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 PRINCIPAL’s NEWSLETTER

6th February 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely
Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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19th January 2018

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

 

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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  abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

 

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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

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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

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8th November 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Salutations and warm greetings!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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26th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that all is well.

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

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

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

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

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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12th October 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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28th September 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

Have a fantastic weekend until we meet again!

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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14th September 2017

 

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

Students are settling into our routines and doing well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good week ahead!

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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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

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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

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Download – Boys Uniform List

Download – Girls Uniform List

Download – Immunisation Precaution Note

Download – Summer Novel Reading

 

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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

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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 abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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FROM THE DESK of the VICE-PRINCIPAL (Academic)

Year 9 International/Local Examinations and “Special” Half-Term Break

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 clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and you will get a response as soon as possible.

Mr Clement Ikuyinminu
Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)

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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.

JHC Sports Day 2017

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:

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin

Departure

Parents to make alternative arrangements Friday, 31st March 2017 by 3:45 pm

Return

Parents to make alternative arrangements Wednesday, 19th April 2017 11:30 am

As a practice, all tickets should be forwarded to lekkyes.dadwang@jameshopecollege.edu.ng, and sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng at least two weeks before the departure date.

FUTURE EVENTS

 Date Event
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 abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

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  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

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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!

CAM

FUTURE EVENTS

Date Event
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 abraham.swart@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

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

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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 :

FROM THE DESK of the VICE-PRINCIPAL (Academic)

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 clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng or the Principal.

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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 moral choices so they do act right, with or without adult guidance.

8. Inspires Good Behaviour. Moral IQ is comprised of the essential moral virtues needed to help our students become decent, caring, and respectful. Those seven virtues become a template for creating our students’ character, guiding their actions, and ultimately defining their reputations as caring, good human beings.

9. Shapes Moral Destinies. Moral growth is an ongoing process that will span the course of our students’ lifetimes. But the habits and beliefs of Moral Intelligence we instill in our students now will become the ethical foundation they’ll use forever. It is what will greatly decide our students’ moral destinies and what will be our greatest legacy.

(Extracted from Dr. M. Borba’s research)

 

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter until we meet again!
Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart

Principal

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19th January 2017

Dear Parents and Friends,

As we start this new year, we reflect on the extremes that exist in the world we live, positives as opposed to negatives, how blessed we are and how unfortunate others are – now this reminds me of the words of R.W. Emerson who said, ‘To different minds, the same world is a hell, a heaven’.

However, despite our fortunes or misfortunes, each one of us can still control his or her happiness. We may not be able to control what people say to us. We also cannot control what other people do to us. But what we can control is more powerful than both of these forces combined, namely, our attitude.

Our attitude is extremely powerful, and is also extremely controllable. By letting others control our attitude, our happiness will always, always depend on what other people think, say, and do. So, if you want to be happy, you must rely on everyone else to make it so. The world is not
perfect, and relying on others for our happiness will most likely lead to frustration. We must take control of our attitude if we are to be truly happy. Obstacles may arise, but it is our attitude that can overcome every obstacle, and turn it into an opportunity.

We must decide our mood, regardless of what happens to us. If we do this, we gain control, and rely only on our self for happiness. We decide, not others, how our day will go. If we meet negativity, respond positively. We can decide to be happy, or we can hope that others will bring it to us. Only the former can give us a guarantee.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a great start to 2017!

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

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11th January 2017

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

 

 

Yours sincerely
Abraham P. Swart
Principal

 

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2nd November 2016

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is good to see our students returning refreshed after the mid-term break. The college’s focus this half-term will be ongoing assessments and implementing additional measures to ensure that all our students are achieving to their potential. I can confirm that the majority of students are focused but we still have a handful whose efforts need improvement in order to achieve to their potential.

Here are some important reminders:

 

Date Event
Saturday, 19th November 2016 JHC Open Day for Prospective Parents & Students
Sunday, 4th December 2016 Christmas Event
Friday, 9th December 2016 End of term 1
Sunday, 8th January 2017 Students return for 2nd term

 

UNIFORM MATTERSURGENT

JHC School Jumper: Please note that the JHC School Jumper is available to be purchased now. Thank you to the parents who made the effort to order and pay as per newsletter dated 14th October. Due to a limited amount available, we can only issue one jumper per student at this stage. Scholarship students will be attended to by the Registrar. The JHC jumper is to be worn on days when the blazer is not required. Furthermore, this is a compulsory uniform item and no other jumper will be allowed to be worn as from January 2017 onward.

