Multikids were honoured to be invited by the President of the Republic of Ghana on Monday, October 7th, to attend the Changing of Guards. After there was a private gathering inside the Flagstaff House, where our students had an opportunity to chat with the President, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and the Chief of Staff, Prosper Douglas Kweku Bani, and interviewed by the Media.
The students have written an article in the last MKA Newsletter, sharing their lifetime experience....
On Monday, October 7th, 30 students (6 from the Diamond Class) and 10 teachers went on a school trip to the Flagstaff House. Some of us were excited, some were happy, and others were nervous. When we arrived, we got to see members of the Ghana Armed Forces. After a brief encounter with the Vice President, we got to see the changing of the guards. The ceremony included marching and performances by the Military Band. Following the ceremony, Multikids was invited up to the Flagstaff House where we were greeted by President Mahama and were able to take some photos with him. Our day concluded with a select group of students getting interviewed by local news stations, including one of Diamond Class’s own students, Baffour. We were very honored to have represented Multikids Academy at the Flagstaff House.
“When we arrived at the Flagstaff House then we were searched to make sure we were not carrying any weapons, or anything dangerous. After being searched we went to some canopies that had been setup for our arrival. The First performance was very organised”
“We ended up staying our seats trying to be as quiet as possible and listening to the head of the guards yell commands and change how they were standing for 3 hours.”
“When the president finally arrived, they drove his car turned and then drove to the parking lot at the back of the building. The changing of the guards ceremony then continued and their marching band played another song, with that the changing of the guards ended.”
“We went inside the Flagstaff house to see the President. The little kids went on an elevator, while the teenagers walked on the stairs (The kids were lucky). We all ended up in a place that somehow looked like a living room, but that’s when we met the president and Effie, KK and another person from our school asked him questions.”
Enjoy reading our first school Newsletter, which will be published every Term. The Newsletter has been written by the teachers and students giving a snapshot of activities within the school.
For World Book and Copyright day we celebrated it with Ghanaina Author Franka Andoh who gave both the Tanzanite and Alabaster classes a reading of her Novel, Koko the Chicken. The story was set in Accra, with Ghanian characters and locations eveyone could identify. We also found amusing the Ghanaian slang words being used. MKA looks forward to inviting Franka again to read other novels to the different classes. MKA endorses the importance of celebrating and encouraging Ghanaian Authors and novels.
MKA is renowned for its End of Term Performances. This term was no different. We celebrated the morning with a melody of original music composed by the ASDAN classes as well as renditions of contemporary songs. As the whole school watched in awe and amazement, MKA was honored to host High Life Superstar Bessa to judge our ready and able performers. We had a Hip-Hop act by Nortey and drumming from the Tanzanite class. Dalitso and Kobby amazed the audience with their vocal range. It was a truly magical morning, with numerous performances from different classes. Bessa was clearly moved and excited by the performances he did not want to leave. Our next End of Term Events are our Sports Days on the June 26th and 27th and yes you've guessed it, our students are already practicing.
Sophie Morley from Architects Sans Frontiers, devised a series of workshops to realise her sensory garden design for Mulitkids new Lower Primary School.
There was a good turnout over a period of four Saturdays. Well done to those students who showed up to all of the workshops and contributed to making the garden come to life. We had a professional basket weaver who helped to create a rattan hide away for the younger children. We made a bamboo chime bar and a rubber tyre flower bed.
Our students did their best in the University of Cambridge International Examinations, with some outstanding results. Nina Troppmair, an A level candidate, was successful in achieving the requisite grades for her first choice University in the Netherlands. We wish her all the best!
This film looks at the different ways in which Multikids Academy (MKA) tackles the stigma of children having special or additional needs by providing qualtity education. This documentary illustrates how inclusive education can help pupils and students previously excluded from classrooms, but most importantly how our children can become valued as individuals and as learners.
MKA secondary students broadcast live from the school to BBC London studio, where a global schools programme debated live about issues that were important to individual students. Issues debated were: school uniform, poverty, violence on the streets, effective governance, to name a few. Our students were outstanding in the contributions they made, alongside students from Libya, UK, Jamaica, USA..
