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Labone SHS, one of the best schools that Ghana

La Bone Senior High School was started in January 1947 at La "Abormi" as La Bone
College. The motto was then "Think And Fly". The name La Bone College was first changed in November 1957 to Ghana College, Christiansburg. In 1955, it was changed again to Ghana Secondary School, Labadi. Later in 1956, the name was finally changed to La Bone Senior High School. The motto was also changed to "Primus Semper Aurora", a Latin phrase meaning "Always First At Dawn".

The first graduate headmaster was Rev S.G. Nimako. He was the Headmaster from 1955 to 18th February 1961. The originators of the school were Rev Matei Markwei, Mr. Ailpheus Kofi Ansah Johnson, Mr. John Spencer Bilson and Mr. Joseph Andoh Kesson.

The school, started as a boys' school. It was housed in an uncompleted building. It started with a few students but by February, the number had increased to 120.

During mid-March a catastrophe had hit the school. It got burnt, destroying the personal effects of the students. The only dormitory and the laboratory were totally burnt. Fortunately, the fire claimed no lives. At the time the burning took place, the students (boarders) had left for games in a sister school.

The authorities found it difficult to maintain the school and pay the remuneration of the teachers. It became increasingly difficult to sustain god academic work. A better place therefore had to be found. A two storey-building was secured but was quite a distance from the old place, thereby elongating the journey of the students who had to walk to the present location. The students found the distance a burden and so they stopped attending school whilst new intakes were made from enthusiastic boys around the new site.

In 1950, the then Headmaster, Rev. Markwei Martey and his assistant, Mr. Bilson, left for Liberia and the U.S.A. respectively. The other co-founders took over from them and in that year the numerical strength swelled up to 150 students. It was in this year that the school registered 6 students for the Senior Cambridge School Certificate as private candidates. All the 6 passed with credits in the various subjects offered for the examination.
The first senior prefect, Michael Fatade Akinlolu, sat in the same year for the Intermediate stage of the London Chambers of Commerce and Examination and passed in all the 7 subjects offered.

In 1951, the school moved to newly built premises which they rented at £40 a month. On 10th November 1951, the school was formally inaugurated and it operated under a new name which was Ghana College, Christiansburg. At Independence, the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, realized that to achieve his lofty ideas with respect to the rapid development of the country, educational facilities should be widespread and brought to the doorstep of every Ghanaian child.

The Ghana Educational Trust was therefore instituted during the 1st Republic and was charged with the construction of school buildings throughout the country. La Bone Senior High School was one of such schools. The school was then relocated at the present site.

LOCATION:
At present the school is located at a few meters from the La Bone Junction and opposite the La Bone S.D.A church.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STATUES (SCULPTURE PIECES)
When one enters La Bone Senior High School compound, one sees statue of a gong-gong beater on a beautiful lawn with the flower at the background. On the left lawn is a statue of a horn-blower. The statues are in fact extending a hand of welcome to student and also inviting them to the school to seek knowledge and academic excellence, the essential ingredient for the development of one’s personality.

In front of
O the SSS 2 classroom block is a sculpture piece comprising of a boy, a girl and tutor imparting knowledge to the students who are listening attentively. This statue is a monument. This was constructed in honour of the founding fathers of the school.

Who are:

1. Rev. (Dr) Martie Markwei
2. Mr. Alpheus K.A. Johnson
3. Dr. John Spencer Bilson
4. Mr. Joseph Andoh Kesson
5. Dr. Ebenezer ako Adji
6. Mr. Daniel A. K. sowah
7. Mr. Okwei Mensah

Finally, in front of the Assembly Hall, is a statue of a successful graduate, who is proudly displaying a certificate with hands raised in excitement.

COMPOSITION
The crest for the School is shield divided into four quarters with strong fishing rope funning horizontally and vertically.

