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  • Building Progress

    The duration of the project is 9 months with an end date of July 2021. The project is currently on schedule and is expected to be completed on time. The building contractor has started work on updating the foundation in the proposed location for the school building. The update was needed to strengthen the foundation so as to support the updated design for the new building. The ground floor will consist of a computer room and a library. Columns have been erected and concreted in readiness to construct the beams. The next step will be to finish the beams and the slab for the first floor. The old Counselling building was interfering with the construction and permission was obtained from the principal, Mrs. Demby, to chip off a part of the Counselling building. Floating for the ground floor will take place by early March. To avoid any construction flaws the process needs to be completed in one day. To ensure successful completion of the floating process, the Freetown Alumni Association has made plans to feed the construction workers on floating day. Quality controls are in place to ensure construction is being done correctly. There is a Works Inspector on site overseeing the construction and the materials being used. Safety measures are in place to keep students and staff safe while construction is going on. The construction area is fenced off. Also, to prevent disruption during teaching hours, most of the work is done in the afternoon or on weekends. Deliveries also take place in the afternoon or on weekends. The principals have the opportunity to give feedback if they feel the construction is being disruptive.

  • Mercury International Donates Le 500 Million to Support Free Quality Education in Sierra Leone

    State House, Freetown, Thursday 5 November 2020 The management of Mercury International has presented a cheque of Le 500 million to His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to support the construction of a multi-storey classroom building for the St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School in Freetown. Managing Director of the Sports Betting and Lottery Company, Lawyer Martin Michael, said they were working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, MBSSE, to provide 25 percent of the total cost for the construction of the building. “On behalf of the Board Chairman, Mercury International wishes the ex-pupils of Saint Joseph's Convent luck in their project. We look forward to the launch of the completed building in the shortest possible time. God bless you all and God bless Sierra Leone,” said Mr. Michael. President of the St. Joseph’s Secondary School Ex-pupils Association, Mrs. Emerica King, disclosed that history was being made for their school. She thanked the government of President Bio and Mercury International for the eight-classroom multi-storey building that would help eliminate the two shifts system in the school. “Your Excellency Sir, the ex-pupils are solidly behind you on your Free Quality Education drive and we are committed to doing all we can to support and move it forward,” she assured. Minister of MBSSE, Dr Moinina David Sengeh, thanked Mercury International for their partnership with the ministry and said that the Basic Education Commission had introduced a shift index in readiness of the school to return to the single shift system. He noted that the Commission was charged with the responsibility of ensuring quality education for every child in the country and achieving a low rate of illiteracy in the country. Delivering the keynote address, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio expressed gratitude to the company for what he said was their continued manifestation of commitment to the education sector. He urged other institutions to emulate the contributions of Mercury International in national development. “Our commitment to education is genuine. It is intentional and purposeful and the benefit of this intention, and what we are all under taking, is not going to be felt today. It may not fetch me more votes, because those who are going to benefit are not yet qualified to vote, but I know that I am making a solid foundation for the development of our nation. The land that we love that was once the Athens of West Africa,” he stated. President Bio further stated that no nation would achieve sustainable development without a sound educational system and, therefore, encouraged parents to support their children in school and at home. “There is no shortcut to quality education. One has to burn the midnight candle. I want to plead with the citizens of this country to understand that I am only leading a process. The success of education depends on us all. The best investment is in human beings. There is beauty in education,” he emphasized. For More Enquiries contact State House Media and Communications Unit, Tel: +23276758764/ +23278394949 Email:

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  • Where We Started From | Saint Joseph's Secondary School | Freetown

