Newsletter - May 2021

22nd August, 2021

Newsletter

Management of ASSI sincerely appreciates your continued patronage of our educational services for our Angels, and hereby provides the following key updates for your records.

Dual Academic Calendar

Following the closure of schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School’s Cambridge programmes ran virtually from Nursery to Year 10, to complete the 2019/2020 academic year, likewise the First Trimester programme for the 2020/2021 academic year. Our programmes conformed to the academic calendar of our external regulator, the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), as detailed in our 9th September, 2020 correspondence to parents. Therefore, when the government lifted the lock-down in January, 2021, the School continued with its Second Trimester and Third Trimester programmes from January to April and from May to August 2021, respectively. However, our GES classes have had to be fully aligned with the new GES calendar, which is now running from January to December 2021.

Vacation

School vacates tomorrow, 3rd August, 2021, to end our Cambridge programme for 2020/2021. Kindly note that our GES Upper Primary classes (i.e. Year 4B-6B), will also begin their Second Term vacation on 3rd August.

"Our Day"

This will be held tomorrow, 3rd August with learners appearing in their casual but decent clothes as prescribed. Parents may provide food and drinks as required by learners as usual.

Reopening

School reopens on 7th September, 2021 to usher learners in our Cambridge programme into the First Trimester of the 2021/22 academic year.

Continuation of Academic work for GES Classes

Our GES Upper Primary classes (i.e., Year 4B-6B) shall continue the GES calendar for their Third Term, from 7th September to 11th December 2021, in order to complete their syllabus as prescribed. Parents are kindly reminded that all GES classes shall begin the 2022 academic year next January.

Management has recently informed parents of our incoming GES (Year 4B) learners (i.e., those who have opted to enrol their wards in the GES programme for year 4B in January 2022), about the measures put in place to engage our learners from September to December. Further information will be made available to them in due course.

Thank you.

Continuation of Academic work for JHS Classes

In line with the new JHS academic calendar, our JHS classes continue their Second Semester as detailed out in the correspondence circulated recently by the JHS Head of Department to stakeholders.

Levy for COVID-19 Prevention logistics

In our collective effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19., since January, 2021, the School has provided logistics from the GhC150.00 levy. The continuous threat posed by the pandemic made it imperative for the School to extend its preventive measures, hence the repetition of levy.

Major School Events / Activities


Pre-Reopening Meeting

Management convened a general meeting with ASSI Parents on 15th January, 2021 to discuss proposed re-opening strategies for the 2020/21 Academic year, with particular reference to COVID-19 prevention. The meeting agreed on the various ongoing health and safety measures.

ICGSE Exams

Nine (9) of our Y10 learners have completed their May-/June International General Certificate of Secondary Education (ICGSE) exams. Provisional Results expected soon. The remaining learners have opted to sit for the ICGSE in November/ December.

BECE 2021

Sixteen (16) candidates have been registered for the November, 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

2021 CheckPoint Exams

Registration for the October 2021 Cambridge CheckPoint Exams is ongoing and the scheduled deadline is 6th August, 2021. A total of 22 Lower Primary and 22 Lower Secondary learners are earmarked for registration.

All parents who are yet to register their wards are urgently reminded to do so to avoid penalties. The Timetable for the exams will be disseminated as soon as released by the British Council.

NB: Extra Classes:

Management has approved a proposal from the teaching staff, for vacation classes to be held for all CheckPoint exam candidates, from 9th -31st August. Further information, along with a form for Parental Consent, has been circulated to stakeholders.

Extra-curricular Events

The COVID-19 related restrictions allowed for only a handful of extracurricular events. The following are some of the events that took place

Annual Preschool Super-Reader Contest

This event was successfully held on 9th July at the forecourt of the Preschool

Graduation

Year 10 Learners

The Graduation for the Cambridge IG Class of 2021 took place on 15th July, 2021 at Hotel JoeCarl. Management is very grateful to Parents for the impressive support/sponsorship of, as well as participation in, the above event.

