JHC Parents Newsletter 27th August 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you content, blessed and happy.

INFORMATION for YEAR 12’s

I can report that the Year 12’s are engaged in their WAEC examinations and staff are on hand to support. In addition, The JHC Board has opted to have the Year 12 Graduation ceremony in a virtual format – this to be Saturday, 26th of September 2020 from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. More details will follow regarding how to connect and be part of
this prestigious event. To note, the Year 12 students will leave after their WAEC examinations with the academic gown, cap and special sash/banner but needs to return only the academic gown and cap by after the ceremony and by latest 12th October 2020. The sash/banner is to be kept as a memento by the students.

Furthermore, Lagos and Abuja parents of Year 12 students should plan how to collect their children after WAEC exams because all students are not finishing examinations on the same day. As such, the College may not be able to plan any airport drop offs.

INFORMATION for YEAR 9’s
The Office of the Chief Inspector of Education (CIE), Agbor informed us, before now, via a circular that the Year 9 (JS 3) students will be allowed in school from 8th September 2020. We were told that this will be confirmed in due course. As at Tuesday, 25th August 2020, the information from the same office is that everyone is still waiting for the Governor
of the State to approve this date. Meanwhile, 21st -25th September 2020 has been penciled in as the period for the BECE to take place.

As we are yet to get confirmation from the Delta State Government, parents of students flying can book flights as follows but we will inform closer to the date.

LAGOS-BENIN-LAGOS
8 September: 10:45am
26th September: 3:40pm

ABUJA-BENIN-ABUJA
8th September: 2:00pm
26th September: 12:15pm

INFORMATION for YEAR 10 (2020/2021) Subject Choices:

The time has come when our current Year 9 students going into Year 10 will select their subjects for their senior school programme. This process will always kick-start with a discussion between the student concerned and his/her parents. Some of the factors that affect choice of subject include interest, career aspirations and ability. We would like to
encourage parents to look at past result slips and hold talks with their wards before a conclusion is made. On our part, we will counsel our students based on records before us.
At the appropriate time, a form will be sent to them to complete and return to us for planning our timetable.

If you need any clarification regarding the Year 9’s, 12’s or the Year 10 Subject choice matters, then please e-mail Mr. Clement at clement.ikuyinminu@jameshopecollege.edu.ng

In conclusion, the Covid-19 situation has given us several opportunities to reflect about what is important in life, and after some soul-searching, to recalibrate and realign our priorities.

There are three pillars to a happy and content life, the first, to have a sound spiritual foundation, the second, to be healthy, and the third, to have wholesome work and enjoy it.
It is also true that if any of these pillars are shaky or missing, then it will affect our wellbeing – physically and mentally. That being said, not so long ago, I read an article on the topic of ‘How to be happy’ which expands on the aforesaid. It reiterates that happiness needs to be worked for, it doesn’t appear by magic and that it is something that can be cultivated.

There was scientific research into this matter and only a small percentage of the variation in people’s reports of happiness can be explained by differences in their circumstances. It appears that the bulk of what determines happiness is due to personality and — more
importantly — thoughts and behaviours that can be changed.
So, yes, you can learn how to be happy — or at least happier. Although you may have thought, as many people do, that happiness comes from being born rich or beautiful or living a stress-free life, the reality is that people who have wealth, beauty or less stress are not happier on average than those who don’t enjoy those things.

People who are happy seem to intuitively know that their happiness is the sum of their life choices, and their lives are built on the following pillars:
 Devoting time to family and friends
 Appreciating what they have
 Maintaining an optimistic outlook
 Feeling a sense of purpose
 Living in the moment

If you’ve been looking for happiness, the good news is that our choices, thoughts and actions can influence our level of happiness. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch, but we can turn up our happiness level.
Be safe until we meet again.
Yours truly,
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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