The administration of the Annie Walsh Memorial School in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese and the alumni association on Friday bade farewell to Rtd. Reverend Julius O.P. Lynch who served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for six years.
The farewell ceremony which took place at the School hall was witnessed by the staff and pupils of the school, representatives of the Freetown Diocese, Alumni Association, Parent Teachers Association and authorities from other Anglican Schools.
The formerBoard Chairman was described by the various speakers as an educationist, man of principle, very cautious in handling critical issues, an inspiration and somebody who was always willing to lead the development strides of the school.
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Handing over the gift of appreciation, Principal of the Annie Walsh MemorialSenior SecondarySchool, Madam Ophelia Morrison stated that they will be missing the former Board Chairman a lot, as he has been very instrumental and inspirational to them.
She recounted that it was as a result of the dynamic and charismatic leadership of the retired Bishop that the administrations of the two shiftsare in harmony.
She assured all of continued unity between the Annie Walsh and the other schools that are under the supervision of the Anglican Freetown Diocese.
The Principal of the Sierra Leone Grammar School, Akiwande J. Lasitedescribed the Retired Bishop as a veteran academic who was prepared enough, to deliver in his capacity as a Board Chairman especially that he had been a Principal of the Bishop Johnson Secondary School before gaining the position.
He highlighted some of the critical issues including the changing status of the school, the two-shift system, and the relocation saga that were amicably handled by the former Board Chairman.
The representatives ofthe AlumniAssociation,the Parent/ Teachers Association and the school pupils, commended the Retired Bishop for his remarkable contributions in the school administration.
In his remarks, the Rtd. Rev. Bishop Julius O.P Lynch noted that his achievement was as a result of the united support provided by the administration and staff of the school.
Rtd. Bishop Lynch described his experience like a stranger stepping into a dark room.
He advised that the effort to privatize the school should be sustained as his experience with the Sierra Leone Grammar School proves that the Annie Walsh has the potential to deliver greater things, if it is privatized.
He pledged continued support to the school administration. “I cannot be around and see my sister school deteriorating” he stated.
He is to be succeeded by Bishop Thomas Wilson.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Monday May 12, 2014