8th January 2019
Dear Parents and Friends,
College has resumed for term two and after a few days the cobwebs of the holidays will be wiped off as we get into the routines of our work and studies.
James Hope College is proud to announce that we are now an officially accredited British School Overseas (BSO.) Following a detailed inspection carried out in November by a team of three British inspectors we can now formally reveal the results of the report, which shows how JHC fully meets all the standards for British Schools Overseas accreditation as laid out by the Department for Education of the UK Government.
The full details of the inspection can be read in the attached report, but everyone found it to be a positive experience despite the rigour and hard work involved. During the inspection visit, over 50 lessons were observed by the inspectors. School documentation and policies were analysed and data reviewed. Students’ workbooks were scrutinised, discussions were held with the senior staff, the management team, a range of teachers and students.
The summary statement says, “JHC meets all the standards for a British school overseas and has many good and some outstanding features. Academic attainment is high. The behaviour of the students is exemplary. The vision of the board and the leadership provided by the Principal are excellent. The care and support offered to students, including in boarding is very high quality. The unique curriculum and the breadth of subjects offered are strengths.”- BSO report November 2018.
Of course, the main purpose of the report was not simply to validate the work that the school is currently doing but also to look at areas for future improvement and these have already formed an action plan to move the school forward. JHC is not only fully committed to achieving its mission but also to be the leading school in the country and beyond, so all the feedback and suggestions listed in the report were welcomed.
All in all, we are obviously extremely pleased with the report. It is a clear recognition of the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the staff here and the school community as a whole – not forgetting the magnanimity of our founders, Mr. and Mrs Ovia. However, we are certainly not resting on our oars/laurels and this will give us further impetus and enthusiasm for the many developments and future improvements that are already under-way.
In conclusion, ‘Progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking’. Keep well until we meet again.
Abraham P. Swart
4th December 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
With the end of this term upon us and holidays in sight, we need to carve out time in our busy schedules to reflect on important matters. From a JHC perspective it has been an engaging term with several joyous highlights, such as the Academic Review Day, JHC Open Day and Xmas Concert – opportunities to meet parents (and prospective ones), share information regarding your sons and daughters, etc.
However, an important milestone was also reached in mid-November, James Hope College is now an accredited British Overseas School. The UK Government’s Department for Education (DfE) operates an inspection scheme which is designed to measure British Schools Overseas (BSO) against the standards that apply to independent schools in England. This inspection scheme is designed to
inform and reassure parents about the quality of education offered by the school. As a result of this inspection, done by Penta International, the school has demonstrated it meets the Standards for British Schools Overseas. This judgement is endorsed by the British Government, quality assured by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and is valid for a period of three years.
In summary the report states that, ‘JHC meets all the standards for a British school overseas and has many good and some outstanding features. Academic attainment is high. The behaviour of the students is exemplary. The care and support offered to students, including in boarding is very high quality. The unique curriculum and the breadth of subjects offered are strengths.’ Once received then we will share the full report with all our stakeholders. All of us are ecstatic as the staff, students, the school leadership and Board of Governors have toiled non-stop to ensure that the College attain, maintain and is on the path to exceed world class status.
On behalf of the JHC family, I wish all our parents, friends and their families, ‘happy holidays’ and remember that ‘Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together’.
Enjoy the time with your sons and daughters until we meet again.
Abraham P. Swart
From the Desk of the Vice-Principal (Academic)
1. Registration for WAEC Examinations has commenced
We have received details of information on the procedure for the e-registration of students for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2019.
The offline registration will close on December 31, 2018 while the online registration takes place from January 2 to January 31, 2019.
The normal entry fee is N13,950.00 per candidate but there are other charges, e.g. photographs etc. All parents of students in Year 12 will be advised by our Accounts Department on the total fee for this registration when fully known. However, I would suggest that a sum of twenty-five
thousand naira (N25,000.00) be set aside for this purpose per candidate.
2. The Need for Extra Study while at Home
The WAEC examinations for school candidates will commence in March 2019 and this means that our Year 12 students have not got the time to do other things while at home. Also, in view of the General Election slated for February 2019, it is very likely that they will not be in school
for extension classes if we are to yield to suggestions from most of our parents. Therefore, we would like to advise affected parents to ensure that their children/wards spend quality time, while at home for the Christmas break, to do a lot of independent studies. We don’t want these
children to be carried away with Christmas lights and candles; rice and chicken; and other celebrations. They will have plenty of time for these in the future.
3. Thank you to our Parents
On behalf of the Principal and members of the Senior Leadership Team of JHC, I would like to thank our parents for the support given to our Year 12 students during their IGCSE examinations that they concluded sometimes in the middle of November. The students were so confident
before and after the examinations. We have no doubt that they will produce excellent results by the time we receive the outcomes of the examinations in January 2019.
For any enquiry on the above information, please call my mobile number which is 07083495906 and you may send an e-mail to email@example.com and you will get a response.
I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead.
Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)
HUMANITARIAN DAY REQUEST for DONATIONS
We wish to inform you that 2019 Humanitarian Day Celebration will take place on Friday, 18th January. We appeal for your generous donations to enable us reach out to orphans, widows and the needy in Agbor community. Items (old/ new) such as clothes, shoes, bags, books, food etc. will be highly appreciated.
Kindly send your donations through your children as they return from Christmas holidays.
AGRICULTURE PRACTICALS YEAR 7’s
Just a gentle reminder that the parents of Year 7 students were sent an email with attachment regarding the need to bring to College on resumption a Coverall (Overalls), Wellingtons (rubber boots).
UNIFORM MATTERS & THINGS CONSIDERED to be CONTRABAND
An important REMINDER: All SCHOOL BLAZERS are to be DRY-CLEANED ONLY and not washed in a machine as it will damage the fabric and shape. Also, the SCHOOL JUMPER needs to be HAND-WASHED ONLY. We have noticed that some school jumpers are in a sad state due to not following the washing instructions which can be found on a label on the inside. Also, boys’ trousers not to be slim-fitted (taken
in by the leg width) and girl skirts not to be shortened in length.
