Maya Thomas, 11 years old, St Xavier's Private School, NGC Sanfest 2016, Creative Writing, Poetry, Competition, winner in red uniform, in sweet T&T for Sweet TnT Magazine, Culturama Publishing Company, for news in Trinidad, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with positive how to photography.

NGC Sanfest 2016 – Maya wins poetry trophy

Maya Thomas, 11 years old and a talented student of St Xavier’s Private School, won the NGC Sanfest 2016 – Creative Writing – Poetry competition. Her proud father Randy Thomas shares two of her poems with readers of Sweet TnT Magazine.

The Quarry

The trees have grown for years and years, but now they cut it down
All I have is memories of a glorious view, what I admired is now dirt ground.

The beautiful hill that rose high with courage is now defeated into a peak, sometimes it is as flat as the street, slaughtered just like animals used for meat.

The only way you could stop a quarry is through protest! But these selfish people won’t listen and now it has become an environmental contest.

To see who will shout out our rights. It looks like some caring people have might plus the bended road is bright.So why can’t people see the light? So how did I realise this crisis it’s like a natural side of ISIS. I asked myself what’s happening today it’s going the wrong way

I came to the conclusion that the housing development is now an illusion
Trinidad is a beautiful nation, it’s like a cultural inspiration

So why do you want to turn it into a foolish aim playing a silly game to find someone else to blame

These questions still stand and everyone won’t give a hand they continue destroying something so pretty Trinidad now has no safety; the magnificent island has died; at least I tried.

My Life Story

All I ever wanted was a grand life.
All the riches in the world oh what a grand life
With many cars and riches, happy I shall be
For all I ever wanted was a grand life indeed

Not only will I have the biggest house to see
I’ll have a big career with Rihanna and Jay Z
I will be very famous and popular as well
I will have adoring fans and a fan club who can tell
And every late night a concert there will surely be

A V.I.P section for a little bit of people, who get their tickets early.
Don’t children have a wide imagination because I’m just one too
So if you ever ask me what I’d like to be, I will read this poem to you very happily.


About NGC Sanfest 2016

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) partnered as title sponsor with the San Fernando Arts Council for NGC Sanfest 2016. In its 46th year of existence, this year’s festival was launched on September 18 at the Creative Arts Centre in San Fernando. Ms Cornelia Noel, NGC’s Vice President, Commercial, said, “We at NGC recognise that the Arts are critical to national development and, as a result, the Company has long played a supporting role in its promotion as a key pathway of youth development.”

The Festival provides a platform for the youth to exhibit their brilliant talents in the arts in areas such as music, dance, writing, choral speaking and visual arts, to name a few. It was recalled that Sanfest has been the stage where the early performances of some of today’s major local artistes honed their skills. The Launch event also provided the opportunity for recent past participants to showcase their talent with performances in the genres of dance, the spoken word, singing, and calypso.

Dedication of NGC Sanfest 2016

The San Fernando Arts Council has dedicated this year’s NGC Sanfest to Mr James Lee Wah, who was the Founder and first Chairman of the Arts Council. He was therefore instrumental in the establishment of the National Junior Arts Festival and the Creative Arts Centre.

At this year’s launch, Mr Lee Wah was recognised for his vision, initiative and foresight in conceptualising the formation of the festival, as well as his devoted and loyal service to the national community in the fields of education, arts, culture and community-oriented service.

NGC Sanfest 2016, themed ‘A Divine Alternative to…’, ran from September 26 to November 23. The preliminary rounds took place within the school districts across Trinidad and Tobago. The festival targets students from primary and secondary schools up to the age of 19 competing in various categories in the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts.

For further information please contact: Lisa Burkett Manager (Ag.), Corporate Communications The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited Orinoco Drive Point Lisas Industrial Estate Email:

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