By Musbaudeen Shekoni
Five Greensprings students who sat for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education, IGCSE, examinations in May/June 2017, have been honoured by the British Council.
The event which took place on Friday, 29th June 2018 at the Civic Centre, Lagos, saw the following Greensprings students honoured with the Outstanding Learner Awards; Brain Nsien Ekong, Top in Country for Global perspectives; Giwa Ganiat Adebimpe, Top in Country for Drama; Samuel Olusola Edgar Joseph, Top in Country for Art & Design; Mustapha Abdul- Malik Morakinyo, Top in Country for Literature (English), and Ogechi Onyinyechi Onyenze, Top in Country for Accounting.
The award ceremony launched last year by the British Council, recognises outstanding learners and acknowledges the excellent work of schools in preparing their students for the Cambridge examination.
Here’s what the awardees had to say:
Brian Nsien Ekong: He attributed his success in the exams to Greensprings School’s support system. “The school provided us with all the necessary resources and more than we needed to prepare for the exams; definitely a telling factor in the success of every student of the school.” He also praised the teaching staff for their enduring effort towards this achievement.
Ganiat Adebimpe Giwa appreciated the efforts of the teachers noting that “Greensprings teachers do not take chances; it felt like they were taking the exams with us. We had one-on-one session with teachers to bring us up to speed. They would stay up all night studying with us. It was just so motivating and honestly, Greensprings teachers would give you their all. I’ll always remember them saying “your success is our success”, she said.
Samuel Olusola Edgar Joseph noted that early childhood education at Greensprings School helped create a solid foundation and contributed a lot to this success. “The 11 years I spent at Greensprings School prepared me adequately for the IGCSE examinations, because it enabled me to get used to the principles of applied learning,” Samuel said. “And with the help of our very experienced teachers, everyone in my set is sure to succeed, they were always there to assist,” he added.
Abdul-Malik Mustapha joined Greensprings in elementary class and continued all through secondary school, achieving top in class in various subjects at different stages of his learning journey. Describing himself as a daring and determined person, Abdul-Malik said: “Greensprings School provided me with the most enabling environment to nurture and sustain my determination to succeed.
I had great relationship with my math, physics, chemistry and literature teachers. Their relentless efforts to teach and provide an interactive atmosphere ignited my passion to absorb knowledge from various disciplines. I used the best of Greensprings academic resources to my advantage and this helped me to achieve this result,” he further explained.
Ogechi Onyinyechi Onyenze attributed her success to the teachers at Greensprings, her family and God Almighty. In her words: “I honestly did not face serious challenges, once I settled down to read, academic success came pretty easy.”
While congratulating the students and their teachers for this memorable feat, Ms. Helen Brocklesby, the school’s Director of Education, reiterated the fact that the success of the students is the success of the teachers. She pointed out that Greensprings School is constantly looking for novel ways to develop both students and teachers holistically. Elucidating on the importance of Thinking Skills and Early Childhood Education, Ms. Brocklesby said: “We are Nigeria’s first and only Thinking School and it is wonderful to see that most of the IGSCE awardees from Greensprings School started with us from Pre-School, while others joined us at elementary school level. Starting early has greatly influenced their achievements, because it helps to create a solid foundation for learning,” she said.
“As a Thinking School that lays strong emphasis on the importance of pursuing early childhood education, we continually come up with better teaching methods and more cognitive ways for our students to learn and become global innovative problem solvers right from their early years”.
The student’s recognition comes on the heels of the success recorded last year, when six Greensprings students received the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards, including Honour Olatunji who emerged “Top in the World” for Mathematics.