YAA ASANTEWAA GIRLS’ SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
- O. BOX 1901, KUMASI
Our intention is to give holistic education to all students from all regions, districts, social and religious backgrounds. Therefore, we seek to develop the full potential of every student so that they can become well informed, responsible, self reliant, and confident young women ready to play their full roles in all aspects of society.
- To encourage the personal and social development of the individual.
- To pursue academic excellence.
- To enable each student to achieve high standards in every activity undertaken to promote moral values, tolerance and self-discipline.
- To provide a safe and well managed environment for our students.
- To share the expertise of the school and form partnerships with others.
- SCHOOL CREST AND MOTTO
The interpretations of the symbols contained in the luscious blue frame are as follows.
- The torch symbolizes light, brightness or vision.
- The sword symbolizes royalty.
- The gun symbolizes bravery.
- The book symbolizes academic excellence.
- The hen and chickens stand for motherhood.
- The motto is “LOVE AND SERVICE”
- HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
The school was established in September, 1951 as Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Secondary School. It was one of the numerous schools established by the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as part of the rapid educational xpansion programme after the independence of the country.
The school was named after Yaa Asantewaa, the revolutionary heroine and Queenmother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Yaa Asantewaa might be smallish in size, but she had the heart of a lion. It was she who led the Asante Kings in a war against the British colonialists in the year 1900. The Patron of the school, Nana Yaa Asantewaa, might not have won that war physically, but her spirit and vision will forever inspire us. It was for the purpose of immortalizing her that the school was named after her. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the chiefs and landowners of Asanteman through whose concerted efforts and sacrifices the land for the project was made available. In reciprocation, the school has been of service not only to the Kumasi Metropolis, or the Ashanti Region, but the whole nation, without discrimination.
The school is located between Tanoso and Abuakwa, on the Kumasi-Sunyani highway, and about 10 kilometers from Kejetia, the Kumasi town centre. It shares boundaries with AGRICARE Ltd. and PARAMOUNT DISTILLERIES Ltd., and is one or two kilometers away from the University College of Education – Kumasi Campus (UCEW-K).
The Telephone Number is 3020-50016, FAX :051-50016, Email:yagshs@
FORMER HEADMISTRESSES AND CURRENT HEADMISTRESS
|No.||NAME OF HEADMISTRESS||FROM||TO|
|2.||Mrs. Gloria Arye||1961||1962|
|3.||Mrs. M.M.S. Tetteh||1962||1978|
|4.||Mrs. Constance Murray||1979||1986|
|5.||Mrs. Mary Bridget Ansong||1987||2005|
|6.||Mrs. Elizabeth Malik Jabir||2005||At post|
Status: The school is a boarding institution with day facilities.
- MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE YEARS
The motto of the school: LOVE AND SERVICE depicts the hard training and invaluable services that students and staff go through and provide. It is common for teachers to render extra hours of tuition as their service to the students and the school. In the end, the students receive holistic education in the mind, body and soul. It is not surprising therefore, that products of the school are found in diverse responsible positions throughout the country and beyond. The most recent in our minds is the front page story of ‘The Mirror’ of Saturday, October 3, 2009, which depicted the performance of Dr. Esther Ofosu, who won the overall best medical student during the 16th Oath-swearing and Induction ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology campus. Esther completed this school in 2001, scoring grade A’s in six subjects and two B’s at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in that year.
One of our greatest achievements is the consistently impressive academic record over the past few decades. In the last nationwide academic league table declared in 2007, YAGSS ranked 2nd after the cluster of schools which took the first position. For the past few years of school assessment, YAGSHS featured confidently among the best ten schools. The school is the 1st GET girls’ school in that regard, with all the rest being mission schools.
For the third consecutive time, with the new WASCCE programme, our students scored 100% in over 25 out of the total of 30 subjects, no candidate had fewer than six passes, and no results were cancelled or withheld.
- SCHOOL FACILITIES
- Old Classroom Block; (BLK A), two floors; comprising 12 classrooms.
- New Classroom Block (BLK B), two floors; comprising 12 classrooms. This facility doubles as a two-Floor exam centre for external examinations.
- Former House Six (BLK C), two floors; comprising 10 classrooms
Science Resource Centre, two floors; comprising
- Biology lab
- Chemistry Lab
- Physics Lab
- Two science classrooms
- Offices and storerooms
- The Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Library, Computer Laboratory, Conference Centre and General Stores.
- Home Economics Block
Two blocks comprising Food and Nutrition Block, Home Management Block, one classroom and storerooms.
- Visual Art/ Business Block
Single floor long block, comprising the Art Studio, Typing Hall, Textbooks Store, Offices, Post Office.
- SPORTS FIELD:
The school has got a standard sports field for football and other sporting and athletic activities. But this is usually waterlogged and cannot be used during the rainy seasons.
- VOLLEY/HANDBALL PITCH
There is volleyball pitch in the foreground of the school, which also doubles as durbar grounds for outdoor activities like speech days, and open church services.
- ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
- General Arts: Literature – in – English, Government, Twi, French, Elective Mathematics, Christian Religious Studies, History, Economics, Geography
- General Science: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Elective Mathematics
- Home Economics: Management in Living, Food and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, General Knowledge in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Elective Mathematics
- Visual Art: General Knowledge in Art, Graphic Design, Picture Making, Textiles, Sculpture, Ceramics, Elective Mathematics
- Business: Business Management, Typing, Principles of Costing, Financial Accounting, Economics, Elective Mathematics
- Agriculture Science: General Agriculture, Physics, Elective Mathematics, Chemistry
- CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
|a. Debaters Drama and Writers’ Club (DDWC)
b. Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG)
c. Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP)
d. Civic Society
e. Catholic and Anglican Students’ Union (CASU)
f. United Triumphant Melodians (UTM)
g. Science Club
h. Friends of Computer Club
i. African Youth Alliance (AYA)
j. Girl Guides
k. Future Leaders Investment Club (FLIC)
- Monday Open all day
- Tuesday Open all day
- Wednesday Open all day
- Thursday Open all day
- Friday Open all day
- Saturday Open all day
- Sunday Open all day