St Rose’s Senior High School in Akwatia in the Eastern Region has launched its 50th Anniversary celebrations in Accra. The theme for the celebration is “Rose’s at 50 — The impact of Catholic Education for girls: the way forward”.
St Rose’s is ranked among the Grade A schools in Ghana based on its excellent academic record and good facilities and has produced remarkable results in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the former General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O and A level’ examinations over the years. Products from the school can be found in different career fields like Actuarial science, law, education, medicine, technology and Religion.
“In the 2013 WASSCE, out of a total of 656 candidates presented, 536 students had eight passes, 114 had seven passes and four had six passes.
Out of the 19 subjects, the students scored 100 per cent in 16 areas and with the other three subjects, the least percentage was 97.9 per cent”, said Mrs Margaret Banfu, the headmistress of the school.
She acknowledged and thanked all the major stakeholders for their relentless support for the school over the years.
She mentioned the late Bishop Oliver Bowers, the Dominican Sisters from Speyer, Germany, notably Sisters Beatrice and Solamen (both former headmistresses), the Catholic Church and Father P. Lo Bianco and all the successive Bishops of the Accra and Koforidua Dioceses.
She also mentioned the chiefs, particularly Barima Kofi Bempong II and his successors, elders and people of Akwatia, the various governments, the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, past headmistresses, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Rose’s Old Students Association (ROSA), past and present teaching and non-teaching staff members, students and all well-wishers, for their respective roles.
Ms Grace Brew, the President of ROSA, on behalf of the association, expressed joy that St Rose’s continued to be ranked among the Grade A schools in Ghana and widely respected.
“Interestingly, by the nature of our upbringing, Rosecans are so unassuming and yet occupy key positions in and outside the country. We do not make noise as other schools do but we still produce excellent results in our various fields of endeavour, ” she remarked. Ms Brew called on old girls of the school to endeavour to give back to the school and to take keen interest in mentoring the current students.
In her keynote address, Ms Abena Amoah, an investment banker, shared her experiences on the benefits of Catholic education and its impact on girls.
Present at the launch were Catholic Bishop Monsignor Benson, representatives of the Akwatia Traditional Council, students and teachers, the PTA, the Catholic Education Unit and various year groups of ROSA.
Several activities have been planned for the anniversary, including a fundraising ball. Funds to be raised from the Golden Jubilee events will be used to build a fence wall to secure the school.