Parents need to check (physical check and asking) that students don’t bring any earphones, headphones, computer games, USB watches, flash drives and laptops (Year 11’s) with music or movies uploaded (the music and movies must be removed) or any other non-compliant devices to College. Year 12 students don’t need to bring any laptops as the WAEC preparations do not require these.
Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):
|Departure: Friday, 7th December 2018||11.30 am||11.40 am|
|Return: Sunday, 6th January 2019||1.55 pm||11.10 am|
As a practice, all tickets should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, and
email@example.com at least two weeks before the departure date. Also note
that the above timings are subject to change by the airline.
|07th December 2018||End of term and all students and academic staff on holiday|
|06th January 2019||All students return for the start of term 2|
|11th January 2019||Closing date for Entrance Exam applications|
|18th January 2019||Humanitarian Day|
|26th January 2019||JHC Year 7 Entrance Examinations 2019/20 First Sitting|
|9th February 2019||JHC Year 7 Entrance Examinations 2019/20 Second Sitting|
|13th February 2019||School closes for half-term break|
|4th March 2019||School resumes for second half of term 2|
For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or
14th November 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
Over the last few days James Hope College was undergoing a British Overseas School inspection, led by Chief Inspector, Dr. Mark Evans, Mrs Annie Tennant and Mr Alistair Downs. The College was marked/assessed against nine criteria (pdf copy of the BSO standards attached) which is set by the Department for Education (DfE, UK government) and apply to all British Schools overseas in all parts of the world.
It is my pleasure to share that James Hope College has succeeded in measuring up to the criteria and exceeding some and thus will be awarded accredited status!
The profoundness of this milestone impacts upon one when you consider that JHC is the only school in Delta State, one of five schools in Nigeria and 1 of 160 schools world-wide, to have this prestigious certification and elite accreditation. It speaks volumes about the effort, hard-work, sweat and tears (now tears of joys) of students, staff, parents, our Founders – Mr and Mrs Ovia, the Board of Governors and other stakeholders in achieving this within only five years of its operation. This accomplishment is the continuation of our journey on the road of excellence, however, we are cognisant that more work is to be done to further improve and retain this status.
A full report will be issued within the next few weeks and will be available on our website. BSO inspections reports inform parents of students in British Schools overseas and other stakeholders how the standards measure up to those that apply to independent/private schools in the United Kingdom, taking into account local requirements.
An essential element of the BSO inspection is the extent to which the British character of schools is evident in their ethos, curriculum, teaching, care for students and students’ achievements. By meeting the BSO standards JHC is demonstrating that we provide a British education that has similar characteristics to an education in an independent school in the UK. Moreover, JHC will now have the credentials to become a member of the Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO). Also, a copy of our inspection report will be posted on the UK government web site.
We look forward meeting the Year 9, 11 and 12 parents on Saturday, 17th November for the Parent-Teacher Academic Review day.
In conclusion, ‘Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it’, and ‘Joy is the simplest form of gratitude’.
Abraham P. Swart
07th November 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
Greetings from a lovely and cool Agbor! At JHC it is as busy as a beehive with one more week till the conclusion of the IGCSE examinations, internal examinations to start next week for the rest of the students, the BSO inspection, etc.
Next week Saturday, 17th November 2018 will be Academic Review for parents of Year 9, 11 and 12 students. Affected parents are urged to attend as critical information will be shared. More importantly, staff reviewing with parents the performance of students affords a one-on-one opportunity to share areas of strength as well as areas for improvement to progress to the next level in their learning. I have attached a pdf document which may assist with helping parents to make the most of this precious time.
The JHC Entrance Exams 2019/20 are currently advertised in national newspapers and on the website. If you have family or friends who have children of the correct age to start College, then please share this information with them. To note, the Open Day for prospective parents is Saturday, 24th November 2018.
Renowned author, Maya Angelou said, ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style’ – upon reflection we may ask, ‘What is my mission, or do I just plod on from one day to the next?’. And James Faust reminds us of the importance of accepting the contradictions of life but that there is a higher purpose to what we go through, ‘If there were no night, we would not appreciate the day, nor could we see the stars and the vastness of the heavens. We must partake of the bitter with the sweet.There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.’
Enjoy the week ahead and as the French speakers would say, ‘au revoir’ – until we meet again.
Abraham P. Swart
26th October 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
Time certainly flies when you enjoy yourself. No doubt, the students currently on half-term break will be wanting an extra few days holiday. However, the reality is that we have an extremely busy second half-term ahead and all of us, including students, will have to do their part. Thus, we are looking forward welcoming them this coming Sunday, bright-eyed and eager to continue to do their best.
A reminder to all parents to check that your children have all the correct uniform items and correct gear, in other words, no clothing items which are not approved or electronic devices, etc. before their arrival on campus.
The Year 12 students have been engaged in the IGCSE examinations and will be completing the last examination in less than three weeks’ time. Once again, a vote of thanks to the staff who stayed back to ensure that these pioneers are well cared for, academically and physically. Here is a summary of the programme for the next half-term.
10th October – 14th November 2018
19th – 28th October 2018
Half-term Break for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
12th – 15th November 2018
British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection
17th November 2018
Academic Review Year 9, 11 & 12 Students only
24th November 2018
Open Day for prospective parents and students
30th November 2018
Year 12’s to vacate early for end of term
02nd December 2018
JHC Xmas Concert
07th December 2018
End of term and all students return on 6th January 2019
In conclusion, here are some wise counsel for a positive day and life: ‘Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.’ Enjoy the weekend until we meet again.
