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As I reflect on the last year, the words "excitement, pride and record support" come to mind. By that I am talking about record number of new active members, the excitement and record attendance at all meetings and events. This is a true reflection of your love and commitment to our Association and our alma mater
The start of a New Year seems a fitting time to thank the Executive and Members for all your hard work, support and dedication. I thank God for all He has done for us collectively and individually in the past year. We thank Him for sustaining every member of the Association and for the gift of life. We all survived 2012, Praise Be to God!
I have to think of what has become such a common phrase among Members, supporters and friends: “the Association is one of the best at the moment!!” I cannot think of a more exciting time in our Association’s history to be an ex-pupil. In the past year we not only celebrated growth in membership, we also supported the school in Freetown more than any other year in the Association’s history. Our main goal in 2012 was to provide more support for our school and I am happy to say that this was fully met – we donated over £13,000 in various ways to the school. Listed below are the things that we did for the school in Freetown last year:
- Beginning of the year, we paid £2,438.81 for the construction of 100 sets of steel table and chairs.
- Donated 180 prefect badges [90 for each school] for the new school year.
- Donated 5 Trophies for Prizegiving and Sportsday
- Donated £400 towards the refurbishment of the school’s perimeter wall
- Dated £300 towards the refurbishment of the principals quarter
- Paid £ 8,720 for contruction of 360 sets of steel tables and chairs for the main building which consists of 12 classrooms [ 30 sets for each classroom]
- Shipped record number of books to the school in Freetown
- We sent £100 [£50 each] as a Christmas purse in appreciation for the hard work to each Principal.
I am also happy to say, the Association donated two prize giving award trophies for “overall progress” [one trophy per school] and these will be presented for the first time during our next Prizegiving ceremony in February and then every year.
The new financial system that was put in place in 2011, worked effectively last year and I would like to personally thank all those in the team especially our abled Auditor and Treasurer.
As we are already registered for gift aid, I extended that to the Thanksgiving Service envelopes and I would like to inform you that the association received £455 as Repayment from HMRC. Thank you to all those who, together with families and friends completed the gift aid section on the envelope. Please continue to promote this as every little helps!
We aim to build on such positive momentum in 2013. All activities will obviously require hard work and creative thinking by everyone. But our incredible result in fundraising activities demonsrated during the past year bodes well for continued and even greater progress this year.
During my recent visit to the Freetown, I went to the school and it was good to feel the warm welcome from the Principals. Mrs Daisy McEwan and Mrs Yvonne Sawyerr have proved themselves to be strong supporters of our Association here in UK. Such a mutually strong relationship can only benefit the school and I look forward to many more visits by any member to see the changes which we are making to the school in Freetown.
This year 2013, our main goal is to continue raising as much funds as we possibly can in order to continue our support to the school. Although we always strive to do better in communicating with our members, this year we would be looking at a more cost effective way to do so. Of course, we are still in the business of encouraging new members to join us. Our website will be updated in the next two weeks. I thank you for all the feedback and please keep them coming.
We can be proud and positive about our Association and the direction we are heading. Again, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the Association in this capacity. I look forward to seeing you in meetings and Association events.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone again for the many blessings you have given our Association and for supporting the Association with your time, talents and resources. I look forward to serving our Association, Members and School again this year.
May God continue to bless you all and have a wonderful 2013!
‘Honour Before Honours’
Mrs. Rebecca Conteh
President, MGHS OGA (UK Branch)
The Main Objective
The Association is established for charitable purposes only, to advance education of the present pupils of the Methodist Girls’ High School in Sierra Leone by provision of teaching aids, laboratory and recreational equipment and the award of scholarships.
The Methodist Girls’ High School Association (UK Branch) was established in 1979 by a group of former students of the Methodist Girls’ High School (MGHS) residing in the United Kingdom. These former students recognised the need for substantial financial and material support to their alma mater, and were prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the School in Sierra Leone.
Since its formation, MGHS OGA has undertaken several fund-raising ventures. In recent years, the Association has collaborated in many endeavours with other MGHS alumni associations in the United States of America and Sierra Leone. The funds raised by the Association have been used towards various forms of developmental assistance to the School. Such assistance includes: awarding scholarships to deserving needy students; providing large consignments of science laboratory supplies, equipment, Table and chairs, other tools and material to enhance both teaching and learning.
Our Branch meeting is usually held in London every 3rd Saturday of the month. The venue is Lambeth Mission, 2-3 Lambeth Road, London SE1
We would like to hear from you even if you are unlikely to ever attend a meeting, as there are still many ways in which you can help us help the school. So please get in touch!