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JHC Parent Newsletter 20th October, 2022

Dear Parents and Friends,
I trust that all is well.
We will be on half-term break as from Friday until College resumes on 31st October, 2022.
The break allows students to do something different with a change of pace which will
assist with re-energising them for a busy second half-term. However, the Year 12’s will
continue throughout the break with their IGCSE examinations.

Read the Principal full message here

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JHC Parents Newsletter 1st December 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

Dear Parents and Friends,
I trust that all is well as we find ourselves at the end of an engaging term.
It was busy for several reasons such as catching up on lost one-to one teaching and learning time, completion of assessments which included the Progressive tests for the current Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 students, the virtual Academic review held last Saturday for the parents of the Year 9 and 12
students, etc.
The virtual Academic review on Saturday was a great event with good questions asked and answered. I will share some of the responses in this letter which will be of benefit to all parents.

We thank the parents who made the effort to be part of this event.
Students will return home from the 10th of December and with them a large white envelope which will contain academic report as well as invoices, etc. Parents are encouraged to open and read the contents fully, make time to scrutinise the academic reports, sit down with
your child to discuss, give praise and positive critique where it is due. Let us do our part in this Teacher-Student-Parent alliance/partnership by doing what is required and what’s best for our students.

Importantly, please ensure that students are adhering to the covid-19 guidelines whilst at home, and any flu-like symptoms to be treated and a medical doctor to give a health clearance before they resume in January 2021.

In conclusion, ‘As we celebrate Christmas, the season of giving, let us never forget how blessed we are as a family, for what we have is always bountiful as there are always others worse off than us’.

Stay safe and enjoy the Xmas holidays.
Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

VIRTUAL ACADEMIC REVIEW Q & A

  1. Is it possible to have the contact details of the academic staff who teaches our children? The College will share this with parents in the white envelope which will contain the reports, as the face-to-face type of reviews are not possible as in pre-COVID times. However, please email first with the concern before attempting to call the respective staff. This will allow the staff to have all information available when a reply is given. Also, as a matter of courtesy, if you need to call the staff then do so within office hours as staff also have their own families to care for after school. If you check the academic report then you will know who teaches your child in a specific subject.
  2. Yellow Fever Vaccinations: All parents who responded to the emails, text messages and phone calls, and gave approval for the vaccination to be administered, we wish to confirm that the vaccinations were completed on the 20th of November 2020. The respective children were issued with a certificate to confirm the same.
  3. Xmas Event: Due to Mr. Albert Authority, music teacher, leaving us in September for another job, the College managed to find a replacement who will start in January 2021. However, for obvious reasons JHC will not have its usual Christmas event this year.
  4. Can JHC have more co-curricular activities? Despite having an academic focus, JHC has more than enough co-curricular activities. However, we have a few factors in play which gives the perception that we do not have enough. Firstly, the Covid-19 restrictions mean that we cannot have our outside coaches visiting at present as it represents a risk; secondly, some students often complain to parents that we have none or very few, but the fact is these students are picky and do not want to do some of these activities, a typical teenager attitude; thirdly, we only have so much time in the day and this needs to be planned properly in order to achieve our shared vision; in the fourth instance, our location makes our choices limited in what we can offer but we are always working hard to add if reasonably possible.
  5. Reading, Reading and more Reading: Reading is a core component of learning, without it,students are unable to access teaching & learning. Reading means to understand, to comprehend and ability to feed the information back in one’s own words; it is to know the meaning of words and if not, then to research what it means, use these words regularly in order to build up ones vocabulary, etc. Historically, girls read more than boys, and more boys than girls are not naturally attracted to books. However, we are making improvements with the DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) project, 45 minutes a week to read an approved novel so as to cultivate a love for reading and subsequently, improving spelling, grammar, etc. Please read the attachment regarding the Summer Reading Project as attached.
  6. Student Underperformance: As per practice, we scrutinise and analyse all students’ performances regularly and if there is a pattern of underperformance then parents will be contacted accordingly. We are here to support every student to be the best that they can be. In
    addition, staff sacrifice time and effort to assist not only after school during the week but also on weekends and these efforts must be reciprocated by the affected students to improve accordingly.
  7. JHC Lagos: The Covid-19 pandemic upended several well-laid plans and the ‘JHC in Lagos’ was not
    immune to this. However, this will still happen but within an extended time frame and I will
    share when I have more information about to share.
  8. YEAR 12 IGCSE examinations: The IGCSE examinations for the current Year 12’s will be written in May/June 2021.

