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 A VALEDICTORY SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRINCIPAL OF TAQWA HIGH SCHOOL –

                           (MRS. OLALEYE, Q. O) ON TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015.

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaytan and begin this speech in the name of Allah, the Lord of the Supreme Throne! All thanks and adoration belong to Allah alone. May He accept our thanks.

It is a great honor for me to present the class of 2015 today.  What a journey!  It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all here today and in particular our invited guests.

In the simplest terms, this year for the school has been another showcase of excellence, and proves positive that we are going from strength to strength, we are what we repeatedly do! You will have heard I am sure that the National percentage of the total number of candidates thatvobtained a minimum of five credits, including English Language and Mathematics was below average. I am thrilled to be able to report to you that at Taqwa a landslide pass was obtained including English and Mathematics. We had a percentage pass rate of 90% at Junior BECE level.

Our results in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME/JAMB) this year were outstandingly excellent and by far the best in the short history of the school.

Each year, our students are winning more and more local, national and international recognition in a very wide range of competitions in Religious, Sciences and General knowledge, where we normally gain either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. In 2014, Taqwa schools was represented at the World Robotic Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, after winning the Open Category at the National level. The school also hosted and participated in the final of the 2015 Lagos Science Olympiad on June 6, 2015 with 2nd position. The school also won 1st position of the 2015 MSSN Ifako-Ijaiye Area Council Annual Quiz Competition. It is no accident that the Motto of this school is ‘grooming for life’. Our students are groomed for the future in all areas, in which leadership training is not also left out. As we all know leadership can make a world of difference to homes, schools, communities, in the nation and beyond. That is why it is a tradition of the school to send its students in the 11th year to partake in Leadership Training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Seaschool, Apapa, Lagos. This year,the school’s participation was exceptional as two Taqwa students (Issa Barakat and SanniKhadizah) were among the 11 outstanding delegates out of 126, who bagged distinction in the course in April, 2015.

Congratulations to all our winners and also their teachers on the cause of grooming!

Dear parents, the state of the nation has called for a serious rethink on the future of the young

generation. That is why the school is taking the issue of entrepreneurship (vocation) very seriously. I am glad to inform you that some of our senior secondary school students can sew, dye and bleach cloth. As a matter of fact, I urge you to complement the school’s effort by giving the best support you can to bring out the potentials in these children, as no one knows the areas where their success lies.

Today, there are many people to thank.First, the BOG for their time and tiredless efforts, in ensuring the vision and mission of the school is accomplished is appreciated; your quest for deliverables also keep us on our toes. May Allah reward you immensely.

The PTA had played a vital role this session, I say a big thank you to the Chairman Alhaji Kayode Awobadejo and to those parents who are on the PTA Executive for the work they are doing. You are highly appreciated.Thank you to the Acting Vice-Principals and Heads of Departments for your hard work and support. The enormous contribution of our teaching staff and the wonderful job that they do in preparing our students for their future is acknowledged. Your role as teachers is vital, unique and far-reaching for the futures of the children in your care, and ultimately, your contribution to the economic development of Nigeria. I urge you to continue with the mindset of excellence in delivery and taking a pride in your vocation. Thank you to you all for your hard work.

Thank you to our wonderful non-teaching staff for all the hard work over this last year. Your role in so many ways is vital to the smooth running of the daily operations of the school and we could not continue without you. I could not let this occasion pass without thanking the Founders Alhaji and Alhaja Lere Alimi for their strong and wise counsel over the last years. Thank you for ensuring that both traditions of Taqwa and its need to be a ground-breaking school are well catered for.

Part of our role here at TAQWA as educators is to provide your children with the best start they can have in life so that they can achieve their dreams, fulfill their potential and realize their talents.Parents of the graduating students are also appreciated.The Graduating Class of 2015 You have now reached the end of your secondary school and stand poised to enter a very different world outside of the walls of your alma mater (Taqwa Schools). You are the 4th Class that I have graduated and this is the last time I shall address you as your Principal. We have tried all in our power to ensure that you are equipped to face the tasks that lie ahead of you. I would remind you for the last time that is only through dedication, hard work and being focused with consciousness of Allah that one can make it in life.

Your families are here today to celebrate your achievements – your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and this entire town who contributed in raising you, mentoring you, and loving you. We are all so proud to be here.While we are here to honour your achievements over the course of the past six years, I wish to honour what I believe to be the most important quality that we have strived to cultivate in you. Some people call it determination, others refer to it as grit. Simply put, it is perseverance.During the past six years, you have pushed yourself through difficulties and you have stayed the course.

