The 180th anniversary celebration of Wesley Girls’ High School was magnificently climaxed by the much anticipated Speech and Prize-giving Day Ceremony on 11th February, 2017. This year’s event was celebrated under the theme, “Redefining our Collaboration with our Stakeholders after 180 Years: the Way Forward.”
The school authorities, students and old girls of the various year groups, especially the ’96 year group who were hosting, had made excellent preparations prior to this event.
On the fateful Saturday, the august occasion began with a parade by the Air Force Cadet Corps of Wesley Girls’ High School accompanied by the school’s Air Force Regimental Band. Immediately after the parade, there was a glamorous helicopter-balloon release, giving the anniversary celebration a special touch. There was also an exhibition by the school’s Robotic Team, Science Club and Visual Arts girls as well. At 9:30am, everyone was settled for the actual ceremony.
Invited guests, old girls, management and staff processed with the school anthem MHB 252 to the Chapel Forecourt. An opening prayer was said by the school’s chaplain, Rev. Franklin Aidoo, after which a general introduction of all guests present was done by the MC, Mr Ebenezer Aidoo. As tradition demands, the 1st Assistant Senior Prefect introduced Dr. Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse and Ms. Marigold Korri, as the guest of honor and the Lady President, respectively. Other invited guests who graced the occasion were Mrs. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, the Former Minister for Education; Mrs. Efua Ghartey, the school’s lawyer; Heads of Schools; Past Headmistresses and also Members of Parliament.
The Lady President, the Headmistress and the Senior Prefect gave their speeches and these were interspersed with performances by the students of the school. The Headmistress, in her report, showed her gratitude to everyone who helped her during her reign, as this speech day was her last as headmistress of this great school. The guest speaker, who was introduced by the Protocol Prefect, in the person of Rev. Titus Awotwi Pratt, laid emphasis on the importance of a faith-based education. The Lady President also, in her speech, told girls to uphold the name of this great school.
Speech and Prize-giving Day in Wesley Girls’ High School will never be complete without prizes going out to deserving students and teachers who have worked hard. Awards were given out to students for general proficiency and also those who did exceptionally well in their electives. Members of staff were awarded for long service of duty and excellence in the performance of their duty.
As a special surprise, the 1975 year group presented a citation to Mrs. Betty Djokoto for managing the school excellently over the years. All these and more made this year’s Speech and Prize-giving Day a remarkable one. The Lady President gave her closing remarks saying, “There is the need for the school to raise competent women for the advancement of the country’s development.”
Ms. Naadu Addico gave the Vote of Thanks which was followed by the cutting of the 180th Anniversary Cake.
Finally, when the ceremony ended, the Headmistress and all guests recessed with the special speech day song led by the Regimental Band.