Timeline

COWEN HAMILTON SECONDARY SCHOOL THROUGH THE YEARS

 

1961        

        A historic meeting on Tuesday 17th October 1961. Plans initiated for the founding of 

        Cowen Hamilton Secondary School.


1962       

        CHSS opens for the first time with four classrooms in the Kern Bungalow. A student enrollment 

        of thirty-four [19 females and 15 males] led by Principal Rev. Eric E. Payne and a teaching staff of four.


1963       

       CHSS has its formal opening in June 1963.

 

1964              

·      Teaching staff increased with four A-level graduate teachers from St. Stephen’s College.

·      CHSS enters the National Music Festival.

 

1965

·      CHSS celebrates its first Speech Day attended by officials of government and British Petroleum Oil  

       Company.

·      A wooden building donated by British Petroleum, opened to provide library facilities and 

       three additional classrooms.

·      CHSS enters National School Netball Championship.

·      First group of candidates write GCE O-Level examinations.

·      Pioneer Principal Rev. Eric Payne returns to England and is replaced by Rev. Cranston W. Bell.

 

1966

·      Teaching staff further increased by two V.S.O. cadets, Sue Barton and Kavanagh from England, 

        two University graduates, William McLeish and Roger Watson through C.U.S.O. in Canada.

·      Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Eric Williams attends a service at 5th Company Baptist Church.

·      The Baptist Board is promised government assistance for C.H.S.S.

·      C.H.S.S. is first used as a Centre for GCE O-Level examinations.

·      The student population has grown to 286.

·      C.H.S.S. becomes a Government Assisted Secondary School, Sept. 1966.

 

1967

·      C.H.S.S. receives its first Common Entrance scholarship winners.

·      The school curriculum extended to include Science.

·      The Kern Bungalow extended to provide additional classrooms, Food and Nutrition and 

       General Science laboratories.

·      Further additions to the teaching staff through V.S.O., C.U.S.O. and local sources.


1968

·      Principal Rev. Cranston W. Bell returns to England and is succeeded by Mr. Malcolm London.

·      Construction on the Busby Block begins.


1970

·      First school magazine “Tom Tom” is printed.

·      The Chemistry Lab is completed.

·      Rev. Allan Parkes assumes duty as Acting Principal, succeeding Mr. Malcolm London.

 

1971        

      The Busby Block is formally opened.

 

1972        

       The Acting Principal Rev. Allan J. Parkes goes on furlough, and is succeeded by Mr. Gilbert Hamilton.


1973

·      The first CHSS Student Council is formed.

·      The second magazine “The Monitor” is printed.

1974

·      Rev. Allan J. Parkes returns as Principal of CHSS.

·      The Biology/Physics laboratory is erected.

·      CHSS tops the island in Geography O Level GCE through Ramraj Deonarine who is now a medical doctor.

·      CHSS is second in the standing for the prestigious Jerningham Medal Award through Kenneth Sookdeo.

 

1976               

       High land behind Kern Bungalow is further bulldozed to bring the sports field to its present size.

 

1977               

       The school curriculum is expanded to include Technical Drawing.

 

1979               

       The first A Level class is started.

 

1981

·      The Agricultural Science building is constructed.

·      The first GCE A Level success is recorded with a full certificate through Rajwnatia Muralali.

·      The first of three trips of CHSS teachers and students to Venezuela.

 

1982               

        CHSS wins National Schools Drama Festival award, with the play “Belle Fanto” directed by Victor 

        Edwards.

 

1983

·      CHSS is a finalist in National School Drama Festival with Victor Edwards’ play, “Dead End”.

·      First annual fund raising walkathon directed by Mr. Dennis George.


1984

·      Valedictory function in honor of retiring Principal Rev. Allan J. Parkes.

·      Mrs. Jocelyn Bobb succeeds Rev. Allan J. Parkes as the first female Principal of CHSS.

·      The third school magazine “The Discoverer” is printed.

·      CHSS first “Day of Local Sports” successfully completed.

·      Ms. Marlene Charles assumes duty as Vice Principal.

 

1985               

       CHSS wins National Schools Drama Festival award with a Victor Edwards play “Sound of Thunder”.

 

1986               

       The curriculum is expanded to include Social Studies and Principles of Accounts.


1987

·      CHSS celebrate its Silver Jubilee [25th Anniversary] with a full week of activities culminating 

       in an Awards Ceremony.

·      Pioneer Principal Rev. Eric Payne turns the sod to launch construction on the Bell Multipurpose Hall.

·      CHSS is featured on national television in an interview with program host Rev. Ken Cadette, 

       Rev. Eric Payne and Mr. Gordon A. Hume.


1988

·      The Bell Multi-purpose Hall is completed.

·      Computer Science is introduced into the curriculum.

·      Dave Ramkellawan wins two scholarships for excellence in Agricultural Science, one to E.C.I.A.F. 

       and another to U.W.I.

·      CHSS wins National Schools Drama Festival award with a Victor Edwards play “Maniac”. 


1989

·      The Bell Multi-purpose Hall is formally opened.

