Anglican Senior High School (KASS) is a mixed academic institution founded in 1973. It is situated in Asem, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
Present and past students of KASS are called “disciples.” The term “disciples” is used by students to greet one another, with the response, “no size.”
Vision and Mission
The school’s main vision is to achieve academic excellence through discipline. It also aims to mold the character, conduct and behavior of students in order to make them useful and upright citizens of the country.
To ensure student compliance with school rules and regulations and the provision of relevant inputs that will enhance teaching and learning, in order to realize the vision of the school.
Elements of the crest and their interpretation
The school’s crest is composed of four major elements: a golden-yellow shield with purple outline; a purplish/ white bishop’s mitre; a purple indigenous Akan male stool; and a white scroll bearing the motto of the school: “Unity, truth and service”.
The shield (FAITH)
The image of a shield is tied to the Biblical assertion of the “Shield of Faith” stated in Ephesians 6:16. With strong Christian faith as the asserted basis, the school hopes to achieve greater heights. The shield is also used to symbolize defense and security.
Bishop’s Mitre (THE WORD OF GOD)
The Anglican Bishop’s Mitre symbolizes the school’s religious affiliation with the Anglican Church. The Mitre also symbolizes God’s word, which they assert must be given to society, as stated in Matthew 28:18–20.
The Stool (UNITY)
The indigenous Akan male stool in the centre of the insignia represents the contribution of traditional authorities towards the establishment and growth of the school. These contributions include the provision of land, guidance, and encouragement.
The mitre located in the top arc of the stool has two symbolic meanings:
The warm reception of the Anglican Church by the Asanteman.
Enhancement of peace, harmony, and unity between the Church and the Society through school education.
The Scroll (GOOD MORAL VIRTUES/THE BIBLE)
The white scroll located on the lower half of the crest bears the school’s motto: “Unity, Truth and Service”. The scroll symbolizes the Bible, which they assert teaches good moral virtues such as those chosen for the school motto.
Colors and their Symbolism
Three colors are found in the school’s crest: golden-yellow, purple and white.
Golden-yellow symbolizes royalty, wealth, elegance, high status, supreme quality, continuous life, prosperity and spiritual purity.
Purple symbolizes priesthood, kingship and spiritual maturity.
White symbolizes purity, virtue and victory in life.
Board of Governors
The school operates under the advisory guidance of a Board of Governors whose membership is made up individuals with professional expertise relevant to the management of the institution.
The Board represents the Government of Ghana and advises the school administration. Their objective is to ensure that the administration operates using the framework of the government’s educational policy.
Headmaster and Their Team
The Headmaster, their assistants, and the senior Housemaster/Housemistress are in charge of the day-to-day administration of the school. They are assisted by the House Staff in charge of the boarding system.
The school’s financial officers include: the accountant (or the Bursar), assistant accountants and accounts clerks. The academic staff also assists with the administration of the school.
In the early 1920s, the KASS site was acquired from the Amakom chief by the English Church Mission (E.C.M.). The purpose was to establish an institution to train clergy, and facilitate the growth of the church in the Gold Coast.
Bishop M.S. O’Rocke (1913–23) secured the services of the Monks of the Benedictine Order (O.S.B.) from Nashdom, England, to run the newly founded institution. In 1952, St Augustine’s Theological College was established. The college was closed down after five years. The site was then used for various purposes, some listed below.
A Catechist Training Programme was put in place in 1930, which was also discontinued.
In 1945, the training of priests was resumed until 1950 when the programme was relocated to the Bishop’s House in Accra. In the interim, the compound was used for retreats, as a guest house for the church visitors and social gatherings such as picnics. The Nigerian Anglicans worshipped in the chapel previously used for priests’ training on Sundays.
In 1952, when thirty training colleges were established nationwide, the Anglican Church was asked to use the facilities to run, in Kumasi, Wiawso Training College temporarily until the buildings for the college were constructed at Wiawso in the Western region.
From 1952 to 1964 the campus was known as Wiawso Training College. Mr. N.Y. Topp Yankah was appointed the first Principal from 1952 to 1956, followed by Mr. S. Blankson, from 1961 to 1964, when the buildings at Wiawso became ready to receive both students and the administrative staff. Wiawso Training College was therefore moved to Sefwi Wiawso. The buildings and the associated infrastructural facilities were left vacant.
