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St Peter’s celebrates Diamond Jubilee

ST Peter’s Senior High school, located at Nkwatia-Kwahu in the Eastern Region of Ghana, was founded in February 1957 for the education of boys by the DivineWord Missionaries, a Catholic Religious Organisation of Priests and Brothers.

The school was named after St Peter Claver (1581 -1654), a Spanish Jesuit Priest, who worked most of his life among the poor Negro slaves of Colombia.

The initiative came from an Accra-based citizen of Nkwatia called Opanyin Onwona Farkye, who led the delegation to the local Priest at Kwahu Tafo (Rev. Fr Cletus Hodapp, SVD) to propose the idea of the church establishing a school at Nkwatia. Rev. Fr Hodapp in turn discussed the proposal with the Rt Rev. Joseph O. Bowers, the Bishop of Accra.

On 7th January, 1957, Bishop Bowers met with the Nkwatiahene and his elders and both agreed to start St Peter’s Senior High School. The chief and his people donated a large tract of land and also agreed to offer communal labour for the building of the school.

St Peter’s began its life of character and academic training on February 5, 1957, with 36 founding students and two teachers on the private premises of late Opanyin Onwona Farkye. The courses offered were the Arts and Science. Rev. Fr Clement Hotze, SVD of blessed memory, an American, who was the first Headmaster of the school, taught the Arts subjects, while Mr Agyare taught the science subjects.

The first lay (non-priest of religious) headmaster was Mr Herbert Agbezuge. In September 1960, St Peter’s was officially approved by the Ministry of Education.

From this humble beginning, St Peter’s High School has developed and acquired an enviable reputation in the country as a first-class institution in the country. The present headmaster, who is also the third lay person to head the school, is Mr Mathias Kudiabor, and he is being assisted by two headmasters, namely, Rev. Fr Daniel Kwadwo Lenwah, SVD, and Mr Hipolyt Adekema, as the assistant headmasters of administration and academic, respectively. The current teaching staff is 76, made up of 11 females and 65 males. The non-teaching staff is 63; comprising 18 females and 45 males.

Prominent Old Boys

• Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
• Dr Nsiah Asare, Director General Health Services
• Professor Ken Attafuah, Executive Secretary, National Identification Authority
• Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti, Commissioner-General, Ghana Revenue Authority
• Dr James Ato Orleans-Lindsay, CEO, JL properties
• Mr George Ofosuhene, CEO, Bond Financial Services
• Hon. Seth Acheampong. MP Mpreaeso
• Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng, Deputy Finance Minister
• Mr George Adu aka Kwabena Kwabena, Musician
• Mr Robert Dwamena, Former MD, ECG
• Mr Seth Adjei Baah, CEO, Shaaba Group

Past Headmasters

1. 1957 – 1972 Rev. Fr Clement Hotze, SVD
2. 1972 – 1983 Rev. Fr Josef Glatzel, SVD
3. 1983 – 1990 Rev. Fr Alois Hoguth, SVD
4. 1990 – 1992 Rev. Fr Anthony Dugay, SVD
5. 1992 – 2005 Mr Herbert Agbezuge (first Ghanaian headmaster)
6. 2005 – 2009 Mr David Afram
7. 2009 – Date Mr M. T. K. Kudiabor (Present Headmaster)

National Science & Maths Quiz

1998 – 1st Runner-up
2000 – Winners
2002 – 1st Runner-up
2004 – 1st Runner-up
2005 – Winners
2006 – 1st Runner-up

Other Achievements

The school has always obtained 100 per cent pass in the A’ Level, Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) and in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

1991 – Master Methudius Tuuli emerged the Best Science Student in Ghana and the Overall Best Science candidate in West Africa at the GCE Advance Level.

1997 – Master Benjamin Abban was also the Best Science candidate in SSSCE in Ghana. -