Please complete the attached order form sent to parents via email, pay (into the College’s account, same as per last invoice) and return the completed form and proof of payment to both admission@jameshopecollege.edu.ng and linda.umelo@jameshopecollege.edu.ng . Please do not send it to any other email address.

NEWSLETTER FORMAT

Changes will be made to our newsletter content…so watch this space!

TRAVEL MATTERS

Please note the following regarding flight bookings for Arik Air:

 

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin
Departure Friday, 9th December 2016 by 9:55 am Friday, 9th December 2016 by 11:30 am
Return Sunday, 8th January 2017 by 8:30 am Sunday, 8th January 2017 10:00 am

All tickets should be forwarded to Mr Lekkyes Dadwang at lekkyes.dadwang@jameshopecollege.edu.ng, and Mr Sunday Oloyede at sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng at least two weeks before the departure date. With the last session we had parents who literally sent tickets through at the last minute which negatively impacts on planning and other logistics. Please be considerate in this matter.

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

 

In conclusion, Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean’; also, ‘You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself; and, The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must take responsibility for creating it’.

Have a fantastic week!

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart
Principal

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14th October 2016

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

As we are nearing the end of this half-term, I can confirm that it was definitely a busy one with students getting into the routine of their schoolwork, studies and the variety of co-curricular activities. Well done to Red House who won the first JHC Spelling Bee last week! Going forward, Spelling Bee’s will be a regular feature of our co-curricular programme.

On another positive point, it was great to see the large number of parents who turned out on Parents Visiting day, 1st of October; and to see the broad smiles on the faces of our newer parents who saw their treasures for the first time after several weeks of absence was absolutely precious.

 

Here are some important reminders.

Date Event

Wednesday, 19th October 2016 Half-term break

Sunday, 30th October 2016 Students return for 2nd half-term

Saturday, 19th November 2016 JHC Open Day for Prospective Parents & Students

Friday, 9th December 2016 End of term 1

Sunday, 8th January 2017 Students return for 2nd term

 

JHC STAFF CONTINIOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

JHC academic staff will be attending a professional development workshop in the half-term break – the workshop will focus on ‘Differentiated Teaching and Learning’.

 

UNIFORM MATTERS

JHC School Jumper: We have received part of the uniform order (girls’ scarves and senior student blazers are not available yet) and I am happy to share that the JHC School Jumper is available to be purchased now. Due to a limited amount available, we can only issue one jumper per student at this stage. Scholarship students will be attended to by the Registrar. The JHC jumper is to be worn on days when the blazer is not required.

 

Furthermore, due to currency fluctuations, we were forced to increase uniform prices accordingly – please see  revised price list as attached in the newsletters sent to parents and the order form.

A gentle reminder: Blazers are to be dry-cleaned and parents need to ensure that it is dry-cleaned only and not washed as the latter action will weaken and destroy the stitching and fabric, thus rendering the blazer unfit to wear. In addition, we attach pictures of the type of socks (3/4 length) and shoes students are to wear.

TRAVEL MATTERS

Please note that Arik Air has made some changes to their flight schedules which are reflected below.

Benin-Abuja-Benin Benin-Lagos-Benin
Departure Friday, 9th December 2016 by 9:55am Friday, 9th December 2016 by 11:30am
Return Sunday, 8th January 2017 by 8:30am Sunday, 8th January 2017 10:00am

 

 

All tickets should be forwarded to Mr Lekkyes Dadwang at lekkyes.dadwang@jameshopecollege.edu.ng, and Mr Sunday Oloyede at sunday.oloyede@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

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

In conclusion, ‘Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have’; and, ‘Now is the moment. Act in harmony with your values, no matter what or whom you face. When you do, you will live with integrity and feel free and at peace’.

Have a great weekend and be happy!

Yours sincerely

Mr. Abraham Swart Principal

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