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Jehue Gordon's school - Maraval RC Primary, Trinidad and Tobago

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council tell the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Maraval Primary are twinned with Perry Wood Primary, Worcester

Children run for the finish line in the relay
Students race for the finish at school sports day

Maraval Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School

Maraval Primary pride themselves on sociable, assertive pupils who are active in the local community and are ambassadors for their school.

Students - 403, ages 5 to 14
Teachers - 17
Where in the world? Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Languages - English and Creole
Jehue was at the school from 1996 to 2003

The students strive for academic success and work hard in class. Many of them pass the Secondary Entrance Exam (SEA) aged 12 and move on to academically selective high schools.

The school fosters an atmosphere of inclusivity and Maraval's 403 pupils and 17 teachers would give visitors to the school a warm welcome and exchange their cultures and knowledge.

Jehue at Maraval RC Primary School

The hurdler excelled in sport from an early age and won most of the events in a school sports day for his house, Marigold. He was nervous on his first day at school in 1996 and remembers lining up in the hot sun.

Teachers at the school remember Jehue as being athletic but also very hard working, showing a particular talent in maths.

Jehue Gordon
Maraval students are well rounded and strive for excellence in class and in extra curricular activities

Ms Ford Felician, a PE teacher, had a big influence on Jehue's early sporting career.

Jehue has fond memories of his time at the school and says that the school is always striving for excellence and the pupils work hard to be the best they can be. The students sometimes needed a bit of encouragement and he remembers "our class teacher screaming at us to finish our work on time."

However, one event at Maraval has left Jehue scarred for life: "when I was running away from a girl, I fell and scraped right under my eye giving me a scar for life lol."

Jehue left Maraval in 2002 to start his secondary school studies at Belmont Boys Secondary

School challenges

Maraval Primary staff
Jehue's natural athletic ability in long distance running was obvious from an early age. He's a great ambassador for the school and inspires our current students to reach for the stars
Jacob Sterling, head teacher

Located in a hilly suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital, Port of Spain, many of the pupils help their families out on the surrounding plantations before and after school by watering and taking care of crops including tomatoes, pimentos, cassava and yam.

The students manage to fit their homework around their farming commitments and usually get it in on time.

Sports stars

The school balances the pupils' hard work in class with sports including football, cricket, netball, swimming, golf and athletics.

Girls' football and cricket teams have recently been set up and the school regularly competes with other local schools.

As well as Jehue, its track superstar, Maraval has also produced national cricketers.

Students celebrate winning sporting event in a procession
Students celebrate sporting victory

Getting ready for 2012

Jehue Gordon at Maraval Primary graduation ceremony
Jehue at the Maraval 2010 gradutaion ceremony

The school is looking forward to London 2012 and will be supporting all athletes representing Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean countries. Pupils will be researching the history and inspirational stories of athletes in class.

Athletes give a great deal back to the local area and regularly visit the school.

Jehue is in regular contact with the school and recently presented awards including 'Sportswoman of the Year' at Maraval's graduation ceremony.

World Olympic Dreams

Jehue is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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see also
London calling for young hurdler
06 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
The obstacles facing hurdler Gordon
05 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Jehue goes back to school
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams

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