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CATHOLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE


ONTENT

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Crest, Vision, Mission & Core Values

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Principal’s Message

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School Awards

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Our Stars

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Board Members, Staff & Departments

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Student Development Programme

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The CJC Ignite Programme

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Student Council

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Beyond the Classroom

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Diary of Events

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Co-Curricular Activities

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Class of 2017


ISSION Building a Generation In Truth & Love: Every CJCian to be a Thinker with a Mission, Leader with a Heart.

ISION CJC - a place of excellence in learning and living. Excellence - Striving for high standards in educating young people. Learning - Enabling students to realise their potential academically, physically and spiritually. Living - Forming a person who is well-integrated into society.

ALUES Building a Generation In Truth & Love: Every CJCian to be a Thinker with a Mission, Leader with a Heart. We cultivate in each young person the skills and attitude to embrace challenges wisely and courageously. We foster a community that cares for the dignity of the young people, nurturing them to be men and women of compassion. We broaden their vision so that they become leaders committed to serving in faith and with integrity.

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OLLEGE CREST The principal symbol of Catholic Junior College (CJC) is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God, depicted by the dove, guides the College in every word, thought and deed. The Spirit helps keep Christ alive, symbolised by the cross, in the CJC community so that we act ‘In Truth and Love’, in and beyond the College. The college motto, In Veritate et Caritate (‘In Truth and Love’) speaks of our mission to nurture students who will be thinkers and leaders that uphold integrity, and are driven by the desire to serve and improve the world around them. The College Flame reinforces the idea that the light of God, knowledge and wisdom must lead the way in doing that. The College Crest, in the shape of a shield, depicts the armour needed to guard ourselves from what is contrary to God’s ways. It is clad in gold to signify how we treasure the College’s Catholic identity and to remind us of the pursuit of excellence in learning and living.


ANTHEM We are heirs of a glorious kingdom Of treasures past ages have bestowed Of the truth wisdom love and peace We rejoice to proclaim and uphold Live in Truth live in Faith and Love Let our light spread and brighten the night Let our flame warm all hearts and unite

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MESSAGE As we look back on 2017, we celebrate and thank God for the many opportunities and achievements that the CJC family has been blessed with. Throughout the year, CJCians pushed the boundaries in Academic and Leadership Development as well as Service Learning. We are heartened by the sustained good performance of the Class of 2016 in the GCE ‘A’ Level examinations and to see them achieve their goals and move forward on the next phase of their lives. As a college, we had the privilege of organising the PreUniversity Seminar which brought together students from 34 participating institutions across Singapore to renew the Singapore dream. We also made great strides at academic competitions and conferences, winning the Commendation Award at the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad and achieving the commendable accolades of ‘Best Delegate’ and two Honourable Mentions at the Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference. We embarked on overseas academic immersion trips to the National University of Singapore Suzhou Research Institute and Hong Kong University to deepen learning in the Sciences and Economics. CJCians also seek to develop themselves holistically. They participated with great zest in college activities and did the college proud in the Singapore Youth Festival and National Schools’ Games. True to the CJC spirit, many CJCians ventured beyond the classroom and the shores of Singapore to learn and serve. Every JC1 class initiated and implemented a local service learning project which they felt a passion for and contributed in diverse areas ranging from creating awareness of bone marrow transplants to conducting English Language lessons for migrant workers. The college also embarked on the Overseas Service Learning Programme in Thailand and Vietnam, the Outward Bound School Programmes in Singapore and Hong Kong and challenged the students physically, emotionally and cognitively. Learning horizons

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were stretched through the myriad of enriching learning activities in CJC which includes Literary Evening and the Mother Tongue Language Fortnight’s ‘Unlocking Cultural Puzzles @ Balestier’. The vibrancy of college life was enjoyed by all as students participated actively in class and house activities to bond and forge lasting friendships, and showcased their talents in platforms such as Rockafella and CJ Celebrates. All these initiatives and achievements are made possible through the culture of Care that permeates the College community. Our dedicated teachers pave the way as role models and mentors, guiding the students tirelessly towards achieving their aspirations. Supporting the teachers and students are the unsung heroes of the college, the nonteaching staff who work behind the scenes to create a conducive learning environment in our campus. We are also blessed and thankful for the support given by the College Board, Alumni and Parents. Through their professional advice, participation in key programmes like Snack Nights and contributions in the work attachment and leadership development programmes, we have been able to extend a wide range of learning opportunities to all our CJCians. This annual hopes to provide an insight into what the CJC spirit and identity is all about. To the CJCians who were with us in 2017, we hope this annual brings back fond memories of the warmth and joy shared amongst all of us in the CJC family. It has been a fulfilling year for the CJC community and we pray for God’s grace as we continue to nurture every CJCian to be a “Thinker with a Mission and Leader with a Heart”. In Veritate Et Caritate. Mrs Phyllis Lim Principal


AWARDS

Catholic Junior College has been conferred the School Distinction Award and 3 Best Practice Awards by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2016.

School Distinction Award The School Distinction Award was first introduced in 2004 to give recognition to schools with well-integrated and sustainable school processes that have provided useful educational and developmental outcomes for students. Best Practice Award (Teaching & Learning) Best Practice Award (Citizenship & Character Education) Best Practice Award (Student All-Round Development) Schools which have effective programmes, processes, and systems with quality education outcomes for their students are also recognized by the Best Practice Awards. MOE has affirmed CJC for Best Practices in the areas of Teaching & Learning, Citizenship & Character Education, and Student All-Round Development.

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OUR STARS


AWARD WINNERS DR EE PENG LIANG MEMORIAL AWARD Choong Ding Yang Nicholas

THE BERNARD CHEN MEMORIAL AWARD Kor Ming Soon

FATHER GERARD KEANE AWARD Bernice Lee Mei Hui

LEE FOUNDATION MERIT AWARD (SERVICE) Shaun Lee Jia Han

SISTER DEIRDRE O’LOAN MEMORIAL COMMENDATION AWARD Chua Zhi Loon James

Mr Tay Chen Hui Memorial Award (Science) Shaun Chung Hin Yew

Ms Narindar Kaur Award (Arts) Lee Jia Min, Claudia

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Cha Hae Won Tay Chi Keng Megan Gail Morais Siew Zhengshuen, Ryan Choong Ding Yang Nicholas Sanchita Sachdev Daren Tan Yong Ren Matsutake Teppei

Heng Gim Leng Teddy Zhuang Ziheng Lee Tierney Tan Choon Hwa Lenvin Quek Ee Pin Tan Chin Hong, Ben Joshua Zeng Qun Jason Wong Keen Sheng

2016 SUBJECT PRIZE WINNERS (JC2) H1 Chemistry H2 Chemistry H1 Physics H2 Physics H1 Biology H2 Biology H2 English Language and Linguistics H1 Geography H2 Geography H1 History H2 History H1 Literature H2 Literature H1 Mathematics H2 Mathematics H1 Economics H2 Economics H1 General Paper H2 Knowledge And Inquiry 8

Chua Zhi Loon James Raphael Louis Ng Gong Min Han Tong Joon Mitchell Ng Choon Siong Kylie Chan E-Lin Jason Wong Keen Sheng Nicole Tong Jing Xian Chin Min Wei Cha Hae Won Vincent Wise Ann Mak Rui Javerri Kho Khai Senn Choong Ding Yang Nicholas Solano Marielle Manatad Chua Zhi Loon James Kwan Zhi Kai Noel Ann Mak Rui Vincent Wise Benjamin Liow Jun Mun

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2016 SUBJECT PRIZE WINNERS (JC1) H2 Mathematics

Lee Zhao Cheng

H2 History

Zeen Tng Rui Ying

H2 English Language and Linguistics

Petrina Tan Heng Kiat

H2 Literature

Rachel Clarissa Huang Yan Lee

H2 Knowledge and Inquiry

Chantal Darlene Seah

H2 Biology

Benjamin Koh Jin Ming

H2 Physics

Andrew Lee Kit

H2 Chemistry

Adam Ho Keng Yuen

H2 Geography

Timothy Wong Eu-Jin

H2 Further Mathematics

Choo Hai Wen Carey

H2 Economics

Daniel Foo Wen Ngiap

H1 Economics

Hsu Wen Chi

H1 Mathematics

Joshua Tan Xueyao

H1 Chinese Language

Tan Shi Yen

H1 Malay Language

Felix Gaffu Tandadjaja

H1 Tamil Language

Malathi D/O Magadevan

H1 History

Wong Qi

H1 Literature

Low Shu Zhen Isabel

H1 Geography

Rachel Mark Yuen Yee

H1 Biology

Lee Zhao Cheng

H1 Physics

Nick Woo Wei Xuan

H1 General Paper

P A Annmarie

H1 Chemistry

Christle Teo Yi Hui

H1 Project Work (Individual)

Rachel Clarissa Huang Yan Lee

H1 Project Work (Team)

Lu Ying Ying, Regine

H1 Project Work (Team)

Evelyn Chiew Yi Lin

H1 Project Work (Team)

Shiah Jing Heng

H1 Project Work (Team)

Tean Wei Jun


AWARD WINNERS SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR Josiah Tan Jia Ern

CCA AWARDS: OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD Ng Zhi Cai

CCA AWARDS: EXCELLENCE AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)

Selvaraj Bharatha

Neo Qi Xiang

Lee Ren Xin Glen Paul

Tan Chin Hong Ben

Jared Woo Jie Xiang

Tang Jia Ming

Jocelyn Chee Hui Ryan Lee Kai Jun

CCA AWARDS: EXCELLENCE AWARD (TEAM)

Low Zi Yi Kimberly

Ong Xin Hui Zhang Jingwen Chin Min Wei Jed Lee Zhi Hao Koh Xiu Qi Gigi Natalie Hon Rui Yun Benedict Kwok An Rong Yang Yuan Fah

Sim Xing Xiu

CCA AWARDS: MERIT AWARD (INDIVIDUAL) Tang Jia Ming Choo Li Ying Megan Gail Morais Theodore Lim Sin Wai Yan, Benjamin Mariana Ramos Branicio

CCA AWARDS: MERIT AWARD (TEAM) Kelley Megan Tan Suet Maye Cheryl Tan Shu Ping Tan Chin Hong Ben Lim Chen Xi

CCA AWARDS: OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD Chiang Min Reyna

Mak Qing Xiang Charles

Evelyn Yee Liling

Siew Zhengshuen, Ryan

Lim Wei Sheng Benedict

Cheryl Tan Shu Ping

Natasha Tan

Clarissa Sim Yen Ling

Ong Xin Hui

Koh Xiu Qi Gigi

Brigitta Vania Jennica

Natalie Hon Rui Yun

Chin Min Wei

Ong Xin Yi, Eunice

Eng Kai Rong, Jason

Chelsea Foo Shu Qi

Fu Jiahua Jed Lee Zhi Hao

Marnell Louise Mendoza Esmilla Megan Gail Morais Theodore Lim Jap Jesslyn Jovita Justin Lim Yong Zhi Liu Yiming Seow Jing Hui Wong Zhi Liang, Ryan

Choong Ding Yang Nicholas

Esther See Cai Wah

Hong Shi Qi, Stephanie

Ryan Lee Zhi Jian

Tey Hui Yun

Kayler Chong

Yang Yu Bing

Kor Ming Soon

Yap Xun Hao Nicholas

Lam Yu Wing, Rachel

Bernice Lee Mei Hui

Lim Yan Min Claris Lim Yan Xin

Calija Keith Michael Mapanao

Soh Tsung Wei, Jeremy Luke

Chia Hui An Vienne Dylan Ng Wei Jian

Yong Shan Yi

Jasmine Low Mei Xiang

Bria Chee Rui Qi

Joshua Chia Han Sheng

Evelyn Koh Hui Ting

Joshua Tan Tai Kuang

Han Rui'en

Kim Jiyoung

Lim Yu Kang

Lee Tierney

Neo Wei Shan

Mohammad Amir Fuad

Sanchita Sachdev

Rhea Khanna

Shaun Lee Jia Han

Siau Chen Fu, Timothy

Tan Hui Ching

Tan Xinpei

Lim Chen Xi

Teo Ren Hao

Tan Chin Hong Ben

Andrew James Tupaz

Chow Boon Wei

Chen Qi Yi

Chua Zhi Loon James

Evonne Teng Foong Yee

Gabriel Joseph Choo Jun Jie

Grace Cai Chuanhui

Goh Jan Ron

Justin Siow Qi

Kelvin Foo Moo Chen Suresh Pillai S/O Balasubraman Lee Jia Ying, Esabel Sarah Jane Lee Le Jia Wong Hgian Yee, Amalthea Chik Yong Zhi

Lou Zhi Jin Lee Jia Jun Wan Jiong Wei, Justin Benedict Kwok An Rong Chew Yong En, Timothy Choo Hui Wen Darine Gordon Tham Qi Hao Jerome Ho Chong Ming Leong Yiren, Marcus

Clarice Boo Yin Teng

Rachel Evangeline Koh Jun Yee

Ethan Noah Rozario

Terry Koh Shao Jun

Jonathan Tan Weiheng

Koo Xin Yi

Wang Junyan

Thong Kwong Chuen, Jerald

Regina Soh Hui Yi

Chloe Ng Siew Ting

Cha Hae Won

Solano Marielle Manatad

Choy Ming Hui

Choo Ruizhong

Loh Yun Jin

Yang Yuan Fah Emerson Chong Ye Yun

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AWARD WINNERS SINGAPORE YOUTH FESTIVAL (SYF) 2017

TEAM

Performing Arts

Award

Competitions

Position

Guzheng

Distinction

Choir

Distinction

National School Games 58th Track & Field Championship Boys (4X100 M RELAY)

1st

National School Games Judo Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Team)

3rd

National School Games Canoeing Championships ‘A’ DIV Girls (K4 1000M)

3rd

Guitar

Distinction

Dance

Accomplishment

Band

Accomplishment

INDIVIDUAL Competitions (Individual)

Name

Position

Class

National School Games Swimming Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (100 metre Butterfly)

Ian Cheah Chung Sern

3rd

2T01

National School Games Swimming Championships ‘A’ DIV Girls (200 metre Butterfly)

Kellyn Kay Yi Ting

3rd

2T06

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Individual All Round)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

2nd

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Horizontal Bar)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1st

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Pommel Horse)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1st

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Ring)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1st

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Parallel Bar)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

2nd

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Floor)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

2nd

1T26

National Inter-School Artistic Gymnastics Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Vault)

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

2nd

1T26

National School Games Judo Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Middle Weight)

Peh Ko Hsu

3rd

2T10

National School Games Judo Championships ‘A’ DIV Boys (Heavy Weight)

Tay Boon Shao Marcus

3rd

1T21

National School Games 58th Track & Field Championship 'A' DIV Boys 100M

S Shahmee Ruzain

1st

2T09

National School Games 58th Track & Field Championship 'A' DIV Boys 200M

S Shahmee Ruzain

1st

2T09

SINGAPORE SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL (SSSC) COLOURS AWARD (DISTINCTION) Competition Name

Sports

Type

Student Name

Level

7th Senior Art Gymnastics Asian Championships 2017

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Team

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

29th Southeast Asian Games 2017

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Team

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

9th Asean Schools Games (Singapore) 2017

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Team

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

29th Southeast Asian Games 2017

Ice Hockey

Team

Richard Lowell O'Brien

2T23

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AWARD WINNERS SINGAPORE SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL (SSSC) COLOURS AWARD Level

Sports

Type

Student Name

Floorball

Team

Ngiam Heng Hao

1T03

Floorball

Team

Keir Huang

1T07

Floorball

Team

Chung Ooi Jiun

1T10

Floorball

Team

Yeo Chi Ning Tristan

1T11

Floorball

Team

Joash Lim Qi En

1T13

Floorball

Team

Tan Qi Sheng

1T14

Floorball

Team

Sai Cho Wie

1T16

Floorball

Team

Tan Yi Xuan

1T19

Floorball

Team

Tan Jing Han

1T23

Floorball

Team

Chee Rui Yang, Clifford

1T25

Floorball

Team

Lee Zhao Ray

2T01

Floorball

Team

Keeven Cheong Aik Wei

2T04

Floorball

Team

Luqman Nurhakim B Azman

2T04

Floorball

Team

Yeo Jing Zhi, Ezekiel

2T04

Floorball

Team

Alven Koh Chun Ngee

2T04

Floorball

Team

Brandon Ow Chong Hiang

2T06

Floorball

Team

Kiran Dev Suresh

2T06

Floorball

Team

Rooban Pannerselvam

2T09

Floorball

Team

Ee Wei Rong, Adrian

2T12

Floorball

Team

Roy Cheng

2T15

Floorball

Team

Yeo Hong Rui Benjamin

2T16

Floorball

Team

Keith Tan Shi Jun

2T21

Gymnastics (Artistic) - Opt Horizontal Bar (Compulsory Set)

Individual

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

Gymnastics (Artistic) - Opt Pommel Horse

Individual

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

Gymnastics (Artistic) - Opt Rings Additional Apparatus

Individual

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

Gymnastics (Artistic) - 9th ASEAN Schools Games (Singapore) 2017

Team

Ryan Lee Shi Hern

1T26

Judo - Heavy

Individual

Tay Boon Shao Marcus

1T21

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AWARD WINNERS SINGAPORE SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL (SSSC) COLOURS AWARD

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Type

Judo - Over All

Team

Andy Chua Xun Ze

2T07

Judo - Over All

Team

Cheong Ming Yau, Gerald

2T13

Judo - Over All

Team

Chong Jia An

2T13

Judo - Over All

Team

Darryl Chua Siyang

2T03

Judo - Over All

Team

Joel Tan Seh Zhe

2T26

Judo - Over All

Team

Justin Li Kuo Hui

2T02

Judo - Over All

Team

Kevin Teng Jin Peng

2T11

Judo - Over All

Team

L Matthew Durai

2T08

Judo - Over All

Team

Ng Jun Wei

2T21

Judo - Over All

Team

Ng Tianle

2T23

Judo - Over All

Individual

Peh Ko Hsu

2T10

Judo - Over All

Team

Peh Ko Hsu

2T10

Judo - Over All

Team

Ryan Su Tse Keng

1T12

Judo - Over All

Team

Tay Boon Shao Marcus

1T21

Judo - Over All

Team

Teh Wei Sheen

2T28

Judo - Over All

Team

Yong Fu Hsien

2T14

Swimming - 100m Butterfly

Team/ Individual

Ian Cheah Chung Sern

2T01

Swimming - 200m Butterfly

Team/ Individual

Kellyn Kay Yi Ting

2T06

Track And Field - 4 x 100m Relay

Team/ Individual

Alphonsus Teow Rui Jie

2T26

Track And Field - 4 x 100m Relay

Team/ Individual

Jon-Patric De Mello

1T01

Track And Field - Shot Put

Team/ Individual

Loh Ye-Han, Brian

2T29

Track And Field - 4 x 100m Relay

Team/ Individual

Muhammad Hassan Khan S/O AK

2T11

Track And Field - 100m

Team/ Individual

S Shahmee Ruzain

Track And Field - 200m

Team/ Individual

S Shahmee Ruzain

2T09

Track And Field - 4 x 100m Relay

Team/ Individual

S Shahmee Ruzain

2T09

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Student Name

Level

Sports

2T09


RELEASE OF 2016 GCE ‘A’ LEVEL RESULTS

The Class of 2016 has done the college proud in achieving commendable results in their performance at the GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations. Their tenacity and resilience in overcoming challenges to achieve their goals are true to the spirit of a Thinker with a Mission and Leader with a Heart. 93.8% of students have attained at least 3 H2 passes and a pass in GP / Knowledge and Inquiry. The Class of 2016’s commendable performance is also illustrated by pass rates that equaled or exceeded the national average. Mrs Phyllis Lim, Principal of CJC, celebrates the growth of the Class of 2016. “Their accomplishments are a testament of their growth mindset and their commitment to excel academically. The college would like to congratulate the students who surmounted the odds to achieve commendable results at the ‘A’ Level examinations. Their hard work and sheer passion for learning has led to success. We encourage the Class of 2016 to stay true to their mission and to constantly seek new opportunities.” Mr Tan Jek Suan, Vice Principal added, “Our heartiest congratulations to the Class of 2016 on their results. We hope and pray that you continue to embody the CJC spirit of Truth and Love as you soar to greater heights of excellence.” The college would like to extend its appreciation to the Teachers and Support Staff, the Parent Support Group, the School Management Committee and the Alumni for their generous support and prayers for the students. In Veritate et Caritate

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RELEASE OF 2016 GCE ‘A’ LEVEL RESULTS TOP SCORERS FROM ARTS FACULTY

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TOP SCORERS FROM SCIENCE FACULTY

Lee Jia Min, Claudia

Shaun Chung Hin Yew

Lim Yen Hng Kennard

Cha Hae Won Tay Chi Keng Benjamin Liow Jun Mun Megan Gail Morais Ann Mak Rui Siew Zhengshuen, Ryan Choong Ding Yang Nicholas Emily Teo Lu En Grace Cai Chuanhui Chew Yew Foong Phebe Han Tong Joon Mitchell Loo Jia Min Nicole Tong Jing Xian Solano Marielle Manatad Vivian Tay Ya Wen Rachel Lee Shu Xuan Au Yi Qi Cai Shenghao

Sanchita Sachdev Daren Tan Yong Ren Matsutake Teppei Heng Gim Leng Teddy Zhuang Ziheng Lee Tierney Ng Choon Siong Chia Ning, Sarah Wilson Ang Peng Yi Quek Ee Pin Thong Kwong Chuen, Jerald Soh Hao Jun Clavin Tan Chin Hong, Ben Wong Hong Jie, Timothy Bria Chee Rui Qi Ashwin Kurup Chua Zhi Loon James Weng Mei Jie, Grace

Aung Hein Htoo Han Rui'en Lum Junyou, Remus Justin Tan Yong Jun Jethro Leeroy Lim Yu Kang Wong Zhi Liang, Ryan Edbert Edric Rodrigues Jason Wong Keen Sheng Toh Woon Tin Tok Ru Jin Kelley Megan Tan Suet Maye Eric Wye Seng Kei Yong Shan Yi Vincent Wise Timothy Lim Kiak Hwee Tan Choon Hwa Lenvin

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SCHOLARSHIPS

2017 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ELECTIVE SCHOLARSHIP (JC1) Front Row L-R: Amanda Pei Li Yan, Brina Li Yuan Yee, Nicole Jean Wong Teng Yun, Kacine Wee Wan Si, Lee Shu Ping, Jolin Kan, Tan Ning Tiffany Back Row L-R: Teo Ai Qi Symantha, Lim Bi Hui, Koh Sze Ann Sean, Gabriel Jerome Lim Tien Siang, Christopher Gerard Chin Z Y, Shaun Song, Zane Siak Cheung Yien, Danish Bin Abdul Rashid, Nicole Anne Leong Shu Hui, Wee Tong Lin Eva

2017 CJC ARCHBISHOP’S SCHOLARSHIP (JC1) L-R: Gabriel Jerome Lim Tien Siang, Leow Hui An Christabeth Emilynn Victoria, Ang Eng Teng, Clarissa Khor Zhen Ying Yearbook 2017

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SCHOLARSHIPS

2017 CJC FLAME SCHOLARSHIP (JC1) Front Row L-R: Wong Yuet Yen, Bernadette Lim Wan Ling, Sarah Anna Tay Syn Yin Back Row L-R: Alyssa Siow Shu Yin, Ryan Lee Shi Hern, Tiffany Pong Qing Li, Jon-Patric De Mello, Yap Woon Kiat Jonan, Letitia Jules Quek, Megan Chew En-Rui

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EXEMPLARY CJCIANS Nicholas Choong Ding Yang DR EE PENG LIANG MEMORIAL AWARD Nicholas Choong Ding Yang scored distinctions for H2 Economics, H2 Literature, H2 Knowledge & Inquiry, H1 Project Work, and a Distinction in H3 Literature. Nicholas was an independent and motivated learner who maintained high standards in all his work. He displayed alacrity during classroom discussions, confidently lending interesting perspectives on socio-economic and philosophical issues. It is his astuteness and strong flair for English Literature that motivated him to read English Literature at the H3 level for which he completed a research paper independently. He was awarded the Flame Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding performance both in his co-curricular activities as well as in his academic work. He clinched the Bronze medal at the National ‘A’ Division competitions in Fencing, and was also a recipient of the Eagles Award and Colours Award. His stellar leadership abilities are evident in his role as a National Fencer, Sports Leader and the Vice-Captain of Albert House. For his articulate and confident disposition, he was also selected to be the main emcee at the Inter-School Golf Championships in 2016 and at the opening ceremony of the Inter-School Games in 2016. Throughout his tenure as Sports Leader and Vice-Captain of Albert House, he took a keen interest in developing his juniors and in imparting valuable leadership lessons to them as an outgoing House Leader. He also showed interest in giving back to the wider community by being an active contributor in the execution of the Service Learning Project undertaken by his class to create a meaningful learning experience for less fortunate students at Boys’ Town.

Kor Ming Soon THE BERNARD CHEN MEMORIAL AWARD Kor Ming Soon was a recipient of the Leadership and Service Award from Outward Bound Singapore alongside the Edusave Character Award and Edusave Merit Bursary Award. The prestigious Leadership and Service Award from Outward Bound Singapore recognises student leaders for their outstanding contribution in serving the community. In his time in CJC, Ming Soon led and participated in numerous Service Learning projects, including initiating the ‘Miles for Good’ service learning project in aid of chronically ill children from Club Rainbow, where his team worked tirelessly for several months and went on to raise almost $10,000 in the process. He also actively participated in another service learning project by showing care towards migrant workers in Singapore in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrant and Itinerant Workers (ACMI). Ming Soon is highly motivated and enjoys taking on challenges and he chose to widen his horizons by participating in an Outward Bound School programme in Taiwan where he took on demanding physical and mental challenges without question. His natural flair for leadership saw him take up multiple leadership portfolios in his time in CJC. As a determined and enthusiastic member of the College Canoeing Team, he represented the college in the National ‘A’ Division championships as well as other competitions. Ming Soon was elected as House Captain of Joseph House. He led the house to plan many college events, including the annual Sports and Aesthetics Carnival and Cross Country. It was in such times that his genuine leadership skills were demonstrated. Ming Soon was never far away from leadership initiatives and acted as an Orientation Group Leader (OGL) as well as being a lead facilitator at the 2016 Leadership Training Camp. He also held the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant in the National Cadet Corps. Ming Soon lives by a simple but very effective philosophy which is to make the utmost of every opportunity that presents itself no matter what the challenge.

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EXEMPLARY CJCIANS Bernice Lee Mei Hui FATHER GERARD KEANE AWARD Bernice Lee Mei Hui was a Student Councillor in the college and she served as the Vice-President of the Catholic Activities Wing. Bernice served her role as the leader of the Catholic Activities Wing with great passion and leadership. Her determination and dedication is evinced in her involvement with weekly morning masses as well as major masses such as Ash Wednesday mass and National Day mass. She led in the planning and executing of various projects, notably a play on the Passion of Christ. Through her stint in the Student Council, Bernice has grown from strength to strength, and consistently displayed resilience and determination in all that she had undertaken. Bernice’s active involvement in the community also stretched beyond the college grounds in which she participated in a class-initiated Local Service Learning Project that involved bringing children from disadvantaged families to the Singapore Zoo. She also participated in an overseas Outward Bound camp in Taiwan, an 8-day expedition including mountain climbing and river tracing. As part of the expedition, Bernice visited a special needs school in Taiwan which housed patients with mild autism and Down Syndrome, interacting and organising activities for them. She also took to the streets in Taiwan to ask for donations and raised funds for the school. Bernice’s belief in beyond the classroom learning is evinced in her participation in the Healthcare Attachment Programme at the Ministry of Health Holdings where she was attached to the respiratory department at the Singapore General Hospital. Through these eyeopening service learning activities as well as attachment opportunities, Bernice was able to gain more insights, show empathy for the less privileged and she even pledged her support to continually give back to society.

Shaun Lee Jia Han LEE FOUNDATION MERIT AWARD (SERVICE) Shaun Lee Jia Han was a recipient of the Leadership and Service Award from Outward Bound Singapore. The prestigious Leadership and Service Award from Outward Bound Singapore recognises student leaders for their outstanding contribution in serving the community. As President of CJC’s Interact (Service Learning) Club, Shaun led and participated in numerous service learning projects. His compassion towards others has been seen in his participation in community service projects over the past two years, such as the Housing Development Board (HDB) Heartland Ambassador. In this programme, he planned and organised community engagement and outreach activities for community cohesiveness. He also attended the Ignite Residential Programme at the National University of Singapore’s UTown for one week. The one week stay at UTown involved coming up with proposals that addresses the concerns of the community that he worked with in the Heartland Ambassador Programme. Shaun actively advocates community causes through various fund-raising initiatives and projects to serve the needs of the community. He has exhibited discipline, determination, focus and team spirit in leading the Interact Club. He was nominated to represent the college in the National Junior College Leadership Symposium 2015, where he taught English to students of Salabath Primary School and trained students at the Paul Tep Im Centre in interview skills. He was a key student leader in the Overseas Service Learning Project to Battambung, Cambodia, where he learned of current challenges to society and collaborated with his team to implement innovative ideas in fieldwork to address these challenges.

