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February, 2013 News

Reverend Cockett Visits Alma Mater

A mini gathering of staff and students of Akosombo International School (A.I.S) was held in honour of the Venerable Elwin Cockett, an Archdeacon of West Ham Anglican Church in England, and an old student of the school. Venerable Cockett, who was accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Susan Cockett, an educationist, was in the country on holiday and used the opportunity to visit his alma mater.

The visit, which almost seemed like a family reunion, did not only afford the Reverend Minister a pleasant opportunity to share his memories about the school as it was in 1963/1964 when he was a student but also an opportunity for his wife Mrs. Cockett who was making her maiden visit to the school and Africa, to open up her expertise in Guidance and Counseling to the students to enable them chart a good course for successful careers.

The couple was met on arrival by the General Manager of the School; Mr. Arnold Seshie, Mr. Julius Kog-der and Mr. Shawn Kuwornu; headmasters of the Secondary and Basic schools respectively, Miss Paulina Anim; Assistant Headmistress, Mrs. Grace M. Annancy, a former Director of the school and Mrs. Sarah Adei, head of Languages Department and an old student.

Later in an interview Rev. Cockett recounted that he was enrolled at A.I.S as a result of his father being an administrator at the VRA Hospital. According to him the school enrolled children of expatriate staff who worked on the construction of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Project.  He was impressed about the massive turnaround of the school in terms of infrastructure, staffing and the academic excellence which has characterized it as one of the best schools both locally and internationally.

He was hopeful his visit would spark up a positive collaboration between the AIS and Ghanaian schools and that of the two hundred and thirty (230) schools he oversees in England. He expressed the interest in studying the local standard of education to blend with that of England to assist especially Ghanaian students in that country.

The couple later toured the Basic school where they interacted with the staff and pupils and witnessed a demonstration class organized in their honour.

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