Following the School’s oversubscription last year and the wonderful encouragement from parents, work commenced earlier this year on the construction of the ‘obi’ hostel block for the Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein Houses to the delight of students. The building is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2017. Already, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks Houses have their own obi blocks. The ongoing construction is part of the original concept and design of the School’s student accommodation with salutary influences from our traditional setting recognised to enhance good communal living. Each cluster of three houses (‘umunna’) has its obi block which is sited in a way to create a (village) square (‘mbala’) right in the centre of the cluster of houses. This design not only makes for more effective supervision and control of students, but, importantly, in line with our traditional African values, it helps to foster an environment where each student can be his/her brother’s/sister’s keeper. We use this opportunity to once again appreciate the seasoned consultants, Mr G.S.A. Ifediora (1938-2011), Mr. E.O. Madukaife (1933-2007) and Engr G. C. Amobi, estate surveyor, architect and structural engineer respectively, who conceived and designed our lovely school campus and the buildings in a way to ensure it remains a home away from home and conducive for learning.
We felicitate with our ex-student Millicent Ubong who has just bagged a First Class Honours degree in Theatre and Media Studies at the 30th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Calabar held on the 11th of March, 2017. The University of Calabar is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities and was founded in 1975. Millicent Ubong joins the growing list of our ex-students who have been graduating with first class honours/distinctions in the arts, sciences, and social and management sciences at universities at home and abroad. She also follows in the footsteps of her sister and alumnus of our school, Miranda Ubong, who graduated in 2015 from Imo State University with a First Class Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Management. We heartily congratulate Millicent Ubong, and wish her even greater successes in future!
Our school is firmly grounded on Christian principles and all students are encouraged to practise their faith as Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals, etc. Our school has hosted bishops and leaders of the various denominations.
Last Saturday was one such occasion. The Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Denis Chidi Isizoh, graced GISS with his presence on Saturday 25 February for a pastoral visit during which he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 106 students of our school who are of the Catholic faith. See photos from the event below. We are very grateful to His Lordship.
Recall also that, in the past, our school had hosted the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, His Lordship The Right Reverend Ken S.E. Okeke, as well as leaders of the pentecostal faith.
We rejoice with our ex-student Precious Azubike (GISS Class of 2012) who graduated this year with a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham Trent University is recognised as the most sustainable university in the UK and the 16th largest (out of 165 UK universities). It also won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest form of national recognition for universities in the UK, in November 2015. Congratulations to Precious Azubike! We wish him many more triumphs in future!
Our ex-students continue to do us proud. Chiagozie Anosike (GISS Class of 2012) graduated this year with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Bedfordshire University. Bedfordshire University won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013 in recognition of its pioneering research. This is the highest form of national recognition for universities in the UK. We heartily congratulate Chiagozie Anosike, and wish him even greater successes in future!
US PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, A FAN OF GRUNDTVIG-INSPIRED EDUCATION: ‘On a more serious note, Obama added his own gratitude for the strong cultural influences the five nations have had in the U.S., in particular the Danish pastor N.F.S. Grundtvig, whose education philosophy inspired Tennessee’s Highlander Folk School, where several prominent civil rights leaders trained. Grundtvig’s work “ended up having a ripple effect on the civil rights movement,” Obama said, adding he “might not be standing here” were it not for his teachings.’ Read the full news on Yahoo News: https://www.yahoo.com/news/300-guests-invited-white-house-state-dinner-204953359.html
An Abuja-based educational newspaper, Today’s Impact (http://todaysimpact.org), at its Official Launching and Awards ceremony, honoured Grundtvig International Secondary School (GISS), Oba, Anambra State, with the BEST SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2015 award. The event which took place on Thursday 28 July 2016 at the NAF Conference Centre, Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja, had schools, officials of the federal ministries of education and information, and other dignitaries in attendance. Our School’s award was presented to our principal by the former Administrator of Niger and Plateau states, (retired) Colonel Habibu Idris Shuaibu.
At the graduation ceremony of the SS3 class of 2016 which took place on Friday 15th July, 2016, some GISS alumni members of the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2010, presented cash awards totalling N70,000.00 to the best students in various subjects among the graduating class. Presenting the cash awards on behalf of the alumni, Mr ThankGod Egesimba, Head Boy of the 2009 set and a graduate of Electronics/Electrical Engineering, advised the graduating students to make their graduation a stepping stone to greater achievements. He also stated that the students would better appreciate the work of their teachers later in life. The awards were well received and appreciated by the students, as were the words of advice.
The graduation ceremony for the SS3 class of 2016 took place at our new 700- seater school auditorium. The event attracted parents, GISS alumni, invited guests and dignitaries from all walks of life. Highlights of the day included the graduation lecture by Professor Charles Esimone, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; grand performances by GISS students, awards to best students in SS3 and JSS3 in different subject areas, and the valedictory speech by the class of 2016 valedictorian, Jennifer Chioma Ezeani. The new school auditorium was commissioned just before the start of the event. See photos below: