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Success Laventille Secondary School Library Media Centre Secondary School Library This is the Official page for the Success Laventille Secondary School Library Media Centre.

The Success Laventille Secondary SLMC is staffed by The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS); a corporate body established by the NALIS Act No. 18 of 1998 to administer the development and coordination of library and information services in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Success Laventille Secondary SLMC falls under the Educational Libraries Services Division of NALIS. Success La

ventille Secondary SLMC is guided by NALIS' mission "to provide an international standard of service that delivers equitable access to information in all formats …, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and facilities to support the developmental and recreational needs of Trinidad and Tobago." We are committed to the developmental and recreational needs of the students and staff at Success Laventille Secondary School.


David Attenborough, born on May 8, 1926, in London, is an iconic broadcaster, biologist, natural historian and author. Attenborough grew up in Leicester, where his father was principal of University College. In childhood, he collected fossils and natural specimens and then studied natural sciences at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 1947. After a stint in the Royal Navy, he joined the BBC in 1952 as a trainee producer. His first major success was the Zoo Quest series, which began in 1954 - this series took viewers to exotic locations to observe animals in their natural habitats, laying the groundwork for modern wildlife documentaries.

Attenborough has held senior positions at the BBC, including Controller of BBC Two and Director of Programmes, and he commissioned landmark series such as
"Civilization" and "The Ascent of Man."
Despite his executive roles, Attenborough's passion for broadcasting never waned and in 1979 he created the groundbreaking series "Life on Earth," which set new standards for filmmaking, and reached an audience of over 500 million people.

Attenborough has produced and narrated acclaimed series, including "The Living Planet" (1984), "The Trials of Life" (1990),
"The Blue Planet" (2001), "Planet Earth"
(2006), "Frozen Planet" (2011) and "Our Planet" (2019). These documentaries are celebrated for their stunning cinematography, scientific accuracy, and Attenborough's distinctive narration; and he has authored numerous books, often accompanying his television series.

Attenborough is an advocate for environmental conservation, raising aware-
ness about climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, stressing the urgent need to protect the planet's ecosystems. He has received multiple BAFTAs, Emmys and a knighthood in 1985. In 2020, he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to broadcasting and conservation.

Attenborough's dedication, knowledge and captivating storytelling have been central to natural history and environmental education, worldwide.



12 Reasons Why Reading Books Should Be Part of Your Life:

1. Knowledge Highway: Books offer a vast reservoir of knowledge on virtually any topic imaginable. Dive deep into history, science, philosophy, or explore new hobbies and interests.

2. Enhanced Vocabulary: Regular reading exposes you to a wider range of vocabulary, improving your communication skills and comprehension.

3. Memory Boost: Studies suggest that reading can help sharpen your memory and cognitive function, keeping your mind active and engaged.

4. Stress Reduction: Curling up with a good book can be a form of mental escape, offering a temporary reprieve from daily anxieties and a chance to unwind.

5. Improved Focus and Concentration: In today's fast-paced world filled with distractions, reading strengthens your ability to focus and concentrate for extended periods.

6. Empathy and Perspective: Stepping into the shoes of fictional characters allows you to develop empathy and gain a deeper understanding of different perspectives.

7. Enhanced Creativity: Reading exposes you to new ideas and thought processes, potentially sparking your own creativity and problem-solving skills.

8. Stronger Writing Skills: Immersing yourself in well-written prose can improve your writing style, sentence structure, and overall communication clarity.

9. Improved Sleep Quality: Swap screen time for a book before bed. The calming nature of reading can help you relax and unwind, promoting better sleep quality.

10. A Portal to New Worlds: Books transport you to different times, places, and realities. Experience thrilling adventures, historical events, or fantastical journeys from the comfort of your armchair.

11. Lifelong Learning: Reading is a journey of continuous learning and self-discovery. There's always something new to learn, regardless of your age or interests.

12. Conversation Starter: Books provide a treasure trove of topics for conversation, fostering connections and enriching discussions with others.