Each of the four quarters carries an appropriate motif:

1. Top right – hand corner:

The early appearance of the Sun the East This depicts: “Make hay while the sun shines”

1. Top left-hand quarter:

A crossed pen and torch of light on an open book This depict “The pen is mightier than the sword”
3) The bottom right-hand quarter:
Crossed pick-axe and cutlass. This depicts: Dignity or labour”
4) The bottom left-hand quarter:
The Oil Palm tree. This depicts: The oil palm tree is a wonder plant which symbolizes usefulness and productive. (La Bone La Bone Senior High School students should therefore be productive and useful in all aspects of life, wherever they find themselves)

AIMS
La Bone La Bone Senior High School at La (Dade Kotopon), a suburb of Greater Accra Region aims at:

1. Providing all the students who are admitted into the school with the highest possible quality education.
2. Allowing all students admitted into the school to have equal opportunities for development.

OBJECTIVES (VISION)
The objectives of the institution are to:

1. Assist student to develop all their innate or inborn abilities so that no child is found loitering about aimlessly in town, thus creating social problems.
2. Create confidence in students through Music and Art competitions and Club activities. Students who are innovative are duly acknowledged and rewarded.
3. Develop young men and women who are well educated, well groomed and disciplined: people who can differentiate between right and wrong.

VALUES
High moral values are instilled in the students with the ultimate aim of turning them into good, useful and industrious citizens.

Students are made aware that everybody deserves respect. Every individual ( a child or an adult ) has right as well as responsibilities.
Patriotism and nationalism are also inculcated in the students.

FOCUS
Students admitted into the school are assisted to remain focused on the aims, objectives and values of the institution. Discipline and good comportment are insisted upon and impressed upon the minds of the students

RELIGION
La Bone School is non – denominational. Students from all denominations are therefore welcome. The school invites pastors, evangelists and social workers to talk to the students at morning assembly. There is also a day for a student to preacher. On Wednesday there is no morning worship but form master and mistresses meet their students between 7:30 and 8:00 am in their various classrooms.

Note: students are not allowed to pray in between class hours.

CHRONOLOGY OF HEADS

CHRONOLOGY OF HEAD OF LA BONE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
(SINCE IT BECAME A GOVERNMENT ASSISTED SCHOOL)

1. Rev. (Dr.) S. Gyasi Nimako 1955-1961
2. Mr. R. Lomo Jones 1961-1968
3. Mr. E. A. Lamptey 1968-1982
4. Mr. Bossman Owusu-Ayim 1982-1990
5. Mr. D.H.K. Ofosu 1990

6. Mr. Peter Owusu-Donkor 1990-1995
7. Mrs. Cecilia Aggrey-Mensah 1995-2003
8. Mrs. Joyce Ossie-Agyekum 2003-Date


Staffing

TEACHING STAFF AT DEPARTMENTAL LEVELS
a) ADMINISTRATION

Mrs. Joyce Osei Agyekum

1. Mr. Daniel A. Mohenu
2. Mrs. Elizabeth Ama Asare

b) ENGLISH

4. Ms. Theresa Larmie
5. Ms. Stella Wilson
6. Mrs. Annie Pomeyie
7. Mr. J. Mawuko Seneadza
8. Mrs. Gloria Yemoson
9. Ms. Vicentia Anin-Agyei
10. Mr. Kwasi Manuel
11. Ms. Belinda Brako
12. Ms. Janet Djanie

c) GHANAIAN LANGUAGE

13. Ms. A. Bediako
14. Mr. Jeff Abbey

d) FRENCH

15. Ms. Ruby Kwami
16. Mr. Johnny Timpong
17. Mr. Lamin Abdul Karim

e) MUSIC

18. Mrs. Esther Dumenu

f) GOVERNMENT

19. Mr. Bernard Gamor
20. Mr. Vincent Garr

g) GEOGRAPHY/SOCIAL STUDIES

21. Mr. Anthony Manu
22. Mr. M. Ayensu Yeboah

h) CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES/SOCIAL STUDIES

23. Mrs. Christiana Quarshie

i) ECONOMICS

24. Ms. Mary Kusukpame
25. Mr. Okorley
26. Mr. Gohoho

j) VISUAL ART

27. Mr. Senyo Kwami
28. Mr. A. Kwapong
29. Ms. Effua O. Akyeampong

k) HOME ECONOMICS

30. Mr. A. Odame Lartey
31. Ms. Mavis Nimo
32. Ms. Veronica Acquah
33. Ms. Naomi Offei
34. Ms. Christiana Yiripare
35. Ms. Christiana Adams
36. Mrs. Leticia Bray

