Dear Students, Staff, Parents, Alumni, and Friends of JMC,
Choicest greetings and happy New Year!
I trust the year got off to a joyful and promising start for you and members of your household despite the hardship pervading our dear nation. As the year unfolds, I pray you experience greater fulfillment in your various endeavours and works of life.
Here at the Heights, the first month of the calendar year has, for the most part, been a quiet month coming on the heels of a very festive holiday. The Phoenixes resumed for the second term of the session shortly after they had welcomed the New Year in their respective homes and cities around the world. I commend you, parents/guardians, for keeping to the resumption day schedule and ensuring that your children/wards were back to the Heights raring to hit the ground running. While some were slow to adjusting to the rhythm of college upon their return, they were nonetheless excited about the prospects of the term whose brevity they are well aware of having been duly informed by the school management.
Shortly after resumption, we gathered as a community of faith to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Mr. Isaiah Aigbedion, a pioneer staff of the college, who entered eternal life soon after we vacated for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Memorial Mass presided over by the president, Fr. Madubauchi Leo Muoneme, S.J., took place on the 10th, the eve of Mr. Aigbedion’s burial and afforded members of the college community, staff and students alike, the opportunity to eulogise a noble colleague and teacher of extraordinary qualities. The mortal remains of Mr. Aigbedion was laid to rest in his country home of Ihumudumu, in Ekpoma, Edo State, on Thursday, January 11. We continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and the for the consolation of his family.
As their journey at the Heights gradually draws to a close, our Class of 2024 Phoenixes are immersed in university application processes for which they are ably assisted by our Head of University Admissions, Mr. Gad Inji. Thus, for immediate response to matters of university admissions, parents/guardians are to send an email to Mr. Gad at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, and copy the principal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile for the purpose of transcripts requisition, kindly email the School Secretary, Mr. ThankGod Oladutun at email@example.com and also copy the principal. To facilitate their college and university application processes, our Class of 2024 Phoenixes together with their immediate juniors experienced an interactive session with the director of graduate admissions of Canisius University, Buffalo, New York, Mr. Amo-Augustus Kubeyinje, during his one day visit to the college in the last week of the month. On behalf of the school management, I thank Mr. Kubeyinje for his visit and the valuable time he spent with the students addressing the many issues that were of concern to them.
In keeping with the policy of the college concerning graduation, our Class of 2024 Phoenixes have all been duly registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The exam will take place as announced by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) from Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 29, 2024, that is, in the third and final term of the session. Following their registration, the college has commenced focused preparatory classes for the candidates to boost their performance. In the same vein, registration for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for the same Class of students is ongoing and nearing completion. That said, I wish to announce that the college will no longer be registering our Phoenixes for the National Examination Council Senior Certificate Examination (NECO-SSCE), which until now has been a requirement for graduation. Consequent on this decision arrived at after serious deliberations and discernment, the said exam shall for the foreseeable future cease to be a requirement for graduation for our Phoenixes.
As the graduating class of this academic session, the college continues to give due attention to our Class of 2024 Phoenixes to ensure that they bear the imprint of being Jesuit educated. Consequently, huge demands are being made of them this term to ascertain their level of preparedness for their certificate exam and graduation later in the session. However, despite the increased attention given to members of the Class of 2024, we are ever more committed to caring for all our Phoenixes upholding, as it were, the principle of cura personalis; a hallmark of Jesuit education.
In anticipation of the graduation of our Class of 2024 Phoenixes, all is now set for this year’s Entrance Examination which, as announced, will be a joint examination involving all the Jesuit and Jesuit partner schools in Nigeria. The exam will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at different centres in States across the country as well as virtually for international candidates. I commend the exam to your fervent prayers for its smooth conduct and greater success. Moreover, as partners in the great enterprise of Jesuit education, I solicit your unwavering support for the realization of the vision of all Jesuit and Jesuit partner schools in Nigeria.
Now, I would like to share with you the performance analyses of some of our Phoenixes in two eternal exams which they took at the end of last term (see charts below). The said analyses are testaments to the attainment of intellectual competence that is characteristic of Jesuit education. That said, I wish to congratulate all the Phoenixes whose performance in the examinations, as analysed, reveal great academic excellence and intellectual prowess. In the same vein, I congratulate the Phoenixes who during the month represented the college in out-of-school sports and academic competitions, and emerged winners. They are our Phoenixes of the month and we could not be more proud of them.
Graced with the gift of a New Year, let us set out on the journey ahead of us embracing the challenges that life thrusts upon us with courage, determination, and great faith in the mission of Hope Reborn; a mission rooted in the belief that the world desperately needs men and women of competence and conscience who generously give of themselves for others rekindling dimmed and extingiushed hopes.
Fr. Alexander E. Irechukwu, S.J.