Another good year for ‘Bishops’

From the Sunday Chronicle of 20 April, 2008

THE Bishops’ High School has recorded yet another year of outstanding achievement, according to Headmistress, Ms Elizabeth Isaacs-Walcott.

Addressing the school’s annual prize-giving ceremony last February, Walcott said the institute continues to do well, not just academically but in all its co-curricular activities as well.

At the last sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, for instance, 94.8 per cent of the students who wrote the examination obtained Grades I to III passes in five or more subjects.

Job well done! A member of the student body shows his appreciation on behalf of his colleagues to the headmistress, Ms Elizabeth Isaacs-Walcott.

Students did particularly well, gaining nothing less than a Grade III pass, in 16 subject areas, namely: Agricultural Science; Visual Arts; Biology; Clothing and Textiles; Electricity and Electronic Technology; Electronic Data Management; English Language A; Food and Nutrition; Geography; Home Management; Human and Social Biology; Office Administration; Principles of Business; Principles of Accounts; Social Studies; and Technical Drawing. As a matter of fact, all the students who wrote the foregoing subjects were successful.

They were also fairly successful at English Literature (96.5%); Mathematics (95.3%); Economics and Chemistry (93.3%); Caribbean History (92%); Physics (81.5%); French (80%); and Spanish (78.6%).

This winning streak of the school’s was also evident in the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) examinations, with students doing exceeding well in the areas of Communication Studies; History; Information Technology; Caribbean Studies; and Sociology. All the students who wrote the first three were successful. Law seems to be the only subject in which they were found wanting, judging from the fact that were only able to secure a 77 per cent pass in that discipline.

Rizwan Saffie receiving his reward for his achievement in the areas of English A, Chemistry and Information Technology from Bishops ‘Old Girl’, Ms Magda Pollard.

They, however, did significantly better in that subject area at the GCE Advanced Level, securing a pass rate of 85 per cent. They also did well at Mathematics as well as in Accounting, securing 85 and 100 per cent passes respectively

In the field of debating, Ms Walcott said Bishops’ High remains the winner of the JOF Haynes Debating Competition, having given the Anna Regina Multilateral School a sound thrashing at the last outing.

The school’s choir also came in for high praise for its stellar performance at the Festival of Choirs, having defeated Queen’s College on their own home turf to win the coveted title of ‘Georgetown Choir’.

Since then, the choir has made a number of public appearances including at the Opening ceremony of the ‘Rio Summit’, the Ministry of Education National Awards Ceremony, and the opening ceremony of the Meeting of Finance Ministers of the Americas.

Besides paying tribute to those mentors (alumni all) currently working with third form students of the school, Ms Walcott also seized the opportunity to express her deep appreciation to those parents who give selflessly to the school, and the various overseas chapters of the Old Students’ Association for their many contributions over the years.

The victorious JOF Haynes Debating Team. From left are: Damali Lovell, Leonie McGarrell, Keithishia Bynoe, and Travis Braithwaite.