BBC World Service have created two wonderful 'shorts' on Multikids Academy. The films highlight the positive work the school is doing, striving to educate children with special needs alongside mainstream children. The film is for children in schools across the world. It is part of BBC's Worldclass commitment to Global Education.
The BBC looked at traditional attitudes to children with special needs, and how Multikids Academy is seeking to change these through its inclusion policy. These films are currently on the BBC website for teachers around the world to download and use as teaching resources within schools.
Both films show various children at Multikids Academy to illustrate how the school works, and how children’s lives are being enhanced through education, with a particular emphasis on two students at home, to enable children across the world to learn more about their lives and their determination to live it to the full!
The second Careers Day was dynamic with presentations from Ericsson, our very own Chef, uncle Edem, an animation artist and a film producer. The students dressed up in their preferred career path. In the afternoon students gave impressive presentations on a range of jobs that they had chosen. Well done to staff who worked really hard to make this a memorable day. Thanks too to parents for making the students feel special.
Everyone was excited as Van Vicker entered the forum at school today. The renowned actor came to give the students some insights into the life of being a performer. He also told us how he arrived finally to an acting career after many other aspirations.
Other resource persons included a KLM pilot who told us about the history of aircraft and man's obsession with flying. He gave the students alot of information to chew over. Next came a physicist who opened our eyes about DNA and why we are like we are.
Careers in Science based areas are very popular at MKA and students enjoyed the warm and interactive delivery of all of our presenters. Other presenters: Cosmetologist, Jeanne Ayanga, Car Designer, Chef, Beautician, Hairdresser, Scientist. Ashesi University gave the students invaluable information about what entry level requirements are and what life is really like at University. MKA students asked lots of questions and interacted fully in the busy day.
Mr Paul Anomah-Kodieh from ETV - the only blind newsreader in Africa,explained how he does it by using braille. He is a great role model for those people who have needs and can break through the barriers in Ghana to take up their place in the world of work.
Well done to the organisers of the event - Fiona and Julianna.
A blazing hot day at Lizzy Sports Complex saw all of the MKA students, staff and some parents, showing their skills on the pitch.
A big well done to Fred, PE teacher and his team who organized this fun and challenging day.
A selected number of students studying IGCSE’s and CopPE were chosen to represent MKA at a Youth ICT Day at the Ghana –India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence (KACE) in Ridge’ titled “The technological Impact of ICT on the youth”. This is an annual event which took place on Friday 17th February, 2012 and attracted hundreds of students from secondary schools all over Accra and beyond, hosted by the Director General herself, Mrs Dorothy Gordon.
MKA certainly made their presence felt in the packed auditorium by walking up to the booming mike to answer questions and even educate their fellow peers on 2,3,4 and 5 G technology!
Mrs Dorothy Gordon commended MKA students by saying:
Nortey explained to everyone he wanted the world footballing body- FIFA, to improve their goal line technology, to avoid goal controversies. Kevin and Nico made impressive guesses as to how many mobile phones are in Ghana. Yosi and Shawn soaked up the environment and shared their knowledge with their class mates on their return to MKA.
Our only female student Effie made sure her presence was felt amongst the boys. Effie competed in an exciting competion with 25 students, where they had to pitch an ICT solution to a typical Ghanaian problem. Effie’s idea was to configure effective traffic lights to avoid congestion in Accra using ICT! After a series of rounds convincing the electrifying crowd, Effie was the only female student in the final five and was awarded a goodie bag full of Google and AITI-KACE products, with also a possibility of obtaining a full scholarship on one of their exciting ICT courses!
MKA’s commitment and focus to ICT was certainly made apparent through these 7 students’ impressive display of knowledge and interest in the subject. Well Done.
Ex-student, Jeanne Chantal Ayanga, graduated from the First Choice Beauty Academy, on Sunday 27th November 2011. Jeanne was one of the first students to enroll in MKA in 2009. In an elaborate Graduation Ceremony held at the International Trade Fair, Jeanne (pictured) gracefully enters the venue with her equally proud grand-aunts to take her seat.
