Corona Schools’ vision to become Nigeria’s leading educational institution dedicated to producing well-rounded and proudly Nigerian young men and women got a boost recently with the opening of the day secondary arm of the institition.
Although the new addition is coming to fruition almost 17 years after its conception, the day secondary school reflects onwers’ commitment to innovating and evolving with times to serve their students and publics better.
The school, which has been in existence for 65 years, has continued to pride itself in outstanding excellence and stayed true to its mission of providing world class education to children.
Located within sprawling premises of Corona Schools in Abijo’s Government Residential Areas (GRA), along Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State, the day school which permanent site’s construction will kick off anytime soon within the same axis is also expected to continue to inculcate high moral and ethical values in students, and prepare them for a lifelong learning, service and fulfillment.
he ceremony drew the attention of dignitaries such as Financial Controller, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mr. Adewale Soremi; Chairman, Board of Trustee, Corona Secondary Schools, Mr. Niyi Yusuf; Member, Governing Board, Mrs. Sekinat Yusuf; Chairman, Corona Schools Trust Council, Hon. Justice Bukunola Adebiyi; Mr. Adedotun Sulaiman (Trustee); Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina; School Adminstrator, Corona Day Secondary School, Lekki, Mr. Anthony Ilobinso; Director of Education, Mrs. Dafeta Amelia, Principal, Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State, Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, parents, staff members, well wishers and pioneer students.
In her remarks, Chairman, Corona Schools Trust Council, Hon. Justice Bukunola Adebiyi said the idea of the Corona Day Secondary School was part of the schools strategic plan which was drawn in the 2003/2008 to expand the institution.
“At that time, Lekki Schools which is where we are presently, started as a temporary location while this edifice that we are in today was being constructed. And we are able to move to this edifice in 2014.
“The idea of starting a day secondary school has been on the front burner for a while. We had parents who had clamoured for this. As we are aware, our secondary school is in Agbara, which is not actually in Lagos State, but Ogun State. And it’s not all parents that want their children to be in boarding school, even as beautiful as our boarding school is.”
Adebiyi noted that the day secondary school is simply an expansion of the schools expertise in delivery of secondary education. “We have the experience, the facility, the personnel and proven track records in secondary education in this country. The other aspect of it that is not totally new according to her is the fact that the school is starting using the facility of the existing Corona Lekki School, while works have begun on the permanent site of the day school.
“The designs are in, and very soon, constructions would commence on the permanent site for the secondary school. Due to setbacks suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, the two years projection that we initially had to deliver the permanent site might not be visible. However, within two and a half years, God willing, the permanent site of the secondary school should be ready,” she said.
In his short speech, Trustee, Corona Schools Trust Council, Mr. Adedotun Sulaimon, described the occasion as a special accomplishment. “For me, today is a very special day because I have been fully involved in the development of this school. It is like a dream come true.
“My association with Corona started 35 years ago, where my first set of children, two girls attended Corona School in Victoria Island. Those two girls would be 40 years old in December by God’s grace. Then, they had two younger sisters that went to Corona Schools. So, all my children went to Corona.”
Addressing the pioneer students and parents who were present at the event, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Corona Secondary School, Mr. Niyi Yusuf said there was no way the history of the day school would be written “that you will not be mentioned. So, I count you as very special.”
While introducing parents and other stakeholders to the management team of Corona Day Secondary School, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Corona Schools Trust Council, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina said that the CDSS team was “carefully put together.” They are all accomplished educators, “mostly drawn from our schools to ensure that the excellence culture, tradition, and quality of the brand is sustained and replicated.”
The School’s Administrator, Anthony Ilobinso disclosed that the day school is designed as “an environment where learning is nurtured and where students’ interests and talents are discovered and groomed.”
Also speaking, one of the pioneer students, Oghenemaro Odiete, said she was excited to be among the pioneer students just as she expressed optimism in improving academically.
Another student, Mudiaga Adjogda, also expressed hope that upon joining the school, he would indeed be groomed into achieving his dream.
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