Welcome to the first Visiting Day of the 2018/19 academic session. This is always an exciting time as it is the first opportunity for our new year 7 students to show their parents how they have begun to settle into school life. As a school, we are very proud of our outstanding record in external examinations and expect each child to perform at the highest level. However, for parents of Year 7 students it is important to understand that the move from primary to secondary school is a significant change and it may take time for your child to settle down and achieve their best. I hope you have been able to see your child’s marks for the different subjects during CA1 online. If you are having difficulty accessing them, staff will be available in the ICT room on Sunday to assist. Please also take the time to meet your child’s teachers during the Academic Open Day on Sunday in the library hall.
I am particularly pleased to welcome so many new families to the Olashore International Community. Twenty-six new families have joined the community this session along with the fifty-three new families that have joined in the previous two sessions. I would encourage our long-standing parents to get to know the new families. The support offered via the Parents’ What’s App forum has been very encouraging and I am sure it will continue.
As I write this newsletter in preparation for visiting day we are also celebrating World Mental Health Day across the school. This morning I attended the Year 8 assembly where the students had developed an excellent presentation on the importance of mental wellbeing. During Thursday’s Achievers’ Assembly we will have both poetry and an iMovie prepared by the students. The Olashore Mental Wellness Initiative was launched at the Lagos Business School in May and is an ongoing programme both within the school and the community. As part of this, one of our parents, who is a child psychiatrist, will give a talk during the PTA meeting. She will also available to meet parents individually on Saturday to share her experience. If you would like to make use of this opportunity please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a very special year in the history of Olashore International School as it marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the school. In order to celebrate this occasion we have planned a number of events in school and also around the country. I would like to draw your attention to the programmes we have scheduled for term 1 and encourage your participation. On November 10th we will be holding our Speech and Prize Giving celebration. This year we are excited to welcome back to the school Bode Olanipekun. Bode was one of the first set of students who graduated in 1999. In July 2018 he became the youngest ever Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). We look forward to hearing his experience and advice for our students. In order to allow as many parents as possible to attend the event, we will begin at the later time of 2pm. I encourage as many parents as possible to attend to see children receive their prizes and the outstanding choir and cultural dance troupe.
Later in November the school drama troupe will perform the school play in Abuja, Ibadan and Lagos. The dates and details are included in the newsletter. This is a great opportunity to share the value of an Olashore education with friends who may be interested in finding out more about the school. Following the event there will be a chance to meet with staff and alumni.
Finally, in December, the Friends of Olashore are planning an event in Port Harcourt, bringing together current and past parents along with alumni and current students. There will be performances by our current students and I look forward to attending the event along with members of the Board.
I wish you all a safe trip to and from school and look forward to meeting you during the weekend.