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Aburi Girls SHS

ABOUT
Aburi girls SHS is a boarding school for girls with a student enrolment of between 1,500 and 1,800. Average ages run from 15 in SHS1 to 19 in SHS3. It has a strict Christian foundation and considerable emphasis is placed on Christian training and character formation. Indeed, although great importance is attached to academic achievement, character training, moral education and all-round development of students are considered to be even more important. Accordingly, great emphasis is laid on the conduct and comportment of the girls in all spheres of school life – in the dormitories, dining hall, during games as well as in the classroom. The girls are encouraged to cultivate habits of self-discipline and self-reliance and to appreciate the dignity of labour and the importance of service to others.
As a Presbyterian institution, the school’s religious practices are based on Presbyterian traditions. However, there is no discrimination against non-Presbyterians in the school’s admission policy. It is expected, however, that all students will take full part in the religious activities of the school and conform to accepted moral standards and codes of behavior.

History
ABURI GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL was formally established as a secondary school for girls in the year 1946. However, its origin dates as far back as 1852, when the Basel Mission opened a school at primary level for girls at their mission station inside the town. The primary school continued until its takeover by the Scottish Mission during the First World War. In the 1920s the training of teachers was begun alongside a kindergarten section and a middle school, also for girls, and in 1946, secondary classes were introduced side by side with the teacher-training course. In 1950 the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast (now Ghana) took over the Management of the school when its partner missions the Basel Mission and the Scottish Mission left. The secondary school was physically separated from the teacher training classes and moved to its present site on its present site on the outskirts of Aburi in 1954. Classes ran from Form 1 to Form 5 until 1958, when a Sixth Form was added. Presently the 3-year Senior High School system is run.
In 1972, the Methodist Training College located on the southern side of the school was closing down so Mrs. Joyce Asibey, the first Ghanaian Headmistress initiated negotiations with the Methodist Church to acquire the college premises for the school. The compound had a dining hall, dormitory and classrooms and so it was used to house form one students. This was done to reduce the incidence of bullying. Due to the increase in numbers in the 1990s, this arrangement was stopped and the old “Metico” building is now bonafide house known as Irene Anderson House just as the entire compound.

Mission & Vision
The school envisions that it would maintain the high standards of academic, moral, religious status of excellence which it is currently noted for and further improve on them to become the greatest Girls’ Senior High School in Ghana and Africa in terms of academic performance and good conduct.

In order to achieve the mission statement of the school, emphasis will be placed on the delivery of high quality rounded education in a conducive and congenial atmosphere where both staff and students would be motivated in order to give of their best. The enforcement of discipline with love and understanding will be the hallmark. There will be strong leadership, creation of safe and orderly climate, monitoring of students’ progress and above all involvement of all stakeholders in achieving the aim

Governance And Administration
The school operates under a Board of Governors appointed by the government with representation from stakeholders and interest groups including the Presbyterian Church of Ghana as the founding mission. The current Board was inaugurated on Monday 12th August, 2013 and is constituted as follows:

Name Body Representing

Mrs. Rose Helen Ankrah – Old Students’ Rep – Chairman

Mrs. Victoria Opoku – Director General’s Rep

Mad. Adriana Kandilige – Regional Director of Education

Mad. Judith Offeibea Donkor – District Director of Education

Ms. Rosemond Bampo – Headmistress

Rev. George Opare Kwapong – Presbyterian Church of Ghana Rep

Mr. Samuel Gyan Donkor – District Assembly Rep (Social Services)

Mrs. Vera Akuffo – Mante – District Assembly Rep (Social Servithces)

Nana Afua Obenewa I – Aburi Traditional Council

Dr. Vladimir Antwi- Danso – PTA Rep

Mrs. Kathleen Quartey Ayensu – Old Students’ Rep

Mr. Henry Offei Danso – Teaching Staff Rep

Mr. Isaac Aboagye Sarpong – Non – Teaching Staff Rep

Mrs. Ivy Asantewaa Owusu – Regional Manager of Presbyterian Schools-(Co- opted member)

Courses
The school runs five programs which prepares students for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Students also take core subjects namely English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies to have a total of 8 subjects for the WASSCE. In addition , Information, Communication and Technology as well as Physical Education are taught but examined internally .

General Programmes (Arts And Science)
(a) General Science:

Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Elective Mathematics
Elective Information and Communication Technology

(b) General Arts:

Christian Religious Studies
Literature in English
History
Economics
Geography
French
Ghanaian Language (Akuapem Twi & Ga)
Government
Elective Mathematics
General Knowledge in Arts

Business Programme (Accounting Option)
Business Management
Financial Accounting
Principles of Cost Accounting
Economics
Elective Mathematics

Vocational Program (Visual Art & Home Economics)
Clothing and Textiles/ Food and Nutrition
Management in Living
Graphic Design
General Knowledge in Art
Jewellery
Economics
French
Biology
Elective Mathematics

Clubs And Extra-Curricular Activites
Aburi Girls Senior High School encourages the holistic development of the individual, and as such, encourages every student to be long to at least one club per semester. This is to ensure that students gain a wide variety of skills before their three year stay comes to an end.

Clubs
Our school can proudly boast of more than 15 clubs and societies that students are at liberty to join

GUNSA
SYTO
The Civic Education Club
Competitive College Club
Seed Sowers
AFS
Young and Wise
Art Renaissance Club
HOSA
French Club
Science and Math
Drama Club
Cultural Troupe
Florals and Basketry
Home makers

Events
The school has a number of very special events each year. These include:

Speech and Prize Giving Day which comes off in June/ July each year,
The Annual Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service comes off on the last Sunday of January each year,
Baptism and Confirmation services which comes off in November and March each year during which Presbyterian and Methodist students are confirmed,
Pre- WASSCE “Family Service” which comes off just before the commencement of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for final students and their parents. The school invites the parents to the school to join us in worship, to thank God and pray towards their success in the WASSCE,
leavers’ service for final year students just before they leave the school on completion of their studies

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