To walk along the shore of the sea is to leave imprints. Your steps create a trail of the path you take. These imprints, is what you leave with the sea to be remembered with. The imprints are washed into the sea and become a part of it, so that in your absence, your legacies (the imprints) stay with the sea.
The Tema International School IBDP Class of 2017, ‘The Initiators’, haven walked along the shores of TIS for two (2) years for their DP Programme, having made memorable imprints on the minds and hearts of many. Here are what some staff and students have to say of these legacies and lasting memories.
To Effie, one word to define you is Deep. The depth of your personality is astounding. And like the sun, your gentle smiles always spark positivity around you. For the short while I have known you, I have come to appreciate more the need to always look on the bright side of life. Thank you and I wish you the best of fortunes in the years ahead of you.
(Ebenezer Asime, CAS Advisor)
I want to say thank you to Felix, Aaron, Louis, Odartey and Mawuena for always making my days blissful. You guys are so full of life and so funny, knowing you has brought so much happiness to my life. And to Salim, thank you for always being there for me, as compassionate as you are. To Edem, my dearest brother, please finish well and go to Uni. I need you to be shipping my shopping. And Michelle, Essie, Nana Akua and Nana Adwoa, you girls always know what advice to give me in my times of need. Cedric, you are so amazing, don’t ever change. I love you all and shall never forget you. (Dede Nicole Coffie, Grade 11)
To Nubuke, Luke and John Paul. You have taught me to be responsible, respectful and to make everyone around me comfortable. Nubuke, I will always make sure I have a watch and a tissue as a lady. And Luke, you have been that big brother I never had, thank you a lot. And to John Paul too, for always being caring and teaching me to treat everyone nice. Thanks to you all.
(Keisha Okai, Grade 7)
I love Patrice! Ever since I came to this school, she has been an amazing role model. I look forward to seeing her beautiful bright smile everyday. I just hope I am able to make someone smile as much a she makes me smile.
(Akua Asibey, Grade 11)
I want to say a big thank you to Edem, Obeng, Luke, Ishmael, Cedric, Nana Adwoa, Tracy, Essie (my favourite roommate) and Afia Addai. Thank you for all the advice and laughter you all have given me. I am very grateful for your lives. Think and dream of me! Love you to bits.
(Kelsey Searyoh, Grade 11)
The daunting task of creating a devised full length production with high school students was not an option three years ago. The idea started sinking in and gained popularity with my thought process after we successfully pulled of Sarafina by God’s grace. The question was:what next? We needed something that would challenge, educate and unearth the creativity of a talented group of enthusiastic collaborators (TIS students). The end result of this process was Evolution-A tale of Fragmented sounds. Oh yes! We evolved. The realisation of this Evolution was as a result of the dedicated and creative minds of the performers and technical team. This great team had two individuals in the IBDP Class of 2017 heading as student directors. Without the foresight and commitment of Edwina Kingsley-Nyinah and Ryan Apreala, we would have probably evolved with a different story. Edwina and Ryan developed in so many areas during this process and had their best foot in the entire process. One formidable area I saw them develop was their positive outlook of seemingly gloomy situations. Through this, they managed to constantly find workable solutions to any situation that presented itself. It got to a point where they were running the show. There were trying times where confusion set in but they proved to be the leaders they were meant to be. Managing a production with IA’s, EE’s, TOK, CAS and subject specific projects demanded a lot of discipline and time management. I would personally like to applaud Ryan, Edwina and their team of evolved minds for a great experience. Let us keep evolving!!!!
(Elikem Kunutsor, HOD Creative Arts and Theatre Teacher).