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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.


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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


JHC Parents Newsletter 12 July 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

We have reached the end of another academic year and upon reflection it has been another successful and joyous one. In fact, on Saturday, 14th of July, at our annual Prizegiving I will share the milestones reached and the joys we have experienced.

With the previous newsletter I congratulated the Year 9 students who did excellently well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations . This fantastic achievement was praised throughout Nigeria with the great news placed in national newspapers on several days. Well done!

The students who were part of the International Award for Young People Nigeria (a.k.a JHC DoE), completed the adventurous journey part recently and camping was definitely a new experience for some – but more information on this in the next newsletter.

I have perused all the students reports and commended where necessary and encouraged to improve where required. Please study your child’s report and support where it is needed.

As usual, the final newsletter contains a generous portion of information & reminders and parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with it. Take note of the information from the VP’s Academic and Pastoral , as well as Uniform Matters .

In conclusion, ‘The achievements of an organisation are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’, and, ‘In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit’.

I look forward meeting up with you on Saturday to personally thank you for your support and contributions throughout this year.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart


James Hope College (JHC) has recorded an exceptional 100% grade summary in Mathematics, Science and English in the recently published 2018 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination results. Of all 29 students that sat for the examinations, no candidate scored less than good with the highest scale pegged at 6.0.

Speaking on the brilliant performance of the students, the Founder/Chairman of James Hope College, Mr. Jim Ovia applauded the students for such excellent performance; adding that it was a worthy reward for the efforts both the students and the teachers put in for the examinations and a testimonial to what the College stands for. It has been a great and rewarding session for JHC and we congratulate our high flyers and wish them greater successes and excellence in future feats.

James Hope College is a world-class private residential school in a beautiful and tranquil area of Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria, which offers a unique Nigerian/British style curriculum. We offer holistic learning programmes to foster the future leaders of Nigeria. We also offer a unique scholarship programme supported by an endowment fund from the Jim Ovia Foundation.

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James Hope Cambridge AD 2018 01

James Hope Cambridge AD 2018 02

JHC hosts its first-ever Career Fair


The maiden edition of the JHC Career Fair kicked-off in fine form on Saturday, 23 June 2018. We had about 80 students, 60 parents and all JHC members of staff in attendance. James Hope College understands how important making a career choice is for students and parents; hence, we began preparation for the fair in September 2017 and left no stone unturned.

Eleven prestigious organizations were represented and had information booths where students and parents could inquire about study options after JHC. Some of them like 3AG Global Resources Ltd., Rockport & Northern Ireland Boarding Schools, D – GRACE Educational Consult, Ashley & George Education, Bridge House College, Edo University Iyamho, Great Future Consultants Ltd., MEL Educational Services, Rhemalisa International Educational Services Ltd., UKEAS Nigeria, Chelis Education CEC and Regent School were happy to answer all inquiries.

The event was a huge success. Parents and students alike added that it was “an informative and enlightening event” and “definitely worth the travel”.

We thank all our members of staff for their tireless efforts in reaching out to esteemed organizations to share study options for the current Year 9, 10 and 11 students and their parents; and working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth progression of the day’s programme.

The Career Fair was worth every effort and we look forward to hosting this fair annually featuring several career talks by professionals from the medical, legal, communication, finance and engineering sector.

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An aerial view of attendees of the James Hope College Career Fair 2018 at the Great hall, James Hope College Agbor on Saturday;

Career Fair 3

Students of James Hope College paying rapt attention to one of the consultants during the Career Fair 2018;

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Parents and Consultants alike share ideas during the Career Fair 2018.

JHC Parents Newsletter 29th June 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

With only two more weeks until the close of this academic year, there never seem to be enough time in the day to complete everything. But students and staff alike are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday with family and friends.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 9 students who did excellently well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations … 100% of students achieved grades Good to Excellent which is a JHC first! The top achievers were acknowledged and praised at the assembly this morning. More information to follow.

Moreover, the first ever JHC Career Fair kicked-off in fine form on Saturday, 23rd of June 2018. I wish to thank all staff for their tireless efforts in making this event a success but more so the students and parents who attended. For more info on the Career Fair, see the article on the JHC website Homepage.

Furthermore, attached please find a copy of the JHC Academic Calendar for 2018/2019 – this was shared earlier this year. The reason I am sharing this again is for parents to arrange their affairs
accordingly as not to make plans during school time (teaching and learning time) which can impact negatively on their child’s progress. I want to commend the 99 % of our parents who do comply. To be noted, some reasons for approved absences are medical reasons and important family matters.

However, please don’t expect us to rubber-stamp arrangements which are made without seeking the College’s input first, after all, we are in a partnership to ensure that the best is done for your child and unilateral decisions do not bode well. JHC is not like any other school as we teach a dual curriculum which means every day is critical to ensure completion of the teaching and learning programmes. Your cooperation is expected and valued.

I look forward to your attendance of the annual JHC Prizegiving on Saturday, 14 th of July 2018 .

In conclusion, ‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it . ’, and,‘I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value ’.

Yours faithfully
Abraham P. Swart


JHC Parents Newsletter 14th June,2018


14th June,2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

EXAMINATIONS or EXAMS…a word that fills most students with dread but soon JHC students will be breathing sighs of relief as these will be concluded shortly.

Examinations are important as students can demonstrate what they know and can do. It also enables teachers to be confident in the accuracy of their judgements about each student. Each subject has a specific body of knowledge that students are expected to learn, for example in Physics, students might learn about thermodynamics, while Geography students might learn about tectonic plate movements. Exams enable us to accurately test students’ breadth of understanding of these topics.

Furthermore, exams offer students opportunities to demonstrate inculcated higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis and decision-making thus revealing their real skills, talents and knowledge. In addition, there is evidence that both studying for and sitting exams deepens learning. Studying is like exercising.

When one exercises, the muscles in use grow stronger. Likewise, the process of searching through ones memory and retrieving the relevant information strengthens that memory pathway for future uses. Consequently, examinations also have the power to enhance what students know.

Congratulations to the newly appointed prefects, Naomi Ajudua, Thelma Gbe, Chineben Ogbuigwe, Akajuigo Amucheazi, Iniebi Inaibo, Kelechi Kelechi-Samuel, Franklin Damasus, Oladele Hotonu, Oghenetega Bazunu, Otuobi Nwagwu, Ifechukwude Isichei, Efemena Juweto, Aroesiri Enameguono, Joan Amahia, Motunrayo Asalu and Peace Osamor. Moreover, Aroesiri has been selected as Head boy with Akajuigo as the deputy Head boy and Naomi the Head girl and Thelma, deputy Head girl.

Serving as a prefect is a privilege and an opportunity to be of service to others and to lead by example…we wish them well! A gentle reminder, on the 23rd of June the College will have a Careers Fair, all Year 9, 10 and 11 Parents and students will be expected to attend and we will start promptly at 10.10 am

In conclusion, ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’, and, ‘To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity’.

Yours faithfully,

Abraham P. Swart