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Toronto, Canada, Sunday 13th June 2010 - The
Centenary Anthem has been
released. The anthem is written and performed by Ricky Telfer
All Santaclausians are expected to learn how to sing it in preparation
Centenary particularly the Centenary Week Events. We would like to
Old Boys to listen to the song and practice singing it.
Below are the lyrics and sound track:
College, you're a century old
We tip our hats to you
We your sons unite,
Celebrate all night
And to thank the Lord above
He has aided you
To have come this far
Do go on for years to come
Santaclausians, rise up
Show your pride.
We will beat the drum
Sing songs of joy
As we dance and jubilate
We'll keep praying for God's helping hand
On all who pass through your gates.
He has aided you
To have come this far
Do go on for years to come
Santaclausians, rise up
Show your pride.
Review: Adisadel On The Hill - The Story
Mr. Kojo Yankah (President of the
African University College of Communications)
reviews the latest book on
Adisadel College titled Adisadel On the Hill - The Story written by
Pobee for the centenary. The book was published and launched in March
The book is 230 pages long, spanning 16 chapters, with 13 pages
both familiar and unfamiliar pictures. The Foreword is written by Justice
Akrofi, the Archbishop and Primate of the Church of the
Province of West
Africa; and the Preface is by the author himself. Guided by part of the
Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, (8-9), and being a theologian
well brought up by Adisadel College, John S. Pobee, does not depart
assignment given him by the management Board of Adisadel, i.e. to
official history of Adisadel College – the Story. He
rather quickly with the biblical guidance: all things may be
lawful, but not
all things are expedient.
The book is available for sale at the Adisadel College Secretariat in
Ghana. Contact: Jameel Nettey by phone 0302-255153
or 0244-504947 or
candle light procession was held by students of Adisadel the night
Speech Day in Cape Coast - Friday March 12th. 2010. The procession had
light up candles, touches with some wearing masks and walking to the
site of the humble beginnings of the
school at Topp Yard.
A huge bonfire was lit which burned throughout the night.
With a local
brass band playing to diverse tunes it was a delight and a sentimental
Old Boys of the school, current students and residents of the
suburbs that participated.
colourful ceremony has taken place at the British Council in Accra,
launch a book titled ‘Adisadel on the Hill’ . The book written by Rev’d
Professor Emeritus John Samuel Pobee, Vicar General of the
of Accra has been put on the market to coincide with the Centenary
of Adisadel College, the first Anglican Secondary School in Ghana.
In presenting the book to the public, the author Canon Professor
S. Pobee said he has written the book to meet the aspirations
expectations of all year groups . He continued that, the book is an
to galvanize all old boys of the school, commonly known as
support the school. Canon Prof. Pobee observed that, the school as
do, brings people from all corners in the country together, thus
foster unity into the country.
Reviewing the book , Mr. Kojo Yankah, President and
Founder of the
African University College of Communications and Chairman of the Yankah
Associates, observed that a lot of brilliant books have been written
Adisadel , but “Adisadel on the Hill” is a wonderful, well researched
Adisadel. He encouraged every Ghanaian to endeavour to read the book
Santaclausians will by reading it know who they are and live like it,
will gain spiritual guidance to re-mould their lives for the better.
In his remarks, the chairman for the ceremony, Hon. Kennedy
for Assin North appealed to old Boys Associations of Adisadel to
both in cash and kind; , to the welfare and progress of the school.
Cape Coast, March 14, GNA - The
Deputy Minister of Education, Dr.
Samuel Joseph Annan, on Saturday March 13th. said that
respect for one another, discipline, loyalty and patriotism was
expressed regret about the failing standards in the quality of teaching
learning in institutions, saying, indiscipline, increase in population
inadequate infrastructure were some of the causes. The Deputy Minister
observation at Adisadel College's (Adisco) 100th Speech and Prize-
Founder's Day Celebration in Cape Coast, on the theme, "Projecting the
Spirit into the Next Century", and called on Senior High Schools (SHS)
country to give priority attention to technical and vocational training.