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EXEMPLARY CJCIANS James Chua Zhi Loon SISTER DEIRDRE O’LOAN MEMORIAL COMMENDATION AWARD James Chua Zhi Loon scored distinctions for H2 Economics, H2 Physics, H2 Mathematics, H1 Chemistry, and a Distinction in H3 Literature. James was consistently placed among the top 10% of his cohort in all major school examinations. A member of the Mathematics Society, James took charge of both the publicity and logistical aspects of the Amathzing Race for secondary school student participants as part of the Organising Committee for the Math and Sciensational Week in both 2015 and 2016. James’ avid interest in computational and technical skills also led him to take up a onemonth course, entitled “Let’s Code”, on the Ruby Programming language at the Singapore Management University. James truly inspires with his voracity for learning and sincere dedication to excellence. The same passion to challenge himself has led James to further participate in several well-acclaimed competitions beyond the Junior College’s curriculum, such as the Singapore Physics Olympiad, in which he was exposed to integrated problems requiring the application of multiple concepts across both Physics and Mathematics. James also took part in the American Mathematics Competition, the Australian Mathematics Competition for which he attained a Distinction, and the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad, where the exposure to Mathematics at more rigorous levels has inspired in him an even greater curiosity in higher Mathematics.

Claudia Lee Jia Min MS NARINDAR KAUR AWARD (HUMANITIES) Claudia Lee Jia Min scored distinctions for H2 Economics, H2 History, H2 Mathematics, H2 Literature, H1 Chinese Language, and H1 Project Work. Claudia has a keen interest in law and debate. She strove to extend her knowledge beyond the classroom and consistently voiced her opinions and presented effective arguments which won the respect of her peers. As Vice-President of the college entrepreneurial Nexus Society, Claudia was responsible for the initiation and planning of projects, as well as in developing opportunities for other CCA members to take on leadership roles. Her strong sense of fairness and care for those under her charge led Claudia to engage in dialogues with her CCA teachers and the college administration to improve the processes in running Nexus Society. Claudia is also open to new opportunities to learn more about the world. It is with this curious disposition that she participated in the Literature and Linguistics Module in the Engaging Students Partnering Education (ESPE) 2016 conference, organised by the National University of Singapore. Claudia also achieved third placing overall in the ‘SG50 Entrepreneurs Trail’ organised by the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

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Shaun Chung Hin Yew MR TAY CHEN HUI MEMORIAL AWARD (SCIENCE) Shuan Chung Hin Yew scored distinctions for H2 Physics, H2 Chemistry, H2 Mathematics, H1 History, H1 General Paper, and H1 Project Work. He was a self-directed learner who enjoyed the challenge of new ideas, approaching them with maturity and a critical mind. His diligence and analytical approach towards his studies helped him to attain academic achievements. He showed care for the wider community through his participation in a class-initiated Service Learning Project to promote social interaction between locals and migrant workers. Shaun’s experiences in CJC have enabled him to grow holistically.

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OUR STARS CJC Scores at Mathematics Competitions In line with the department’s Talent Development Roadmap, CJC’s Mathematics Department has recently brought home several awards over two competitions— the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad and the Singapore Statistical Poster Competition 2017. The Singapore Mathematical Olympiad 2017 aims to impress upon its participants the Olympic spirit of friendly competition and perseverance in the context of a mathematics problem-solving competition. The Olympiad fosters young people’s interest in learning mathematics and encourages them to value intellectual pursuits. This year, CJC clinched the Commendation Award in the Junior College Category. Michael Pung Jia Chen (1T28), attained the Silver Award and three students (Li Rouchen (1T28), Sean Gunawan (1T29) and Irwin Pranada (1T29)) were awarded certificates of Honourable Mention.

The Singapore Statistical Poster Competition 2017 is organised by the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability of the National University of Singapore. This annual competition encourages upper secondary and junior college students to explore creative ways to present statistical data. Through the competition, participants applied statistical concepts they learnt from H2 Mathematics as well as Further Mathematics to illuminate an authentic social issue which is close to their heart. Ashley Nee, Edna Chan Eu Myin, Tan Wen Ying Denice, and Tan Yan Zi Matilda, all from 2T29 emerged as second prize winners in the JC category with their statistical poster project entitled “How willing are you to donate to charity?”.

Best Delegate and Honourable Mentions at the Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference 2017 The Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference (HMCA) was held in Hong Kong, from the 6-8 January 2017. At HMCA 2017, over 600 delegates from around 80 schools converged at the internationally renown Hong Kong University to work together and address a broad spectrum of challenges facing the governments, institutions, and populations world-wide. Natasha Oei (2T01) was awarded the Best Delegate for her work in the UNHRC. Justin See (2T01) and Joshua Tan (2T02) were also awarded an Honorable Mention each for their efforts in the G20 and ASEAN, respectively. The rest of the team has also performed commendably, and it is certainly a team effort: countless hours were spent doing research, bouncing ideas off each other, and crafting position papers. Throughout the trip, the participants’ passion for learning and interest in these global affairs was certainly evident, and they have come out of it emboldened to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

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OUR STARS A Historic Certificate of Distinction for CJC Guzheng As part of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation 2017, Guzheng clinched their first Certificate of Distinction. The CCA took time to perfect their performances and the historic Distinction is the outcome of the team’s commitment to discipline, hard work, and determination to excel.

Floorball places third at National ‘A’ Divisions The Floorball Boys attained 3rd placing in the annual inter-school ‘A’ Divisions. This is a first for Catholic Junior College. Their success boiled down to team spirit as the team undertook a study-exercise regime, which allowed the boys to keep up with the ‘A’-level syllabus and to improve their fitness. Their extremely strong performance this year is accredited to the strong team dynamics within the CCA.

Historic Gold Medal for the 4x100m Boys Relay Event The CJC Track and Field team wrapped up the 2017 National Schools ‘A’ Division season with a historic gold medal from a relay team. The 4x100m Boys relay team saw CJC’s return to the podium with a historic goldmedal finish in the ‘A’ Division finals. The champion team narrowly beat Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution with a timing of 42.70s after coming in first at the Singapore Press Holdings Schools Relay Championship in April 2017. The team, comprising Jon-Patric De Mello (1T01), Shahmee Ruzain (2T09), Alphonsus Teow (2T26), and Muhammad Hassan (2T11), trained hard in the lead up to the Finals, juggling both academic and athletic commitments. They undoubtedly deserve their spot on the podium.

S Shahmee Ruzain (2T09) S Shahmee Ruzain continues to set the CJC record for achieving five gold medals for sprint events in two consecutive years at the National Interschool Track & Field Competition (‘A’ Division). In 2015, he made history by clinching the top spot for the 100m and 200m sprint events at the ‘A’ Division Games and in 2016 he successfully defended the gold medal in both events. In 2016, he was also part of the 4x100m relay team that came in first place for the relay event. This was achieved despite suffering from injuries, and was well-deserving of the coverage he received in the national news. Despite having no prior formal track training before enrolling in CJC, he was elected as Vice-Captain of the Track & Field Team, serving as a role model of dedication and resilience for his team mates.

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OUR STARS Ryan Lee (1T26) Training 6 times a week, Ryan Lee’s (1T26) journey in athletics has been one that most people would marvel at. His commitment paid off as he clinched three Gold medals for the Men’s Parallel bars, High bar and Rings category at the 2017 ‘A’ Division Games. Ryan was part of the gymnastic quintet who made history for Singapore at the Asean School Games 2017 by clinching Singapore’s first-ever gold in a boys’ gymnastic team competition. Ryan also represented the nation at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Through it all, Ryan never forgot his first gymnastic coach who taught him the ropes and made him the athlete he is today.

Richard O’Brien (2T23) Richard Lowell O’Brien (2T23) is a thoughtful individual with a passion for sports. Richard trained regularly in the sport of Ice Hockey and was selected to represent Singapore in the Asian Winter Games 2017 and the Southeast Asian Games 2017. He was very committed to the sport and gave it his best to juggle between the demands of trainings and his academic work. As an active member of the college’s Volleyball Team, Richard worked diligently with his teammates to improve communication and teamwork during the training sessions. Through the trainings, Richard also learnt the value of appreciating the different ways each player contributed in his assigned position on the court. Richard was also part of the team which participated in the National School Games 2017 and the invitational match against the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East in 2017.

Leow Hui An, Christabeth (1T29) Leow Hui An, Christabeth (1T29) was awarded the 2017 A*STAR Science Award. As part of the Award, Christabeth was given the opportunity to be part of a research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute. Christabeth is also a CJC Archbishop Scholar and part of the CJC Ignite Programme. At A*STAR, Christabeth benefitted from observing how scientists conducted research, and learnt how to use various equipment and software used in research. The experience has also taught her the importance of resilience and hard work in order to achieve results. Through this, Christabeth has refined her critical thinking skills and has gained a better understanding of the nature of scientific research.

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OUR STARS CJC Awarded Inaugural NHB’s School Heritage Champion Award 2017 The School Heritage Champion Award is an inaugural award which recognises and applauds schools that are strong supporters and advocates of the National Heritage Board’s heritage education initiatives. These initiatives are targeted at the various milestones in a student’s education journey from pre-school to tertiary level. In recognition of our strong support of the Heritage Trail Adoption Scheme, CJC has been selected as one of the recipients of the School Heritage Champion Award 2017 by National Heritage Board

(NHB) for its conceptualisation and implementation of CJC’s Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Fortnight. A central aspect of the fortnight was the Balestier Trail, which was spearheaded by CJC’s Mother Tongue Department in 2015 to encourage an authentic learning experience for MTL students. As part of the trail, students had to embark on a research process and to produce a video introducing a historical landmark in Balestier.

Ms Cara Chew awarded Inspiring Teacher of English Award 2017 Launched in 2008, the Inspiring Teacher of English Award (ITEA) recognises exceptional teachers of English Language, English Literature and General Paper. The award is presented by the Speak Good English Movement, in collaboration with The Straits Times, and supported by the Ministry of Education. CJC is proud to have four teachers from the English Department who have clinched the award since its inception. Mrs Sng Mee Lian, Ms Laureen Toh and Mr

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Marc Kenji Lim were presented with the ITEA in 2010, 2013, and 2015 respectively. Ms Cara Chew, Level Head (General Paper) of CJC’s English Department, was the latest addition to CJC’s tradition of nurturing teachers who are nationally recognised for their pedagogical excellence. Ms Cara Chew customises her pedagogy to teach students of different abilities, in particular to suit the varying needs of students from the Arts and Science faculties.


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Aaron Marc Chong Aaron Marc Chong (2T04, Class of 2015) was awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship in 2017. He signed on with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as an Armour Officer as he has a passion for a career in the military and belief in the importance of the a strong defence force in creating stability. Aaron intends to major in Geography in university. He believes that the holistic development that CJC provided has profoundly impacted his leadership, spiritual and social development. He looks forward to experiencing different cultures, and hopes to continue making a positive change in the field of defence and to make the NS experience a more enriching one.

Grace Cai Chuanhui Grace Cai Chuanhui (2T01, Class of 2016) was awarded the MOE Teaching Scholarship (Local) to pursue a course at the National University of Singapore. She will be majoring in Linguistics and plans to minor in English Literature. Her interest in teaching developed during her stint with the MOE Teaching Internship Programme where she experienced first-hand the demands and rewards of the teaching profession. She believes the scholarship will provide her with valuable opportunities to grow and develop as an educator, further clarifying her mission as an educator to nurture a passion for the English Language in her students.

Kevin Martens Wong Kevin Martens Wong (2T11, Class of 2010) was a recipient of the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding AllRounded Achievement. The award recognises the outstanding academic and non-academic achievements Photo of post-secondary credit: students, particularly Wilson those who have made Wong outstanding contributions to the community and demonstrated the spirit of innovation and enterprise. Kevin graduated with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in English Language & Linguistics. His belief in revitalising and documenting Kristang - a heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community to which Kevin is part of – is the basis for the formation of Kodrah Kristang, which offers classes to over 500 people of all races and ages. Kevin hopes for a future Singapore that continues to be enriched and open to the tremendous array of diverse languages and cultures.

Chiam Min Chiam Min (2T28, Class of 2012) was awarded the Nanyang Technology University (NTU) Koh Boon Hwee Award, in recognition of being of NTU’s top graduate in 2017. As part of the award, NTU pays tribute to an inspirational teacher nominated by Chiam Min, Mr Eugene Yeow. A cash grant was established in Mr Eugene Yeow’s name and awarded to Bryan Lim Choon Kiat (CJC Class of 2014), an NTU freshman student. Through this process, a virtuous cycle in education is created as one CJC alumni gets the opportunity to excel in NTU, following the footstep of a senior, another CJC alumni, who has graduated from NTU.

Kok Yu Hung Patrick Kok Yu Hung Patrick (2T14, Class of 2014) was awarded the SUTD-SMU Dual Degree Programme Scholarship to pursue a course at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Patrick intends to study general engineering in his first year, before choosing a specialisation track in the subsequent years of study. He finds the element of multidisciplinary learning and the streamlined curriculum that the dual degree programme offered by SUTD appealing as he believes it would better equip him for the demands of the working world today and in achieving his goals for the future. Patrick is looking forward to the diverse curriculum, as well as the exposure to different communities and learning from them.

Lee Kang Ting Marcus Lee Kang Ting Marcus (2T34, Class of 2015) was awarded the A*STAR Undergraduate Scholarship (NUS Life Sciences-Molecular and Cell Biology) to pursue a course at the National University of Singapore. He plans to major in Life Sciences with a specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology. His avid interest in Biology motivated him to pursue a career in scientific research. His participation in the Local Science Attachment Programme under the Ministry of Education (MOE), where he was attached to the Institute of Medical Biology, concretised his decision in pursuing this calling. Through the scholarship, Marcus looks forward to building upon his research skills, exploring new ideas and to contribute meaningfully towards advancements in the field of Biomedical Science.

