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JHC Parents Newsletter, 6th February 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

6th February 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

After a busy half-term, students and staff will have a short respite to re-energize and be ready for another activity-filled half-term upon their return.

Upon resumption, the focus will primarily be the continuation of preparing the Year 9’s and 11’s for the fast-approaching external examinations with more vigor and vim, and a laser-like focus. Students need to apply the utmost conscientiousness and do more than what is required as staff will expect nothing less than a 101% consistent effort.

What makes you happy or put another way, what will make you happy? Harvard psychologist and Happiness researcher, Daniel Gilbert, author of bestselling book, ‘Stumbling on Happiness’, says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research. He believes that, in our ardent, lifelong pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In the same way that optical illusions fool our eyes — and fool everyone’s eyes in the same way — Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. And these quirks in our cognition make humans very poor predictors of our own bliss.

Furthermore, he puts it, “If I wanted to predict your happiness, and I could know only one thing about you, I wouldn’t want to know your gender, religion, health, or income. I’d want to know about your social network – about your friends and family and the strength of the bonds with them.” Deep connections with others enrich our lives and form a foundation for happiness across the lifespan.

The above is important as more people become addicted to social media platforms and different kinds of technology, allowing these to result in a disconnect from reality and society. Technology is important, but it should not be at the expense of relationships, bonds and connections, whether personal, family or community, otherwise we will eventually reap what we sow.

Daniel Gilbert indicates that other indicators of happiness and include, ownership over one’s decisions, hard work and feeling competent, and gratitude for your lot in life.

I wish you all the best and enjoy the time with your children.

Yours sincerely
Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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UPDATE: JAMES HOPE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS ONGOING

The first batch of James Hope College entrance examination was a success. Six centers nationwide on Saturday 27th January 2018 witnessed various entrants vie for an opportunity at the prestigious College. The Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Warri, and Agbor centers had eager parents waiting patiently in the visiting lounge as their children sat for the tests. Perfect decorum was maintained throughout the two-hour examination; after which the prospective students left the hall with smiles on their faces.

The Port Harcourt, Enugu, Warri and Agbor centers are looking forward to welcoming the second batch of potential students on Saturday, 3 February 2018.
The James Hope College was founded by Jim Ovia and sponsored by the Jim Ovia Foundation.

JHC Parents Newsletter 19 January 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

19th January 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings from a very pleasant Agbor, this is a lovely time of the year as the temperatures are cooler, humidity low and no rainfall for now.

The students have settled into the college routines and the DEAR programme is running well. Students are reading productively, and each will have an opportunity to provide insights and lessons gleaned from their reading via a table discussion at the forthcoming assemblies. Apart from instilling time management and organisational skills through the DEAR programme, we also attempt to develop high levels of student achievement in reading, writing, and speaking about their reading. Research has shown that the most effective instructional practices include students reading about a subject, writing about it and speaking competently and independently about it – this being referred to as authentic literacy . At each step, the learning deepens, until the student demonstrates mastery and ownership of the knowledge, at which point they can confidently express it to others.

Furthermore, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has informed us of the dates for the Year 9 Checkpoint examination dates and fees. More details to be shared about this shortly.

A note of gratitude to Mrs Itanyi for delivering the talk on ‘It’s my choice’ at the JHC Annual Formal Lunch last Saturday – see attached report.

In conclusion, ‘A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose’; and, ‘Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.’

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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JHC ANNUAL FORMAL LUNCH JANUARY 2018

On Saturday, 13th of January 2018, an aura of excitement enveloped the Great Hall of JHC on Saturday 13th January as students and staff marked the annual Formal Lunch. After the three-course meal, the guest speaker, Barrister Nkem Itanyi (a parent) delivered an inspiring lecture on the theme of the day which is “It’s My Choice” . The lecture was interactive and Mrs Itanyi spoke eloquently on critical issues that affect teenagers such as Boyfriend/Girlfriend relationships, Decision-making, Social media effects, Peer pressure and academic distractions. After the lecture the whole school gave a resounding standing ovation which was followed by the Head Boy and Head Girl giving a vote of thanks and presentation of a gift on behalf of the school.

