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29.01.2009 Education

St. Augustine’s College launches 79th Speech Day


Former students of St. Augustine's college known as St Augustine's Past Students Union (APSU) on Thursday launched the school's 79th Speech and Prize-Giving day with a call on members to contribute their quota towards the development of the school.

Highlights of the celebration would include the inauguration of a GH¢30,000 Gatehouse and a Fence Wall being built by the 1984 Year Group who are the host of this year's celebration.

Launching the programme, Mr. Charles Kofi Bucknor, National President of APSU, called on the old boys to always hold in high esteem the name of the school and partake in all the activities of the union.

He noted that, lack of good communication among members was the major problem facing the union and hinted that very soon it would institute news bulletins and set up a communication centre for them to have access to all needed information.

“The centre will also be a place where members can surf the net, have video conferences and meet old school friends. We will also institute a short code by which all members can send their questions and concerns for redress,” Mr Bucknor, who is Director of Ghana Television, added.

He appealed to the old students to make their knowledge and expertise available to the needs of the school to cut cost.

Mr. Bucknor said a fund meant for the new headmaster, Mr. Joseph Connell to set up a project, had been instituted by the union and urged all to contribute to it.

“This seed money will enable the headmaster to initiate any project of his choice which can serve as his legacy when he leaves office,” he said.

On the need for the Gatehouse and Fence Hall, Dr. Edward Ackah-Nyamike Jnr, Head of the Department of Agricultural Extension and the Convener of the 1984 Year Group, noted that it would help to control general access to the school and also serve as an architectural masterpiece.

“It will also serve as an elegant symmetrical edifice for the frontage befitting the status of the school,” he added.

He noted that so far only an amount of GH¢10,000 had been paid to the contractor and urged all stakeholders of the school to contribute their quota.

Professor Clifford Nii Boye Tagoe, Chairman of the occasion and an old boy, expressed his appreciation to the old students for their contributions towards the activities of the school and thanked the 1984 Year Group for accepting to host and sponsor the speech Day slated for March 21.

Mr. Connell said the Board of the school was doing everything possible to improve upon discipline, academic performance and the sanitation at the college.