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DEJECTED BUT NOT DEFEATED

A prominent farmer on the east coast surveys damage done to his field after the severe flood waters that ravaged the areas last week Tuesday and Wednesday, perhaps unbeknownst to the majority of Saint Lucian. Water was well over the level of the road as indicated by the farmer. According to James Smith, the silting of the Mamiku River and the mangrove swamp nearby, after Hurricane Debbie a decade ago, have made the area very vulnerable to flooding.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO OUR NOVEMBER FRIENDS

Our very popular birthday list continues to build up every month. If you feel that you or a friend have been left out, please let us know and we would be glad to share with the rest of the community. According to Mathaline and Junia’s list, birthday anniversary greetings go out to the following;

TRICIA IS A TOP STUDENT AT MICOUD SECONDARY SCHOOL

Tricia Charlery of La Pointe (A sur Base) received certificates for Office Procedure and Food and Nutrition. Way to go Tricia!!! Congratulations and best wishes from the Mon Repos Youth and Sports Council. Keep up the good performance.

BECAUSE OF THE WATERS OF THE FLOOD

A sight that bears testimony to a healthy field. Despite the flood waters this field remarkably survived – phenomenon which in the worst of times would bring some pride to the hearts of the grower and the banana company. The Mamiku plain is one of the most productive on the east cost.

DAY AFTER “MON REPOS DAY”

Mon Repos Day was celebrated two weeks after Jounee Kweyol, and in just about the same spot. Unlike Jounee Kweyol which was planned over a period of months for a one day programme, this weekend programme does not take much planning. Primarily organanized by PowerPlus together with the Brewery and Spirit Houses that provide tents and local entrepreneurs, the activity is usually three day street jam. Like Jounee Kweyol very few voluntary groups were seen taking advantage of fund-raising. Look out for La Pointe Day in December.

Greetings from Diamonites Community Organisation, we are currently a youth based organisation from Diamond Village located on the Windward side of St. Vincent. we are currently involed in education , Sports and culture & youth development etc. we are planning a group exchange camp for next end of july 2005 . we are thinking of travelling to your country, so that is why we are asking for the contact person names responsible for a group(community based youth Organisation) in your country.so that we can start to develop a link. Also that we down here can begin to look for Sponsorship.

this information is needed most urgently. Find attached information about Diamonites Thank you in advance for your kind consideration. MON REPOS SCHOOL LINKED TO BRISTOL SCHOOL IN ENGLAND

The Ministry of education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports, initiated an international school link in the academic year 2001/2002. Mrs. Leonise Francois: Deputy Chief Education officer for Instruction identified and invited seventeen schools in the island of Saint Lucia, to become participants as international school link members. Out of seventeen schools that attended that first meeting at the District Two Education Office in Castries, only six schools persevered. Mon Repos R. C. Combined School was one of these.
Hence, the school link between St. Bonaventure’s R. C. Primary School in Bristol, England and the Mon Repos R. C. Combined School in Mon Repos, Saint Lucia was formed.

The Principals of the two schools first made contact by telephone. In that first year 2002/2003, the Principals shared a brief description of their schools and the services offered, and confirmed the interest in creating and maintaining the link. They also explored ways in which their schools could mutually benefit.
Second, pen pals were established among the students of Grade 4 in 2002/2003. They exchanged school, class and student photographs. Students were quite excited as they ventured on this novel experience.
In 2003/2004, two sets of students became involved in the project, the new Grade 4 students and the previous set, who were then promoted to Grade 5. In October of that year too, Mrs. Lucille Charles, the principal of St. Bonaventure’s R. C. primary School, along with Coco, the Grade 4 class mascot, visited the Mon Repos R. C. Combined School. There was great enthusiasm among the students, siblings, parents/guardians, teachers, principal and other individuals in the community. Bristol had come to Mon Repos. The visiting principal had a “bird’s eye view” of the similarities and differences of the two schools.
In the academic year 2004/2005, the first cohort of students were promoted to Grade 6, the second to Grade 5, and the third set, those who were promoted to Grade 4, became the students directly involved in the linkage. Thus commenced the third year.
In September 2004, Mrs. Majorie Serieux, the Principal of the Mon Repos R. C. Combined School, paid a reciprocal visit to St. Bonaventure’s R. C. Primary School.

Despite the geographical distance, there are striking similarities between the schools. There are also marked differences, which served as eyes openers, and which propelled each school to strive towards putting measures in place to help students to appreciate and celebrate diversity, to develop awareness of becoming global citizens, to achieve greater student success, and to prepare students to function effectively anywhere on this planet earth.
October of 2004 welcomed the arrival of two teachers from St. Bonaventure’s R. C. Primary School: Mrs. Helen Brooks and Miss Jane Graham, Grade 4 and Grade 6 teachers respectively. These two teachers shared their experiences in Literacy and Numeracy with the teachers and educators in the district.

They also had the experience of teaching single handedly the Grade 4 and Grade 6 students. That was their first exposure to teaching in the Caribbean, and in particular, Saint Lucia. It was a novel and exciting experience for them. Among the many experiences, they attended a Teacher appreciation function, organized by the Education Officer for District 5, Mr. Winston C. Blanchard.
Consequently, a reciprocal visit from the saint Lucian teachers involved in the link is expected. Meanwhile, the students are eagerly awaiting their turn to travel. Thus far, the Bristol/Saint Lucia link has been significant in terms of mutual professional, educational and personal growth.

In conclusion, the British Government must be recognized and thanked for funding of the project. Special thanks go to Ms. Jill Ritchie, who is the coordinator of the project in England. It is hoped that it can be made possible for her to travel to Saint Lucia, to experience first hand the links she so successfully co-ordinates. Finally, hats off to the Ministry of education in Saint Lucia for making it possible for the Bristol/St. Lucia School link to materialize.

Contributed by Marjorie Serieux

JAHNA, HER MUM THERESA A PAST STUDENT OF THE MICOUD SECONDARY AND SISTER DAWN PAST STUDENT OF VIEUX FORT SECONDARY . DAWN HERSELF IS AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT AND SPORTS WOMAN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE WHETHER JAHNA WILL OUTSHINE DAWN

JAHNA PICKS UP FOUR AT MICOUD SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARDS CEREMONY

Jahna Joseph of Coolie Town Patience, a Form Two student of the Micoud Secondary was the receipient of four awards when the school held its Award Ceremony on Friday November 12, 2004. With the cloudy conditition and threat of rain the ceremony was moved to the Pentecostal Church next door, instead of the open school ground. Jahna’s Awards included;(1) Top Performer in French (2) Best Behaved Student (3) Merit Student – 70% average and above (71.80) (4)Student of the Year for Form 1 (last year). Monrepossports.org congratulates Jahna on her acheivement and encourages her to keep up the standard.

SEWENAL BAND

No public festival would be complete in Mon Repos without the performance of a Sewenal Band. On hand on this occasion was Reggie, Shark and company.

JOUNEE KWEYOL A LA STELLA

One of the more attractive vendors stall at the Mon Repos venue of Jounee Kweyol 2004. Never mind the zinc sheets, Stella went through a lot of hard work together with her son to ensure that she came up with a commodity appropriate for the occasion. Of course it helped a lot to know that her beatiful baby sister Michelle was around.

Ribbons of Blue goes to the Big Apple

Ribbons of Blue actors Elpha Neptune (Mandy, the ungrateful daughter) and
Kenty Ramdatt (Romanus, her fiancee) are getting set for their role under
the critical eyes of New York’s producers and film distributors Come next weekend it’s gonna be lights, camera, action for local acting group Vizion Des Larvi, led by former teacher Mathurine Emmanuel, when its award winning film Ribbons of Blue gets a screening at the New York Film
Festival.

The group, made up primarily of young persons from Desruisseaux, began
staging productions at church events and to raise funds for needy persons in the community.

