The Association’s History

The Association’s History

The Annie Walsh Memorial School (AWMS) Old Girls’ Association (UK Branch) was founded in 1984. On the 19th January, 2016 was entered onto the Register of Charities in England and Wales with the  Registered Charity Number 1165222.

It was founded by the following ex-pupils:

Mrs Beatrice Ajibade
Mrs Joyce Anderson
Mrs Irene Buckle-Macauley (deceased)
Mrs Adeline Cole
Mrs Constance Cole-Wilson (deceased)
Mrs Robinca Jarrett
Mrs Lucinda Lake (deceased)
Mrs Patricia Nicol
Mrs Sally Quashie
Mrs Gladys Sumner (deceased)


YEAR(s)                                 NAME

1984 -1985                              Mrs. Constance Cole – Wilson (deceased)

1985 – 1986                            Mrs Robinca Jarrett {resigned midway}

1986 – 1987                            Mrs Lucinda Lake {Caretaker President} (deceased)

1987 – 1989                            Mrs Adeline Cole

1989 – 1991                            Rev’d Marionette Macauley (deceased)

1991 – 1993                            Mrs Adeline Cole

1993 – 1995                            Mrs Nanette Horsford

1995 – 1997                            Mrs Nanette Horsford

1997 – 1999                            Mrs Florence Anderson

1999 – 2001                            Mrs Florence Anderson

2001 – 2003                            Mrs Sally Spain

2003 – 2005                            Mrs Sally Spain

2005 – 2007                            Mrs Nanette Johnson – Reid

2007 – 2009                            Mrs Nanette Johnson – Reid

2009 – 2011                            Mrs Margaret Riby – Williams

2011 – 2013                            Mrs Nanette Johnson – Reid

2013 – 2015                            Rev’d Nellie Showers

2015 – 2017                            Rev’d Nellie Showers

2017 – 2019                            Ms. Mel Sawyer

2019 – 2021                            Ms. Mel Sawyer

Over the years the Association has grown to a total membership of around 300, with an average of 35 at monthly meetings. Members are kept informed of the affairs of the School through emails, minutes, newsletter, whatsapp, flyers, and of course, good old word of mouth. At least ten monthly meetings are held throughout the year.  There is no meeting in August as the Association takes a break for the summer vacation.

Various events and activities are organized during the year. Our annual Thanksgiving Service is held on the third Sunday in March, a luncheon sale is held in June and a formal dinner/buffet dance takes place in November.

We continue to give scholarships to students in the School in Freetown.

  • 2013/14 academic year 54 pupils
  • 2015/16 academic year 41 pupils
  • 2016/17 academic year 41 pupils.
  • Individual AWOGA (UK) members also sponsor some students.

Below is a list of some of the contributions that AWOGA (UK) has made to the School during the past three decades:

  • helped to provide funding to build the School Chapel and later helped to fund the extension to it.
  • donated containers of classroom materials and classroom furniture to furnish 6 classrooms and the staff room.
  • helped to fund the setting up of a resource centre.
  • donated computers, which are in use in the administrative office.
  • funded the rebuilding of the Elk Street perimeter wall (21ft x7ft).
  • donated laboratory materials and equipment to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories.
  • donated materials and equipment for the Agriculture Department.
  • donated 100 computers to start up IT suites for the senior and junior schools.
  • 100 desk chair sets to furnish 2 classrooms (average class sizes – approximately 50 pupils).
  • part – funded the refurbishment of the Chemistry Laboratory.
  • subsidised the payment of teachers and ancillary staff salaries.
  • part – funded the renovation of the school hall in 2016.
  • funded 10 classrooms in 2016/17 for AWMS privatisation
  • 2 individual AWOGA (UK) members funded a classroom each.

We continue to fundraise, seeking donations from members, patrons, families, friends and well-wishers of the Association, as the school needs a lot of help, encouragement and support.

We are very grateful to those who, in various ways, continuously support the Association’s endeavours.

Long live our Association. Long live the Annie Walsh Memorial School.