The British Nigerian Academy on Wednesday in Abuja, celebrated a successful end of the current online Programme and end of Academic session with a virtual valedictory tribute to SS3 students of the school.
Addressing a congregation of students and parents via zoom, the Principal of the school,Dawn Savage, said that the graduation ceremony ought to have been done the normal way but because of the h Covid-19 pandemic, and because the students were unable to write their final exams, the school decided to celebrate the students.
“Ordinarily we would have held your graduation by now, the fact that you haven’t been able to take a single examination at the moment is why we are unable to offer the normal graduation ceremony So we want to celebrate you today and given the fact that we are looking at a situation where we all thought we were getting a little stronger and a little better and going to start being able to do more, because of this unprecedented event of Covid-19 .”
Savage said the Covid-19 has forced many regions of the world who have reopened to close down because Covid 19 have had to spring up again and urged the students to embrace social distancing,using sanitizers and wearing face masks and keep their families safe.
She said the school is prepared to open as it had met all the guidelines rolled out by the Education Ministry and was waiting for confirmation by the Ministry.
According to Savage, when the next school session is allowed to open,it would be a different environment altogether as the students would not be allowed to hug and cuddle as a show of greeting and they would have to keep their distances”
She admonished the students to look to the future, with a positive outlook, looking towards making sure that “We can all come together again that is what we are looking forward to being able to come together as a school, as soon as it is physically possible.”
Savage said the SS3 had a very strange year. That SS3 began this year believing that they would be standing in front of the school throughout the whole academic year, however that was not to be,She regretted that the school has not been able to celebrate the students the way they should adding that celebrations were put on pause as the school is poised to surprise them.
The Principal commended the students in their exceptional academic achievement in JAMB, and IELTS as she discussed that official grades for IGCSE was being awaited.
She further asked students to ignore WAEC timetables being circulated ,saying that the official timetable is yet to be released.