To fill the vacuum in Kumasi, the Anglican Church applied to the Government to use this facility for the Day Teacher Training College which had already been set up at the Bishop’s House, and school compound in Accra, to be transferred to Kumasi.
In September 1956 the college was opened in Kumasi under the principalship of Mr E.O Nortey, a former resident Housemaster of Wiawso Training College, Kumasi campus. However, ill-health did not allow him to remain at post. Hence, in January 1967, Rev. Fr. P. D. Aggrey (B.D. Lond), who had served as Chaplain of Adisadel College, Cape Coast, and later Vice Principal of the College took over from him.
The Nigerian Anglicans started a church at the present St. Augustine’s basic school compound, at Akwatialine in Kumasi, in 1969. But they had to abandon it as a result of the alien’s compliance order which forced all aliens out of the country.
In 1969, Anglican Day Teacher Training College, under Rev. Fr. Aggrey started the St. Augustine’s Primary School, Akwatialine, as a practice school for the training college. It was during the tenure of office of Rev. Fr. Agree y that the college was converted to a secondary school and he became the first Headmaster until 1981 when he retired. Mr. John Poku succeeded him as the second Headmaster.
How Anglican Training College became Anglican Secondary School
Anglican Training College (ANGLICO) became Anglican Secondary School (KASS) in 1973. In 1972, when the second Republic, under the Prime Minister, Dr. K. A. Busia was overthrown by Colonel I. K. Acheampong, the new government decided to either phase out or convert some of the numerous training colleges into secondary schools.
Anglican Training College was listed as one of the Training Colleges to be phased out. The Training College staff, supported by their principal Rev. Fr. Philip Dawson Aggrey (B.D) wrote a petition which was signed by each teacher on the staff, asking the government not to phase out the college but to convert it into a secondary school to be called, Anglican Secondary School, Kumasi. About 25 teachers signed the petition which was channeled through the then bishop, the Rt. Rev. J. B. Arthur, who in turn wrote a covering letter approving of the petition. Both letters were forwarded to the then secretary of Education, Colonel Nkegbe in Accra.
The petition was granted and in September 1973 Anglican Training College became Anglican Secondary School. It was a mixed school but in 1987 the girls were deboardinised and from then onwards the girls attended classes as day students. Rev. Fr. P. D. Aggrey who used to be the Principal of the training college was retained as the First Headmaster of the Secondary School. He administered the school from 1973 to 1981 when he retired. He was succeeded by Mr. John Poku from 1981 to 1986
In 1987. Mr. A. E. Kyere (a.k.a Kontonkyi) assumed duty as the third headmaster of the school. It was under him that the school improved academically.
In 1999, the school was for the first time, invited to take part in the National Science and Maths Quiz Competitions.
The current Headmaster, Rev. Canon E.Y. Brobe-Mensah assumed headship of the school in November 2003, following the retirement of Mr. A. E. Kyere in November 2003. The school has, since its establishment, been headed by the following
Boys – Six blocks
Girls – one block
House One – Aglionby
House Two – A.E. Kyere, also known as Kontonkyi
House Three – Prempeh
House Four – Quaque
House Five – Roseveare
House Six – Brobbe-Mensah
House seven – Conduah
Colours of the various Houses
Aglionby House – Green
Kyere House – Pink
Prempeh House – Blue
Quaque House – Red
Roseveare House – Yellow
BrobMens House – Sea Blue
Conduah house – Purple
Assembly Hall – 1
Classroom Blocks – 5
Science Laboratories – 3 (1 Biology, 1 Physics & 1 Chemistry)
ICT Laboratories – 4
Art Laboratories – 1
Library – 1
Football field – 1
Basketball pitch – 1
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF COST ACCOUNTING
FOOD AND NUTRITION
CLOTHING AND TEXTILES
Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T)
These are officially recognized activities that students engage in at school. They are not part of the core academic work. They include sports and games, activities relating to clubs, societies and religious groups, entertainment, clean-up exercises, etc.
A list of clubs and societies are as follows:
General Arts Students’ Association
Ghana Red Cross Society
Writer’s, Drama and Debater’s Club
National Union of Anglican Students (GNUAS)
Catholic Students Union (CATHSU)
Pentecost Students and Associates(PENSA)
Presby-Methodist Students Union (PMSU)
Church Of Christ Students Union (COCSU)
Ghana National Union of Adventist Students (GNAAS)
Junior Baptist Students Union (JBSU)
Deeper Life School Outreach (DLSO)
Ghana Muslims Students Association (GMSA
Sports and Games
Basket Ball (boys and girls)
Volley Ball (boys and girls)
Hand Ball (boys and girls)
Soccer (boys and girls)
Table Tennis (boys and girls)
Athletics (boy and girls)
Achievements (as at 2009)
National Science and Mathematics Quiz
The school first appeared on the programme in 1999 but was thrown out in the first round by Wesley Girls’ High School.
