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TRSS FUN FAIR
Last Saturday TRSS had its annual Fun Day and the event – just in terms of visitor numbers – was clearly a success. At the event, there were stalls for each of TRSS’s four Houses, stalls selling clothing, jewellery and paintings and bouncy castles for youngsters. In fact, there was something to attract everyone aged from three to ninety-three. Njideka Osuji (Year 9).
Just like last year, there were water-pistols to buy and plenty of students were squirting teachers with water! Another popular attraction was the sponging of teachers and Messrs Charlton, McGuinness and Ageh raised a lot of money for Volta House by placing their heads in the “stocks”. Mrs Wyvill was also busy with the inflatable swimming pool as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius.
At the end of the event, it became clear that Senegal House had raised the most money with their stall—some NGN 140,000, El-Kanemi Hostel— NGN 95,000 and Volta House—NGN 90,000! Some of the proceeds would be donated to helping youngsters in Gishiri and Durumi, two of Abuja’s satellite towns.
ANNUAL SPORTS DAY
A large and excited crowd enjoyed a spectacle of sporting endeavour at the annual TRSS Sports Day. Overall, Congo House took the winning shield and cup. Christina Uko was the girls’ champion and Afuosino Lamai was the boys’ champion. Benue House won the March Past with Congo in second place and Senegal and Volta tying in the third place.
NIGERIAN YOUTH AWARD/DUKE OF EDINBURGH GHANA EXPEDITION
At the very end of last term, Nigerian Youth Award/Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award students went on an expedition to Ghana and mapped and charted areas around the River Volta. The students attending the trip were: Tamara Orubebe; Opriche Aiyedogbon; Armaan Dhingra; Isabel Tabet; Hawwa Lamis Dikko; Bashir N’Jai; Khadijah Mustapha; and Hanifah Salik.
Miss Britton and Mr Shanks supervised the Year 11 students, who completed a four day trek in the untamed wilderness. They carried all their own gear, camped in the bush and cooked for themselves. They also calculated a budget (using the Ghanaian currency, Cedis) for provisions, preparing meals for the whole group.
The Ghana Trip also involved a tour of the River Volta and a walking tour of Accra at the end of the expedition. There was time for some relaxation too with a visit to the beach resort and the crocodile pond. On the last day, students were treated to a meal of KFC in Accra and many bought dashiki—Ghanaian print shirts—as souvenirs in the local markets. The maps created by the students were given to Wilderness Expertize, an organization which helps adventure-seeking tourists and young backpackers travelling in Africa. areas in Africa.
TRSS students and FOR’s organized a Bonfire Night to help support the school’s charity, ACE. The event started at 7:00pm and the bonfire, using timer and bamboo lengths discarded from construction work on the school grounds, was lit at around 7:30pm. Half an hour later there was a dazzling pyrotechnic display of fireworks. Parents and students watched in amazement as the air was filled with burst of light and sound. Many students involved in the Nigerian Youth Award/ Duke of Edinburgh Award projects took part managing the food and drink stalls selling hotdogs, popcorn, drink and grilled meat – (suya). The ram suya stall proved to be very popular and a very long queue developed. The Nigerian Youth Award/Duke of Edinburgh Award students raised NGN 1,237,240 from the Bonfire Night and in total (if we include other events such as the Cake Sales held a few weeks ago, they have raised NGN 1,616,740! The event was not only a community success but it helped to give funds for ACE and its charitable projects in Abuja.
NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION
Adonijah Airede (Year 10) and Oluwatomilayo Madarikan (Year 10) were invited to a special event for Abuja’s top school essay-writers. They had been shortlisted for the Lifeline Care Association National Essay Competition and on Monday they were asked to attend an interview and dinner at the Crystal Palace Hotel, Garki Area 11. The following day they went along with an “escort”, Ahmed Abubakar (Year 10), to the Shehu Yar’Adua Musa Centre where the results and prizes were announced. Competition was tough and Adonijah Airede was given the Third Prize for his essay about “Family size and its implications for growth and development in Nigeria.” TRSS has a good record in these competitions: in 2011 Mayowa Soyinka gained Frist Prize for his composition entitled, “Character formation and its impact on national development”; in 2012 Olwatomilayo Madarikan was also awarded First Prize for her essay on “The role of parents in determining choice of careers for children. Adonijah said about the prize-giving event: “There was a discussion about the population in Nigeria and we discovered interesting facts such as the country’s GDP would reach $900 billion by 2050!” Oluwatomilayo added that the event was entertaining and thought-provoking: the keynote speaker Dr Oby Ezekwesili (former Vice-President, World Bank) called on “Nigerians to act in unity to turn the country into one of the leading economies”.