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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

Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 21 January 2019

PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER 

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

96.6%

66.9%

English & Maths)
English

100%

62%

Mathematics

100%

59.8%

Further Mathematics

100%

95.1%

Biology

100%

90.5%

Chemistry

100%

91.1%

Physics

100%

91.6%

 

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

Principal

JHC PARENTS NEWSLETTER 8th January 2019

PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER 

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

Principal

 

 

JHC Parents Newsletter 4th December 2018

PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER 

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
Principal

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)

REMINDERS


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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
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.
FUTURE EVENTS

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

JHC Parents Newsletter 14th November 2018

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’.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart

Principal

click here to download the JHC Parents Newsletter 14 November 2018

click here to download the BSO Standards

JHC PARENTS NEWSLETTER 7th November 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings from a lovely and cool Agbor! At JHC it is as busy as a beehive with one more week till the conclusion of the IGCSE examinations, internal examinations to start next week for the rest of the students, the BSO inspection, etc.

Next week Saturday, 17th November 2018 will be Academic Review for parents of Year 9, 11 and 12 students. Affected parents are urged to attend as critical information will be shared. More importantly, staff reviewing with parents the performance of students affords a one-on-one opportunity to share areas of strength as well as areas for improvement to progress to the next level in their learning. I have attached a pdf document which may assist with helping parents to make the most of this precious time.

The JHC Entrance Exams 2019/20 are currently advertised in national newspapers and on the website. If you have family or friends who have children of the correct age to start College, then please share this information with them. To note, the Open Day for prospective parents is Saturday, 24th November 2018.

Renowned author, Maya Angelou said, ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style – upon reflection we may ask, ‘What is my mission, or do I just plod on from one day to the next?’. And James Faust reminds us of the importance of accepting the contradictions of life but that there is a higher purpose to what we go through, ‘If there were no night, we would not appreciate the day, nor could we see the stars and the vastness of the heavens. We must partake of the bitter with the sweet. There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.

Enjoy the week ahead and as the French speakers would say, ‘au revoir’ – until we meet again.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart

Principal

THE JHC ENTRANCE EXAMINATION FOR 2019/2020 IS NOW OPEN!

Please note that early application is recommended. Offer of places are subject to availability and the Admissions Procedures of the school.

You can download a copy of the application form by clicking JHC Entrance Examination Application Form 28 SEPT 2018

JHC PARENTS NEWSLETTER 26th October 2018

PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

 

26th October 2018

 Dear Parents and Friends,

Time certainly flies when you enjoy yourself. No doubt, the students currently on half-term break will be wanting an extra few days holiday. However, the reality is that we have an extremely busy second half-term ahead and all of us, including students, will have to do their part. Thus, we are looking forward welcoming them this coming Sunday, bright-eyed and eager to continue to do their best.

A reminder to all parents to check that your children have all the correct uniform items and correct gear, in other words, no clothing items which are not approved or electronic devices, etc. before their arrival on campus.

The Year 12 students have been engaged in the IGCSE examinations and will be completing the last examination in less than three weeks’ time. Once again, a vote of thanks to the staff who stayed back to ensure that these pioneers are well cared for, academically and physically. Here is a summary of the programme for the next half-term.

Date Events 
10th October – 14th November 2018 IGCSE examinations
19th – 28th October 2018 Half-term Break for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
12th – 15th November 2018 British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection
17th November 2018 Academic Review Year 9, 11 & 12 Students only
24th November 2018 Open Day for prospective parents and students
30th November 2018 Year 12’s to vacate early for end of term
02nd December 2018 JHC Xmas Concert
07th December 2018 End of term and all students return on 6th January 2019

 

In conclusion, here are some wise counsel for a positive day and life: ‘Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.’ Enjoy the weekend until we meet again.

 

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart

 

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JHC EMERGES WINNER AT THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS QUIZ COMPETITION

James Hope College clinches the victory trophy at the 2018 Nigerian Society of Engineers Quiz Competition on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 ahead of six other competing schools that made the Grand Finale. The Quiz started out with over 20 schools enrolled in the competition but after four competing rounds featuring questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General knowledge, Chimere Ezeiruaku and Oghenefega Ejovi Terese of James Hope College emerged victors.

The competition took place at the Ministry of Works, Delta State with about 14 student representatives in attendance. At the end of the session-engaging competition, JHC emerged overall winner of the competition. Members of staff and students of the College shared their excitement upon reception of the news.

 

Photo excerpts:

 

NSoE Quiz 11

JHC PARENTS NEWSLETTER 10th OCTOBER 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this letter finds you in good spirits. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to the Year 12’s who are starting the IGCSE examinations today .

A BIG thank you to all the parents who turned out for the Parents Visiting day last week Saturday – what a fantastic gathering, joyous noise and cheerful chattering filled the campus; after all, this is what gives any school its life, the people who fills and passes through it. It was good to see all and have informal conversations about a range of matters. The Great Hall was filled at both levels and the picnic tables are a great addition with some opting to have their meals outside.

‘The secret to success is constancy to purpose’ , or to paraphrase, ‘being consistent is the foundation of being successful’ . How true this is whether you are a student, teacher, entrepreneur or a parent. When it comes to striving for success, consistency can be monotonous. It’s not something that exactly ignites passion and drive. But it’s the one thing that separates those who hit their goals week in and week out, and those that don’t. Consistency is silent, it’s completely under the radar and it’s the key differentiator between success and failure. The following have been identified as the benefits of consistency in one’s life and work:

1. Accountability – This is probably the most obvious factor and easily overlooked. It’s innately human to deflect responsibility and point blame elsewhere when we haven’t got the outcome we wanted. By creating consistency around work/school goals and targets, and implementing practices that keep you on course, you inevitably create accountability for not only yourself but your team.

2. Clarity – Further to accountability, clarity is another inevitable outcome of consistency. Consistency will give you clarity, allowing you to focus with a fierce, undeterrable nature. Also, to prioritise by categorising urgent and non-urgent tasks and this helps to stay focused and consistent.

3. Motivation – We feel much better when you are on top of your work for the day or week – one feels unstoppable, fierce and motivated. One’s effort and productivity increase significantly, and you are constantly motivated to just keep going, and do better every time.

4. Confidence – When you are clear minded & motivated, it’s only normal that your confidence is raised. You’ll find yourself a lot more assertive, self-assured and confident in the decisions you are making.

The above is all interrelated. Consistency truly is key when it comes to success in all areas of life – school, work, business and socially.

Enjoy the week ahead until we meet again.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart

Principal