Calabash_Issue 9 Apr. 2014 - Page 21

culture How this noble body was formed? In any part of the globe where they are found, Sierra Leoneans are known to support each other and the idea of forming the Association came in the activities of another ex -pupils Association and some people were known to attend more than one secondary school in Sierra Leone. The St Joseph’s, Ex Pupils Association was created not in a counterpart school’s function of the opposite sex, but by the inspiration of a counterpart school member. Mrs Eugenia Robin-Coker who was the master of ceremonies at the function, called on representatives of other ex pupils Associations to participate in a raffle draw, but no such Association of an ex pupil of Joseph’s was present and it was then that these patriotic ladies who were present at the function decided to form the Association. St Joseph Secondary School Ex-pupils Association @ 25th anniversary Dinner & Dance at the St Mary’s Hall Presently, there are about a hundred members in the Association which holds its monthly meeting on the last Sunday of every month at the Lambeth Mission ,3- 5 Lambeth Road London SE1 7DQ . Its fund raising activities include a thanksgiving service held annually on the first Sunday in May, a dinner dance on the first Saturday in December, luncheon sale and members reunion. The Association has provided the St Joseph’s secondary school in Freetown with 145 metal desks and chairs and established close links with a sister organisation in America, the St Joseph’s Old Girls Association . The Association is appealing to all former students of the school to come onboard, especially now that the Board of Governors has decided to privatise the school in Freetown. issue nine | Calabash Magazine | 19