AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE REGIONAL MANAGER OF CEU AT ST. JOHN’S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DURING THEIR 60TH ANNIVERSARY ON 23RD JUNE 2017
Mr. Chairman, invited Guest, Md. Headmistress, staff, and students of the school, parents, Old Students, the Media, Ladies, and Gentlemen, other established protocols respectfully observed.
60years in the life of a European is an ideal age to re-strategize and maybe change profession or take up new programs. For a typical African, it is time to prepare for death because one is getting old. While for a civil servant, it is a retirement age. It is heartwarming to note that as a school, you are celebrating not 60years leading to your retirement nor preparation for death but 60years of steady growth, an invitation to re-strategize and take on new programs and projects that will groom effective leaders as reflected in your chosen theme: “grooming effective leaders through excellent performance.
I congratulate you not just because you are 60years but because you have marked it through your hard work that saw one of your students receiving the Presidential Award during the Ghana @60 independent celebration on March 6th this year.
Grooming effective leaders requires all hands on deck; parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders. But grooming them through excellent performance places much responsibility on the school environment especially the administrator- headteacher, teachers, and students.
Anniversary Celebration in Pictures
As I congratulate and thank the hardworking headteacher and her staff, I wish to equally appreciate the collaboration and support given them by the PTA which is evidenced in the handling of their land issue where we intended to cite the toilet earlier this year. This is what it takes to have a good learning environment that will facilitate excellent performance.
Mr. Chairman, following the records of this school since my assumption of office, this school has improved steadily in their BECE results from 92.10% in 2015, (5th) position in the Diocesan analysis to 94% in 2016 (2nd) in the diocesan analysis. With this remarkable performance Mr. Chairman, I believe that the headteacher, teachers, parents, and students of this school deserve commendation for the good work done.
Your challenges are numerous I know but we shall gradually address them. So I call on the parents to continue their support and the old students to be more visible in the life of the school.
I call the teachers and administration in this school to jointly review their activities in terms of attitude to work, commitment, punctuality, relationship within themselves, with students and parents and the professionalism of their Profession in line with their chosen theme for this anniversary. This will pave way for holistic formation of effective leaders so dear to the heart of God, the Church, and our Nation.
Long live St. Johns JHS, long live the Catholic Education Unit, long live Ghana.
Sr. Bernardine Pemii, DC