IG2 Geography Beach Survey

 Girls measuringThe IG2 Geography Class undertook a beach survey on 13th April 2017 at Sakumono beach, Tema. This exercise was designed to take students out of the four walls of the classroom and the two sides of the textbook into the environment for them to operationalize some of the key concepts learnt in the classroom. Specifically, students measured longhshore drift, constructive and destructive waves, and beach profile.

The students also interviewed residents on the likely causes of beach pollution, the value of the beach in the socio-economic life of the residents of Sakumono Village and above all, samples of pebbles were picked through systematic sampling for further work in the classroom. Forty-two students (working in groups of 6) took part in the exercise, which lasted for three hours.

Key Learning Points

The exercise enabled the students to demonstrate key geographical abilities that indicate their preparedness for the IGCSE final examination in Geography. Students were able to describe human and physical landscapes (landforms, natural vegetation and land use). They also took copious notes and made field sketches of physical and human landscapes that may be used to stimulate geographical description and annotation. Again, students carried out a group or individual set of tasks, which include collection of primary data, observation, taking photographs and recording measurements. wave

In terms of knowledge with understanding, the students were able to demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of a wide range of geographical concepts, processes and patterns in terms of coastal landforms and the complex relationship between people and the coastal environment. Besides, students also exhibited a high-level of geographical skills and analysis. Here, students were able to select and show good understanding of a wide range of relevant skills and appropriate techniques. Indeed, students analysed and interpreted geographical information and critically evaluated how the residents of Sakumono Village and Tema Community 3 have contributed to the pollution currently taking place at the waterfront.

Students individually drew conclusions from their findings and make evaluations related to the original objectives of the survey. They also have first hand experience of the limitations of some of the measurement techniques and instruments. Students also made balanced judgements and demonstrated an awareness of the different attitudes and priorities of individuals and groups that visit the beach. Thus, the problematical nature of the interaction between people and the beach environment.


The exercise gave the students a feel of taking lessons outsides the classroom. Undoubtedly, it was a successful exercise and we thank the Principal, the SMT and the support staff from the Science Department.

Dr. George Grandy-Hallow

A Spectacular Performance! - Ananse in the Land of Idiots

The SOS-HGIC drama Creativity Action Service (CAS) group held their audiences of Friday and Saturday the 21st and 22nd April 2017, spell-bound to a fantastic dramatic performance of Yaw Asare’s much acclaimed play, Ananse in the Land of Idiots.

The production which was directed by Isaac Marion Darko and Aba DeGraft-Hanson of the English department was stage-managed by the student directors, Isabella Adu and Velma Bruce-Cathline, of IB1. It ran for two nights and was replete with the full complement of a 45-strong cast, elaborate costumes, live props, a well-designed and well-constructed set, as well as live traditional music and dancing. Their outstanding performance received rave reviews from students, staff, parents and invited guests alike. Emmanuel Osei Bimpong, who was cast in the lead role of Ananse, garnered the praise and applause of the audience as he delivered his lengthy complex lines with the individuality and flair characteristic of a professional actor.


The play began with a monologue by Ananse (Bimpong) revealing his thoughts and plans to the audience before setting off for Dimyimlira, the land of Idiots. From there the play gathers the energy and pace that would lead to a thrilling climax and dramatic end, where the empire of Dimyimlira is left in crisis after Ananse through his Macchiavellian cunning and ruthlessness, absconds with the princess and the wealth of the kingdom.

The success of the production lay in its humorous witty lines and dialogue, and the fast-paced action, which did not leave any room for boredom. Audience participation and engagement was achieved by not only interspersing the action with music and dance, but also through Ananse’s monologues and call-and-response technique. Not even a brief power outage half-way through the production on the second night could mar the brilliance of the performance, and there was even one dramatic moment when Michael Torku of IG1 exhibited his acrobatic skills when he did a somersault as a prelude to a warriors’ dance, setting the scene for the wedding in which Ananse as Pootagyiri, marries the petulant, pampered Princess Soodziisa of Dimyimlira.



Again the vibrancy of the other supporting characters like Akpala (Kojo Lokko), the king (Kwasi Tweneboa and Charles Mensah), the priestess (Cecelia Atieno and Nadia Baye) the princess (Abena Otema Danquah and Naana Kome-Mensah) and her band of pretty smiling and dancing maidens, as well as the indefatigable warriors contributed to the audience’s heightened interest in the production. Indeed one member of the audience confessed to being engrossed in the action from beginning to end and was disappointed when the show ended! Congratulations to the SOS-HGIC DramaCAS group for a spectacular and riveting performance this year! The whole school community from the Senior Management Team (SMT) to our janitorial staff is highly commended for their support in countless ways to the success of this year’s production. We wait to see what next year holds in store! Drama CAS supervisors

Mathematics Contests at SOS-HGIC

girlAs part of an attempt to inspire our students to develop an interest in and love for the subject, the Mathematics Department of SOS-HGIC over the past ten years has been giving those students who have the ability or desire to challenge themselves against others around the world the opportunity to compete in the Canadian Mathematics Contests, organized by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, CEMC, University of Waterloo, Canada. Our IG1, IG2 and IB1 students are registered for the Galois, Hypatia and the Euclid Contests respectively. The questions are sent to SOS-HGIC and the written scripts are sent back to Canada for marking. About 16000 to 20000 students write each of these contests each year from about 1500 schools worldwide. For more information on these contests, please visit It must be said that most of our students have done well in all these contests over the years with each year group trying to improve on what the previous year group achieved.

