January 2017 Newsletter
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Welcome back to school, and a very Happy New Year.
The above poem, written by Henry W. Longfellow, holds a lot of significance for us as a school. It has been one poem favoured by the school throughout the years. Our students have always, recited and acted it on a number of occasions in and programme.
Quite recently, our children, led by our current Students’ President, Oye Okoampah, won an award (came up tops) when they recited and acted it in a talent show held in SOS school. This school has derived a lot of strength and courage over the years and continues to do so especially in recent times. We are sharing it, hoping that parents, teachers and students alike, upon reading it, might be encouraged and uplifted in whatever endeavor they are in.
We want to thank God that this nation made it through the elections. We are so glad He made it all possible for us to see ourselves and our children all back in school peacefully and safe. We are proud to be Ghanaians. This school, as part of its national duty embarked on a Peace Campaign and created peace awareness as our contribution towards peace during the election.
Some of our students led by Stephanie Ahor-Tsorkale, Pearl Zoe Baah, Leanna Farris made an album dubbed “Angels School Peace Campaign Project” which features eight Patriotic songs on six different tracks. The quality of our children’s voices, the melody, harmony, arrangement and diction speak volumes of the Angels School brand. Parents who have bought copies will attest to this.
Parents into promotion of music will make good business if they consider promoting this album. It is one of a kind in Ghana. Kindly pass by the main office and pick a copy for your home. Your
children will be proud to listen to it.
We would like to thank all you parents for being part of the School’s Carols Night programme. We are proud of you for the love of your children’s school. We appreciate your enthusiasm and participation during the programme. After the sterling performance by parents we concluded that no other group could sing better, that is not counting the Angels teachers’ group.
Special thanks go to the following dignitaries who read the various lessons:
Rev. Gideon Idun
Rev. Dr. Godwin Ahlijah
Rev. Raymond Mensah
Mr. Joel Duncan Idun, CEO
Mr. Edusei Derkyi, BOD Chairman
Special thanks to Reverend Amo-Asare for allowing us host the programme in his church.
A very BIG THANK YOU to THE PARENT, who insists on staying anonymous, for tiling the entire school canteen, changing all the seats, sinks and for painting the preschool toilet. We are overwhelmed. May the Lord continue to lift you higher. We hold the conviction that as you have done it for these little ones, you did it unto the Lord. GOD BLESS YOU.
We have received a box full of drugs and other first aid items for the infirmary. This donation was made by Mrs. Bridget Idun. We are very grateful and so are our nurses. Thank you and the Lord bless you richly. Another parent, Mrs. Michaela Asare Darko has donated one duvet (comforter) two white bed sheets and two pillow cases to the sick bay. God richly bless you. We have also received an assortment of library books from the Chairman of the School’s Board of Directors, Mr. Edusei Derkyi. The Lord bless you richly.
We invite parents who wish to enroll their wards into the boarding house to contact Helena on 0243652305. Kindly pay us a visit at the boarding house and enroll your child. The boarding house
environment is homely and the food is excellent. The house master and mistress are strict but very caring.
The school has started the landscaping of the compound to curb the dust, beautify and create a better ambiance. We admit that the size of our car park has reduced drastically. Parents who have seen and studied the architectural plan of our school complex will notice that more space was rather given for play and various sporting activities such as football, volley, basketball etc. and not so much space for PARKING CARS as DROPPING CHILDREN.
The plan has a parking lot OUTSIDE the school wall where parents who wish to park a while could do so whilst the inner car park is used for just a drive-through. For this reason we will soon create a car park in front of the school to cater for the over flow. We appreciate parents who have advised us along the way in our quest to “green” the compound. Special mention must be made of Mr. Pyne, Mr. Anang, Mr. Kpodo and Mr. Derkyi the Board Chairman.
We continue to welcome diverse pieces of advice. Parents who have an expertise or support of a kind in this regard are welcome on board.
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF ROYAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC (A.B.R.S.M)
A selected number of students will sit for the Association Board of Royal School of Music exam this March. This time round the school is presenting two different batches of students; Level 1 and Level 2. The students who took the exams last year and performed so splendidly well have now moved to Level Two.
EXTRA CURRICULUM PROGRAMME
Parents who wish to involve their children in the after school piano lesson should kindly contact Helena on 0243652303. Parents should take note that the piano lessons have already begun. They are encouraged to get their children involved. We are in the process of bringing back Violin lessons come next month.
A SECOND CRÈCHE
We wish to bring to the notice of parents who sought to enroll their toddlers in our crèche and could not gain admission that by the mid-trimester, we shall create a second crèche especially for parents who have other children in this school and cannot take their toddlers elsewhere. Take advantage of the clean environment and our professional care-givers at the Pre-nursery and the crèche.
WHICH WATER IS BEST FOR THE CHILD?
(By Doctor Brew, a parent)
As pediatrician, I get asked this question above. Usually the parent is well to do and wants the best for their child. The answer is simple: TAP WATER.
It is important to recognize that all WHO strategies, from the child survival strategies to the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, a common theme is to provide good drinking water for everybody. In Ghana, tap water is potable–hence safe for drinking. In some slums, the water may be contaminated along the route if the tubes burst. But in well planned areas, the tap water is very safe and is the standard by which all bottled and sachet water is judged. It is almost impossible to get an infection from the water running through our taps. Hospital records will always incriminate food or other sources of water when there is an outbreak.
Protect your child from unknown water sources. Keep it simple. Give water straight from the TAP, not from the TANK.
Parents who have not met the 75% school fees payment condition should take steps to do so the condition by the end of the week. We shall begin the school fees collection exercise from Monday, 25th of January, 2017. We wish all our parents God’s blessing in this New Year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!