He said training students in these fields will make them innovative and
out their talents and will also help Ghana to achieve its goal of
middle income country. Dr. Annan said to compliment government's
attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) students should be
self-motivated and be willing to sacrifice their time to study to be
in life. Dr. Ave Kludze Junior, a Rocket Scientist
at the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States, and
boy, urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to incorporate modern
its curriculum and emphasis should be placed on science, mathematics
He said he will establish a Virtual National Science Technology pre-
and Mathematics Centre (STEM), which according to him, will link Adisco
world by creating and leveraging advanced scientific and mathematics
students of the school. Dr. Kludze said without education, the nation's
was bleak and the people wallow in ignorance. He therefore advised
be curious and learn more, so as to become great achievers to assist in
building. Touching on the new four-year SHS duration system, he said
that it was
not the length of education one received that mattered, but rather the
and standard of education as well as the commitment of the individual.
The Headmaster of Adisco, Mr. Herbert Graham disclosed
College was the only school in Ghana which has enough classrooms to
fourth year SHS students. He said this was made possible by the
constructed a 16- unit classroom block for the school. Mr Graham asked
infrastructures in order to create more rooms to admit more students.
He also disclosed that aside a four-storey eight-unit block of flats
constructed for the staff; the GETFUND was also constructing the
Resource Centre near the Accra-Takoradi highway, which will have a
capacity assembly hall, a library and an ICT centre. Mr. Graham said
which was established on January 4, 1910 with 29 boys, currently has a
1,447 boys (all boarders) in line with the government's policy of
education accessible to all children. He said the school has over the
produced men with outstanding qualities serving in the field of
politics, religion, medicine, law and business in Ghana, Africa and the
large. The Assistant Headmaster in charge of academics, Mr.
presented prizes to deserving students, teaching and non- teaching
1978 Year Group Delivers Cadet
Uniforms to Adisadel
The 1978 Year Group has presented cadet uniforms
to the Headmaster
Mr. H. Graham just in time before the Centenary Speech Day to be held
In a letter to the President of the '78 Year Group (Donald
headmaster expressed sincere gratitude to the Old Boys on
behalf of their
cherished Alma Mater. He indicated that the redemption of their pledge
indeed come at the right time and the school was grateful to the year
its kind gesture.
The items presented included the following:
in brackets to be supplied later
Launch and Church Service
Welcome Address by Abam
Quartey - Board Chairman
4th. January 2010, Cape Coast.
It is exciting to live to be
part of a celebration of the centenary of a school which by all
accounts has done well for herself, guided by the motto: ‘Either the
First or with the First.’ Today we kick start a yearlong series of
celebration. As an Anglican Foundation,), it is fitting and proper that
we begin with a session of worship in a liturgical setting and with the
leadership of Anglican tradition in Ghana leading us. We welcome you,
our leaders, our beloved Shepherds.
According to the
records, Adisadel College started as SPG Grammar School, as a result of
corporate action by some Cape Coasters, the first Bishop of
Accra Rt. Rev. Nathaniel Temple Hamyn and others. This reminds us of
the Akan proverb, wonsom, wonsom, oyε dom, oyε nimpa i.e.
you need people in their numbers working together to achieve results, I
want to believe that whatever else we do today, we are giving thanks to
God for vision, foresight, and the corporate action and wisdom that
came to fruition in this School. In the 100 years others have done
their bit. The move from Topp Yard in the shadow of Christ Church to
Adisadel on the hill is another story of contributions of many that
demonstrated another characteristic of Adisadel spirit, namely
self-help. Allow me to welcome all of you to this historic event.
And so, by this
celebration we also wish to remember and give thanks for the
contributions of all who throughout the century have so orchestrated
things to bring Adisadel where we are today. Well has the School Ode
labored We Share their glory Ours' to do exploits And add to their gain
Those who come after Will take -up our story And may it be worthy of
We decided to begin
this celebration with a Eucharistic celebration so as to re-enact the
beginning of Adisadel College. On 4thJanuary 1910 Bishop Nathaniel
Temple Hamlyn, Bishop of Accra celebrated the Eucharist to start it at
Christ Church. And so today we are here at Christ Church for a
Eucharistic celebration remembering our past. The chief celebrant is
the Bishop of Accra, successor of the first Bishop of Accra. In the
afternoon he, Bishop Nathaniel Temple Hamlyn and his wife organized an
at home to bring together all those who had been part of the generation
of the vision of the School and its translation into fruition.
This was amply
captured in the Log book of the school in 1910 and goes as follows:
school was opened on Tuesday January 4th 1910 There was a celebration
of Holy communion in Christ Church at 7:30 a.m. The service was well
attended. At 3:45 p.m. a dedication service was held in Christ Church
after which an at Home was given at the church house by the Rt.
