St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High
St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School
St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High School is a Ghanaian public day senior high school for boys in the Osu, district of Accra in the Greater Accra Region. The school is currently located in Cantonments, a suburb of Accra. It was established to provide education for boys of the Accra Archdiocese of the Catholic Church whose parents could not afford the then cost of sending their male children to boarding schools. It was established in 1952.
In September 1963, the school relocated to its present permanent site at Cantonment Street, Osu.
The school is situated opposite the European Union offices and the Civil Service Training School, laying between the Cantonment Police Station to its south and The Embassy of Togo to its north, with close proximity to the prime area of the commercial and administrative hub of Osu’s Oxford Street.
The school runs nine streams and five academic programmes.
Aquinas has ties with its sister school, Accra Girls Senior High School, with a strong bond of students association, which is aimed at sharing entertainments, social activities, and educational exchange, called STAAGA (St. Thomas Aquinas Accra Girls Association).
Motto and slogan
The school’s motto is Veritas Liberat, meaning “The truth sets you free”, is a Latin variant of Veritas vos liberabit from the Gospel of John chapter 8 verse 32.
Its slogan is “beebɛ”, a word in Ghana’s native Ga language, meaning “There is no time to waste ” or “waste no time”.
The students wear a white shirt with the school crest christened Veritas Liberat, meaning, “only the truth can set you free”, boldly engraved, tucked into a brown Khaki pair of shorts to match. In contemporary times, however, a light-blue shirt for final-year students and the school cloth which is textile, embossed with the school crest, have supplemented the traditional white shirt which was the choice of the founding fathers on Fridays.
For three consecutive years, 1972, 1973, 1974, the school led West Africa in the Advanced Level Certificate Examination according to statistical figures from the Education Ministry. In 2004, the school won the world cadet championship held in London. In 2013, the school was deemed the Overall Best High School in Ghana. The same year, 2013, the school won the National Science and Maths Quiz Competition.
The school won the National Science and Maths Quiz in 2013. St. Thomas Aquinas SHS is the only exclusively day school to have won the trophy.
In 2013, the school came first in the maiden edition of the Science and Technology Fair organized by the Young Educators Foundation (YEF), an education oriented non-governmental organization. In 2017, the school won the National Science and Technology Fair now sponsored by the government after a four-year hiatus.
The school won the Moot Court Competition for the first time the program was introduced to the second educational cycle.
The school emerged winners of the 2019 Gender Inequality Debate.
Category – Grade A School
Gender – Male
Housing Status – Day
Year of Establishment – 1952
Name of Head – Mrs. Philomena Owusu-Ansah Barnes
Name: St. Thomas Aquinas Senior High
Region: Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Location: Cantonments Rd, Accra
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