Presby Boys Senior High, Legon
(PRESEC)

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Motto/Slogan:IN LUMINE TUO LUMINE TOU VIDEBIMUS LUMEN - Ↄdadeԑ
Mission:To equip students for excellence in academic, moral and skill development.
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  • Email:preseclegon38@gmail.com
  • Box Address:P.O. Box LG 98, Legon
  • Call:+233 (0) 32 50 0945

Open Hours:Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Accommodation: Boarding

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Presby Boys Senior High, Legon is a secondary boarding school for boys, in Legon, Accra, Ghana. Religious affiliation(s): Presbyterian

Legon in La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal district of GREATER ACCRA Region

Many games and sporting activities like football, athletics, basketball, hand ball, hockey, among others are the options considered on campus and the school has special teams for these activities.

School's Anthem

Happy are we! Studious are we!
Students of Presbyterian Secondary School
Onward we march, we trudge along
To happy victory, to victory, to victory
Our motto is a solid bulwark propping us along
IN LUMINE TUO LUMINE
TOU VIDEBIMUS LUMEN
In Thy light, Thy light, We shall see light
In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen
For Christian training we get
A sure solid foundation to take our places
In the future of our country and church
O come along and join us
O come along and join us
Happy! Studious! Are we!

Awards Gained:

Year Award Name Position
1995 NATIONAL SCIENCE & MATHS QUIZ 1st
1999 WAEC EXCELLENCE AWARD Took four awards out of seven
2002 NATIONAL CONSTITUTION QUIZ 1st
2003 NATIONAL SCIENCE & MATHS QUIZ 1st
2003 WAEC EXCELLENCE AWARDS A student won the overall best performance
2006 NATIONAL SCIENCE & MATHS QUIZ 1st
2008 ICT QUIZ CONTEST 1st
2008 NATIONAL SCIENCE & MATHS QUIZ 1st
2009 NATIONAL SCIENCE & MATHS QUIZ 1st
2010 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE CONTEST 3rd out of 35 countries
2010 Zonal Handball & Hockey competition 1st
2010 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION 1st
2011 VRA SCHOOLS DEBATE COMPETITION 1st
2011 NATIONAL MINI OLYMPIC GAMES 1stin Swimming
2011 RISE ROBOTICS COMPETITION 2nd
2011 SUPER ZONAL Handball 1st, Table Tennis 1st, Basketball 1st
2011 ASAMOAH GYAN SPORTS FOUNDATION 1st
2011 WORLD DRUG DAY National Debate – 1st Position
2011 COCA COLA MUSIC COMPETITION 1st
2011 NATIONAL FINANCE QUIZ COMPETITION 2nd
2011 SAGE COMPETITION 2nd
2011 UG QUIZ COMPETITION 1st
2011 (LECIAD) HISTORY COMPETITION 1st
2011 SANKOFA DRAMA COMPETITION 3rd
2011 SPRITE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 1st
2011 COKE HIT SINGLE 1st
2012 SUPER ZONAL Handball 1st, Table Tennis 1st, Basketball 1st, Soccerst, Hockeyst
2012 DRAMA COMPETITION 1st
2012 INVITATIONAL VOLLEY BALL TOURNAMENT 3rd
2012 55th INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY PARADE 1st
2013 UN DAY CELEBRATION QUIZ 1st
2013 WAEC EXCELLENCE AWARDS A student was judged the Overall Best Candidate

In 2016 The Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, Aaron Mike Ocquaye(class of 1962) as well as 15 members of Parliament were old students of the school.

Note:This history is directly sourced for the schools official website

The cry of the Presbyterian church of Ghana to establish a secondary school, a cry started by the church’s first Synod Clerk Rev. N. T. Clerk, and joined by others over the years reached a crescendo in 1937. The frantic appeal for help made by the church to the Scottish Mission yielded a dry and disappointed result; “we came to evangelize, not to educate… Education is task of the government”. This negative response stemmed from fear of providing funds for salaries, buildings and equipment, etc. It was during this trying period that Engmann Augustus Wilkens Engmann, 35 years of age offered to do the impossible himself. He offered to work without pay to help realize the dream of a Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School.

He was given an appointment letter signed by the then Synod Clerk, Rev. D. E. Akwa, which stated in part “I am directed by the Synod Committee to inform you that you are appointed the first Principal of the Presbyterian Secondary School which is going to be established at Odumase in February 1938” this was in October 1937.

Engmann was then ill-equipped like the lad David in the Bible. His qualification then was a Teacher’s certificate externally obtained. But he willingly took up the great challenge and with characteristic energy immediately moved from Akropong to Odumase and immersed himself completely in the initial work.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF A GREAT SCHOOL

Father-Odadee-Odumase-Campus

Lowly dwellings, humble beginning.

A. W. Engmann obtained the premises of the Old Basel Mission residence at Odumase which became the birthplace of PRESEC. There were no facilities for teaching, no typewriter for the office work, no conveniences for the students, only the rooms of the German missionaries which was the source of water supply. Engmann had to build everything from scratch, turning bedrooms into classrooms etc. But for E. A. W. Engmann PRESEC would not have been in existence today.