In 2001, they were invited again to participate in the competition as an unseeded school. KASS defeated St. Louis Girls’ Secondary School to qualify for a seeded status. Interestingly, St. Louis was a seeded school. They climbed up to the quarter final stage but were beaten by Pope John’s Secondary School. They placed sixth among twenty-four invited schools.
In 2002, KASS reached the quarter final stage and was kicked out by St. Peter’s Secondary School. They placed seventh in that year’s competition.
In 2003, after thrashing Sekondi College and St. Rose’s Girls’ School, in turns, they entered into the quarter final zone. They suffered a defeat in hands of Achimota School. There again, they settled for the seventh position out of twenty-eight invited schools.
In 2004, they reached the 1/8-final stage. They lost to Tamale Secondary School and placed eleventh out of thirty invited schools.
In 2005, they presented one of the finest squads, so far, in the history of the contest. They got to the quarter final stage but lost narrowly to Presby Boys’ School, Legon. They took the fifth position.
In 2006, they were beaten by St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast, at the quarter final stage. They placed seventh out of 32 invited teams.
In 2007, they defeated Sunyani Secondary School, Keta Secoandary School, St. Francis Xavier Secondary School and Prempeh College, in that order. They got to the grand finale only to suffer a painful defeat in the hands of St. Augustine’s College. They placed second in the entire competition. There were forty (40) participating schools.
In 2008, they reached the quarter final stage, but were knocked out by Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast. They settled for the sixth position out of forty invited schools.
In 2009, KASS defeated Mfantsipim, Keta, and Opoku Ware Schools to reach the semi-final stage. They lost to Achimota School at that stage. That notwithstanding, they defeated St. Augustine’s College in the play-off and eventually emerged third out of twenty participating schools.
1991 – Invitational Valco Soccer – 2nd
1992 – Invitational Valco Soccer – 3rd
1993 – Invitational Valco Soccer – 3rd
1994 – Regional Soccer Champions – 1st
1994 – National Runner-up – 2nd
1999 – Regional Runner-up – 2nd
2000 – Regional Soccer Champions – 1st
2001 – Regional Runner-up – 2nd
2007 – Regional Champions – 1st
2008 – Regional Runner-up – 2nd
2009 – Position in Regional Competition – 4th
Table Tennis Records
1999 – Boys – 1st
2006 – Boys – 1st
2008 – Boys – 3rd
2008 – Girls – 1st
2009 – Girls – 3rd
2008 – Boys – 1st
2008 – Boys (National) – 10th
1993 – Boys – 1st
1994 – Boys – 1st
2001 – Boys – 1st
1993 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 1st
1993 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 7th
1993 Boys (Super Zonals) – 6th
1994 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
1994 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 10th
1994 Boys (Super Zonals) – 12th
1995 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 7th
1995 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 12th
1996 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 6th
1996 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 15th
1997 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
1997 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 6th
1997 Boys (Super Zonals) – 9th
1998 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 4th
1998 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
1998 Boys (Super Zonals) – 16th
1999 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 7th
1999 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 2nd
1999 Boys (Super Zonals) – 15th
2000 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 11th
2000 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 2nd
2000 Boys (Super Zonals) – 13th
2001 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 7th
2001 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
2001 Boys (Super Zonals) – 13th
2002 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 5th
2002 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
2002 Boys (Super Zonals) – 15th
2003 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
2003 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 15th
2003 Boys (Super Zonals) – 3rd
2004 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 2nd
2004 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 18th
2004 Boys (Super Zonals) – 4th
2005 KASS banned from competition
2006 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
2006 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 8th
2006 Boys (Super Zonals) – 12th
2007 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 3rd
2007 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 16th
2007 Boys (Super Zonals) – 9th
2008 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 4th
2008 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 16th
2008 Boys (Super Zonals) – 16th
2009 Boys (Regional Zonals) – 2nd
2009 Girls (Regional Zonals) – 15th
2009 Boys (Super Zonals) – 9th
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