…We’re Now Global Brand, Says Director
Starfield College, Fagba, Lagos on Tuesday, October 10, celebrated its 25th anniversary with funfare and cultural display with various Nigerian culture represented at the ceremony.
The event which had in attendance parents, students and stakeholders was fun filled with diverse presentations from different cultures, exhibition of culture and dance drama.
Welcoming guests to the ceremony, the Director of the College, Mr. Chris Eigbe thanked God for leading the school from the humble beginning 25 years ago till date to celebrate the school’s Silver Jubilee.
He said that the journey has not always been a straight one but with moments of stress and anxiety, doubt, frustration but the spirit of God has always been guiding him at such moment of challenges.
“He has been our counsellor and our intercessor, “His hand of blessings fell on the school right from inception, when there was need to get funds to build the school, God has provided divine helper for us, when we have to get registration from both State and WAEC; God created favour for us and ensured that our project did not die. That project we are here today to celebrate,” he disclosed.
Highlighting achievements over the years, Eigbe said as a school they have been academically successful, “our students made 9As, 8AS, 7As over lengthy period of time.
“My students, present and past and our alumni, have every reason to celebrate the blessing of God on all of us. Our Alumni are doing well in university, those who are gainfully employed are admired and favoured.
Our brand has gone global, God has multiplied the work of our hands, He has filled our cup to the brim, our cup now over flows,” he stated.
Thanking parents, past and present, staff, past and present for their support and favour all these while, the Director commended students, past and present for upholding the standard of the school everywhere they go.” You are our stars occupying the limitless field.”
Speaking on the topic: Inculcating Moral Principles in Children: The Yoruba Omoluabi, Mr. Tunji Sotimirin stated that culture is the bedrock of development and inculcating it children should start from home.
He urged parents to always lead by example especially when it comes to their way of life and principles.
“We need to appreciate who an Omoluabi is in every culture in the country. “
He described an Omoluabi as a person with integrity, good principles, responsible and truthful.
These set of people can be role models to children as they move to the future aside academics.
He enjoined everyone to work together irrespective of culture and religion to make the country a better place by inculcating in these children what it takes to stand tall and do the right thing to make the country a better place.
“It is urgent we imbibe this and work on it because once we miss it, it’s going to be difficult before we can repair it.
“Therefore there is need to build moral principles, cultural value that will help us as a nation,” he added.
The Principal of Starfield College, Mrs. Sarah Oyinloye in her remarks disclosed that the College celebrates its anniversary every year but that this year is unique because the college clocked 25.
“The fact that this one is special, we are talking about 25th year anniversary, we always have this every year, but this one is different, because we are celebrating our 25th year.
It’s awesome, everyone is showcasing culture. In fact, I am very happy, it’s quite amazing.
On why their brand is unique, the Principal said the school strive to be the best. “Whatever you are doing, have it in your mind that you must be the best. In whatever you are doing, fear God, and because everyone is trying to become the best, hard work comes in.
“Everyone must work hard, because they know hard work pays. That is why, whenever our school enters for competitions, we are always at the top.
Speaking on how their efforts translate to results, Oyinloye said since she started work at the college as a teacher, Head of Department, Vice-Principal and rose through the ranks to become the principal, it has always been good result.
“We make them read for at least 3 hours, to imbibe in them the habit of studying. Hence, they have the habit of studying even without their parents’ supervision.
Even children that graduated from our school comes to tell us that they’ve been doing well. A lot of testimonies. That is why here, we love reading culture, we don’t joke with it. We tell them; readers are leaders,” she explained.
In her message to parents, the education expert said as a school they do tell their students that education will take them to a particular height.
“Now, our message to parents is that; yes, we are encouraging them to study, and also morals, character is also important and all this starts from home.
“Parents should work together with us to train these children to know how to respect, how to read and how to do some things from school. So when they come to schools, they are being supported. Hence, the school and the parents should come together to achieve the same purpose.”
The cultural presentations at the event include, Bata dance, Efik, Hausa wedding. Yoruba Oriki and Ewi, Igbo chieftaincy ceremony, Eyo and Esan dance among others.