From the Principal’s desk

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Dear esteemed parents and guardians,

It is difficult to believe that we have reached the one month mark since we resumed for the first term of the new academic session in September. Since resumption, we have very quickly settled into a rhythm that has made us hardly notice the passage of time. It seemed like no sooner had parents and guardians handed over their wards to the staff of Premiere Academy than the school was welcoming parents again on the 30th of September for a thoroughly enjoyable Visiting Day.

Within a couple of days, the whole school was marking the 57th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence in colourful style. It was such a pleasure to see the various ethnic groups and cultures that are represented in the school and in the country coming together in one unified recognition and celebration of the notion of strength in diversity.

 

The CA tests last week provided an important opportunity for students of all abilities to show the progress they have made since the start of the new academic year. There was an air of readiness and determination in the classrooms as students eagerly anticipated the chance to test learning and discover the areas of the curriculum in which they needed support.

Following the marking of the assessments, we are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Open Day on October 20.  This will be an occasion to celebrate the students’ successes and also to help them to plan for improvement in areas of their work that need developing. It is an invaluable opportunity for parents to work closely with the school to discuss the academic progress and well-being of their child as they embark on an important year in their education.

 

Thanks to all SS3 parents who attended our first ‘coffee with the Principal’ meeting that took place on the 29th of September 2017. It was good to see so many parents and I appreciated the helpful insights and comments about how to improve communication around available examinations for different study destinations around the world.  It was also good to share ideas and aspirations on how to translate our expectations for our senior students into reality. It was also very encouraging to re-commit to working together in a home-school partnership to embed our key values into our young people as they prepare for adult life.  I look forward very much to all subsequent ‘coffee with the Principal’ meetings between now and February 2018.

 

1.    From Academics: International examinations available to students

The following international examinations are obtainable in the school:

1.    SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) the fee for this examination is N75, 000. The examination takes place four times in a year.

2.    IELTS (International English Language Test System). The fee for this examination is N100,000

3.    TOEFEL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The fee is N90,000

4.    IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). The fee is N75,000 per subject including the registration, materials (books), etc.

5.    ACT (American College Test)

This examination body came to the Academy on a familiarization visit and to also enlist Premiere Academy. ACT ranks the same as SAT and is recognised and accepted in American and European countries. More details will be brought to you soonest.

IMPORTANT: Joining of previous notes

This is to inform all parents that effective from this 1st term, it is compulsory for all our students from JSS2-SS3 to merge all previous notes as they progress to new classes.

By January 2018, a student who fails to merge their notes will be sanctioned. Parents are advised to give necessary support as the aim is to ensure progressive revision. 

Pastoral: School Arrangement

 

All students on school arrangement will be leave on the ………………..for mid-term break. Parents are advised to please make their flight bookings and send the details on time.

 

 

2.    Student input:

Wakaa: The Musical

In all my fourteen years of living I do not think my eyes have ever marvelled at such artistic beauty before. Which is the creative outpouring used to turn the dream of Wakaa  the musical into reality. In the two hours that I spent watching this stage play I am very sure I did not have even a second of boredom, it was simply an epic. One thing that I must pinpoint about the whole play was the costume used. The costumes played such a great part in the artistic experience because it really made the audience know a lot about a character even before he or she began speaking.

The play portrayed the various people in Nigeria, their culture and political practices. It also showed the rich heritage of music and in the play bad politics was played but there was hope through the new politicians of Nigeria. I think I can now boldly say that I am glad to have been called out from school to witness this and to those who haven’t watched it I will encourage you to kill the stereotype and stop judging Nigerian films, stage plays, or any literary works because they are greater than whatever you can imagine. And Wakaa the musical is a great example. The Abuja attendance was overwhelming: the hall was full to capacity.

The cast and crew were all graduates from different disciplines and I aspire to be in that kind of production sometime in the future.

 By Unwana Umoh JS3

 

1.    MONKEYPOX DISEASE: QUICK FACTS

Are there rodents in your vicinity? Do you live in Nigeria in West or Central Africa? Then you should care about monkey pox. Yes, it was first identified in laboratory monkeys, hence the name, but it was actively transmitted to humans by rodents or primates and by a secondary human to human transmission.

So how do you get it? 

1. It’s infectious, meaning it can come to you. The monkey pox virus is transmitted via contact with an infected animal’s blood, flesh, bite, or an infected human.

2. It’s a virus. Viral infections are generally harder to treat than bacteria and the monkey pox virus is a rare type.

3. It can cause fatal illnesses and quick deaths especially in younger age groups.

4. It has no treatment or vaccine but outbreaks can be controlled.

5. Incubation period is 5-21 days. Symptoms typically last 14-21 days with severe cases occurring among children with longer virus exposure.

6. Monkey pox virus can be diagnosed definitively in laboratory by a number of different tests.

 

SYMPTOMS

It manifests as various stages of rash and intense weakness, among other things. Rashes ranging from a few to several thousands begins on the face, then palms and feet soles. The lesions (or rashes) later become fluid-filled blisters and lastly crusts which can affect the oral membranes, genitalia, eyelids and eyeballs.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

1.    Cook animal flesh or blood properly before consumption. The monkey pox virus remains active in infected primates or rodents even after their deaths.

2.    Stay away from body fluids, lesions, respiratory tract secretions, or objects recently contaminated by monkey pox patients. Transmission occurs via droplets respiratory particles.

3.    Don’t pick up stray animals especially if you live in the tropics.

4.    Immediately quarantine infected animals or humans. Close physical contact is a significant risk factor and protective equipment must be worn while providing care for patients.

5.    Regular handwashing is encouraged.

6.    If you have been in the proximity of an infected person, go for definitive testing in the laboratory.

7.    Spread awareness by forwarding this article.

        Culled from Guardian Newspaper, Oct, 6 2017 pg15