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St Mary's old girls inaugurate project for alma mater

BY: Philip Boateng Kessie
Madam Lynda Nunoo Graham, National President of SMOGA, cutting a tape to inaugurate the new school gate. Picture: ESTHER ADJEI
Madam Lynda Nunoo Graham, National President of SMOGA, cutting a tape to inaugurate the new school gate. Picture: ESTHER ADJEI

The 1994/96 year group of the St Mary's Old Girls Association (SMOGA) has renovated the second entrance gate and supporting wall for its alma mater.

The project was executed by the group in fulfilment of its pledge to sponsor the 69th Speech and Prize-giving Day of the St Mary's Senior High School, which was held on February 10, 2019 in Accra.

It was also in line with the tradition of the school’s old students to undertake projects that would benefit the school, as a token of their appreciation.

Speaking about the project, an executive member of the SMOGA 1994/96 group, who was also the Chairperson of the Speech and Prize-giving Day ceremony, Major Bernice Ama Darkoa Khemchand, said the renovation of the school gate was of great delight to their year group, particularly as it would improve the security of the students.

Safer environment

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Major Khemchand said after 25 years, it was finally the turn of the 1994/1996 year group to give back to the school, pointing out that the group chose to fulfil the school's desire to create a safer environment for the girls as they studied. She, therefore, called on all old students to also support and contribute towards enhancing the status of their alma mater.

"Even though our project is a simple one, we got satisfaction from the fact that it will keep the girls safe and secured," Major Khemchand said, pointing out that, "For our year group, we chose to fulfil the school's desire to create a safer environment for our girls as they studied.

Even though our project was a simple one, we get satisfaction from the fact that it will keep the girls safe and secure.”

Touching on ways to adopt a collective approach towards the growth of the school, Major Khemchand stressed the need for old students to see themselves as major stakeholders in enhancing the development of the school.

That move, according to her, was very important since it would help eliminate the over-reliance on the government for infrastructural project and also ensure that the school was better positioned to deliver on its mandate.

Parent’s contribution

The President of the 1994/96 year group, Mrs Sheila Assibey-Yeboah, also called on parents to offer substantial support to the school authorities to ensure a smooth and effective running of the school.

“Now that we are blessed with a no fee initiative, I want to urge you to do more to support the smooth running of the school, including contributing to sanitation and other matters that will enhance the living conditions of our own beloved wards," she said.