Henry Fergusson Junior Secondary School, on Monday 30th September 2019, celebrated its 17th Anniversary and unveiled its new buildings, on Kennedy Street in Freetown. The new buildings include facilities like canteen, school stage and water tap. The theme for this year’s anniversary celebration is “striving for excellence”. Principal, Henry Fergusson Junior Secondary School, Mohamed Abudu Joaque, said, the school came into existence in 2002 with just four classrooms, eight teachers, and 106 pupils. Joaque said, the school now has over forty classrooms with thousands of pupils. He said, the Sababu Education Project provided them with six classrooms sometime ago, and ‘Make It Happen’ Organization provided them with 32 classrooms. The Fourah Bay Community built the water tap, school stage and the canteen. Joaque said, this year’s theme is deliberate, for every year they as a school will strive for excellence. “Striving for excellence has no finished point.” He added. He commended ‘Make It Happen’ Organization who earlier built 32 classrooms for the school. Joaque said, the school has made remarkable achievements in academics since 2013, and the school can now boast of having graduates as teachers. He revealed that the school has started a senior school for the 2019/2020 academic year, and admission starts today. “Our achievement and academic success is a result of hard work and commitment to work” he said. He called on school pupils to make use of the facility judiciously, and admonished parents to embark on effective monitoring of their children, for he said, the school will maintain its stance on professional conduct of its examination.
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Guest Speaker, and Secretary Conference of Principals, Ekudayo Coker, said, the theme is very timely, especially for school pupils who prefer using other means of passing their exams rather than using proper means. He said, Sierra Leone was once regarded as the Athens of West Africa, but the country has lost that glory, and now produce graduates who are mediocre. He called on school pupils to work hard and make the best of grades. “Achieving success can only be reconciled with hard work.” Coker said. He admonished teachers to be role models in society, prepare and give lesson notes and be grounded with their school subjects. Vice President of Ex-Pupils Association, Jeremiah Mohamed Fofanah, called on pupils to remain steadfast in their academic work. He said their association has made plans to provide chairs for the school, which is very lacking right now. He presented 15 bags of cement to the school administration, which will be used to pave the school compound. Sulaiman, a Junior Secondary School pupil, said, he feels delighted about the water tap, for he said, he usually spends money to purchase water from market women. Mohamed on the other hand said, he is impressed with the school stage which will be used for quiz competition and debating competition. The ceremony ended with the appointment of school prefects who will aid the teachers in ensuring discipline within the school territory.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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