Our Lady Of Assumption School Unveils New Cloth
The Our Lady of Assumption Basic School (OLAS) at New Achimota, Accra, has unveiled its new cloth as part of activities to launch its 25th Anniversary celebration which will be climaxed in July this year.
The Anniversary launch was performed by Mr. Samuel Narh Kodji, the Ga West Municipal Director of Education, who called on the School authorities, to protect the School’s properties and operate under safe and hygienic conditions.
As the Guest Speaker, Mr. Kodji, emphasised that, in order for the institution to remain at top there was a need to ponder on ways of delivering quality education.
He added that there should be a well-structured system of education with a mindful content of the readiness of the child to absorb what was taught.
Mr. Kodji, who was the Guest Speaker, noted that there was the need to bring all stakeholders on board to provide relevant infrastructure for the school taking cognisance of the modern trend of education.
The Anniversary is on the theme: Providing Quality, Equity and Holistic Education, the Importance of the catholic Mission. The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Anthony Fofie, former Chief Executive Officer of Cocoa Board.
Present at the launching were Rev. Fr. Godwin Kornu, the Local Manager; Ms. Cecilia Lariba Awine, Greater Accra Regional Manager of the Catholic Education Unit; Madam Monica Hammond Head Teacher, Stream 1; Mrs. Ernestina Owusuaa Buadu; Head Teacher- Stream 2 and Mr. Alphonse Avevor, Chairman of the PTA. Also in attendance were the about 1,300 Pupils and Parishioners of Our Lady of Assumption (OLA) Parish, founders of the School.
On her part Mrs. Awine called on Teachers, Parents and Pupils not to see the School as a place for relaxation but rather where hard work, dedication, skills, perseverance and self-discipline is exercised to the fullest.
She appealed to stakeholders to re-dedicate themselves to provide quality education to the students to take up future mantle of leadership.
She said teachers should work as a team to take the training of the students seriously to achieve their goals.
Mrs Awini stressed that Teachers has the greatest responsibility when it comes to education ensuring all children were equipped with the requisite skills and expertise to take up the mantle of leadership in the future.
She said they were also to lay formidable foundation which would give the pupils the academic energy and vigour which would serve as spring boards for them in their lives.
She called on Parents to enhance their supervision since “these days we do not know our children. They have many characters, we must therefore take time to study them, provide their needs and befriend them so that you will know when they have problems.”
Mr. Avevor indicated that as the theme suggested, a positive parent-teacher relationship would help the child to be successful in the school.
“A positive Parent -Teacher relationship helps the child feel good about school and be successful in school. It demonstrates to the child that he or she can trust his or her teacher because the parent does, he added.
In his closing Remarks, Mr. Fofie admonished teachers not to indulge the pupils into any Psycho-Social related diseases, urging parents to assist their wards with their homework.
He mentioned that, Ghana is sandwiched in Francophone countries, therefore he appealed to the Municipal director and the Regional Manager to ensure that, French is made relevant in the curriculum and taught in schools.
He urged the Pupils to be disciplined and to learn hard to become true future leaders.
As part of the launching, funds were raised to support the Anniversary celebrations. Earlier, there was a first phase of health screening exercise for some of the pupils with the second one to be held before the anniversary climax in July.
OLAS was established on September 28, 1993, as a Private School after it was officially inaugurated by Most Rev. Dominic Andoh, Archbishop Emeritus of Accra of blessed memory, with Mr. Paul Arden Kumah as the first head teacher.
The School started with seven boys and 12 Girls in Primary one. The Junior High School (then JSS), was opened on September 1, 1999, with an enrolment of 32 boys and 37 girls. It was integrated into the public sector in 2003 with a current population of about 1,300 Pupils.