By Regina Igwebuike :
Adazi-Nnukwu (Anaocha LGA), Feb. 15, 2021 (MOI) Loretto Special Science Secondary School Adazi-Nnukwu started the 2020/2021 Academic year by honouring students, who performed well in the just concluded 2019/2020 academic year.
The ceremony, which took place at the school compound on Feb. 14 started with a concelebrated Mass, officiated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye.
In a homily, Bishop Okoye said: “whosoever deserves success must also deserve discipline, doing what is right at the right time’’.
He emphasised that education in mission school was holistic as the Church would provide integral formation developmentally, socially and morally.
The prelate advised the new students not to dent the image of the school by avoiding confusion by being where they were supposed to be at the right time.
“If you have some misgivings, complain to the school manager/education secretary. Protests of all sorts are not authorised as ruffians are not groomed here.’’
Bishop Okoye explained that it took them time to appoint the school managers; priests who were all rounders, appealing to parents to support them to impact positively on their wards.
He also thanked the teachers who are stakeholders for their zealousness to impart knowledge on the students even as he noted that teachers were not well remunerated compared to their sacrifices.
He pleaded with parents to support the manager by raising funds to erect new hostels for a more conducive learning environment, noting that the Church needed all the support.
The prelate while urging the students to be law abiding emphasised by next term, there would be no more provisions for students, rather it should be replaced by tea break.
He explained that COVID-19 was real, urging all to be extra careful and adhere strictly to all the protocols to prevent avoidable deaths even as he prayed to God to end the Coronavirus pandemic soon.
Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Azodo, the new Manager, Loretto said that the school was fundamentally known for high academic standards and performance, untainted moral probity and unbeatable character formation, and an opportunity for excellence.
Fr. Azodo noted that the substance of academic excellence could not be achieved by wishful thinking, emphasising that the link between wish and accomplishment was hard work.
“No one has ever succeeded in anything simply by wishing that she succeeds, without discipline and hard work.
Fr Azodo thanked the auxiliary bishop for sacrificing to be present at the event.
Lady Eugenia Okafor, Principal Loretto urged the students to work harder to achieve excellence in order to raise the morale of their parents who toil to generate funds for their betterment.
Loretto ’94 set initiated the award for diligence and hard work in 2019 to mark their Silver Jubilee celebration.
Their spokesperson, Dr Chinwoke Obi said that they did not have enough funds to erect a structure in the school so they decided on cash awards and scholarships to outstanding students and teachers.
According to her they agreed to do it for three consecutive years starting from 2019 to 2021.
Scholarship recipients 2019/2020 best academic students were Stephanie Egwu, a SSI currently in SS2 and Mmesoma Uche SS2 currently in SS3.
Others are indigent students, Ebelechukwu Faith Edozie, SSI currently in SS2 and Mmesoma Ifeanyi SS2 currently in SS3.
Scholarship was also awarded to the overall best-behaved student, Oluchi Nkwoezue, SS2 now in SS3 and the best-behaved Student Jennifer Ifeabunike SSI now in SS2.
Other award recipients are the best teacher for the session, Mr Francis Nwajiobi (Chemistry) and Mrs Ogechukwu Ezeakudo, best hostel mistress.
Dr Obi said that the group is waiting for the overall best students in WAEC and NECO, urging others to study harder. (MOI)