The History of Our Lady of Grace Senior High School
What's in a Name
The school's motto is "Knowledge, Morality and Service". The school is named after Our Lady of Grace Parish in Minnesota which had a relationship as a sister parish with St.Joseph's parish in Mamponteng, Ghana, in West Africa. The relationship between Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph’s Parish in Ghana began when Fr. John Opuko was a weekend associate at Most Holy Trinity Parish.
When the sister parish relationship started over ten years ago, no one would have dreamt that it would have led to the building of a school for 1,000 students in Ghana.
The School Organizational Structure
Our Lady of Grace Senior High School was overseen by Rev. Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah until 2014 when Mr.Stephen Kwame Anokye, former headmaster of Opoku Ware Catholic Senior High School, assumed the responsibility of the first substantive headmaster. The headmaster is supported by teams of department heads as well as housemasters and housemistresses that oversee the boarding houses. Also, a students' representative council has been established to oversee their interests. A school disciplinary committee, made up of staff and student representatives, deals with breaches of the school's code of conduct and rules & regulations. The disciplinary committee is further supported by the chaplain and school oversight committee. A parents and teachers association (PTA) has been formed which meets every term to deliberate on the school's progress and students' welfare. Their maiden meeting took place on December 15th, 2013.
Phase II of the School in Good Progress
As the first year of school was progressing, intensive activities were undertaken to start the second phase of the school construction project. Nine months of construction began with funding approved in April, 2014. The additional facilities included a girls' and boys' dormitory, each with a capacity of 125 students, the kitchen and dining hall, the residence for the headmaster and assistant headmaster as well as accommodations for dorm masters attached to their respective dormitories.
Phase III Capital Campaign In Progress
We are currently in the process of raising an additional seven million dollars for the Phase III Capital Campaign that will provide scholarships for students qualified and deserving to attend Our Lady of Grace Senior High School as well as the additional funds needed to build an assembly hall, a chapel, staff housing, and the final two dormatories for the students.
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It became clear in the first year that many students and their families had difficulties in paying the school fees. Some of these students were bright, perfomed well in classes and had good conduct. The oversight committee has therefore set up an education sub-committee whose task includes the establishment of criteria for the granting of student assistance in the form of financial awards and scholarships to deserving students. There have been many contributions from the parish members at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina, Minnesota, towards the student assistance program. There have also been contributions from local individuals to help the needy students. However, so much more is needed in order to fully fund and operationalize this program.
Like any new program, funds for running the school are a constant challenge. During this time the school works toward increasing enrollment to reach full capacity and moves towards becoming self-supporting.
After the funding of the structures and facilities by private benefactors, additional funds have to be generated to cover costs of salaries for teaching and non-teaching staff, payment of utilities, insurance and other essential services as well as maintenance of the magnificent structures and facilities. In the United States this usually takes the form of "annual fund" campaigns.