The Bishop Okoye Spiritan Secondary School (BOSSS) 2nd Annual Graduation Ceremony of 7th July, 2018 may have come and gone but memories of the event which started with the celebration of mass at the school chaplaincy and the presentation of awards to deserving graduands and non academic staff, will remain evergreen in the minds of all and sundry that graced the occasion.
Presenting his address, the school principal Rev. Fr. Dr. Barr. Christopher Amaubosi, said that the academic preoccupation and services of the school had once again produced sixty eight (68) graduating stars, pointing out that the enthusiastic students had fully been molded and forged within the best academic breeding environment.
According to him; “The students have moved through their struggles and pain to their season of victory and triumph. The occasion is aptly captured in a Swahili war song ‘life has a meaning only in struggle, triumph or defeat is the hands of the gods..,’ so, let us celebrate the struggle.
“You have in your individual and unique way, all exhibited a sincere struggle blueprint. You have equally demonstrated a survival template weaved with true sense of value, virtue and optimism. Your future has begun in such a great way that difficulties should not weaken your fabric of survival.”
Rev. Amaubosi who noted that he was not at the event to chronicle all the daily dynamics that punctuated the lives of the students at BOSSS in the last six years, maintained: “Rather, I am on this platform only to relate a convincing and undeniable fact that as your six years of secondary school accomplishment has come to a natural and logical end, all you have learnt both knowledge, skill and team spirit need to be guarded by each one of you.
“The values, the virtue, the core principles of truth, honesty, sincerity that engenders success, the attitude, the character that defines you as a gentleman and lady, need to be guarded jealously.”
The school principal further charged the out-going students to ensure that as they garner vital and essential capacity for a challenging society and demanding college life, to be well informed that expectation of excellence and great achievements have become a nagging reality that they cannot foreclose or negate.
The Clergy went further to state that: “It is apt at this rallying point, to refer you to page 9 of BOSSS hand book. You are all spiritual persons, created in the image and likeness of God our Father. Do not on any ground, idea, persuasion, indoctrination, adventure etc., jeopardize your relationship with Christ. Who is our eternal saviour.
“The issues of relativism and materialism are eating deep into our religious fabrics. Never forget the solemn background on which you have been forged and framed. Take seriously the words of Saint Pope John Paul II: ‘By her relationship with Christ, the Church is a kind of sacrament or sign and means of intimate union with God, and of unity of all mankind, and the source of this is he himself, he, the redeemer!”
“I wish to remind you also, that you have individually and collectively arrived at this stage and moment of your journey because great sacrifice has been made. You are smiling today, because significant persons in your life have denied themselves much. You are expressing enthusiasm and excitement because trusted ones have held back personal interest, desires etc., to ensure you soar like eagles in the sky. The greatest among all these are your parents, siblings, friends, formators, teachers etc. and never take all these for granted. Be always grateful to them,” Fr. Amaubosi advised.
In the same vein, BOSSS Vice Principal and Dean of Studies, Rev. Dr. Obiefuna J. Onwughalu described the graduands in his speech as the “Formidable Class,” adding that he was delighted with the honour that the students had brought to the school.
The VP maintained his optimism that many of the students would journey oversees to further their education, stating that the last six years were used to lay educational foundation for the graduands, which according to him; have prepared them to carry some weight of responsibilities.
Rev. Onwughalu reminded the students that they are living in a world of social media, where people carry their offices in the their hands, in a world of artificial intelligence and urged them to contribute their quota in a meaningful way, impact their communities and to make a difference in the society.
The Dean of Studies, who disclosed to the students and guests that the graduands made 6, 7 and 8As in the just released SSCE, thanked the Academic and non-Academic Staff of the school for their commitment in ensuring that the students came out with joy.
Fr. Onwughalu in the meantime, announced a cash awards of honour to Mr. Agan Moses as the “Most Committed Non Academic Staff;” Mr. Patrick Uchendu, as the “The Best Teacher;” Mr. Garuba Usman and Mr. Asan Terngu as “Most Outstanding BOSSS Staff of The Year,” respectively.
Speaking in an interview, Engr. Enuezie Kingsley, Maximus Ehileme, Engr. Okey Anozie and E.S.V (Hon.) Ebo Njogo, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the school management for impacting quality education on their children.
The respondents said they were happy that their graduating sons made As in the recently released SSCE results, courtesy of BOSSS, and urged the general public to endeavour to enroll their children in the school, if they have the wherewithal.
While calling on the Church, private individuals and the government to come to the aid of the school, they enjoined BOSSS to get ready to expand its infrastructure, as more people would be on their way to the school, courtesy of the excellent results that the graduands were leaving with.
Highpoints of the event were the foundation laying stone of BOSSS Teachers’ Quarters by the PTA Chairman, Engr. Nnamdi Emmanuel; the presentation of awards to some deserving students as follows: The Improved Student Award, which went to Solomon Lucinda; Best 2018 JAMB Result was given to Nwogu Ositadinma Emmanuel; The Best Writer went to Kasarachi Akudinobi; The Best Graduating Student (Arts) went to Omubo-Dede Daniella Ifiemi; The Best Graduating Students (Science) Award was given to Anozie Kamsiyochukwu and the Overall Best Student Award that went to Omubo-Dede Daniella Ifiemi.
While Chinyelu Omenkeukwu Most Resilient Award of Most Resilient Student went to Esemonu Harold Ogochukwu, among other awards both in the senior and junior categories.
By Blaise Elumezie