Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary

Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary

Additional Info

  • Principal: DERICK SOOKNANAN
  • Address: LP#204 Fishing Pond Road, Via Sangre Grande
  • Contact Information: Phone: 668-5293
  • Population: Student Population:116; Teaching Staff: 8
  • Date Established: 1915
  • Our Mission:
    We pledge to work diligently with all stakeholders to ensure that no child is left behind in a technological and rapidly changing world by utilizing all the available resources as we strive for excellence and the development of ethical citizens who will serve their community and country with pride.
  • Message From Principal:

     

    12WELCOME TO FISHING POND PRESBYTERIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
    The members of staff, pupils, parents and I take great pleasure in welcoming you, our visitor, to Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School website.

    Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School was established in August 1915 and re-established in 1984. It is situated in the peaceful, rural village of Fishing Pond which lies approximately ten (10) kilometres east of Sangre Grande. The village of Fishing Pond is famous for its flora and fauna but more so for the turtle nestling sites along the Atlantic coastline which borders the village. This also attracts  many tourists and local visitors during the turtle nestling season.
    Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School has a long and interesting history that you could learn more about by visiting the document that speaks about it in the website. I am certain that you will be fascinated by it.
    The school is a denominational one that is owned by the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago and financially assisted by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a capacity to safely and comfortably accommodate one hundred and forty (140) pupils but at present its enrolment is one hundred and twenty-four pupils (124). There are eight members on the teaching staff, three janitors, one music instructor, one guidance officer, one school social worker and three security guards.

    Being a denominational school gives us the wonderful opportunity for teaching religious values and morals based on lessons from the Holy Bible whilst at the same time respecting the various religious beliefs of our pupils. Worship is conducted daily by teachers and me beginning with prayer, singing the National Anthem and reciting the National Pledge during an outdoor assembly. Pupils are then led inside the school room where hymns and choruses and sung and the Bible is read and the passage explained in its simplest form. All our pupils willingly and joyfully participate in daily worship of Almighty God.

    It is my goal to lift the school to the status of Excelling. This is a realistic goal since the school is equipped with a well-trained and dedicated staff of teachers, parents who are willing to assist the school in its improvement projects and all the resources that are necessary for the delivery of the school’s curriculum.

    During the last three years the school has gone through a tremendous transformation. Major structural repairs were done to the roof and ceiling eliminating the threat of termites and bat infestation. The school received a kind donation from Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited and NIHERST in the form of a Rain Water Harvesting System that has helped greatly during periods of low pipe borne water supply. During the July-August 2015 vacation, I took pleasure in re-painting the school with the official colours of the Presbyterian Primary Schools’ Board of Education, light blue with royal blue border against a royal blue metal roof. Presently electrical re-wiring of the entire school building is being done by the Education Facilities Company Limited funded by the Ministry of Education. Since we are all affected by global warming, which hinders us from performing our tasks at our best, it is my intention to supply each classroom with air-conditioning that will help to create a comfortable learning/teaching environment and contribute towards higher academic achievement in the near future.
    At Fishing Pond Presbyterian Primary School all our pupils are exposed to both co-curricular and extra- curricular activities that complement the school’s curriculum. Clubs were created to assist in this area. Existing in the school are the following clubs: Chess, Cricket, Drama, Choir, 4H and Red Cross. Teachers are in charge of the operation of these clubs but we welcome the involvement of parents and community members.

    Please feel free to browse the entire website and learn more about this dynamic learning institution of which I am grateful to be responsible for leading into greater academic dimensions of achievement.

    Thank You.
    Derick Sooknanan
    Principal Primary

  • History of School:

     

    Fishing Pond is a small rural village, directly east of Sangre Grande, near Mat ura Bay. The name may have come about because of the Fresh Water Fishing Industry that flourished in the early days and the fact that in the dry season, people would go to catch trapped fish in ponds as the bulk of the water dried out.

    The roads were mai nly of gravel and l arge stones. In some areas they were mere tracks. Apart from walking, some estate owners used horses. Then came bicycles and donkeys and carts and buggies.  A favourite form of transport later on was the "sweet violet' which worked like a "12 seater maxi" except that there were wooden seats. Later there was a bus service, privately owned by 'Gransaull,' or 'Dhannanie and Maharaj' and the 'Arima Bus Service,' long before the 1940's. They served from Caigual junction to Sangre Grande and the fare was either 4 cents, 8 cents or 12 cents depending on the distance. Some of the buses had special names such as 'Harvest Queen.' The service was replaced by the P.T.S.C. in the 1960's but this ceased not long after.

    The cemetery became official in 1949, Electricity was introduced in late 1950's, and the water supply came in the late 1960's, but only up to Genda Road. About five standpipes served the area from Panchoo Road to Genda Road. The Recreati on Ground was cut from Ghanny's coconut field in 1986. Several shops and parlours have been operati ng in the area, the most significant being that of Mr Samuel Ramoutar.

    Some estates in Fishing Pond were the Woodcock Estate, now Gordon Miller Land Settlement which are state lands, the El Palmetto Estate now known as the Procope Estate in the Jangalee Trace area and the Non Pariel Estates.

