Pope John Senior High And Minor Seminary, Koforidua

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Motto: Vela Damus
Mission: To train students to excel academically, to be morally upright and well-discipline by the time they complete their course of studies in the school.
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  • Box Address: P. O. Box 370 Koforidua, Ghana
  • Call: 0243158858

Accommodation: Day,Boarding

Gender: Boys
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Pope John Senior High And Minor Seminary, Koforidua is one of the senior high schools in EASTERN Region at Koforidua of New Juaben Municipal district

Koforidua in New Juaben Municipal district of EASTERN Region

Pope John Senior High And Minor Seminary, Koforidua Anthem

Awards Gained:

  • VALCO Soccer Tournament (1999) (Winner)
  • National Independence Debate Championship (2000) (Winner)
  • Milo Schools Soccer Championship (2001) (Winner)
  • National Science and Maths Quiz (2001) (Winner)
  • VALCO Soccer Tournament (2002) (Winner)
  • Microsoft Internet Safety and Security Focus On Ghana (MISSFoG) National Quiz Contest (2009) (Winner)
  • Junior Achievement Barclays Bank Chairman Awards (2009) (Placed Second)
  • Project Citizen National Showcase (2011) (Placed 3rd)
  • Ghana Youth Forum Debate (2012) (Winner)
  • National Independence Debate Championship (2013) (Winner)
  • National Independence Debate Championship (2015) (Winner)
  • National Independence Debate Championship (2017) (runners up)(2nd)

On 8 November 1953, Bishop Joseph Oliver Bowers SVD, Catholic Bishop of the then Diocese of Accra, now Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Accra came to the New Juabeng Traditional Area in Eastern Region, Ghana on his first pastoral visit. He held discussions with Nana Frempong Mposo II, chief of the area, which led to the Roman Catholic Church mission acquiring land at Effiduase in Koforidua. Father Anthony Bauer and Fr. Henk Janseen were then asked to survey the land and their report was favourable. Early in 1955, Bishop J. O. Bowers decided to build a junior seminary for the Diocese of Accra on that land. In January 1955, Fr. Jude SVD, Dr. Balduricus and Dr. Lucian Orians came to construct the first buildings, one classroom block and a combined Fathers’ residence and administrative block.

In early 1957, Dr. Damian Brockmann SVD constructed the first Science Block. Today in its place stands a students’ dormitory called Elsbend House, named after the first headmaster. In October 1957, Bishop Bowers appointed Rev. Father Alphonse Elsbend as the first Headmaster and Seminary Rector, assisted by Rev. John O’Sullivan and Rev. Joseph Skorupka and Bismark Sosu. The school’s chapel was constructed the following year in 1958.

On 21 January 1958, St. John’s Seminary and College officially opened with 45 students; 14 seminarians and 31-day students in two forms. One Ghanaian lay teacher, Mr. Paul Ohene-Boakye was employed to help the 3 SVD priests who had been appointed by the Bishop to teach and instruct the young boys in their academic work, moral and religious lives. In June 1958, electricity was extended to the school at the cost of 45 pounds.

On 20 July 1961, the first Speech and Prize-Giving Day was held. The Guest Speaker was Rev. Maurice Lesage SVD. M.SC., then headmaster of St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in Accra, and the distribution of prizes was done by Nana Frempong Mposo II, chief of Effiduase. The school’s enrollment at this time was 23 Seminarians and 90-day students, totaling 113 students. Pius Kpeglo (now a catholic retired Monsignor), Senior Prefect of the seminary and school, was successful in his G.C.E. examinations, and left on Scholarship on 7 August 1961 to do Philosophy and Theology at the Diocesan Seminary in Regensburg, Germany.

Pope John Senior High And Minor Seminary, Koforidua Programmes and Course

The school offers these following programmes


Visual Arts

General Arts

General Science

The School's Library

Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary's Library

New pupils are admitted in September every year through a computerized system under the control 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.

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