l) PHYSICAL EDUCATION

37. Mr. Joseph Agbenyeke
38. Ms. Vida Nyanorworta
39. Mr. Edmund Amiteye

m) BUSNIESS STUDIES/COMPUTING

40. Mr. M.A. Appiah Twum
41. Mr. S. Anyomi
42. Mr. Edmund Okoe
43. Mr. Tawiah
44. Ms. Faustina Brako
45. Mrs. E. Lartey
46. Ms. Anna Otabil

n) HISTORY

47. Mr. Augustine Arhinful

o) SOCIAL STUDIES

48. Ms. Sally Zanyo
49. Divine Gbogbo
50. Monica Botchway
51. Ms. Veronica Elloh

p) SCIENCE DEPARTMENT/AGRICULTURE & INTEGRATED SCIENCE

52. Mr. D. Annang Quaye
53. Mr. George Quaynor
54. Mr. B.A. Masopeh

q) PHYSICS

55. Mr. G.K. Owusu
56. Mr. Seth Effah Ansah

r) CHEMISTRY & INTEGRATED SCIENCE

57. Mr. Nicolas Apafo
58. Mr. Rex Okantey
59. Mr. Dennis Boateng
60. Mr. Patrick Elleah
61. Mr. Emmanuel Sowah

s) BIOLOGY/INTEGRATED SCIENCE

62. Mr. Pius Osei
63. Mr. Emmanuel Sowah
64. Mr. Breda Osei
65. Mr. Patrick Elleah

t) SCHOOL COUNSELLORS

66. Ms. Kate Quist
67. Mr. Bernard Gamor

u) MATHEMATICS

68. Mr. Samuel Ala
69. Mr. Joseph Laryea
70. Mr. Kenneth Agyare
71. Mr. Kofi Anim Asare
72. Mr. Daniel A. Annang
73. Mr. Frank Adomako
74. Mr. Reginald Otoo
75. Ms. Magdalene Amon-Kotei
76. Mr. Peter Djan

NON-TEACHING STAFF

Principal Accountant
Accounts Officers
Administrative
Catering
Grounds
Health
Maintenance
Library
Store
Transport
Pta

P.T.A (PARENTS TEACHER ASSOCIATION)
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

Chairperson - Parent
Vice Chairperson - Parent
Headmistress - Member
Treasure - Parent
Secretary - Teacher
Assit.Secretary - Teacher
P.R.O - Teacher
Financial Secretary - Accountant of the school
Exchange Prorammes

Students from Senior High Schools in Ghana now have the opportunity to move to another school for a period of one month and return to their schools with new experiences.

For instance students from Aggrey Memorial Zion High School in Cape Coast have the opportunity to spend one month at Labone Senior High School in Accra, where they would share the same dormitory, have classes, dining, entertainment and join other school curricula with their colleagues in the Accra school.

The programme dubbed: "Ghana National Exchange Programme School," for Senior High Schools, is aimed at promoting cultural diversity, intellectual discussions among students and help students to gain new experiences outside their permanent schools. The programme is part of activities by the Ghana Country Award Council, a non-governmental organization committed to youth development and empowerment.

Aabout 500 students from six regions in the country are involved in the programme and would be taken through programmes, including seminars on HIV/AIDS, economics, development, physical education, ICT. They would take classes in the schools they would be sent to for a period of one month and come back to share their experiences with colleagues in their school.

Some of the schools involved in the programme include, Ghana National College, Sekondi College, Takoradi Senior High School, Mawuko Girls High School, St Monica's High School, Keta Senior High school and Mfanstipim Senior High School. Mr Asamani advised the students to take advantage of the programme to improve themselves.
Admissions - Document Page

PROGRAMMES:

The school offers the following programmes: Science,Business,General Arts and Vocational Skills.

The Visual Arts Department offers picture Making,Sculpture,Textiles and Jewelery among others and these new subjects are catching up fast with lots of students offering them.

From this level of education,hardworking and successful students move into the various universities and other tertiary institutions in the country to prepare themselves for specialized education for their future. Others who think they acquire enough knowledge establish their business outright.