Abraham P. Swart
10th October 2018
Dear Parents and Friends , I trust that this letter finds you in good spirits. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to the Year 12’s who are starting the IGCSE examinations today . A BIG thank you to all the parents who turned out for the Parents Visiting day last week Saturday – what a fantastic gathering, joyous noise and cheerful chattering filled the campus; after all, this is what gives any school its life, the people who fills and passes through it. It was good to see all and have informal conversations about a range of matters. The Great Hall was filled at both levels and the picnic tables are a great addition with some opting to have their meals outside. ‘The secret to success is constancy to purpose’ , or to paraphrase, ‘being consistent is the foundation of being successful’. How true this is whether you are a student, teacher, entrepreneur or a parent. When it comes to striving for success, consistency can be monotonous. It’s not something that exactly ignites passion and drive. But it’s the one thing that separates those who hit their goals week in and week out, and those that don’t.Consistency is silent, it’s completely under the radar and it’s the key differentiator between success and failure. The following have been identified as the benefits of consistency in one’s life and work: 1. Accountability – This is probably the most obvious factor and easily overlooked. It’s innately human to deflect responsibility and point blame elsewhere when we haven’t got the outcome we wanted. By creating consistency around work/school goals and targets, and implementing practices that keep you on course, you inevitably create accountability for not only yourself but your team. 2. Clarity – Further to accountability, clarity is another inevitable outcome of consistency. Consistency will give you clarity, allowing you to focus with a fierce, undeterrable nature. Also, to prioritize by categorizing urgent and non-urgent tasks and this helps to stay focused and consistent. 3. Motivation – We feel much better when you are on top of your work for the day or week – one feels unstoppable, fierce and motivated. One’s effort and productivity increase significantly, and you are constantly motivated to just keep going, and do better every time. 4. Confidence – When you are clear minded & motivated, it’s only normal that your confidence is raised. You’ll find yourself a lot more assertive, self-assured and confident in the decisions you are making. The above is all interrelated. Consistency truly is key when it comes to success in all areas of life – school, work, business and socially. Enjoy the week ahead until we meet again. Yours faithfully Abraham P. Swart Principal
25th September 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
‘No subject of study is more important than reading…all other intellectual powers depend on it.’ – as such, reading is one of the vital activities encouraged at JHC. At the recent Monday assemblies’ students had the opportunity to share the importance of what they have read over the summer holidays.
This is an interactive activity that doesn’t merely ask for a recall of information but answers to questions requiring deep reading. Thus far, those invited on stage, from Year 7 to Year 12 students, have risen to the challenge. The above is one way to inspire confidence and boost authentic literacy.
This include students reading about a subject, writing about it and speaking competently and independently about it. At each step, the learning deepens, until the student demonstrates mastery and ownership of the knowledge, at which point they can confidently express it to others. On another matter, previously the Year 9 students were congratulated for doing well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations.
Currently, we now praise them for an outstanding BECE result, the best-ever for JHC…CONGRATULATIONS! For more details please read the information ‘FROM THE DESK of the VICE PRINCIPAL (Academic)’. Furthermore, carefully consider the information summarised under ‘FUTURE EVENTS’ as your attendance and support will be required.
In conclusion, ‘A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds. A good deed is never lost; he or she who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he/she who plants kindness gathers love’; also, ‘There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.’, and, ‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down’. Enjoy the week ahead and I look forward seeing you on Saturday, 6th of October for the Parents Visiting Day.
Abraham P. Swart
13th September 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
On Saturday the new Year 7 students were welcomed to the James Hope College family, and on Sunday the rest of the students – they were all ‘bright and bushy-tailed’! It was a great start with the news that we had the best-ever BECE results with five students achieving straight A’s, but more on this in the next newsletter.
The students are settling in well as we focussed on the essential tasks on hand, namely, getting into our academic routines as well as completing the usual organisational matters. Furthermore, we have added five more staff to our family. It is my pleasure to introduce, Mrs. Prosper Aboyegi (Science), Mrs. Taiwo Sokoya (House parent and PE), Mr Kingsley Akpabio (Science and Maths), Mr. Oluchuwu Eke (Igbo) and Mr Gabriel Edeh (ICT) – they were recruited from reputable schools and brings with them a wealth of experience and good teaching practices.
This year is another milestone for JHC as we are now five years old with all levels in operation, from Year 7 to 12. We have grown and performed well since September 2013 and our pioneer students will sit the first ever IGCSE and WAEC examinations.
The theme for this year is ‘CONSISTENCY MATTERS’ – continual encouragement and reminders will focus on the steadfast adherence to principles and behaviours which will propel us to greater heights. After all, whatever the task or project if one works harder, apply more energy and time to it, and are more consistent then the overall result will be better.
A few changes have necessitated some minor adjustments to the 2018/19 academic calendar and this will be shared soon. In conclusion, ‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’
Abraham P. Swart
22nd August 2018
Dear Parents and Friends,
The August holidays will soon be concluding and then it is back to school, yes, another school year is upon us! I can’t tell you enough how excited my team and I are as we have spent the holidays and months before to ensure that we are on track to have another great year. I trust that our students had a relaxing time and are energised to continue to do well upon resumption.
Similarly, our staff have made the most of this well-deserved break and are ready for another productive academic year. This school year is truly going to be something special. Why? Because I can promise you that James Hope College is going to be a place filled with joy, passion, and learning. At JHC we want each and every person that comes onto this campus to know they are valued and that they hold tremendous worth. We want to teach our students to “Be Courageous and Give it a Go”.We believe in fresh-starts and new beginnings. We believe in growth and potential. And we believe in bringing everyone together to accomplish success.
To the students, I want you to know how much we truly care about you at JHC. You are the reason we come to work every day. You matter to each and every one of us. When you come onto this campus, you are the most important thing in the world to us. We hope that every day you reside on campus, to know how special you are and just how much potential you hold. To the parents and friends, you are just as important. Without you, we will not reach our full potential as a school. We value you and your opinions. We look to you as a partner in your child’s education.
