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JHC CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY

JHC CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY

 

On June 8, CNN is asking students around the world to celebrate World Oceans Day with a Zero Plastic Lunch — a lunch with no single-use plastics. Schools and students then share photos of their lunches, and videos explaining what changes they made to their lunch, with CNN on social media and email.

James Hope College will partner with other schools on this project. The best submissions will be featured on CNN TV and their live blog online.

You can find more information about Zero Plastic Lunch Day, including articles about our oceans, learning PDFs in different languages, and a video on single-use plastics for schools to screen on their website, www.cnn.com/zeroplasticlunch.

CNN produced some FAQs about the initiative and how schools can take part:

What is it? #ZeroPlasticLunch is a day-long, student-driven event to raise awareness of single-use plastic waste within schools and communities around the world.

  • When is it? World Oceans Day, June 8, 2018.
  • What is the problem with plastics? Every year the world produces 300 million tons of plastic — eight million tons of which goes into our oceans. More than 40% of our plastic trash falls under the single-use plastic umbrella — that is, plastic designed to be used just once. Sometimes this plastic is used for minutes before being discarded, but it stays in our environment for hundreds of years. As single-use plastics decompose, they release toxic chemicals that damage our natural habitat and harm marine animals. Of all the plastic created, only 9% of it has been recycled. And by 2050, the UN predicts that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
  • What is CNN asking schools to do? On June 8 this year, CNN is asking students around the world to celebrate World Oceans Day with a Zero Plastic Lunch — a lunch with no single-use plastic components.
  • CNN wants you to evaluate the number of single-use plastics — such as packaging, cutlery and straws — that you use throughout the week. Then, think about replacing these items with environmentally friendly alternatives. For example, swap a plastic straw — which takes 450 years to decompose — with a paper one, or simply don’t use one at all. You can participate in the campaign by sharing a photo of your normal lunch and your Zero Plastic Lunch with CNN, by emailing ZeroPlasticLunch@cnn.com, or using the hashtag #ZeroPlasticLunch on social media. You can also send a video, telling CNN about the changes you will make to use less single-use plastics.
  • CNN is also combating plastic straws, which are used once then trashed — hardly any are recycled. Convince your school to ban plastic straws, and share with CNN by emailing thelaststraw@cnn.com, or using the hashtag #thelaststraw.

You can find more information about Zero Plastic Lunch Day, including articles about the oceans, learning PDFs in different languages, and a video on single-use plastics for schools to screen on their website, www.cnn.com/zeroplasticlunch.

 

Furthermore, peruse the JHC contribution through the following links:

 

https://twitter.com/JHCAgbor

https://youtu.be/pZf3_de2qjc

 

JHC Parents Newsletter 1st June, 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

As we are getting ready to receive our Year 7, 8 and 10 students this Sunday, I want to thank my staff for the extra work that was done to support our Year 9 and 11 students over the past week for the respective BECE and IGCSE examination preparations.

With teachers’ comments such as, ’ When you find yourself lying awake at 3:00 in the morning, wondering what you can do to make yourself a better teacher, you have reached the point where you really do understand what teaching all about is ; and, ‘ This is not a profession — it is a passion !’ confirms that teaching is a calling and a labour of love. I wholeheartedly believe that teaching is a high calling. It is not merely a call to help students learn how to read and write well or be mathematically competent, it is also a call to shape their character and become productively engaged citizens of this world. As such I want to commend all my staff for their commitment and dedication on behalf of the future leaders of Nigeria!

Students have the privilege to bring Flash Drives to school for designated school work. However, a handful of students abuse this as they add movies and music files at home which is against college rules. Parents are requested to check the contents of this before they arrive on Sunday and delete any material which is against college rules. Also, only flash drives (4 to 16 GB) are permitted and not the larger external storage devices which normally exceeds 250 GB.

On 23 rd of June the College will have a Careers Fair ,all Year 9, 10 and 11 Parents and students will be expected to attend – more details to follow soon.

In conclusion, ‘ There’s nothing so kingly or queenly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth’; and, ‘Teaching is the royal road to learning’.

Yours faithfully
Abraham P. Swart

Principal

JHC Parents Newsletter 15th May, 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings to all our parents and friends from a cool Agbor where we are enjoying the rainy season.

There is a saying that ‘practice makes perfect’, as such our Year 9 students are in full assessment mode this week in sitting full practice examinations or ‘mock exams’ in getting prepared for the BECE external examinations later this term. The logic is that the more practice they are given, the better the result will be. The standards have been set and this year’s results should be nothing less than the previous achievements.

It may appear that the emphasis for examination preparation is only on the Years 9 and 11 students but far from it, as ALL STUDENTS are expected to learn, revise, study and do their best continuously – this reminder is shared regularly.

I am privileged to have two large display boards outside my office which have students’ art work on it and these pieces are changed every term. The latest displays from our Year 10 students are simply breath-taking and a testimony to the dedication of both our art teacher Mrs Margaret Ogbe-Asenguah and her students.

The use of colours is vivid and stimulating, field of depth and perspective excellent and use of space interesting and bold; some pieces are contrasting, and others are flowing and calm. I have shared some images on the next page.

In conclusion, ‘Life is the art of drawing without an eraser’; and, ‘Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.’

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart

Principal

JHC Parents Newsletter 2nd May,2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

We are in the last stretch of this academic year and it is and will be ‘all hands on deck’ to use a nautical term. As such a ‘thank you’ to the Year 9’s who started a week earlier but also to the staff who supported whilst they prepared and wrote the CIEA Check point examinations.

