The Queen’s College Parent Teachers Association (PTA) on Friday presented prizes to the winners of this year’s PTA’s grand fund raising raffle which was held to secure funds for renovation work, to upgrade facilities, and for staff training.
The winners were Angelina Persaud, Joylene Vieria, Preya Bhagwandin, Hannah Punwassy, Ramdial Tatanten, Jewel Holder, Hannibal Gaskin, Terry Singh, Mark Gonsalves, Chandanie Panday, Blossom Dublin, Anjalita Somwaru, Cononiah Smartt, R. Persaud and Narme Das.
Prizes included a blackberry cellular phone donated by DIGICEL, one notebook (laptop) donated by NT COMPUTEC, hampers, and tickets for a local trip.
According to the President of the PTA, Sonia Roberts, during the past school year there has been ongoing improvement within the Queen’s College walls where the PTA has been instrumental.
Roberts explained that there is a continuous development of teaching staff, where only recently English teachers benefited from an English Literature workshop, which the PTA sponsored. Another case is where three Home Economics teachers were selected to participate in a training course/ workshop in St. Vincent and the PTA sponsored one of these teachers.
She stated that last May, there was a fair held to raise funds for upcoming events and this raffle was held between March to April for the same purpose.
Kaieteur News understands that though the PTA presented a $1M cheque to the Headmistress of Queen’s College, Nadia Hollingsworth, the remainder of the funds raised will also go towards the purchase of sporting equipment and facilities which would ensure that all students are given the opportunity of being “all rounders” in both the academic and co-curricular arenas.
Roberts further explained that some of the money secured will enable students to participate in the National Relay Fair scheduled to be held in Barbados and assist in purchasing the necessary equipment for sports such as cricket, football and other sporting activities which the school encourages.
Headmistress Hollingsworth expressed appreciation to the PTA for its ongoing support and stated that the PTA has always been active and influential in successful activities which Queen’s College hosts.
Hollingsworth said that many days when teachers are found working long hours or late in the evenings it is the PTA who provides meals, snacks and refreshments for these teachers, who “go beyond their call of duty” to push in extra work and pay more attention to the needs of students.
She explained that the $1M will “go a long way” in projects that the school wishes to execute such as the rehabilitation of stands on the sports field in the Queen’s College compound which were destroyed when an unfortunate incident occurred many years ago.
Hollingsworth emphasised that this project is in excess of $6M and the money donated by the PTA will cement the foundation for this activity to be carried out. The next upcoming event for the Queen’s College body is the graduation exercise which is scheduled for July 6 and is expected to usher in more achievements for the PTA as well as the school.
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