Two weeks ago there was a celebration at Paradise Pasture as 31 young men got the news that they had won national academic scholarships.
Fast forward to this past week and there was celebration again at the Pasture, as 18 young men had just brought home the Premier Division title in the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League.
This comes after the Naparima College Under-14 cricket team had lifted the South Zone title and finished second in the national race. The senior cricket team placed second in both the league and Intercol cricket tournaments as well.
A very satisfied principal Dr Michael Rawle Dowlath in an interview with Guardian Media Sports said that the mantra at one of the nation's top learning institutions is a "holistic development".
He said, "We at the college are very strong believers that holistic development must take place with our boys or else we would have failed. When the boys come to Naparima College, they enter from varying backgrounds and we try at the end of the day to have them reading from one hymn book.
"Firstly, we bring awareness to them that they must be their brother's keeper. From here we build on that and when Naparima College goes out there to play, you can see the boys in the stands giving their full support and at the end of the day when success comes, they also totally share in it."
The school has produced a number of scholars over the years and has been in a purple patch under the leadership of Dowlath. The Penal resident, who came to Naparima in 2006 from Iere High School, has been at the helm of a school that is revered in the country.
Since 2006 to now, the school has brought home a total of 364 scholarships and many of the young men have gone on to excellent tertiary level education.
"We are very confident when our guys move on from this institution that they will be of benefit to the country. We at Naparima College focus on moulding good gentlemen and that is what you get when you come here," said Dowlath.
"The teachers are very dedicated to the task and as it is with any school there are challenges but the key is how you tackle it and turn all negatives into positives. The group of teachers here deserves all the credit because they work tirelessly in getting the job done. Many times they go beyond the call of duty and as a result, you see a school that is always on the move upwards."
The students at Naparima College understand who is in charge and this makes it easier for the teachers to go about their business. An incident occurred during the highly charged Naparima versus Presentation College football clash recently. Students from both schools were chanting "not so nice things" about the other and when the "Naps" boys started a chant that was offensive, Dowlath rose to his feet, looked at them and immediately they grew silent.
He has also taken a keen interest in sports and culture and tends to give this a lot of focus. He called out a group of young cricketers who were struggling in terms of winning matches in 2017 and said to them: "You have the ability to be champions, I have looked at the talent here and I am going to take a keen interest in your development."
He then guided the sports department in a certain direction in terms of giving them the tools to harness the talent and lo and behold, they were champions a year later. He is very proud of this team in particular
"They are the next generation of Naparima College cricketers and they know what is expected from them and they have bought nicely into the idea of representing their school with pride."
There are around 26 co-curricular activities that the school offers and Dowlath thinks this helps in bringing out the best in the students academically.
"We are happy to see the boys out on the field playing. I always tell the teachers that boys will be boys, so we make allowances for that and the boys, in turn, repay us with good performances in the classrooms."
As the school's tag-line goes "A Posse Ad Esse" (from possibility to actuality), the boys with heavy book bags strapped on their backs make the trip up the steep Paradise Pasture hill with this at the fore.