Of importance, for the Year 9 and 11 students there will be no mid-term break as they will stay on campus for the respective BECE and IGCSE examination preparations. Please read this under ‘Reminders” on the next page and more information will be shared later. Likewise, the current Year 11’s (Year 12’s for the new academic year) will return to College two weeks before the start of the new academic year, Sunday, 26th of August 2018, for IGCSE examination preparations.

Furthermore, as from 25th of May 2018 there will be new data protection regulations (General Data Protection Regulation -GDPR) that will come into effect. This will supersede the old Data Protection regulations and enhances some aspects. We will communicate more information on this as time goes on and be assured that personal and confidential information will continue to be protected.

In addition, don’t forget the 14th of July 2018, the JHC Annual Prize-Giving, when our students’ achievements are celebrated and echoed – all parents are encouraged to attend. In conclusion, ‘ Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago ’; and, ‘Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship’; also, ‘Perfection is not attainable , but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence’; and lastly, ‘To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.’

Yours faithfully
Abraham P. Swart Principal

JHC Parents Newsletter 26th March, 2018

  PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

26th March, 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

This has been a productive term with a variety of activities in both academic and non-academic. I extend gratitude to our parents who supported us, the staff who laboured intensively and our students who are attempting to do their best. JHC is a small college, but the work involved in taking care of our students, in curricular and co-curricular matters, and ensuring optimal operational efficiency takes the same amount of effort as running a larger school. So, all the support is always welcomed and valued.

We are a young school, only five years in the making and we need as parents to temper our expectations with regards to certain matters. However, I can assure you that we will always do our best to ensure that each child’s needs are catered for and met.

Our school will be on Easter break from Wednesday, 28th March onwards, and the Year 9’s will return on 15th April and all other students on 22nd April. During the break, I ask parents to check that the school uniform items are checked and cleaned, blazers to be dry cleaned, proper socks are bought, etc. But more importantly, take time to read through the academic report of your child, discuss areas of concern and encourage them to always give their best; furthermore, contact the school if you have any concerns and we will assist readily.

This edition of the newsletter features the Sports Day, held on the 17th March 2018 as contributed by Mr Gbenga Akindele.

 

In conclusion, a few thoughts as we are about to celebrate Easter with family and friends, ‘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.’ ; and, ‘Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smil e of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.’

Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and friends.

Yours faithfully

Abraham P. Swart Principal

JHC Parents Newsletter, 13th March 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

13th March 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings from a cool and beautiful Agbor. Our students have just completed their examinations and will be sharing progress reports when we break for the Easter holidays.
Education Outside the Classroom (EOtC) which include field-trips is an important part of learning. It has a host of benefits, for example, it can help to bring many school subjects alive as they focus on real results and consequences, provides experiential opportunities allowing students to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, to manage risk and to cope with change.

Quality learning experiences in ‘real’ situations have the capacity to raise achievement across a range of subjects and to develop better personal and social skills. When these experiences are well planned, safely managed and personalized to meet the needs of every student they can:
• Improve academic achievement.

• Provide a bridge to higher order learning.

• Develop skills and independence in a widening range of environments.

• Make learning more engaging and relevant to young people.

• Develop active citizens and stewards of the environment. • Nurture creativity. • Stimulate, inspire and improve motivation. • Improve young people’s attitudes
On another note, I want to thank our Year 9 and 11 parents who attended the Academic Review day to discuss the progress of their children. It is the expectation that parents will partner with us in our effort to ensure the children achieve to the best of their abilities but also exceed in the respective external examinations.
A gentle reminder…this weekend, Saturday 17th March 2018, JHC will be holding its annual Sports Day event combined with Parents Visiting Day. It promises to be an exciting day and the students are eagerly looking forward to this day.

Parents are welcome to bring along drinks and food items to share with their children. We look forward to seeing you all. The event will start by 10:00am.
In conclusion, this edition of the newsletter features reports on some of the events that took place during the term. We appreciate and look forward to your continuous support of all our school matters both academic and non-academic.
Stephen Hawking, a renowned scientist said: ‘People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.’; and, ‘However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at’.

Yours sincerely

Abraham P. Swart

Principal

 

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 28th February 2018

                                            PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

28th February 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that all is well.

Firstly, we are proud to announce the membership of James Hope College to the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MIA) programme. This programme will provide technology education for students and staff spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with information and communications technology management – from a complete Computer Science and Office 365 curricula geared toward converting computer users into computer developers as well as converting computer users into productivity software experts. Students can get hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft technology to learn new skills and gain a competitive edge in the next step in their academics.

To learn more about the programme please CLICK to see the attached launch brief.

Secondly, all staff are labouring intensively to prepare our Year 9 and 11 students for their respective examinations in April, May/June and October, through booster classes and subject clinics. In addition, the Year 11 students will receive additional support over several weekends and during the holidays to perform at optimum level for the scheduled IGCSE examinations. Please see the information from Mr Ikuyinminu.

In the third instance, I look forward seeing the parents of our Year 9 and 11 students for the Academic Review this Saturday at 10:00 am and punctuality will be appreciated.

In conclusion, ‘Never forget where you have been. Never lose sight of where you are going. And never take for granted the people who travel the journey with you.’; also, ‘Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.’; and ’Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrate walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.’

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 6th February 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

6th February 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely
Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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UPDATE: JAMES HOPE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS ONGOING

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

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

JHC Parents Newsletter 19 January 2018

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

19th January 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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