P.O Box, 3254 Aba, Abia State.
The move started in march, 2004, when the parish priest and vicar general of Aba Diocese, Rev Msgr. Ralph A. Nwosu announced to the parishioners that his Lordship, Most Rev Dr V.V Ezeonyia the local ordinary of Aba Diocese had given the approval for establishing a befitting Boy’s Secondary school in the parish. The announcement was greeted with a loud ovation from the people.
Following this development, therefore the parish priest formed a 5-man Education Committee comprising of the following:
Dr. Anthony Nwachukwu Chairman
Mr Achinihu Ubani Secretary
Chief Jerry Onwumere member
Lady Oby Eyisi member
Lady Mary Otigbuo Member
The committee was duly innagurated and were charged with the responsibility to fashion out a model secondary school for boys. A school with Catholic orientation but with universal features.
Furthermore, on the terms of reference, the parish priest expressed his sympathy for our parents who have been sending their wards to far places in search of quality education when the parish was blessed with abundant educationist and educators who could satisfy the desires of our parishioners. The committee swung into action and after about six months of delibration they came out with the present plan and structure of SS Anthony and Jude’s College Umungasi Aba. When the proposal of the committee was approved by the diocese, it was agreed that the school should take off from the existing structures pending when it would move to permanent site.
To enable the school take off in September of the founding year, Mr Achinihu A.Ubani conducted the first school entrance Exams and interviews for the pioneer students. He also conducted interview for the pioneering staff both tutorial and non tutorial among whom were:
Ekenachi Peter N Maths / B.tech /B.Science
Agomuo Vitalis F French
Nwosu Vero CRS / Music
Amobi Ngozi English Language
Ekeada Joy Business Studies / Social Studies
Nwosu Helen Igbo Language
Nwogu Juliet Nigerian History and constitution / Homec
Okeke Ngozi Agric Science / Computer
Mrs . Okeke Eucharia Cook
Mrs Njoku Nnnenna Cook
Further on this, the late Mrs. Beatrice C. Ubani Volunteered to buy kitchen utensils and foodstuff for the school until her death in Dec. 2005. May her soul rest in peace, Amen.
The academic activities in the college commenced on Monday 27th sept 2004 with the orientation of 66 students. Classroom teaching and learning followed the next week 4th Oct 2004, with a corps of well skilled and qualified professional graduates in all disciplines. Thus coming to an end on Friday 17th Dec. 2004, 2004. By the end of first term 2004/05, a total of eighteen subjects including moral instruction and latin made up the school curriculum. Other programmes include class work, bi weekly test, end of term examination as well as extracurricular activities.
The subjects embraced by the curriculum include: English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, now Basic science, Social Studies, French Language, Latin and Music. Others are Christian Religious Knowledge, Igbo language, Physical and Health Education, Nigerian History and construction, now Civil Education, Introduction Technology now Basic Technology, Home Economics, Computer Science, Agricultural Science, Literature in English, Business studies and Moral instruction.
Extra-curricular activities in the school include Debates, Drama, Jets club, press club, choral group, cultural troup, YCS, etc.
But today however, we are in the 29th term of the school’s existence and as at present, the college has a total of 33 subjects in the curriculum, twenty five (25) Academic staff, ten (10) non-academic staff, a complete academic block with all necessary facilities including computer laboratory, basic technology workshop, science laboratories, library, clinic, two extra halls, staff room and other offices. Our classrooms have been provided with fans in case of severe hot weather.
On accommodation, the school has added additional facilities to the existing ones, hence having a provision for 400 students and more. With the aid of PTA, the school now enjoys complete alternative power supplies for the administration / hostel block as well as academic block