Welcome to the end of term newsletter for term 2. This term has been a little shorter than usual due to the early date for Easter, but we have managed to achieve a great deal. For many students, the end of term does not signify the end of their activities, just a change of focus. Next week will see Year 12 students begin their formal WAEC examinations. Having already completed IGCSE and JAMB examinations they are well prepared for the task and we look forward to excellent results to complement those that they achieved in the previous examinations. In addition to Year 12 remaining in school throughout the vacation, Year 10 students will remain in school for the first week to begin their community service project. They have chosen to tackle a challenging and exciting project in partnership with the local community. Over the next few days they will be refurbishing the health centre in Iloko. This is part of a commitment to improving healthcare provision for the local people in our community.
Whilst Year 10 and 12 students remain in school, Year 11 students will be undertaking their work experience programme. This two-week programme allows them to gain experience of the workplace environment. It also helps them learn more about their chosen career path, preparing them for university study. Work experience and community service, along with excellent exam results provide students with the foundation to gain entry to top universities and also apply for scholarships to support their studies both in Nigeria and internationally.
Preparing students for their future is our key focus and term 2 has seen a wide range of activities allowing students to develop different skills. Students from all year groups were able to display their talents in sport throughout the term. The Founder’s Day Sports and the Olashore Sports Festival in March were great events at the Dr. D. W. Burgess Stadium and I would like to thank all parents who attended and supported these and other events this term. Year 11 students this term built on their own community service project, organising a malaria awareness event for local children in the Iloko Town Hall which they refurbished. Managing the event from start to finish, creating drama, teaching songs and leading games allowed them to develop their own creativity and skills as leaders and managers. Developing creativity in students was also a key part of our school play, The Wizard of Law, which the drama troupe performed in school this term. The play was well received by all and we look forward to showcasing the play to parents in Lagos and Iloko next term.
The term ended very well when three Year 10 students took first place in the Akintola Williams National Youth Debate final in Lagos. The event is organised by the Nigeria-Britain Association and is aimed at developing future leaders for Nigeria. The Olashore team made up of Chidera Olalere, Lateefah Mutiu and Netochukwu Kalu won the regional heat in Ibadan in January. Last week they went to the finals along with three other international schools in Lagos and took first position. Chidera also won the award for best speaker at the debate.
Next term we will continue to challenge students to reach their full potential and I am particularly looking forward to our “Africa is not a Country” event in May. Students are already researching their selected country to prepare their presentations. I look forward to welcoming as many parents as possible to the event on Saturday 19th May.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe trip to school and home and an enjoyable vacation.