PROGRAMMES OF THE SCHOOL

SCIENCE(OPTIONS)
1 2 3
PHYSICS PHYSICS PHYSICS
CHEMISTRY CHEMISTRY CHEMISTRY
ELECTIVE MATHS ELECTIVE MATHS ELECTIVE MATHS
GEOGRAPHY/AGRIC BIOLOGY BIOLOGY

GENERAL ARTS

LIT. IN ENGLISH ECONOMICS C. REL. STUDIES
FRENCH/GHANAIAN LANG. GEOGRAPHY FRENCH
HISTORY/MUSIC MATHEMATICS GOVERNMENT
GEN. KNOWLEDGE IN ART ECONOMICS
PICTURE MAKIN
BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

BUS. MANAGEMENT BUS. MANAGEMENT BUS. MANAGEMENT
ACCOUNTING BUS. MATHS/COSTING ACCOUNTING
BUS. MATHS/COSTING CLERICAL OFFICE DUTIES ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS FRENCH/ENG. LITERATURE ELECTIVE MATHS

VISUAL ARTS

GENERAL LNOWLEDGE IN ART
GRAPHIC DESIGN/PICTURE MAKING
TEXTILES/JEWELERY
CHEMISTRY

HOME ECONOMICS

MANAGEMENT IN LIVING
FOODS AND NUTRITION
CLOTHING AND TEXTILE
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE IN ART

BOARD MEETING
The Board meets at least, once a term to receive situational report from the Head of the Institution and to attend to educational issues as there may be.

FUNDING
There are two main sources of funding for the school. These are:

1. Government Grants (Subsidy) which are received termly.
2. School fees and levies. Students pay fees termly basis. The school runs both Boarding/Hostel and day facilities. The only difference between a Boarder and a Day student (in terms of fees) is in the feeding fees. However, all students (both Day and Boarding) pay termly PTA levy.

PAYMENT OF FEES
This is to be done in full on or before the first day of the term on in two installment.Payment of fees is strictly by BANK DRAFT/PAYMENT ORDER. Parents are always welcome to the Headmistress office to negotiate and make arrangement for payment of fees but such arrangement must be adhered to.

PROGRAMME FOR RE-OPENING

1st DAY
Boarders repot before 6:00p,
Registration/payments of fees

2nd DAY

1. Cleaning of classrooms/compound
2. registration & payment of fees
3. Staff meeting
4. Opening assembly
5. Cleaning/registration &payment of fees

3rd DAY
Resumption of Normal Classes

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

IMPORTANT SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Nine Lessons and Carols - 1st Term
Sponsored Walk - 1st Term
Inter School Soccer - 1st Term
Inter houses Athletics Competition - 2nd Term
Music and Art Festivals - 2nd Term
Inter School Athletics - 2nd Term
Speech Day - 2nd Term
WASSCE/Promotional Exams - 3rd Term

WEEKDAYS (Monday-Friday)

5:00am - Rising Bell
6:30am - Inspection by Mistresses & Prefects
7:00am - Breakfast
7:45am - Morning Assembly (Compulsory)
7:45am - Meeting with form Masters/Mistresses on Wednesdays
8:00am - Classes Begins & Ends at 2:20pm
12:30-1:00pm - Lunch
2:20-3:15pm - Extended Classes/Afternoon Prep

3:15-4:15pm - Siesta
5:30pm - Supper for Boarders
6:30-9:00pm - Prep
10:00pm - Light out

Games in the afternoon after Siesta

WEEKENDS (SATURDAY)

5:00am - Rising Bell
5:15-7:50am - Cleaning *for inspection Girls should be in their house dress& Boys should wear khaki and white shirts
8:00am - Inspection (Mistresses & Prefects)
9:00am - Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm - Saturday Prep
2:00pm - Lunch
5:30pm - Supper
7:00-9:00pm - Entertainment
10:00pm - Lights out

SUNDAYS

5:00am - Rising Bell
6:30am - Inspection (Prefects)
7:00-8:00am - Morning Service (Religious Denominations)
2:00pm - Lunch
5:30pm - Supper
6:00-8:00pm - Evening Service
10:00pm - Lights out
Student Life

PREFECTORIAL SYSTEM

PREFECTORIAL SYSTEM:
Students are given the opportunity to assume leadership roles in the school. This is done through the prefectorial system where students are given the opportunity to vote for students of their choice. Names of eligible prefects are sent to the electoral committee. The nominees are vetted. Those who come out of the vetting are made to represent their manifestos to the student body. After this a date is set for elections. Students who are elected are inducted into office.

THE PRINCIPAL SCHOOL PREFECTS:
Senior Prefect
Dining Hall Prefect
Compound Prefect
Sports Prefect
Chapel Prefect
Library Prefect
In addition to these there are prefects for the Houses.

SCHOOL ORGANISATION
ADMINISTRATION:

The Headmistress is the general supervisor in charge of the administration of the mschool.She is assisted by Assistant Head(s).There are also administrative officers and clerks who help with the daily running of the school.Form Masters/Mistresses monitor the academic performance of students.

The Senior Housemistress/master is the supervisor of the Boarding House.She is assisted by Housemistresses.All external exeats are signed by the Senior Housemistress.

PRINCIPAL COMMITTEES

ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board shall consider all matters related to students' academic performance,progression and related academic issues and make recommendations to the Headmistress for her consideration and implementation.

a) MEMBERSHIP:
All Heads of department shall constitute the membership of the board.

b) MEETING:
The Assistant Head (Academic) shall preside over meetings. Meetings are held as and when necessary.
STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL(S.R.C)

a) MEMBERSHIP:
All prefect including class prefects.

b) MEETING:
The Head Prefect shall preside over the council meetings. In her absence,any of the the Assistants shall preside.
The administration shall be given prior information of an intended meeting and a copy of the agenda sent to the Headmistress through the Senior Housemistress.

c) FUNCTIONS:
i) To receive students' grievances, deliberate on them and take decisions on them.
ii) To act as link between the student body and the administration.
iii) To bring cordial relationship between the staff and the students.
iv) When necessary the council may discuss or dialogue with the administration to clarify issues.
v) Shall educate the students on official matters.
vi) Shall ensure that students observe school rules and regulations.
vii) May discipline students with permission from the Senior Housemistress.

THE S.R.C EXECUTIVE MEMBERS ARE:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Organizer

DINNING HALL (FOOD) COMMITTEE
a) MEMBEBERSHIP
i) Asst. Head ( Administration) v) Senior Perfect
ii) Senior Housemistress vi) Dining Hall Prefect
iii) Bursar vii) Asst. Dining Hall Prefect
iv) Domestic Bursar viii) Dining Hall Master
ix) 2 Reps from SS1

b) FUNCTIONS:
i) To meet periodically to discuss the school's menu and to make suggestions for improvement where necessary.
ii) To consult the Senior House mistress promptly whenever there is any problem with the food in the Dining Hall.
iii) On no account should students refuse to take food served them without exhaustively discussing the issue with the administration.
MEETING:

i) The Senior House mistress shall preside over all meetings.
ii) The minutes of the meetings shall be sent through the Senior House mistress to the Headmistress for the necessary action.
iii) There shall be at least two meetings per term.



DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE:
a) MEMBERSHIP:
i) The Assistant Head(s)
ii) Snr. House mistress/Master
iii) Guidance & Counseling Master/Mistress
iv) Senior (Head) Prefect
v) Asst. Senior Prefecr

b) MEETING:
i) The Assistant Heads shall preside over meetings.
ii) The Guidance and Counseling master shall be the secretary.
iii) The committee shall meet as and when it is ncessary.

c) FUNCTIONS:
To investigate any disciplinary issues referred to it by the Headmistress and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary.

OTHER COMMITTEES

1. The Headmistress' Advisory Committee
2. Staff Welfare Committee
3. Chaplaincy Committee/Peer Group Counseling
4. Guidance & Counseling Committee
5. Compound Cleanliness/Bush Canteen Committee
6. Afternoon Tutorial/Time Table Committee
7. Examination Committee
8. Sports/Entertainment Committee
9. School Property/Text Books Committee
10. Time Table Committee
11. Electoral Committee

CLUB/SOCIETIES

Postal Address:
Labone Senior High School
Box 079 Osu – Accra, Ghana, West Africa

Telephone:
Tel: 233-21-776940 / 765914
Fax: 233-21-776940

Email: info@laboneseniorhighschool.com
Website: www.laboneseniorhighschool.com



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