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News from Westminster School, Ghana

Westminster Comprehensive School is proud of all its achievements since being first established in 2002. Follow the progress of the school here.

Upper Primary and Junior High Students on Assembly 2016

Building work Westminster schoolphotosUpper Primary and Junior High Students on assembly ground receiving welcome address and instructions on re-opening day, 12th January, 2016.

The students go on to saying morning prayers before classes begin.

 

Academic Year End of First Term Examination 2015

Academic Year End of First Term ExaminationphotosShots of students busily sitting for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year End of First Term Examination.

Some of the Junior high students wrote their exams in the class room, whilst other students busily  wrote their exams on the veranda.

Throughout the exams invigilators walked through to ensure students were doing the right thing.

 

Building Progress at Westminster School 2015

Building work Westminster schoolphotosBuilding work to improve the school continues and the nearly completed upper floor is now waiting to have the roof finished.

It is important that the school has enough classrooms to meet the demand of the number of children wishing to come to Westminster School. Donations to help with the cost of this building work are very welcome.

One Hundred Tables Donated 2015

Building work Westminster schoolphotosOne hundred tables were donated by Malmesbury Primary School in Morden, Surrey in the United Kingdom to Westminster Comprehensive School in Ghana this autumn.

Westminster School is extremely grateful for this very kind and generous donation, all the tables have now been allocated to classrooms.

Wendy Bourget Arrives at Westminster School Sept 2014

MR. HENRY OSEI TUTU (RIGHT) INTRODUCING MRS. WENDY BOURGET, THE NEW VOLUNTEER TO THE SCHOOLphotosWendy arrived at the school on the 8th September, 2014. She was introduced to the whole school (staff and pupils) by the Headmaster, Mr Osei Tutu, at the morning assembly.

Wendy started working the very moment she had been introduced. Though the school wanted her to teach in the senior classes, she made it clear that her interest is with the kids so she taught in the Nursery, Kindergartens and the lower primary.

She is ever willing to help students whom she described as “slow learners”. She always selected these students and sat with them and taught them herself whiles the others were being taught by their teachers.

Abigail Bates Arrives at Westminster School June 2014

Abigail Bates and Philip YeboahphotosAbigail Bates arrives at Westminster School. She has a 150-hour TEFL certificate and spent six weeks teaching English to Italian children in summer camps last year.

She also has some experience of observing English lessons (Language and Literature to English speakers - not TEFL) in secondary schools local to her home in the UK.

Abigail will graduate University this summer with a degree in English Literature, and is due to start a teacher training program in September to enable her to teach English as a secondary school subject.

Donation to The School December 2013

photosDesmond Afriyie-Churchley has received another one year sponsorship package (fully paid school fees and lunch) from Mr. & Mrs Churchley. Mr. & Mrs. Churchley did not only pay for his school fees and lunch but also sent him loads of gifts for the Christmas. (see donations)

Desmonds’ mum: “My son and I are very grateful to you Mr.& Mrs Churchley, whom we have not met before but have shown us a lot of kindness. Through this kind gesture my son is now in school and for the first time will enjoy this coming Christmas very much as every child will wish for because of the loads of gifts you have sent to him. This will be Desmond’s best ever Christmas. Thank you very much Mr & Mrs Churchley.

Basic Certificate Examination (BECE) Results for 2013

Kwasi Kuffour reports that once again Westminster Comprehensive School has done it again! The 2013 batch of B.E.C.E Candidates who wrote their examination from 17th to 24th June 2013 emerged as first in the Ejisu Juaben Municipal.

The BECE results list the names of candidates, their index numbers, their aggregates and the Senior High Schools they were placed in. Well done to all those students for doing so well !

Imke Matuszewski

February 2013 - I met some amazing people who live a very different life from mine. I'd like to think that I am well travelled and so these differences were not strictly new to me. However experiencing bucket shower, washing clothes by hand, eating by hand and living with very restricted electricity made me think and re-think various aspects of both our ways of life.