We are excited to work with you and at JHC you are always welcome. To everyone, this is a team effort. We know it will take an entire school community coming together, as such we invite you to fully participate in all events in the upcoming school year. To my Year 12’s, your journey starts early and we are ready to welcome you on Sunday, 26th August; the new Year 7’s on Saturday, 8th September and the rest of the students on Sunday, 9th September 2018.
Please re-read the last newsletter posted on the 12 th of July 2018 to familiarise yourselves and your children before resumption with expectations regarding summer reading, uniform, and items not to be brought on campus, etc. The latter is important as it can become distractions which we can do without. This academic year is filled with unlimited potential and we are ready to meet each and every challenge head on!
Abraham P. Swart
12th July 2018
Dear Parents and Friends, We have reached the end of another academic year and upon reflection it has been another successful and joyous one. In fact, on Saturday, 14th of July, at our annual Prizegiving I will share the milestones reached and the joys we have experienced. With the previous newsletter I congratulated the Year 9 students who did excellently well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations . This fantastic achievement was praised throughout Nigeria with the great news placed in national newspapers on several days. Well done!
The students who were part of the International Award for Young People Nigeria (a.k.a JHC DoE), completed the adventurous journey part recently and camping was definitely a new experience for some – but more information on this in the next newsletter. I have perused all the students reports and commended where necessary and encouraged to improve where required. Please study your child’s report and support where it is needed. As usual, the final newsletter contains a generous portion of information & reminders and parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with it.
Take note of the information from the VP’s Academic and Pastoral , as well as Uniform Matters . In conclusion, ‘The achievements of an organisation are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’, and, ‘In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit’. I look forward meeting up with you on Saturday to personally thank you for your support and contributions throughout this year.
Abraham P. Swart
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29th June 2018
Dear Parents and Friends, With only two more weeks until the close of this academic year, there never seem to be enough time in the day to complete everything. But students and staff alike are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday with family and friends. CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 9 students who did excellently well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations … 100% of students achieved grades Good to Excellent which is a JHC first! The top achievers were acknowledged and praised at the assembly this morning. More information to follow. Moreover, the first ever JHC Career Fair kicked-off in fine form on Saturday, 23rd of June 2018. I wish to thank all staff for their tireless efforts in making this event a success but more so the students and parents who attended. For more info on the Career Fair, see the article on the JHC website Homepage. Furthermore, attached please find a copy of the JHC Academic Calendar for 2018/2019 – this was shared earlier this year. The reason I am sharing this again is for parents to arrange their affairs accordingly as not to make plans during school time (teaching and learning time) which can impact negatively on their child’s progress. I want to commend the 99 % of our parents who do comply. To be noted, some reasons for approved absences are medical reasons and important family matters. However, please don’t expect us to rubber-stamp arrangements which are made without seeking the College’s input first, after all, we are in a partnership to ensure that the best is done for your child and unilateral decisions do not bode well. JHC is not like any other school as we teach a dual curriculum which means every day is critical to ensure completion of the teaching and learning programmes. Your cooperation is expected and valued. I look forward to your attendance of the annual JHC Prize giving on Saturday, 14th of July 2018 . In conclusion, ‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it . ’, and, ‘I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value ’. Yours faithfully Abraham P. Swart Principal JHC Parents Newsletter 29 June 2018 —————————————————————————————————————————————————
14th June 2018
Dear Parents and Friends, EXAMINATIONS or EXAMS…a word that fills most students with dread but soon JHC students will be breathing sighs of relief as these will be concluded shortly. Examinations are important as students can demonstrate what they know and can do. It also enables teachers to be confident in the accuracy of their judgements about each student. Each subject has a specific body of knowledge that students are expected to learn, for example in Physics, students might learn about thermodynamics, while Geography students might learn about tectonic plate movements. Exams enable us to accurately test students’ breadth of understanding of these topics. Furthermore, exams offer students opportunities to demonstrate inculcated higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis and decision-making thus revealing their real skills, talents and knowledge. In addition, there is evidence that both studying for and sitting exams deepens learning. Studying is like exercising. When one exercises, the muscles in use grow stronger. Likewise, the process of searching through ones memory and retrieving the relevant information strengthens that memory pathway for future uses. Consequently, examinations also have the power to enhance what students know. Congratulations to the newly appointed prefects, Naomi Ajudua, Thelma Gbe, Chineben Ogbuigwe, Akajuigo Amucheazi, Iniebi Inaibo, Kelechi Kelechi-Samuel, Franklin Damasus, Oladele Hotonu, Oghenetega Bazunu, Otuobi Nwagwu, Ifechukwude Isichei, Efemena Juweto, Aroesiri Enameguono, Joan Amahia, Motunrayo Asalu and Peace Osamor. Moreover, Aroesiri has been selected as Head boy with Akajuigo as the deputy Head boy and Naomi the Head girl and Thelma, deputy Head girl. Serving as a prefect is a privilege and an opportunity to be of service to others and to lead by example…we wish them well! A gentle reminder, on the 23rd of June the College will have a Careers Fair, all Year 9, 10 and 11 Parents and students will be expected to attend and we will start promptly at 10.10 am In conclusion, ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’, and, ‘To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity’. Yours faithfully, Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————
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.
