Campus

Facilities

Our facilities at SOS-HGIC are designed to provide an optimal learning environment for our students. Our academic facilities are well-resourced, air-conditioned, and clean and maintained to the highest standards with 24-hour access to wireless internet, set in serene secure surroundings conducive to learning.

Our small class sizes are bolstered by a highly qualified and dedicated faculty, professional staff and unparalleled security.

Our students benefit from a range of educational resources:

  • Smart boards and digital projectors
  • Four Science labs
  • Outdoor and indoor study areas
  • Art rooms which double as galleries
  • Three well-equipped Information Technology Labs
  • A multi-purpose hall with seating for up to 800 people
  • A Creativity lab
  • The Valco Library
  • A Music Room

In keeping with the principle of “sound minds in healthy bodies”, our sports facilities also include a gymnasium, Tennis courts and an Athletics field.

For recreation students have access to common rooms with analogue as well as cable-TV access.

Beyond these, SOS-HGIC students benefit from well-furnished, comfortable hostels, health, and athletics facilities.

We constantly continue to improve our facilities to ensure our students benefit from the most modern and effective learning environment.

 

HOSTEL GROUPINGS – WHAT’S IN A NAME

TROJANS (VOLTA, ANKROBRA, NIGER, DENSU)

House Tutors - Vivian Essuman & Stephen Owusu Bempah

Volta Hostel is named after the Volta River/lake in Ghana, western Africa. It the largest man-made lake in the world, extending from the Akosombo Dam in southeastern Ghana to the town of Yapei, The lake generates electricity, provides inland transport, and is a potentially valuable resource for irrigation and fish farming.

The Ankobra Hostel is named after the Ankobra River in Western Africa. It flows to the Gulf of Guinea and its entire course is in southern Ghana. The river is fed by the Fure River, Mansi River, Nini River, and Bonsa River. Several hydroelectric schemes have been proposed for the upper reaches.

These Hostels currently accommodate 45 boys.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volta_River and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankobra_River                                                                    

Niger/Densu Hostels are named after the rivers Niger and Densu. The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, with its source in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the third-longest river in Africa. The Niger Hostel has a capacity of 32 but currently houses 30 girls.

The Densu River is a 116 km long river in Ghana rising in the Atewa Range. It supplies half the drinking water to Ghana's capital city, Accra, and ends in the wetlands at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The Densu hostel has a student capacity of 16 and it is fully occupied.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Densu_River

What they have to say about themselves

Indeed, once a Trojan, always a Trojan. A group of lively, multi-talented, assertive and spirited individuals who stand up for each other make up the Trojan Sporting Group. Well known for hosting the dolphins in the school, the reigning champions, Trojans, have won swimming competition for 11 years in a row. They love and care for each other and remain a family till the very end.

Nationalities Currently Represented

Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Korea, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 


VIKINGS (Zambezi, Niger and Densu Hostels)

House Tutors – Helena Melormey & Shadrack Mensah

Zambezi Hostel

Named after the fourth largest river in Africa, this hostel has a capacity for 40 boys but is currently occupied by 38. River Zambezi runs through six countries on its journey from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. Its unique value is that it is less developed than others in terms of human settlement and many areas along its banks enjoy protected status. Its power has carved the spectacular Victoria Falls and the zigzagging Batoka Gorge.

http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/places/zambezir.htm

Tana /Kariba Hostels

Named after the Lakes Tana and Kariba in Africa. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and is the largest lake in Ethiopia. Located in Amhara Region in the north-western Ethiopian Highlands, Lake Tana is fed by the Lesser Abay, Reb and Gumara Rivers The lake level has been regulated since the construction of the control weir where the lake discharges into the Blue Nile, which regulates the flow to the Blue Nile Falls (Tis Abbai) and hydro-power station.

Lake Kariba is the world's largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometers upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River.

What they have to say about themselves

We are Vikings; Vibrant, Interesting, Knowledgeable, Innovative, Nice, and Go-getters!!  An essential part of our identity, as Vikings, is our colour, red. Red is, by far, the absolutely most perfect colour to ascribe to the Viking family, community and ideology. Red is the colour that defines us. First, stop and think of what the colour red reminds you of. Undoubtedly, most people will think of power, liveliness, strength and courage. We, Vikings, are as sprightly, full and well as the red blood that flows through our veins. We strive to do our best, to best our best, and best the best, so we can be called the best! As we work diligently, we make sure we paint the town red! We are Simba, we are Strength.

Nationalities Currently Represented

Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 


SPARTANS (Nile, Limpopo, Juba, Congo)

House Tutors – Richard Domey & Joyce Dzide-Tei

Nile/Limpopo Hostels

Named after River Nile and Limpopo respectively, these hostels have a capacity of 46 and are currently a home to 43 boys. River Nile is the longest river in the world and lies in Kenya, Eritrea, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.. Most of Ancient Egypt’s historical sites are located along the banks of the Nile River including cities such as Luxor and Cairo. Today, 50 million people live within a few miles of the river and completely depend on its water. The river is home to many fish and provides a valuable source of food.

