OLA at Ho celebrates 60th anniversary

She was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Tuesday ahead of a grand durbar on Saturday in Ho to climax the 60th anniversary of the founding of OLA.

The 11-day celebration is on the theme ’60 Years of Holistic Catholic Education for Girls: the Prospects and Challenges’.

Mrs Afesi said the mission and vision of the founders, ‘to develop core values and principles in the individual’ remained the pursuit of OLA today as before.

She said measures to inculcate those values into the increasing numbers of students with differing faith backgrounds, without brushing their sensibilities, was challenging but effective.

The Headmistress said OLA remained among the leaders in academic performance having attained 100 percent at the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for many years now and with ‘quality grades’.

She said in 2011 the best General Arts Student at the WASSCE was a student of OLA.

OLA was founded at Keta in 1954 by Bishop Anthony Konings, then Bishop of the Keta Diocese, with 35 students and initially named ‘Queen of Apostles Secondary School’. Its current enrolment is 1,525.

It was later renamed ‘Our Lady of Apostle (OLA) Secondary School and transferred to the current site in Ho for lack of space and the need for a more geographically centralized location.

Regarding the role of the Catholic Church in the management of the school, Mrs Afesi said there still existed some partnership, whose confines were difficult to draw between the Church and government, in running the affairs of the school.

She expressed gratitude to government for redoing roads on the campus as the anniversary approached and the many infrastructural projects.

Programmes lined up for the anniversary include clean-up exercises, donation to the Ho Leprosarium by Old Students, retreat of staff and students, inter-house choral festival, quiz, fun games, candle light procession and a dance, known in OLA parlance as ‘shake shake’.


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