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ST. MARY’S SEMINARY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – LOLOBI

1. VISION
St. Mary’s Seminary Senior High School trains dedicated and God-fearing young men who will grow to provide quality service, worthy of emulation, in whatever capacities they find themselves, be it religious or secular leaders of tomorrow. Management also aims at providing an enlightened, balanced, student centered, education which develops holistic learners and enables them to confidently and meaningfully contribute to the enhancement of humanity worldwide.

2. MISSION
To start the training of indigenous priests who could work alongside the expatriate missionaries and eventually continue their work.

3. SCHOOL CREST AND MOTTO
The motto of the school is ‘Domine Adsum’ meaning ‘Lord Here I am’.

4. BRIEF HISTORY OF SCHOOL
St. Mary’s Seminary Senior High School is for boys only. It was started by the Catholic Missionaries in September 1961 as a Community School under the auspices of Most Rev. Anthony Konings of blessed memory, the then Bishop of Keta, as the Minor Seminary for the Diocese of Keta. It later became a government assisted Secondary School in 1973.
The school started with only 26 students and 4 members of staff. The staff members were: Rev. Fr. William Van Frankenhuijesen, Rev. Fr. Theodore Velboer, Rev. Fr. Nico Steemers and Rev. Fr. John Bakus, all Dutch missionaries.
Rev. Fr. Edward Siffah is the present Headmaster of the school.
Location of School
St. Mary’s Seminary Senior High School is located in the Hohoe Municipality between Lolobi-Ashiambi and Lolobi-Kumasi, twin towns that are about 8kilometers north of Hohoe along Hohoe Ayoma road in Volta Region.
Its rural setting coupled with the vegetation of greenery makes the campus serene and attractive. The imposing architectural designs of the chapel, the administration block, the dinning hall, the classroom and dormitories, memorials of the late Borther Xavier Van Dungan of blessed memory add colour and beauty to the scenery.
Status: The school is both day and boarding
Telephone Number – 0541237783/0240495293
Important School Dates
St. Mary’s Day Celebration – 8th December every year
Silver Jubilee – 1986
40th Anniversary – Saturday, 2nd November, 2002
On the 8th of December every year, the school commemorates the Immaculate conception of Virgin Mary; the patron saint.

5. MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
St. Mary’s Seminary Senior High School is currently noted for its academic excellence and discipline. To these, the school aspires to add sporting laurels.
• WASSCE
For the past five years, the school has performed creditably at the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) enabling a good number of qualified students gaining admission into vario us tertiary institutions.
• DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD PROGRAMME
The school was the first educational institution in the Volta Region to join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme as far back as 1968, which later became the Head of State Award Scheme. The school has won several gold, silver and bronze medals in this Award Scheme.
• REGIONAL GAMES
Furthermore, the school has successfully participated in several sporting and other activities. The school was the Inter-School Volleyball Champions from 2001 – 2004. It was equally the Table Tennis Champions from 1999 – 2004.
In 2009, the regional best sprinter as well as the best table tennis player emerged from St. Mary’s Senior High School.
• DEBATE CONTESTS
In 2005/2006, the school was the Regional Debate Champions. Again, in 2006/2007, the school won the 50th Independence Anniversary Debate at the Regional level.

6. SCHOOL FACILITIES
a. Academic
i. Classrooms – There are four classroom blocks containing thirteen classrooms.
ii. Laboratories – There are four laboratories in the school; Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer.
iii. Library – The school library is located on the second floor of the science block. .
b. Non Academic
i. Recreational Grounds – The school can only boast of a sub-standard playing field as recreational facility.

7. ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
i) Programmes and Subjects offered
There are two programmes offered in the school namely;
1. Secondary General:
a) General Arts
b) General Science
c) Business

8. CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Music, Culture and Debate Clubs exist in the school as co-curricular activities.

9. STAKEHOLDERS
• Old Students – The school has an active Old Student Association represented in almost every part of the country. They periodically visit the school to acquaint themselves with affairs and make donations ranging from books, computers and printers and other educational materials.
• Parent-Teacher Association – St. Mary’s school has a vibrant P.T.A. that is ready to help expand the infrastructure base of the school and also to improve upon the social life of students. For instance, P. T. A. constructed thirteen (13) out of seventeen (17) staff bungalows. It has also constructed one 3 unit classroom block, bought two mowers, established a telephone facility, rehabilitates and maintains the school’s generator and also assists the school financially in times of need.
• Traditional Authority – Traditional Authorities in the Lolobi twin-towns donated land to build the school. They also always partake in social and academic functions of the school.
• Municipal Assembly – The Hohoe Municipal Assembly under which the school operates supervises and monitors all educational activities of the school, and has been every ready to assist the school whenever their assistance is solicited.
• Others (The Bishop) – The Bishop of Ho Diocese is constantly in tune with the structural and spiritual development of the school. He recently donated a set of musical instruments to the school.

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