Jeanne worked extremely hard to obtain a Hairdressing Certificate, which took one year to complete. In the future she hopes to be a professional hairdresser, owning her own shop, as well as sell beauty products, shoes and clothes.
Watch out Ghana, this young lady will be a household name!
The teachers, staff and students of MKA are extremely proud of Jeanne and we look forward to welcoming her back in Jan 2012.
A wonderful day of walking was had by all who participated in MKA's first Annual Sponsored Walk! There was a good turnout of parents and children. It was great to see kids walking with their mums and dads.
A big thanks to the organisers - MKA's Parent Teachers Association. Special Thanks to Rebecca, Francis, Emmanuel, Fred, Fiona, Franklyn Medical Services and anyone else not mentioned who put in so much effort to make this a memorable occasion.
THE WALK RAISED A FANTASTIC GHS 6,171 towards a new generator.
Nortey and Dallitso won prizes(Silverbird tickets) for collecting the biggest amounts of sponsorship money.
Billie Buttons won the Pizza Party for collecting the most as a class. Well done everyone!!
Our gifted art students, led by our creative and inspiring art teacher, Sarah Hardy, have produced beautiful artwork over the last year. The PTA have decided to make a choice of 9 cards into a Christmas Card selection. Packs of 6 cards will be on sale in the school from 25th November. All proceeds are going towards a new generator to help combat the endless hours of Light Off!
MKA staff and two visitors from Tornu School are enjoying the training delivered by Jan Bisschops on Systems Thinking this August 2011. This training is going to help our staff to teach more effectively because there is a lot of evidence on how children engage and learn in the techniques of Systems Thinking. Jan is an experienced teacher and trainer and we are grateful to Vodafone for sponsoring his flight to Ghana.
MKA is proud to announce that Amos Attigah, Maths and Physics teacher, and his student, Nina Troppmair, were rewarded for their hard work and excellent achievement in the Cambridge IGCSE examinations. MKA now offers a good range of subjects at IGCSE and AS and A level. Our specialised teaching approach is opening doors for those students who would otherwise not be able to achieve their potential through formal testing. Nina Troppmair is a glowing example. Struggling with dyslexia her whole life, she is now breaking through the barriers and is an outstanding pupil. Nina is doing AS Levels and is looking ahead to University.
Well done too to Amos Attigah, for his patient, inspiring and resourceful teaching. Having won Teacher of the Year at MKA, he is clearly a gifted teacher and we are proud to have him on our staff. Amos is undoubtedly an inspiration to other teaching staff working successfully with students who have challenges.
The music team - Ama, Emmanuel and Shabba, are rehearsing songs with the whole school for our end of term performance.
At the end of Term 1, MKA students put on a fantastic entertainment, including songs, dance, theatre and a hot cake sale which raised GHc276!
MKA staff and invited colleagues from our sister schools, learning how to develop lessons for the MKA E Learning Platform. Teachers spent two weeks researching, uploading, and preparing exciting interactive lessons. MKA is working hard to launch its E Platform early in 2011. Watch this space!
Intact international Ghana has just donated a brand new Dell Inspiron mini laptop to MKA
we would like to acknowledge our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the Intact international Ghana.
TAEKWANDO is a popular after school activity
WATCH OUT PRIMARY - YOUR TURN NEXT................
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Carnival time at MKA saw pupils parading in large costumes that they made as part of their Art & Design work. With drumming and dancing giving the whole event rhythm and panache, parents were happy to see how their children are progressing. (For pictures please see our Photo Gallery).
Parents also have a chance to look at academic work and discuss with teachers progress over the last six weeks of term. Targets are set every term, which work towards each pupil's IEP (Individual Education Plan)
The founders of MKA forged ahead in the field of Inclusive Education (IE) to support the Special Education Service of the GES to put on a National Forum on Inclusive Education. Watch the Documentation of the Forum (in 4 Parts), by clicking on the above link.