TT – Education Minister Anthony Garcia and well-known attorney Martin Daly heaped praise on the performances by students who competed in the National Junior Panorama finals on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
Garcia who lent a hand in distributing prizes to winners in the Primary School category said he could not help but marvel at the discipline and commitment shown by participants of the 12 primary and nine secondary schools.
The minister told the youths that participation rather than placement was of utmost importance in events like these.
In addition to the students, Garcia who was accompanied by permanent secretary Angela Jervais, also congratulated pan tuners, arrangers, teaching staff and principals for making this year’s competition a success.
Pan tuner for St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph Gerard Clarke, said it was good to see some of the prestige schools involved in the evolution of the steel band.
Now 69, Clarke recalled that as a student of St Mary’s College, he faced expulsion for being involved in a steel band.
“Who would have thought Naparima Girls’ High School, Naparima College, St Joseph’s Convent, Fatima College, St Mary’s and QRC would have steelbands in their schools,” he said.