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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 23rd 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER 01 June 2018 —————————————————————————————————————————————————
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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER 15 May 2018 (2) —————————————————————————————————————————————————
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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER 2 May 2018 —————————————————————————————————————————————————
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 Download The Full Newsletter 26 March 2018 —————————————————————————————————————————————————
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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————
10th January 2018
Dear Parents and Friends, Compliments of the season…and now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been, 365 new days and 365 new opportunities! We welcomed back all students and staff on Sunday. In addition, a new staff, Mr Andrew Umukoro, who is a senior English teacher, joined us from Day Waterman College – welcome to the JHC family. Our focus this term is the continuance and consolidation of teaching and learning, this being in addition to our preparation for the forthcoming BECE, CIE Checkpoint and IGCSE external examinations. The airlines have disappointed us again as there were no flights from Lagos to Benin on Sunday (and two weeks before this), consequently, a vast majority of our Lagos parents opted to send their children by road. Thus, it would be wise to consider whether air travel is still viable in view of the unreliability of the Lagos-Benin route. Please let me know your thoughts in this regard. A fuller newsletter will be sent out next week. In conclusion, ‘I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something’. Have an awesome week! Yours sincerely Mr. Abraham Swart Principal For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————
04th Decemeber 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, With a flurry of activity our term is fast coming to an end with a well-deserved break beckoning from this Friday onward. But as usual time flies when we are on holiday – we shall all return by the 7th of January 2018. Well done to all who have laboured and toiled to complete tasks and reaching goals – to the students who have done well in both academic and non-academic areas, to the staff who made a positive difference, to our parents and other stakeholders for their efforts in making James Hope College a great school, and finally, our gracious founders, Mr and Mrs. Ovia for their staunch support, enduring love and passion for JHC. I found this delightful story… ‘The Pastor Stole Our Spoon!’ A pastor had dinner at the home of a couple in his church. After he left, the wife said to the husband, “I think he stole our spoon!”. This bothered her for a whole year. A year later the couple had the pastor for dinner again. Unable to resist, the wife asked, “Did you steal our spoon last year?” The pastor replied, “No, I put it inside your Bible.” I guess the lesson is to read regularly as you might find the answers to what you are looking for. Please note that this issue of the newsletter contains important information which all parents needs to act on. In conclusion, ‘Be careful with your words, once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten’; and, ‘Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.’ Enjoy the break with your loved ones, happy holidays and may God bless you abundantly. Mr. Abraham Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————
22nd November 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that you are well. CONGRATULATIONS to Aroesiri Enameguono who has been selected to receive the Delta State Award having distinguished himself as the overall Best Student in the recently concluded 2016/2017 BECE of Delta State. It is also appropriate to share the accolades with all who had a hand in achieving this, his parents, staff of JHC and the benevolence of our founders, Mr Jim Ovia and Mrs Kay Ovia. We are proud of this achievement and JHC is putting its mark on the educational landscape…a young lion is certainly roaring! On Saturday, 18 November 2017, we had a good turnout of prospective students and their parents for the JHC Open Day , who wish to make JHC their school of choice. However, this is only the start of the journey as selected candidates still have Admissions testing to be done on 27th January 2018 and 3rd of February 2018. After this, the tests are sent to the UK for marking and before the end of February all results should be in. A ranking is done by the UK assessment organisation, GL Education, from the achieved scores and then JHC offer places to the top performing students. As only 40 places are on offer, one can imagine the competitive nature. Scholarships are offered to a handful of exceptionally brilliant students which is the prerogative of the Board. In conclusion, ‘Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning’; and, ‘At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.’ Have an awesome week! Yours sincerely Mr. Abraham Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL 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 DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Dear Parents and Friends, A hearty welcome to all students, old and new, who arrived over the weekend for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year! Also, a very warm welcome to our new parents. This is just a brief letter to inform you that your loved-ones are doing well and to share with all some important information and dates. Please note that a more generous newsletter will follow soon. At our first assembly on Monday, I shared with students our expectations of them…in part, here is the gist of the encouragement. ‘The focus is the responsibility each student has for their education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something you’re good at, and you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity James Hope College provides. But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and being educated at the best school in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfil your responsibilities . Unless you pay attention to the teachers; listen to your parents, and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. We expect you to get more serious this year, toput your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So, don’t let us down – don’t let your family, teachers or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.’ In conclusion, ‘We should not give up and we should not let the problem defeat us’; and, ‘If you do what you love that is the best way to relax’. Have a fantastic week ahead! Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that you are well. On Saturday, 8th of July 2017, the James Hope College Annual Prize-Giving will signal the end of the 2016/2017 academic year. All parents are invited as we celebrate and recognise our students’ performances – the function will start promptly at 11.00 am and should be concluded by 1.00 pm. The report envelope which students will bring home on Saturday contains several reminders and information requests, please ensure that you read and respond accordingly : Here is a list of the information included: 1. Academic Report 2. Progressive Test Results for Years 7, 8 and 9. 3. Summer Holiday Reading Project. 4. School Fee invoice. 5. Bike and Bead Club notices. 6. School Uniform specifications. 7. Immunisation Precaution note. 8. DoE consent Letter. Parents are to study the respective reports of their children and provide support where necessary. Providing feedback about student performances is an ongoing activity, whether positive or negative, and parents are kept abreast. We thank the parents who engaged with us over the last two weeks regarding this. I wish you a good week, hope to see all of you on Saturday at our Annual Prize Giving event, and to enjoy the holidays with your children. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER Download – Boys Uniform List Download – Girls Uniform List Download – Immunisation Precaution Note Download – Summer Novel Reading   —————————————————————————————————————————————————
