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Next General Meeting 

Date: Sunday 5th February 2012

WebAAAA UK

 

Albert AcademyAlbert Academy

Motto: “Esse Quam Videri” Rather to be than to seem

Berry Street

Freetown Sierra Leone

Albert Academy was originally founded on 4thOctober 1904 and was originally situated in East Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The school was named after an American missionary, Reverend Ira E. Albert who drowned in a boating accident.  

 

The school was started with four students:

  • S B Sawyer
  • T D Williams
  • Districh D Kamara and
  • Dupigny D Leigh (grandfather of John Leigh – former Sierra Leone ambassador to the USA)

Then there was only one tutor – Mr L Turner.

Three years later, with an increased student population, the foundation for the current school was laid in 1907 in Berry Street in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Today, there are well over 2,000 pupils with a staff of 126 providing high quality education for boys aged 11 – 18 allowing academic success to take place within a stimulating and disciplined environment which encourages full development of abilities, personality & talents. Until recently, the school also catered for girls alongside boys on the A-Level program, unfortunately girls stopped attending because of the lack of toilet facilities in the school. No doubt, the girls will return when this situation is rectified. We are actively looking for donors to support this objective.

The school is one of the most successful institutions of learning in the country if not West Africa. It is a forward-looking and progressive school which celebrates its long and distinguished history, its reputation for high academic and extra-curricular achievements combined with the best traditions of multiculturalism and religious tolerance. The latter traits were espoused by one of our most distinguished alumnus who went on to become Prime Minister and then first Executive President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Siaka Stevens in his book “What Life Has Taught Me”

But it was only when I attended the Albert Academy that I realised the true meaning of ‘cosmopolitan’! There I was thrown in with Temne, Kono, Limba, Mende and Koranko boys – and boys from other Sierra Leone tribes that I scarcely knew anything about. There were also students from Liberia, Nigeria & Ghana. The social & tribal mix was tremendous…….(Stevens: What Life Has Taught Me – Kensal Press 1984 page 46).

Another famous alumnus, if not the most famous, is the man who led Sierra Leone to independence & became the first Prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1961-1964, Sir Milton Margai

Although the school is based on a Christian ethos through it’s tight link to the United Methodist Church, students from all religious background are warmly welcome and are richly represented – in a truly microcosmos of the country.

The history of Sierra Leone is richly endowed with distinguished alumni from the school’s educational prowess and expansive tolerance – proving beyond all reasonable doubt the efficacy of successful multiculturalism.

The school is highly fortunate in having highly effective Alumni organisations in Freetown, United Kingdom & the USA; however these organisations can only continue to be effective by your invaluable support & contribution.

The school is a highly conducive environment for educational elevation; unfortunately, the opportunity is not available to all of those gifted & talented children whose parents cannot afford the government set school fees. For $100 or £70, you can educate a deserving child for a whole academic year. This amount covers tuition fees, books and school uniform. All contributions of whatever amount, makes a significant difference to the margin of a child’s destiny & therefore his life, a child who is an innocent victim of unfortunate circumstances beyond his control.

Will you make a difference today? Please help a deserving bud blossom educationally into a beautiful flower..

 

1904 - 1914: Mr. R. P. Daugherty

1914 - 1921: Mr. D. E. Wielder

1921 - 1922: Mr. L. M. Embree

1923 - 1925: Mr. Z. B. Mingrey

1925 - 1926: Mr W. N. Martin

1927 - 1939: Mr G. T. Rosslot

1939 - 1959: Dr. R. E. Kelfa-Caulker

1959 - 1961: Rev. L. O. Shirley

1961 - 1985: Mr. Max A. Bailor

1986 - 2002: Mr. A. K. Sellu

2002 - Present: Mr. A. Kawa (Senior School)

2004 - Present: Mr. F. Coker (Junior School)

 

The school song

1. O sing for Academy ye true lads,
'Tis here we prepare for life's road
Our school standing here upon the hillside
Forever our hearts glad abode
 
Chorus
 
Albert Academy, Esse Quam Videri
Rather to be than to seem
Our School neath' the trees upon the hillside
O never Her honour demean
 
2: For we are her true sons so ready
To honour her all of her days
Our school stands so sure and so steady
And so shall we be in all our ways
 
Chorus
 
3: Then come loyal hearted sons enduring
Whatever this life may bring forth
Forever thy praises we'll be singing
Academy show forth thy worth
 
Chorus
 
4: For Christ and our School stand we ever
We are loyal to them to the end
Our lives for their service give we ever
O may we be worthy to send
Chorus
 
Evening Song
 1 Softly now the twilight falls 
O'er the Hills and grey stone walls
Through the campus dark and deep
Now the evening shadows creep
Comrades gather side by side
In the dusky evening tide
Neath the sun's declining rays
Lift their hymns of evening praise.
 

Chorus
Alma Mater hail to thee
True and loyal hearts have we,
Well we've loved thee in the past
Still we'll love thee to the last.
 

2 Hail the red and white so bold
Wide our banners now unfold
See the colours loved and fair,
Streaming in the evening air.
Lo, the western sky aflame,
At the praise of thy dear name,
Lift this song our hearts inspire
Pointing us to something higher.
 

Chorus
Alma Mater hail to thee
True and loyal hearts have we,
Well we've loved thee in the past
Still we'll love thee to the last.

 

 

 
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