River Limpopo is the second largest river in South Africa. It is about 1,600 km long and flows through Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique where it empties into the Indian Ocean. It also acts as a boarder that separates South Africa from Zimbabwe. The River supplies water the nearby villages. Limpopo means waterfalls in Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati and Ndebele.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/living-near-the-river-nile/9023.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpopo_River

Juba/Congo Hostels

These twin hostels are named after The Rivers Juba and Congo. The Juba River, found in southern Somali (Wabiga Jubba), begins at the border with Ethiopia, where the Dawa and Ganale Dorya rivers meet and flows directly south to the Indian Ocean, where it empties at the Goobweyn juncture.

The Congo River (previously known as the Zaire River) is the deepest river in the world, the third largest by volume of water discharged and the ninth longest river. The Congo gets its name from the ancient Kingdom of Kongo which inhabited the lands at the mouth of the river and has The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo (both named after her) lying along hers banks.

What they have to say about themselves

Spartans are friendly. We are an eclectic group of young people with class and a flair for mathematics. Recently, we have produced the top scholars of the school. We are family.

Nationalities Currently Represented

Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Great Britain, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe,


TITANS (Mano, Sassandra, Turkana, Cavally)

House Tutors – Anita Boakyewah & Lawrence Badoe

Mano/Sassandra Hostels

These two hostels are named after the Mano and Sassandra Rivers in West Africa, and currently accommodates 46 boys. The Sassandra river is formed by the confluence of the Tienba River, which originates in the highlands of northwestern Côte d'Ivoire, and the Gouan River which originates to the west in the highlands of Guinea. The Sassandra flows south-southeast to empty into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Mano River originates from the Guinea Highlands in Liberia and forms part of the Liberia – Sierra Leone border.

The districts through which the river flows include the Parrot's Beak area of Guinea, Liberia's Lofa County and the Kono and Kailahun District of Sierra Leone. Diamond mining is a major industry in these areas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mano_River and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassandra_River

Turkana/Cavally Hostels

Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is in the Kenyan Rift Valley, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world's largest permanent desert and alkaline lake. By volume, it is the world's fourth-largest salt lake and among all lakes it ranks 24th. The water is potable, but not palatable. It supports a rich lacustrine wildlife.

The Cavally River in West Africa runs from north of Mount Nimba in Guinea, through Côte d'Ivoire, to Zwedru in Liberia, and back to the border with Côte d'Ivoire. It ends in the Gulf of Guinea 21 km east of Harper, Liberia. It forms the southern two-thirds of the international boundary between Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. It has a length of 515 kilometres (320 mi), and is the longest river in Liberia. The name is derived from the cavalla horse mackerel found at its mouth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalla_River

What they have to say about themselves

Titans are a family. We are noble, cool and calm, and lovable. We have the most musically inclined personalities and Computer Science gurus.

Nationalities Currently Represented

Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda


Tanganyika Hostel

Tanganyika hostel is named after Lake Tanganyika, the world's longest freshwater lake, and also second largest by volume. The lake is divided among four countries – Burundi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. It flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.

Tanganyika hostel has a student capacity of 28. It usually houses some female Prefects and Monitors, including the Head Girl and the SRC President (if the presidency is won by a girl), and 2 female members of staff as well as visiting international exchange students.

 

Vacations/Breaks

Vacations/Breaks

Over the short breaks (mid-semester, Easter, and Christmas), all national students go home and our international students (i.e. students from the SOS Children’s Villages outside Ghana and others who do not have families in Ghana) stay in the hostels. We offer special outings and entertainment programmes for such in-staying students so they can feel at home during the holidays. We do encourage parents and guardians of national students to extend home hospitality to international students under the school’s Host Parent Program. Students staying in the hostels during vacation breaks are expected to follow a set of guidelines for the period although these are a bit relaxed in relation to the school Rules and Regulations. During summer vacation, from June through August, all students head home.

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Rules and Regulation

Rules and Regulation

We operate with a minimum of rules designed for student welfare and safety, to protect privacy and study needs and for the House Tutors to exercise an appropriate level of care and supervision. However, certain acts are viewed with great seriousness and can lead to an immediate suspension or expulsion of a student and these are specified in the school rules and regulations.

 

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Student Leadership

Student Leadership

Each year, a group of senior students is selected, trained and given responsibility as Prefects of the school. The Prefects System formally acknowledges the senior status of the IB students, entrusts some of those students with responsibilities consistent with their strengths and abilities and involves them in maintaining order and regular contact between students and the administration. An elected Students Representative Council further helps to foster school spirit as direct representatives of the student body.

Health

Health

The school has an infirmary that is run by two doctors and a nurse. It is usually the first point of call for our sick students. The doctors there attend to students with any health problems, in the first instance, whilst more serious and emergency cases are referred to the nearby Hospitals. Specialist cases are usually referred to the Tema General Hospital.

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