In Denmark, there are libraries where you can borrow a person instead of a book, to listen to their life story for 30 minutes. The aim is to help people overcome prejudice. Each participant has a label that they identify with - "unemployed", "refugee", "bipolar", etc. - by listening to the other person's story, the participants are able to realize how much you shouldn't "judge a book by its cover". This innovative project is active in more than 50 countries and is called "The Human Library".
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Learning about seeds from the master, the lengendary Sir David Attenborough!


17 Facts You May Not Know About Trinidad and Tobago:

1. Trinidad and Tobago is the birthplace of the steelpan, the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century. Originally crafted from discarded oil drums, it has evolved into a symbol of the country's rich cultural heritage and is integral to its vibrant music scene.
2. The country's national bird is the scarlet ibis, known for its striking red plumage. It holds cultural significance and is featured prominently in folklore and legends, symbolizing beauty, grace, and resilience.
3. Trinidad and Tobago boasts the world's largest deposit of natural asphalt, the Pitch Lake. This unique geological formation covers approximately 40 hectares and is a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors to witness its otherworldly landscape and therapeutic properties.
4. The islands are home to the oldest protected rainforest reserve in the Western Hemisphere, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago. This lush sanctuary provides habitat for diverse flora and fauna, including rare bird species and vibrant tropical plants.
5. Trinidad and Tobago has produced several notable literary figures, including Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul and acclaimed authors such as Earl Lovelace and Samuel Selvon. Their works capture the complexities of Caribbean life and identity, earning international acclaim.
6. The islands' diverse culinary scene reflects their multicultural heritage, blending African, Indian, European, and Indigenous influences. Signature dishes include savory curries, flavorful rotis, spicy doubles, and hearty callaloo soup.
7. Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its vibrant festivals, including the world-famous Carnival and the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. These celebrations showcase the country's rich cultural tapestry and spirit of unity and joy.
8. The country's coastlines are dotted with picturesque beaches, coral reefs, and mangrove swamps, offering opportunities for snorkeling, diving, birdwatching, and eco-tourism. Visitors can explore the underwater wonders of Buccoo Reef or relax on the pristine shores of Maracas Beach.
9. Trinidad and Tobago's colonial history is reflected in its architecture, with stately colonial buildings, colorful Creole houses, and historic forts scattered across the islands. Sites like Fort King George in Tobago offer glimpses into the islands' past and panoramic views of the coastline.
10. The islands are home to a vibrant arts and music scene, with calypso, soca, and steelpan music resonating throughout the streets. From traditional folk songs to modern hits, music is an integral part of daily life and cultural expression in Trinidad and Tobago.
11. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its biodiversity, with lush rainforests, mangrove swamps, and savannas supporting a wide array of plant and animal species. It is home to the critically endangered Trinidad piping guan, also known as the "pawi," found only on the island of Trinidad.
12. The islands' vibrant music scene extends beyond calypso and soca to include other genres such as chutney, reggae, and parang. Each musical style reflects the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Trinidad and Tobago's identity.
13. The country's Carnival is deeply rooted in African traditions brought to the islands by enslaved peoples, blending with European masquerade balls and Indigenous festivities. It is a time of revelry and self-expression, with participants adorned in elaborate costumes and body paint.
14. Trinidad and Tobago is home to several indigenous bird species, including the national bird, the scarlet ibis, and the blue and gold macaw. Birdwatching enthusiasts can explore the country's diverse ecosystems and spot a variety of avian species in their natural habitats.
15. The islands' culinary scene is known for its flavorful street food, with vendors selling popular snacks like "doubles" (curried chickpeas in fried flatbread) and "bake and shark" (fried shark sandwiched in fried dough) at roadside stalls and beachfront eateries.
16. Trinidad and Tobago has a rich tradition of storytelling and oral literature, with folktales passed down through generations. These tales often feature mythical creatures like the soucouyant (a vampire-like creature) and the douen (a mischievous child spirit).
17. The islands are home to several natural wonders, including the Nylon Pool, a shallow sandbar off the coast of Tobago with crystal-clear waters said to have rejuvenating properties. Visitors can swim, snorkel, or simply bask in the sun in this idyllic setting.


The Origin of America’s Favorite Nursery Rhyme:

Davy Crockett's older sister, Effie Crockett was invited to help some mothers in the Muskogee Tribe. Once she arrived in camp, Effie laughed at what she saw. The Muskogee Tribe had a custom of cradling their pappooses among the swaying branches of birch trees. This protected their babies from ground insects, the sun, and wild animals.

After first finding it funny, she soon learned all the great reasons for this practice and marveled at the beauty of it.

Effie watched the swaying and soothing motion of the topmost branches of the trees. She loved how each baby enjoyed nature, how they listened to the songbirds, observed every ladybug, and smiled at the colors of a butterfly, every little breeze was felt and enjoyed by these young ones; each babe seemed perfectly content.

One of the Tribal mothers began to sing a song to the children in her native tongue. As the Muskogee mother sang, Miss Effie observed a small tear running down the mother’s cheek.

Lulu se pepe i le pito i luga o le laau,
A agi le matagi e luluina le moega pepe,
A gau le lala e paʻu ai le moega pepe,
Ma o le a sau i lalo pepe, moega pepe ma mea uma.

Effie translated the words and kept the tune. She shared it with everyone and it soon became a wildly popular nursery rhyme among the Colonies.

The English translation:
Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Why did the Muskogee mother cry?

A “bough” is simply a tree branch, and its breaking was used by the Muskogee mothers as an analogy of their little baby growing up.

Their little baby would soon outgrow his cradle. With each gently rocking wind, time was passing. One day, little baby would no longer need the protection of his mother. One day, the “branch” would break because her little baby had become too heavy. The “cradle” would fall to the earth – the child, no longer a baby, would dust himself off and grow into a man.

The now famous lullaby was first printed in Mother Goose’s Melody.

The rest is history.


As the Form One classes learn about Sources of Information in their library sessions, this is a great example of a PRIMARY source.

Primary Sources of Information are information that is shown for the first time or original materials on which other research is based.


Wishing everyone a joyous Indian Arrival Day filled with love, reflection, and appreciation for our shared heritage from the Management and Staff at NALIS!


Ready to make the most of this long weekend?

From cultural events to theatrical performances, here are things to do on May 30th & 31st in Trinidad!


The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the regional winners of the world’s most global literary prize. Writer Portia Subran, from Trinidad and Tobago, has won the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean.


🐝 There are live enzymes in honey.
🐝 When in contact with a metal spoon, these enzymes die.
🐝 The best way to eat honey is with a wooden or plastic spoon.
🐝 Honey contains a substance that helps your brain work better.
🐝 Honey is one of the rare foods on Earth that alone can sustain human life.
🐝 One teaspoon of honey is enough to sustain human life for 24 hours.
🐝 Propolis, produced by bees, is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics.
🐝 Honey has no expiration date.
🐝 The bodies of great emperors were buried in golden coffins and covered with honey to prevent putrefaction.
🐝 The term "honeymoon" comes from the tradition of newlyweds consuming honey for fertility after the wedding.
🐝 A bee lives less than 40 days, visits at least 1,000 flowers, and produces less than a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
🐝 One of the first coins had a bee symbol on it.
Deep gratitude to the humble BEE! 🐝


We are delighted to announce the five regional winners of the 2024 : Reena Usha Rungoo (Mauritius), Sanjana Thakur (India), Julie Bouchard (Canada), Portia Subran (Trinidad and Tobago), and Pip Robertson (New Zealand).

The winning stories carry readers from a small village in Trinidad to a lonely motel in New Zealand via northern Canada, Mumbai and Mauritius, with themes ranging from love and loss, troubled relationships with parents, and a woman’s love of tea. Two draw upon historical events, the 2023 wildfires in Canada, and the day electricity came to a remote village in Trinidad.

Congratulations to the five winning writers! They will go through to the final round of judging and the overall winner will be announced on 26 June 2024. Their stories will be published online by the literary magazine Granta.


The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts honors the Feast of Corpus Christi🌱, a day rich in tradition and faith.

Here are a few facts about Corpus Christi ⬇️


Success Laventille Secondary School (SLSS), formerly Composite was established in 1983. During this academic year 2023-2024 we are celebrating our 40 year an...


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