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BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF AND DEPARTMENTS


SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Row 1 (Left to Right): Mrs Thio Ying Ying, Assoc Prof Patrick Tseng (Chairman), Mrs Phyllis Lim, Dr Francis Oen (Vice-Chairman), Ms Gopi D/O Bhagu Mirchandani Row 2 (Left To Right): Prof Tan Tai Yong, Mr Ivan Yeo, Mr John Yap, Mr Bernard Tan Not In Photograph: Dr Gillian Koh

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SENIOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2nd row: Mr Lester Low (Humanities), Ms Ng Hui Min (Economics), Mr Eugene Yeow (Science/Physics and Biology), Ms Ang Hui Mieng (Administrative Manager), Mr Lyncoln Lee (ICT/MRL), Mr Peter Thia (Mother Tongue Languages), Ms Valerie Baptist (Student Development), Ms Lee Ting Ting (School Staff Developer), Mr Bernard Yeong (Science/ Chemistry), Ms Chong Kit Yue (Acting HOD/Integrated Curriculum), Mdm Venkatram Indra (JC2 Year Head), Mr Lim Chye Fook (Mathematics), Ms Pauline Chua (English), Mr Gerard Yee (Project Work), Mr Marimuthu Sandanam (JC1 Year Head) 1st row: Mrs Yue-Chang Teck Hui (Vice-Principal), Father Gregory Tan SJ (College Chaplain), Mrs Phyllis Lim (Principal), Mr Tan Jek Suan (Vice-Principal), Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal)

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Ms Lin Li, Josephine, Ms Suzie Yanti Binte Jumadi, Mrs Lynette Kiara La’Brooy, Mr Chia Han Chin Desmond, Ms Thong Wan Ling Serene, Ms Chee Huijie Angeline, Mr Kang Kaisheng, Joey, Ms Nur Liyana Binte Mohamed Tahir, Ms Tong Pei Shi Sylvia, Ms Goh Huishan Aprilene (Subject Head/English Language and Linguistics), Ms Wong Xuewei Fiona, Ms Law Hui Min, Ms Goh I Mei, Mr Damien Joash Poon Yong Qin (Subject Head/Literature), Ms Hofbauer Alexandra Leanne, Ms Victoria-Marie Jean Er Xue Min 1st row: Ms Teo Wen Jing Roxanne (Acting Subject Head/Student Development Curriculum), Ms Chua Mui Ling Dorothy (Lead Teacher), Ms Chew Heng Suan Cara (Level Head/GP), Ms Chua Sook Lan Pauline Anna (HOD), Mrs Sng Mee Lian, Mr David Laurence Fahy (Senior Teacher)

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HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mr Sor Eric, Mr Tan Han Wei Amos, Mr Tay Rong Shenq Christopher, Ms Nur Adhana Binte Mohamed Anwar (Subject Head), Ms Tan Wei Jun 1st row: Mr Low Chern Tsai Lester (HOD), Ms Lum Kit Kuan Melanie (Lead Teacher)

MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mr Tan Kian Hoe, Mdm Phang Swee Eng, Mdm Wee Siew Ling, Ms Xu Yi Fang, Mdm Ong Lay Seng, Ms Chong Sin Ying, Mdm Tan Seow Ling, Mdm Lee Lucy, Dr Kotti Thirumuruganandam 1st row: Mdm Nor Hanisah Bte Saphari  (Senior Teacher), Mr Thia Peter  (HOD), Mr Tan Lye Huat (Subject Head), Ms Lee Ting Ting  (SSD)

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ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mr Koh Sheng Wei, Demas, Mr Li Wenqiang Mark (Subject Head/Leadership), Ms Dawn Ang Xi, Mr Alex Wong Yu Jie, Ms Debanita Bhattacharjee, Ms Soh Yan Shan Serena, Ms Lioe Hoo Lian Audrey, Mr Seah Kah Yi, Mr Yu Gangxiang, Vincent (Subject Head/Aesthetics & Assistant Year Head (JC2)), Mr Fu Shengkai Gabriel 1st row: Ms Ong Su Ling Amanda (Subject Head/Potential Development), Ms Tan Jie Ying Joyce (Subject Head), Ms Ng Hui Min (HOD), Mdm Venkatram Indra (JC2 Year Head), Ms Hu Jingru Christine Not in Photograph: Ms Soong Yin-Yin Sharon (Senior Teacher)

PROJECT WORK DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Ms Lee Li-Shan, Ms Christina Francis (Senior Teacher), Ms R P Mageswari, Ms Baptist Valerie Joan (HOD/Student Development), Mr Zachary Kok Zhi Hoe, Mr Lee Lyncoln (HOD/IT) 1st row: Ms Olsen Melissa Louise, Mr Gerard Yee Hock Min (HOD), Dr Choe Kee Cheng (Subject Head)

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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Ms Leow Suhui, Ms Natalie Lee Yingrong, Ms Ang Chuan Yin, Mr Kuang Kim Chun, Mr Tan Hong Cheong, Mr Pang Soon Kit Kelvin, Mr Ai Xinghuan, Mr Lim Yoke Kuang, Mr Lee Jun Cai, Ms Yeong Jia Xin, Ms Tan Wei Ting, Ms Yoong Lian Teen 1st row: Mr Lim Zhiyi, Mr Low Chun Wei (Subject Head/ICT), Mr Kam Wei Loon (Subject Head), Mr Lim Chye Fook (HOD), Ms Chia Shing-Li (Subject Head)

IT & MEDIA LIBRARY DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mdm Jalikha Binte Husin, Mr Jason Tan Chwee Gim, Mr Muhd Ridwan Bin Muhd Hadits, Mr Andry 1st row: Mr Lyncoln Lee (HOD), Mr Low Chun Wei (Subject Head) Not in Photograph: Mr Tung Jia Hui

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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT 3rd row: Mr Wee Wee Chau, Mr Ong Kian Beng, Mr Lim Seow Thong, Mr Goh Jun Yang Ignatius, Mr Liu Yuci, Mr Cipto Hu, Mr Poh Lee Toon Nordin, Mr Leong Wee Tek, Mr Dominic Heng Jian Chien, Mr Lin Yicheng Kelvin, Mr Goh Tor Heng (Senior Teacher) 2nd row: Ms Lin Shilin Charlene, Mdm Fong Yoke Fan (Senior Teacher), Ms Chia Chiew Xian Valarie, Mrs Angela Tie, Ms Wang Qiumei Stephanie, Ms Sri Yuni Binte Mazlan, Ms Tan Siu Hwei Joanne, Ms Heng Yuqing Wendy, Ms Zhuang Chuzhen, Ms Huang Yuanling, Ms Tan Pei Pei Sharon 1st row: Ms Goh Jia Lei Jennifer (Subject Head/Integrated Curriculum), Mr Yang Jiexiang (Subject Head/Chemistry), Mr Yeong Kok Cheong Bernard (HOD/Chemistry), Mr Eugene Yeow (HOD/Physics & Biology), Ms Chong Kit Yue (Acting HOD/Integrated Curriculum) Not in hotograph: Ms Tay Su Lynn (Subject Head/Physics), Mr Tan June Keong Owen (Senior Teacher), Ms Chan Sok Yee (Assistant Year Head (JC1)), Ms Tan Mei Qi

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mr Li Wenqiang Mark (Subject Head/Leadership), Mr Yu Gangxiang Vincent (Subject Head/Aesthetics & Assistant Year Head (JC2)), Ms Goh Jia Lei Jennifer (Subject Head/Integrated Programme), Ms Valerie Baptist (HOD/ Student Development), Ms Renee Chong Kit Yue (Acting HOD/Integrated Curriculum), Mdm Venkatram Indra (JC2 Year Head), Ms Teo Wen Jing Roxanne (Acting Subject Head/Student Development Curriculum), Ms Ong Su Ling Amanda (Subject Head/Potential Development), Ms Wong Soo Fei (School Counsellor) 1st row: Mr Marimuthu Sandanam (JC1 Year Head), Father Gregory Tan SJ, Mr Tan Jek Suan (VIce-Principal), Mr Eugene Yeow (HOD/Physics and Biology)

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Ms Nurhalizah Binte Hamzah, Mr Foo Chee Tuang, Mr Peter Loke Weng Onn, Mr Ho Wei Leong Adrian 1st row: Mr Ng Rong Yaw (Subject Head), Mr Marimuthu Sandanam (JC1 Year Head) Not In Photograph: Ms Boey Peck Kay Peggy, Mr Mohammad Fairuz Bin Selamat

SCIENCE HODS & LABORATORY STAFF 2nd row: Ms Teo Jing Wan, Ms Kalaivani D/O Arumugam, Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal), Mr Bernard Yeong (HOD/Chemistry), Mr Eugene Yeow (HOD/Physics & Biology) 1st row: Ms Sarasvathy D/O Murugan, Mdm Hapsah Binti Sirat, Ms Seetoh Yit Khuan, Ms Chan Kiat

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PROPERTY & SERVICES DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mr Lim Chiam Hua, Mr Su’eb Bin Maswan, Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal), Mdm Toh Kim Lian, Mr Mohamad Amin Bin Ribot 1st row: Mr Kumerasan S/O Kanayson, Mr Justy Constanti Buma-at, Mr See Song Pewe (Operations Manager)

ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT 2nd row: Mdm Sa’diah Binti Imbek, Ms Tan Siew Keng, Mdm Yee Yen Ee, Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal), Mdm Rajambah, Mdm Norbee Binte Abdul Latiff 1st row: Ms Ang Hui Mieng (Administrative Manager), Mdm Stephanie Soo Lee Hwa, Mdm Zubaidah Binte Ja’afar

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Khasnavis Ashrita (2T01) and Bhavya Gupta (2T20) outside the Supreme Court during their attachment at Attorney’s Inc. with their mentor, Mr Simon Tan

Salvatore Phang (2T11), Dorothy Teo (2T23), Mario Josephan (2T29) who were attached to Focus Network Agencies on the last day of atrium sales at Novena Square

The Student Development Programme in 2017

extended focus on building and managing interpersonal relationships and finally, allowing them to understand the positive impact they can have on the wider community. Besides classroom sessions with their home tutors, the SD Curriculum lessons also included interactive sessions with distinguished guest speakers who are experts in various fields, providing platforms for students to be challenged in their perspectives and perceptions of complex societal issues and to prepare themselves for the deliberate contemplation of making moral decisions.

In developing every CJCian as a Thinker with a Mission, Leader with a Heart, CJC’s Student Development (SD) programme supports the college’s academic programmes to ensure holistic student development. The SD programme uses the social change model as inspiration for our self - others - community framework of SD in CJC. CJCians are brought through a widening spiral of growth which first helps them discover and strengthen their talents (self), build meaningful relationships (others) and to eventually be equipped to make a positive change to the community and world around them (community). The facets that make up the student development programme are the Home Tutorial System, SD Curriculum, Ethics & Religion, Potential Development, Leadership Development and Service Learning.

The Home Tutorial System

Every CJCian is part of a Home Tutorial (HT) class which is the basic unit designed to give them a sense of belonging over their 2 year CJC experience. Under the mentorship of a home tutor, each home tutorial class journeys together, building strong bonds of friendship, challenging each person to grow to become the best versions of themselves possible. Every Home Tutorial group is part of a larger house system, under the leadership of teachers as house masters and student leaders as house captains to build team, house and community support and spirit.

SD Curriculum

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As part of our efforts to develop active and concerned citizens, the JC2 students engaged in a dialogue session with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mrs Josephine Teo, on issues pertaining to Singapore’s diplomatic relations, employment and the economy, while the JC1 students engaged in a dialogue session with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Chee Wee Kiong, on defence and security issues. In 2017, CJCians also engaged in a variety of fundraising activities such as the Rockefella Concert for the Needy Student Fund, and the Bone Marrow Donors’ Programme held on National Day to reinforce the values of gratitude and of making meaningful contributions as part of the nation. As part of the sexuality education programme, JC1 students were introduced to a series of modules focused on forging positive relationships. Through a number of innovative and reflective activities, such as the drawing of roadmaps to illustrate their personal experiences with building relationships, students come to understand themselves better and recognise that they are blessed with unique talents and gifts. In JC2, students continued to look inward within themselves by going through a series of lessons which focused on making moral decisions with the understanding of how their decisions can affect not only themselves, but those around them and the wider community. These sessions included topics such as Bioethics in the area of euthanasia and abortion which includes the ethical use of science and technology. The final module in the JC2 SD Curriculum allowed students to consider their own mission in life and how they would like to impact their society.


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The JC2 NE Dialogue with Minister Josephine Teo

In the facilitation of our weekly SD lessons, the college employs the use of Circle Time, which promotes a culture of open sharing and provides a safe environment for students to share their deep reflections with their peers and teachers. Circle Time is also used to develop greater collaboration in the classroom through better student-teacher relationships. Significant events such as Racial Harmony Day were also celebrated in the classroom through engaging and interactive activities, including an interactive quiz played across the cohort. To ensure more student-ownership of the SD lessons as well as in support of leadership development in the college, class management committee members such as the Pastoral Care Councillor (PCC) were also trained to facilitate reflections with their classmates with the guidance and support from their home tutors.

able to learn interview and personal statement writing techniques directly from the admissions counsellors, for application into these institutions.

Our religious education programme is catered for all Catholics and students who are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith. As part of the religious education programme, retreats were held at the start of JC1 and the end of JC2. Students of all faiths attended these retreats which provided time away for students to center their thoughts and feelings, and to journey inward to make meaning of their lives and gain support from one another and the wider CJC community.

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Potential Development

The Potential Development Programme aims to guide our students to make meaningful career and higher educational choices based on their values, strengths and interests. Through these programmes, our hope is that every CJCian will develop into active, contributing citizens who find meaning in what they do. In 2017, we expanded our University Talks and Tours to allow a larger number of students to visit universities such as Yale-NUS, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and DigiPen University of Technology. In addition, there were also talks by admission counsellors from universities such as University of Nottingham, University of Manchester and Japan’s Keio University. Through such experiences, students were exposed to a better understanding of the higher education landscape, in particular, the academic and non-academic opportunities at the universities. During the visits to Yale-NUS and SUTD, students were

Another core area of our programme is our Work Attachment and Shadowing Programme (WASP) which provides our JC1 students the opportunity to hone important soft skills required at the workplace. Through the experience, students were able to learn the basics of job application including the writing of a resume and the job interview, in addition to assessing the level of interest they have for the industry they are attached to. WASP participants also took part in a work etiquette workshop which also introduced them to ‘Networking and Interaction at the Workplace’ as well as ‘Meeting, E-mail and Phone Etiquette’. Leadership development is an important feature of the SD Programme. Student leaders are developed at various tiers – Home Tutorial Groups (Class Management Committee), Co-Curricular Activities and within the House System and Student Council. Students are provided with opportunities for leadership development and training that are anchored on the goal of developing every CJCian to be a Thinker with a Mission, Leader with a Heart (TMLH). Training and mentorship is provided to help our leaders develop TMLH attributes – integrity, discernment, resilience, initiative, humility, purpose and being nurturing – through programmes like the CCA Leaders and Class Management Committee (CMC) Training Programme, Leadership Training Camp and the various leadership conferences. These programmes are supported by both teachers and alumni.

CCA Leaders’ and CMC Training Programme

To mark the start of their leadership journey at CJC, the CCA Leaders’ and CMC training programme provided the various sports and performing arts CCA leaders, CMC as well as Student Councillors with opportunities to discover their leadership style and learn the importance of having a vision in their leadership journey. The session focused on providing them with a platform to discern their leadership philosophy in order to discover and develop their potential as leaders by inspiring a vision that will lead their team to greater heights. Yearbook 2017

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Leaders at a team bonding session during Leadership Training Camp

Leaders at the formal dinner as part of the Leadership Conference

Students showcasing their hopes for the world in thinking about their mission

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Leaders in discussion during the Leadership Training Camp

Student leaders are continually encouraged to reflect on their actions and development. Various training sessions provided for the CMC in Term 3 and Term 4 provided student leaders with the time and space to reflect on their achievements and disappointments in their leadership journey in their first year. Through these sessions, we believe that our student leaders have gained more confidence to serve their peers and community with a greater sense of purpose and mission.