FORMAL OPENING

Ten Students and 3 teachers

On the basis of special entrance examination, Engmann selected his first crop of students. The school was formally opened on 1st February 1938 with 10 students and 3 teachers in the presence of Moderator Rev. C. E. Martinson, with Rev. D. E. Akwa the Synod Clerk officiating. Later 6 more students and a teacher joined them.

RECRUITMENT OF STUDENTS

The early days of PRESEC saw E. A. W. Engmann going round local churches, campaigning for students. He went as far as Kumasi, addressing congregations and persuading them to send their children and wards to the newly opened Presbyterian Secondary School at Odumase. The response was not encouraging but Engmann was undaunted and followed up with further recruitment tors periodically to search for students.

A GEM OF A HEADMASTER

Versatile and Resourseful

Due to lack of funds to pay extra staff in the initial stages, Engmann worked tirelessly day and night and managed the entire school, doing the work of all the office workers and educational institution needed. As a headmaster he rallied round himself some of the best teachers in the country and where he did not have a teacher taught the subject himself. He was one man who could teach every subject on the Time Table from Algebra to Zoology. He got hold of essential books and educated himself in order to educate others. Sometimes using the entrails and parts of freshly slaughtered sheep which were intended for school meals he conducted on the spot practical animal anatomy lessons for his students. When the school began to expand and needed more structures he acted as foreman and supervisor for the construction of the technicalities of their own trade.

EXCELLENT RESULTS

With minimum equipment, staff and poor infrastructure etc, students and teachers worked very hard to produce excellent results in academic work as well as in sports. When the first set of Education Officers inspected the school after its first few years of existence they were so impressed by the high standards they saw in all field of school life under difficult conditions that they immediately recommended it for Government assistance.

SOLID FOUNDATION

By dint of hard work E. A. W. Engmann was able to build a firm and solid foundation for PRESEC. Soon the reputation of the school began to spread and its student population grew. By his achievements Engmann proved that he was one of the greatest Educationists of his time, achieving the best where many would have given up in despair, inspiring his students with confidence, hardworking spirit and impeccable manners, and effective teaching techniques.

RELOCATION LEGON CAMPUS

The School finally gets to the capital city, Accra – Ghana.PRESEC was located in Odumase – Krobo till 1st of September, 1968 when it was rehoused at its new permanent location at Legon – Mile 9, north-east of the University of Ghana.At the new campus it continued as a boys’ boarding secondary school until the mid 1970s when the sixth form was upgraded to the National Science College. Female students were admitted into the sixth form in small numbers from September 1975. They continued to be part of the student body until June 1996 when the last batch left.

The school has a total of 5 study programmes which have been categorised into Academics and Extra Curricular courses and run under departments. The Academic department is for the Sciences, Business and Arts programmes. Sports, Club and Societies fall under Extra Curricular.

This department is in charge of all Science related courses: General Science, Agricultural Science and Mixed-Electives option. The department makes all provisions in terms of books and facilities like Laboratory available to make learning a better experience for a student. Course combinations are as follow:

GENERAL SCIENCE

  • Elective Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology/ Geography/ ICT

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

  • Elective Mathematics
  • Physics/ Chemistry
  • General Agriculture
  • Animal Science

GENERAL ARTS 1

  • Elective Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • French

GENERAL ARTS 2

  • History
  • Government
  • Literature in English
  • Christian Religious Studies

BUSINESS

  • Elective Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Business Management
  • Financial Accounting

VISUAL ARTS

  • General Knowledge in Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Sculpture / Textiles
  • Elective Mathematics/ Geography/ Picture Making

Extra Curricular

  • Sports
  • Club and Societies
  • Chaplaincy

Clubs and Society

  • Brilliant Science and Mathematics Club (Brilla)
  • Cybit Club (Infotech)
  • Civic Education Club
  • Bright Arc Junior Foundation
  • Photography Club ( Official school photography team)

New pupils are admitted in September every year through a computerized system which is under the jurisdiction of the Ghana Education Service. The system works based on the results of an entry examination known as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E). This examination is held for junior high schools at various centres throughout the country. Entry Forms for the above examination are obtained from the West African Examination Council (W.A.E.C) through the headteachers of the respective junior high schools within the country. Once the computerised selection process is completed, the list of admitted students are made available by the Ghana Education Service to the school. The list is then made public through the school’s notice board.

An opportunity is given to foreign nationals wish to apply for admission into the school through a written entrance examination organised by the school.

After a student gains admission, he is given the school's official prospectus. This book helps new students about the school and all that is required of them.

Although admission into the schools is computerised, admission to offer any of the top five programme of study in the school is based on the exact requirement in terms of aggregate or total score of the Basic Education Certificate Examination written.

REQUIRED AGGREGATE

GENERAL SCIENCE
Strict 06
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
06 – 08
BUSINESS
06 – 08
GENERAL ARTS
06 – 09
VISUAL ARTS
06 – 10

Once initiated, a student gets the title of “PRESECAN” or “Oaklander”, the official mascot of the school and nick-named “Blue Magician”, his remaining days on campus. He however would be officially intiated into the Old Boys’ Fraternity, 10 years after completing school.

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