HOPSA 1994-1996 Year Group Pays Surprise Visit to Vice-Chancellor

It was all beautiful smiles, great joy and recall of fond memories when the 1994-1996 year group of Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA) paid a surprise visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.

Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni was the first ever African resident Chaplain and a tutor at Holy Child School. He taught the year group who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary as past students of Holy Child School.  

Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni interacting with his former students

A member of the group explained that the purpose of their visit was to pay homage and thank their former Chaplain and tutor for his contribution towards their success.

“It has been 25 years since we completed Holy Child and as it has been said previously, we are going back to celebrate this silver jubilee anniversary. Obviously, it is impossible that we would have made it without you because you played a vital role in our lives when we were students at Holy Child School.

“So, we decided that we could not travel all the way from Accra to Cape Coast without passing through Winneba to see our very first mentor and to sit at your feet one more time to get some words of wisdom from you. We remember you with so much fondness. We also remember so many of the lessons that you taught us when we were very young.” A member of the group said.   

The group on arrival at UEW

On behalf of her colleagues, she used the opportunity to congratulate Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni on his investiture and induction as the fourth Vice-Chancellor of UEW and his 31st anniversary of priestly ordination.   

The Vice-Chancellor expressed delight towards the surprise visit and encouraged them to continue the bond that has grown to 25 years old.

“There is still a lot more you can do; I know that you are in very responsible places. I want to encourage you to continue the bond that is 25 years old because everybody needs somebody and the older you get, the more you realise that you need that bond.

“I have to also let you know that who I am today has been shaped to a very large extent by my initial experiences. You really helped to shape me. When I was in Holy Child I had to get up at 4:00am every day because I had to prepare myself to meet this group of very brilliant students. As a professional teacher there are certain questions that you anticipate if you teach but in Holy Child that law never worked. I never anticipated the kinds of questions I was going to be asked and so it made me get up early in the morning to read and listen to BBC news and all kinds of things because I had to be the smart guy who was teaching these very brilliant ladies.” He said.     

The group toured UEW after their meeting with Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni. In attendance was the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq.  

HOPSA 1994-1996 year group on a tour around campus