PRESS RELEASE: Augier Combined holds first ever Calypso Festival

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unnamed-3The Augier Combined School held its 1st ever Calypso Festival on Sunday, 21st May 2017 at the Augier Combined School. The theme of the festival was “ACS IN KAISO”.

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.

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2 comments

  1. Dammit! This school is misleading the young people.

    Why the hell it is not a science fair or festival that can lead to a lifelong profitable career and more worthwhile contribution to society and humanity?

    The education ministry is sitting on its hands whilst the children are being led to accept second best as a goal for life.

    This school is most definitely setting up those students for failure.

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    • I agree with you. Calypso in St. Lucia has become a nasty art form, with artistes insisting on picking on people on people to give them mepris. Under these circumstances, it is unwise to indoctrinate these young minds in this type of experience. I have yet to see a local calypsonian sing about himself or herself in a "picong" way, like singers such as Sparrow, Kitchener and Zandolie used to do in their days. All our local boys do is focus on something unsavoury involving a "big" person in society, and poke fun and mepris at the individual, regardless of whether or not there is any truth in the matter at hand. I do not support calypso in schools. Let the children grow, become adults and go into calypso if they want. For now, the school should organise a gospel concert as a formal offerirg of the institution.

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