·      Heather Williams and Lisa Ramkellawan win scholarships to E.C.I.A.F. on the basis of excellence

       in CXC Agricultural Science results.

 

1990               

       CHSS wins National Schools Drama Festival award with a Victor Edwards play “Games”.


1991

·      Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson visits CHSS.

·      Ms. Margaret Mohammed leads her class 4M to success in Royal Bank Young Leaders Project.

 

1992               

      CHSS wins third place and $10,000 in the Royal Bank Young Leaders Project through Mr. Shamshu Deen

      and his class.


1993

·      CHSS is successful in Royal Bank Young Leaders Project through Mr. Shamshu Deen and Form 4D.

·      CHSS past student Ms. Judy Rocke wins First-Class Honors in Geography, breaking a 17 year old record

       at U.W.I. Jamaica.


1995

·      Retiring Principal Mrs. Jocelyn Bobb is honored in a Valedictory Function.

·      Vice Principal Ms. Marlene Charles succeeds Mrs. Bobb as Principal.

·      CHSS is successful in Royal Bank Young Leaders Project through Ms. Marlene Charles and her class 4C.

 

1996

·      The Audio-Visual Room is formally opened.

·      Zenitha Prince secures a full slate of nine distinctions in CXC O Level examinations. She also placed first 

       in the country in CXC History Exams

·      Rohanie Persad places first in the country in CXC Double Award Agricultural Science Exams.

 

1997               

        Pioneer Principal Rev. Eric Payne attends the school’s Graduation Exercises.

 

2000               

        The School magazine “Achievers” is printed.

 

2001

·      CHSS wins two awards in the Young Leaders Competition through Ms. Margaret Mohammed and her class   

       3M: 

       The Award of Merit [Trinidad and Tobago], The Award of Honor [Caribbean].

·      CHSS wins a Certificate of Distinction in the Math Olympiad through Yadav Hanuman.

 

2002

·      CHSS celebrates Forty years.

·      CHSS wins an award for Outstanding Production in the Secondary School Drama Festival

 

2003               

       CHSS wins an award for Outstanding Production in the Secondary School Drama Festival

 

2005

·      CHSS places First & Second in the Ambassador’s Song & Verse Competition.

·      CHSS wins an award for Excellence Of Production in the Secondary School Drama Festival

·      CHSS took part in the first Physical Education Exams in CSEC

·      Jason Flaverney tops the country in the CXC Theatre Arts exams.

 

2006

·      CHSS wins the RBTT Young Leaders Debate

·      CHSS school folk choir wins first place in the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival.

·      The Auditorium was converted to house the library.

 

2007

·      LaShaun Paul & Aaron Duntin both reach the finals of the National Junior Mathematics Triathlon.

·      CHSS wins an award for Outstanding Production in the Secondary School Drama Festival

·      Winners of South East Zone Secondary School Athletic Championship-March Past


2008

·      Ms. Jael Nicholas wins our first Scholarship in the area of Modern Studies.

·      The new Food & Nutrition Lab is opened and dedicated to Jael Nicholas

·      Victoria Cooper wins South Junior Monarch & Sanfest

·      CHSS places 1st in the folk song category & 3rd in the school choir division at the Trinidad & Tobago 

       Music Festival

·      CHSS won 1st place in the School Media Project Radio division

·      Dennecia George places fourth in the T.E.C.U. nationwide essay competition.

·      The cafeteria or "tuck shop" moves in to its new building.

·      Winners of South East Zone Secondary School Athletic Championship March Past

 

2009

·      CHSS attains its second consecutive Scholarship with Ms. Sherryl Boodram who won an 

       Additional Scholarship in the area of Sciences.

·      CHSS does very well at the First National Dance Sport Competition

·      South East Zone Secondary Schools Champions U20

·      Winners of South East Zone Secondary School Athletic Championship March Past

 

2010               

·    CHSS takes first place at the IStructE/APETT Young Structural Engineers Design and Build Competition.

·      2nd place at the National Secondary School Netball Shooters competition.


 2011

·      CHSS attains a Scholarship with Ms. Trishel Leah Gokool who won an Additional Scholarship

       in the field of Science.


2012

·     Cowen Hamilton attains a Scholarship with Jamieon Jagessar in the field of Business.

·     The principal Ms. Marlene Charles retires.


2014

·  Cowen Hamilton achieves 1st and 2nd place at the eCAL ICT Apps Creation Competition.


2015

·     Cowen Hamilton attains an additional Scholarship with Sharvana Ramoutar in the field of Science.

·     Cowen Hamilton achieves 1st place in ACTT’s Quiz Competition 2015. 

·     Safiya Black wins 2nd place and Varun Sookoo wins 3rd place in the Merikin Competition 2015. 

·     Shada Edwards wins 1st place for the dramatised speech at SanFest 2015. 


2016

·    Cowen Hamilton achieves 2nd place in ACTT’s 4th National Quiz 2016. 

·    Keturah Moonan wins 3rd place in TTPOST’s Letter Writing Competition.



 

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