Your parents entrusted you to us. For many of you this began in kindergarten, continued through your primary and junior secondary school years finally ending at Taqwa High School. We took this responsibility very seriously. As you prepare to leave us, remember the importance of perseverance. It will serve you well. It is through struggle and failure that you learn, and grow, and succeed.

As you leave Taqwa High School and begin a new journey, my advice is to keep it simple and follow your heart. Don’t spend so much time planning your future that you ignore your present. Above all, you must approach life, and other people, with respect, support and encouragement and confidence. The road ahead for you is clear and bright. As you embark today for the first time on your own, remember all of us here at Taqwa waving, supporting and encouraging you, for the rest of your lives.

Congratulations once again on your graduation and I wish you every success in the future. I hope you will always remember your alma mater with affection. We are proud of you. I asked Allah to protect you as you go your separate ways into the world.I asked Allah to avail Himself in every possible way to watch over you, protect you and bless you with self-fulfillment, with compassion, inner peace and personal prosperity.

Finally, to all of the Taqwa community, including every one of my colleagues in attendance. I extend to you my wish that you remain singularly focused on providing the most nurturing, grooming and caring environment that you can for generations of students. Without us guiding those students they would perhaps be wandering aimlessly, but without them looking to us for guidance and a kind and gentle hand, we would be shepherds without a flock.

I pray Allah reward us all.

Wa salam alaykum warahmotullah wabarakatuhu.

Ramadhan Mubarak!

 

 

VALEDICTORY SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRINCIPAL OF TAQWA HIGH SCHOOL, MRS. OLALEYE, QUDRAH

OLABISI ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2013/2014 VALEDICTORY SERVICE FOR THE OUTGOING FINAL YEAR

STUDENTS, TODAY 10TH JULY, 2014.

It is a great privilege once again today giving a speech on the valedictory service of my noble students,scholars I call them, because the class of 2013/2014 indeed is a genius!

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone here this morning – it is wonderful to have the opportunity to share reflections and highlights of the past year with you – our school community.

The presence of the Chairman of today’s occasion – Alhaji Ali-zango Abubakar is honoured; The chairperson,Mrs. Tola Apampa, The Mother of the Day, Alhaja Fatimah Hamzat; The Guest Lecturer – Ustaz Suleman Fulani of Deen Communications Limited; The Board of Governors and the PTA Executives is valued.

A graduation ceremony is always such a special occasion – the culmination of six years of hard work; the actualization of goals attained and the acknowledgement of successes achieved. So, it is only fitting that today we commemorate the road that we have all travelled together these last few years.

It has been a journey that started with tentative steps perhaps, but one that has taken us to remarkable heights. We have encountered some trials and tribulations along the way, soldiered on and come out the stronger for us. We have experienced exceptional and magical moments and created memories that will be fondly remembered in the years ahead.

Henry Ford wisely said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress and working together is success.” As I look back over the last six years, certainly there was a beginning, and thankfully there was also progress and yes – undeniably we have been successful. Alhamdulillah!

This academic year was filled with lots of activities spread over the three terms. I am elated to bring to your notice that throughout the year we have endeavoured to maintain and surpass the standards set in previous years and that continues to be our goal. Academic excellence continues to be our target.

In addition, a lot of activities were carried out during the session to enhance teaching and learning among which were the Weekly Quiz, Debates, Career talks, Health and safety awareness, excursion within and outside the country, just to mention but a few.

It has never been only academics as usual, the psychomotor domain of education was also given preference and we are very proud as we raised the bar by winning the Lagos State Private Schools Table Tennis “Talent Hunt” with Gold Medal on May 19, 2014 organized by ATICO Global Concepts. Also in June, 2014, the football team of the school made us proud by winning the 1st Edition of Dansol High School Soccer Championship Competition with Gold Medal. The session was rounded off with keen competition by our students in Sciences as they strive harder in the Science Olympiad Competition in Lagos State with Silver Medal at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos on 2nd of July, 2014. It is very obvious that our students are groomed in totality.

We thank Allah for His continuous Mercy; our amiable parents are also appreciated for their supports and belief in us.

The high school has made remarkable progress not only in numerical strength but also in quality of instruction, physical structures and facilities, boarding house, provision of internet facility, face lift for the ICT laboratory, library, reception, administrative office and other special rooms while procurement of additional sporting equipment is not left out. The newly introduced corporate guards have also made a lot of difference in the security of lives and property in the compound.

