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DRAFT JHC Academic Calendar 2019-2020 March 2019

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Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you in good spirits. It was quite strange to start the term in the middle of the week as we have always been accustomed to a weekend start.

The Year 12’s are in full WAEC examination mode and they are encouraged daily to persevere and to do their best. The last examination will be on Tuesday, 28th May but some will finish early on the 22nd May 2019. Any Year 12 students who have completed all registered examinations can leave once they are done, either the same day or the following morning. Parents are requested to make these arrangements as no Year 12’s will be allowed to stay on longer as they have completed their programme of studies. We look forward meeting up with all Year 12’s at the JHC Year 12 Graduation on 29th of June 2019.

Please note that, all students, Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, will have a half-term break in this term. It is expected that the Year 9’s will write the BECE examinations in mid-June. However, we will confirm if changes are required. As the Year 12’s will all be vacated by the 28th May, we will adjust the Year 11’s timetable to be given extra lessons in the freed-up Year 12 lessons.

At present, I am perusing in detail each student’s report and progress. – my heart beats with joy with the progress of the majority but then I am also concerned with the lack of progress of a handful. I wish to reiterate that the lack of progress is not because of a lack of ability but mostly due to a lack of application and consistency.

At JHC we develop students into scholars and part of that journey is an expectation to be diligent and practice what is learned, and for each one to battle the adversities of passivity, mediocrity and indifference. As per routine, I will be inviting parents of students who are not applying themselves, to meet with me to discuss the way forward.

Here is wishing you a glorious day and I look forward seeing you on Saturday, 11th of May for the Academic Review (Years 7, 8 & 10).

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart



Dear Parents and Friends,

I hope that all is well. As we are now in receipt of the official WAEC EXAMINATION TIMETABLE for the 2019 cycle, and as promised I have attached a JHC WAEC Timetable May-June 2019 for your perusal and to update you on the decision regarding our Year 12 students.

To note, the first examination starts on Wednesday, 17th of April 2019 which is followed by Data Processing on Tuesday, 23rd of April 2019. To avoid the risk of Year 12’s not returning to College in time and missing the examination, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has decided that ALL Year 12’s will stay on campus and not return home as previously decided.

The decision only affects the Year 12 students and the Year 11 students are expected to vacate on Thursday, 18th April and return with the rest of the school on Wednesday, 24th of April 2019. Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin Departure – Friday, 12th April for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 Departure – Thursday, 18th April for Years 11 11:55 am 12.10 pm Return: Wednesday, 24th April 2019 10:25 am 10:45 am

As a practice, all tickets should be forwarded to lekkyes.dadwang@jameshopecollege.edu.ng, and sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng at least two weeks before the departure date.

Also note that the above timings are subject to change by the airline.

In conclusion, ‘Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you’.

I wish you a good evening until we meet again.

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart


JHC Parents Newsletter 28th March 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that you are healthy, happy and content. In two weeks’ time, this term will be at its end,  and after the Easter break, the rush of examination activities will befall us with all intensity. So, I would encourage those students who have the privilege to enjoy a break to make the most of it.

Since beginning times, almost every history and culture has celebrated the beauty of poetry. Epics such as the Iliad and Odyssey, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf celebrated man’s struggles, while Shakespearean sonnets captured the exquisiteness of poetry. Edgar Allen Poe credits poetry for being the “rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” Not forgetting our own Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Chinua Achebe, Jimi Solanke, Mabel Segun, etc. With such accolades, one cannot ignore the importance and enrichment that poetry brings to any curriculum, in any language.

However, poetry is so much more than meter and rhyme for the versatility of this medium lends itself to any lesson, any grade level, and every student.

As such, we celebrate poetry at James Hope College, and I want to share some poems written by our own budding poets in this newsletter. A generic title, ‘The Last Page’ was given and students had to write about this using their own words. Please enjoy this as we enjoyed it when it was presented at a recent assembly – these creations are insightful, touching and comes from innovative minds and vivid imaginations.

In conclusion, What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations’.

Here is wishing you a splendid evening.

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart


JHC Parents Newsletter 13th March 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,

I am happy to report that all is well as we are underway with the second half of term two after an unintended extra week of holiday due to unforeseen circumstances.

In view of the aforesaid, it has become necessary to adjust the JHC Academic calendar in order to make up for teaching, learning and examination preparations. I have attached the revised calendar for your perusal to plan accordingly. In essence,

1. JHC will break for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 on Friday, 12th April 2019 and resume on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

2. Years 11 and 12 will continue for another week and will have a short break for Easter from Thursday, 18th April – Wednesday, 24th April 2019 – this is to allow them to spend Easter with their families. However, as the official WAEC timetable has not yet been released, it is possible that the Year 12’s might need to return before the 24th of April if there is a WAEC examination on Tuesday, 23rd or Wednesday, 24th of April. Once we have more details then we will communicate accordingly.

3. The JHC Annual Sports day will be deferred until next academic year.

4. The Year 12 Graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, 29th June 2019.

5. The current Year 11’s will return to College two weeks (Sunday, 25th August 2019) before the start of the new academic year for final IGCSE examination preparations.

In conclusion, ‘Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honour your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth’. Here is wishing you a wonderful day until we meet again.

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart


JHC Parents Newsletter 16 February 2019


16th February 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the Presidential and the National Assembly Elections to Saturday, 23rd February 2019 while that of the Governorship, States House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory Elections will hold on Saturday, 9th March 2019. Therefore, the Board of Governors of James Hope College has granted an extension of the resumption date of all students to Monday,11th March 2019.

We would like to use this medium to inform our parents and friends that the Inter-house Athletic day has also been postponed and a new date will be announced when we have a clearer picture after 11th March 2019.

