All is set for the first among a series of events to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of a premier Primary School in North Central Nigeria, the famous Fatima Private School (FPS) Jos.
Rising from a Congress Meeting held on Friday 8th January 2021 and the Central Planning Committee (CPC) of the 50th Anniversary on Saturday 9th January 2021, all presided by Fatima Old Pupils Association (FOPA) President, Mr Luca Atukpa-Elayo. It has been agreed that the Founders Day of FPS Jos will be celebrated on Thursday 28th January 2021, exactly the day the school was established 50 yrs ago. It will be a day of respect for all who contributed to the founding of what is today Fatima Private School Jos. These are the Jos Catholic Parishioners that met then Jos Bishop – Rt Rev Dr John Reddington in 1970 requesting for a privately owned missionary school; the Our Lady of Apostle (OLA) Sisters, the Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) Sisters who have managed the school all these years, Youths that offered to serve as teachers that year, and the 123 Pupils that were enrolled in 1971 and many others that followed in the succeeding years.
The Official Logo of the Golden Jubilee was launched on all FOPA social media platforms at exactly 6:00pm on Saturday 9th January 2021 and was followed with the launch of the official Cover Art of the Founders Day.
The Founders Day eve will feature a visit to Original Site of the School and an audience with the Catholic Archbishop of Jos – Most Rev Dr Matthew Ishaya Audu, and Proprietor of the School. There will also be a visit to the Grave of the 2nd Proprietor, Servant of God, Most Rev Dr Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka on Wednesday 27th January 2021.
The highpoints of Founders Day will be the celebration of Holy Mass by 5 Catholic Priests that the School has produced:
- Rev Fr Jude Maigari (Class of ’87)
- Rev Fr Jerome Wuyep (Class of ’89)
- Rev Fr Paul Niagwan (Class of ’99)
- Rev Fr James Arinze Edeh (Class of ’99)
- Rev Fr Joseph Abu (Class of ’00)
There will be other important activities like the blowing of the 50 Golden Balloons🎈, Red Carpet Reception & Photography📷 , a paper presentation from a Pioneer Old Pupil and a Photo Story of the School. The Mass which will commence by 10:00am will strictly adhere to all standard COVID-19 protocols. The event will be streamed live on FOPA Facebook Page – Fatima Old Pupils Association – FOPA Jos.
On Founders Day, Souvenirs such as FOPA Brooches available in 4 different designs, the Golden Jubilee Keyholders, FOPA T Shirts👕, P Caps🧢, Tea Mugs☕, Water Bottles🍼, Wall Frames🖼, Jotters among other things will be available for sale. Isn’t that amazing!!!!!
As a sign of respect to the history of the school for introducing check dress as school uniform since the 70s, the colour code for Old Pupils will be Blue Check🔵, White⚪ and Brown🟤.
The Golden Jubilee will be preceded with the Silver Jubilee of FOPA on Friday 22nd January 2021, exactly 25 years the Association was founded. History has it that it was the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of FPS Jos in 1996 that necessitated the founding of FOPA that same year.
WITH THE LINE UP OF ACTIVITIES, YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO MISS OUT FOR ANYTHING