Their first filmed production was an anti-drug project Tears in the Valley, commissioned by the Substance Abuse Secretariat. The public response was so overwhelming Emmanuel decided to continue with a self-financed
project-Ribbons of Blue which went on to capture the blue ribbon in the best local film award at last year’s M&C Fine Arts Awards. In the film, Emmanuel, who is the main actress, the director and screenwriter, delivers a riveting performance in her portrayal of a single mother’s struggles and sacrifices to raise an ungrateful daughter who is
ashamed of her mother’s humble status. The screening in New York takes place on November 13 at Village East Cinema,
181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street. Copies of the movie are available at the Sunshine Book Store and Book Salon
in Castries. It is available on VHS and DVD. Ribbons of Blue will also be screened at the Cannes Festival in May 2005.
For more information on the screening interested persons can log on to the Ribbons of Blue goes to the Big Apple
Ribbons of Blue actors Elpha Neptune (Mandy, the ungrateful daughter) and Kenty Ramdatt (Romanus, her fiancee) are getting set for their role under the critical eyes of New York’s producers and film distributors Come next weekend it’s gonna be lights, camera, action for local acting group Vizion Des Larvi, led by former teacher Mathurine Emmanuel, when its award winning film Ribbons of Blue gets a screening at the New York FilmFestival. The group, made up primarily of young persons from Desruisseaux, beganstaging productions at church events and to raise funds for needy persons in the community.
Their first filmed production was an anti-drug project Tears in the Valley,
commissioned by the Substance Abuse Secretariat. The public response was sooverwhelming Emmanuel decided to continue with a self-financedproject-Ribbons of Blue which went on to capture the blue ribbon in the bestlocal film award at last year’s M&C Fine Arts Awards.
In the film, Emmanuel, who is the main actress, the director and screenwriter, delivers a riveting performance in her portrayal of a single
mother’s struggles and sacrifices to raise an ungrateful daughter who is ashamed of her mother’s humble status.
The screening in New York takes place on November 13 at Village East Cinema, 181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street. Copies of the movie are available at the Sunshine Book Store and Book Salon in Castries. It is available on VHS and DVD. Ribbons of Blue will also be screened at the Cannes Festival in May 2005. For more information on the screening interested persons can log on to the website

LA CHICA BONITA!!

Our Cuban-trained phamacist Gail, in a very colourful Madras outfit, after church service.

SESSENE AND GOVERNOR GENERAL

Grand Old Dame and national cultural icon, Sessene Descartes along with the first lady Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia in a special moment after church service on Sunday Oct. 31. Septima Joseph ( Ma Paris) is in the background. The stucture was built mainly by Zephrinus Robinson and Alton Lewis.

MOTHER AND BLOSSOM

This unnamed but regular visitor to our website, together with her June- born daugher named BLOSSOM. The mother celebrated her birthday in October and was anxious to receive a photograph taken a few days ago but we had no other means of getting it to her.

LOCAL DOMINO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ON FRIDAY NIGHT A ROSEMADIN IN PATIENCE

The third leg of the Mon Repos Inter-community open pairs Domino Competition continues this Friday night with the Patience leg scheduled to take place at Rosemardine’s Place. So far, two zones have been completed. In Mon Repos South, Linus Dorville and Peter Mathurin won at Bab’s Place (Gracia’s) in Grass Street, while Antoine Serieux and Bertrand Robinson won the Lumbard zone last Friday. The other zones are Upper La Pointe (John Henry (Matthis) Place, Mon Repos North (Boysie’s Place), Lower La Pointe (Solomon’s Place-Vagas) and Messis in Malgretoute. The Grand Finals is set for Sunday the 12th of December. This is the third year that the competition is being held. Teams will play for cash prizes and for the Eddie Gaston Trophy.
Meanwhile a grand domino-rama and footballorama is set for Sunday 28th November at the Patience Playing Field. More details will be given later.

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