A Brief History of Boys’ Secondary School Gindiri
LocationThe School is located in Plateau State in Nigeria, South – East of Jos, the State Capital and North-East of Mangu town in Mangu Local Government Area. It is 14.4km from Mangu town.
Motto of the school: The motto of the School is “For Light and Truth”, taken from Psalm 43:3.
Vision: We envisioned God fearing students, who are spiritually, morally, academically and physically equipped for the society as light and truth’;
Mission: ‘To provide the right atmosphere activities and opportunities for wholistic teaching, training, disciplining and modeling students for service to God and humanity’.
Mr Joshua Jabbe (Current Principal)
Philosophy of the SchoolAll the SUM primary and secondary schools on the Gindiri mission compound have the same philosophy. The founding fathers believed in holistic education as a tool for producing Nigerian citizens who would effectively participate in the socio-economic development of the emerging Nigerian state. Luke 2:52 formed the basis of the philosophy of the school, ‘and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour God and man’. By this philosophy, students in the school are equipped spiritually, morally, academically and physical for Light and Truth in their future roles in the Nigerian society. The students are shown the ‘light’ in school so that they could in turn be light to others as well. They are challenged with the claims of Christ who is the light of the world and the ‘truth’ that leads to righteous living as well as faithful service.
Hostels and Houses: The entire students’ population is divided into four houses named after Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, Mr. George Washington Carver, Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther and Dr. David Livingstone.
History of the Houses
Aggrey House (Hostel)
Aggrey – (Red House) The first hostel built in the school was done by the school community, students, teachers and other workers. The four sides of the building then represented the four houses of the school. The house was named after Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, a Ghanaian.
Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey
He had his early education in Ghana. He later proceeded to America for further studies. He was not pleased with the deplorable social injustices against his black American brothers and so became vocal against this act as a distinguished preacher. Hence he was renowned for his popular slogan Africa my Africa, for he who is not proud of his continent, is not fit to live, and black is my colour; for he who is not proud of his colours is not fit to live’. With that he advocated that Africans should appreciate their colour and customs.
Carver – (Blue House) This was the second house in the school and was named after Mr. George Washington Carver, an American Negro renowned for his Agricultural research.
Mr. George Washington Carver
He revolutionized agriculture and developed some products from such crops as peanuts, sweet potatoes and pecans. He was able to convince farmers then to grow these crops in place of cotton to provide new sources of income. With his fame and numerous awards, by the time of his death in 1943, no fewer than 18 schools had been named after him especially in America. His life savings of about $33,000 went to the George Washington Foundation for Agricultural Research, which Boys’ Secondary School Gindiri also benefitted from for being the first school in West African to start Practical Agricultural Science and also wrote in WASC.
Crowther (Yellow House) - Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther was born in a small village called Osogun in Abeokuta. He was captured by a Fulani teacher and sold to the Portuguese slavers, but was later rescued by HMS Myrmidon when crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther
He was taken to Sierra Leone where he was put under the care of a mission school master. Soon, his guardian noticed that Samuel was a boy of great talent. He therefore sent him to the famous Furah Bay College. Having worked in various mission schools upon graduation, Samuel took the Holy Order in 1843, thus becoming the first African to become an Anglican clergy. Three years later, he joined the mission of the Yoruba land. He was consecrated as the first African Bishop in 1864. He worked in many areas in West Africa and one of his outstanding works was the translation of the Holy Bible into the Yoruba Language.
Livingstone House (Hostel)
Dr. David Livingstone
- 6:00am – 6:45am - Wash ups
- 7:00am – 8:25am - 1st English Service (JSS 1 & 2)
- 8:30am – 10:00am - 2nd English Service (JSS 3 & SS1)
- 10:00am – 12:00pm - 3rd Hausa Service (SS2 & SS3)
- 12:00pm – 3:00pm - Lunch
- 3:00pm – 4:00pm - FCS Sub-group activities (Drama, Choir Coral Society, etc)
- 4:45pm – 5:45pm - Evening Service
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm - Supper
- 7:00pm – 10:00pm - School/Personal Activities
- 10:00pm - Lights Out.
- MONDAYS – FRIDAYS
- 5:45am – 6:30pm – Quiet Time in the various classes.