I had interesting discussions with the teachers about religion, and although some of our opinions diverged I felt that we both liked to hear about it, and sympathise with, each other's worldviews.

read moreImke Matuszewski

Basic Certificate Examination (BECE) Results for 2012

Benjamin Abotsi reports that the candidates the school presented for the basic education certificate examination in 2012 performed very well. Congratulations to all those hard working students!

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) throughout the country under tight security. This important examination is both for certification and selection to Senior Secondary Schools and Technical Institutes. The results of the BECE are released in August to enable successful and qualified candidates enter Senior Secondary Schools and Technical Instituties at the beginning of the academic year in September.

Nick Wood

Nick Wood and Eric in the boarding house May 2012 - Whilst I had teaching experience from a year spent in France directly before I came to Ghana, don't let it put you off if you haven't taught before. The school will ease you in. Not that there's anything to brace yourself for - I found the students here to be even more well behaved than in my other experiences.

They are a bright, fun bunch of people, eager to learn - both about their subjects in school, but also about you.

read moreNick Wood

Amber May Arrives December 2011

Amber May being welcomed by  Osei(Volunteer Coordinator)
Amber May being welcomed by Osei

Amber May Amber May is Australian and a teacher by profession. She has taught in a number of schools both in Australia and Europe and is now in Ghana volunteering at Westminster School.

Amber arrived in Ghana on the 1st of December and had to stay in Accra for three days before she left for Kumasi (Fumesua). Amber intends to stay for 6 months.





Australian Volunteer Arrives October 2011

Roger Hambly, an Australian Law practitioner, arrived in Ghana on 13th of October 2011 to volunteer as a teacher at Westminster School. Mr. Hambly has practiced law for twenty years in Australia and has made his mind to stop practicing law and rather be a teacher. He therefore has made Westminster his target destination where he intends to stay with the school for the next six weeks. Mr. Hambly is warmly welcome to the school.

Mr Hambly welcomed Mr Hambly to Kumasi
Mr Hambly being welcomed by
Osei (Volunteer Coordinator)
Getting ready to be
transported to Kumasi



Westminster Graduates 2010

Class of 2010Once again Westminster has graduated seventeen High School students. This happens to be its second batch of graduates since its inception.

This is indeed a great achievement. As its original slogan "Judge us by Our Success" goes, Westminster presented seventeen students in 2009 to write the Basic Education Examinations in April, and the results was marvelous. Westminster passed with distinction. In April this year, Westminster once again presented seventeen students to represent the school and hope to achieve same or better results.




Mary Kathlene Crawford

Mary K CrawfordMary Kathlene Crawford came as a volunteer teacher from the 6th of October 2009 and left for the United States on the 6th of March 2010. She was hardworking, dedicated and disciplined.

She was a source of encouragement and inspiration to the entire school body. Her teaching skills during class presentation will be missed dearly.

"Coming to volunteer teach at Westminster Comprehensive School has been the most challenging, yet most rewarding 6 months of my life".




British Volunteers Depart

They had a taste of the local dish "fufu" before they left for the airport. After their meal, they dressed in the traditional way and took pictures with the family they had lived with. It was really a great day with sadness.

enjoying the fufu farewell celebration

Read more on the farewell celebrations and pictures.




Three British Volunteers Arrive in Ghana - July 2009

Michael Ericco, Adam Jones and Sinead Lily Millwood are medical students from The Hull York Medical School, UK. The three volunteers arrived in Ghana on the 10th of July, 2009 at exactly 8am where a representative of the school came to pick them up from the airport and transported them to Kumasi, where the school is located.

at the airport Volunteers being welcomed
The volunteers with the school
rep at the airport.
Volunteers being welcomed by
Philip, the proprietor of the school.

The three medical students arrival has been a great joy to the entire school body. Read more of their experiences at the school.