St. Louis Senior High School: Everything You Need To Know!

St. Louis Senior High School is one of 7 Category A schools in the Ashanti Region. 

Very few girls’ schools in Ghana have the reputation to compete with their male counterparts and even fewer are able to maintain that reputation year after year. 

St. Louis Senior High School in Kumasi is one of those few. 

St. Louis motto

The school has had a long history of excellence and they know it. And they do everything in their power to keep it that way.

Consistently over the years, St. Louis Secondary School has gained prominence for its remarkable results, particularly in mathematics and science. In St. Louis, students reflect the spirit of the school’s motto, “UT-SINT-UNUM DIEU LE VEULT” which translates as “MAY GOD WILL IT THAT ALL MAY BE ON”. Well, God is doing a marvelously fine job there.

St. Louis Senior High School is a Ghanaian educational institution for girls in the Oduom suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Also Read: Category A Schools in Ashanti Region 2022

HISTORY OF ST. LOUIS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

St. Louis entrance

Most Rev. Hubert Pailissen, SMA, in early 1949, said; “In this country, scarcely 15 percent of the school-going youth are girls. The people then realized that more must be done to favour this neglected part of the society – the girl child. The chiefs, conscious of their role towards the subject at hand, asked us to establish schools for girls in their respective villages.

For this idea to be successful, it was necessary that the direction of girls’ schools should be in the hands of ‘Sisters of a Teaching Order’ with the necessary experience in the latest development of formal teaching methods.”

On 18th October 1947, the first St. Louis sisters arrived in the country. They were to continue the running of an already-established elementary school, the St. Bernadette School, now popularly called ‘Roman Girls’. True to character, the St. Louis Sisters, who love to do things by themselves decided to establish a new secondary school on the same compound.

In 1952, St. Louis Secondary was officially launched, with an initial group of 12 girls. A few out of this initial group remained to join the second group of 1953 to make a total of forty-two (42) girls. By December 1957, when the surviving group wrote their “O” Level Examination, they numbered 11.

Most of the salaries of the sisters, funds raised, and Diocesan contributions went into developing the compound and acquiring necessary inputs.

The church wanted the Apostolate of Education to develop the essential task of forming strong and enlightened Christians, capable of exercising much influence in social and political affairs. Perhaps, there is no branch that needed more attention than female education.

Long before “Girl child” education became a popular slogan, the Catholic Church and St. Louis understood the depth of its importance. This is the reason the St. Louis sisters and the Catholic church always adopted a holistic approach to education.

Louis Sister

Regardless of staffing and financial difficulties, the student population continued to grow. As the student population increased, it was obvious that further accommodation had to be provided. Through the kindness of Nana Osei Agyemang Prempeh II (the then Asantehene of blessed memory), the requisite site was given, and funds were provided by both the Diocese and the Sisters.

Succeeding reports of inspectors testified to the excellence of teaching given by the sisters. These reports paid tribute to the school’s “air of efficiency” and its “very good organization and discipline”. It was upon these commendations that the Ministry of Education, in 1960, wished the sisters would open a Training College on the site on which St. Louis Secondary School now stands.

That same year, 1960, and St. Louis Secondary School moved to its present site. The foundation stone was laid by the late Otumfuo Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, Asantehene, on 25th March 1960 (the feast of Annunciation) and was blessed by Rt. Rev. Andrew van den Bronk, the then Bishop of Kumasi.

The School has had a succession of 7 Head Mistresses and the current Head Mistress is Ms. Ama Kyerewaa Benefo.

The past and present headmistresses are as follows;

Head
  • Sr. M. Joannes Hayes (From 1952 to 1966)
  • Sr. Mary Aideen Ryan (1966 – 1970)
  • Sr. Marie du Rosaire Diver (1970 – 1981)
  • Madam Lydia Osei (1981 – 1995)
  • Ms. Johanna C. Johnson (1995 – 2008)
  • Ms. Ama Kyerewaa Benefo (2018 -present)

In 1960, the sixth form Arts class began with five students. In 1964, the Administration Block was built and dedicated purposely to the “Annunciation” (for we have good news to tell). More buildings were put up to meet the school’s expanding needs.

In 1964, the Sixth Form Science programme began. There was also the planting of shrubs, shade trees, and general landscaping with Sr. Aideen. Today, the school has many more buildings, including a library complex.

To respond to the problem of missionary shortage, the students formed a strong lay apostolate to go to the outlying compounds to teach Catechism, prepare candidates for baptism, and visit lapsed Christians to reawaken their faith. Students also got an opportunity to broaden their outlook by visiting neighbouring countries.

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In the 1970s, the school began admitting boys into the sixth form. This continued until the early 1980s when the program ended due to the problem of control.