On 7th April 2017, three of our IB1 students Kristyn Dede Korboe, Theresa Naa Ameiley Ribeiro and Rexford Essilfie accepted the challenge to write the Euclid contest. The scripts have been sent to Canada for marking and we await the results.

On 13th April 2017, Erica Essuman, Ffion Opare-Addo, Anderson Addo, Kyle Amoah, Kwadwo Yeboah Afari, Mawuli Ackuaku, Ekow Bentsi-Enchill all of IG2 wrote the Hypatia Contests. From IG1, we had Adwoa Afrifa, Kwesi Afrifa, Paul Ackah, Michael Torku and Francis Hehemeku also writing the Galois contest. The papers have since been sent to the organisers in Canada for assessment.


Mathematics Inspired Science Education, MISE, Problem Solving Tournament


SOS-HGIC was invited to participate for the first time three years ago in this problem solving tournament where successful students progress to the next level of the tournament till the best is selected to represent Ghana at the International Mathematics Olympiad. In our first attempt, two of our students (now alumni), Ms. Nuneke Esi Fafa Kwetey and Mr. Senyo Kofi Ohene emerged the best two Ghanaian high school Mathematics students and joined other students in representing Ghana at the International Olympiad in Thailand. Last year, the two students were once again called upon to join the team that represented Ghana at the 2016 International Olympiad.

On 7th April 2017, six IB1 students and 3 IG2 students wrote the round 1 of the 2018 International Mathematics Olympiad qualification. Unfortunately, none of the nine students who wrote the MISE competition qualified for the next round of the tournament. They have all been given the chance to participate in the Research Programme, which is also very selective. The students are: Theresa Ribeiro, LizaJane Bunyan, Awurama Akyianu, Marilyn Valis-Akyianu , Ffion Opare-Addo, Hyeon-Jeong Seo, Jevon Amoah, Kwame Anokurang-Budu and Kyle Amoah. We commend all these students for accepting the challenge to be part of this contest.

On the 8th of April 2017, the MISE foundation in Ghana, the organization responsible for the selection of students for the international Olympiad invited our school to take part in the Award ceremony for the 2016 finalists who will be representing Ghana at this year’s Olympiad in Brazil. We are elated to announce to Parents that, we had one of our IB2 students, Jonathan Kweku Deladem Akaba, being selected as one of the three finalists to represent Ghana in Brazil this year. As part of the citation, Jonathan is credited as the only person in Ghana since the inception of the competition seven years ago, to have scored 18 out of 20 questions correctly. This the organizers found amazing as generally most participating students usually score below 5 out of 20 by reason of the questions being challenging and beyond what is taught in our classrooms. It was all joy when Jonathan was called on stage to receive his award. As a school we share in the achievement of Jonathan and congratulate him for this and hope that this inspires other students to avail themselves for such competitions.



Master Jonathan Deladem Akaba – SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College

Written by Richard Domey, Mathematics Teacher

The SOS-HGIC Student Representative Council 2017/18

SRC 1718

Meet the Incoming SRC Executive Body

For the 2017-2018 Academic Year!

President-Elect – Anthony Asare

Vice president-Elect – Mimi Boateng

Public RelationsOfficer-Elect–Afua Mfodwo

Secretary-Elect - Hyeon–Jeong Seo




Float your Boat Competition

On the 30th of March, 2017, SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College took part in a “Float Your Boat” competition organised by Environment360 and hosted by Ghana International School. In all, four schools participated and each school presented two teams (there were eight teams in all).

Participating Schools were:

SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College

Ghana International School

Al Rayan International School

Liberty American School

float your boatThe teams and team members that represented SOSHGIC were:

Team 1: Blazers: Urick Ernest, Simbarashe Damiton, Rumbidzai Moyo, Jevon Amoah, Paul Ackah.

Team 2: Rough Riders: Mituku Tamire, Kwame Budu, Fedrick Mtamba, Mary-Ann Washington, Trevor Owusu-Afrari

 The teams with the best time for each round qualified for the next stage of the competition. At the end of the competition, a team from Al Rayan International School came first, a team from Liberty American School came second. The Blazers of SOSHGIC was third in position and the Rough Riders of SOSHGIC was fourth in position.  

It was a very interesting learning experience and we, the Patrons, (Mr. Boateng and Mrs. Essuman) would like to thank Mr. I. T. Ofei and the SMT for giving us such an opportunity.

We also thank Mr. Christian Schmelz, Mr. Abu Issah, Mr. Agyemang Gyamfi and Mr. Prince Kley for their technical support. We also thank the members of the Science and Environment Club for devoting their afternoons to building the boats.

Kwaku Boateng

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