Naparima Girls' High School

Naparima Girls' High School
Naparima Girls High School
Non nobis solum sed omnibus
("Not for ourselves only but for others")
La Pique Hill (part of San Fernando Hill)
San Fernando

Trinidad and Tobago
Type Female Secondary School
Established 1912

Naparima Girls' High School is an all-girls high school in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. The school was founded in 1912 by Rev Dr. F. Coffin to complement the education offered to boys by Naparima College. It is located on La Pique Hill (part of San Fernando Hill) which overlooks San Fernando.



The school's motto is non nobis solum sed omnibus which is Latin for Not for ourselves only but for others.

In keeping with these words to live by, students are required to complete forty hours of community service during the first four years (forms 1-4) of their secondary education at Naparima Girls' High School.

Mission statement

To provide both staff and students (present and past) with an environment that is user friendly, within which they can locate and access material that can be used to solve information needs.


To deconstruct established ideals of learning and recreate a dynamic process of education which reforms and refashions itself according to individual needs and expectations. A process which extends beyond the boundaries of classroom, syllabus amd matriculation and presents instead, infinite possibilities through the ceaseless pursuit of and ultimate joy of knowledge.

School hymn

The school hymn is Youth Undaunted.The lyrics are:

Youth undaunted lift up your head,
Though a hope and a dream are dead,
Soon a new beacon is burning,
Hope is forever returning.

Lift your head in yourself within,
Must your heaven on earth begin,
Rivers begin at the fountain,
As in the valley the mountain.

Lift your head, look around and hear
Voices calling you far and near;
Voices insistent and ringing,
Challenging, urgent and singing.

Lift your head, let you heart be filled
With the hope that sustained and thrilled
All who in past generations
Lived as the light of the nations.


  • Miss Edith Doyle.......... 1912 - 1913
  • Miss Marion Outhit ....... 1913 - 1916
  • Miss Grace Beattie........ 1916 -1917
  • Miss Adella Archibald..... 1917 -1927
  • Miss Constance Young ..... 1927 - 1928
  • Miss Grace Beattie........ 1939 - 1950
  • Miss Margaret Scrimgeour. 1950 - 1964
  • Miss Beulah Meghu......... 1964 - 1984
  • Mrs. Mavis Lee Wah........ 1984 - 1986
  • Mrs. Jean Bahadur......... 1984 - 2000
  • Patricia Ramgoolam....... 2000–Present Principal

The years 1928 to 1939 saw four changes of Acting Principals: Mrs. Irene Thompson-Kerster in 1928, Miss Margaret Scrimgeour in 1930, Mrs. Maude Howell-Dales in 1932 and Miss Bessie Bentley in 1936.

House system

The student population is broken down into five teams called 'houses'. The houses compete against each other in sporting, arts and cultural activities. All houses vie for the title "Best House" which is named at the end of every school year. Houses gain points and merits which are totalled, the highest scoring house receives the award. Points may be won for academic and non-academic excellence. Each house was named after a prominent female figure and also assigned a colour. The houses and their colours are:

  • Archibald House - blue (named after Adella Archibald)
  • Cavell House - green (named after Edith Cavell)
  • Curie House - red (named after Marie Curie)
  • Keller House - yellow (named after Helen Keller)
  • Scrimgeour House - purple (named after Margaret Scrimgeour)

Form classes

  • Form 1 - J,N,R
  • Form 2 - J,N,R
  • Form 3 - J,N,R
  • Form 4 - N,G,H,S
  • Form 5 - N,G,H,S
  • Form 6 - Lower - A,B,C
  • Form 6 - Upper - A,B,C

Extracurricular activities and clubs

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Drama
  • Eco-Activists'
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey

String Orchestra

  • Indian Cultural
  • Investment Club
  • I.S.C.F.
  • Junior Choir
  • Languages
  • Lawn Tennis
  • Math Society
  • Orchestra
  • Public Speaking
  • President's Awards Scheme
  • Scrabble/Chess
  • Senior Choir
  • Track & Field
  • Steelpan
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Youth Co-op


Entry into this institution is done after writing SEA or Secondary Entrance Assessment. Naparima Girls' High School is most usually the first and most prominent choice when choosing which secondary school a child wishes to attend. Choices are made to be placed in secondary schools depending on how well one does in the exam.

Notable alumni

  • Dr. Jean Ramjohn-Richards, First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Zalayhar Hassanali, former First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Occah Seepaul, former House Speaker and first woman speaker of the house of representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nasma Mohammed, Miss T&T Universe 2002
  • Gillian Lucky, politician and lawyer
  • Michelle Xavier, soca artiste

See also


  • Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2. 

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