all new parents of the school to participate in a Parenting workshop which will be conducted in our school from September 18 to October 23 from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturdays. The cost is $200.


Form 1 students will soon be receiving their laptops.The main goal of the E-connect and Learning Programme is to provide access to teacher preparation programmes so that teacher will be able to infuse technology into the delivery of the curriculum.You will be kept abreast as this project unfolds.

The Form Three students will be writing the NCSE examination next year.Sixty per cent of course work from Form One to Form Three contributes towards the final grade in this examination.I urge parents to be vigilant in monitoring homework, projects and assignments.These should not be taken lightly as the marks also affect your daughter’s transcripts.

Recognition Day is carded for Thursday, October 07, 2010 and Forms 3 to 6 are invited to attend.

I encourage parents to get your daughters involved in extracurricular activities.Besides building a repertoire of skills, they serve as a passport for admission to University here and abroad.

Financial Matters

We thank the Government for the funding that we receive.However, this is never enough if we are to provide the quality education that you expect from us.Your voluntary contributions and our fund-raising activities are essential for the implementation of programmes and the upkeep of our school.Your daughters will continue to benefit from our Life Skills programmes planned for the academic year.You will also be invited to participate in these sessions.

During the last academic year, the showers were installed and more students are being offered P.E.Our Home Economics department is now fully staffed with two teachers and I am happy to inform you that the course is once again being offered to the Form 4s.

I make an appeal to all parents to kindly send the voluntary contributions so that we can continue to provide the quality education that you wish for your daughters.

Parent Support

This is an invitation to all parents to join our parent support group, Friends of St. Joseph’s Convent.We meet every second Wednesday each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Library.However, this month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.We look forward to you volunteering your time and talent in some way in the service of the school.I also invite you to peruse the school’s website, to stay abreast of what is happening in the school.


I shall be meeting with parents of each year group in the upcoming weeks.A letter will be sent to you in due course.

Before I outline the calendar of events and present the external examination results, I wish to thank you most sincerely for your continued support as we work together in the interest of your daughters.We have had some excellent results and I am sure you will join me in congratulating all our students on their success.You will agree with me that a school works at its best when parents are involved in their children’s learning and development.I speak on behalf of all staff and the Board when I say we look forward to working with you in striving to provide the best Catholic education for your child.


Yours sincerely,


Dinna M. Bainey

Principal (Secondary)




Term 1

Aug 01, 2010 – Dec. 10, 2010


School Mass Sept. 17, 2010

Form 1 Meeting

(Parents and Students) August 01, @ 9:30 a.m.

Form 1 Life SkillsNov. 01-03

Form 1 Parents MeetingNov. 03

LVI RetreatOct. 01-03

UVI RetreatOct. 15-17

Recognition DayOct. 07

Garden PartyOct. 30

Foundress Day Nov. 10

End of Term exams beginNov. 22

Cluny Sisters ConcertNov. 28

Song and DanceDec. 09

ReportsDec. 10

Closing MassDec. 10


Term II

Jan. 03, 2011 – Apr. 08, 2011


School MassJan. 05

Form 5 Life SkillsJan. 10-Jan 13

Form 3 Life SkillsFeb.07-09

Form 5 Parents MeetingTBA

Form 3 Parents MeetingTBA

ProjectsJan-March(To be finalized)

Carnival CompetitionMar. 04

Ash WednesdayMar. 09

St. Joseph’s DayMar. 19

Mock Exams beginMar.21

School MassApr. 08

Reports Apr. 08


Term 111

April 26, 2011 – July 08, 2011


Form 2 Life SkillsJune 01-03

Form 4 Life SkillsMay 09-12


Form 1 Parents MeetingMay 2011

Form 2 Parents MeetingMay2011

Form 4 Parents MeetingMay 2011

Graduation MassesTo be advised

WalkathonTo be advised

External Exams begin CAPE,CSEC, GCE, NCSE

End of Term Exams beginJune 20

School OutingsJuly 04-July 07

S.E.A. RegistrationTo be advised

Reports July 08, 2010









Caribbean History97.4






English A100


English B98.2












Principles of Accounts91.6


Principles of Business100




Theatre Arts100


Visual Arts71.4


Human and Social Biology100


Information Technology100









Art and Design100










Caribbean Studies98.8












Literatures in English100


Management of Business100


Pure Mathematics100

















Communication Studies100











Literatures in English100


Management of Business100


Pure Mathematics100