We were on the veranda with the headmistress looking down. I kind of felt like the Pope. Don't worry, even though he speaks Latin, I'm not ready to convert. The asembly immediately began with prayer and some instructions in English (quite versus quiet) so that they should stand in line quietly and straighten their rows. Then some character development: girls of character walk briskly and with sense of purpose. The domestic headmistress (Mama Abs) scolded the girls for smuggling corn flakes into the dining hall instead of eating the provided kenkay ( a maize product) or eating in tbe dorms or classrooms Tbe penalty: first offense suspension, second offense counseling and expulsion from the dorm. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) not two hours later a girl was called into the headmistress for eating in class. Sound familiar any of my poor listeners?
The assembly continuec with 1600 girls singing What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Same words, slightly different but beautiful melody. Many were amazed I could sing it without a hymnal. How awesome to reiterate through song that the same Jesus is the friend to an about to be grandmother (still waiting), from a small Lutheran high school in Saginaw, Mi and a fifteen year old Ghanaian girl hundreds of miles away from home at a"public" Catholic boarding school in Takoradi, Ghana West Africa.
Girls are girls all over the world. Hamming it up for the camera in Form 1 mathematics class witb a male teacher who sings little ditties when he calls on his students.
Yes, I really am in Ghana with my Form 3 friends. Had a chance to interact with this class of girls during a study period preparing for their future as they study for their final examination.
More on interactions with students following tomorrow's actual teaching.