Staff and students of the Islamic Secondary School along Hotagua Street in Kenema city have officially unveiled their new brass band at the school compound in Kenema. The programme attracted parents, dignitaries and other school brass bands in the township.
The chairman of the unveiling ceremony who is also the Deputy Director of Education Kenema District John Amara Swaray expressed delight in gracing the occasion. He says the occasion is timely and important adding that the unveiling of a brass band does not only contribute to the social aspect of the school pupil but to improve their talent to even become musicians after schooling.
He said the Ministry of Education Youths and Sport work to ensure that the school becomes child friendly as this will create a conducive learning environment for all. Mr. Swaray commended the Islamic Secondary School for their well behaved manner in the eastern region. He called on the students to work hard in the pursuit of their academic work adding that in the past the school has been doing well in both the public exam and sporting activities in the region.
He maintained that one of the activities that make children proud of their school is the brass band which will create motivation and love among the pupils. He commended the cooperation of the teachers in imparting knowledge into the children as nobody will pay them for their service they render. He however encouraged them to continue their good work calling them, mothers of the nation.
In his welcome address the principal of the school Mr. Mohamed Vamba Konneh expressed happiness and said the unveiling ceremony is another mile stone in the history of the Islamic Secondary School in Kenema city.
He commended the Deputy Director Education and other dignitaries for honouring their invitation to grace the occasion. He maintained that the initiative to have a school brass band for the school came from the school administration, the parents and the old students of the school. He disclosed that the school is unveiling fifty instruments of the brass band. He commended the cooperation of the old students for their support especially those in the Diaspora. Mr. Konneh assured all parents whose children are admitted at the school that they are committed to give their children better quality education at all time.
In his contribution a member of the Kenema Islamic Secondary School Old Students Association (KISSOSA) USA branch Mr. Abdul Aziz Kamara who witnessed the ceremony says he is proud of the school wherever he goes because the school contributed greatly in getting him to where he is today saying he will ever remain grateful to the school. He encouraged the parents to send their children to school and support them, describing the current students as his school mate because they all have admission number from the school but they are not his year mate.
He encouraged the students to concentrate on their studies so that they too can join KISSOSA after their schooling and be proud to contribute to their Alma-mater. Mr. Abdul Aziz Kamara presented three Gold coloured Trophies to the school on behalf of KISSOSA USA branch through the home base KISSOSA.
In his statement the chairman of the KISSOSA Andrew Fatorma said KISSOSA will continue to give their fullest support to the school for quality learning. He said KISSOSA members are proud of their school wherever they are, citing the formation of KISSOSA branches in learning institutions in the country and in the Diaspora. Fatorma therefore advised the current students to take their lesson seriously and to respect their teachers whom he referred to as reservoirs of knowledge. He said students must know that their responsibility is to acquire education so that they too can climb the ladder and contribute to nation building in the future.
On behalf of the parents the Community Teachers Association (CTA) chairman John Massaquoi thanked the teachers for their good work and appealed to them not to relent saying that the school is now achieving more development for their children.