    REMINDERS
    JHC YEAR 7 AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS for TERM 2
    Please read the attachment regarding the special clothing required by the Year 7’s when they do the Agricultural lessons from term two onwards.
    YEAR 12 IGCSE DT PROJECT MATERIALS
    The Year 12 IGCSE DT students have been given information about the materials they require to complete their projects. This needs to be brought to College on resumption in January 2021.
    HEALTHY, SAFE and PROTECTED AGAINST COVID-19 & HAIR STYLES
    Please adhere closely to the following before resumption for term 2, face masks (at least between three to four washable fabrics) must be brought to College with at least 2 bottles of pocket hand sanitizer. All boys must return with appropriate haircut and girls if wearing braids, this must be of the same colour as that of their hair. No face mask, then no entry from the main gate.
    TRAVEL INFORMATION
    Here follows the travel information for the Air Peace bookings (www.flyairpeace.com):
    Asaba-Abuja- Asaba Asaba-Lagos-Asaba
    Departure: 10th December 2020
    9:30 am 12:35 pm
    Return: 6th January 2021
    11:05 am 8:00 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.
    Also note that the above timings are subject to change by the airline.
    FUTURE EVENTS
    Date Event
    10th December 2020 End of Term
    5th January 2021 Staff Inset Day
    6th January 2021 Students resume for the start of Term 2
    8th January 2021 Closing date for JHC Entrance Exams 2021/22
    23rd & 30th January 2021 JHC Entrance/Admissions Exams for 2021/22
    5th February 2021 Half-term break

    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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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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JHC Parents Newsletter 21st May 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you well.
To date I have no additional or ‘new’ information to share regarding the state of school closures in Delta State apart from that we will maintain the status quo. We will continue to engage our students as per practice on the digital platforms.

I am heartened by the feedback we are receiving from both parents and students regarding academic work and health wise. As you appreciate our emails and telephone calls, we also appreciate your support in these unprecedented times when more is required of all of us. It has been noted that a handful of students are still lagging in terms of participation and returning work on time which is not ideal. If you have any challenges, then communicate this with the teacher concerned or Mr. Clement Ikuyinminu as we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that we reach all students.

An unintended consequence of the covid-19 pandemic has been currency volatility which affects the value of the Naira and subsequently the JHC uniform pricing. We are currently in the process of updating the new prices which will be available on the website within the next few days. I can share that we are always cognisant about the effects of increased costs and how it affects family budgets and as such, ensure that these effects are minimal, and parents never overpay.

In conclusion, ‘Our 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’; and, ‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart’.

Be blessed and may God’s smile of approval be upon us until we meet again.

Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 08th May 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that you enjoy good health.
With the extension of schools not resuming, I am happy to report that teaching & learning continues for all students. It is imperative that students continue to be part of these e-learning engagements as assignments will form part of the final year mark.

Equally important is that the learning content needs to be absorbed as we will write term 3 examinations albeit in an abbreviated form, either when school resumes this term or early in the next academic year. To note, when College resumes there will not be enough time for revision in terms of the aforesaid, thus the emphasis on completing the prescribed work and submission of assignments.

If for some reason the students are experiencing any challenges with the
downloading & uploading of schoolwork, then feel free to contact the respective teacher or Mr. Clement Ikuyinminu at your soonest convenience.

We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that all students have equal access to teaching & learning during thiscovid-19 lockdown.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrusted upon us a newnormal’, where the way we did and viewed things now requires adjustments, a true paradigm shift. In this regard,  I want to thank all parents, students and staff for embracing these changes, especially in the realm of education. Change is never easy but, in the end, we will reap the full benefits.

In conclusion, ‘When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves’; and, ‘It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be’.

Keep safe until we meet again.

Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 29 April 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you in good spirits.
The Federal and State Government have updated the lockdown restrictions over the last 24 hours and as such, I hereby wish to share how this will affect the opening of James Hope College.

1. The resumption of all schools is extended with a review on 31st of May 2020. As such, JHC will not resume on 3rd of May 2020 but we will inform parents later in next month subject to Federal & State authority regulations.

2. The interstate lockdown will continue for another few weeks with a review in the middle of May 2020 which affects cross state movements.

3. Almost all states are requiring the wearing of face masks in public. In view of this, parents are asked to ensure that their children wear this before the resumption of school but also when traveling to College. Furthermore, ensure that they have at least 2 face masks packed when coming to the College.

4. E-learning will continue with more work set for all Year groups.

No doubt you may be as frustrated as we are to get going but health and safety come first. In view of this, I urge parents to ensure that any child who may suffer from any cold, flu-like symptoms, fever, etc. is to be seen by a medical professional.

This is to protect the rest of the campus population against viruses upon resumption.Toward the end of May, the College will attempt to call all parents to ensure that students are fit, healthy and ready to resume when the time comes.

In conclusion, ‘Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared’; and, ‘A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself’. Keep safe and stay healthy until we meet again.

Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 27 April 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,

I trust that this newsletter finds you well.
This week some countries will be relaxing restrictions after the lockdown and doing so in a phased manner. With the pandemic we also have an infodemic – a deluge of information, some factual and some not. This underscores the importance of checking the veracity of information and not to just accept it as the truth.

The Covid-19 induced events of the last few weeks helped us to discover the more important things in life, like family, being neighbourly, love, etc. Also, the world is a quieter place as even some animals are seen venturing out into the quiet city spaces,people are conscious about health, designer clothes are not really that important and doctors and nurses are our new heroes.

