Dear Parents and Friends,
Greetings from a cool Agbor as we are blessed daily with rain showers which aids with keeping the College’s fields verdant.Upon resumption of this half-term, the College are in full assessment mode – the first week to continue to prepare the Year 9’s for the BECE exams, and the next three weeks the actual examinations for all students. The BECE exams started on Monday and the rest of the College start on Wednesday.
As per practice the Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 students will sit the online Progressive tests for English,Mathematics and Science at the end of June.
These are international tests and assists with benchmarking performance, identify gaps in learning as well as strengths, guides teachers to plan lessons to the individual student, etc.
It is part of the College rigour to continually monitor students’ progress, this is done after every assessment by teachers, then the Head of Departments, followed by the Vice-Principal Academics and finally, the Principal. At the end of each term we take stock of where each student should be in relation to his or her abilities.
I can categorically state that each student has bucket loads of ability and deserve to be here. However, a handful are performing below their ability despite encouragement, additional out of class support and soliciting the support of their parents. Continual lack of application and indulging in behaviours that detracts from being serious about their studies will eventually lead to them having to leave JHC. This is not what we prefer but unfortunately it is the reality.
In conclusion, ‘Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.’ Whatever the season or weather, we must learn to embrace and appreciate it, for in everything there is opportunity.
Here is wishing you a happy Wednesday and may you continually have God’s smile of approval.
Abraham P. Swart