Reverend Bishop and Mrs. Hamlyn to meet the School Governors, the
church official and all who have interested themselves in the starting
of the school. At 5 o’clock the school was officially opened by the
Lord Bishop of Accra and signed by some dignitaries present.
Things have changed;
the one Diocese of Accra which covered the entire geographical area of
Ghana has given birth to a number of parishes. And so, the Archbishop
and Bishop of Accra has invited his brother bishops to concelebrate
with him - a sign that the entire Anglican tradition in Ghana still
sees Adisadel College as integral part of her mission story. We thank
you for accepting us and being with us on this Special Day.
Your Grace and
Bishops of the Anglican communion in Ghana, because we believe God’s
blessing is essential for success, it is my humble privilege to invite
you to lead us in a spiritual and religious event and experience that
will touch and accompany us in the year of celebration.
Centenary Planning Committee To Usher in
4th. January 1910 - 4th. January 2010 (Press
A special Trade and
Exhibition fair, dubbed “Santa Centefair”, to
provide the platform for old students of Adisadel College who are in
the manufacturing sector, trade, and other service providers to
showcase their products and services is one of the major events slated
for the commemoration of the 100 years anniversary of the school. The
fair to be held in May 2010 in Accra is also
expected to attract participation of the general public. This was
announced by the chairman of the National Centenary Planning Committee
(CPC), Mr. Jose Nicco-Annan in his New Year message
to all past and present students of Adisadel College, popularly
referred to as “Santaclausians”
He said Adisadel
College, ranked among the top 100 most outstanding and prominent
colleges in Africa, should, at 100, not only be seen celebrating this
occasion in fanfare but rather have a meaningful success story to tell.
It is in this direction that some of the programmes designed for the
centenary celebration are geared towards showcasing the contribution of
Santaclausians towards national and global development. Mr. Nicco-Annan
charged Santaclausians who are in industry, trade and commerce as well
as the general public to take advantage of this unique platform, the
first of its kind to be associated with such celebrations of a school
in the country, and showcase their potential to the world.
further disclosed that the official launch of the year long
celebrations kick-starts with a special church service to commemorate
the formal signing of the Adisadel College charter that brought into
being Adisadel College. The service will be held on Monday, 4th
January, 2010 starting at 10am at Christ Church Cathedral, Cape Coast,
the venue of the signing of the charter, and will be presided over by
Most Reverend Justice Ofei Akrofi, Bishop of Accra and
Archbishop & Primate of the Church of the Province of West
Africa, assisted by all Anglican bishops.
earmarked for celebrations are a Fundraising Dinner Dance in Accra, a
Book Launch and Lecture Series in Kumasi and Accra, Thanksgiving
Service in Accra, the Homecoming Speech Day in Cape Coast, a Medical
Outreach and Centenary Durbar and an Awards Dinner Dance at Cape Coast.
Touching on the
ongoing construction works of the Centenary Resource Centre Complex,
Mr. Nicco-Annan lamented the slow response of some Santaclausians in
the payment of their contributions toward the realization of this
dream. The completion of the Centenary Resource Centre is a challenge
not only to the CPC, but also the School Management and Board of
Governors, as well as other concerned old boys. He said that if well
meaning Santaclausians have any gratitude to express towards their alma
mater, then this is the time they should gird up their loins and give
the school their best.
wished Santaclausians the best of the ensuing year and urged them to
update themselves with news on the school and the centenary
celebrations by contacting the secretariat of the CPC (telephone
021-255153/4) and regular visits to the following websites:
Coordinator, Publicity Committee
for Jose Nicco-Annan Chairman, CPC
$5 Million Adisadel Centenary Capital Campaign
U.S. Fund Raising Committee set up by the Adisadel
Old Boys Association - North America and the Adisadel
Foundation Inc. kicked off a $5
million Adisadel Capital Campaign this month April, 2009.
The Committee setup in August 2008 is tasked with the responsibility of
raising funds for the Adisadel Centenary Capital Campaign in North
Mr. Godfred P. Otuteye, Chairman
of the Committee indicated that a set of documents including
a Capital Campaign brochure, a pledge form and information on the
current poor state of infrastructure on the school campus is being
mailed out to Old Boys in North America to help solicit funds for the
campaign. He hoped that Santaclausians and friends of Adisadel will
come to the aid of the school by donating generously to help fix up the
structures in the school, some of which were built by the
students in the 1930s.
Please click on the following link for more
information on the Capital Campaign: