Corona celebrates director at teachers awards
The Director, Corona School Trust Council (CSTS) Mrs Olufunto Igun least expected the ?bombshell? that awaited her at the seventh Corona Staff awards.
Only five days earlier, she had celebrated her 50th birthday low key. But, little did she realise she was being ?ambushed? for another bash at the Corona School Lekki, venue of the event, and the latest addition to Corona Schools, which has also earned a new name- ?Five Star School? owing to its location and aesthetics.
However, Mrs Igun seemed to have taken the shine off several other awardees, who were split into teaching and non-teaching categories.
?Permit me to divert a bit?, said the Chairman, CSTS Mr Adedotun Sulaimon midway into the event.
?We want to celebrate one of our own, our very dear Mrs Igun, who clocked 50 on Monday, but only decided to celebrate it low key. We want to tell her that we appreciate her. She is a role mother and a model, and we want to wish her a happy birthday despite that she clocked 50 few days ago.?
And so began the ?emergency birthday party?, Mrs Igun in dazzling smile, sauntered into the middle of the crowd, comprising mostly Corona workers who have branded themselves in the school wine emblem with wome decked in flying headgears.
Mrs Igun told The Nation that the event was remarkable because it coincided with Nigeria?s 100 years? amalgamation, adding that it also affords the nation the opportunity to reappraise education development over a century.
She described the event tagged: ?Impacting our world? as a custom in Corona to realign staff to the endless bond they all share.
The awardees, Igun explained, were considered based on virtues such as resourcefulness, personal development, proficiency, broad mindedness, comportment, being a team player and above all imbibing the Corona ethics and integrity.
?This is to reaffirm the bond, the love we all share. What we set out to do is to appreciate the importance of our staff, and to reward our long-serving staff. That is why we also had the long-service award. We hardly all come together like this.
Oladepo Alo won the Corona Model Secondary School Teacher award, Morenikeji Anietie Joseph clinched the Corona Model Nursery School Teacher award, while Babatunde Olomo emerged the Corona Model Primary Teacher award.
Olomo, who is from Corona School, Lekki, attributed his achievement to the cooperation of all.
A teacher of Mathematics, Olomo said his ability to demystify the subject endear him to his pupils.
?As a teacher at the basic level, I understand that I must not miss the opportunity to stimulate my pupils? interest in maths because that is when pupils? opinion about the subject is formed. Once they lose interest at the elementary level, it will be difficult to get it right later in life. Aside my teaching role, I?m also involved in photography and making of newsletter and yearbook which is outside my role but I use it assist the school,? he said.