This Calypso Festival was also an activity as part of school’s reading activity for the month of May which has the theme “Reading Grows the Imagination, Discover the Author in You”. The Calypso Festival gave the teachers and students the opportunity collaborate and write in preparation for the festival. Mostly all the songs performed were composed by the teachers and students as classroom projects.
The event was scheduled to commence at 2.00pm but unfortunately commenced at 3.00pm due to some technical difficulties with the sound system. However, the event started with a very exciting performance of the Grade 2 classrooms lead by Teacher Mrs. Tessa Augier.
The students rendered a very popular song of veteran St. Lucian Calypsonian, Herb Black called “One Days Work”. Then the individual student calypsonians who performed were Lady Knightingale, Sabrina, CJ, Ajani, Delson, Skyler and Jady. The students gave a very good account of themselves in their performances and had the patrons applauding heavily. The songs performed were a variety of humorous and social commentary which was musically arranged by Mr. Tony Wilkinson, music teacher and coordinator of the event.
The musical accompaniment was provided by the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School Students Band with support from a brass section from the Royal St. Lucia Police Band. They played wonderfully. The MC for the event was popular St, Lucian female soca artiste, Sergie. There were guest appearances by Oshun, Teddy Boy, Sergie and Moco Flixx Dancers.
The event was well received and the patrons requested to an encore from all the student calypsonians. They reappeared on stage and each performed a verse and chorus of their song. By all accounts, the event will most possibly be an annual staple event of the Augier Combined School.
The Augier Combined School would like to thank everyone including the Director of Music and members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Band, the Principal, Staff and Students of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, PTA of the Augier Combined School, the students who performed, parents of the students, MC Sergie, all the guest performers, Mr. Tony Wilkinson, Mr. Mahurney Augier, Jahly Josie Sounds, Principal, Teachers and Staff of the Augier Combined School for their contributions to making the event a success.