Welcome to the first Visiting Weekend of this term which will also see the third edition of our Africa is Not a Country programme. The event first ran in 2016 and was part of the range of activities undertaken in the school which led to the school receiving the International School Award from the British Council. At the end of term 1 each class was allocated a different country in Africa to represent on the day. They then carried out research on their country looking at history, culture, geography etc. On Saturday they will make their presentation to staff and parents on the Water Meadow and the best classes will receive prizes and recognition as the top Africa is Not a Country calls. Previous years have seen classes from Year 11 and Year 9 take first position.
It is always a pleasure to invite visitors, parents and prospective parents to the school to see the work the children do. The Scholarship Weekend at the start of May was a great opportunity to showcase many aspects of the school. Parents of children who will join the school in September came along with their children to spend the weekend in the school. They were able to see the school facilities as the prefects took them on a tour and for the first time this year they were able to visit the projects that the students have undertaken in Iloko. These projects, which are part of the leadership programme, demonstrate how children at Olashore are learning so much more than how to pass exams. The skills needed to agree objectives with the Iloko Traditional Council, work together as a year group to develop clear plans, prepare budgets and set timescales are the 21st century competencies that will allow them to be successful when they graduate. This is followed up by the commitment to actually do the work necessary to create high-quality facilities for the people of Iloko, showing the ability to lead by example. It was an honour to be invited to the BETT Middle East and Africa conference at the end of April to share the success of this programme with education leaders from across the region. There was a great interest in how the programme based on the Social Change Model of Leadership can both develop leadership skills in the students while simultaneously having a positive impact on the local community.
Scholarships are a key part of the school’s commitment both to developing the community and also promoting academic excellence. Over 40% of students in the school now receive scholarships and/or discounts with 10 outstanding children from the local community on full scholarships.
Developing outstanding leaders for the global society is central to an Olashore education. While we are very proud of the outstanding exam results achieved by our Year 12 students in their recent JAMB-UTME and look forward to great WASSCE results, we equally follow the progress of our alumni to ensure that we are providing the foundation that allows them to achieve success after graduation. We were very proud to see Obinna Okwodu (class of 2008), recognised by Forbes in their 30 under 30 list for 2018. Obinna was identified as one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa for his innovative use of disruptive technology to impact he real-estate market in Lagos.
As the students display the talents they continue to develop during the events this weekend, we can look forward to celebrating their success in the future. I wish you all a safe trip to and from school and an enjoyable weekend.