A new introduction at the LTC this year was a workshop to help leaders discover their talents and to develop them into strengths that could define each individual’s unique leadership style. Learning about each other’s strengths also provided our leaders with the opportunity to understand and respect each person’s unique abilities and strengths, and learn to better complement and support each other in their classes, teams, CCAs and as one college.

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JC2 Leadership Conference (LC)

This year 192 student leaders attended the LTC in November. LTC provided the JC1 student leaders with opportunities to develop their leadership capabilities and hone their communication, organisational and interpersonal skills. It also provided them with an opportune platform for self-discovery and served as a mid-point check where they could reflect on their individual leadership strengths and weaknesses thus far. More importantly, the LTC helped to develop stronger inter-CCA bonds and fostered a greater college spirit amongst their peers and the rest of the college community.

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The LC provided the JC2 student leaders with a space for reflection at the end of their leadership journey at CJC. As we celebrated their successes and encouraged them to learn from their failures, the student leaders also reflected on how they can take these life lessons along with them as they go out into the world and continue to contribute positively to the communities they are and will become a part of. They also had the opportunity to interact with distinguished guests and alumni in the evening over dinner, who have a wealth of experiences to share and inspire our leaders. We hope the LC will put them in good stead to embrace leadership roles in the future, serving their respective communities as ‘Thinkers with a Mission, Leaders with a Heart’.


THE CJC IGNITE PROGRAMME The education landscape has evolved over the years. The key to a successful education system today is not simply about imparting content knowledge, but involves the cultivation of a healthy mind with sound morals and a passion for life, coupled with the development of skills to prepare students to take on the challenges of the future. The CJC Ignite Programme was conceptualised and launched in 2012 to address the changing education landscape and to constantly review, reposition, and reorient the College to stay relevant to the needs of the students and the demands of the future. As a pilot programme, it aims to spearhead various effective and advanced approaches, pedagogies and strategies, with eventual adoption at a wider college level. In order to develop articulate and confident team players, students in the Ignite Programme are taught via a seminar style approach, instead of the conventional lecture and tutorial system. In class, students are constantly engaged in discussions and are co-creators of knowledge. The smaller teacher and student ratio also allows for greater tutor-student interaction, and hence better student engagement during lessons. A variety of teaching approaches are used, so that students acquire conceptual understanding of their subject disciplines. In addition, teaching in the seminar style approach provides a more conducive environment for

One of the activities of the Ignite Residential Programme is for the students to go to the ground and better understand the community.

exploration and reflection, and allows students to learn in a collaborative manner. Students are given many opportunities to express their ideas in and out of the classrooms on various platforms. In 2016, the CJC Ignite Programme was featured by Channel News Asia for having an innovative and effective programme. Learning in the Ignite Programme is not only confined to the classrooms. Students have opportunities to learn in a residential setting at NUS UTown, and attend various conferences such as the S Rajaratnam Lecture organised by the MFA Diplomatic Academy, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Panel Discussion, the Institute of Policy Studies-Nathan Lectures and the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU). These platforms broaden their perspectives of issues and these are essential to prepare them for their future. The critical thinking skills taught in lessons, coupled with the extensive exposure via different platforms have proven to be successful. Our Ignite students obtained admirable results in various competitions. For example, Janessa Yim was awarded the Outstanding Delegate in the River Valley Model United Nations 2017, Denice Tan, Philip Tan and Matilda Tan emerged third for their research paper in the Step NUS Brain Camp 2017, and Darren Chow was part of the champion team for the Solar Energy Storage Hackathon.

Students from 1T02 and 1T04 (2017/2018) raising awareness of the Bone Marrow Donor Programme in school through a Q&A segment during National Day celebration.

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THE CJC IGNITE PROGRAMME Moreover, the Ignite class (2015/16) has once again performed exceptionally well in their ‘A’ level examinations. T29 was one of the top 3 classes in Science and both T28 and T29 obtained the top 10 class out of 30 classes for mean ‘A’ level results. A proportionately large group of CJC Ignite students obtained excellent results that allowed them to be eligible to apply for scholarships and their desired university courses. Some of them even obtained all distinctions in their ‘A’ level examinations. Exhibiting the traits of a Thinker with a Mission, Leader with a Heart, Ignite students also reach out to serve the community. This year, Ignite classes 1T02 and 1T04 (2017/2018) took up the worthy cause of promoting awareness of the plight of patients with leukaemia and blood related diseases within the college community. They encouraged their peers to fold paper hearts and write notes of reflection. The campaign drew to a close with the presentation of a completed art installation to the college during the Teachers’ Day celebrations to commemorate the college’s support towards this cause.

Ignite students (2017/2018) with the Singapore Team at ASEAN Day.

Furthermore, Ignite students from 1T29 (2017/2018) collaborated with Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) for their class service learning project. ACMI provides courses such as English courses, baking, and caregiving. The students assisted them on their induction day to help to register foreign domestic workers for their desired courses. The students then continued to work with ACMI as assistant English teachers for the different courses. Through this experience, they learnt the value of lifelong learning and developed greater respect for foreign domestic workers who are hungry for more knowledge. The effectiveness of the programme has given teachers and subject departments confidence to adopt a similar approach in other non-Ignite classes. Importantly, the implementation of the Ignite approach to all the Humanities classes since 2016 is testimony of its continual success and the confidence the College has in the Ignite Programme.

Students from 2T29 (2016/17) with Ms Serene Thong after the talk by Mr George Yeo at the S Rajaratnam Lecture. Reflection was an integral part of the Residential Programme for students to internalise their learning.

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42ND STUDENT COUNCIL Introduction

The Catholic Activities (CA) Wing

The Catholic Junior College (CJC) Student Council plays an integral role in CJC’s day-to-day operations and also takes the lead in important school events. In their term of office from 2016 to 2017, the 42nd Student Council banded together under the vision of “Being the 42nd, More than just a Council”, which reminded them to not only be a united and unique team of leaders, but also to build a strong CJC culture by learning from their seniors and pushing their limits to explore new boundaries. Following this legacy, the newly installed 43rd Student Council will be guided by the vision of making CJC a second home where all feel a sense of belonging and grow together in Truth and Love.

The CA Wing works towards strengthening faith and enhancing the spiritual aspect of the CJC community, regardless of religion. We believe that before we can lead others, we need to understand ourselves well. Daily prayers led by our members during Morning Assembly provide one such platform for us to reflect on and develop a personal response to the topics and issues shared.

The Student Council is only able to execute its plans successfully with the guidance and support from our teachers and peers. In every milestone of the Student Council, other student leaders such as the House Captains, CCA Leaders and members of the Class Management Committee have always rallied together to render their fullest support and commitment to making each event a success. This was exemplified in the 2017 Orientation Programme, “Metanoia – a journey of self-discovery”, where every Councillor, Orientation Group Leader, and members of various CCAs such as the First Aid Club and the Film, Sound and Video crew came together to welcome and seamlessly integrate the JC1 students into the CJC community. To better facilitate the operations of the Student Council, three different departments work closely together to steer and propel the Council towards its goal. They are known as the Catholic Activities Wing (CA Wing), the Community Involvement Wing (CI Wing) and the Student Activities Wing (SA Wing). Together, they lead CJC through events such as the Teachers’ Day Celebration, Graduation Night, Open House, JC1 Orientation, Rockafella concert, Leaders’ Dialogue and many other student-initiated activities.

As previous batches of this spiritually-anchored Wing have done, the 42nd and 43rd CA Wing have organised morning masses every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning for all students and teachers, including masses for special occasions such as Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year, Assumption Mass and the Teachers’ Day mass. This is coupled with adoration sessions for the community to offer up their worries to God. These sessions held in the CJC chapel welcome every single

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42nd Student Council at Student Leaders’ Appreciation Ceremony

43rd Student Council at Student Leaders’ Installation Ceremony

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42ND STUDENT COUNCIL CJCian, regardless of religion and belief. For Catholics, it is a moment to deepen their faith and connect with God, while for non-Catholics, it is a moment to reflect upon their actions and connect more deeply with themselves. Furthermore, during the season of Lent, the CA Wing created a mini-handbook that contained one task each day, calling on students to do something kind, refrain from giving into temptation, and reflect on their journey of growth. The 42nd CA Wing also initiated prayer circles to build a God-centered community that supports each other at all times.

future potential collaborations to enhance the CJC experience. Shortly after the Open House, the CI wing also organized a CCA Bazaar for all JC1 Students to have an experience of the various CCAs offered in CJC in order to make informed choices. Furthermore, the CI Wing also helmed the Ablaze project to support, encourage and affirm our competing CCA teams at the National A-Division Competitions as well as the Singapore Youth Festival. The 43rd CI Wing has also embarked on the planning of the Leaders’ Dialogue which aims to engage all CJC student leaders to facilitate discussions and understand the issues faced by the student population, and work in concert towards a common vision – building a stronger college culture.

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In its bid to foster a caring and bonded community grounded in truth and love, the CA Wing also conceptualizes and executes the annual Teachers’ Day Celebration, developing programmes and activities for students to express sincere gratitude towards their teachers and the non-teaching staff. The celebration planned by the 43rd Student Council was centred around the theme “Fiestar for the Stars”, recognising how our teachers and CJC staff are like the stars shining bright to light the path of all whom they teach and make an impact on. The celebration involved classes creating customized presents for their teachers, a bonding session over a picnic for the students and teachers, and a concert by students to show appreciation towards the teachers.

The Community Involvement (CI) Wing The 42nd CI Wing was a bridge between the student population and the management as well as the wider community. The CI Wing also seeks to engage, enrich and empower CJC students. At the start of the year, the CI Wing planned and executed the Catholic Junior College Open House programme in January 2017. This large-scale programme involved extensive planning and collaboration with student leaders, teachers and external organisations. These culminated in a dynamic event, where rising Secondary Four students and guests were able to personally experience the vibrancy and energy of CJC and also learn about the countless opportunities available for CJCians to grow individually and as a community. The Open House event, “Ignite, Illuminate, Inspire”, required the help and contributions of the entire CJC community. The CI Wing focused on assisting, coordinating and ensuring that the programme ran smoothly. It also acted as a platform for the Student Council to forge bonds and relationships with the student body to foster 42

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The Student Activities (SA) Wing The SA Wing aims to create a vibrant community that has a strong school spirit as well as foster a strong sense of belonging to CJC. Although CJCians come from different walks of life, we believe in forging strong bonds among them. Various events facilitated and executed by the SA Wing which fulfill this objective include Graduation Night and the Rockafella concert. The 42nd SA Wing organised the annual Rockafella, a rock concert by CJCians, for CJCians, in April 2017. Rockafella is a rare opportunity for students to showcase their talents, relax, unwind, and enjoy. Students are talented in singing or playing musical instruments were encouraged to form student bands to contest for a spot to perform in Rockafella. In the end, six different teams emerged, comprising a good mix of both JC1s and JC2s. In its 13th instalment, the Rockafella theme was “Rave, Revive, Remix”. Equipped with funky spotlights, state-of-the-art sound systems and vibrant decorations, the concert attracted more than 800 sign-ups, causing the entire Auditorium to be rapidly filled up on the day of the event. Concert merchandise and memorabilia were also available for purchase. All proceeds from this event went towards the CJC Needy Student Fund.

Rockafella XIII: “Rave, Revive, Remix”


42ND STUDENT COUNCIL Row 1: Cheow Sue Jane, Derrick Tan Rui Yang, Mr Amos Tan, Ms Debanita Bhattacharjee, Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal), Mrs Phyllis Lim (Principal), Mrs Yue-Chang Teck Hui (Vice-Principal), Mr Tan Jek Suan (Vice-Principal), Mr Alvin Leong, Ace Chu, Toh Si En Row 2: Mr Alex Wong, Ms Fiona Wong, Low Cin Reece, Lee Yue Qi, Tan Jie Ting Christine, Tan Violet, Megan Sim Tze Yen, Samantha Low, Lai Yin, Angeline Ang Jing Wen, Ivy Kong Ching Yee, P A Annmarie, Mr Eric Sor, Mr Kelvin Lin Row 3: Chan Shu Ting Carol, Lim Yong Heng Steven, Ryan Sim Tian Le, Benjamin Koh Jin Ming, Makarios Tang Way, Ow Jun Wei Kevin, Calixtus Lee E Aun, Lukas Lie Wie Howe, Tino Teo Yu Zhi, Robin Yeo, Arthur Ho Qi Qiang, Liam Wells Ayathan, Liu Shuen Qi, Abel Loh Fu Ming, Chantal Darlene Seah

43RD STUDENT COUNCIL Row 1: Jerome Lee Han Yang, Kiven Singh, Mr Alvin Leong, Mr Alex Wong, Mr Allan Gan (Vice-Principal), Mrs Phyllis Lim (Principal), Mrs Yue-Chang Teck Hui (Vice-Principal), Mr Tan Jek Suan (Vice-Principal), Mr Amos Tan, Alisja Bte Zaqy, Ines Cheah Wan Fang Row 2: Ms Debanita Bhattacharjee, Ms Fiona Wong, Wang Jie Ying Nicole, Preethi Renganathan, Zoe Deborah Tauro, Nur Darwisyah Bte Mohd Yazid, Chloe Aw Jun Lynn, Low Min Yi Naomi, Cristobal Ann Mai-lee, Cheong Lay Yen Regina, Nicole Jean Wong Teng Yun, Sim E’yun Andrea, Emma Ashley Ng, Goh Xin Yi Megan, Nivetha D/O Senthilkumar, Lae Yeng Yeng Jolene, Tan Ning, Tiffany, Mr Eric Sor, Mr Koh Sheng Wei Demas Row 3: Lionel Tee Zi Xun, Kenta Takayama , Dylan Yap, Chan Jun Long Shoman, Reynold Samuel Lam, Shim Yew Brian, Ng Xu Heng Seth, Lee Yan Wei Zavier, Kirubezhwaran s/o A.M. Venthan, Shaun Song, Alistair Tan Xu Jie, Jonathan Lim Wei Jie, Koh Hong Cheng, Kelvin Andikko, Jordan Ashley Foster Lim, Dion Chua Li-An Not in photo: Chan Pak Hong Yearbook 2017

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CJC’S PREUNIVERSITY SEMINAR 2017 JOURNEY Conceptualising Our Logo

History and Background of Pre-U Seminar The history of Pre-U Seminar hails back to 1970. As a student forum, it aimed to cultivate an active interest in current affairs and a broader outlook on political, social, and economic issues that affect Singapore. It had originally only involved Junior College students but has since expanded to include student participants from Polytechnics and Integrated Programmes from 2007. The themes of Pre-University Seminar change with the times, including the theme of “Communism and Democracy” in 1971, “The Coming of the IT Age” in 1995, and “Living the Singapore Spirit” in 2016. The series has engaged generations of Singaporean youths, involving them in the ongoing dialogue about Singapore’s past, present, and future.