Contacts Details:

  • Box Address: P. O. Box 460, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Email: stlouisseniorhighschool@yahoo.com

Call:

  • +233 54 762 1978
  • +233 20 880 0448
  • +233 32 206 0439

MISSION

Impart values, Godly principles, skills and knowledge which will empower our students to be relevant in an ever-changing world.

Vision

Produce excellent, well-mannered ladies equipped to positively affect Ghana and beyond.

St. Louis senior high school Reality Guide: Things to consider before making a decision.

What is the cost of attending St. Louis?

With the birth of free senior high school in Ghana, fresh students don’t pay any fees. However, fresh students will pay miscellaneous fees which when compared to the school fees, it’s very affordable.

  • Type – Public high school
  • Motto – UT-SINT-UNUM DIEU LE VEULT
  • Denomination – Catholic
  • Oversight – Ministry of Education
  • Headmistress – Mrs. Ama Kyerewaa Benefo
  • Chaplain – Rev. Fr. Henry Mensah
  • Gender – Girls
  • Colours – Green and White
  • Progtammes offered:– Business, General Arts, General Science, Home Economics and Visual Arts
  • Nickname – Louis
  • Affiliation – Opoku Ware Senior High School (Akatakyie)
  • Alumni – SLOPSA

Also Read: Category B Schools in Kumasi: Everything you Need to Know!

Facilities at St. Louis Senior High School

12 Houses

Houses – Our Lady of Fatima House, St. Mary’s House,  St. Joseph’s House (Upstairs), St. Joseph’s House (Downstairs), St. Charles Luanga House, St. Martins De Porres House, Mary Joannes House (Upstairs), Mary Joannes House (Downstairs), St. Scholastica House  (Main),  St. Scholastica House (Annex), Brick House and St. Catherine of Sienna House

Various Houses And Their Colors

1. Our Lady of Fatima House

Color – Deep Blue

2. St. Mary’s House

Color – Sea Blue

3. St Joseph’s House (upstairs)

Color – Deep Green

4. St Joseph’s House (downstairs)

Color – Lemon Green

5. St Josephine Bakhita house

Color – Orange

6. St Charles de Luanga House

Color – Yellow

7. St. Martin’s De Porres House

Color – Red

8. Mary Joannes House (downstairs)

Color – Violet

9. Mart Joannes House (upstairs)

Color – Purple

10. St Catherine de Sienna

Color – Brown

11. Scholastica House (main)

Color – White

12. Scholastica House (Annex)

Color – Pink

Other Facilities

  • Library (1)
  • Assembly Hall (1)
  • School Chapel (1)
  • ICT Laboratories (1)
  • Classroom Blocks (6)
  • Science Laboratories (3) – (1 Biology, 1 Physics & 1 Chemistry)

Programmes and Courses at St. Louis Senior High School

Louis Loius girls

The school offers five (5) courses or programmes;

  1. Business
  2. Visual Arts
  3. General Arts
  4. General Science
  5. Home Economics

All programmes have a duration of three (3)years to complete.

Again the curriculum consists of six (6) general core subjects:

  1. ICT
  2. P. E
  3. Mathematics
  4. Social Studies
  5. English Language
  6. Integrated Science

Let’s take each course one after the other and let’s look at the elective subjects for each programme.

1. GENERAL ARTS DEPARTMENT

Elective courses are selected according to each student’s preference. In addition to the core subjects, a student can choose 4 subjects;

The elective subjects are;

  1. French
  2. Geography
  3. Economics
  4. Government
  5. Elective ICT
  6. Twi (ASANTE)
  7. Literature-In-English
  8. Elective Mathematics
  9. General Knowledge In Literature

Subject Combination for Arts Students

  • Economics, Elective ICT, Geography, Elective Mathematics
  • Economics, Government, Literature-In-English and French
  • Economics, Geography, Government and Elective Mathematics
  • Economics, Geography, Government and Elective Mathematics/Literature-In-English
  • Economics, Government, Literature-In-English and Asante Twi

2. GENERAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

A science student at St. Louis studies;

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Elective Mathematics

3. BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

A business student can choose from;

  • Economics
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Elective Mathematics
  • Business Management

4. VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT

Students can choose any four.

  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • Graphic Design
  • Picture Making
  • Elective Mathematics
  • General Knowledge-In-Art

5. HOME ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT

With Management-In-Living as the general subject for all home economic students, students can choose any three from the following in addition to all the core subjects.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Food And Nutrition
  • Management In Living

In addition to the general core subjects, a student can choose one of the above programmes.

Administration

The administration of St. Louis like most senior high schools is headed by the Headmistress who is supported by three Assistant Headmasters in the Administrative, Academic, and Domestic fields. Other very important authorities are the School Accountant, Counsellor and Bursar.