    The largest estate was the Gordon Forbes estate owned by Harvey Hol mes  Mmion, son of pi oneer Canadian Presbyterian Missionary Rev Dr John Morton. It was handed down to his son Nyron, then sold to Dr Hernandez and later to the S.D.A. Church. Mr. Ghanny and Mr Zainool also owned large estates on the right and left sides of Genda Road respectively.  Mr. Arthur Gault and Dhalsingh also owned large estates.

    Rev. Morton not only brought teachings of Christiani ty to the vi l lage but a lso education. The land where the school and church are, was donated to the Presbyterian Church on 13 April 1915, part of the Goolab Motee (indentured worker who had the original crown grant of 10 acres) Estate. The school was known as the C.M. School (Canadian Mission), where volleyball was as popu lar as cricket and football. It was very hard work bringing lumber from the forested areas near the windbelt lagoon for the building. The Gajadhar family was one of the first families attending school.

    The first settlers of the village were Africans and Indians. Some of the East Indians came directly from India. The earli est residen ts included the Subit, Marajdin, and Gi ldharie families. Some other early settlers were the Bachan Famil y, now known as the Sam family.  The Dial family, well known in the area, the Sinanans, the Ramdass Family - great grandfather of Bobby Ramdass.  Lobin and  Genda families after wh om the roads were named. The Rambaran Family, the Gajadhar Famil y, The Peters - father of Kenri ck and Frederick. The Ramsaran, Dookeeram and the Ramlogan fami lies, many of whose descendants have left for greener pastures.  Some of the oldest people who now live in the area are Mr. Francis Sam, Mrs. Iris Sam, Mrs. Rhonda Dial, Mrs. Anupi a Singh (88 years), Mrs. Ramsewak and Mrs. Dolly Ramkissoon.

    Most of the early settlers were labourers in the cocoa, coffee, coconut, lime and rice plantations which were the mainstay over the years. There were very large estates and the workers came from the village. The windbelt lagoon was a major supplier of rice which flourished from long before 1910. It was known as Knox Lagoon, after the Engl ishman owner. The labourers were su pervised by 'drivers.' They in turn were supervised by overseers who were also responsible for the official books and reports to the owners of the estates. Other lagoon areas such as Marlay 's Lagoon ( now Ramlakhan) Khoda Baksh lagoon and Henderson Lagoon, produced much ri ce, but production declined rapidly during the 1960' s.

    Cocoa, too, played an important role in the economy of the area for many years, as there were many cocoa estates. In 1926, there was a severe drought, and cocoa suffered badly. Some plantation owners then switched to coconuts and limes, and these flourished too.

    The old school was about five metres away from t he almond tree. The principal's house was at the back of the school.  In the 1940's the windows of the house were changed from the top hinged, propped type, to the side hi nged. by an ex-pupil Chatoor Rambaran, now 81 years old.

    Some former Principals were Mr. Bedaisee, Mr Sabra Tri bbawansin gh, Petty, Mr. Harold Jagdis  (1939-1948),  Mr. Agnoo, Mr. Joseph David Lallan, Mr. JD Ramsahai, Mr. Alfred Mohammed, Mr. Joseph Daniel Rajkumar Shende. Mr. Man bodh, Mr. Ellis Sibransingh (in the 60's), Mr. F. Kalloo, Mr. Carlyle Boodoo Gyan. Mr Ivan Bal deosingh, Mr Claude Ragoonanan and Mrs Joyce Jawahir.

    Former teachers included mr. David Toney, who later became Principal of North Oropouche Government school, Mr. Kelvin Branche who was a pupil of this school in the 1940's and later became Curriculum Supervisor III in the Ministry of Edu cation, Mr Abraham D Gyan, retired Pri ncipal, Dr. Isaiah Boodoo who was a Curriculum Su pervisor and is a renowned Caribbean artist  and  author, Mr. Lionel B. Mahadeo, who was  Schools' Supervisor I, is now Commissioner of Affidavits and a recipient of the Medal of Merit, Gold, 1998 National Award, Mr. Cyril Beekhee, presently the Principal of Sangre Grande Junior Secondary School.

    Some  of the successfu l  students include Mr. Solomon Sinanan, a scholarship winner, Mr. Kelvin Branche, Mr. Kenrick Peters, Mr. Denni s Frederick, Mr Uriah Forbes and Mrs Rosina Ramdhan Dookoo, to name a few.

    The population in Fishing Pond, over  the years,  has increased somewhat. However, many residents, especially the youths have opted  to migrate to the 'bright lights. Fishing Pond continues to be an agricultural village.

    There are many organizations in the area. The Environment Awareness group, the Community Council, Police Youth Club, Political groups, Church groups, and several sporting and cultural organizations.

  • Additional School Info:

     

    Motto: HARD WORK BRINGS SUCCESS

    Vision Statement: The vision of the Fishing Pond Presbyterian School is to be a leading education institution by utilizing the resources and knowledge of the 21st century.

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