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Headmistress shows gratitude

By James Harry Obeng.


With the motto “striving for the best” vindicated on the day, attendees who swamped the Light of the World School at Weija for the school’s  graduation ceremony last Friday saw nothing weird and ill-premised about the ‘style’ with which Mrs. Esther Hamilton, the headmistress, celebrated the day. Rather, they joined in it. 


Not even the sight of the invited dignitaries and students who had inundated the campus for the ceremony could prevent the headmistress from lying prostrate on the ground as a sign of showing gratitude to God for bolstering the performance of the school in the 2008 Basic Education Certificate Education {BECE} examination.


And as if the all–white apparel which she wore for the ceremony was also nothing to worry about, the headmistress rolled, rolled and rolled umpteen times on the ground in what counts as uncharacteristic of graduation ceremonies yet to be replicated elsewhere, though enthralled attendees and graduands stood and clapped in admiration, having surrounded her.


The reason underlying the euphoric celebration was however not far fetched; Out of the 69 students presented by the school for the BECE examinations, 51 clocked up aggregates six — made up by grade ones in all ten subjects of study — with the remaining least impressive scores ranging between aggregates seven and eleven.


The event graduated the sixty-nine students amidst incessant jubilation interspersed with pomp and pageantry.


Explaining the rationale behind her celebration in an interview with the Spectator, Mrs. Hamilton said following the school’s ranking as the 28th best Junior High School (JHS) in the 2007 nationwide BECE, she rolled once on the ground and promised God to do more of it “if He helps us to come out with impressive aggregates in subsequent exams”.


She indicated it was therefore not out of any unexplained reason that she decided to bury herself onto the ground, but to show her gratitude and appreciation to God for the blessings showered on the school.


She noted with such impressive records chalked by the school in external examinations and other extra-curricula activities, the school’s enrolment have shot up significantly from kindergarten to the JHS level, pegging the current numerical strength of the school at 1,100.


Describing the school as a Christian-based facility that placed emphasis on discipline and the holistic religious training of students, Mrs. Hamilton announced the school was planning to establish a senior high school (SHS) in the next three years to come, ten years after its establishment. 



October 8, 2008 - Posted by | News

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