As the Annie Walsh celebrates its 160th anniversary, a book entitled ‘Builders’ The Annie Walsh Story from 1849-2009 compiled and edited by Lucilda Hunter and Velma Mitchell is now available for sale at the cost of Le 50,000(Fifty Thousand Leones).
The book which is basically about the history of the Annie Walsh Memorial School drew contributions from her past students and it is divided into five parts with the part six, which is the last word encapsulating Gracie Williams’ ‘My Swan Song’. There are the historical perspectives, challenges, progress and prospects, the old girls recollections and their reflections on the Annie Walsh experience, highlights of the old girls careers and the old girls giving back to the school through AWOGA and the country.
The Foreword of the book is written by the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Koroma who is an old pupil of the School. She explains in the foreword, from the time she entered the School in 1968 when she was greeted by Mrs. Lati Hyde Forster unto her last days.
The First Lady says at the time it was compulsory to speak English at Annie Walsh and encountered her first serious introduction to the sciences as she stated the vigour of teaching excited her so much. She expresses how proud she is for her alma mater which moulded her into being a person with the requisite cognitive and analytical skills for a successful life.
“The attributes that make me the determined and committed person I am today, were inculcated here (Annie Walsh) It is those same attributes that enable me to carry out my duties as First Lady of Sierra Leone in the 21st century”
She writes that her vision is to see the return of values that made this country so great, when it was once referred to as the Athens of West Africa. She says that when the founding mothers established Annie Walsh, they instituted great values.
The preface of the book is written by both Lucilda Hunter (nee Caulker) and Velma Mitchell (nee Caulker).
Effie M.Colbeck who was Principal from 1954- 1961 wrote about the School from 1849-1949, Esme Nicholson (1955-1962) writing about her memories fifty years back, Esme James (nee Johnson) and Blanche Macauley (nee Greene) compiled significant events from 1950-1989 and 1990- 2008 respectively. Lolita Nance Mjamtu-Sie (nee Barlatt reminisces the 150th anniversary celebration and Amy Davies writing on the vision and mission of the Annie Walsh memorial School for the 21st century.
The book is available at the Christian Literature Crusade Book Shop (CLC) 92 Circular road and at 33 Garrison Street, Freetown. They are also available at some supermarkets and the Annie Walsh Memorial School.