The name of our school is Pope John Paul II Model Secondary School, Umunagbor Amagbor Ihitte in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State Nigeria. Her initial name was Mater Ecclesiae Secondary School but was later changed to the present name in 2007. This was approved by the Bishop- Late Most Rev.Dr. V.A. Chikwe in memory of Late Pope John Paul II (now St. John Paul II) who created our diocese.
The first principal of the school was Very Rev.Msgr. Paul Amakiri (November 2006- March 2007). At inception, in 2006/2007 academic year, the school had a population of about seventy two (72) students and eight (8) members of the staff.
The second principal of the school was Rev. Fr. Francis Amaliri (March 2007-Oct.2007). He received the second set of students in September 2007.
The third principal of the school was Rev. Fr. Dr. Innocent Olekamma (October 2007 – March 2008). He formed the Parents Teachers Association of the school and organized their first meeting.
The forth and incumbent Principal of the school is Rev. Fr. Timothy Okeahialam (March 2008- date).
Under these priests, the school has grown from strength to strength without any dull moment. She has gone through the following:
(i). Approval to establish a secondary school (April 2006).
(ii). School Approval (2007).
(iii). Approval for JSSCE (November 2008).
(iv). Approval to upgrade to senior secondary status (March 2011).
(v). Approval for Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (June 2011).
(vi). WAEC Approval (June 2011).
(vii). NECO Approval (October 2011).
At the 2011/2012 academic year, the school presented her first candidates for Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WAEC and NECO respectively). The students did well with all of them crediting English Language and Mathematics. It is on this note that we have to boldly say “WELL DONE” to our incumbent principal Fr. Tim Okeahialam as well as all who helped him to achieve this feat.
Infrastructurally, our school has got all the structures necessary for sound moral and academic training. We have well equipped science laboratories, well equipped computer laboratory, two bore holes and steady source of electricity.
Socially, we have different sporting and recreational facilities covering football, volley ball, table-tennis, badminton, etc.
Morally, our students can stand shoulder higher among their mates trained in the Catholic seminaries and convents. As a strictly co-ordinated co-educational school, we are trained to positively influence the society with the slogan; “You must be different to make the difference”.
The ordinary admission process is through entrance examination. This takes place in March every year. It is followed by interview in May each year. This is for admission into JSS I.
Admission into classes apart from JSS1 is strictly followed. The person seeking for admission must present all academic reports from the previous school, a transfer certificate and a recommendation/attestation letter from a catholic priest (or a notable trustworthy person). However, we do not admit any new person in SS III and in most cases, SS II, as a matter of policy. All other pieces of information are given on admission including, the prospectus and list of text books.
The academic life/programme of our school is a tight one. Any student wishing to stand out must be ready to go extra miles. All the subjects are handled by qualified hands.
In the junior section, we learn:
- General Subjects and Languages
(i) Mathematics (ii) English/literature (iii) Igbo language. (iv) French language.
- Basic Science and Technology
(i) Basic science (ii) Basic technology (iii) Computer/ ICT (iv) Physical and Health Education.
- Religious and National Values
(i) Civic Education (ii) Christian religious knowledge (iii) Social studies.
- Prevocational Subjects
(i) Agricultural Science (ii) Home Economics.
- Cultural and creative art
(i) Music (ii) Fine Art,
- Business studies
In the Senior Secondary Section, we learn:
- General Subjects
(i) Mathematics (ii) English Language (iii) Computer/ ICT ( iv) Civic Education
(I) Biology (ii) Physics (iii) Chemistry (iv) Agricultural Science (v) Further Mathematics.
- Business studies
(i) Financial Accounting (ii) Commerce.
(i) Igbo (ii) Literature in English (iii) Geography (iv) Government (v) Christian religious studies (vi) French Language (vii) Economics.
- Trade Subjects
(I) Book keeping (ii) Catering.
Generally, classes begin by 8.am and end by 1.50 pm with reaction from 11.20 – 11.50 am.