ILESA GRAMMAR SCHOOL AT 80: APPRECIATION
To THE GLORY OF GOD, ILEGRAMS AT 80 was a monumental success. We sent out powerful messages. To the government that our school name and tradition are sacred to us. To current students that Ilegrams remains the place to be and there is a seed of success planted therein they can take advantage of. To our members Ilesa Grammar School is an ideology of success and will forever remain so. To other schools Ilegrams still head and shoulders above them all. To the community Omoluwabiis all over the world are groomed to impact. And to the general public we are not done yet!
Predictably, the success is dedicated to you, dear Old Student. Thank you for all the support and contributions. In addition, the current students were immense. The members of staff were exceptional. All in all, we had wonderful teams, working across different platforms to make success out of what really looked shaky at the start.
Like it is stated in the anniversary brochure, we thank ALL Old Students who heeded our call for financial contributions and parted with funds. We thank those whose parts went beyond direct financial contributions Dr Kunle Hassan most especially. We thank all organisations that partnered with us across Ilesa, Ibadan, Abuja, Lagos and other cities in Nigeria and beyond.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola (he honoured us with his physical presence twice in 4 days!) and his team, Oba Dr Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, all Old Students who took very strategic part as guest lecturers and other roles in all the programmes, members of Egbe Atunluse Ile Ijesa, ILEGSOSA Chapters, Sets and branches all over Nigeria and North America, all honourees and several others whose contributions cannot be measured in real terms.
We salute all who made long trips from abroad and from within Nigeria to be part of the celebration of excellence. We are indeed very grateful.
Ahead. . .
Undoubtedly, Ilegrams at 80 has succeeded in reawakening the Alumni spirit in us. The age-long spirit of our association has been rekindled, and we expect the reverberations to sweep through all Sets, Branches and Chapters. At various levels, we urge all leaders to take advantage of the newly created platforms and let us make our alumni association the talk of the town, once again.
Our dear school will always need our support and input, and it gets easier and when we work as teams. The project of buying chairs for use in the school hall is still ongoing. While we appreciate the responses so far, we are still asking for more from distinguished Old Students. A dozen of plastic chairs is priced at fifteen (#15, 000. 00) thousand naira only. Please send all contributions to the Alumni account:
Name of Bank: Guaranty Trust
Account Name: Ilesa Grammar School Old Students
Account Number: 0049050540
Sort Code: 058299012
We shall continue to take advantage of the different communication platforms created for use during the course of our anniversary to reach out to our members, and in disseminating important information as it affects our association and the alma mater.
Please note that all committees concerned are putting finishing touches to their anniversary reports and same will be circulated for the information of our members soon. We shall also be ever ready to take valuable contributions from all members, as individuals and as teams.
Once again, thank you for the immeasurable support and contributions to our joint project. God bless you.
Temitayo Isaac Odeyemi
National Publicity and Social Secretary
FINAL BURIAL RITES OF EX-PRINCIPAL ONI
The Oni family has announced the final burial programme of a former principal of Ilesa Grammar School, Venerable James Adetona Oni M.A,h.dip.ed. Pa Oni passed away on Tuesday 31st December 2013 at the ripe old age of 98.
He was the principal of Ilesa Grammar School between 1969-1975.
The final burial rites indicate that the Christain Wake-Keep holds on Thursday 27th February at Fadahunsi Avenue, Imo, Ilesa. Time is 5pm. Funeral Service holds at the Cathedral of St Johns Anglican Church, Iloro, Ilesa, on Friday 28th, at 10am.
Late Pa Oni worked as teacher at Ilesa Grammar School from 1952 and 1960; went to become the Principal of Victory College Ikare between 1960 and 1969. He came back to be the 7th Principal of Ilesa Grammar School (from 1969 to 1975), succeeding Venerable R.E. Ariyo. He later moved to St Andrews College Oyo as a principal from 1975-1977 after which he retired.
Venerable Oni is survived by many accomplished children, grandchildren and great grandchildren including Alumni Supo Oni (1973 Set) and Diran Oni (1974 Set).