Pre-U Seminar 2017 theme: Renewing Our Singapore Dream The theme for Pre-U Seminar 2017 is ‘Renewing our Singapore Dream’. The Singapore Dream is driven by our shared aspirations and is ever changing with every generation. As our society progresses, the dream has evolved into a vision of a mature society that is driven by compassion. It is vital that youth in Singapore nurture aspirations which can be articulated within the broader dream held by all Singaporeans. This Singapore Dream is owned by them and it should continue to inspire, keeping them resilient when faced with the uncompromising realities of the contemporary world. The seminar aims to immerse student delegates in an ‘Engage’ Experience in which they will have opportunities to discover the values, tensions, tradeoffs and possibilities within a Singapore issue in order to shape their dreams and create a new future for Singapore. This will involve gathering perspectives from different members of society, from the expert to the ordinary citizen and building upon ideas and dreams with an understanding of ground realities. 46

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The 2017 Pre-University Seminar logo represents young people and their dreams for Singapore. Their arms reach out to create Singapore’s future and their facing each other symbolises the continuous dialogue between youths of every age, class, gender, race and religion. An optical play on the logo also illustrates a tree which symbolises continuous growth, both individual and collective, embodied in a renewed Singapore dream. Structures within the thought bubble represent a need to cherish Singapore’s past and present. In renewing Singapore’s dream, our younger generation will therefore be involved in making decisions that strike a balance between our heritage and future. Our logo was inspired by the original works of CJC Student, Goh Shing Rui (2T18).

Teacher-Facilitator & Student-Facilitator Training Teacher-Facilitator Training The Teacher-Facilitators from CJC played a key role in ensuring that the Pre-U Seminar participants will have a fulfilling and engaging learning experience leading up to and during the Seminar. Our Teacher-Facilitators were trained in the ‘Engage’ Experience comprising the 3Rs (Research, Reflect and Recreate). The training took place over February and March, and included understanding the Areas of Focus, the 3R Matrix, Social Engagement Activity and the use of the Online Collaborative Platform. Time was also set aside for Teacher-Facilitators to work with their Student-Facilitators. Teacher-and-StudentFacilitators’ feedback during the training sessions contributed to the refinements to the 3R Matrix and the ‘Engage’ Experience. The training set up the path towards synergistic collaboration between the Teacher and Student-Facilitators from CJC, and the participants of Pre-U Seminar 2017.

CJC Teacher-Facilitators (TFs) at a training session to apply the 3R Matrix (Research, Reflect, Recreate)


Teacher-Facilitators attempt the 3R Matrix exercise with their teammates

Student-Facilitator Training Our Student-Facilitators played a key role as Pre-U Seminar facilitators who moderated expert interview sessions and facilitated team-building within the Pre-University Seminar teams. A total of 79 StudentFacilitators were selected from an overwhelming and enthusiastic response from a call for volunteers. Training began in early February where the facilitators were introduced to the 3R Learning Matrix that would be used to guide the Research component of Pre-U Seminar. The Student-Facilitators were also guided to craft interview questions for the Expert Interview sessions through a simulation of an interview. In March, the Student-Facilitators were trained to facilitate icebreaker sessions and team-building during the PreSeminar workshop on 11 March 2017. Working closely with the Teacher-Facilitators, the Student-Facilitators were a key ingredient to success in our Pre-University Seminar journey.

Student-Facilitators engaged in a group discussion on the 3R Matrix

Pre-Seminar Workshop, 11 March 2017 The anticipation was rife in the air as the Saturday morning saw bus loads of students from all tertiary institutions in Singapore coming to CJC for the first official meeting between the facilitators and students. Many were excited to see what the day had in store for them as they were ushered into the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for the introductory briefing. After having been introduced to the theme of this year’s Seminar - “Renewing the Singapore Dream”, the participants were revved up to meet their new teams under the four domains: “Civic”, “Economic”, “Environmental” and “Socio-Cultural”. Even as they were nervous to meet new faces, CJC Teacher-Facilitators and Student-Facilitators extended their usual warm welcome in true CJ fashion. In the session, the teams got down to business to brainstorm on their Area of Focus and delve deeper into preparation for the Seminar. This included extensive research and brainstorming innovative ideas for their project. Their enthusiasm was evident when the participants continued to mingle with each other even over lunch. The day continued with a fun and engaging workshop on important skills such as interviewing the experts in their respective fields and engaging the public through the Social Engagement Activity (SEA).

Teacher-Facilitators, Mr Lim Meng Hui and Ms Suzie with Student-Facilitators from Socio-cultural Domain Team 8 and Ng Teng Han (2T13)

This was followed by a mass art session where each team illustrated two canvases of art encapsulating their dream for Singapore in two words. This proved to be the perfect opportunity to not only experiment with artistic expression but also for participants to get to know each other a little better. The session was filled with plenty of chatter and laughter as students produced their stunning art pieces, each piece embodying authenticity and sincerity.

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Economic Domain: Made in Singapore: Building a World-Class Singaporean Brand - Mr Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines Environmental Domain: Housing our Homes: Reimagining Homes of the Future - Mr Tan Sze Tiong, Director, Environmental Sustainability Research, Housing & Development Board Socio-Cultural Domain: At Home in a Global Society: Working abroad yet rooted to Singapore - Mr Wong Kan Foo, Director (OSU), Office For Citizen Engagement , Overseas Singaporean Unit

Engaging in ice-breakers during the breakout session in the classroom

Participants unpack their Area of Focus during the Breakout Session

Building team spirit at the Pre-Seminar Workshop

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Mr Tan Sze Tiong, Director of Environmental Sustainability Research, Housing & Development Board (HDB) was invited to CJC for an Expert Interview session with Team 20 from the Environmental Domain

Dr Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mayor of South East CDC, responding to questions posed during an Expert Interview session

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Dr Jennifer Lee (9th from the left), Chairman of the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) with member of Team 9 from the Socio-Cultural Domain


PRE-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR 2017 In 2017, Catholic Junior College was privileged to host the Pre-University Seminar, a highly-anticipated event for students from across Singapore. This was a large-scale event with a turnout of 550 participants from tertiary institutions including the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Polytechnics, and Junior Colleges. The participants had been hard at work since February, and their preparatory work in ‘Renewing the Singapore Dream’ culminated in a four-day camp at NUS UTown where an exciting itinerary awaited them.

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The seminar began with the opening ceremony, graced by Guest-of-Honour Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education. His speech touched on the importance of youths reinventing their dreams for the future, and provided a suggested guideline in crafting said dreams to ensure that Singapore remains relevant and competitive. This was followed by an engaging and fruitful discussion on issues relating to the ‘Civic’, ‘Environmental’, ‘SocioCultural’ and ‘Economic’ domains that were brought up during the question-and-answer segment. The student participants then reflected on what they had learnt and filled out the 3R Matrix. This Matrix, a new component of the seminar, guides students to think on a societal and global scale about the values, tradeoffs, and possibilities in working towards a reinvented dream. During the discussions, students brainstormed ideas and debated with each other in discussing how to resolve the current issues Singapore faces today. The thought-provoking conversations were peppered with short games to allow student participants to break the ice and bond with each other. After a long and eventful day, the participants turned in for the night, but not before a student-led SD (Student Development) session that stayed true to the spirit of CJC’s tradition of looking back and reflecting on each learning experience of the day.

A bright and early start to the day saw participants ushered to separate lecture halls to engage in panel discussions with professionals in fields as diverse as academia, the military, and social welfare. This was an opportunity for student participants to learn from the panelists’ professional experience and to engage them in conversation through a question-and-answer segment. The panelists were thoroughly impressed by the students’ insightful questions, which showed the amount of research that they had done prior to the seminar. After these discussions, participants went back to the drawing board, refining their 3R matrices with newfound insights within their areas of focus. Students then prepared for the Social Engagement Activity (SEA), whipping out paints and crayons and letting their creativity flow. They brainstormed on various ideas to actively engage Singaporeans going about on their day-to-day activities, in a bid to gather their dreams and aspirations for the Little Red Dot that they call home. The unleashing of their creativity led to some interesting products such as large interactive maps, a model of a tree, and thought-provoking videos that would aid in eliciting responses from the public. Once again, the day wrapped up with a reflection session to unwind, as participants took some time to absorb what they had learnt so far.

A token of appreciation for our Guest-of-Honour, Dr Janil Puthucheary. (L-R) Student moderator Justin See (2T01), Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, Dr Janil Puthucheary and Student Moderator, Natasha Oei (2T01)

The panel of speakers for the Socio-Cultural Domain. (R-L) Ms Chia Yong Yong (President, SPD and Nominated Member of Parliament), Assoc. Prof. Teo You Yenn (Associate Professor and Head of Sociology, NTU) and Mr Vignesh Naidu (Research and Project Manager at The HEAD Foundation). The session was moderated by Ms Goh I-mei from CJC’s English Department. Yearbook 2017

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Day 3, 31 May On Day 3, groups of participants travelled to various parts of Singapore to implement their Social Engagement Activity. This activity allowed student participants to take a step back from what they had learnt from the expert panelists, and take time to engage Singaporeans on the ground, gaining an understanding of these individuals’ dreams for the future of Singapore. Whilst some students were understandably nervous, many embraced the challenge, initiating conversations with citizens and non-citizens alike, from coffee shop uncles to business workers. Not only did participants gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by the people they interviewed, they also explored solutions and possibilities to overcome such issues to ensure Singapore’s continued success in the coming years. From wearing animal costumes at the Botanic Gardens to raise awareness about environmental issues, to stationing themselves on Orchard Road to get Singaporeans to pen down their thoughts on sticky notes. The Social Engagement Activity was a fun and exciting way for participants to engage Singaporeans from all walks of life. The activity was also a means through which student participants learnt the significance of listening to every voice and every story - only then can the nation progress towards a shared goal and vision without leaving anyone behind.

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A team explains their Social Engagement Activity (SEA) to members of the public

Day 4, 1 June The work that the participants had put in over the past few days culminated in a final showcase in the form of 25 exhibition booths. Participants, along with student and teacher facilitators, worked to ensure their booth would aptly showcase their learning experiences throughout the seminar. The hall buzzed with activity -- participants played their video montages, put up decorative banners, and some even went the extra mile to design engaging activities to captivate visitors at their booths. As they put the final touches to their 3-D models and visual representations, the participants looked back fondly at their journey throughout the seminar that had now arrived at Closing Ceremony. The ceremony was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Mr Ong Ye Kung, and other esteemed guests. The CJC Drama Club and a group of student participants put together a delightful skit to set the context about the issues that participants tackled at the seminar. This was followed by a walkabout session where Mr Ong, along with representatives from organizations including the Ministry of Education, took the time to visit and view the participants’ booths. Finally, Mr Ong left the students on a high note, encouraging them to keep their dreams alive and to actively work towards them, to achieve the common goal of taking Singapore to greater heights. As this year’s Pre-University Seminar concluded, participants left feeling inspired to apply their learning to their daily lives, working towards a rejuvenated dream to reinvent Singapore for the future while maintaining a strong sense of heritage and rootedness.

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SERVING AND ADVENTURING BEYOND: OSLP AND OBS In Catholic Junior College, our students are called to be Thinkers with a Mission and Leaders with a Heart. Every year, we invite our students to sign up for programmes designed to stretch them. Held during the NovemberDecember period, these programmes allow our students to overcome physical and mental challenges through serving communities within South-East Asia and beyond. One of our signature programmes is the Overseas Service Learning Programme (OSLP). This year, 99 students participated in OSLP trips to Vietnam and Thailand. They engaged in projects to better the lives of the beneficiaries in their own small ways. In the process of serving the wider community beyond the shores of Singapore, our students learn to think about the underlying issues regarding the challenges that their beneficiaries face, so that they can develop a sense of mission to enact positive change around them long after they return to Singapore. In Vietnam, the students went to Mai Chau Valley, donating clothes and delivering essentials such as oil and rice to the poorer families, and constructing basic amenities such as cementing the ground and painting the walls of Thanh Tam Primary School. Our students also visited some of the villagers’ homes and interacted with the members of the community. OSLP Thailand participants interacted with the students of Wat Kao Thum Kun Chon School, imparting practical skills and immersing in the cultural exchange. All these service learning projects enable our students to develop a keen awareness of the needs of the local communities, as well as values such as teamwork, resilience, initiative and adaptability in improvising when plans went awry. When our students returned, they shared about how they have grown in maturity through these authentic experiences.

Besides the OSLP, CJC partners Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) in building our students’ character and leadership qualities through safe, effective and impactful adventure education programmes, which also include a service learning component. 20 students went for the Outward Bound Hong Kong (OBHK) expedition and 16 were engaged in the Outward Bound local programme. OBHK comprised a 5-day trekking course, a 4-day sailing course and a 1-day service learning project. Trekking to the highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, our students were rewarded with a breath-taking view and keenly understood the values of perseverance and teamwork. Furthermore, by venturing out into the open blue sea and vast national parks, our students strengthened their physical endurance and developed their personal leadership skills. Whether it was the strenuous trekking with fifteen-kilogram backpacks up to the peak of Tai Mo Shan or the choppy waves when helming the boat, OBHK pushed our students to be better team players – resilient and empowered by a never-say-die attitude. The service learning project also helped students to realise how the beneficiaries are, like them, individuals with great worth. Embarking on both land and sea expeditions, students who participated in the OBS local programme learned time and resource management skills and understood the importance of supporting and encouraging each other to make every journey a success. Through our students’ participation in OSLP and the OBS Global Leadership Programme, they develop greater empathy for members of the global community and a deeper understanding of regional and global issues. In addition, they develop the qualities of integrity, discernment, initiative, resilience, humility, purpose and being nurturing, that will enable them to make a positive change in the community within and beyond Singapore.

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LOCAL SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAMME The Local Service Learning Programme (LSLP) is a key programme for all JC1 students in CJC. It aims to develop in students the passion and duty to serve others and to improve the community. Through the LSLP, we hope that students will develop a sense of belonging to our country and a better awareness of their personal strengths and weaknesses. The LSLP begins with each JC1 class exploring the causes and issues students personally feel for, be it poverty, hunger, minority rights, or issues surrounding aging. The students then attend a session with speakers from various NGOs who share about real-world issues and the solutions their organisations have implemented. This is followed by the annual LSLP fair, where close to twenty local Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) send representatives to set up information booths in CJC. The students have the opportunity to converse with long-term volunteers to discover what it is like to help and serve in different areas. Thereafter, each class reconvenes to discuss which VWOs they may wish to collaborate with, based on their areas of interests and relevant abilities.