- 6:30am – 7:00am – Morning Work/Bathing and Dressing
- 7:20am – 2:00pm – Lessons (see table below).
|DAYS||7:20am-8:00am||8:00am-8:40am||8:40am-9:20am||9:20am-10:25am||10:25am-11:-5am||11:05am- 11:45am||11:45am- 12:25pm||12:25pm-12:40pm||12:40pm- 1:20pm||1:20pm-2:00pm|
|Mon||1st Lesson||2nd||3rd||Briefing/Assembly||4th||5th||6th||Short Break||7th||8th|
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Lunch
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Siesta
4:00pm – 5:54pm – BB (Mondays); Games (Tuesdays);
Bible-Studies and Mid-Week Prayer
(Wednesday); Labour, Clubs, Provisions, and pocket money (Thursdays) and Games (Fridays) respectively each day.
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Supper
7:00pm – 9:00pm – Preps
10:00pm - Lights out
- 5:45am – 6:30am - Quiet Time
- 6:30am – 7:00am - Morning Work
- 7:00am – 8:00am - Preparation for Inspection
- 8:00am – 9:00am - Inspection
- 9:00am – 9:45am - Breakfast
- 10:00am – 1:00pm - Washing
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Lunch
- 2:00pm – 5:00pm - FCS Choir Practice/School Activities/IBC
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm - Supper
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm - School/Personal Activities (Clubs’/FCS Programs), etc
- 10:00pm - Lights Out
Basic Education Subjects.
|6.||Basic Science and Technology|
|8.||Christian Rel. Knowledge|
Senior Secondary Education Specialized Fields of Study
|S/N||Humanities||Business Studies||Science and Math.||Technology|
|2.||English Language||English Language||English Language||English Language|
|3.||Civic Education||Civic Education||Civic Education||Civic Education|
|4.||Computer studies||Computer studies||Computer studies||Computer studies|
|5.||Photography||Financial Accounting||Animal Husbandry||Animal Husbandry|
|6.||Lit. In English||Commerce||Chemistry||Chemistry|
|9.||Geography||Geography||Agricultural Science||Agricultural Science|
|11.||Visual Art||Further Mathematics||Auto Mechanics|
- The academic progress of a student is continuously assessed.
- The continuous assessment is given twice in a term. The assessments for Junior classes carry 60% while
- That of senior classes is 30%. End of term examinations are assessed at 40% from the assessment is
- cumulative, hence the students performances in continuous assessment together with his performance
- In terminal examinations are used to determine whether a student can move to the next class or not. At
- the Junior Secondary School level, a student is expected to reach at least a cumulative average of 50
- While at the Senior Secondary School level: a cumulative average of 45 is expected. Boys’ Secondary
- School Gindiri is a member of Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSN) hence the grading
System is as follows:
|Senior Class||Junior Class|
|80-100||A1||75 – 100||A|
|75 – 79||B2||60 – 74||C|
|70 – 74||B3||45 – 59||P|
|65 – 69||C4||0 – 44||F|
|60 – 64||C5|
|55 – 59||C6|
|50 – 54||D7|
|45 – 49||E8|
|0 – 44||F9|
Secret of Success of the School:
- The philosophy of the school has remained unchanged.
- The ownership of the school has never been changed.
- Leadership of the school has been stable since 1950. It has had only eight principals.
- The school has been one of the most stable of the Gindiri schools.
- The school has qualified
- The spiritual tone of the school has been growing steadily
- The school has been an educational spring.
- The school has enjoyed the support of the proprietor, P.T.A., the old students (GOSA), the immediate community and the State Government.
- The school is strategically located.
SCHOOL CAPTAINS (HEAD BOYS) SINCE 1950.
|1950 – 1955||JOSEPH D. GOMWALK|
|1957||SAMU’ILA . AGABUS|
|1958||UMARU D. GOMWALK|
|1960||ILIYA BINCAN AUDU|
|1972||WILBEFORCE L. HINJARI|
|1976||IHAJI ELVIS OBLU|
|1977||OLIVER N. NDAM|
|1981||JOHN CALEB DASAR|
|1983||YAKUBU D. TELTA|
|2000||NANJWAN YALE DAMAP|
|2001||OCHAI EMMANEL SAMUEL|
|2002||SHIRYA SIMON CHONGKON|
|2003||NGYOLARHM SUMI LAWI|
|2009||JWANAN MATHEW LAT|
|2010||LUMI AYUBA LUKA|
|2014||EDACHIE JAMES GABRIEL|
|2016||NANG’NOM DACHUNG MAGIT|