Regional News of Tuesday, 25 February 2014
The Our Lady of Mercy (OLAM) Senior High School (SHS) in Tema has celebrated its 15th anniversary with a call on parents and teachers to help inculcate the spirit of obedience in students, to enable them to develop the virtue of self-discipline and self-control.
The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, admonished parents, guardians and teachers to let their lives serve as examples of obedience and self-discipline in all spheres of life, be it at home, at work or in society, whether others are looking on or not.
The anniversary, which also marked the school's 5th speech and prize-giving day, was observed on the theme, "Quality education, the role of the church and the government.”
Most Rev. Palmer Buckle highlighted what he termed were five very essential and indispensable ingredients necessary for quality education. He said for any person to be well and properly educated, that person should have been formed in such a way that he or she was an obedient person, wise, healthy, God-fearing and imbued with love for his or her fellow human beings.
Dwelling on the Bible passage in Luke 2:51-52, Most Rev Palmer Buckle said apart from obedience, quality education required that both parents and teachers had to see to it that their children and wards were well fed with nutritious food before sending them to school, and also ensure that the pupils and students had something good to eat during schooltime. Commendation
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, said OLAM SHS had become a household name within the 15 years of its existence because of its achievements in academics and in other extracurricular activities in the metropolis.
He said the school's contribution to education in Tema in particular and Ghana as a whole was very much appreciated, and commended the Catholic Church, the founder members, teachers and administrators, the Board and the PTA for laying a solid foundation for the school.
History of OLAM SHS
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Clemence Yao Baba, said the OLAM Catholic Church in Tema Community One established the school, with the late Reverend Father Francis Beemsterboer and the late Aloysius Hoguth as founders.
Founded as a Catholic private school in 1999 with 15 students and 11 teachers the school, which was absorbbed into the public system in 2001, now has a student population of over a 1,000 and a teaching staff of 52 and 20 non-teaching staff.
He said as a result of prudent measures put in place, the school scored 100 per cent as all 437 students who sat for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination performed brilliantly.