Under the guidance of their Home Tutors, students plan meaningful activities for their beneficiaries. In doing so, they do not merely embark on an ad-hoc project, but experience the full process of understanding the needs of the beneficiaries as well as the social issues involved. Their projects are then designed with three main principles in mind: impact on the wider community, the potential for deep learning, and opportunities for sustained action and continuity. Many of the VWOs that our students choose to serve are long-term partners of CJC. They include the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI), Assisi Hospice, Food from the Heart, Very Special Arts, and the Housing & Development Board. Looking ahead, we look forward to having our students help and contribute to the community in more areas. We hope the LSLP allows them to develop the desire and initiative to source for their own areas of service to society.

Students from 1T24 helping out in the facilitation of the PAssion Arts Festival, BeachArts@Pasir Ris Beach

Thum Sau Kuan from 1T11 helping an elderly with a Bingo game at Toa Payoh Care Corner

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SUZHOU SCIENCE IMMERSION PROGRAMME November 27 - December 3 On 27 November, a group of twenty students invigorated by the prospects of overseas learning and education participated in CJC’s Suzhou Science Immersion Programme (SSIP) in collaboration with the National University Of Singapore Suzhou Research Institute (NUSRI). For many, it was an experience of making new discoveries and encountering challenges. To kickstart the programme, we were first introduced to the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) which epitomises the economic ties between Singapore and China. This visit laid the groundwork to deepen our understanding of Singapore’s commitment in China, particularly in Suzhou, as well as the raison d’etre for investing there. Our understanding of this context was further reinforced by a dialogue session with representatives from the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Co. Ltd (CSSD) as well as a visit to the Suzhou Urban Exhibition Hall, where our doubts and queries were eagerly answered by Mr Eugene Chua, the Principal Manager of The Singapore Office of CSSD. Additionally, we participated in forums that allowed us to glean information on Singapore and China’s perspectives on China’s development and her economy. It also gave us insights on entrepreneurship in the Chinese market as well as the current and projected economic situation of China. We also attended talks on Bio-Nano technology which featured revolutionary

innovations like “Nanobubbles”, as well as a talk titled “Flying Serious Fun”, which was about professional interpretations of aviation accidents. Moreover, we visited various enterprises in Suzhou, namely, Johnson Precision, ASUS, and Cold Spring Harbour. Notably, at Cold Spring Harbour’s DNA research laboratory, we actively participated in a hands-on session on extracting purified and fluorescent proteins. Having had novel and immersive experiences during our trip, another aspect of the programme involved us giving back to the community via our student-led service learning programme in Dong Hu Primary School where we hosted an interactive art session to produce plant pots from recycled materials. The local students, who were 8 to 9 years old, participated enthusiastically. The session was concluded with a recital of Chinese stories by the children as well as a book-sharing session by the CJCians. To aid in our understanding of Suzhou’s culture, we also enjoyed a myriad of cultural immersions such as local Pingtan performances as well as visits to the Masterof-Nets garden and Suzhou Humble Administrator’s garden which further emphasized Suzhou’s uniqueness in infusing both historical and modern elements into their culture. We wrapped up the entire experience with four other junior colleges through a gala dinner hosted by NUSRI, where CJCians performed a medley of songs that highlighted Singapore’s multiculturalism.

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Appreciating previous city plans of Suzhou

Interaction with students in Dong Hu Primary School

Protein Purification at Cold Spring Harbour

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HONG KONG UNIVERSITY IMMERSION PROGRAMME November 18-25 The Hong Kong University (HKU) trip was a phenomenal experience. Through the lectures and learning journeys, we were exposed to a plethora of topics such as transportation, housing, globalisation, energy, and corporate social responsibility. These are issues that deeply impact both Hong Kong and Singapore. This enriching nine-day journey allowed us to see things in a different light and extended beyond our school curriculum. A trip to the Police Married Quarters, the City Gallery and a public housing project offered us an experience of Hong Kong’s built environment. We understood the differences in approaches between Hong Kong and Singapore in the areas of transport, urban development and residential space. Beyond understanding the rationale of various policies, these trips gave us an insight as to how policies have shaped the daily living of the average Hong Kong resident. The visit to Dialogue in the Dark was definitely a favourite among many of us. We experienced a day in the shoes

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of a visually impaired person, and this truly allowed us to appreciate the everyday things we often take for granted. Our walk in the dark included navigating through a forest, crossing roads, and shopping at a market; we utilised our sense of touch, hearing, and smell to make sense of our way through the darkness. After each full day of learning, we never failed to end the day with a group reflection session where we deconstructed the arguments presented by the HKU professors and identified the points of contention in existing literature based on the day’s theme. Through the learning journeys and consolidated takeaways from the lectures and readings, we have developed deeper insights pertaining to the issues that Hong Kong is faced with. This trip was definitely one with lasting memories. We returned to Singapore with more friendships made, memories forged and lessons learnt.

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HARVARD MODEL CONGRESS ASIA January 5-9 The Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference (HMCA) was held in Hong Kong, from 6 to 8 January 2017. In this 14th iteration of HMCA, over 600 delegates from around 80 schools converged at the internationally renowned Hong Kong University to work together and address a broad spectrum of challenges facing governments, institutions, and populations worldwide. At HMCA, students were tasked to discuss contemporary issues, draft policy papers, come to a consensus with regard to the passing of bills and resolutions, report on timely news stories, and rule on landmark court cases, all under the keen guidance of students from the esteemed Harvard University. These were no doubt daunting tasks, but our students from CJC managed to pull off a stellar performance. Throughout the conference, our students debated on specific and often controversial issues such as the Syrian War, the refugee crisis, cyber-terrorism, the evolution of women’s rights in the Middle East, the conflict in the Senkaku islands, and even international intellectual property rights. These issues are pertinent to all of us today, and they serve to further reinforce how globalized and interconnected our world is. HMCA constituted excellent training for our students, as the next generation of global leaders, to interact with a multitude of delegates from Asia and around the world. In the spirit of fostering cross-cultural connections and networks with each other, our students not only broadened their perspectives, but

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also laid the foundation for future collaborations with an international community of like-minded individuals. More importantly, our students have forged meaningful friendships and gained a greater sense of empathy for the values and beliefs of those different from them – a necessary quality given the tumultuous state of the world we live in today. Our students certainly did us proud, with Natasha Oei from 2T01 achieving a Best Delegate for her work in the UNHRC, and Justin See from 2T01 and Joshua Tan from 2T02 each attaining an Honorable Mention for their efforts in the G20 and ASEAN respectively. The commendable performance by the rest of the team has contributed to CJC’s overall achievement at the HMCA, which was a team effort: countless hours were spent doing research, bouncing ideas off each other, and crafting position papers. Our students were more than willing to forego sleep in order to be better prepared for gruelling discussions and debates in their respective Committees and Councils. Throughout the trip, their passion for learning and interest in these global affairs was evident, and they have come out of the HMCA experience emboldened to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. No classroom lesson could ever hope to replicate such experiences, and HMCA 2017 will always be emblazoned in the memories of those who participated in it.

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DIARY OF EVENTS


OPEN HOUSE 13 January The buzz in the air was palpable as CJCians and teachers alike geared up to welcome prospective students, who had recently received their ‘O’ level results, to the College campus. The theme “Ignite, Illuminate, Inspire” was a fitting one in encompassing the key values that CJC upholds and exemplifies. Student ushers, comprising the Student Council and Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs), distributed goodie bags to visitors and led campus tours to showcase life in CJC. Colourful and vibrant booths set up by the various CCAs gave prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the wide range of activities offered in the College. Spectacular performances by the performing arts CCAs captivated the attention of the audience. In addition, the JC2 Sports Leaders organised a flash mob where they led the Orientation dance and were joined by other CJCians, in a reflection of the vibrancy of college life. In showcasing CJC’s academic programmes, microlessons were conducted to provide prospective students with an experience of the JC curriculum and to enable them to make informed choices about subject combinations. Visitors were taught how to construct a smiley face

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on graphic calculators using equations, and analysed television commercials for language use in the English Language & Linguistics (ELL) microlesson. Subject booths were set up in the Auditorium for visitors to enquire about the curriculum and subject combinations. During the Principal’s address, Mrs Phyllis Lim extended a warm welcome to prospective students, highlighting the College identity and its academic track record. The day was a great success as seen by the significant turnout of prospective students and their parents for a glimpse of what CJC has to offer, and to experience the CJ spirit.


CJC came together as a community to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. The festive mood was evident among the CJC community. The day began with morning mass in the College chapel where Catholic students and staff came together to pray for God’s blessings. The celebrations then commenced at assembly with a short and entertaining skit that drew similarities between different cultures in their customary New Year celebrations, reminding the community of the significance behind the traditional practices.

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This was followed by an inter-House competition organized by the Mathematics Department that involved solving mathematical questions and students using their knowledge on shapes to create lantern art pieces. The JC2 cohort then gathered in the canteen for a customary lo hei (Prosperity Toss). In true CJC tradition, students and their Home Tutors tossed to good health, prosperity and academic progress. While everyone was filling themselves up with appetising goodies, a professional lion dance troupe entertained the staff and students with a spectacular performance. The celebrations wrapped up on a meaningful note as Mrs Phyllis Lim, the Principal, thanked the non-teaching staff of the school for their hard work and dedication, and presented them with large hampers as a token of appreciation. This was followed by a prize presentation to Albert House for the lantern folding competition. 2017’s Lunar New Year celebration was especially boisterous and meaningful as CJ united as one family, in truth and in love.

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JC1 ORIENTATION 3 February, 6-8 February On the 3rd of February 2017, Catholic Junior College began the 2017 JC 1 Orientation Week. The 4-day programme consisted of various bonding activities to allow the JC1s to bond with their orientation group mates. This entire programme was made by the enthusiastic Orientation group leaders who greeted the JC1s cheerfully as they stepped into the college for the first time. The day’s programme began with fun filled ice breaker games and introductions. Before long, nervous smiles transformed into genuine laughter, and friendships were formed. The JC1s were also taught the mass dance in the auditorium, which generated even more enjoyment for them while they tried to dance as well as they could. The Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, addressed the new students, warmly welcoming them into the community. This was followed by a series of informative subject talks, before the OGs were dispatched to various venues to participate in more activities. To make the JC1s feel a sense of belonging, they were divided into 4 houses, Apheliotes, Boreas, Notus and

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Zephyrus. Together as a faction, they shouted house cheers and did the actions enthusiastically. Belonging to a house gave the JC1s a sense of pride as well as a heightened competitive spirit to prove that their faction was the indeed the best. The highlight of the 4-day programme was the outing to Marina Bay Sands. Several CJC alumni, along with the OGLs had planned a series of games for each Orientation Group (OG). As each group battled against the other, fond memories were formed as students worked together as a team. After all the exciting games, the JC1s were taken for a picnic and bonded over scrumptious snacks at Marina Barrage. On the final day, the JC1s played water games at the college field. In addition, they were treated to the final instalment of a riveting play that was performed daily by their very own OGLs. All good things must come to an end and Orientation Week was no exception. Orientation week was truly one filled with exciting activities and informational talks, all to help the new students of CJC feel at home.


COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 20 February The annual Commencement ceremony is held to officially welcome the new JC1 students into the CJC family. The theme for this year’s Commencement was “Journey Towards Excellence in Learning and Living.” The day began with class bonding activities and a sharing session facilitated by the JC2 classes which were paired with their junior class to welcome them to the CJC community, and allay their juniors’ fears and anxieties about JC life. Thereafter, the students assembled in the Auditorium for the Commencement ceremony. The ceremony began with an encouraging address by Derrick Tan (2T01), President of the Student Council, and Mrs Phyllis Lim. The address reassured the newly minted J1s that any challenge could be overcome with the help of the strong CJC support system, comprising of both teachers and friends. Mrs Lim encouraged the J1s to possess a zest for living, and to be courageous in taking up new opportunities along the way whether in the form of leadership or service learning.

as one. This was followed by the ritual of blessing the college pins. Our Vice- Principal, Mrs Yue, explained that the College flame represents everything that CJCians hold dear and the three colours on the flame – Red, Yellow and Orange – symbolise love, drive for perfection, and sacrifice. After the blessing of the pins by Father Raj, the J2s pinned the badges on for the J1s, thus officially welcoming and recognizing them as members of the CJC family. The ceremony ended on a high note as the College sang the school song in one resounding voice, In Veritate et Caritate.

The ceremony proceeded with a prayer service. Representatives from the student body, teaching and non-teaching staff and school leaders came forward to light a candle as they said their prayers for the college community and ignited the College flame together

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‘A’ LEVEL RESULTS 24 February

It was a momentous day for the class of 2016 as they returned to their alma mater to receive their GCE ‘A’ Level examination results. The atmosphere in the Auditorium was filled with both excitement and nervousness as they awaited the release. The Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, addressed the class of 2016 for the first time since her appointment to CJC. She welcomed them home and congratulated them on the collective college effort. Mrs Lim announced that the cohort showed a marked improvement in their results as 93.8% of the cohort was eligible for admission into universities. As top students from the Arts and Science streams were announced, a wave of euphoric cheers could be heard as students congratulated their friends on their achievements. The top students included Claudia Lee Jia Min (2T30), Nicholas Choong (2T06), Tierney Lee (2T22), Megan Morais (2T01) and Shaun Chung (2T11), some of whom were invited by the Principal to share their advice with current students. In addition, Mrs Lim recognised the hard work that the students had put in, whether through contributing to their respective CCAs, taking up leadership roles, or facing hard-to-surmount challenges before eventually doing well in their final hurdle of the JC academic journey. The top ten classes in the cohort were also recognised for the strong support system they provided to one another, working together over the span of their two years in the College. The Auditorium was full of our graduates beaming with joy as they collected their results from their Home Tutors and celebrated another year of success. It was evident that the class of 2016 was one that displayed resilience and a strong collegial spirit.

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MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE (MTL) FORTNIGHT 7 Mar-14 Mar 2017 Sustainability through Partnerships -- Capitalizing on Collaboration CJC is into its third year of experiential learning at Balestier Road. This key activity is part of the annual Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Fortnight programme. It is supported by National Heritage Board under the Heritage Trails Adoption Scheme. This year, the MTL Department revised and introduced a few initiatives to ensure our students can gain a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of the history and heritage we have along Balestier Road. This year’s MTL Fortnight programme kick-started with Mrs Gerardine Donough-Tan’s sharing of exciting stories of Balestier. Mrs Tan is a volunteer museum guide at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Malay Heritage Centre. The students were split into 2 groups. One group attended a script-writing workshop, while the other attended a video-editing workshop. Both were conducted by our very own MTL teachers. In addition, more food-related stations were added to this year’s routes. This is to entice students to learn about the various faces of Balestier Road.

