The annual event was hosted by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC), in collaboration with the San Fernando Arts Council.

Delivering a performance in the calypso category, Cindy- Ann Bigford, of St Gabriel’s Girls RC, gave a lesson in song in her rendition titled ‘Child Abuse’. Accompanied by a skit, Bigford warned adults not to have children if they are not ready. The schoolgirl reminded the audience that parenting is a sacred duty.

She called on parents to “make time for your children. Respect them, do not neglect them. Mould them to be good men and women.” Belmont Boys and Girls RC Schools showed off their heel and toe steps in the local folk traditional category to the rhythm of popular song ‘Oil and Music (In De Coil Remix)’ by Machel Montano featuring David Rudder.

When Jaylon Newallo, of the San Fernando Boys RC, took to the stage to perform his monologue ‘Rani the tied tongue boy’, audience members (students) began giggling as he mimicked ‘Rani’.

Likewise his schoolmate, Olotu Stephen, had a similar effect on the young audience during his storytelling performance titled ‘Trouble make the moneky eat pepper’. St Finbar Girls RC performed a local folk interpretation to the music of the classic hit ‘Slave’ by calypsonian Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco).

Ishana Edgar and Shania Khan represented the Harmony Hall Presbyterian with the dance ‘Togetherness’ while Isabel Lee-Sing represented Cedar Grove Private with an East Indian dance. The festival began on September 26 and comes to an end yesterday with the Command performance (Secondary 2016).

Original article by Laurel V Williams of the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday