- Grace High School has become the preferred citadel of learning for those in the formative years-Olatilo
Lot of cheers and smiling faces filled Grace High School’s auditorium on Saturday, 8th July, 2017 as the graduating students took their seats for the 19th Valedictory/Graduation Ceremony.
In line with the school’s vision and commitment to provide “complete qualitative education with a view to turning out well-groomed scholars that contribute immensely to our society”, Grace High School graduated 50 distinguished and well-groomed scholars who have successfully completed their three (3) years in high school.
The event was graced by notable professionals in diverse fields including: Prince Dr. Adebisi Olatilo (CEO, BISCON Communication Ltd.), Prof. Kayode Amund (Director, Distance Learning Service, University of Lagos), Mr. Toye Adegboye (CEO, Badiays Investments Ltd.), Mr. Raymond Obiajulu (CEO. Mid-Century Agro-allied ventures Ltd.), Dr. Mrs. O. O. Awokoya Adadevoh (Director, S. O. Awokoya Foundation for Science Education), Prof. Chris Bode (Chief Medical Director, LUTH), Dr. Joseph Onyeji (Medical Director, ‘We Care Hospital’) and the guest minister/father of the day; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo (Senior Pastor, Trinity House, Zion Centre).
The Chairman of the day, Dr. Joseph .A. Olatilo gave the welcome address where he congratulated the efforts of the Grace High School team for their resilience in providing quality education in Nigeria.
According to him, “There is no gainsaying the fact that well-rounded education at the formative years is a strong pillar on which the overall success of one’s academic accomplishment revolves. Grace High School, which has the full complement of nursery, primary and secondary schools education in its portfolio, is well primed. Grace High School has become the preferred citadel of learning for those in the formative years where the innate abilities are quickly discovered and knowledge imparted on them to properly position them for the next stage in life. Grace High School can be described as mini Nigeria and a melting pot for all language groups across the 6 geo political zones in Nigeria”.
He went further to enjoin the latest members of the prestigious Grace High School alumni to be worthy ambassadors of the school.
Followed by Dr. Adebisi’s speech was a farewell message from the principal, Mr. Ronald Cillers. He left the graduating students with a message stating that in whatever situation they found themselves, they should always do things their way and they should never settle for ‘Just OK’.
The guest speaker, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo encouraged the students to always believe in themselves as this would help them make tremendous change in the world. She made them repeat these words over and over again “I am UNIQUE, I am PERCULIAR, I am DIFFEENT and I am ME ’’
To spice up the event was a beautiful choir rendition from the school’s musical band and a special Chinese choreography performed by students of Grace Schools.
The graduation ceremony reached its peak when it was time for prize-giving to students who had done exceptionally well during their stay in school. The faces of the set of ‘017 lit up so radiantly like a Christmas tree because there were lots of gifts to be won from different sponsors. There were also honorary awards for the distinguished guests of honour. Everyone couldn’t help but notice Tunwase Ayomide Odunayo, Grace High School’s star student and valedictorian of the year , who carted away most of the prizes.
It was a fun-filled day and one that wouldn’t be forgotten especially for the students, parents, teachers and management of the school. Beyond innovation in academics and extra-curricular programmes, Grace High School is known for her annual scholarship to brilliant, but economically-diadavntaged children who may not have been able to access quality education but for the school's scholarship prgramme. The scholarship programme, endowed in memory of the school founder, Deaconess Grace Oshinowo of blessed memory has been a life line for many.