(Accra) 20 March 2017– The Roman Ridge School (TRRS) welcomed The Queen’s Baton Relay 2017 to its campus, much to the delight of pupils, staff and parents.
TRRS pupils enjoyed a very special opportunity to participate in this memorable event and proudly carried the Queen’s Baton into their school.
TRRS has been selected to represent Ghana in the Commonwealth Games Schools Connect programme and has been paired with Arundel State School in Queensland (Australia), the site of the upcoming 2018 Games.
The Schools Connect programme provides the opportunity for pupils from all Commonwealth Nations to meet and work with pupils in a school in the host city, interacting with one another through various educational projects and cultural exchange in the months leading up to the games.
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Since leaving Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day on 13th March 2017, the Queen’s Baton visited Sierra Leone before arriving in Ghana and then onward to Rwanda and will visit a total of 71 countries over 388 days and more than 320,000 km before reaching the Gold Coast in Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games scheduled for 4th of April next year.
At the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2018, the final relay runner hands the baton back to Her Majesty or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.
An Opening Message was read on behalf of Kwaku Addo (Class of 2016) a recent TRRS graduate and swimming prodigy who by the age of 16 years old had broken 2 National Records and proudly represented Ghana in the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow (Scotland), the Youth Olympics in Nanjing (China), the World Championships in Barcelona (Spain) and World Youth Championships in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
Kwaku was awarded the TRRS Chairman’s Bursary in September 2014 in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports, covering the cost of his entire Sixth Form College tuition at TRRS.
He extended his warm wishes and used the opportunity to thank TRRS for their support and urged pupils to work hard and follow their dreams.
Mrs. Valerie Mainoo (Principal, TRRS) welcomed the Special Delegation accompanying the Queen’s Baton to TRRS and Ghana, led by the Dr. Louise Livingston Martin CBE (Commonwealth Games Federation President), Madam Miriam Zimba Moyo (Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice President for Africa) and Mr. Richard Akpokavie (General Secretary of the Ghana Olympic Committee & Commonwealth Games Association of Ghana). Dr. Frank B. Adu, Jr. (Chairman of Board of Directors, TRRS) delivered a Special Address emphasising the important role of sports in a holistic education.
Messages read by TRRS Sports Prefects (Gaby Chammas & Aaliyah Eghan) and the Physical Education Department (Mr. Yaw Agyaako-Danso) reiterated the important role that sports training and competition play in a child’s physical, social and cognitive development - improving fitness, building discipline, team-spirit and leadership.
The Akwaaba Dancers (TRRS Student Drumming & Dancing Troupe) performed for the Special Delegation, and Safoah Ntiamoah, a Gold Medalist in the 2016 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and member of the Ghana National Swim Team, also shared a moving poem she wrote that captures the myriad of emotions a young athlete like herself goes through in the heat of competition.
Every pupil, member of staff and guest attending the ceremony had the opportunity to hold and touch the Queen’s Baton, before bidding it farewell as it embarked on its journey to the Central Region.
The Roman Ridge School (TRRS) was founded in 2002 and is a private co-educational institution of approximately 550 students, from ages 4 to 18.