Saint Peter’s School: Portrait of Academic Serenity
St. Peter’s Senior High School, located at Nkwatia – Kwahu in the Eastern Region of Ghana was founded in February 1957 for the education of boys by the Divine Word Missionaries, a Catholic Religious Organization of Priests and Brothers. The school was named after St. Peter Claver (1581 – 1654), a Spanish Jesuit Priest who worked most of his life among the poor negro slaves of Colombia.
The initiative came from an Accra based citizen of Nakwatia called Opanyin Onwona Farkye who led a delegation to the local priest at Kwahu Tafo (Rev. Fr. Cletus Hodapp, SVD) to propose the idea of the church establishing a school at Nkwatia.
Saint Peter’s School is one of the best performing Senior High Schools in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination(WASSCE), The has produced renowned and prominent individuals in the country in the field of medicine, law, Engineering and Scientists.
Saint Peter’s School is a giant name school in the National Science and Maths Quiz.
The School Anthem
Youth of St. Peter’s
Our standard is raised
From East, North, West and South
True dignity of our human race
The school’s maxim the school’s motto must resound
Dignitati Hominum (2x)
True, to dignity
Of man, in all the world
Clad all of us
God with armour of truth
Gird us with love for our neighbouring men
Still us with virtue that governs our path
Cloth our hands with the honour of men
THE SCHOOL CREST & MOTTO
The school crest is composed of a cross on a mountain, a book and a shining star. Under the crest is the motto: DIGNITATI HOMINUM. Each of these symbols has a special meaning.
At the top of the crest are pictured the “Keys of St. Peter” and the episcopal mitre. Keys symbolize power and authority. The “Keys of St. Peter” honor the patron saint of our school. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, by employing this symbol clearly designed to signify His intention to confer on St. Peter the supreme authority over His Church.
The mitre is a symbol of the office of the bishop. It symbolizes the school’s obedience to Christ.
In the upper quadrant is pictured a dove. The dove symbolizes purity, innocence, and peace and is used to represent the Holy Spirit. At St. Peter Catholic School.
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