Smith International Baptist Academy, Ogbomoso

Smith International Baptist Academy, Ogbomoso
Photo: School website

Smith International Baptist Academy, Ogbomoso (SIBAO) is a secondary school, one of the several learning institutions located within the premises of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso. It runs a coeducational programme and has boarding facilities for students who reside in the school.The school colours are green and yellow, which signify growth and strength respectively, and the motto is ‘Faith, Knowledge and Service’.

History

SIBAO was founded on October 18, 1999,and named after Reverend Charles Edwin Smith, the founding principal of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso. At the time of SIBAO’s founding, a preschool and a primary school had already been established within the Seminary, hence, the need for a secondary school. Reverend T.G.Adegboyewas the pioneer principal and others who have served in this capacity includeMrP.E.U.Enahoro,the late Mrs G.A.Adeyemo, Reverend Adewale A.Alaba, and Reverend A. Ayanyinka.

Academic Administration and Organization

The President of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary is the official proprietor of the school while its administration is led by the principal, assisted by the administrative vice principal and the academic vice principal. The various departments (including Departments of Sciences, Language, Arts, Business Studies, and Social Studies) are headed by heads of department who oversee the teachers and are responsible to the principal. Each class has a form teacher that sees to its smooth running; a class captain and his assistant are accountable to the form teacher on the class’ matters. A team of about thirty prefects who are chosen from the senior school every academic year also help the school authority to maintain order.

The school is fully accredited by West African Examination Council and National Examination Council. Learning is facilitated with Information and Communication Technology facilities, art studios, and laboratories. Admission into either the junior school or senior school is secured by written and oral tests and interviews.

The junior school academic curriculum incorporates vocational subjects. Every student is registered for both Oyo State Junior Secondary Certificate Examinations and National Examination Council Junior Secondary Certificate Examinations.

In the senior school, each student studies at least seven subjects, English, Mathematics, a Yoruba and a Vocational Studies subject being compulsory for all. A minimum of three others are also selected by each student, depending on whether he chooses to study in the Arts, Commerce or Science Department. The students are registered for both WestAfricanExamination Council Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations andNational Examination Council Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.

Co-curricular Activities

Along with the academic activities, the school also runs and participates in a number of other activities which include quizzes, debates and essay competitions at zonal, state, and national levels; annual inter-house sports competitions;and games (soccer, basketball and tennis). School clubs which include JET (Junior Engineers and Technicians), Press, Cultural, and Farmers Clubs also meet regularly.Religious programmes are not left out; the school meets for Christian Fellowship every Friday and the boarding students worship in the school chapel on Sundays. The chapel runs its own Royal Ambassadors as well as Girls Auxiliary units. These are fellowship groups of the Nigerian Baptist Convention for boys and girls respectively.The school also has a choir which performs at school events.

School Anthem: Blessed Students of SIBAO

  1. Blessed Students of SIBAO

We live by faith in God

In Him as the Lord of all

Our mountains shall be levelled.

  1. Blessed Students of SIBAO

We must study to increase our knowledge

By the help of our great teachers

We shall rise to great heights.

  1. Blessed Students of SIBAO

We surrender our faith and knowledge

In service to God and humanity

True greatness shall be ours.

Contributor:
Olubola Adegbosin
Profession: Medical Doctors