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Congratulations Trojans!!

Trojan choir

The thick tension in the Dining Hall was extremely palpable. Weeks upon weeks of training, tough rehearsals, and weary nights had culminated student efforts to this very point- The Singing Competition. Year after year, students from across the scope of Africa, united through SOS-HGIC, participate in a compulsory Inter-hostel Singing Competition. To the layman’s eye, this competition is just a bunch of people in different clothing, singing, but its significance goes way beyond that. 

Spartan Choir

Every choir is in it to win it, with persistence and perseverance being the order of the day. For weeks leading up to this moment, 3 hours each weekday and 5 hours on the weekends were solely dedicated to polishing voices and stage crafts for this competition. Practicing means a sharpening of time management skills in order to ensure that student academics do not suffer as a result of this absolutely essential competition. Despite long rehearsal hours, students continue to study deep into the night until bodies succumb to sweet slumber and some rest is gained before morning classes.

On the 7th of October 2017, the Vikings, Spartans, Titans and Trojans descended onto the Dining hall armed with unimaginable talent and anxiety masked by vibrant smiles.   To truly understand the essence of the night, you must comprehend that each sporting group possessed a specific motive for the night: The Trojans, clad in yellow and white, were desperate to break their constant streak of third place. Spartans, decked out in shades of blue and orange, were eager to shake off the three-year monotony of last place. The blood-red Vikings, sporting splashes of white here and there, were salivating at the chance of regaining their position as top-dog of the singing competition. And the Titans, parading in green and white, confident for repeat of their superior performance last year, to retain the first position.

Finally, the IG1s finally recognized the importance of this competition. Initially disregarding it as just another, in the innumerable seTitan Choirof   competitions, the first year students finally saw how big a deal it was at SOS-HGIC. Constant encouragement and motivation from singers and non-singers alike made us understand that the stakes were very high. On stage, singers stood ramrod straight, and with no flinching whatsoever with a level of discipline army leaders will certainly admire, and sang out, trying to remember all the tips, tricks, the dos and the don’ts. It was a night of passion, pain, excitement, and most of all, a night of fun.

         Stepping onto the stage, hearts racing as one beat, the choirs, faced the people gathered, who waited with bated breath. 1...2...3, the conductors signalled and singing began. Bright lights shone on the choir, in a color corresponding to sporting groups and singing rang through the hall. It was truly a beautiful experience, and all the pressure was forgotten for a few moments as students bellowed their hearts out on that stage.

Viking ChoirAfter everyone had sung, and a few breath-taking performances occupied, the moment came for the results to be announced and the tension was back on as an old friend, filling the hall with a piercing silence. The first category went to the Trojans! Second category, to the Trojans! The third category; Trojans, and the final category was won by the Trojans!!!! After the declaration of the Trojans’ landslide victory, screaming and shouting was heard, and the undeniable Trojan chang rang throughout the school. 

 When all was said and done, and parades around the school were over, each Trojan hostel continued to silently pulsate the electrifying energy peculiar to new victors. That was one of the most intense yet, rewarding competitions I ever had the chance to partake in. 

Written by Kwame Addadey with contributions from Nissi Bediako 

ALAMAU Post-Conference Report

      To read the entire publication on the Alamau conference experience 2017, please go to the following link:

       ALAMAU conference report

IB1 Residential Science Fieldtrips

IB1 Biology and Physics students embarked on residential fieldtrips from June 1st/2nd to June 7th. Trip destinations were the Atewa Range Forest Reserve and the Bunso Cocoa College for Biology students, KNUST in Kumasi for Physics and the Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre in Devon, UK for the remaining Biology students.

bio trip

To read the full account of the three Residential Science Field trips please go to the following link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1q8W2PLQ1SVVmE0eHdqLVBib1U

 

Humanities Educational Trip to Togo and Benin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To read the entire brochure on the Humanities trip to Togo and Benin please go to the following link: Humanities trip brochure

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.

Conclusion

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

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