Owners and management of Bequest Group of Schools, Lagos, said the school after 15 years of provision of qualitative education and good upbringing that will position the children for the all-round development and challenges of the future has every cause to rejoice. According to its Principal, Mrs. Edikeh Patience, the group of schools which commenced academic activities with Kindergarten (KG) class 15 years ago, and later nursery and primary school are today making appreciable progress in the area of delivery of quality education in line with the vision and aspiration of the founders.
She, however, recalled that as the school progressed the urgent need to establish the secondary school arm of the schools became apparent to adequately take care of the higher education needs of the teeming pupils who were been graduated from primary school to secondary school, as well as that of its entire host community.
Basking in the euphoria of the sterling achievements of the schools over the years, the Principal, however, reiterated the commitment of the school to provide stateof- the-art facilities and congenial teaching and learning environment that will enhance the students’ overall development and growth “Given the rising enrolment in the primary school and coupled with the number of pupils graduating yearly, we saw the need to venture into higher school education and this gave us the courage to establish the secondary school arm,” Mrs. Edikeh said.
The principal, who recounted that the school is grooming students from the Junior Secondary School (JSS I) to Senior Secondary School (SS 3), said the students presented this year for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for the fifth time performed brilliantly as they came out in flying colours.
“To the glory of God, our school has always been producing brilliant students at least in the five core subjects, including English language and Mathematics every year,” she added. While presenting the school’s scorecard, the principal, who spoke during this year’s graduation and prize-giving day of the school, further noted: “I am also delight to inform you our amiable parents that some of students who graduated from the school are already graduates, while some are undergraduates in various universities and other higher institutions within and outside the country.” She, therefore, enjoined students who passed through the school to come together and form the old students’ association, saying such move would go a long way in encouraging the ex-students to give back to the school in the near future. Mrs. Edikeh said: “We look forward to seeing our former students who are passionate about their alma mater to come together and form the old students association of the school.
This will trigger the ex-students to give back to the school in the near future with a view to enhancing the development and growth of the school.” She also said, one good thing teachers and students are working at is to maintain the set standard of the school which she said had been nominated the best group of schools within their enclave. She described the event as a usually avenue for the management, staff and parents to collectively celebrate the outgoing students, highlight the achievements and challenges of the school and to restrategise for its future development and growth of the children.
The high points of the event were various presentations, including drama, poem and song rendition and choreography by the students. In her valedictory speech, the Head Girl, Egwegba Favour, who pointed out there were many challenges in life, noted that in all these challenges there were still happy days, saying the most important thing in life is to make impact and leave ones’ foot prints behind for the next generation to know that an icon passed through this same road they are passing, which will make them to be courageous and determined to live a quality life. She said: “It is not how far you have gone, or how rich you have become, or how powerful and famous you are, but what is important is how well you have gone and lived your life.
“Life itself could sometimes not be that rosy or easy; it is just like a race and anyone has to cross the finish lane between ease or difficult because there are obstacles, problems, circumstances, temptations, unfavourable conditions which must be overcome. I appreciate coming this far with my school.” On behalf of her colleagues, she lauded the management and their teachers for given them the best form of education and upbringing that will make them total children and useful adults to themselves and the society in general.
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