Ladies and Gentlemen, grooming for the future has never ceased in our curriculum delivery. This session,another set of SS2 students were challenged and prepared for leadership roles. They were sent on a two-week leadership training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (Seaschool), Apapa, Lagos.

A special word of thanks must go to the teaching staffs who always have the best interests of the students at heart. Likewise the non-teaching staffs and supporting staffs who ensure that the building and grounds are maintained to a very high standard.

THE GRADUATING STUDENTS

The end result Ladies and Gentlemen of our coming together, keeping together and working together, in spite of the obstacles that we may have faced along the way is the end result which is the Graduating Class of 2014.

My exquisite joy and pride is derived from the success that they have made with the opportunities that they were offered. Congratulations, we are extremely proud of you all!

The completion of secondary school education is another milestone in the academic pursuit of the outgoing S.S.3 students. Let me therefore merrily and heartily congratulate the graduands who have toiled day and night to have come this far. They have every good reason to feel a sense of pride on this accomplishment though this is just a stepping stone to the pursuit of a career of their choice in the university, where they will be expected to be more focused, dedicated and purposeful.

This is the stage you need to know who you are and discover yourself. Remember most great men discovered themselves at a very tender age as every great achievement starts with a dream. Bill Clinton in his youthful days had a dream of becoming the president of the United States of America and with hard work,determination and perseverance, he lived up to his dream.

However, as you go on in life, do not lean on your own understanding alone, also and very importantly trust in Allah and you will accomplish your goal. The race of life is a hectic one, many run on their legs without achieving anything but the wise run on their knees. It is my prayer that every request you make on your knees will be granted.

My parting shot for you is that you should not forget your alma mater, the place which completely brought about changes in your academic, moral and spiritual lives. As you leave the school, always remember the virtues planted in you, always wet them for a brighter future, and always look forward to the good tidings assured you of after your selfless service, endurance and sacrifice. With fervent prayer and continuous hard work, success is yours. In addition, do not forget your family, be good ambassadors of your school, your family and your nation. Do not be carried away with the social lusts. Lastly, fear Allah wherever you are, seek Allah’s guidance always and put your trust in him. He will suffice you.

You are ready, willing and more than able to grasp the torch that we bestow upon you – yours is the future and on you the world will come to depend. (Insha Allah)

May your years ahead continue to be characterized by empathy, compassion, objectivity and a willingness to take reasonable risks. May you always lead by example, work hard and play straight. May your successes be great and your tribulations be much less and far between.

I wish you everything that you so richly deserve in the years ahead – it has been an honour and a privilege watching your progress and success! I love you all.Let me equally use this medium to felicitate with parents and guardians of the graduating students as they have started reaping a bountiful harvest, having invested heavily on these children for a six-year qualitative secondary school education. This is just the beginning as it is not over until it is over. I pray that your joy will know no bounds. (Amin)

On an occasion like this, it is important to encourage other students still under our tutelage and looking forward to a day like this to make hard work and diligence their watchword. For those of you that have come top in the just concluded promotion examination, accept my congratulatory message as you receive prizes and awards for your beautiful performances and we implore you to keep it up.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, once again I welcome you all and wish you a memorable and happy stay,Finally, to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful for His unflinching guidance,protection and mercies in the life of the school throughout the session. May He continue to guide us in the right path and direct the affairs of the school in His mercy. (Amin).

Jazakumullah Khayran.

Was salam Alaekum Warahmotullah Wabarakatuh.

RAMADHAN KAREEM!!!

OLALEYE QUDRAH OLABISI (MRS.)

PRINCIPAL

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Congratulations to the class of 2015 on the outstanding performance in the 2015 West Africa Senior Secondary Examination,At Taqwa Private Schools, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence to us is not an act, but a habit!

PERCENTAGE PASS = % DISTINCTION & % CREDIT

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE  –        76.5%
 MATHEMATICS  –             100%
 ECONOMICS    –           100%
 BIOLOGY            –      85.7%
 PHYSICS          –         100%
 OFFICE PRACTISE     –     100%
 CIVIC EDUCATION   –        82.4%
 TECHNICAL DRAWIN    –      100%
 HEALTH EDUCATION –        100%
 CHEMISTRY          –       100%
 COMMERCE          –       100%
 FIN. ACCOUNTING    –       100%
 F/MATHEMATICS      –       75%
 GEOGRAPHY         –       100%
 COMPUTER          –        100%
 GARMENT        –           100%
 FISHERY –    100%