James Hope College, Agbor and its student, Aroesiri Enameguono were both honoured by the Delta State Government with the Award of Excellence at the Unity Hall, Government House Asaba on Thursday for their outstanding performance at the recently concluded 2016/2017 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) in Delta State.
James Hope College Agbor, founded and sponsored by the Jim Ovia Foundation, received the award for the School with the Best BECE Results for the 2016/2017 BECE in Delta State while Aroesiri Enameguono, a brilliant student of James Hope College was awarded the Overall Best Student in the 2016/2017 BECE in Delta State. Both awardees were honoured for having distinguished themselves with such impressive results.
Government officials, including the Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. David Edevbie; the Commissioner for Basic & Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie and Her Excellency, the First Lady of Delta State, Dame Edith Okowa alongside school principals, vice-principals and parents all gathered on Thursday, 30 November 2017 to congratulate the well-deserving awardees.
The hall was filled with other excited awardees, their proud parents, ebullient principals and appreciative government officials. Awardees sat on stage whilst the speakers addressed the audience. Mr. Chiedu Ebie congratulated the awardees and spoke on the importance of excellent educational standards. Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa concluded the event by belabouring the importance of education and its responsibility for all members of society to uphold. Students were also encouraged to strive to perform better and to do their best.
On Saturday, 18th of November 2017, prospective parents and students visited James Hope College campus for the Open Day event. We had visitors from all over Nigeria who graced our humble campus. After a short welcome in the Great Hall, students escorted the guests to various classrooms where teachers on hand shared information about the JHC curricula and students showcased some of their learnings with practical examples. The prospective parents were extremely pleased with the visit, after all, JHC is the ‘Jewel of Agbor’ and a beacon of knowledge shining brighter each day!
There was a flurry of excitement in the Great Hall on Thursday, 16th of November 2017, as students and teachers sat anxiously waiting for the STEM FAIR to commence. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) FAIR was a very glorious event, as invited schools in Agbor like Calvary Group of Schools, Baptist Girls High School, Staff Model College, Ime-Obi Secondary School and Omumu Mixed Secondary School participated in various riveting activities such as the Quiz. The students were eager to showcase their inspiring projects, which they had worked very hard on for over a month. Each department that makes up STEM, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Design and Technology, Agriculture and Art, had exhibits. The Biology section exhibited a stanching model of the DNA made from marshmallows, gummy bear and liquorice twists. The Chemistry group showed us some fascinating facts about Graphene, Diamond and Buckminsterfullerene. The Physic group pleasantly shocked all and sundry as they created a vacuum cleaner and warship. The Maths group made cool 3-D shapes out of cardboard. The Design and Technology group made soaps, a grenade and an awesome water dispenser. Finally, the Art and Design groups displayed some wonderful pieces of art and craft, such as leather bags, yarn on board works, leather hats and lanterns, all of which were created by JHC students. There were also some interesting Science magic tricks such as converting water into wine and vice versa, elephant tooth pastes and fire ignition without a lighter which were conducted by Eden Erazua and Chimere Ezeiruakwu.
On Saturday, 14th of January 2017, we had the JHC Formal Lunch event as well as a ‘Teen talk’, ‘The Power of Boundaries/No’ presented by Mrs Jemine Mejire. The talk was preceded by a beautifully organised scrumptious formal lunch by the catering department.
Both staff and students were formally dressed and the tables were exquisitely adorned in white for the three-course meal which consisted of bread roll and salad or corn soup for the first course, fried rice or pottage for the main meal and butter pudding with custard for the dessert. There was also water and zobo to drink. Staff and students interacted while soft music played in the background; staff and students were given a menu to choose what they wanted to eat. The main event for the day was the talk by Mrs Jemine Mejire a professional life coach and etiquette teacher. She gave the audience a glimpse of herself which she related to the topic which was very relevant to the social life of teenagers. The students were involved in the activities which
allowed them to get a vivid picture of life of teenagers in real life situations about societal and peer pressure. The whole activity was hinged on the power to say NO and know when to draw a line between right and wrong when it comes to relationships/friendship and peer pressure.
The session was drawn to a close with questions and answers. The vote of thanks was given by the head girl, Eden Erazuwa. Surely the students were really transformed and had a lot to ponder on.