Accra, Feb. 11, GNA - Mrs Shelia Assibey-Yeboah, the President of the St. Mary's Old Girls' Association (SMOGA) 1994/1996 Year Group, has called on parents to do more to support the smooth running of the school.
She said this should include contributing to sanitation and other amenities that would enhance the living conditions of their wards.
Mrs Assibey-Yeboah made these remarks at the 69th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the School in Accra.
The event co-supported by the St. Mary's Old Girl's Association (SMOGA), 1994/1996 Year Group was held under the theme: "Dare to be different: Unleash the Potential within to impact the World."
The leadership of SMOGA 1994/1996 Year Group used the occasion to commission a new side entrance gate and supporting wall for the school.
Mrs Assibey-Yeboah said their parents back in the 80s and 90s were tasked with contributing to everything in addition to paying schools fees, now that there is the "no fee" initiative they should be able to do more.
She urged parents to form a 'Parent Teacher Association' in the School to identify ways in which they could contribute to the academic and social nurturing of the students.
"SMOGA is ready to support you start this agenda, "she said.
Mrs Assibey-Yeboah urged the students to dive deep, stretch out and reach far in everything they do, then they would soar to greater heights.
She also commended the dedication and hard work of all executives (both past and present), committee chair and members and urged them to continue in their efforts to move the school to the next level.
Major Bernice Ama Darko Khemchand, an old girl and an executive in the 94/96 group, said after 25 years, it was finally the turn of the 1994/1996 Year Group to give back to the School.
She said for their group, they chose to fulfil the School's desire to create a safer environment for the girls as they study.
"Even though our project is a simple one, we got satisfaction from the fact that it will keep the girls safe and secured," Major Khemchand said.
She said the purpose of giving back to the school was not only to help improve the school's infrastructure but more importantly to support and improve the learning experience of the next generation of students.
Major Khemchand said state funding "we all know does not always cater for all the needs of the school and if you cast your eyes around, you will get a good sense the amount of work that still needs to be done in the school."
She said Old Girls' Associations were not meant to only build projects for the school but also mentor students, hence their involvement in the 69th Speech and Prize-Giving Day, where an Old Girl was the guest speaker.
The SMOGA 1994/1996 Year Group used the occasion to reward some of their past teachers and Headmistresses for contributing to their development over the years.