Odorgonno SHS launches 84th founder’s day
The Odorgonno Senior High School in Accra has launched its 84th Founder’s and Speech and Prize-giving Day with a call on current students to endeavour to uphold some virtues in order to become responsible citizens.
A former General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and member of Class of 1973 of the school, Prof. Nii Noi Dowuona, who made the call, charged students to be responsible, submissive, assertive, independent minded, industrious and conscientious.
He said the current crop of students must let the motto: Nobis Nitendum Est (Ours is to Strive), be the guide in pursuit of their education, adding that each of them had their God-given talent that must not be wasted.
“The school provides us with the environment to express these. In doing so we must be submissive, responsible, assertive, independent minded, industrious and conscientious.
It is only by upholding these virtues that we can be responsible citizens.
Let us know that good character is a driving force of progress and success.
In fact, where character can take you, knowledge alone cannot,” he said.
The Odorgonno SHS was established on January 25, 1940 in Adabraka by Joseph T. Leigh with the support of Jerome K. Acquah.
It moved to its current location at Awoshie in 1990.
It has a current student population of 3, 424; 1,451 boys and 1,973 females.
The staff strength of is 200. 105 males and 95 females.
Present at the launch of the anniversary last Friday included a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, and Bernard Allotey Jacobs, a politician.
During the event which was on the theme: “Raising Responsible Citizens, the Role of Stakeholders”, an 84th anniversary logo was unveiled by the invited guests and old students that were present.
Prof. Dowuona said raising responsible citizens was a collective effort that involved various stakeholders that included parents, teachers, schools, community and even government and that each of them played a unique role shaping the values, attitudes and behaviours of the individuals.
Parents, he said, were the primary influencers in the lives of children and that they had the responsibility to instil moral values through discipline and provide guidance.
The headmaster of the school, Patrick Mensah, called for the support of all stakeholders to renovate the blocks in the school.
“Currently, all the blocks on the compound are crying for renovation.
We need the support of all stakeholders to bring the facilities up to speed to meet the standards of Odorgonno SHS,” he said.
He said the school was ascending steadily on the academic ladder and that from an average pass of 28 per cent previously, the current standing result was 84 per cent pass, a tremendous improvement.
He commended the parent-teacher-association, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for the various roles they had played in the development of the school.