DOWEN COLLEGE LAGOS

Dear Parents / Guardians,

END OF CHRISTMAS TERM 2016 NEWSLETTER

We have come to the end of the Christmas term of 2016 /2017 session and significantly the end of the year 2016. What can we render unto God but hearts full of praise and gratitude.

Academics:

We are happy to inform you that both staff and students have redoubled their efforts in the pursuit of excellence. We are not resting on our oars. We shall continue to strive hard TO BE THE BEST.

Our examination classes (JS3and SS 3 students) have fully completed their schemes and done the first Mock examination all in readiness for the forth coming public examination. The place of home – school collaboration in getting the students ready for these examinations (Checkpoint and BECE for Junior School, WASSCE and IGCSE for Senior School) cannot be over – emphasized.

We advise that all their subject notebooks for JS 1 / JS 2 and SS 1 / SS 2 respectively should be put together ready for inspection on resumption. Registration for these examinations has commenced and will soon be done with early January, 2017.

Please be informed that the final mock examination for SS 3 students shall start Monday January 16, 2017 (a week after resumption).  Copies of time-table have been given out to students. This will afford us all the opportunity of having enough time for feedback with weekly evaluation observed to keep them on their toes. There should not be any dull moment during the vacation. However, we have not opened any extension classes during this Christmas break. This is to allow them do intensive revisional work on their own.

JUNIOR SCHOOL – CHECKPOINT (APRIL 2017) and BECE (APRIL / MAY 2017)

SENIOR SCHOOL        -           WASSCE (March / May 2017 and IGCSE (APRIL / JUNE 2017)

Please save the following dates for those writing SAT, TOEFL and IELTS

SAT     -           SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017

TOEFL -           FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 2017

IELTS  -           SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2017

The competition out there is very keen; nobody can afford to settle for anything less than EXCELLENCE. According to Zig Zigler, “The most bored and miserable people I know are those who are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind”. Hence the need to give our students directions with set “tall achievable objectives”. Be reminded that we are committed to the arduous task of maintaining academic excellence and high moral integrity in our students. Let us all have our focus on this.

      

DCL IN THE COMMUNITY

Walk Against Cancer: The event tagged WALKATHON (Tj Supports Children Living with Cancer) was organized by one of our students Tejiri Emore on Saturday 16th September, 2016. About Three Hundred and Twenty Four Students, Parents, Teachers and Invited Guests participated. The walk commenced from Dowen College through Road 14 to the end of the Ikoyi link bridge and back to Dowen College. At the end, Tejiri thanked all present and appreciated them in a special way by performing the theme song of the walk ‘Fight Song’ by Rachel Platten.

DCL Interact Club: Our Interact Club donated 10 computer tables to Wahab Folawiyo Senior Secondary School, Ikoyi Lagos.

EVENTS

Essay Competition: Our students participated in the 2016 Lagos International Trade Fair Secondary School Essay Competition organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Induastry on Saturday 22nd October, 2016. Stephanie Ebi (SS 1) won the seventh prize in the competition with a prize of twenty five thousand Naira (N25,000.00).

Education Fair: This was held on 19th November and it was a success. We had representatives from different institutions in and outside Nigeria in attendance.

Students Representative Council: The SRC members for the 2016 / 2017 session were sworn in on Tuesday 13th December 2016 after a successful election. Barrister Nkechi Obichere who is also the mother of the Speaker of the council conducted the swearing – in ceremony. We wish the delegates a successful tenure.

Carol Service: Our carol service was held on Wednesday 14th December 2016. Our Chief Guest of Honour was The Rt. Rev. Yinka Akinlade, Bishop of the Diocese of Ile-Ife Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

VISITS

The demand for American education system judging from the number of students who write SAT, TOEFL and most recently IELTS informed the decision for the Vice Principal (Academic) Mr. M. A. Olusesi to take a tour of some top colleges and universities in the United States.

The tour and visits took him to the following

1) Concordia College (A pathway college) New York

2) New York University

3) Riders University- Lawrenceville and Westminster campuses.

4) Rutgers University, New Brunswick

5) Princeton University, Princeton

6) Drexel University, Philadelphia

7) Temple University, Philadelphia

8) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Information gathered from all the colleges and universities visited underscored the need for diligence, commitment, perseverance, and above all, setting high goals.

The cutoff mark for SAT, TOEFL, IELTS is very high, so also is high cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in their academic transcript.

The colleges and universities also accept IGCSE as equivalent of O level / SSCE result.

The colleges and universities have  very sound mentoring and guidance programmes for all Freshmen to support them throughout their stay.

One of our English Teachers, Mr. Kono – Ugen also attended a training – The Cambridge Teacher and Leadership Training Programe, Cambridge, United Kingdom fron 26th October – 2nd November, 2016. Theme of the conference was “Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”.

Exam Classes and School Fees Payment: We appeal to parents to please adhere to the Account Numbers given to them for fee payment especially exam classes. This is to ensure smooth registration and identification of candidates. Details of Bank payment is below:

  1. JS 3 SCHOOL FEES – UBA / DOWEN COLLEGE / 1005549754
  2. SS 3 SCHOOL FEES – ACCESS BANK / DOWEN COLLEGE / 0034501317
  3. EXAMINATION FEES – UBA / DOWEN COLLEGE / 100270333

Please note that only fully paid students / candidates will be registered. Payment dateline is Friday January 20th, 2017.

 

ALUMNI FORUM  

We are always glad to receive progress reports from our alumni. It has been pleasing to discover that most of our students have been pulling their weight in various higher institution at home and abroad.  Such reports of excellence  and achievements are welcomed from parents and students as new heights are attained.

 

Coming Events:

  1. Job Experience/Career Placement : The school is seriously considering once again the continuation of a two week unpaid work experience (UWE) into our curriculum. The aim is to expose our students to the professions they intend to pursue in Parents who are willing to absorb our students in their offices and organizations for this period should please get in touch with the school.

 

  1. Sea School Leadership Training : One of the objectives of our programmes is to develop  committed, upright and fearless  leadership in our students. In pursuance of this objective, the school is organizing a leadership training for the SS 2 students at the Sea School Apapa from Sunday 2nd – Tuesday 11th April, 2017.

           Course fee for the 10 day programme is Thirty – Three Thousand Naira (N33, 000) per participant.

  1. Annual Inter House Athletics Competition comes up on Friday 3rd February, 2017.
  1. An Afternoon of Praise on Friday 17th February 2017. This is a community hymn singing.
  2. Vocational Art Day on Saturday 25th Feb. 2017

            Please mark the date in your calendar.

 

Parents should please take note of the underlisted reminders on school’s Dress code. 

 

 

Easter Term Resumption: Boarders resume on Sunday 8th January while day students resume on Monday 9th January, 2017.

We wish you a pleasant holiday. Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year (2017).

 

SIGNED

PRINCIPAL