THE SCHOOL CREST
King of Beasts. It represents the Lion of Justice explemplifying poise and controlled power.
This represents the brilliance of knowledge, dispersing ignorance and superstition.
THE THREE CHAINS:
The union of three chains stands for the Pauline virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.
THE PALM TREE:
The palm tree thrives where other trees can hardly stand. Here it represents Triumph over environmental handicaps.
Symbol of Ghana's wealth. It means the proper use of wealth to sweeten the cares of life.
THE SCHOOL MOTTO:
Esse Quam Videri
"To be, rather than to seem."
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Vice-President Aliu Mahama PAGE
Vice-President Aliu Mahama calls on all stakeholders.
Vice-President Aliu Mahama has called on all stakeholders in education to take the government’s educational reforms
very seriously.“As a nation ambitious to change our circumstances for the better, we cannot continue to exalt
the acquisition of knowledge in expectation of white colour jobs,” he said.
Alhaji Mahama was speaking at the
75th anniversary celebration of Accra Academy at the weekend.
He said: “we must apply ourselves to moulding a
working Ghanaian, one who is hard-working, respectful, tolerant and above all, patriotic.”
He said that in this
era of knowledge-based economy, it is not enough to be academically sound, adding that to be useful, academic excellence
must go with practical innovation, initiative and application.
“These qualities are built up alongside good
character,” he said, and expressed regret that too often, brilliant academics have been lost due to flawed characters,
” he said.
Vice President Mahama commended the founding fathers of Accra Academy for their fortitude, foresight
and vision, which had impacted so much on the development of the country in particular, and humanity in general.
He personally donated 20 million cedis to the school and announced that 500 million cedis from the GETFUND would
be given for the completion of a new dormitory block.
The Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Ghana,
Charles Cofie, who was the guest speaker, called on the school’s board of governors and the Parent-Teachers Association
to ensure that structures and amenities were improved “significantly for the full development of mind and body.”
He also called on all old boys of Accra Academy to be part of the process of repositioning the school for
continuing academic leadership in the 21st century, saying “we should not be afraid of going slowly. We should only be
afraid of standing still.”
Mr. Cofie, a member of the school’s 1975 year group, spoke on the topic: “Beyond
academic excellence: embedding the foundations for leadership excellence,” a subset of the anniversary theme: “Commitment
to academic excellence.”
He said five basic qualities distinguish “tomorrow’s high achievers from average
achievers of similar intelligence” and these are personal mastery, mental energy, power of imagination, desire to succeed
and a sense of reality.
Mr. Cofie advised the students to know their strengths and weaknesses to enable them to
make proper and informed choices in life. “We should be true to ourselves, and our students in particular should be
honest with themselves when choosing their subjects.”
Quoting from former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier,
Mr. Cofie said: “You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you are down to your reflexes;
that is where your road work shows. If you cheat on that in the dark of the morning, you are getting found out now under
the bright lights.”
He called on the students to be focused because “great achievers are focused.
They are realistic about what is working and what is not. They are always ready to speak up, especially when things
are not working.
“I will also add that underlying each of these is a relentless quest for the truth, rooted in
the humble recognition that the boundaries of what you do not know.”
Both the headmaster, Samuel Ofori-Adjei and
the head prefect, Joseph Bossman, said they were happy that the level of discipline had improved considerably in recent
Mr. Ofori-Adjei expressed appreciation to all individuals and organizations whose contributions in diverse
ways had brought the school so far.