Some Authorities;

  • Assistant Headmistress Academic
  • Ms. Victoria Ussher
  • Assistant Headmistress Administration
  • Mrs. Regina Adusei
  • Senior House Mistress
  • Ms. Lily Djimah
  • Assistant Senior House Mistress
  • Ms. Grace Asumaning
  • Administrator
  • Mr. Eric Kwaku Aboagye
  • Secretary
  • Ms. Ofosuhemaa Mary G
  • Bursar
  • Mr. Kyei Afoakwa Elvis
  • Matron
  • Ms. Juliana Opoku Gyamfi

Extra-Curricular Activities

St. Louis

These are officially allowed activities that students engage in at school. They are not part of the main academic work. They include sports and games, activities relating to clubs, societies and religious groups, entertainment, etc.

A list of clubs and societies are as follows:

  1. French Club
  2. Science Club
  3. Robotics Club
  4. Young Investors Club
  5. COMSCOL (COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB OF ST. LOUIS)
  6. CEDEP (CENTER OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PEOPLE)
  7. FOHGSHS (FORUM OF HEADS OF GIRLS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL)
  8. GUNSA (GHANA UNITED NATIONS STUDENTS AND YOUTH ASSOCIATION)
  9. Wddc (THE ANNUAL WRITERS, DRAMA AND DEBATORS CLUB DRAMA COMPETITION)

ANTHEM

1st Stanza

UT SINT UNUM, we shall be one

DIEU LE VEULT, The will of God

Setting the pace is our hallmark

I am proud to be in St. Louis Senior High School.

The integrity of the nation, depends on us

Posterity depends on us

St. Louis, Pacesetters, The Primus Interparis

We shall always be the best among equals

2nd Stanza

Arise you all, to serve our God

Defend with strength, the Church of God

Seeking the truth is our calling

I am proud to be a child of the Most High God

The integrity of the nation, depends on us

Posterity depends on us

St. Louis, Pacesetters, The Primus Interparis

We shall always be the best among equals

3rd Stanza

Come join with me, to hail St. Louis

I’ll stand tall, when duty calls

I am the beacon of womanhood.

May the Mother of God be my model and my strength

The integrity of the nation, depends on me

Posterity depends on me

St. Louis, Pacesetters, The Primus Interparis

I shall always be the best among equals              

WHAT IS THE CREST OF ST. LOUIS ALL ABOUT?

Inside St. Louis Crest are images that capture the historical background of the school, as well as the aims and intentions of the founding mothers for their children. Let’s start from the bottom left-hand corner of the crest, and dive through the symbolism that lies in it.

I. THE CASTLE

Historical Significance

The castle comes from the fabric of the St. Louis Order. The royalty of St. Louis, King of France, is captured by it.

Modern Relevance

The St. Louis girls should radiate the qualities characteristic of royalty in the following ways.

  • Leadership
  • Strength of Character
  • Service to community

II. THE FLEUR DE LIS (Bottom Right)

Historical Significance

The lily of the French Court, that is St. Louis’ lily symbolized purity.

Modern Relevance

There are two aspects of purity that this symbol calls to mind

  • Promise of Blossoming
  • Chastity in Morals and Thought

III. THE SWORD

Historical Significance

That is St. Louis’s sword. He went to the crusades.

Modern Relevance

The essential lesson of the sword is that hard work and the exercise of talents are both essential parts of life.

IV. THE LAUREL

Historical Significance

The laurel is the symbol of victory, or the crown of success, or the healthy glow of youth and vitality. That is why Rossetti says the laurel is “the sign of the perfect prime”.

In ancient Greek times, the victorious athlete had a laurel slipped on his head. So, when the hard work has been done, success crowns one’s achievements.

Modern Significance

The lesson here is that the sweet smell of success is coupled with the toil of hard work.

V. THE FRENCH MOTTO: DIEU LE VEULT

The Motto of the Religious Order;

The Dieu Le Veult that we have been talking about was the motto of the St. Louis Religious Order.

Historical Significance

Originally, the St. Louis nuns had only the French Dieu Le Veut (God willing) for the School Motto. Sometime in the 1960s, the Latin top line, Ut Sint Unum, was added.

The Latin addition was tacked on, in order to cater for the St. Louis cluster of schools, so as to distinguish the educational establishments from the convents. Together, the two strings read: God wishes that all may be one.

Modern Significance

History has confirmed that it is only when there is unity, harmony, and tranquility among people that any kind of development or progress occurs.

It therefore only makes sense to pray that peace will reign so that the good fortune that we so wish for will crown our efforts.

Interestingly, in this short single motto, two languages coexist without any backdrop. The Latin top blends into the French bottom to read in English, “MAY GOD WILL IT THAT ALL MAY BE ON”.

Some Notable Aluminum

  • Yvonne Nduom, business executive
  • Lydia Forson, actress, writer and producer
  • Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, academic prodigy
  • Afia Schwarzenegger, Ghanaian media personality
  • Dzifa Gomashie, actress, producer, screen scriptwriter and politician

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