Coronavirus is also changing the world of education and we are not yet at the end of it but it is not all doom and gloom. Aspects of virtual education will be here to stay and with more guided home-schooling and teaching adapting to remote technology and a more open society. The focus on sustainability, cultural integrity and social justice will sharpen, as well as the possibility for closer synergy and even integration between the independent and state sectors.

Eventually we will be returning to a ‘new normal’ in which artificial intelligence is embedded and a generational shift of resources (financial and in terms of leadership/governance) from the older to the younger. Amid all this we will continue to need great schools and great educationalists.

Furthermore, we expect some government announcements in the coming days regarding the status of state and federal lockdown restrictions. This will have an impact on JHC, one way or another, and once the information is received then we shall share accordingly.

In conclusion,

‘Never let a crisis go to waste for it is an opportunity to do
things you think you could not do before’; and, ‘No one succeeds without effort…those who succeed owe their success to perseverance’.

Keep safe and stay healthy until we meet again.

Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 22 April 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,
I hope and trust that you and your families are well and like most of us wanting to be outside for a change of scenery. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can have some sort of normality in getting back to the basic routines of school, work, etc.

I have nothing new to share apart from our students to stay the course in terms of engaging their teachers through the shared digital platforms and to complete the set assignments. I was not impressed when some teachers shared with me on Monday that there are students (some in Year 12!) who failed to connect digitally, thus missing out on teaching & learning as well as the requisite assignments.Parents are requested to supervise that the students are doing what is expected.

On a different but interesting topic, ancient Greek and Roman mythology have infused themselves into our lives for centuries—and continue to do so in our daily lives today. The influence of these myths can be seen in literature, art,entertainment, even in our language. In fact, many of the words we use regularly can be traced back to these early stories told by the Greeks and Romans featuring gods, demigods, and supernatural humans. So here are some words we use for everyday things today that we have mythology to thank for.

1. Herculean – when it comes to something that’s difficult and takes great effort or strength to overcome. This adjective is based on the Greek hero Hercules,son of Zeus who was storied for his strength.
2. Did you start your day with a bowl of cereal? Yes, even this breakfast staple can be traced to Roman mythology – in this case, Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture. An essential part of both ancient and modern diets included cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, rice or corn.
3. Furthermore, when someone or something is challenging and just can’t be beaten, we call them our nemesis. This word can be traced back to the Greek goddess of retribution and vengeance, Nemesis.

Keep safe until we meet again!
Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 14th April 2020.

Dear Parents and Friends,
I trust that this newsletter finds you well.

By now, all are aware that the lock down has been extended in Delta State and other states in Nigeria – this is to rein in the spread of the Covid-19 virus. There are notably small increases of infections and deaths in Nigeria but also the good news that some have recovered and were released. The question that faces all governments are, do they lift the lockdowns and risk a second wave of infections, or continue the lockdown with reduced restrictions? Either way, our life, during and post the covid-19 will change as we know it. However, the constant is that we need to continue to do our part as responsible citizens.


In view of the extended lockdown the SLT reviewed and discussed the opening of school and other important events. In essence,
1. The College start to term 3 will now be Sunday, 3rd of May 2020, barring
any changes from the authorities.
2. Teaching and learning will continue by academic staff using emails, Google Scholar, What’s Up and Zoom. Students are encouraged to complete all lessons and to submit assignments in a timely fashion. Parents are to ensure that students are available for these digital interactions.
3. As per future events, The Academic Review Day, Careers Fair and Half-term Break will be confirmed as soon as possible.

And something to reflect on: ‘Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind,contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.’
Be safe and may God’s blessings be abundant, and in our abundance, to remember those who are less fortunate than us.

Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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JHC Parents Newsletter 27 March 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,
I trust that you are well, and my wish is that you stay healthy.

By now all students have returned home safely, and a note of gratitude to all parents for making transport arrangements accordingly. Students have been provided with ample work to occupy themselves, however, should your child tell you otherwise then they will be economical with the truth. In addition, teaching staff will attempt to stay in contact with some students, especially the Year 9 and 12 students. Furthermore, Mr. Clement Ikuyinminu has provided more details (see the next page) regarding academic matters.

I always believe that things happen for a reason and that there is always a silver lining to every dark cloud. The silver linings or positives as I see it is that families will spend more time together to talk about and reflect on the more important things, within our communities people will reach out to assist and support if required and permissible, etc. As social distancing is now essential, we can reach out with a text message, sms, phone call, and other social media platforms to encourage and share hope. That contact can make a world of difference to the person that you are calling, and no act of kindness or concern is too small to make a positive difference.


Let’s consider the following: ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ – (Philippians 4:6-7); and, ‘Hope is endurance. Hope is holding on and going on and trusting in our Creator.’


Be safe and stay healthy until we meet again.


Yours truly
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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