We are aware that our Year 12 students are preparing for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) at the moment. Therefore, all teaching staff have been asked to send additional reading materials to them in order to cover for the extended time they will spend at home. We implore parents/guardians to assist in ensuring that these students sit down to complete the tasks set for them by their teachers.

We wish to thank our parents for their understanding at all times and if we have further information or changes to any of the above, it will be shared as soon as possible

Yours truly,

Clement Ikuyinminu

Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)

For: Principal

JHC Parents Newsletter 5th February 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you well and in good spirits, if not then I would remind you not to forget to SMILE, despite the situation we find ourselves in. Like laughter, smiling is part of the universal language which indicates positivity, acceptance, kindness and happiness; after all, ‘Because of our smiles, life becomes more beautiful’.

This term is already halfway and in a few days our students and staff will break for a respite. The respite or holidays is an opportunity for all students to reflect on the recently concluded assessments and refocus their energies to make the most of the next sessions. The College cannot stress the importance of parental support in its efforts to mould and shape the students and your children, in becoming well-rounded and knowledgeable future leaders.

As such, we need to always be cognisant about what we say and do around our children as anything negative can undermine our collective efforts and make our character-building endeavours nugatory. We have had instances over the last few months where some parents question College policies and processes and encourage their child not to comply with protocol and expectations. If in doubt about certain things, then you are encouraged to contact the College for clarification.

Furthermore, parents are encouraged to read the newsletters fully and regularly as they contain the most up-to-date information about JHC – these are sent out (via email) every two weeks and immediately posted on our website.

Parents are also reminded to update us about addresses and contact details when changes occur. It is not good to lament that you did not get any school communication when you have not updated your email address! On another note, I believe that we have the most beautiful campus in the world, manicured green spaces and world-class facilities, and maintaining it to this impeccable manner is a priority.

However, we have found that during the upliftment and dropping-off of students at the end and start of terms, the drivers, who parents are using (whether in a mini-van, bus or SUV or car) ignore the yellow garbage bins (carefully placed around the campus) and simply dump (litter) their rubbish (food packaging, drink bottles, sweet wrappers, etc.) where they park. This is unacceptable and we ask you for your cooperation in this matter.

In conclusion, ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone’. Here is wishing you a great week until we meet again.

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart


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JHC Parents Newsletter 21 January 2019


21st January 2019

James Hope College is rapidly growing in stature, buoyed by excellent results in external examinations, both local and international. Furthermore, an external quality assurance inspection, the BSO report, verified and confirmed the high quality of teaching and learning as well as the high standard of our facilities.

Now I am proud to announce, as advertised in the national newspapers (copy of the advertisement can be found at www.jameshopecollege.edu.ng), the excellent results our pioneer students achieved in the recently concluded (October/November 2018) Cambridge (CIEA) IGCSE examinations. The students and staff certainly did not rest upon their laurels/oars…CONGRATULATIONS! But also, a note of gratitude to our parents who supported and believed in us…THANK YOU! Once again, we recognise and are grateful for the benevolence of our founders, Mr Jim Ovia and Mrs Kay Ovia!

Further analysis of the results reveals that our students even surpassed the 5 A* – C (including English and Mathematics) subjects benchmark in comparison to UK Schools for 2018 (UK Student Performance Analysis).


James Hope College % 2018 UK National % 2018
5 Subjects A*-C (including



English & Maths)






Further Mathematics













In conclusion, Malachi 3v10: ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it’. We are certainly blessed in abundance, accordingly, let us not forget to give praise to our Creator and give what is owing to him.

Good health until we meet again.

Yours truly

Abraham P. Swart




8th January 2019

Dear Parents and Friends,

College has resumed for term two and after a few days the cobwebs of the holidays will be wiped off as we get into the routines of our work and studies.

James Hope College is proud to announce that we are now an officially accredited British School Overseas (BSO.) Following a detailed inspection carried out in November by a team of three British inspectors we can now formally reveal the results of the report, which shows how JHC fully meets all the standards for British Schools Overseas accreditation as laid out by the Department for Education of the UK Government.

The full details of the inspection can be read in the attached report, but everyone found it to be a positive experience despite the rigour and hard work involved. During the inspection visit, over 50 lessons were observed by the inspectors. School documentation and policies were analysed and data reviewed. Students’ workbooks were scrutinised, discussions were held with the senior staff, the management team, a range of teachers and students.

The summary statement says, “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 vision of the board and the leadership provided by the Principal are excellent. 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.”- BSO report November 2018.

Of course, the main purpose of the report was not simply to validate the work that the school is currently doing but also to look at areas for future improvement and these have already formed an action plan to move the school forward. JHC is not only fully committed to achieving its mission but also to be the leading school in the country and beyond, so all the feedback and suggestions listed in the report were welcomed.

All in all, we are obviously extremely pleased with the report. It is a clear recognition of the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the staff here and the school community as a whole – not forgetting the magnanimity of our founders, Mr. and Mrs Ovia. However, we are certainly not resting on our oars/laurels and this will give us further impetus and enthusiasm for the many developments and future improvements that are already under-way.

In conclusion, ‘Progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking’. Keep well until we meet again.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart




JHC Parents Newsletter 4th December 2018


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.

Yours faithfully
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 clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and you will get a response.

I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.
Clement Ikuyinminu
Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)


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.

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).

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):

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin
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 lekkyes.dadwang@jameshopecollege.edu.ng, and
sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng at least two weeks before the departure date. Also note
that the above timings are subject to change by the airline.

Date Event
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
abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng .

Download the 4th Dec. 2018 Parent’s Newsletter here