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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

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


click here to download the JHC Parents Newsletter 14 November 2018

click here to download the BSO Standards


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



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




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


JHC Parents Newsletter 26 October 2018[/highlig


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


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


JHC Parents Newsletter 25th September 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

‘No subject of study is more important than reading…all other intellectual powers depend on it.’ – as such, reading is one of the vital activities encouraged at JHC. At the recent Monday assemblies’ students had the opportunity to share the importance of what they have read over the summer holidays.

This is an interactive activity that doesn’t merely ask for a recall of information but answers to questions requiring deep reading. Thus far, those invited on stage, from Year 7 to Year 12 students, have risen to the challenge. The above is one way to inspire confidence and boost authentic literacy.

This include students reading about a subject, writing about it and speaking competently and independently about it. 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. On another matter, previously the Year 9 students were congratulated for doing well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations.

Currently, we now praise them for an outstanding BECE result, the best-ever for JHC…CONGRATULATIONS! For more details please read the information ‘FROM THE DESK of the VICE PRINCIPAL (Academic)’. Furthermore, carefully consider the information summarised under ‘FUTURE EVENTS’ as your attendance and support will be required.

In conclusion, ‘A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds. A good deed is never lost; he or she who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he/she who plants kindness gathers love’; also, ‘There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.’, and, ‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down’. Enjoy the week ahead and I look forward seeing you on Saturday, 6th of October for the Parents Visiting Day.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart


JHC Parents Newsletter 13th September 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

On Saturday the new Year 7 students were welcomed to the James Hope College family, and on Sunday the rest of the students – they were all ‘bright and bushy-tailed’! It was a great start with the news that we had the best-ever BECE results with five students achieving straight A’s, but more on this in the next newsletter.

The students are settling in well as we focussed on the essential tasks on hand, namely, getting into our academic routines as well as completing the usual organisational matters. Furthermore, we have added five more staff to our family. It is my pleasure to introduce, Mrs. Prosper Aboyegi (Science), Mrs. Taiwo Sokoya (House parent and PE), Mr Kingsley Akpabio (Science and Maths), Mr. Oluchuwu Eke (Igbo) and Mr Gabriel Edeh (ICT) – they were recruited from reputable schools and brings with them a wealth of experience and good teaching practices.

This year is another milestone for JHC as we are now five years old with all levels in operation, from Year 7 to 12. We have grown and performed well since September 2013 and our pioneer students will sit the first ever IGCSE and WAEC examinations.

The theme for this year is ‘CONSISTENCY MATTERS’ – continual encouragement and reminders will focus on the steadfast adherence to principles and behaviours which will propel us to greater heights. After all, whatever the task or project if one works harder, apply more energy and time to it, and are more consistent then the overall result will be better. A few changes have necessitated some minor adjustments to the 2018/19 academic calendar and this will be shared soon.

In conclusion, ‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart Principal


JHC Parents Newsletter 22nd August 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

The August holidays will soon be concluding and then it is back to school, yes, another school year is upon us! I can’t tell you enough how excited my team and I are as we have spent the holidays and months before to ensure that we are on track to have another great year.

I trust that our students had a relaxing time and are energised to continue to do well upon resumption. Similarly, our staff have made the most of this well-deserved break and are ready for another productive academic year.

This school year is truly going to be something special. Why? Because I can promise you that James Hope College is going to be a place filled with joy, passion, and learning. At JHC we want each and every person that comes onto this campus to know they are valued and that they hold tremendous worth. We want to teach our students to “Be Courageous and Give it a Go”.We believe in fresh-starts and new beginnings. We believe in growth and potential. And we believe in bringing everyone together to accomplish success. To the students, I want you to know how much we truly care about you at JHC.

You are the reason we come to work every day. You matter to each and every one of us. When you come onto this campus, you are the most important thing in the world to us. We hope that every day you reside on campus, to know how special you are and just how much potential you hold. To the parents and friends, you are just as important. Without you, we will not reach our full potential as a school. We value you and your opinions. We look to you as a partner in your child’s education. We are excited to work with you and at JHC you are always welcome.

To everyone, this is a team effort. We know it will take an entire school community coming together, as such we invite you to fully participate in all events in the upcoming school year.

To my Year 12’s, your journey starts early and we are ready to welcome you on Sunday, 26th August; the new Year 7’s on Saturday, 8th September and the rest of the students on Sunday, 9th September 2018.

Please re-read the last newsletter posted on the 12 th of July 2018 to familiarise yourselves and your children before resumption with expectations regarding summer reading, uniform, and items not to be brought on campus, etc. The latter is important as it can become distractions which we can do without.

This academic year is filled with unlimited potential and we are ready to meet each and every challenge head on!

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart