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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JHC SCHOLAR?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JHC SCHOLAR?

READ, STUDY, LEARN TO ACQUIRE SKILLS AND VALUES, and to EXCEED

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 8 November 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

8th November 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Salutations and warm greetings!

Last Saturday we had another successful exchange with some private schools in Agbor and surrounds. In addition to the football we also had a fruitful interaction with music, arts and craft. This was very insightful as some schools proved to be very creative despite resource constraints.

A gentle reminder that we expect the parents of our Year 7, 8 and 10 students on this coming Saturday, 11th of November 2017, for the ACADEMIC REVIEW and PARENTS FORUM. We will gather in the Great Hall at 10.00 am for the Parents Forum which is anticipated not to be more than 30 minutes; after this, circa, 11.00 am the Academic Review will proceed with respective meetings in the Classrooms and Science & Technology areas. It is expected that we will conclude by 3.00 pm latest.

The Monday assembly was dedicated to the topic, ‘What it means to be a JHC Scholar’, this was a PowerPoint presentation and compilation was a distillation of the students’ research on this important topic. Please see the attached copy for edification.

In conclusion, ‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do’; and, ‘The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness’.

Have a fantastic week and I look forward to meeting you on Saturday.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 26 October 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

26th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that all is well.

This is just a short note to say that we have resumed the second half of this term in all vigor and vim with the focus on academics. Furthermore, 99.99% of students completed and returned the small research project regarding, ‘What is a JHC Scholar?’. It will be my pleasure to review these
and provide feedback to each student. I am disappointed that a handful of students did not fully complete this despite the crystal-clear instructions. Besides this, I am elated with the efforts and quality of work of the majority. Equally important, students will be exploring this topic at the next two assemblies.

Just a gentle reminder that all Year 11 parents are invited to the Study Pathways presentation – all Year 11 students will be in attendance. The date is Saturday, 28th of October from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm.

Also, a correction to be noted, the ACADEMIC REVIEW & PARENTS FORUM , on the 11th of November 2017 is for Years 7, 8 and 10 only. The intended date for Years 9 and 11’s will be 3rd of March 2018.

In conclusion, ‘Dare, dream, dance, smile, and sing loudly! And have faith that love is an unstoppable force!; and, ‘The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others’.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Lagos Liaison Office

JHC Lagos Liaison Office : Plot 2, Ajose Adeogun Street, Zenon House, Victoria Island (Left wing 6th floor).
Phone number : 07085369376.aboutus-2

 

 

JHC Parents Newsletter, 12 October 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

12th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

The end of half-term has arrived and the students will be on their way home for a short break. The Year 7 students are doing well as they quickly adapted to College routines. However, all students were encouraged to adopt a more scholarly attitude towards their studies, in fact, they have a small assignment to complete in the holidays about the meaning
of being a JHC Scholar.

This newsletter is packed with information and some requires action from our parents. In a nutshell – the JHC Cultural/Independence Day celebration, our first-ever local inter-school soccer tournament, some useful information regarding the monkey pox, the BOYD programme will be operational as from 22 October, Uniform reminders, Study pathways after Year 12, etc.

Enjoy your treasures for the next week and we look forward having them back on the 22nd of October 2017.

In conclusion, ‘Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success’; and, ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best’.

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 28 September 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

28th September 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

What a wonderful sight, filled with happy noise last Saturday, when throngs of parents turned up to interact and share ‘bread’ with their loved ones. We could sense that you certainly missed them. A ginormous thank you for making it a memorable Parents Visiting day!

We have had some inquiries from a handful of parents if they can attend the JHC Cultural Day celebration, on Monday, 2nd October . This event has always been an internal one for our staff and students only, as such, the format will remain the same and no parents or public are invited.

In conclusion, ‘I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.’

Have a fantastic weekend until we meet again!

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter, 14 September 2017

 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

14th September 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Students are settling into our routines and doing well.

At the Friday assembly, we celebrated the high achievers of the Year 9 EDEXCEL Achievement Checkpoint tests in English, Mathematics and Science which was sat in June 2017. As promised I have attached a summary of these results with the high achievers.

At our Monday assembly, the ‘Readers Forum’ started, this is an opportunity for students to share books that they have read. Pointed questions are asked to drill down to the essence of the characters and themes of the books. The first group of students did very well and has set the standard for others to follow.

It is well documented that girls read more than boys; however, reading is important in the learning process. Apart from improving understanding and exposing oneself to new things, it helps also to develop the following:

Tools of communication: Communication is the most important tool which can be transmitted through reading. As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and thus you can communicate better with people. Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication. It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with each
other. Whereas if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there. Reading connects you with the world.

Connecting the brain: When reading, you’re in full silence because reading connects directly to your brain. In silence, you seek for more; in silence, your brain is clear and focusses. Thus, you learn and grow, and therefore you feel and see from the point of view of the author about everything in life. Hence you shape a better self.

Boosting imagination and creativity: Reading exposes you to a world of imagination, showing that nothing is impossible in this world. By reading, you are exploring a different angle to see a thing you’ve known, on how different action leads to different results. Books are beyond imagination. It’s like a huge spider web, where you keep linking to more and more to things you knew, and things you just learn, structuring new solutions and answers.

In conclusion, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’; and, ‘Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace’.

Have a good week ahead!

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Newsletter 01: 11th January, 2017

Dear Parents and Friends,

Compliments of the season to all our parents and friends and may this year be a blessed one! A new year is a time for optimism, hope and resolutions, so it is my fervent wish that we are successful in whatever plans or ventures we put our hands to – ‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’.

Staff and students arrived over the weekend to start term 2 on Monday, 9th January 2017. This will be an exceedingly busy term as we undertake the Entrance examinations, have an Open Day for prospective parents and students, an Academic review and Parents visiting day and of course the Sports day. Please see the attached revised JHC Academic Calendar for more details.

A fuller, more detailed newsletter will be published next week.
Thank you for your continued support and have a good week.

 

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

 

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JHC 2016 Cambridge Checkpoint Exam Results

Click JHC Checkpoint Result 2016 to view results analysis


Dear Parents and Friends,

Staff and students started the last half-term of this academic year in earnest as our Year 9 students engaged in the BECE examinations and the Year 7 and 8 students with the end of year internal examinations; and all is going very smooth thus far.

Research and experimentation is ongoing and this is no different to education, and every so often a truly ground-breaking idea comes along which causes a paradigm shift – Growth Mindset is such and it explains:

* Why brains and talent don’t bring success

* How they can stand in the way of it

* Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardises them

* How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Opposite to a growth mindset is the fixed mindset where people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.

In our interactions with our students, whether inside or outside the class, we attempt to apply some of these principles – yes, open-mindedness, thinking outside the box, etc., have immense value in growing and developing skills in our students, readying them to be contributing members of society and impacting on it in a positive way. I have attached a short article about Growth mindset – enjoy reading it!

Here are some important reminders.

Date Event

Wednesday, 6th July 2016 Humanitarian Day

10.30 am, Saturday, 9th July 2016 JHC Annual Prize Giving Day or Honourary Day & End of term3

TRAVEL REMINDER

Important Notice: The Year 7 Orientation day is Saturday, 3rd of September and the programme will start at 10.00 am sharp.

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin

Departure Saturday, 9th July 2016 by 4:30pm Saturday, 9th July 2016 by 5:00pm

Arrival Sunday, 4th September 2016 by 3:00pm Sunday, 4th September by 3:30pm

All tickets should be forwarded to Mr Sunday Oloyede at sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or at abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

I came across this cartoon which I am sure will make you smile as it made me smile…

In conclusion, ‘What’s potentially the greatest advice of all time? Remain childlike. Be open. Be adventurous. Be curious. Be eager to learn. Be genuine, not least to yourself. Don’t judge. Acknowledge the wonder of life and the amazing experience it brings’.

Have a great week until we meet again.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart Principal


Dear Parents and Friends,

James Hope College is a hive of activity as we attempt to complete the necessary tasks before the end of this academic year – building projects, examinations, reports, school visits, prospective staff interviews, etc. What makes working at JHC interesting and so satisfying is that no one day is the same; it is a dynamic environment, with the ebb and flow of activity filled with the smiles of its inhabitants, the staff and students.

In the previous newsletter an interesting fact revealed itself in that no student at JHC had aspirations of becoming a teacher. In fact, this is a world-wide trend, in that teaching is viewed as a less glamourous job, a perception shaped, influenced and fueled by the media and television. However, teaching is the most important job in the world because teachers are our nation builders—the strength of every profession in any country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instil in our children. Teachers have the capacity to shape the minds and futures of many – and they do so at all kinds of critical life stages. Kindergarten teachers introduce young minds to the wonder of learning – and to the basic tools of learning that students will use their entire lives. Middle School teachers have the onerous challenge of instilling a passion for academics in large groups of children, whose minds are so deeply focused on developmental issues and their idiosyncratic social worlds. High school teachers are charged with teaching detailed intellectual content to large groups of teenagers – whose worlds are often tumultuous on the inside and on the outside. College and university professors are charged with inspiring young adults – teaching them the nuts-and-bolts of highly technical content areas while showing them how limitless their life possibilities are. And in combination, across an individual’s lifespan, it is an army of teachers who have ultimately shaped how that individual understands the world and his or her place in it.

There are few roles in society that rival the importance of a great teacher. Stars in any field – music, athletics, engineering, medicine, politics – have an army of teachers to thank for teaching them the skills and values that currently allow them to be successful. Teachers are the builders of society – we build people – we build and develop future generations. There is no more important profession. Consequently, we as a community, district, state and nation, we must do more to fully appreciate and support their work.

Here are some important reminders.

Date Event

Thursday, 26th May 2016 Start of half-term break

Sunday, 5th June 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of 2nd half-term of term 3

Wednesday, 6th July 2016 Humanitarian Day

Saturday, 9th July 2016 JHC Annual Prize Giving Day or Honourary Day & End of term3

Tuesday, 30th August 2016 JHC Staff arrive on campus

Saturday, 3rd September 2016 Year 7 students arrive and participate in Orientation Day

Sunday, 4th September 2016 Years 8, 9 and 10 arrive at JHC

JHC UNIFORM MATTERS

1. The Management of the school has decided to introduce Sunday wears for all our students to be worn on Sundays during their religious gatherings. Therefore, all students are expected upon return for the new academic year to have two (2) types of Ankara native outfit sewn in simple and decent designs of top and bottom trouser for boys and gown or skirt and blouse for girls.

2. As shared in previous newsletters, we will be introducing some additional uniform items. We have negotiated favourable prices and will share the cost of these soon. Please note that these items will be available at the start of the new academic year, 3 September 2016.

2.1. A black V-neck jersey or jumper with the school colours woven into the collar will be added in order to ward off the cold during the cooler Agbor months.

2.2. A senior student blazer (Year 10 students and above) is now introduced in order to distinguish our senior students from the rest of the school population. It is the normal JHC burgundy blazer but has an elegant black trim.

2.3. For all girls, a JHC scarf (embossed with the JHC logo) and pin is introduced JHC Uniform Blazer and Scarf Seniors to see sample.

Please see attached images.

JHC ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016/2017

It is with pleasure to share with our parents the finalised JHC Academic Calendar 2016 2017.

YEAR 10, 2016/17 SUBJECT CHOICES FORM

An appreciable number of our Year 9 students still have their Subject Choices forms outstanding. A gentle reminder that these are due by Monday, 6th of June 2016 and it can be scanned and emailed to the Mr C. Ikuyinminu, VP Academic at clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

TRAVEL REMINDER

Benin-Abuja-Benin

Departure: Thursday, 26th May 2016 by 4:30pm

Arrival: Sunday, 5th June 2016 by 3:00pm

Benin-Lagos-Benin

Departure: Thursday, 26th May 2016 by 5:00pm

Arrival: Sunday, 5th June by 3:30pm

All tickets should be sent to sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng on or before 20th May 2016.

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or at abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ‘The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment’; and, ‘If you have ever felt such tremendous enthusiasm and desire for something that you would gladly spend all your waking hours working on it, that you would happily do without pay, then you have found your passion’; and lastly, ‘Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence’.

Enjoy the rest of the week and I thank you for your loyal support.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal


14th April 2016

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings to all our parents and friends! I trust that you enjoyed having your children at home for the holidays. All returned and looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for the last term.

This term will be filled with a variety of activities as we are rushing towards its conclusion and that of the 2015/2016 academic year. Our Year 9 students are in the process to prepare for the CIE Check Point assessments, and the other students are completing their respective course work and the subsequent end of year examinations. With regard to the aforementioned, all enquiries should be directed to Mr Clement Ikuyinminu, VP Academic, at clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

Here are some important information and reminders.

Date Event

April 2016 CIE Check Point Assessments

Saturday, 23rd April 2016 Parents Visiting Day

Saturday, 7th May 2016 JHC Fun Day 2016

Thursday, 26th May 2016 Start of half-term break

Sunday, 5th June 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3

Saturday, 9th July 2016 JHC Annual Prize Giving Day or Honourary Day & End of term3

Tuesday, 30th August 2016 JHC Staff arrive on campus

Saturday, 3rd September 2016 Year 7 students arrive and participate in Orientation Day

Sunday, 4th September 2016 Years 8, 9 and 10 arrive at JHC

JHC AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE REQUEST

We thank the parents who acquired the gear (overalls and boots) for their students. However, a handful of parents still need to buy this for their children and we encourage them to do so as a matter of urgency.

NEW STAFF

We welcome Mr Gbenga Akindele to James Hope College to take up the position of House Parent, Boys Boarding and Head of PE Teacher. He is a seasoned educator who cut his teeth for two decades at Grange School in various capacities. He fills in for Mr Okara who left with his family at the end of last term; also, Mr Raymond Ogodo, administration manager left for greener pastures. So we thank the Okara family and Mr Ogodo for their efforts whilst at JHC.

JHC UNIFORM UPDATE

During the April school break Ruth and I met some of our key suppliers in UK to negotiate better rates and cost savings. We will always attempt to procure locally but due to local constraints this is not possible for most of the time. Simmonds Ltd., our the uniform supplier has been tasked to provide certain school gear, for example, a jumper (to be added) for our students as it can become a bit chilly, a more fitting house-wear pants for our girls, a distinguishable school blazer for our soon-to-be senior students, etc. We will keep you informed about the progress.

TRAVEL REMINDER

Benin-Abuja-Benin

Departure: Thursday 26 May 2016 by 4:30pm

Arrival: Sunday 5 June 2016 by 3:00pm

Benin-Lagos-Benin

Departure: Thursday 26 May 2016 by 5:00pm

Arrival: Sunday 5 June by 3:30pm

All tickets should be sent to sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng on or before 20th May 2016.

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ‘Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living’; and, ‘You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’

Enjoy the rest of the week until we meet again.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart Principal


17th March 2016

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this brief newsletter finds you in good health and spirits!

Following up on an excellent Academic Review day, the JHC annual Sports Day was well attended and a great day as well. I have attached a brief collage of the event.

James Hope College is a growing and dynamic school and with the addition of at least sixty more students in September 2016, this will have implications for all our operations, from facilities management to teaching and learning. In addition, as we are moving toward senior examinations, both locally and internationally, it adds more complexity to the mix. As such we are constantly reviewing our operations and adjusting to these realities. Consequently, changes need to be made in order to reflect these realities and we want to assure you that these decisions to change are taken in the best interest of your children, our students.

Here are some important information and reminders.

Date Event

18th March 2016 STEM Fair

24th March 2016 End of Term 2

10th April 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3

JHC AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE REQUEST

Please read the Agriculture Science Request March 2016 and we appreciate your support in this matter.

TRAVEL REMINDER

Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 5:00 pm

Returns Sunday 10th April, 3:30 pm

Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 4:30 pm

Returns Sunday, 10th April by 3:00 pm

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ‘Every situation in life is temporary, so when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life isn’t so good, remember that it will not last forever, for better days are on the way; and lastly, ‘Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, and that a child of farm workers can become the president of a nation’.

Enjoy the rest of the week until we meet again.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


9th March 2016

 Dear Parents and Friends,

What a wonderful day we had this past Saturday with the Academic Review; and it was good to meet up with all the parents and friends. We hope to see more of you this coming Saturday and next week if your busy schedule allows you to be with us again for the Sports Day and STEM Fair.

Here are some important information and reminders.

Date Event
12th March 2016 JHC Annual Athletics Day
18th March 2016 STEM Fair
24th March 2016 End of Term 2
10th April 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3

 

 JHC ACADEMIC REVIEW DAY 

I wish to thank the parents for making the time to be at JHC and engage the teachers regarding the progress of their children. No doubt many found this to be enlightening and instructive. It is important to remember that the Academic Review is a very important event and we need all parents to attend. I have attached a Academic Review Day 5 March 2016 which gives a glimpse of the activity for the day. Also, thank you for the positive remarks as it is much appreciated.

OTHER EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS

As shared with the parents on Saturday, I am very happy to announce that James Hope College has been accredited as an official Examination Centre for Edexcel examinations!  Furthermore, the Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education, Delta State has approved JHC as an Examination Centre for the Basic Education Certificate.

CAMBIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS (CIE) CHECKPOINT EXAMINATIONS 

Please note that CIE has confirmed a few days ago that our Year 9 students are now registered to sit the CIE Checkpoint examinations (English, Mathematics and Science). As we have not yet been approved as a CIE examination centre, our students for this year, will do the examinations in Asaba on the 18th, 19th and 20th of April.  Parents have been asked to complete an authorization form (required by CIE) which grants us permission to let them sit the examination at Infant Jesus School in Asaba. Please be assured that we will do the necessary in terms of safety and security when traveling and in Asaba. Please read the CIE Checkpoint Factsheets as CIE_Checkpoint_Factsheet.

EXCITING FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Please see the Information & Reminder table for these events and dates. Attached please find the JHC Sports Day Programme 12 March 2016 for the JHC Sports Day.

TRAVEL REMINDER

Pleased to inform of the flight times for students, consequently, we advise parents to book the following flights for end of term departures and April return:

Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th  March, 5:00pm

Returns Sunday 10th April, 3:30pm

Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 4:30pm

Returns Sunday, 10th April by 3:00pm

 

Please be informed that the school cannot accommodate any other times and flights other than the advised schedule. All tickets should be forwarded to both sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

 

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ‘Remember that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent’; ‘Action is the foundational key to all success’; and ‘A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure ’.

Enjoy the rest of the week and I look forward seeing you on Saturday.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 


 

25th February 2016

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is always good to have our students back after a break as our halls and classrooms are filled with the beautiful noises of laughter, learning and friendship. No doubt, they enjoyed the short respite with family and friends.

Here are some important information and reminders.

Date Event

5th March 2016  –  Parents Visiting Day & Academic Review

12th March 2016 – JHC Annual Athletics Day

18th March 2016 – STEM Fair

24th March 2016 – End of Term 2

10th April 2016-    Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3

TRAVEL REMINDER

Pleased to inform of the flight times for students, consequently, we advise parents to book the following flights for end of term departures and April return:

Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 5:00pm

Returns Sunday 10th April, 3:30pm

Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 4:30pm

Returns Sunday, 10th April by 3:00pm

Please be informed that the school cannot accommodate any other times and flights other than the advised schedule. All tickets should be forwarded to both sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

JHC TUITION FEE INCREASE

After much consideration and taking into account prevailing economic conditions, cost of living expenses and inflation, the JHC Board of Governors wish to announce that the school fees, which covers tuition and boarding, will increase by a modest 11.7%. The invoices for the 2016/2017 academic year will reflect these changes.

EXCITING FORTHCOMING EVENTS

We have three exciting forthcoming events and as usual all parents are welcome. Please see the Information & Reminder table for these events and dates. I have attached some important information for parents to consider in making the most of the Parent-Teacher conferences or meetings when they attend the Academic Review on 5th of March 2016. More information will follow regarding the JHC Sports Day and the STEM fair.

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ’Life always offers you a second chance, it is called tomorrow’; and, ‘We cannot build our own future without helping others build theirs’; also, ‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world’.

Enjoy the rest of the week until we meet again.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart Principal

 


 

12th February 2016
Dear Parents and Friends,
We have reached the end of a busy half-term and students are preparing to be on their way home for a short break with family and friends.I want to thank all parents for taking the time to read the newsletters and following through on information and requests. By doing this, parents make the task easier in ensuring compliance to school expectations as well as making sure that both staff and parents are singing from the same hymn sheet.

Here are some important information and reminders.
Date Event
12th February 2016 Term 2, half term break starts
21st February 2016 Students return to JHC
TBC STEM Fair
TBC JHC Annual Athletics Day
5th March 2016 Parents Visiting Day & Academic Review
24th March 2016 End of Term 2
10th April 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3

TRAVEL REMINDER

Please be informed these are the flight times for students returning to the college after half-term break.
Lagos-Benin [Arik Air]
Sunday, 21st February 2016, Arik Air 3:30pm
Abuja-Benin [Arik Air]
Sunday, 21st February 2016, Arik Air 3:00pm

JHC TUITION FEE INCREASE

As intimated last year, JHC will be increasing its tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year. Be assured that prevailing economic conditions, cost of living expenses, inflation, etc. will be taken into account when the percentage of the fee increase is considered in order to make the increase as low as possible. Once finalised, then we shall share before the end of this term.

ASSESSMENT NEWS

Please be informed that we are in the process of registering our Year 9 students to sit for the CIE Checkpoint tests, as well as the local Basic Certificate of Education. Upon completion of registration, parents will be sent an account as examinations are for the parents account and does not form part of the tuition fees.

Furthermore, we would like to announce that JHC will be using an international acclaimed and accredited attainment and progress test, The Progressive Test Series, for our Years 7, 8 and 9’s;these year-on-year assessments support teachers in identifying current levels of attainment and monitoring progress in the core/compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics and the Sciences.
In addition, these tests are valuable as the data can be used for the following:
Benchmark knowledge and measure progress in the core subjects year-on-year
Identify pupils’ strengths and weaknesses, set targets and personalise learning
Implement and monitor interventions

Support communication with parents and other stakeholders.
And more importantly, stakeholders can see where value has been added. For more information please
visit http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/progress-test-series

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062,0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, ‘Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life’; and, ‘Do not let challenges get you to quit, it provides opportunities for you to push and to think harder and reveal your creativity and strength’; also, ‘Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast’.
Enjoy the short break with your children until we meet again.
Yours sincerely
Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal


 

17th November 2015

 Dear Parents and Friends,

It appears that we are now entering the dry season of the Agbor region, so more beautiful sunny weather on the way. Sunshine is a good source of vitamin D but it is a great mood improver too!

The activities in both academic and co-curricular spheres have been intensifying recently, from assessment to preparing for the next round of JHC Talent show. This coming weekend we will be hosting a group of three choreographers from Lagos who will attempt to teach all our students how to dance and perform in synchronisation. Apart from the learning dancing skills, I can guarantee that our students will enjoy the sessions with these professionals.

Like any other term, this one will be a busy one with assessments, examinations and co-curricular activities. I would like to thank those parents who have responded to our calls to have the correct schools shoes and socks for their children. Furthermore, please remember to return the completed Parent Information Update form as we only received a handful thus far. You are kindly reminded to read the newsletters regularly as this contains important information regarding James Hope College.

 

Here are some updates and reminders:

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event
November 2015 JHC Talent Show Preparations  (Ongoing)
6th December 2015 JHC Musical Event
10th December 2015 Christmas Carols
11th December 2015 End of Term 1, students depart for the Festive Season break
10th January 2016 Students return to JHC

 

 

 

 

1.     Travel Reminder

Pleased to inform you that the management have decided to return to Benin Airport for flying students and we advise parents to book the following flights for end of term departures and January return:

Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air]

Friday, 11th December 2015, Arik Air 5:00pm

Sunday, 10th January 2016, Arik Air 3:30pm

Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air]

Friday, 11th December 2015, Arik Air 4:30pm

Sunday, 10th January 2016, Arik Air 3:00pm

 

Please be informed that the school cannot accommodate any other times and flight other than the advised schedule. All tickets should be forwarded to both sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

2.     James Hope College Academic matters

 

We have standardised our assessment scoring system to be in line with the new IGCSE grading system. Please read the attached document titled, ‘Grade Boundaries for IGCSE’, which explains further.

 

Furthermore, I have attached the Assessment Calendar 2015/2016 for your information and perusal. But more importantly, to encourage your child to study and prepare well ahead for these events.

3.     Uniform Prices and Billing Summary

 

Two other important pieces of information, namely Uniform Prices and the Billing Summary for 2015/2016 are attached for your information. Please note that prices are subject to change but advance warning will be issued.

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me on either, abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng or 070 2640 8585

In conclusion, ‘Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness, it is generally the by-product of other activities’; and, ’ Life is something like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything in you don’t get anything out’.

Have a great week ahead!

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal

 


 

2nd November 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

With the arrival of our students and staff yesterday, it signaled the advent of the second half-term for term one. We were happy to have your children back and I am sure that you have enjoyed their company as they have enjoyed to be reunited with their loved ones.

Like any other term, this one will be a busy one with assessments, examinations and co-curricular activities. I would like to thank those parents who have responded to our calls to have the correct schools shoes and socks for their children. Furthermore, please remember to return the completed Parent Information Update form as we only received a handful thus far. You are kindly reminded to read the newsletters regularly as this contains important information regarding James Hope College.

Here is a reminder of some key information:

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event

November 2015 JHC Talent Show (TBC)

6th December 2015 JHC Musical Event

10th December 2015 Christmas Carols

11th December 2015 End of Term 1, students depart for the Festive Season break

10th January 2016 Students return to JHC

 

1. JHC Bike Club

An important message from Mr Alphonsus Anaukwu:

There has been an unavoidable and frequent breakdown of the students’ bikes in the course of their use for the club activities in the College. This means that the local bike mechanic is frequently being called upon to sort out the students’ broken bikes and carry out regular maintenance to guarantee their hitch free participation in our weekly activities. This is now a periodic arrangements and huge costs are unsurprisingly being incurred at every round of such visit.

The cost of the regular maintenance and repairs will now be borne by the parents whose children are in the club. It will cost five thousand naira (N5000.00) per participating student member of the club and ten thousand naira (N10, 000.00) if you have two children from the same household.

Please arrange to pay into the College account whose detail is provided below (on or before the 15th of November 2015), the above-mentioned amount of money.

Name: James Hope College Foundation

Bank: Zenith Bank PLC

Account Number: 1012633040

Sort Code: 057150013

Code Number: JHCBYK/Student Name (surname first & initials)/2015-16

 

2. Staffing update 

On behalf of the JHC Board of Governors, I wish to inform that Messrs. Taylor (English teacher) and Adeleye (ICT teacher) have submitted their resignations which was duly accepted; and we wish both all of the best. Recruitment has been concluded and the replacement for English, Mr Solomon Oduloye, is in situ; the new ICT teacher will join us in January 2016. In the meantime Mr Alphonsus Anaukwu, will teach the classes. The newly appointed staff are subject specialists and have experience and success in teaching their respective subjects to IGCSE level. We welcome the new staff to the JHC family as we expect great things from them.

 

3. Travel Update 

Pleased to inform you that the management have decided to return to Benin Airport for flying students and we advise parents to book the following flights for end of term departures and January return:

 

Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air] Friday, 11th December 2015, Arik Air 5:00pm

Sunday, 10th January 2016, Arik Air 3:30pm Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air]

Friday, 11th December 2015, Arik Air 4:30pm Sunday, 10th January 2016, Arik Air 3:00pm

 

Please be informed that the school cannot accommodate any other times and flight other than the advised schedule. All tickets should be forwarded to both sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

4. James Hope College Entrance Examinations 2016/2017

 

Attached to the electronic copy of the newsletter sent to all our parents is the advertisement for the JHC Entrance/Admission Examinations 2016/2017. Please share with your family and friends; also that the application form is available and can be downloaded from the JHC web site, www.jameshopecollege.edu.ng

 

To be noted, the closing date for all applications is Monday, 7th December 2015, and the examination dates are 16th and 23rd January 2016.

In conclusion, ‘The person of wisdom is never of two minds; the person of benevolence never worries; the person of courage is never afraid’; also, ’blood makes you related but it is love that makes you family’.

Have a great week ahead!

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

 

 

 

JHC ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS 2016/2017 NOW OPEN!

Go to the Admissions page for more information and download the Application form.

Please note that applications close on Monday, 7th December 2015.

22 October , 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

Time flies when one is occupied and it even passes quicker when you enjoy yourself in what you are doing, this half-term has certainly flown by very fast. This Friday our students will return home for a week’s break with their loved ones and we encourage you to enjoy the time with them.

Here is a reminder of some key travel information:

1.   Parents who are arranging for students to fly should have the electronic tickets to the College, in particular, to the Administration Manager, Mr Raymond Ogodo at email address raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng  by now.

2.   Students traveling via another mode need to be collected from the James Hope College campus by 9.45 am, on Friday morning.

3.   All students departing and arriving at the College campus must be in full uniform, at all times, and no exceptions.

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event
23rd October 2015 Midterm Break
1st November 2015 Students returning for 2nd half of term 1
11th December 2015 End of Term 1

 

 

 

JHC Scholarships

It is to be noted that 50% of the current JHC students enjoy scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit to exceptional students; and to enjoy the continuation of this privilege, students are expected to perform at the top level. Before the end of this term I will communicate to all the parents of our scholarship students about the performance of their children. Furthermore, commendation will be offered but recommendation for improvement will be shared when warranted. In extreme cases where performance slips then a scholarship can be withdrawn.

Value for Money 

Likewise, we thank those parents who are full-fee payers for their patronage and custom. In comparing the services offered at JHC compared to what other residential schools charge, our parents are getting value for money. A quick survey suggests that our school fees are half of that of other similar schools. But more importantly, we continuously improve services and attempt to keep abreast of educational developments. One such important example and milestone is the use of the CAT4 assessments in the teaching and learning. By now all parents have received the electronic copies of the personalized assessment for their child which has a wealth of information about the abilities of your child and how you can assist in their further growth. Of course, our staff have access to more details and will customize teaching and learning to get the best out of the students in order to extend them to be the best that they can be.

JHC Signage

Upon visiting the College you will notice that the signage from the main road is up and improved; moreover, the signage at the main gate looks great too!

Agbor Academic Initiative (AAI)

Part of the broader vision of our founder, Mr Jim Ovia, is to improve educational outcomes for the Agbor children. As such, we have started to engage schools and parents in our community to assist in identifying capable Year 5 students who will be provided additional tuition in the core/compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics and Sciences. These students will have the opportunity to sit for the JHC Admissions examination in January 2017, to compete for admission to JHC. This is a noble project that will reap great rewards in the future, not only for Agbor but for Delta State and Nigeria as a whole.

Zenith Christmas Youth Parade

Please note that this notice is for Lagos-based parents only. The Zenith Christmas Youth Parade is coming up on the 13th of December 2015. If you want your child to attend then please request this in writing to Mr Sunday Oloyede via email, sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

Furthermore, only a limited number of students will be selected to attend. We will have at least two staff to be with the selected students and due to the limited number no siblings or parents of these students will be allowed in the parade area unless they have been issued with the appropriate ID tag. More details will follow soon.

JHC Arts Competition

Well done to the students who performed in the recent Arts competition. They always manage to amaze and surprise us with the skills and talent on display. We will post some pictures on the web site soon.

Nigerian Traditional Dance

A local Nigerian Cultural Dance group have been teaching our students some traditional dances. It is fun and our students are doing very well.

JHC Uniform Update

Due to the abundance of rain in our locality, we have a desperate need to add to our school uniform some rain protection. Consequently, we have been sourcing and acquiring some samples of raincoats or Mackintosh’s. It will need to be waterproof, have ventilation holes and a hood to protect the head. We will share more information in the coming weeks and hope to have this as standard wear from term 2 onwards.

Furthermore, we could not but notice the variety of socks and shoes that our students are wearing. The standard length for socks are that it should be well above the ankles and below the knees. What some are wearing are known as sockettes or secret socks, which is not acceptable. The shoes are to be proper school shoes like Bata or Clarke’s. Our children’s feet are still growing and need the proper support and protection, for this reason flat shoes, pumps and fancy footwear are not acceptable. We will be expecting to see the students in the appropriate footwear upon their return on 1st November 2015.

JHC School Uniform Guide and Requirements Reminder For Shoes and Socks:

Parent Information Update

Your child will be coming home with a Parent Information Update form, in addition to the PARENT INFORMATION UPDATE provided. Please complete this and return it at your soonest convenience. This is to assist us in verifying your correct contact details. Also, if your child’s name(s) has changed, in other words, not as per birth certificate or passport, then kindly share with us a copy of the affidavit to confirm the change(s).

For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me on either, abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng or 070 2640 8585.

In conclusion, ‘Change can come in many forms in our lives. It might come forcefully like a tidal wave, or creep along incrementally like a glacier. It might come in the form of devastating tragedy, difficult choices, broken relationships, or even new opportunities. But even though change is often difficult, many times it’s also for the best. Accomplishing anything great in life requires significant change that pushes us beyond our comfort zones’.

Have a great week ahead!

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

6th October 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

 

Firstly, let me congratulate all for contributing to the success of the JHC Cultural Day, it was colourful and our students were magnificent. We had about 150 parents and visitors attending which is great; the comments received were all positive and I thank you as our students and staff laboured tirelessly to make it a stunning event. We will be posting some pictures on our web site shortly.

 

Secondly, the Parents Forum was interesting and if you need more clarification on any matter then please feel free to contact me on either, abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng or 070 2640 8585.

 

Half-term Break travel arrangements, 23rd October and 1st November 2015:

 

 

  1. For students flying, parents are expected to book Arik flights for the following times:

 

Departure from Asaba Arrival to Asaba
 Friday, 23rd October, 2015Asaba to Lagos: 4:50 pmAsaba to Abuja: 12:40 pm   Sunday, 1st November, 2015Lagos to Asaba: 11:30 amAbuja to Asaba: 3:00 pm 

2.  Parents who are arranging for students to fly should let the College have the electronic tickets by latest, Thursday, 15th October 2015. Please email this to the Administration Manager, Mr Raymond Ogodo at email address raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng 

 

3.  Students traveling via another mode need to be collected from the James Hope College campus by 9.45 am.

4 .  All students departing and arriving at the College campus must be in full uniform, at all times, and no exceptions.

5 .  Also, Mr. Onugha, a Year 7 parent, has been working with a reliable road transport company to convey Lagos-based students home for the holidays and if any Lagos-based parent is interested please call Mr. Onugha on 08127465218.

 

Reminders of upcoming events:

 

Date Event
17th October 2015 Arts Day
23rd October 2015 Midterm Break
1st November 2015 Students returning for 2nd half of term 1
11th December 2015 End of Term 1

 

 

In conclusion, ‘Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom’, and, ‘Purpose is what gives life a meaning’.

 

Have a great week ahead!

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


28th September 2015

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

The rainy season has not disappointed us in Agbor and in-between, we have had brief sunny spells. Over the last weekend, the students enjoyed chatting to their parents on the telephone for the first time since we resumed.

Several important events occurred since my last letter and I will share this in person when we meet on Saturday, 3rd of October at our Cultural & Parents Visiting and Forum Day. With regard to the aforementioned here is a brief outline of the day:

Saturday, 3rd of October 2015

10.30 am: Parents start to arrive at JHC and assemble in the Hall

11.00 am – 1.00 pm: Multi-cultural celebration

1.00 pm – 1.55 pm: Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 pm: Parents Forum

3.00 – 4.00 pm: Parents interaction with students

4.05 pm: Parents depart home

Reminders of upcoming events:

 

Date Event

3rd October 2015 Parents Visiting Day & Forum & Cultural Day

17th October 2015 Arts Day

23rd October 2015 Midterm Break

1st November 2015 Students returning for 2nd half of term 1

11th December 2015 End of Term 1

 

Other reminders:

 

1. Parents Forum & Visiting Day and Cultural Day: Please note that it would be appreciated if parents could to arrive before the starting time of 11.00 am. Also, if you intend to bring any food to JHC, to share with your loved ones, then this are to be enjoyed in the Hall, as food are not allowed in the student residences. Also, if not already done, ensure that your children have their cultural outfits before Saturday.

 

2. Personal and Medical information: If any details regarding the aforesaid have changed or needs to be added with regards to your child, then contact us at your soonest convenience to update accordingly. We still have a few parents who have not responded to requests to confirm vaccinations of their children, you are encouraged to act immediately.

3. JHC Talent Show Season 1: We are in the process of opening ZECA accounts for the winners of our JHC Talents Show season one. Therefore, we would like parents of our winners to please come with the following items during Visiting Day, 3rd October.

* Copy of child birth certificate;

* Two passport photos each for both child and a parent; and,

* Copy of parents’ identification, e.g. Driver’s license, National ID, Passport data page or Voter’s card.

In conclusion, ‘Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand’; and, ‘The ultimate measure of a man or woman is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy’.

I wish you a great week and look forward seeing you on Saturday.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart Principal


 

 

11th September 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

Welcome to the new school year for 2015/2016, we are looking forward to an exciting year. We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable summer holiday. We would like to welcome back our returning families and extend a very warm welcome to our new families who have joined us this year. No doubt our students were eager to get back to school to meet old friends, make new friends and get to know new classmates and teachers. Our teachers have been busy over the last two weeks preparing classrooms to welcome our students.

September is a time for new beginnings. Unlike other industries, educators have the luxury of a new start each year, and for me there is something special about the opening of a new school year as opportunities abound to do things better and build upon successes. We want all children to learn because we know that all of your children are capable. You, the families that we serve, enhance the high quality of our school. You have high expectations for James Hope College and your children’s performance, and we applaud and welcome those expectations.

We have a few new staff to welcome, Mrs Funmi Gbadeyan, Chemistry and Science; Mr Mike Adeleye, ICT, and Miss Titilayo Raji, Business Studies. The first opportunity for parents and students to meet the teachers was over the last weekend but another opportunity will avail itself for parents at the Parents Forum and Visiting Day, on the 3rd of October.

Reminders of upcoming events:

 

Date Event
24/25th September 2015 CAT 4 Online Benchmarking Assessments
3rd October 2015 Parents Visiting Day & Forum & Cultural Day
17th October 2015 Arts Day
23rd October 2015 Midterm Break
1st November 2015 Students returning for 2nd half of term 1
11th December 2015 End of Term 1

 

Other reminders:

        1. JHC Talent Show Season 1: We are in the process of opening ZECA accounts for the winners of our JHC Talents Show season one. Therefore, we would like parents of our winners to please come with the following items during Visiting Day, 3rd October.

  • Copy of child birth certificate;
  • Two passport photos each for both child and a parent; and,
  • Copy of parents’ identification, e.g. Driver’s license, National ID, Passport data page or Voter’s card.

     2. We have the pleasure in announcing the following students who have been elected as House Captains and they will now take leadership roles and responsibility within the school.

From Yellow House, Khalifa Omade and Chimere Ezeiraku; from Blue House, Ugonna Ifechukwu and Aghasili Munachimso; from Green House, Chijioke Agu and Stephanie Anisiedo; and from Red House, Ifeoma Douglas and Akajuigo Amucheazi…well done and we expect great things from all of you!

   3. Cultural Day: This will coincide with the Parents Forum and Visiting day on Saturday, 3rd of October. A reminder was sent out before the end of last term to remind students to bring their respective cultural outfits with them on resumption. However, several students and parents mis-remembered, so please arrange to have these delivered to the College before the 3rd of October.

  4. Personal and Medical information: If any details regarding the aforesaid have changed or needs to be added with regards to your child, then contact us at your soonest convenience to update accordingly. We still have a few parents who have not responded to requests to confirm vaccinations of their children, you are encouraged to act immediately.

Please don’t forget to visit our website, www.jameshopecollege@edu.ng for other updates and information.

In conclusion, ‘Every worthwhile process which we endure and experience will be tougher before it gets easier, that is what makes learning a gift’; and, ‘Always keep your head up, for if it is down, then you will never see the blessings that have been placed in your life’.

 

I wish you all the best!

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

29th June 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

Only one week left before we say good-bye to the 2014/2015 academic year. However, the most important event, Honourary Day or the Annual Prize Giving Day is looming. Here are some updates:

  •  Attached please find the JHC Academic calendar for 2015/2016 with term dates, etc. Please note that the school reserves the right to change dates and will advise parents accordingly.
  • By now all parents have been informed about the closure of Benin Airport due to construction. We were informed that this should only be for a month but please check before booking your children’s flight for our September resumption.
  • Linked to the above, the Asaba to Abuja departure for this Saturday (4th July 2015) is in the early morning which means that some students will miss the Honourary Day. However, we will keep the school open for another day in order for these students to be part of the celebrations. As such they will depart early Sunday morning. Also, note that in the event of a flight cancellation on Sunday, parents need to make the necessary arrangements to uplift their children before the end of the day as staff will vacate later on Sunday for their holiday break.
  • The programme for Honourary Day this Saturday is as follow:

10.00 – 11.00 am: Parents arrive and have tea and snacks in the Great Hall

11.20 – 11.25 am: Guests, Parents, Staff and Students are seated

11.30 am            : Programme starts

1.30 pm              : Programme ends

Please be punctual as any delay means that students may miss flights from Asaba to Lagos later in the afternoon, for ‘time and tide’, even Arik flights, ‘wait for no man or woman’. Also, a gentle reminder that the taking of pictures on the day need to be discreet and not become a distraction to proceedings. We look forward to your presence on Saturday as we celebrate the achievements of our students.

In conclusion, ‘we tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have’, and ‘the grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love, something to hope for’.

 

Have a great week ahead!

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

 

 

12th June 2015

 

Dear Parents and Friends

Warm greetings from a cool and wet Agbor where we have been blessed with rain showers over the last few weeks. Certainly these are welcomed blessings from heaven, for without rain farming would be difficult and without the farm produce we cannot prepare our favourite meals. But apart from the rains, we have so many other things to be thankful for, after all, none of us got to where we are alone, for we received assistance from our Creator, family, friends or other supporters.

A big thank you to the parents who have steadily been delivering the donations for the JHC Humanitarian Day…they are well received and will be making a difference to the lives of the less fortunate recipients. Furthermore, James Hope College has been in the grip of examination fever for the last week, and I can report that the operation has been a smooth and incident-free one. Well done to our students and staff involved and now we are waiting for the results in a few weeks’ time!

 

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event
12th June 2015 End of Examinations
19th June 2015 Humanitarian Day
27th June 2015 JHC Talent Show Final
1st July 2015 Inter-House Sports
4th July 2015 Honorary Day and end of Term 3

 

Please note that due to logistical challenges, we have shifted the JHC Speed Arts Day to October 2015 and more details will be shared as we are closer to the time.

FLIGHT Reminders:

  1. For students flying, parents are expected to book Arik flights for the following times:
Departure from Benin Arrival to Benin
Saturday, July 4th 2015Benin to Lagos: 5:00 pmBenin to Abuja: 4:00 pm  Sunday, September 6th 2015Lagos to Benin: 3:30 pmAbuja to Benin: 2:45 pm 

For our new Year 7, the Orientation Day is Saturday, 5th September 2015 and for students flying, parents are expected to book Arik flights for the following times:

 

Arrival to Benin
Saturday, September 5th 2015Lagos to Benin: 7:30 amAbuja to Benin: 8:00 am 

 

In addition, please send the electronic ticket to the Administration Manager, Mr. Raymond Ogodo at email address, raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng , a week before the flight dates.

Lastly, ‘The past is where you have learnt the lesson, the future is where you apply the lesson, so never give up in the middle’; and, ‘A smile and good morning goes a long way, and saying thank you goes even further’.

 

Have a great weekend ahead!

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Greetings to all our parents, friends and supporters!

A heartfelt thank you from all of us at James Hope College for the support of our parents. This is done in various ways and one example was your attendance and participation at our annual James Hope College Fun Day. This is an opportunity for families and friends to meet other members of the JHC community, for time and space prevent such regular interactions. This event is getting bigger and more popular every year and we intend to expand it further for 2016. This year more than five hundred children from the village joined us, had fun and was send off with a healthy lunch. This was a kind and generous gesture and our own children were not fazed at all but took it in their stride and welcomed them as any good host would do. So well done to our fabulous children and their fantastic parents who raised them! A shout of praise to Mr Jim Ovia and Mrs Kaye Ovia who attended and fully enjoyed the interactions and activities. Not forgetting Zenith Bank, who sponsored the JHC Fun Day, and the team on the ground, they are to be commended for ensuring the success of the event. Well done and let’s keep up the good work!

Here are some updates about other matters:

  • Phase II construction projects (swimming pool, third student Hostel, third staff residence block, student medical clinic, technical & laboratories block) are still on track to be completed within the time frame.
  • Interviews are almost completed for the additional Academic staff who will join us in September 2015.

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event
23rd – 31st May 2015 Mid-term break
5th June 2015 Start of Examinations
19th June 2015 Humanitarian Day
27th June 2015 Speed Arts Competition
1st July 2015 Inter-House Sports
4th July 2015 Honorary Day and end of Term 3

 

World Humanitarian Day is observed on 19th August but as JHC will be on vacation, we shall be celebrating this earlier, on 19th June 2015. On this day, the effort and work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes are recognised. As the James Hope College community we request the support of our parent community in order to emulate these brave men and women.

As such the following donations are requested for the Humanitarian Day on the 19th June, 2015. Please note that no contribution is too small, after all, it is the thought that counts.

  • First Aid box
  • Clothing items: Jeans, skirt, shirt, shoes/sneakers, etc.
  • School items: bags, school shoes, reading books, textbooks, dictionaries, mathematical sets and writing materials (pen, pencils, rulers, erasers, exercise books, etc.)
  • Food items: Baby food, cereal, pack of noodles, tubers of yam, rice, cooking oil, etc.
  • Other items: Detergents, pack of juice, soft drinks, table water, bags of water (pure water), cooking utensils, cutleries, toys, toiletries, bedding materials, provisions, etc.
  • Board games: monopoly, chess, scrabbles, etc.
  • Any cash donations will be gifted to the invited Orphanages.

More details will be shared as we are closer to the date.

Please don’t forget to visit our website, www.jameshopecollege@edu.ng for other updates and information.

In conclusion, B.B. King, the world famous blues musician who passed away this month said, ‘The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you’; and, ‘The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others’.

Have a great week with your loved ones!

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

 

 

 

 

Teaching & Learning and End of Session Examinations

James Hope College is a happy and increasingly successful school. Our highest priorities are the quality of teaching and learning and the care of the students here. We have a clear sense of direction. We expect students to set themselves high standards in their work and relationships with others. We challenge them to do so and support them so that they will achieve. We do this to enable them to make the most of the opportunities offered here and to lay the foundations of success and personal development. We are fortunate in having a well-equipped, modern school and we are determined that JHC will be second to none in the quality of its staff, curriculum and teaching and learning.

Students will return to school on Sunday, 31st May, 2015 and will start their End of Session Exams on Friday, 5th June, 2015. This exam will cut across all topics covered from the beginning of the session in September, 2014.  They will return home in July with their results slips. We enjoined our parents/guardians to monitor their wards while at home for the half-term break so that they do some meaningful revisions in order for them to maintain or surpass the standard that has already been built. The exam timetable has been given to each one of them.

All the best.

Clement Ikuyinminu: Vice Principal (Academic Affairs)

 

 

 

Year 8 Students Visit Tehid Water Limited, Asaba Delta State !

Tehid Table Water Limited, the company visited is located at 96 Okpanam Asaba road, Asaba. The company is the largest private label bottled water company in southern Nigeria. It was established to provide high quality bottled water products to corporate and private individual throughout Delta state and its environs.

In partial fulfilment of the basic requirement for the teaching and learning of Design and Technology/Basic Technology at James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State. Our Year Eight Students went on a visit to Tehid Table Water limited, Asaba on the 29th of April, 2014.

The trip was geared towards providing our students the opportunity to have first-hand information, observe industrial processes of producing and packaging Table and sachet water as well as having the experience of how safety is observed in the factory/workshop. It also enables our student to learn with fun and while on transit/motion.

 

 

 

 

 Half Term Break

Dear Parents,

Please be informed that due to the re-run elections in some parts of Rivers State, our Half term break will now commence from 10:00am on Friday 22nd May as against Saturday 23rd earlier published and all students are expected to return on Sunday 31st May.

For those who are flying to Lagos and Abuja, kindly book Arik Airline for the following dates and send your ticket to Raymond.ogodo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng on or before Wednesday 13th May.