22nd June 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that this newsletter finds you well. As we have just concluded the paper examinations, all students will now engage in online testing over the next week. For the Year 7, 8 and 9’s, the Progressive tests in English, Mathematics and the Sciences, to ascertain progress made, and the Year 10’s, the CAT4 , to provide predicted IGCSE scores. As per practice, parents will be provided with the results. This is also the time for deep reflection , a process of examining and interpreting experience to gain new understanding of progress, and it was educational reformer, John Dewey, who stated, “We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience”. As such student performances will be analysed, and where needed, meetings will be called for to discuss performances that fell short of abilities and expectations. Another action will be to adjust teaching and learning to get the maximum benefits for students. As a dual curriculum (Nigerian and British) school we are teaching and preparing all our students to sit both IGSCE and WAEC examinations in their final year. Current registration fees for IGCSE can range from N39,000 to N41,000 per subject, and for the WAEC +/-N20,000 for the full examination. However, as soon as we have the updated fees then it will be communicated as well as due dates for payment. James Hope College is growing rapidly and gaining a positive reputation as we are achieving excellent results . No doubt, as parents, friends and supporters you have contributed to this and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. However, more is still to be done and your support will be called on when needed. I wish you a good weekend and hope to see all of you on Saturday, 8th of July 2017 at our Annual Prize Giving event. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————
8th June 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, We had a good start to this half-term, the last session of this academic year, and currently all students are busy with examinations. Firstly, I would like to thank our Year 9 students who have been working and studying hard to complete the Edexcel Check Point examinations last week and the BECE examinations this week. Secondly, a big thank you to the following staff who sacrificed their holiday break to support and assist these students, Messrs. Udofia, Oduloye, Abhulimhen, Akindele, Anaukwu and Ikuyinminu, and Mesdames Gbadeyan and Lewechi. Please note that due to ongoing examinations a fuller newsletter will be published next week. For more information or clarification on any matter, feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or email@example.com In conclusion, ‘Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.’ ; also, ‘High expectations are the key to everything.’ Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THIS NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
19th May 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, As we are rushing to the end of this half-term a certain anxiety grips us, whether we are students or teachers – for teachers it is, ‘Have we done enough to prepare our students for the impending examinations?’, and for students, ‘Have I done my utmost and studied hard enough to be successful?’ Irrespective, we need to maintain focus on the task at hand, and for the remaining time which is dwindling fast, each student is reminded and encouraged to give their very best and finish strong! Here are some thoughts to keep in mind… The greatest Joy……………….GIVING The most satisfying work………HELPING OTHERS The ugliest personality trait…………SELFISHNESS Our greatest natural resource……………Our YOUTH The most powerful force in life………………LOVE The most prized possession…………….INTEGRITY The most beautiful attire………………….SMILE! The most powerful channel of communication……PRAYER The most contagious spirit…………….ENTHUSIASM Enjoy the rest of the newsletter until we meet again. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
5th May 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that this newsletter finds you well. In this final term, we are totally focused on examinations and assessments, internal and external, as such, students are continually reminded of the importance of these. To many students, examinations are the frightening destroyer of school joy. However, they are also very important. Firstly, examinations are the students’ motivation to learn more, as it compels to solidify what was learnt, study further and practice skills. Secondly, old lessons are to be revised to obtain all important issues; also, all possible questions must be investigated and unconsciously new knowledge is absorbed. Thirdly, logical and critical thinking are sharpened which are essential skills in life. After all, if there were no tests, assessments or examinations, students would then naturally rather play than study. In addition, examinations, of course, help to examine students. They show students’ knowledge, abilities, and even character. After knowing their students’ exam results, teachers can have a better understanding about their charges and therefore be able to find a more suitable teaching method. The students can also make learning strategies using their exam scores; for example, if literature shows up as a weakness then spending more time reading books and writing is required, etc. Also, school life is seasoned with exams. Imagine how our days would change if there were no exams. What a relief, right? Whereas, we wouldn’t be able to taste the bitterness of failing an exam. It also means no sweat of studying hard and no sweet tears of joy when successfully passing them. And then, you couldn’t prove your abilities to others, too. Without examinations, it would be boring and dull as there would be no challenge to extend ourselves and prove our mettle. In the final instance, school isn’t really school without examinations and these exams will be as easy as pie if we try our best. ‘Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile 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’; and, ‘Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and please see the attached JHC ACADEMIC CALENDAR for 2017/18. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
26th April 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I am happy to share that we have had a fantastic start to this term, no doubt it will be a very active and intense term as we are doing a range of internal and external assessments. On the 19th of April 2017, the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) promoted James Hope College to member status which is a prestigious award for our school community and recognition of what we have accomplished and still aspire to achieve. Here is a copy of the mail sent to us from Mr Colin Bell, the CEO of COBIS: Dear Abraham, Congratulations to you and your school community on attaining COBIS Member School status. All connected to the COBIS family of schools are proud to have you as members. Please don’t hesitate to contact myself and my team if we can offer any specific support. Kind regards, Colin Colin Bell CEO Council of British International Schools London DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Dear Parents and Friends, I hope that this newsletter finds you well. Firstly, a big thank you to the parents and friends who arrived in full force on Saturday to support their children at the JHC Sports Day…it was a fun day with just the right weather conditions. As usual the parents race was entertaining and I am sure some suffered in the following days with sore muscles. Secondly, as communicated earlier, the current Year 9 students will have their external examination over the term 3 half-term break. As such they will not be on a break during that time but at school preparing and doing the examinations. Please read Mr Ikuyinminu’s information below regarding this. Furthermore, take note of the following information as some require your action: Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal ____________________________________________
The Year 9 students will be taking their International Edexcel Achievement Tests/Checkpoint Exams between Wednesday, 31st May and Friday, 2nd June 2017, both days inclusive. Thereafter, they will commence the Delta State Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) from Monday, 5th June to Monday, 12th June 2017 . Consequently, this group of students will not be able to return home, like other students, during the May half-term break. They will remain in school for further Revision Programme with some of their teachers. In the light of the above, Year 9 students will observe their half-term break from Tuesday, 13th June to Saturday, 17th June while they are expected back on campus on Sunday, 18th June 2017. While going on their half-term break, they will be supplied with information on subject choices for the 2017/2018 session when they will commence the Senior Secondary School Programme. Parents are meant to peruse this document and append their signatures where necessary. We will, in addition, provide them (students) with career guidance as well as career talks from professionals before they make their final decisions when they return to school in June. We appeal to parents not to compel their children/wards to offer some specific subjects where it is evident from past records and reports that these students have not got the ability to cope with those subjects. If you require further information on any of the information above, please contact the principal or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a response as soon as possible. Mr Clement Ikuyinminu Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Dear Parents and Friends, We are gradually coming to the end of this term with only about 2 weeks left. The students have been engaged in a series of events which includes, the Cowbell Mathematics Competition, World Book Day, Art Trip to the Benin Museum to name a few. Details of these events will be featured in our next newsletter.
