Welcome to our Valedictory Service weekend and final Visiting Day of the academic session. This weekend is a high point of the year as we celebrate the graduating set and all they have achieved during their six years at Olashore International School. This set have been an outstanding set and throughout the years have achieved great things both individually and as a group. Individually, these include Patrick reaching the final of the Cowbell National Mathematics competition, Bolaji wining the best speaker award at the Akintola Williams debate, Malik breaking the school high jump record, and Olabode achieving the school’s highest ever score in JAMB amongst many others. As a set they achieved the best IGCSE results in the history of the school and we look forward to celebrating outstanding WASSCE results when these are published. To celebrate such an outstanding set, it is only proper that we have invited an outstanding member of the Olashore Alumni to speak at their Valedictory Service. Bankole Alao was the school’s first deputy head boy and has gone on to great success in the technology business. He is an innovator and we look forward to hearing his words of advice for the graduating set.
As we have been preparing for this event it has also been great to see the progress of previous graduating sets. The Forbes “30 under 30” lists for Africa contain two of our Alumni, Obinna Okwodu for technology and innovation and Folarin Falana (Falz) for creativity. These alumni are demonstrating that an Olashore education prepares students not just with outstanding examination results, but also with the core skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. I must also celebrate one of the graduating set of 2017. Halima Salaudeen, former deputy head girl, will be recognised by the British Council and Cambridge International Examinations at the end of this month for achieving the highest score in Economics at IGCSE in October/November 2016. This follows on from the success of Fiyin Okupe who won the award for highest score in English in 2015. This combination of academic excellence and development of core skills is what makes students who receive an Olashore education stand out.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support of the recent school events. During our Visiting Weekend in May we held our annual Africa is Not a Country event. I was pleased to see so many parents attend the event on Saturday afternoon and enjoy the students’ performances. This was the fourth edition and each year it just gets better and better, with the children learning so much about the continent. I look forward to hosting the winning class to a barbecue in the near future.
I would also like to thank parents and alumni for the support in organising the OIS Mental Wellness event which was held in Lagos in May. The school is committed to working with parents to ensure that each child is developed to their full potential and this includes having the emotional support structures in place and helping parents to support their children. We do not see this as something that is only important for Olashore children, but we are committed to sharing our experience and helping develop the conversation on mental wellness across Nigeria. I would particularly like to thank Dr. Isa for her help, both in school and for her talk to the PTA at our meeting in June. I know parents have found her advice invaluable.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe journey to and from school and I look forward to seeing you during the weekend.