4th December 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
With the end of this term upon us and holidays in sight, we need to carve out time in our busy schedules
to reflect on important matters. From a JHC perspective it has been an engaging term with several
joyous highlights, such as the Academic Review Day, JHC Open Day and Xmas Concert – opportunities
to meet parents (and prospective ones), share information regarding your sons and daughters, etc.
However, an important milestone was also reached in mid-November, James Hope College is now
an accredited British Overseas School. The UK Government’s Department for Education (DfE)
operates an inspection scheme which is designed to measure British Schools Overseas (BSO) against
the standards that apply to independent schools in England. This inspection scheme is designed to
inform and reassure parents about the quality of education offered by the school. As a result of this
inspection, done by Penta International, the school has demonstrated it meets the Standards for British
Schools Overseas. This judgement is endorsed by the British Government, quality assured by the Office
for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and is valid for a period of three years.
In summary the report states that, ‘JHC meets all the standards for a British school overseas and has
many good and some outstanding features. Academic attainment is high. The behaviour of the
students is exemplary. The care and support offered to students, including in boarding is very high
quality. The unique curriculum and the breadth of subjects offered are strengths.’ Once received then
we will share the full report with all our stakeholders. All of us are ecstatic as the staff, students, the
school leadership and Board of Governors have toiled non-stop to ensure that the College attain,
maintain and is on the path to exceed world class status.
On behalf of the JHC family, I wish all our parents, friends and their families, ‘happy holidays’ and
remember that ‘Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing
the family together’.
Enjoy the time with your sons and daughters until we meet again.
Abraham P. Swart
From the Desk of the Vice-Principal (Academic)
1. Registration for WAEC Examinations has commenced
We have received details of information on the procedure for the e-registration of students for
the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2019.
The offline registration will close on December 31, 2018 while the online registration takes place
from January 2 to January 31, 2019.
The normal entry fee is N13,950.00 per candidate but there are other charges, e.g. photographs
etc. All parents of students in Year 12 will be advised by our Accounts Department on the total
fee for this registration when fully known. However, I would suggest that a sum of twenty-five
thousand naira (N25,000.00) be set aside for this purpose per candidate.
2. The Need for Extra Study while at Home
The WAEC examinations for school candidates will commence in March 2019 and this means
that our Year 12 students have not got the time to do other things while at home. Also, in view
of the General Election slated for February 2019, it is very likely that they will not be in school
for extension classes if we are to yield to suggestions from most of our parents. Therefore, we
would like to advise affected parents to ensure that their children/wards spend quality time,
while at home for the Christmas break, to do a lot of independent studies. We don’t want these
children to be carried away with Christmas lights and candles; rice and chicken; and other
celebrations. They will have plenty of time for these in the future.
3. Thank you to our Parents
On behalf of the Principal and members of the Senior Leadership Team of JHC, I would like to
thank our parents for the support given to our Year 12 students during their IGCSE examinations
that they concluded sometimes in the middle of November. The students were so confident
before and after the examinations. We have no doubt that they will produce excellent results
by the time we receive the outcomes of the examinations in January 2019.
For any enquiry on the above information, please call my mobile number which is 07083495906 and
you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a response.
I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.
Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)
HUMANITARIAN DAY REQUEST for DONATIONS
We wish to inform you that 2019 Humanitarian Day Celebration will take place on Friday, 18th January. We
appeal for your generous donations to enable us reach out to orphans, widows and the needy in Agbor
community. Items (old/ new) such as clothes, shoes, bags, books, food etc. will be highly appreciated.
Kindly send your donations through your children as they return from Christmas holidays.
AGRICULTURE PRACTICALS YEAR 7’s
Just a gentle reminder that the parents of Year 7 students were sent an email with attachment regarding
the need to bring to College on resumption a Coverall (Overalls), Wellingtons (rubber boots).
UNIFORM MATTERS & THINGS CONSIDERED to be CONTRABAND
An important REMINDER: All SCHOOL BLAZERS are to be DRY-CLEANED ONLY and not washed in a
machine as it will damage the fabric and shape. Also, the SCHOOL JUMPER needs to be HAND-WASHED
ONLY. We have noticed that some school jumpers are in a sad state due to not following the washing
instructions which can be found on a label on the inside. Also, boys’ trousers not to be slim-fitted (taken
in by the leg width) and girl skirts not to be shortened in length.
Parents need to check (physical check and asking) that students don’t bring any earphones, headphones,
computer games, USB watches, flash drives and laptops (Year 11’s) with music or movies uploaded (the
music and movies must be removed) or any other non-compliant devices to College. Year 12 students don’t
need to bring any laptops as the WAEC preparations do not require these.
Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):
|Departure: Friday, 7th December 2018||11.30 am||11.40 am|
|Return: Sunday, 6th January 2019||1.55 pm||11.10 am|
As a practice, all tickets should be forwarded to email@example.com, and
firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the departure date. Also note
that the above timings are subject to change by the airline.
|07th December 2018||End of term and all students and academic staff on holiday|
|06th January 2019||All students return for the start of term 2|
|11th January 2019||Closing date for Entrance Exam applications|
|18th January 2019||Humanitarian Day|
|26th January 2019||JHC Year 7 Entrance Examinations 2019/20 First Sitting|
|9th February 2019||JHC Year 7 Entrance Examinations 2019/20 Second Sitting|
|13th February 2019||School closes for half-term break|
|4th March 2019||School resumes for second half of term 2|
For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or
Dear Parents and Friends,
Over the last few days James Hope College was undergoing a British Overseas School inspection, led by Chief Inspector, Dr. Mark Evans, Mrs Annie Tennant and Mr Alistair Downs. The College was marked/assessed against nine criteria (pdf copy of the BSO standards attached) which is set by the Department for Education (DfE, UK government) and apply to all British Schools overseas in all parts of the world.
It is my pleasure to share that James Hope College has succeeded in measuring up to the criteria and exceeding some and thus will be awarded accredited status!
The profoundness of this milestone impacts upon one when you consider that JHC is the only school in Delta State, one of five schools in Nigeria and 1 of 160 schools world-wide, to have this prestigious certification and elite accreditation. It speaks volumes about the effort, hard-work, sweat and tears (now tears of joys) of students, staff, parents, our Founders – Mr and Mrs Ovia, the Board of Governors and other stakeholders in achieving this within only five years of its operation. This accomplishment is the continuation of our journey on the road of excellence, however, we are cognisant that more work is to be done to further improve and retain this status.
A full report will be issued within the next few weeks and will be available on our website. BSO inspections reports inform parents of students in British Schools overseas and other stakeholders how the standards measure up to those that apply to independent/private schools in the United Kingdom, taking into account local requirements.
An essential element of the BSO inspection is the extent to which the British character of schools is evident in their ethos, curriculum, teaching, care for students and students’ achievements. By meeting the BSO standards JHC is demonstrating that we provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in the UK. Moreover, JHC will now have the credentials to become a member of the Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO). Also, a copy of our inspection report will be posted on the UK government web site.
We look forward meeting the Year 9, 11 and 12 parents on Saturday, 17th November for the Parent-Teacher Academic Review day.
In conclusion, ‘Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it’, and ‘Joy is the simplest form of gratitude’.
Abraham P. Swart