We use this opportunity to invite parents to the JHC Sports Day 2017, Saturday, 18th March, with a prompt 10.00 am start. This is an annual JHC family gathering to celebrate sporting excellence among our students. The day is expected to be filled with fun and pageantry as the four houses contest for honours in various events. Parents are free to bring along finger foods and refreshments for their children and respective house. In addition, you may bring along any donation/gift you may feel that will add value to the day. This annual event promises to be a great occasion and we urge you to come along and cheer your children to victory. Please take note of the following reminders:
Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):
|Parents to make alternative arrangements||Friday, 31st March 2017 by 3:45 pm|
|Parents to make alternative arrangements||Wednesday, 19th April 2017 11:30 am|
As a practice, all tickets should be forwarded to email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the departure date.
|18th March 2017||JHC Sports Day|
|31st March 2017||End of Term 2|
|19th April 2017||Students returning for term 3|
|26th May 2017||Half Term Break Starts|
|31st May – 2nd June 2017||Year 9 Check Point Examination|
|04th June 2017||Year 7,8 & 10 Students returning for term 3b|
|05th -12th June 2017||Year 9 BECE Examination / End of Session Examination|
In conclusion, ‘We may not be perfect but we can become better if we keep chasing perfection’. I look forward seeing all of you on Saturday! Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or email@example.com DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEWSLETTER ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
3rd March 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that this newsletter finds you well. As we celebrate World Book Day, people often wonder why reading is important; after all, there seems so many other things to do with one’s time. However, reading is important for a variety of reasons and here are some fundamental ones: 1. Open Yourself to New Things: Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to achieve one thing. Who knows – you might find your new hobbies within it. Who knows – you might actually explore one thing you really like and it may end up becoming your career and success in the future. Exploration begins from reading and understanding. 2. Self-Improvement: Reading does help you form a better you, doesn’t it? Through reading, you begin understand the world more. Through reading, you begin to have a greater understanding on a topic that interest you; for example: how to build self-confidence, how to make plan better before taking action, how to memorize things better and more. These self-improvements start from reading; through reading, you create a structured path towards a better understanding and better actions to take in the future. 3. Gain Experience from Other People: When you are reading, you are actually gaining the knowledge and experience of someone. It can hasten your success towards a goal, as you don’t need to repeat the same mistake while focusing on the right path in achieving one thing. It’s like a mountain of gems for you to discover in books, which contain people’s successes, failures and advice. Life is too short for you to keep repeating the mistakes that had been done by other people in the past, in order for you to reach the results that someone might already reached. For example, there are more than several thousand billionaires and millions of millionaires today. To emulate their success, the first thing is to learn and get to know their past, what they did in the past that makes them where they are today. Reading is a great path to get to know them, and learn from these great people. 4. Tools of Communicating: 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. As with a person that knows nothing, he hasn’t had anything to share, and he probably doesn’t even understand what people are sharing. 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. 5. Connecting Your 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 focuses. 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. 6. Boost Imagination and Creativity: Reading exposes you to a world of imagination, showing you 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. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and I look forward seeing you this Saturday for the Academic Review and Parents Visiting day – the Academic Review will be from 10h00 – 13h00 and the Visiting session will commence from 13h00 – 15h00 . Please see the attachment, ‘How to make the most of Parent-Teachers Conferences’. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal
24th February 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I am glad to report that we have had a good start to this half-term and we are very happy to have all the students return. Earlier in this month we had the British Council visiting James Hope College to inspect and recommend us to become a Cambridge International Examinations centre; the consequence of this would be to offer the Cambridge curricula. We are delighted to report that James Hope College has now been approved as such – no doubt we are extremely pleased about this!
|25th February 2017||Open Day for Prospective Parents & Students|
|04th March 2017||Academic Review and Parents Visiting Day|
|18th March 2017||JHC Sports Day|
|31st March 2017||End of Term 2|
|19th April 2017||Students return for the start of Term 3|
For more information or clarification on any matter, please feel free to contact me at 0708 396 4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org In conclusion, ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.’ ; also, ‘A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results’. Yours sincerely Abraham P. Swart Principal
10th February 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, Half-term has arrived and your treasures are on their way home and we look forward having them return on the 19th of February, energised and rested. Please take note of the following information as some require your action :
Year 9 External Examinations This is to bring to the attention of all parents of our students in Year 9 that registrations for the Year 9 Achievement Tests/Checkpoint and Basic Education Certificate Examinations have commenced. All Year 9 students are expected to return to school after the half-term break with the following items. • 8 copies of passport photographs taken in the school uniform (with blazer) using a whitebackground. • 1 copy of their Primary 6 leaving certificate or statement of result. • A full mathematical set • A scientific calculator (may not be too sophisticated) Any queries about these examinations or this information should be directed to email@example.com or the Principal.
