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BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS SCHOOL

It was a dream comes true, a yearning timely realized in the wake of time in 1997 when the then parish priest of St. Thomas Parish Nwofe, Rev. Fr. Alexander Otubo braved the inception of the school against all odds to institute a school with Catholic bias that will meet with the beeming education demand of the parish populace. The idea was so broadly accepted by the people that they quickly responded positively by enrolling their children and wards in the parish school- mindful of its uniqueness. The Parish hall, in no time, was converted to classrooms and so were the marriage centers turned to hostels. Soon, these facilities were not able to accommodate the geometric increase of the students’ population. The idea of acquiring separate permanent site for the young but fast growing school became apparent.

On January 3rd 1999 precisely, barely two years after its inception, it took the foresightedness and high diplomacy of a priest like Late Rev. Fr. Raymond Ezeonu to strike a deal with Enwumini Nkaleke Community in the present Ozibo L.G.A and secure a portion of Land that constitute a large part of the school premises.

The period between 1999 and 2000 was very remarkably challenging in the history of the school. It was within this period that the school was accredited to take Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination as well as approval to operate as a recognized institution ( private/ Mission) under Ebonyi State Ministry of Education. However, the administration of the school after then witnessed a bit hitch because of the illness of the parish priest, which was later led to his death.

With the arrival of Rev. Fr. Philip Tobechukwu Igboamalu on the scene on 21st September 2001, the course of the event in the administration of the school became re-invigorated. He spared nothing including his resources and charisma to stand the school on a sound footing. He initiated a boarding system in which all the students were mandated to live within the school premises( hostels) in January,2002. This is to foster greater academic and social excellence among the students. And thus, the school became confronted with accommodation challenges with the increase number of students.

While this lasted, the need to relocate the school to the permanent site became apparent and subsequently in the 2nd term 2002, Rev. Fr. Igboamalu started and completed a four classroom block with staff room and principal’s office in the permanent site on 17th March 2002. By 20th August of the same year, an ultra modern boys twin hostel (S.S. Peter and Paul) were completed waiting for the re-opening date of first term in September for students to pack in.

Another landmark was recorded between that 2002 and 2003 when the school, in anticipation of the Senior School Certificate Examination, met up with the pre-requisite for West African Examination Council (WAEC). The green light for the examination was received on July 29th 2002. The performance of those first set of students was as expected, excellently above average. In the same Vain, National Examination Council (NECO) was equally granted on April 5th 2004.

On the same 2004, September, an ultra modern female hostel was built with self contained two bedroom and six sitters water cistern fitted for female staff. And today, the school has become tremendously enlarged academically, socially, and sports wise. The class preparatory system, which was a major strained to students met its dead end when at the inception of the 2010/2011 academic year, when Rev. Fr. Augustine I. Aka got the whole structures in the school electrified so that the students study in the various classes at the night and a generating Set fitted to boast electricity for the activity. Also, a lot of blocks and administrative and academic structures have been added and other still ongoing.