JHC Parents Newsletter 10 January 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

10th January 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Compliments of the season…and now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been, 365 new days and 365 new opportunities!

We welcomed back all students and staff on Sunday. In addition, a new staff, Mr Andrew Umukoro, who is a senior English teacher, joined us from Day Waterman College – welcome to the JHC family.

Our focus this term is the continuance and consolidation of teaching and learning, this being in addition to our preparation for the forthcoming BECE, CIE Checkpoint and IGCSE external examinations.

The airlines have disappointed us again as there were no flights from Lagos to Benin on Sunday (and two weeks before this), consequently, a vast majority of our Lagos parents opted to send their children by road. Thus, it would be wise to consider whether air travel is still viable in view of the unreliability of the Lagos-Benin route. Please let me know your thoughts in this regard.

A fuller newsletter will be sent out next week.

In conclusion, ‘I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something’.

Have an awesome week!
Yours sincerely
Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or  abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

 

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JHC SCHOLAR?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JHC SCHOLAR?

READ, STUDY, LEARN TO ACQUIRE SKILLS AND VALUES, and to EXCEED

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 8 November 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

8th November 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Salutations and warm greetings!

Last Saturday we had another successful exchange with some private schools in Agbor and surrounds. In addition to the football we also had a fruitful interaction with music, arts and craft. This was very insightful as some schools proved to be very creative despite resource constraints.

A gentle reminder that we expect the parents of our Year 7, 8 and 10 students on this coming Saturday, 11th of November 2017, for the ACADEMIC REVIEW and PARENTS FORUM. We will gather in the Great Hall at 10.00 am for the Parents Forum which is anticipated not to be more than 30 minutes; after this, circa, 11.00 am the Academic Review will proceed with respective meetings in the Classrooms and Science & Technology areas. It is expected that we will conclude by 3.00 pm latest.

The Monday assembly was dedicated to the topic, ‘What it means to be a JHC Scholar’, this was a PowerPoint presentation and compilation was a distillation of the students’ research on this important topic. Please see the attached copy for edification.

In conclusion, ‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do’; and, ‘The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness’.

Have a fantastic week and I look forward to meeting you on Saturday.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 26 October 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

26th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that all is well.

This is just a short note to say that we have resumed the second half of this term in all vigor and vim with the focus on academics. Furthermore, 99.99% of students completed and returned the small research project regarding, ‘What is a JHC Scholar?’. It will be my pleasure to review these
and provide feedback to each student. I am disappointed that a handful of students did not fully complete this despite the crystal-clear instructions. Besides this, I am elated with the efforts and quality of work of the majority. Equally important, students will be exploring this topic at the next two assemblies.

Just a gentle reminder that all Year 11 parents are invited to the Study Pathways presentation – all Year 11 students will be in attendance. The date is Saturday, 28th of October from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm.

Also, a correction to be noted, the ACADEMIC REVIEW & PARENTS FORUM , on the 11th of November 2017 is for Years 7, 8 and 10 only. The intended date for Years 9 and 11’s will be 3rd of March 2018.

In conclusion, ‘Dare, dream, dance, smile, and sing loudly! And have faith that love is an unstoppable force!; and, ‘The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others’.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Lagos Liaison Office

JHC Lagos Liaison Office : Plot 2, Ajose Adeogun Street, Zenon House, Victoria Island (Left wing 6th floor).
Phone number : 07085369376.aboutus-2

 

 

JHC Parents Newsletter, 12 October 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

12th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

The end of half-term has arrived and the students will be on their way home for a short break. The Year 7 students are doing well as they quickly adapted to College routines. However, all students were encouraged to adopt a more scholarly attitude towards their studies, in fact, they have a small assignment to complete in the holidays about the meaning
of being a JHC Scholar.

This newsletter is packed with information and some requires action from our parents. In a nutshell – the JHC Cultural/Independence Day celebration, our first-ever local inter-school soccer tournament, some useful information regarding the monkey pox, the BOYD programme will be operational as from 22 October, Uniform reminders, Study pathways after Year 12, etc.

Enjoy your treasures for the next week and we look forward having them back on the 22nd of October 2017.

In conclusion, ‘Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success’; and, ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best’.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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