2nd February 2017
Dear Parents and Friends, I trust that this newsletter finds you well. An interesting word that is doing the rounds is Moral Intelligence (MI) – Moral Intelligence is what helps our students act right with or without our guidance, and the best news is that this critical intelligence is being taught at JHC; we are instilling this in our students through a range of methods but more importantly through our conduct. Why must we build our students’ Moral IQ? Here are some reasons: 1. Nurtures Good Character. The foundation to good character — or “moral intelligence”– consists of seven core virtues: empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance, and fairness . These ultimately form our students’ character and are the principles they’ll use to direct the course of their lives long after we are gone. Building Moral IQ is our best hope that students will have the foundation to good, solid character. 2. Teaches How to Think and Act Right. In these troubling times, parents need to know ways to help their children learn to not only think morally but also to act morally. After all, the true measure of character rests in our actions — not in mere thoughts. Moral Intelligence teaches the specific moral habits that will get our students on the right course so they do act as well as think right. 3. Moral IQ Is Not Guaranteed. Moral IQ is learned, though developing it is far from guaranteed. To ensure students acquire it, we must intentionally model, nurture, reinforce, and teach it. If we don’t, the result is tragic: an increase in insensitivity, dishonesty, aggression, incivility, cruelty, hatred, and injustice. We must be deliberate. 4. Protects Against Toxicity. The truth is, toxic influences can be so entrenched in our culture that shielding students from them is almost impossible. That’s why it’s crucial to build Moral IQ. It will serve as their moral compass so they have deep-seated convictions to stand by their choices and counter any pressures from inside or outside that go against the principles of good character. 5. Teaches Critical Life Skills. Moral IQ is comprised of the skills needed to protect students’ moral lives such as resolving conflicts, empathizing, knowing right from wrong, asserting themselves, controlling anger, learning tolerance, negotiating fairly, communicating respectfully, cooperating, using self-control, sharing, and knowing right from wrong. These skills are needed in all life arenas, and especially in today’s troubled world. 6. Creates Good Citizens. It’s important to remember that the most important measure of a nation is not its gross national product, its technological genius, or its military might. It is the character of its people. Moral intelligence consists of seven timeless virtues that are the bedrock of good citizenship and responsible living. 7. Counters Temptations. Moral Intelligence gives students the power to counter outside and inside vices so they do what’s right. It’s what helps them navigate through the ethical challenges and pressures they will inevitably face throughout life and make the right Dear Parents and Friends, ‘No subject of study is more important than reading…all other intellectual powers depend on it.’ – as such, reading is one of the vital activities encouraged at JHC. At the recent Monday assemblies’ students had the opportunity to share the importance of what they have read over the summer holidays. This is an interactive activity that doesn’t merely ask for a recall of information but answers to questions requiring deep reading. Thus far, those invited on stage, from Year 7 to Year 12 students, have risen to the challenge. The above is one way to inspire confidence and boost authentic literacy. This include students reading about a subject, writing about it and speaking competently and independently about it. At each step, the learning deepens, until the student demonstrates mastery and ownership of the knowledge, at which point they can confidently express it to others. On another matter, previously the Year 9 students were congratulated for doing well in the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations. Currently, we now praise them for an outstanding BECE result, the best-ever for JHC…CONGRATULATIONS! For more details please read the information ‘FROM THE DESK of the VICE PRINCIPAL (Academic)’. Furthermore, carefully consider the information summarised under ‘FUTURE EVENTS’ as your attendance and support will be required. In conclusion, ‘A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds. A good deed is never lost; he or she who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he/she who plants kindness gathers love’; also, ‘There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.’, and, ‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down’. Enjoy the week ahead and I look forward seeing you on Saturday, 6th of October for the Parents Visiting Day. Yours faithfully Abraham P. Swart Principal Dear Parents and Friends, Time certainly flies when you enjoy yourself. No doubt, the students currently on half-term break will be wanting an extra few days holiday. However, the reality is that we have an extremely busy second half-term ahead and all of us, including students, will have to do their part. Thus, we are looking forward welcoming them this coming Sunday, bright-eyed and eager to continue to do their best. A reminder to all parents to check that your children have all the correct uniform items and correct gear, in other words, no clothing items which are not approved or electronic devices, etc. before their arrival on campus. The Year 12 students have been engaged in the IGCSE examinations and will be completing the last examination in less than three weeks’ time. Once again, a vote of thanks to the staff who stayed back to ensure that these pioneers are well cared for, academically and physically. Here is a summary of the programme for the next half-term. Date Event 10th October – 14th November 2018 IGCSE examinations 19th – 28th October 2018 Half-term break for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 12th – 15th November 2018 British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection 17th November 2018 Academic Review Year 9, 11 & 12 Students only 24th November 2018 Open Day for prospective parents and students 30th November 2018 Year 12’s to vacate early for end of term 02nd December 2018 JHC Xmas Concert 07th December 2018 End of term and all students return on 6 th January 2019 In conclusion, here are some wise counsel for a positive day and life: ‘Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.’ Enjoy the weekend until we meet again. Yours faithfully Abraham P. Swart Principal 1 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER 26th October 2018 Dear Parents and Friends, Time certainly flies when you enjoy yourself. No doubt, the students currently on half-term break will be wanting an extra few days holiday. However, the reality is that we have an extremely busy second half-term ahead and all of us, including students, will have to do their part. Thus, we are looking forward welcoming them this coming Sunday, bright-eyed and eager to continue to do their best. A reminder to all parents to check that your children have all the correct uniform items and correct gear, in other words, no clothing items which are not approved or electronic devices, etc. before their arrival on campus. The Year 12 students have been engaged in the IGCSE examinations and will be completing the last examination in less than three weeks’ time. Once again, a vote of thanks to the staff who stayed back to ensure that these pioneers are well cared for, academically and physically. Here is a summary of the programme for the next half-term. Date Event 10th October – 14th November 2018 IGCSE examinations 19th – 28th October 2018 Half-term break for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 12th – 15th November 2018 British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspection 17th November 2018 Academic Review Year 9, 11 & 12 Students only 24th November 2018 Open Day for prospective parents and students 30th November 2018 Year 12’s to vacate early for end of term 02nd December 2018 JHC Xmas Concert 07th December 2018 End of term and all students return on 6 th January 2019 In conclusion, here are some wise counsel for a positive day and life: ‘Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.’ Enjoy the weekend until we meet again. Yours faithfully Abraham P. Swart Principal