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Reunion Primary, Sir Ira Simmons Secondary Claim Schools Calypso Crown


After an exciting day of riveting performances by 16 primary and secondary schools, Calypsonians; Darnel, from Reunion Primary and Yandi J from Sir Ira Simmons Secondary have won the 2023 National Schools Calypso Crown.

Darnel gave a captivating performance of his calypso, entitled “Children in Crisis” and Yandi J as Father Time singing “Passage of Time” had the crowd singing along to their songs.

All the calypsonians delivered songs focusing on some of society’s gravest issues including violence, social media and the future of the youth. The competition was divided into the Infant/Primary and Secondary Schools Division. The winners for each division are:

Rank Infant/Primary Secondary
Winner Reunion Primary Sir Ira Simmons Secondary
1st Runner- Up Ave Maria Girls Primary Castries Comprehensive Secondary
2nd Runner- Up Piaye Combined Micoud Secondary
3rd Runner- Up Mongouge Combined St. Mary’s College


This year’s competition was held at the Vigie Sports Complex, after having outgrown its traditional home, the National Cultural Centre.

The winners and qualifying schools in this year’s competition received several prizes from the sponsors including laptops, head phones, grocery and dinner vouchers and experiences like Splash Island Water Park.

Sponsors for the 2023 National Schools Calypso Competition include title sponsor, National Lotteries Authority, platinum sponsor, Piton Malt/Crystal Clear, gold sponsors, Courts Ready Cash, Radio Caribbean International, and Flow.

Other sponsors include The Wave, Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC), First Citizens Investment Services, KFC, Rubis, Splash Island Water Park, Trim Riding Stables, Massy Stores, and The Right Angle.

To stay informed on updates on Junior Carnival and information on all other carnival events, go to or follow @juniorcarnivalsaintlucia and @carnivalsaintlucia for more.

SOURCE: Carnival Planning and Management Committee. Headline photo Darnel (L) & Yandi J

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  1. Sir Ira Sir Ira to thee we will be true. If you know , you Know.

    Congratulations. Love to see my past school doing well.

  2. Congratulations to these young Calypsonians. They sure have plenty of material to work with given the current state of St Lucia. Rise up young people!


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