Discipline & Sports in Osanyin Era

Discipline in Osanyin's Time

Offa Gramrnar School students from the inception of the school have been highly disciplined. And in those days, the boys and girls were among the best disciplined students found in the school system in Nigeria.. The Principal being a highly principled and disciplined person had no difficulty in instilling these qualities in his staff and students alike. He also knew every student by his or her first name, and as such it was easy for him to identify who was doing what. Under Mr Osanyin, it was very easy to produce academically sound students and disciplined citizens. He frowned at the few cases of indiscipline that came to his attention, and took drastic measures to curb them. He didn't spare mischief- and noise-makers, truants, gossips, loafers during prep classes etc. A review of the logbook kept "religiously" by him showed the cases of students' indiscipline during his tenure and the punishments meted out.

Social Life

Students were allowed to participate in recreational activities and excursions under the auspices of recognized school clubs albeit in moderation.

Sports under Osanyin

As a very good sportsman himself who once represented St. Andrew's College, Oyo in inter-college competitions as a high-jumper, Mr Osanyin encouraged sports by dividing the students into 'house" groups to allow for healthy competitions. The boys were engaged in football matches with other Secondary Schools such as Ogbornosho Grammar School, llesha Grammar School and Government College Ilorin. As the sporting facilities improved, the school started to participate in the inter collegiate competitions organised in Kaduna. It was at such meetings that Sanusi Olagunju alias "skipper Wale" emerged as the champion in one of the long distance races in the fifties. Faweya was a great short-distance runner – 100 to 400 yards. For 880 yards and the mile, Afolabi Olawoye was the champion. Fatoke became the High Jumper for the Northern Region in 1963. By the 50s through the 60s therefore, the school had already become a force to reckon with in sports. The school's football team also recorded victory at most of their outings. In 1963, the team defeated almost all teams they met, as shown below from the records:

OGS Versus Result Remarks
Titcornbe College, Egbe 1-0 Won
St. Augustine, Kabba 2-0 Won
Old Boys 4-1 Won
Offa Town XI 5-1 Won
Ogbomosho Grammar School 5-1 Won

With the solid foundation for good sports already laid under Principal Osanyin, the school continued to record victory at sporting events even under the successive headship of Mr. Adelowo through to Mr Arowosaiye.

 

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