    WHERE WE STARTED FROM Where We Started From The Current Situation The Challenge The Decision The Gap The Solution The Cost Join us in achieving our goal Donate Now The Current Situation The school currently operates on a 2-shift system, where one set of students attend classes from 8am to 1pm and a second set of students attend classes from 2pm –7pm. 1/6 The two shift system has been identified as a leading cause for the poor performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), taken at the end of Junior Secondary level (JSS3/Year 9/Grade 9) and the West African School Certification Examination (WASCE), taken at the end of Senior Secondary level (SSS3/Year 12/Grade 12). The poor teaching outcomes associated with the two shift system are the result of: Children in the afternoon shift not being at their mental best at that time of day Overcrowding which results in high student to teacher ratio Not enough quality contact time between students and teachers Teachers do not have enough time to complete the syllabus in time for exams. Negative social consequences resulting from poor supervision of children attending the afternoon shift. At home during the day while parents are at work Leave school in the evening and can be out till late at night based on their commute The Challenge The Decision In February 2018 in careful consultation with the SJSS administrators, proprietor Bishop Tamba Charles, students and facility committed to SJSS becoming one school operating as one shift starting in the morning and closing in the afternoon. The 2 To 1 as ONE commitment included articulating a vision for quality education, developing a Brookfields community outreach strategy, assessing risks, as well as outlining fund raising methods and options. In May 2018, the Sierra Leone government through its Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) released a directive to secondary schools –stating that all schools operating as two shifts (morning and afternoon) would now have to merge their schools and operate over one shift. This directive provided government support for the commitment made by the Bishop and his team. The transition will: Move SJSS from its current operating model of a two shift secondary school to one shift. Reduce overall class size to 50 students for all streams Be completed by the opening of the 2021/2022 academic year. The Gap A comprehensive assessment was done and the assessment showed the school had 24 classrooms in use as at March 2017. 40 classrooms are needed in order to support the transition to a 1 shift school schedule. 16 additional classrooms were needed to meet the gap classrooms as at March 2017. What has been done so far: Converted the SSS library into 2 classrooms Converted the main building book shop into 1 classroom Other Plans: Convert the JSS library into 1 classroom The Solution The transition will create a combined community of approximately 2800 students and 105, teaching and support staff. The school has limited space in its compound to accommodate a new community of this size. To resolve the issue of lack of space, the decision was made to construct a new Multi-Purpose building that will : Consist of 3 stories Provide 6 additional classrooms Include a new fully equipped library Allow students access to a state of the art IT Lab The Cost

  • | SJSS

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  • School History | Saint Joseph's Secondary School | Freetown

    SCHOOL HISTORY 1866 Saint Joseph's was established in 1866 by the Sisters of St. Joseph de Cluny. The venerable Mother Anne Marie Javouhey was born in France and was the founder of the Catholic Order of St. Joseph's de Cluny in Chamblanc, France. She travelled to French Guinea and Senegal to establish a mission presence, and she focused on improving the hospitals. The Governor of British West Africa to come to Sierra Leone to establish the excellent social service systems for which she had become renowned in France and beyond. Due to a yellow fever epidemic in the area, she focused her efforts on tending to the sick and injured. She died in 1851 and was beatified on October 15, 1950. ​ Many years after the death of Ann-Marie Javouhey, the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph's of Cluny arrived in Sierra Leone. They were Roman Catholic nuns from Italy, Ireland, and France. They opened a day and boarding school for primary school girls at Howe Street, in the central part of Freetown, on December 8, 1866, named St. Joseph's Convent. The school provided much-needed, quality education for girls in Sierra Leone. This institution developed into what is now known as SJSS. SJSS ranks among SL’s top five secondary schools in terms of academic and sports achievements. 1927 By the early 1900s, the school gained secondary school status. In 1927, "Convent," as the school is affectionately known, gradually changed to a grammar school and sent its first candidate to the Senior Cambridge Score Certificate Exam. Around 1929, the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Cluny founded two schools for girls outside of Freetown. The schools were St. Joseph's Convent Bonthe and St. Joseph's Convent Moyamba. A fourth St. Joseph's Convent was founded in Makeni in 1962. The current school buildings at Brookfields in Freetown were officially opened in February 1965 by the then Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, Sir Albert Margai. The first Sierra Leonean principal, Miss Florence Dillsworth, affectionately known as "Dilly," was appointed in 1973. She succeeded Sister Teresa MeKeon, the last nun to serve as principal of the school. 1965 2016 The school celebrated 150 years of existence in 2016 with events organized by various St. Joseph's alumnae associations all over the globe. Formed in 1991, the Saint Joseph’s Secondary School (SJSS), Freetown brass band is one of the oldest female brass bands in Sierra Leone. The school band is the most remarkable in the country’s history of school brass band music. It provides a seamless blend of classical and pop culture entertainment. With the top notch music education provided to the girls, the band has won many accolades and awards and is fondly referred to as the ‘The Champion’. 1991 In 2021, as the school celebrates its 155 year anniversary, we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have developed innovative ways to fundraise virtually to assist our girls, at our school. 2021

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