Friday 22nd May

Benin to Lagos :Arik 9:00am

Benin to Abuja: Arik 9:30am

Sunday 31st May

Lagos to Benin :Arik 3:30pm

Abuja to Benin: Arik 2:45pm

Please note that tickets booked outside the specified times and dates will not be catered for

Thanking you for your usual cooperation.

Warm Regards,

Sunday Sola-Oloyede

Vice Principal [Pastoral]

James Hope College, Nigeria.


 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

We have started term three in earnest with the arrival of staff and students last weekend. The students looked refreshed and are now easing into the usual routines of learning and study.

Since the Easter break several significant events occurred, the successful Nigerian elections, the violent and senseless xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa and the subsequent world-wide chorus of disapproval and condemnation, then just a few days ago, the natural disaster in Nepal in which several thousands died and many more families displaced. These events are heart-rendering and sad, for one life lost is one life too many, whether through an act of nature or man, as each life lost is a future lost, a family that has been deprived of a father or husband, mother or wife, brother or son, a sister or daughter. Our heart-felt prayers are with the families who are suffering and grieving because of their profound loss.

Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”. How telling that one of the greatest geniuses of all time explained his success in this way. He gave credit not to his superior intellect, but to his tremendous persistence, in other words he was motivated. Of course, not everyone can come up with a theory that will forever change science. But everyone can use motivation to achieve personal success, beginning from an early age. Research has shown that motivated children do better in school – not necessarily because they feel they have to be the best, but because they are trying their best.

 A motivated child is likely to:  
  • Choose tasks that are challenging.
  • Begin tasks without having to be prodded.
  • Show serious effort and concentration.
  • Have a positive attitude toward learning and schoolwork.
  • Use coping strategies to get through the rough times.
  • Stick with tasks until successful completion.

  A child who is not motivated is likely to: 

  • Choose work that is inappropriately easy.
  • Need lots of prodding to get started.
  • Put in minimal effort.
  • Show a negative or apathetic attitude about learning and schoolwork.
  • Give up quickly when the going gets tough.
  • Leave many tasks unfinished.

Based on these characteristics, it is not difficult to see why motivated students are more successful! Motivated students can rightly take credit for their own achievements, but most of them also owe a debt to the people who started them out on the right path – their parents. As a parent you have a large role to play in whether or not your child will be motivated to do his best in school. In the end, it’s up to him or her – but you can create an encouraging environment.

There are many ways to motivate children based on their temperament and over the next few weeks I would like to share seven of these proven ways with you – it nearly works with every child. Implement these ideas, and you will assure your child your loving support – and that may be the best motivation your child could ever receive.

Arik Air has been experiencing issues resulting in delayed and cancelled flights which affects some of our students returning home, especially on the Benin – Lagos route. Our Port Harcourt parents have managed to nullify this by arranging their own reliable bus transport, perhaps it is time for our other affected parents to think about such an alternative. But please share your thoughts with me on this matter as safety should be paramount.

The JHC annual Fun Day will be held on Saturday, 9th of May, it will be a full day event and we planned to have it bigger than last year. As usual we will have invited guests and all parents and prospective parents are more than welcome to attend – more details to follow soon.

Reminders of upcoming events:

Date Event
9 May 2015 JHC Fun Day
23 – 31 May 2015 Mid-term break
Early June 2015 Start of Examinations
19 June 2015 Humanitarian Day
27 June 2015 Speed Arts Competition
1 July 2015 Inter-House Sports
4 July 2015 Honorary Day and end of Term 3

In conclusion, ‘learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous’; have a great week until we meet next weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal


 

 

 

 

25th March, 2015

Dear Parents and Friends,

It has been two months now that I have had the privilege and pleasure to be at the helm of this wonderful school, it is made wonderful because of the zestful and refreshing nature of our children, dedicated staff, supportive parents and the great-heartedness of our benefactors.

I have read all the academic reports and overall there has been a marked improvement which is satisfying.

As a consequence, students have been recognized for their efforts and encouraged not to rest on their  laurels but to exceed.

This has also been a busy two months with several projects and improvements running in parallel. As such I would like to share in brief some of these activities.

·  Restructure  of  our assemblies programme – As  a  result  students  discussed  and  explored  the meaning  of  values  such  as  truth,  diversity,  responsibility,  humility  and  integrity; but  more importantly, how we can apply it in our daily routines in order to be a better student and person and a good friend.

·  Phase  II  construction  projects,  like  the swimming  pool, third  Student  Hostel,  third  staff residence block, student medical clinic, second teaching block (technical & laboratories) are in the process to be completed before September 2015, in order to be ready for the new academic year.

·  Improvements to our ICT facilities and internet connectivity.

Here are some reminders of upcoming dates and events:

Date                                    Event

19 April 2015                    Start of Term 3 and all students return to James Hope College

9 May 2015                       JHC Fun Day

27 May 2015                     Speed Arts Competition

Early June 2015               Start of Examinations

19 June 2015                     Humanitarian Day

1 July 2015                         Inter-House Sports

4 July 2015                        Honorary Day and end of Term 3

James Hope College is a dynamic school and will continue to seek improvements to its operations in order to keep abreast of current developments on the educational landscape. And yet, not to be satisfied with this but to seek ways to set the pace. All in all, parents can be assured that their children, our students, will always be at the heart of every decision we deliberate, ponder and make.

In conclusion, as we break for the Easter vacation, I wish everyone, everything of the best and to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones. Gandhi said, ‘the future depends on what we do in the present’, or put in another way, actions have consequences, either positive or negative.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart

Principal

17th March 2016 Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that this brief newsletter finds you in good health and spirits! Following up on an excellent Academic Review day, the JHC annual Sports Day was well attended and a great day as well. I have attached a brief collage of the event. James Hope College is a growing and dynamic school and with the addition of at least sixty more students in September 2016, this will have implications for all our operations, from facilities management to teaching and learning. In addition, as we are moving toward senior examinations, both locally and internationally, it adds more complexity to the mix. As such we are constantly reviewing our operations and adjusting to these realities. Consequently, changes need to be made in order to reflect these realities and we want to assure you that these decisions to change are taken in the best interest of your children, our students. Here are some important information and reminders. Date Event 18th March 2016 STEM Fair 24th March 2016 End of Term 2 10th April 2016 Students return to JHC for the start of Term 3 JHC AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE REQUEST Please read the attachment and we appreciate your support in this matter. Obi Ikechukwu Road, Agbor, Delta State, NIGERIA Telephone: +234 708 536 9376, +234 708 366 2229, +234 708 564 4062; Email: info@jameshopecollege.edu.ng Website: www.jameshopecollege.edu.ng TRAVEL REMINDER Benin- Lagos-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 5:00pm Returns Sunday 10th April, 3:30pm Benin-Abuja-Benin [Arik Air] Departs Thursday, 24th March, 4:30pm Returns Sunday, 10th April by 3:00pm For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 564 4062, 0708 396 4440 or abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng In conclusion, ‘Every situation in life is temporary, so when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life isn’t so good, remember that it will not last forever, for better days are on the way; and lastly, ‘Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, and that a child of farm workers can become the president of a nation’. Enjoy the rest of the week until we meet again. Yours sincerely Mr. Abraham Swart Principal