-Proprietor, keynote speaker charges graduands to soar higher
The proud graduating students of Andus D’great Schools, lgbogbo, were, on Friday, August 25, 2023, given the deserved honour by their school as they passed out with excellent WAEC performances which delighted the school and their families.
The 26 students were sent forth at a very colourful, memorable and well – attended 2023 Valedictory and Graduation ceremony held at the school premises along the Offin/Oreta road, Igbogbo.
At the celebration were parents, family members, friends and existing students of the school that has maintained their coveted position as the number one school in Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
In the 2023 WAEC, former SSS 3 students of the Andus D’Great School, recorded 130 As, 171 Bs, 53 Cs and 7 Ds and Fs, while Dosunmu Fadil emerged as the overall best student in WAEC with 4As, 4Bs and 2Cs. He also recorded 209 in 2023 JAMB.
Fadil also emerged and won award as the student with the highest percentage in his set.
Miss Ekpendu Olachi emerged as the overall best JAMB student with 304 score, and the Valedictorian for the year. She has 3As, 5Bs, and 1C and also emerged as the best student in English Language.
Other awardees among the graduating students were Kenneth Uchenna (Best in Mathematics), Ojikutu Omobadewa (Best in Sciences), Balogun Aaliyah (Best in Humanities) and Akindele Iyaniwura (Best in Commercial).
In the SSS 2 category, Emeike God’s Praise was the overall best student and won three awards for his feat: Class Highest Percentage (82%), Best in English (80%) and Best in Sciences (80%), while Dabiri Fareedah who emerged as the student with the Best Highest Percentage with 83% and Best in Sciences 82%, was the best student in SSS I.
It was all Ojo Oluwafikunayomi’s show as she scooped the awards for the Class Highest Percentage (88%), Best in English Langauge (88%) and Best in Sciences (91%), to emerge the best student in JSS 3, Akinade Motilayo emerged best student in JSS 2 with 92% to emerge as the student with the Highest Percentage, while it was also a class act performance by Abisoye Oluwatofunmi who also garnered three awards: Class Highest Percentage (90%), Best in Mathematics (97%) and Best in English Language (89%), to emerge the overall best student in JSS 1.
Meanwhile, Nasir T. Andu – Balogun, the Chief Executive Officer, Andus D’Great Schools, who was unable to control his tears, went round the graduating students and held them one after the other, as he made his way to the podium to deliver his speech.
Andu – Balogun profusely thanked the parents of the graduating students whom he commended for supporting the school in disciplined their wards, while in school, an act he said made them to be great students.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the parents of these graduands. I want to thank you specially, because you cooperated with the school authority in handling your children some of whom have cantankerous characters, and whenever they were sent home, you helped in punishing them, bring them back to school to be beaten again in my presence, and later return to beg on their behalf “, the school CEO said.
“Eventually, they came out better. So, congratulations to you parents. You have proven that you are parents that are very helpful to the school, and not the kind that always say things against the school and accused of complaining all the time.
“You cooperated with the school authority and now, we are glad today that we are celebrating success.
“If there is any class of people who have helped me in building this school, it is you parents by paying your children’s school fees”.
He charged the outgone students to ensure that they maintain excellent academic performances, and give him another ten First Class graduates from their set when they get admitted into universities.
The schools’ owner, who said that the school has been performing excellently in terms of academics and other activities, also thanked his staff and charged them to ensure that the level is maintained and improved.
“Andus D’Great Schools is now well known and we are on a cruising level, and only God guides the plane that is in that state, because the plane on the cruising level is moving without anyone piloting it. This is now a big challenge to our teachers who have been doing great work, to see to it that the level at which we are is maintained and improved upon”, he charged.
Deacon James Kayode Alabi, FCA, JP, who delivered the keynote address, commended the school and parents for providing the students with good academic environment and support necessary for academic excellence.
While congratulating the students for their feat in WAEC and JAMB with their sound performances, Deacon Alabi stated that they are now at the most critical stage of their lives, and advised them on what to do with their future.
“Yes, what next after Secondary School or High School Education? This is a point where decisions are made by either the student or the parents, on what next to embark upon”, he said.
“Is it to proceed to the uiversity or polytechnic or College of Education, or to diversify to learning a trade, or a profession?.
“It is indeed, a point, where choices are made, as to what to embark upon, in the next stage of one’s life sojourn, on the planet earth.
“It is indeed a time of deep and innermost reflections, a time to move onto greater heights and glory, or to move into the frontiers of bad and awful tryst, laden with negative vibes, that eventually brings about failure, woes and regrets”.
While charging the graduands to choose the path that will lead them to greatness, the keynote speaker also enjoined them to imbibe certain factors in their next journey in life: Preparation, Determination, Choice, Relationship with good friends, Vision and Tenacity of Purpose/Zeal.
According Deacon Alabi:
“A good child, who, whilst in school, has his or her vision unimpaired, will constantly and consciously activate the positive sides in him or her, with such determination and precision, to make the best of opportunities available”, he said.
“When we prepare adequately, and allow the depth of our preparations to co-terminus our expectations and desires, it becomes easier to fit into the shoes of those with the tenacity of purpose and drive.
“Challenges will come, no doubt, but it is your determination and passion, that take you beyond the mundane, beyond the ordinary, and position you for successful accomplishments of set goals.
“Our dear children, as you step out of this academic environment, a lot of temptations will crop up, but what keeps you afloat, is the dream, the vision, the drive, the passion, to not only succeed, but to excel, to breakforth and to breakthrough”, he charged them.
The Schools’ administrator, Mrs Odukpahie Odse Faith, who welcomed the graduands, parents and guests to the ceremony, said that the school’s WAEC results were outstanding, and thanked parents for their supports.
She congratulated the graduands and wish them more successes in their future endeavours, while also charging them to be guided by the principles of morality, discipline and diligence which the school has imparted in them.
The Principal, Andus D’Great School, informed the parents and guests present, that the students’ performances in both junior and senior colleges, have improved by 100%.
There were performances by the students at the ceremony, to entertain parents and guests, while there were more than enough varieties of food and assorted drinks to go round those in attendance.
The colourful celebration ended with a special dance session by parents and students in various classes.