FR. EMEKA C. ASOGWA, SJ
FR. EMEKA C. ASOGWA, SJ
At Jesuit Memorial College, ours is a song of gratitude which springs out of the conviction that the future of JMC is indeed bright because of the immense support we receive from the Province Curia, our benefactors, men, women, and cooperate organisation since its establishment in 2013. So far, the first phase of the ongoing construction work is already achieved. We are now on the second phase, which comprises the construction of the boys’ dormitory, science laboratory, sick-bay, playing field, chapel, and classroom block for Senior Secondary School II & III, and the religious communities (Jesuits and Sisters’ residences). One will agree that the current economic downturn in the country poses a big challenge to any construction of this magnitude. But as the Tortoise says to his children: patience and hard work are important virtues because whatever is hot today will definitely cool off someday! As an institution, we need this wise word as we navigate this turbulent time of infrastructural development amidst economic hardship.
So far, the work at the new boys’ dormitory is fully completed (since October 2016), with a modern gas-powered hot-water-shower in place, first of its kind in the Province. The project has so far cost JMC about half a Billion Naira.
More so, the work at the Science block and Senior Secondary II and III classroom blocks are equally completed. The painting of these two blocks are ongoing at present. Notably, we have so far spent about two hundred million naira for the two buildings. Apart from these major construction works in boys dormitory, science and class room blocks, there a tremendous structural, and human development within the period under review. Some of these include: an additional students’ toilet block, a three bedroom farm house, a link walkway connecting all the JMC classroom and laboratory buildings, and a ramp for handicap (wheelchair access), in view to navigating the entire blocks at ease. Also, we have acquired numerous appliances like projectors for all the classrooms, computers for the second ICT laboratory, science and basic technology equipment, and a gradual stocking of the Library with recommended and required texts books.
Unarguably, our elders say that when a squirrel eats ripe palm fruits, it usually puts its tail on an unripe ones, hence we anxiously gather momentum (financial readiness) to commencing the construction of the JMC multi-purpose hall. This will enable us mange the impending space crisis which we may encounter next academic session (September 2017) when the new Basic 7 (class of 2023) will join the JMC community. Clearly, the multi-purpose hall is indeed very important at this stage of our structural development given the space constraints we now encounter with regards to worship space and social events (visiting Sundays). The dining hall which so far has served us as a dining space, worship space and social gathering arena will be overstretched in terms of its original capacity by the next academic session. Some of the construction works in this phase II, like the athletic sport complex, clinic, and Jesuits and Sisters’ residences hope take off once the construction of the multi-purpose hall is completed.
Aside the JMC structural development, our staff improvement and just remuneration plans require adequate attention. The current economic difficulty facing Nigeria makes it obvious that our staff deserve more than we currently pay them if we hope to retain our competent staff in view to enhancing students’ performances in internal and external exams. In the same vein, JMC management feel our mission as Jesuits remains inadequate and sectorial if the yelling of the poor and needy in our society is not given due consideration. Notably, a good portion of our society still live below the poverty line. As such, tuition in JMC, though relatively lower than what other private schools in this region charge, is beyond reach to many children from poor income families. Hence, the NEED- BASED-SCHOLARSHIP scheme of 100 Million Naira becomes paramount important on our next year planning in view to enabling children from low and poor income families benefit from our Jesuit education.
On the population growth, JMC is currently accepting the candidates for the next academic year (class of 2023). So far the enrolment processes are on the way after a successful entrance exams last month. At present over eighty students have accepted the provisional admission into Basic 7. However, the current population of JMC community (JMC students, Loyola academy pupils, staff, and support staff) is put at 360 secondary school students, 67 primary school pupils, and 143 staff. No doubt, JMC barely three years old has metamorphosed into a prominent Jesuit high school around the State and beyond. For instance, in the last May/June 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), two JMC students scored thirteen straight A’s, out of fourteen registered subjects. Notably, the two students were tripped by Igbo language where both of them scored a credit each. In general JMC students recorded a 100% pass in the BECE, 2016. The current 2017 BECE is currently ongoing and we hope for a remarkable outing for our students. We conclude on a happy note that one of the JMC students was the overall national best debater in the just concluded OANDO Teen Can Cook competition organized in Lagos. In the same vein, two of our students scored 100 and 96 percent respectively in this year COWBELLPEDIA Mathematics Competition, thus qualified to represent Rivers State in the national level. The achievement so far seen is a ‘Hopeful’sign, because as Jesuits, magis is our watch word, always ‘rowing into the deep,’ hence we believe that in JMC there are better days ahead, because we are indeed Hope RE-BORN!
Fr. ESE EHWERHERUME, SJ.
Welcome to Jesuit Memorial College (JMC), Port Harcourt, Nigeria. JMC is a Catholic boarding secondary school for boys and girls. Owned and run by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), it is open to all Christians and non-Christians. Its vision and mission are based on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola – the founder of the Society of Jesus – especially the Spiritual Exercises. JMC was founded in 2013 in memory of the 60 students of Loyola Jesuit College (LJC), Abuja, Nigeria who died in Sosoliso plane crash of 10 December 2005.
The school seeks to provide a well-rounded education for all its students, notably in terms of conscience, competence, commitment and compassion. In fact, after their time in JMC, we expect all our students to be (1) open to growth, having learned how to learn, (2) loving, (3) intellectually competent, (4) religious and (5) committed to promoting justice wherever they are.
We admit students into the first year (Basic 7 or Junior Secondary 1) only. That way, at graduation, our students will have spent six years in the school. We organize entrance examination for prospective students once a year in February or March. Candidates should be in Basic 6 and 12 years old by September 1 of the admission year. However, we also admit candidates who meet the following criteria: (1) They are in Basic 5 or 6; (2) they are at least 10 years old by January 1 of the admission year, and (3) their scores in the entrance examination are in the top 10 percentile. Religion, race, nationality and gender are not factors in our admission process; we admit all candidates who meet our admission criteria for the year. For more information on admission, please see our entrance examination advert on this website or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JMC is a rigorous learning environment. The relatively few students who make it through our rigorous admission process – we admit about 100 students out of over 1000 candidates – are made to experience fully and with all its rigours an education that touches every aspect of their lives: intellectual, moral, religious, physical, and so on.
Education at JMC is very demanding not only on the students but also on the staff, management and indeed parents of students. As principal, it is my duty to eliminate or at least minimise any element that is likely to get in the way of the education of any of our students. Eliminating or reducing potentially negative elements in this way means asking everyone involved – students, staff and parents of students and even the school’s management – to make sacrifices, some of which are quite painful but all are bearable. For instance, once our students resume school, they do not go home until it is time for vacation: for Christmas, Easter and in July. Therefore, JMC students participate in out-of-school engagements (routine medical care, visa processes, anniversaries, and so on) during vacation only. This policy ensures that no student misses any aspect of the holistic education we provide.
If you are thinking of a world-class secondary school for your child/ward or of a secondary school with the highest achievers where you can apply your expertise as a staff (teaching or non-teaching), then consider JMC. You can reach us by email (email@example.com).
Thank you, and may God bless you!
Fr Ese Ehwerherume, SJ