The unnerving event of the Sosoliso plane crash on the 10th of December 2005 led to the founding of this great institution, Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt. A sister school to Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, as it is known to some, it is its mission to build leaders who are open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to justice. Though the foundation of the school rests on a tragic past, the past is only a drive for members of the Jesuit Memorial community to do more to prevent such happenings in the future and to gird up for greater heights so far unreached.
The competitive nature of the school pushes students to be always up and doing. The academic structure is such that students always aim high. Recognition is given to those who have achieved academic excellence by hitting the “90s” average. Such students constitute a club where they are given special privileges. However, a blind eye is not turned on those who are not doing well academically; there is an academic support programme for them. With tests, assignments and projects lined up for each and every student, it does not take a soothsayer to tell one that he or she has to be time conscious. Time management is key in this school environment considering the fact that there is always an activity taking place. Students manage themselves accordingly in order to finish up all their assignments and projects, and study well for tests.
Education at JMC is also directed to other aspects of life in view of a holistic learning. Participation in clubs as well as in religious and liturgical groups is highly emphasized. These extra-curricular activities provide students with learning experiences outside the classroom environment. All 17 clubs are run entirely by students; this encourages creativity among the students and helps to develop their leadership skills. The religious and liturgical groups, which are also run by students, are put in place to build the spirituality of students, drawing them closer to God. Sporting activities are not left out as students train and prepare themselves regularly for annual inter-house sports competitions in JMC and in nearby schools.
Service is important in Jesuit Memorial College. It is expected of every student in the college. Two special programmes – Service Programme and Service Project – are in place. In JMC, we are taught to serve others. The littlest of things we do to others might be of great importance to them. Through this service we are able to give back to society from the years of Jesuit education acquired.
The totality of JMC education is directed to forming individuals with conscience and who are competent, compassionate and committed. JMC expects its students to change the society for the better. With the high quality of education it provides and wonderful environment that allows students to be free with themselves and fully utilize their talents and skills, JMC provides the opportunity for students to make the most of themselves and be the best that they can be.
Written by: Obidike Christine Chidera, Class of 2022