For too long, the inhabitants of Abijo Government Residential Area (GRA), along Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State have been yearning for an institution that will meet the standard which they desire for their children and wards. They also wished that the Corona Schools in the area which is a boarding school could be replicated in their area; but this time, a day secondary school.
Their prayers were answered on Monday, September 28, 2020, when the Corona Schools’ Trust Council (CSTC) officially inaugurated the Corona Day Secondary School (CDSS), Lekki Lagos amid pomp and ceremony.
Located within the sprawling premises of Corona Schools in Abijo’s Government Residential Areas (GRA), along Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State, the day school that the construction of its permanent site will begin soon is expected to continue the inculcation of high moral and ethical values in students, and prepare them for lifelong learning, service and fulfilment; virtues which Corona Schools are known for.
Determined to be Nigeria’s leading educational institution that is focused on and dedicated to producing well-rounded young men and women equipped for continuous learning, personal mastery, and leadership, the Corona Schools brand has continued to evolve with the times to serve the well-being of its students and the public. Its focus is to prepare the youths for quality leadership.
The school, which has been in existence in the past 65 years, is synonymous with outstanding excellence which drives its mission of providing a world-class education for children. Its latest addition to the continuity of its set goals is the day secondary school inaugurated on Monday.
Chairman of Corona Schools Trust Council, Justice Bukunola Adebiyi said the idea of the Corona Day Secondary School was part of the school’s strategic plan which was drawn in 2003/2008 to expand Corona Schools.
“At that time, Lekki Schools which is where we are currently, began as a temporary location while this edifice that we are in today was being constructed. We were able to move to this edifice in 2014.
“The idea of starting a day secondary school has been on the front burner for a while. We had parents who had clamoured for this. As we are aware, our secondary school is in Agbara in Ogun State. It’s not all parents that want their children to be in boarding school, even as beautiful as our boarding school is.
“Corona Secondary School in Agbara has been in existence for 25 years and has been delivering world-class education to many in a serene, safe, friendly and top-notch environment. We at Corona, therefore, are not new to secondary education,” he said.
Adebiyi noted that the day secondary school is simply an expansion of the school’s expertise in secondary education delivery.
“We have the experience, the facility, the personnel and proven track records in secondary education in Nigeria. Though the school is taking off from the facility of the existing Corona Lekki School, in addition to the building released to the day school, preliminary works have begun on the land.
“The designs are in, and soon construction work would commence on the permanent site for the day secondary school. Due to setbacks suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, the two-year projection that we initially had to deliver the permanent site might not be visible.
However, within two-and-a-half years, the permanent site of the secondary school would be ready,” she said.
Expressing his joy on the achievements of the school, Trustee, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mr Adedotun Sulaimon said: “For me, today is a very special day because I have been fully involved in the development of this school. It’s like a dream realised.
“My association with Corona began 35 years ago when my first set of children attended Corona School in Victoria Island. Those two girls would be 40 years old in December. Then they had two younger sisters that attended Corona Schools. So, all my children attended Corona Schools.”
According to Sulaimon, the whole idea of the day school is to give parents a choice.
“There is always this conversation about the merits and demerits of boarding education. We in the Corona Schools system now have a choice. We could either bring our children to school daily or leave them at the boarding school,” he said.
Reassuring that the day school was going to offer students everything that Corona Schools represents, including quality education and all-round development, Sulaimon noted that it was going to be a great school.
He thanked the pioneer parents of the school for entrusting their children with the school, and likewise assured them that, “by the time the children are leaving here, you would be proud of your decision of bringing them here,” he said.
Addressing the pioneer students and parents present at the event, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Corona Secondary School, Mr Niyi Yusuf said there was no way the history of the day school would be written “that you will not be mentioned. So, I count you as very special.
“It is obvious that Ibeju-Lekki is the new Lagos, hence it is just ideal that we bring to it the culture of excellence. At Corona, we do more than academics. We develop children in a 360 format. We develop them in sports, presentations, technology, modesty, leadership, character, and community services.
“We inculcate into our students the attitude of giving back and helping the needy so that they grow up with an attitude of giving and improving their environment for the good of all.
“Very soon, our environment would start benefiting and feeling the impact of our community service. Our students have also taken a good share in the use of technology. No Corona child was left behind. They all took their courses digitally even as the world continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We also have Corona College of Education where we train all our teachers and aspiring students who chose teaching as a profession. Soon, we would be metamorphosing into Corona University of Education,” he said.
While introducing parents and other stakeholders to the management team of Corona Day Secondary School, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Corona Schools Trust Council, Mrs Adeyoyin Adesina said the CDSS team was “carefully put together.” They are all accomplished educators. Most have been drawn from our schools to ensure that the culture of excellence, tradition, and quality of the brand is replicated.
“We have also infused fresh perspectives by engaging and adding highly qualified teachers to the faculty. We are proud of the CDSS team.” Adeyoyin thanked the trustee members and the school’s management for their tenacity, commitment and dedication to the institution.
The school’s Administrator, Anthony Ilobinso, revealed that his plans for CDSS is to make it an environment where learning is nurtured and where students’ interests and talents are discovered and groomed.
“CDSS is purely hinged on the school mission and vision statement. We have a legacy of providing a world-class education to students. We have a service that is trusted by generations of parents.
“So, we have put in place students, structures and even the personnel required in achieving this. We have fantastic members of staff and professionals who understand what the Corona brand stands for. We have a lot of technology tools, and wonderful facilities available to our students.
“We know after six years, our students will come out here being well-rounded and getting set for the next steps in their academic journey and trajectory.”
One of the parents who simply identified herself as Mrs Onome said: “Being one of the pioneer parents is exciting, and I am very happy to be a part of this great project. I also key into the standard of the Corona Schools’ excellent education, and all-around grooming of my child. I have a child here already and we intend to bring the others as well. I believe in Corona and its academic excellence.”
One of the pioneer students, Oghenemaro Odiete said she was excited to be among the pioneer students, even as she expressed optimism in improving academically. “I feel good to be one of the pioneer students. My expectations are that I’ll be groomed to be very confident in myself so that I would be able to win competitions and perform excellently in my academics,” she said.
Mudiaga Adjogda, another student also expressed the hope that upon joining the school, he would be groomed into discovering his passion.
“I feel great being here and I believe as a part of this secondary school, I can go far in life. The future is bright and I believe being here, I would be effectively guided to attain success,” he stated.
Guests and Council members were taken around the school by the school’s Administrator. They were thrilled by the state-of-the-art digital equipment and the excellent learning environment which the school boasts.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony were Financial Controller, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mr Adewale Soremi; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Corona Secondary Schools, Mr Niyi Yusuf; member, Governing Board, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mrs Sekinat Yusuf; Chairman, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Justice Bukunola Adebiyi; Trustee, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mr Adedotun Sulaiman; Chief Executive Officer, Corona Schools Trust Council, Mrs Adeyoyin Adesina; School Administrator, Corona Day Secondary School, Lekki, Mr Anthony Ilobinso, Director of Education, Mrs Dafeta Amelia, Principal, Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State, Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, parents, members of staff of the school, well-wishers and pioneer students.