SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS
THE EAGLE : represents sharp-sightedness.
THE PEN AND THE BOOK: stands for the academic excellence that has to be achieved.
THE MOTTO: AIM HIGH is found under the shield. The motto aim high implies that the sky should be the limit for students in their academic pursuit and never to pave way for mediocrity or complacency.
The AGISS Crest is composed of a shield within a circle; the top part portrays an Eagle with a pen in its beak standing on a book and the lower part has the AGISS motto: AIM HIGH. The following are the symbols in the shield and their meaning.
The message portrayed by the Crest always serves as a driving force and inspiration for both teachers and students. The pioneering staff of the school are credited with design of such a crest. The crest is made up of the eagle, a book, and a pen, which indicates that students are expected to be sharp-sighted, keen and enduring in their academic work. The motto “AIM HIGH” implies that the sky should be the limit for students in their academic pursuit and never to pave way for mediocrity or complacency.
Accra Girls Senior High School (formerly known as Accra Girls Secondary School) was established in 1960 as one of the Ghana Education Trust Schools. The history of the Ghana Education Trust Schools dates back to the 1950 and 1960s which marked a period of self-governance in administration under the distinguished leadership of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. There were only a few schools then and as a result a few educated people, a situation which did not befit our status as a country. It was therefore crucial to expand education with the sole aim of producing people who would live commendable and morally upright lives while serving the manpower needs of the nation for national development.
The Government therefore introduced the Accelerated Development Plan of Education to increase the infrastructure of the Government-assisted schools. To achieve this aim, the Education Trust was established. The main source of the Trust Fund was the monies accrued from the sale of cocoa. This Fund was used to establish a number of Primary and Secondary Schools, one of which was Accra Girls Secondary School. The School, among others, was established to effectively train and educate teenagers of school-going age to cater for manpower and socio-economic needs of the nation.
The school commenced on the 30th September under the headship of Miss Blanch Gibson, an expatriate. In a month’s time, the school which began with an initial 12 students (both day and boarding students) had increased to 75 with five teachers namely Miss Leana Beale, Miss Mercer, Mrs Paulina Buckman, Mrs Irene Darkwah and Mrs Blanch Gibson.
Over the years, the school has seen a tremendous increase in the number of both staff and students. In its fifty years of existence, the school has carved a niche for itself by maintaining enviable academic excellence, progress and a high level of discipline. Irrespective of the scanty material and human resources available, the school has made a conscious effort to mobilize these resources in order to achieve greater heights.
The message portrayed by the Crest always serves as a driving force and inspiration for both teachers and students. The pioneering staff of the school are credited with the design of such a crest. The crest is made up of the eagle, a book, and a pen, which indicates that students are expected to be sharp-sighted, keen and enduring in their academic work. The motto “AIM HIGH” implies that the sky should be the limit for students in their academic pursuit and never to pave way for mediocrity or complacency.
The first headmistress, Mrs Blanch Gibson left the school at the end of the first year (1960-1961) and Mrs Barbara Oddoye (1961-1962) and Marjorie Bulley (1962), in succession took over the administration of the school for the second year. In 1962, Mrs Gloria Aryee assumed office as the 4th Headmistress (1962-1979: 17 solid years – so far the longest) and was succeeded in 1979 by Mrs Beatrice Sey, who acted for three years (1979-1981). From 1981-1995, the 6th headmistress, Mrs Kate Cobbinah held that office and was succeeded in 1995 by Ms. Bertha Clottey (1995-2002) as the 7th. The 8th head and current Headmistress of the school is Mrs. Veronica Akapame (2002 – to date) It is worth mentioning that the current Assistant Headmistress, Mrs Constance Mante is an old student. There has been a significant increase in the student population over the years. Today, Accra Girls, which ranks among the top girls’ schools in the country, has a population of 1,470 students with about 50 teaching staff and 51 non-teaching staff. It has three dormitories which accommodate 720 students, while 20 of its teaching staff live on the campus.
The site chosen for the school used to be a Military camp for West Africa Fortier Force recruits hence a military zone. Initially, there was only one storey building which served as a classroom and dormitory, a dining hall and three bungalows. In three years time, additional buildings had been built. Currently there are two main classroom blocks, an Art Room, Home Economics Department, Science Block, Administration Block, Assembly Hall, three Dormitory Blocks and fifteen Bungalows. The houses which originally bore the names of colours such as white, green and also New House were renamed after former headmistresses in 1985. The houses are now known as Buckman, Gibson and Aryee Houses respectively.
Initially, only Arts Subjects were taught in the school mainly, French, History, Geography, Religious Knowledge, English Language and English Language Phonetics, Vernacular (Ga, Twi, and Fanti), Literature, Music and Mathematics. Science was later added but due to lack of equipment, the students went to the Achimota School for Science lessons. In the 1970s, Business subjects were also introduced into the curriculum. Like many other schools, students now study computer programmes.
After five years of quality education, students wrote the West African School Certificate and later the General Certificate of Education and Ordinary Level Education.
With the Education Reform in 1990, there were not many changes in the subjects offered. The school runs five programmes in General Arts, Business, Science, Visual Arts and Home Economics which comprise all the subjects that were taught at the initial states. The duration of the course, however, is four years at the end of which Senior High School certificates are awarded to students.
Many old students of the school occupy enviable positions in and outside the country: architects, artists, public servants, international civil servants, diplomats, politicians, jurists, medical doctors, engineers, university professors, lawyers, teachers, chiefs and business executives and a host of others.
Some of the most notable achievements are; Mrs Dzigbordi Kwaku Dosoo who won the Best Marketing Award for 2009 and is CEO of Allure Africa; Jubilee Awards – Miriam Nkansah, Nana Okyere-Bekoe II, Mrs Aryee,