Upcoming Preschool Graduation

The Graduation for Reception A&B is scheduled for 7th August, 2021 at the Preschool. Further information for Stakeholders has been shared via the relevant Platforms. All stakeholders are welcome to be part of this event.

Reactivation of the Angels Specialist School International Stakeholders Association (ASSISA)

In accordance with the ASSISA Constitution, the nomination of new Executive Committee (EC) members ended successfully on 20th June, 2021, with all nominees standing unopposed. Elections to ratify the nominations were held during an AGM on 17th July 2021 at the forecourt of the Preschool and livestreamed via Zoom. The outcome of the event is tabulated below:

Position Name
Chairman Linda Ackah Cobbinah
Vice Chairman Ernest Afram Mensah
Secretary Henry Kofi Anku
Assistant Secretary Edward Gornie
Treasurer Daniel Kyei Mensah
Financial Secretary Thomas Arhin
Organizing Member Buekuor Tetteh
Asst. Organizing Member Bernard Agbagba
Welfare Secretary
Ordinary Member 1 Catherine Incoom
Ordinary Member 2 Jacinta Manful
Ex-Officio Member Betty Akumatey (Principal)

Management is grateful for the collaboration of all stakeholders towards the successful event, and cordially welcomes the newly appointed EC Chairperson, Mrs. Linda Ackah Cobbinah, along with the entire membership of the EC and the Association. Management respectfully solicits the active participation of all parents in the activities and affairs of ASSISA, in line with its

Upward adjustment of School Fees

With effect from next academic year, fees charged for all categories of learners will be raised to meet the School’s growing operational costs and to enhance staff emoluments. The Accounts Department will send details of the revised fees to parents soon.

Challenges

Delayed payment of School Fees by a cross-section of Parents. Management reiterates its general appeal to all Parents to comply with the payment schedule for school fees to facilitate school operations. Parents who regularly fulfil their financial obligations to the School promptly are highly commended. NB: Management did not increase fees for the academic year under review, considering the impact of the general COVID-19 related economic downturn on families.

Other key challenges include some Learners’ late arrival to school, delayed completion and submission of assignments as well as the failure of some stakeholders to comply with the prescribed health and Safety protocols.

In order to enhance care and supervision of learners who remain in the school after 3:00pm, Parents who arrive late to pick up their wards are required to pay GhC20 per child. Management appeals to all Parents to cooperate with the School in our efforts to tackle these issues effectively.

Challenges

Delayed payment of School Fees by a cross-section of Parents. Management reiterates its general appeal to all Parents to comply with the payment schedule for school fees to facilitate school operations. Parents who regularly fulfil their financial obligations to the School promptly are highly commended. NB: Management did not increase fees for the academic year under review, considering the impact of the general COVID-19 related economic downturn on families.

Conclusion

In conclusion, our School operations, within the context of the relentless pandemic have, so far, been largely successful, and we are hopeful that measures being implemented to enhance health and safety, and smooth implementation of our dual academic programmes, as well as the prospect of active stakeholder collaboration via ASSISA, will propel us towards our Mission. Management wishes our vacating classes and families a happy and peaceful break, and looks forward to welcoming everyone back on 7th September 2021,

BETTY AKUMATEY
Principal

Why Choose Us

  • We have a rich school culture with our pupils and students coming from over 20 nationalities including the UK, USA, Nigeria, Canada, China, India and other African Countries.
  • Outstanding curricula pursued in strict accordance with :
    1. Cambridge Assessment International Education
    2. Ghana Education Service

Achievements

  • Angels School was crowned most talented at the S.O.S Talento Expo.
  • KEVIN KUUKU NKRUMAH, a 5th Grade Student of Angels Specialist School International placed second in the Amazing Child Contest organized by TV Africa.
  • Angels School 8th Grade Student, Jessica Penu, Won The National Spelling Bee Champion For 2011
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