North-West Communities

St. Joseph

Founded in the 16th century by the Spanish occupants, St. Joseph was the first capital of Trinidad. It lies northeast of Champs Fleurs and can be accessed from the Eastern Main Road by driving north on the Maracas Royal Road. Mount St. Benedict is one of the communities of St. Joseph, and both the Mount St. Benedict Cathedral and Monastery were built by the monks of the Order of St. Benedict who came to Trinidad from Bahia, Brazil, in 1912. The monks were originally from Belgium, Germany, and Holland.

Entertainment

Steelbands: The following is a listing of the steelbands that functioned in St. Joseph, broken down by type: traditional (pans supported around the neck); and conventional (pans supported mechanically).

STEELBAND TYPE LOCATION IN 2002 HISTORY
Culture Circle Conventional Pole 58B and Market Street  
Thunderbirds Conventional Guarata Village, Maracas  
Voices Traditional 166 Royal Road, Maracas  

Sports

Cricket: Jack Noriega and Benjamin Sealey were born in St. Joseph and went on to represent the West Indies in Test Cricket.

Academic Institutions

SCHOOL LEVEL ADDRESS RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION HISTORY
The Holy Ghost Tabernacle & Nursery School Pre-School Corner Market and Nelson Streets    
St. Bede's Vocational School Secondary Mount St. Benedict Roman Catholic  
St. Joseph's College Secondary   Roman Catholic  
St. Joseph's Convent Secondary Richmond Street Roman Catholic Founded in 1870
St. Joseph's Boys' RC School Primary Abercromby Street Roman Catholic 646 pupils in 2002
St. Joseph's Girls' RC School Primary Richmond Street Roman Catholic 723 pupils in 2002
St. Joseph's Government School        
St. Xavier's Preparatory School Primary Richmond Street Roman Catholic 442 pupils in 2002

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