Newsletter: March 2020

Dear Parents,

I thought I would write to bring you all up to date with the latest goings on at TAICO.

Inter House Athletics Sports Day – 15th February 2020

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This event was very well attended by parents and the Inter House Competition was an exciting one with the final positions being decided by the hard fought Composite Relay. The eventual winners were Blue House as they snatched victory from the reigning holders Red House. Although the event was a little longer than expected we have looked carefully at it and have designed a new schedule for next year that will be more streamlined and still contain more events. Parents and staff need not worry as their own races will most definitely hold next year.

Very well done to Mr Odueso and his team for the organization of a great event.

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Visiting Day on March 14th, 2020

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Just a couple of small reminders for parents who are attending the next Visiting Day on March 14th 2020. Please can all parents be aware that we do not object to chairs and tables being moved to places of shade away from the main picnic area but it is the responsibility of the children with you to return them at the end of visiting to that central location. I would also like to remind all parents that parking and/or picnicking at the gates of the Boarding Houses is strictly forbidden.

If you are joining us on March 14th please be aware that we are enforcing a strict handwashing program at the gates for ALL people entering the compound to ensure the students and staff are properly safeguarded from CoronaVirus. This may cause some slight delays when attempting to enter the Campus and I would ask for your patience whilst this happens.

I hope that those of you visiting for the first time this term will have a chance to look at the Principal’s Commendation Board located in the passageway under my office. There are a good number of students who have been recognized for their positive input during the month of February.

Pan Africa Public Speaking and Debating Competition, Ghana.







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Once again TAICO sent a small team of 13 students accompanied by two members of staff to Accra, Ghana to participate in this competition. The students all comported themselves very well and out teams did us proud with their performances. 

The TAICO ‘A’ Debate Team consisting of Olufemi Olumide, Cobham Favour and Suleiman-Olawale Yusra were the 1st Runners –up in the overall Debate competition.

In the Public Speaking Competition the Junior section was won by Aderemi-Fawoye Victor with Ene Shawn coming a close second.

Congratulations to all the students who took part, to Mrs Falade and Mr Sulaiman who went with them and a special thank you to Mr & Mrs Obafemi for also being present in Ghana to support the team.

Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day – 25th February 2020

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I explained in my Monday assembly the historical origins of the tradition of eating Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and went on to help organize the cooking of pancakes for every student and member of staff on the actual day. Many thanks to Mrs Abolarin, Mrs Abiodun and Mrs Adeyemi for their help with the actual catering side of the event. I hope that this will become a standing tradition at TAICO just as it is in so many schools in the UK.

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Transport to and from Lagos and Abuja

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It is no longer feasible to continue carrying all of the student’s belongings to either Abuja or Lagos at the beginning and end of every term. The expense and wear and tear to the College vehicles makes this impractical.

Added to this there seems little point in sending buckets, pillows and blankets home when they will probably never even be unpacked!

From now on students will leave the bulk of their school belongings securely locked away under the supervision of the House parents and me. ALL items will be clearly labelled for ease of identification at the start of next term.

Each students will be allowed to carry on board their mode of transport the following luggage:

  1. One item of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 6kgs
  2. One item of checked luggage with a maximum weight of 20kgs.

This in line with the policy of the airlines that fly to and from Ilorin.

We will continue to deliver all luggage at the end of each academic year and to collect it at the start of the next one as before.

Communication with the College

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Please may I ask all parents to remember that if there is a need for any communication with the school then it is best done directly through the Principal ( so that I can put in place and monitor any necessary actions required on our part. 

Parents should not handle issues with staff or students directly nor is it appropriate for them to be handed on to the PTA Executive members to take up. Only the College authorities may take direct action in any cases where it is required. We are the ones on the ground and so it is best left to us to handle, the sooner any concerns or problems are reported the faster we can start to solve them. I will of course always keep parents concerned in the loop as to what is happening.

Cambridge Checkpoint Exams for JSS3 Students

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The date of the Cambridge Checkpoint Exams has now been announced. They will take place from the 6th April to the 8th April inclusive.

This means that you child / children will have to remain in school until 3.00pm on the 8th April which is when the final exam finishes.

With this in mind please arrange for you child/children to be collected either later on the 8th April or on the 9th April. Any students flying to Abuja or Lagos will need to have their flights amended and the new tickets emailed to me ( I regret that we cannot provide transport to Lagos by road.

Finally let me wish all those travelling for any reason safe journeys and all those at home or away good health and prosperity.

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Mr Bradley Sailes


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