With the firm belief of cultivating self-directed learners, the MTL Department continues to provide an opportunity for students to assume the role of tour guides. They were given the responsibility of looking up selected historical sites and sharing this information with their peers when the respective destinations were visited. Through this process, students were able to practice organisational and planning skills, take on a leadership mantle, and hone their ability in working under pressure, exercising initiative, implementing and persevering through their respective projects. After the journey, students worked in groups to produce a 3-5min video to consolidate their learning and share their individual experiences. 90% of the student participants found this out-of-the-classroom learning exercise journey fruitful and enjoyable. 80% of them felt that this is a good platform for them to use our MTL in a real-world context. The MTL team is also heartened to learn that 94.7% of the students have gained a better insight of Balestier and the heritage of Singapore.

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ROCKAFELLA XIII: RAVE, REVIVE, REMIX 24 March Rockafella 2017 was, the thirteenth iteration of CJC’s iconic and most anticipated music showcase, with the theme being ‘Rave, Revive, Remix’. The theme aptly encapsulated the incredible line-up of performances by a total of 7 bands. The emcees of the night, Daniel Chee (2T06), Clement Yeo (2T06) and Reuben Ting (2T29), opened the event and earned the hearts of the audience with their wit and outfits. The five student bands that performed were The Four Horsemen, Helios, Chance, Parallax Error, Clashing Souls and Powergrid Substation. Each band played at least three songs and put up a spectacular performance. Thereafter, the audience was treated to a performance by Repressed Dolphins With Lasers, a band formed by CJC alumni. They put on an electrifying performance, and the most notable song was a rock-infused rendition of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’. The most memorable segment of the concert was the performance by the Teacher’s Band, comprising Mr Joey Kang, Ms Angela Tee, Ms Dawn Ang, Ms Tan Wei Jun, Ms

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Sylvia Tong, Mr Alex Wong, Ms Victoria Er, Ms Charlene Kwa and Mr Vincent Yu. This was the most popular performance of Rockafella, as students were excited to watch their teachers display their musical talents. The band sang Adele’s ‘Rolling in The Deep’ and One Republic’s ‘Counting Stars’. Rockafella wrapped up with the announcement of the winners. Powergrid Substation emerged as the victors, followed by Four Horsemen and Clashing Souls. Powergrid Substation, consisting of band members Samantha Ong (2T01), Nicole Er (2T01), Sean Gabriel (2T01), Glenn Lim (2T08), Ambrose Yew (2T29) and Andrew Lee (2T29), put on an encore performance of ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ by Fall Out Boy to end the night. Certainly, it was a night of celebration as CJCians left the Auditorium uplifted and grateful for yet another incredible Rockafella experience, owing to the performers of the night as well as those behind the scenes.


SPORTS AND AESTHETICS CARNIVAL 20 May Catholic Junior College held its annual Sports and Aesthetics Carnival on 20th May 2017. Although this year’s carnival was scaled down, the excitement was no less palpable. Many students were simply thrilled to be able to put the skills that they had learnt to the test and bring their Houses glory. The emcees for the day - Mugdha Jaruhar (1T03), Clement Yeo (2T06), Dylan Sim (2T16) and Foo Ji Han (2T03) - kickstarted the event by ushering in the Empire Games, the theme of this year’s Mini Sports Carnival. The four factions were represented by the four Houses: Patrick, Joseph, Albert and Michael. The event officially commenced with the lighting of the torch by our Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim. This was followed by the marching-in of the Sports Leaders. Our House Captains led a round of roaring cheers before students set off to their respective events for the day.

With students playing their hearts out and displaying true sportsmanship, the atmosphere was exuberant and energetic. After three hours of games, the CJ community gathered once again at the grandstand to watch the dance performances by each of the factions. The dancers wowed the crowd with impressive stunts and well-choreographed moves. The carnival ended with the highly anticipated announcement of the results. Albert House emerged as the House Champion for the second year running, followed by Patrick, Michael and Joseph falling closely behind in second, third and fourth places respectively. The College was introduced to a new cheer that was created by the JC1s during their Orientation this year. The Sports Leaders also led cheers that erupted from all sides of the grandstand, echoing bright and loud in true CJC spirit.

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ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY 30 June Catholic Junior College held its 42nd Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony in the Auditorium to celebrate the achievements attained by students in their academic and co-curricular activities. It was a day of nostalgia and gratitude for our returning graduates who received the awards for their achievements. Accompanied by the Symphonic Band’s performance, the ceremony began with the arrival of the Guest-ofHonour, Mrs Thio Ying Ying, who is a Senior Partner and the Head of the Litigation Department at Kelvin Chia Partnership, and former CJC student. Mrs Thio addressed the audience with a heart-warming speech recounting her personal experiences and journey as a student in CJC. She conveyed her utmost gratitude to the college, and added that the opportunities offered to her during her time in CJC have shaped her to be who she is today. The presentation of awards commenced after Mrs Thio’s address, beginning with the presentation of scholarships such as the CJC Flame Scholarship, the Archbishop’s

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Scholarship and the MOE English Language Elective Scholarship (ELES) to JC1 students. JC2 students were also honoured as subject prize winners for their outstanding academic performance in individual subjects in their first year. This was followed by the presentation of awards to the alumni prize winners for Outstanding Contribution to CCA, the CCA Merit and Excellence Awards, and the Academic Excellence Awards. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the special awards. The College presented the top Arts Student, Claudia Lee, with the Ms Narinder Award, as well as the top Science student, Shaun Chung, with the Mr Tay Chen Hui Memorial Award. The inaugural Sister Deirdre O’Loan Memorial Commendation Award was awarded to James Chua. The College also presented the Lee Foundation Merit Award (Service) to Shaun Lee; the Father Gerard Keane Award to Bernice Lee; the Mr Bernard Chen Memorial Award to Kor Ming Soon; and lastly, the Dr Ee Peng Liang Memorial Award to Nicholas Choong.


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CJ CELEBRATES 30 June CJC hosted its annual ‘CJ Celebrates concert!’, at the Performing Arts Centre. The theme of the showcase was ‘Nascentia’, meaning ‘The Birth’, in the hopes of turning the clock back to the time when CJC’s passion for the arts began. The showcase began with a video by the Film, Sound and Video Society, which presented behind-the-scenes footage of the various performing arts CCAs. The emcees of the event introduced the first act of the night, the Guzheng Ensemble, which achieved their first Certificate of Distinction at the 2017 Singapore Youth Festival. They played two pieces, titled “Jasmine Flower”, a popular Chinese folk song, and “Silent”, the theme song from a Chinese film titled ‘You Are My Sunshine’. Titled ‘A Positive Start’, the JC1 dancers were next on the lineup with an energetic performance that definitely brought out a vibrant energy in the audience, with their brightly coloured flannels and braided hair. CJC Choir was next to perform, and displayed their vocal abilities through three songs entitled ‘Exsultate Justi in Domino’

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by Viadanna, ‘Siksik Si Batu Manikkam’ by Pontas Purba and ‘Circle of Life’ by Elton John. Their performance was melodious, mesmerizing and alluring as they sang and danced. A dance performance by the JC2 dancers, titled ‘Continum’, mesmerised the audience with their black costumes from start to finish. This was followed by the Guitar Ensemble’s hypnotic rendition of ‘Concerto in A minor, Op3 No.8’ by Antonio Vivaldi and ‘Parition Orage’ by Georges Brassens. The Symphonic Band finished the showcase with two pieces entitled ‘Songs of Sailor and Sea’ by Robert W. Smith and a fusion of two pop songs, ‘Hey Soul Sister!/ JustThe Way You Are’, combined with a surprise dance performance by some of the Band members. The finale was a performance of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ by all the performing arts groups. The success of the annual CJ Celebrates concert can be credited to the hard work put in by the performing arts CCAs and the Aesthetic Leaders.


STUDENT LEADERS APPRECIATION CEREMONY 4 July It was an important day for the student leaders in CJC as the CJ community gathered to celebrate the hard work and unwavering dedication of these leaders. This event marked the end of their exceptional leadership journey in the College as they worked towards conquering the ‘A’ Levels. The ceremony began with a hymn led by the Music Ministry, followed by an opening prayer by our College Chaplain, Father Gregory Tan. In the Principal’s address, Mrs. Phyllis Lim dedicated the ceremony to all JC2 students and reminded them that every student was a leader in their own right, whether in their Project Work groups, classes, CCAs or Houses. She also commended the student leaders who, during their stint in serving the school, displayed the College values of Truth and Love.

Derrick Tan, President of the 42nd Student Council, reflected on his experience of being a leader who managed to could overcome various challenges and the immense pressure of bearing huge responsibilities with the help of his classmates and teachers. The ceremony continued with the presentation of certificates in recognition of the dedication and commitment of various student leaders in the Performing Arts, Physical Sports, and Clubs and Societies in serving the College. The ceremony came to an end with a closing prayer and the singing of the College anthem, to unite and inspire CJCians to continue with the journey in being extraordinary leaders.

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STUDENT LEADERS INSTALLATION CEREMONY 14 July CJC held its annual Student Leaders’ Installation Ceremony, with the theme ‘The Flame Inherited, Our Legacy Upheld, Leading in Truth and Love’ The Installation Ceremony marked the official handover of duties from the JC2 leaders to the JC1 leaders, and the start of office for the new JC1 leadership. The ceremony began with an opening hymn and prayer, led by Chancellor Friar John Paul Tan. Our Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, delivered her opening address, followed by a speech by our Guest of Honour, Mr Victor Lye, a CJC alumnus and former Student Council President from 1979 to 1980. In his speech, Mr Lye highlighted that being a leader mean that one must think beyond tomorrow, care for others and have a strong sense of purpose. Recounting his days at CJC, he shared important insights on leadership - that one must never falter in the face of difficulties but act upon one’s own core beliefs to serve others with a clear vision.

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The passing of the flame from the current JC2 leaders to the incoming JC1 leaders was one of the highlights of the ceremony. The incoming leaders were filled with pride as they recited the Leaders’ Pledge, led by the new Joseph House Captain, Lettitia Jules Quek (1T22). Thereafter was the passing of the House Flags, symbolising the proper transfer of duties from the current House Captains to the newly appointed ones. The ceremony culminated in an address by the 43rd Student Council President, Kiven Singh (1T29). The ceremony came to a close with the blessing of the student leaders and a closing prayer led by Friar John. The Student Leaders’ Installation Ceremony saw the closing of one chapter of leadership and the beginning of another as the College reins were passed on to a new batch of leaders.


LITERARY EVENING CJC held its 11th Literary Evening, presented by the JC2 Literature cohort. The theme for this year’s Literary Evening was ‘On the Verge’. The JC2 Literature students based their plays on one of their course texts, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams, first staged in 1947. The play explores the relationship between family, power and the consequences of aggressive masculinity. The emcees, Kevin Chew (2T04) and Nicole Seow (2T05), introduced this year’s “one scene, one play” concept, where each JC2 class performed a different scene in the play. The first performance was presented by 2T02/04, titled ‘Too Many Candles’, a scene exploring Stella’s dilemma between supporting her husband, Stanley, and her sister, Blanche. The staging involved dance and body movements to demonstrate Blanche’s inner demons. This created an unsettling atmosphere as it was as terrifying as it was graceful, thereby emphasising how close Blanche was to complete madness and the struggle that Stella faced in dealing with the tense relationships. 2T03/04 presented the next performance entitled ‘There’s No Place Like Home’. The performers exposed how traumatising Blanche’s final displacement from New Orleans was for both sisters, by presenting the same scene and dialogue

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from two widely different perspectives. Finally, ‘Seven Card Stud’ by 2T06, a title playing on the last line in the script, presented the inevitability of Blanche’s past catching up with her, even as she tries to start anew in New Orleans. The heart-wrenching scene, coupled with purposeful use of lighting and stage space, intensified the haunting atmosphere of the play and the sense of impending doom. These stellar performances were followed by a Talk Show hosted by Kai Emmanuel Kuah (2T01), which gave the audience some insight into the process of producing these plays. Representatives from each performing class were interviewed on the creative process of playwriting and rehearsals. It was a light-hearted yet stimulating conversation that gave the audience greater awareness of the workings of a theatre production. To close the evening, Mrs Phyllis Lim awarded prizes to the performing classes, with 2T02/04 winning the Best Script, 2T06 winning for Best Cast and 2T03/04 winning the Best Overall Production prize. This year’s Literary evening was once again a night to remember.

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NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS 8 August CJC celebrated the nation’s 52nd birthday on the 8th of August. Students were dressed in their various House T-shirts for the celebration. The day began with the National Day Observance Ceremony, where students from various uniformed groups such as National Cadet Corps (NCC), Girls’ Brigade, Scouts and the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) marched into the Piazza. The National Day Observance Ceremony shifted to a more solemn tone as the President of the Student Council, Kiven Singh (1T29), delivered the National Day Message by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools). The Message served as a reminder of the importance of social cohesion, and racial and religious harmony among Singaporeans. Following this, the JC1s assembled at the Performing Arts Centre, while the JC2s gathering in the Auditorium

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for a talk on the Blood Marrow Donor Programme, a joint project between 1T02 and 1T04 for their Local Service Learning Project. This was done to raise awareness about the need for more people to donate stem cells to save patients who are suffering from life-threatening blood diseases. A competitive element added to the excitement at the celebrations. The four Houses competed with one another in the National Day Quiz and the atmosphere was electrifying as students cheered their teams on while trying to solve the quizzes on their own as well. Michael House emerged victorious, and cheers erupted from the crowd to congratulate the winning team. The celebration ended on a high note, as everyone sang along to Kit Chan’s ‘Home’, underscoring the belief that regardless of race, language and religion, we are united as one Singapore.


TEACHERS’ DAY 30 August It was a star-studded occasion as CJC celebrated Teachers’ Day with the theme ‘Fiesta for the Stars’. It was a day for students to show their gratitude for all the hard work put in by their teachers all year round. The College gathered at the Grandstand with students donning their House shirts. The day began with the unveiling of the Bone Marrow Donor Programme art installation by 1T02 and 1T04 for their Local Service Learning Project (LSLP). This was followed by a mesmerizing performance by the Dance Society. Classes then proceeded to their home rooms for a class picnic and bonding session. The picnics were filled with conviviality as students partook in the potluck spread. The College headed back to the Auditorium for the final segment, the Teachers’ Day Concert. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation. The concert kick-started with a video of a star balloon floating around College grounds, emphasising the event’s theme, ‘Fiesta for the Stars’. The first item was a mashup

of Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ and ‘Sorry’. Following that was Lionel Tee’s (1T10) performance of Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’. CJC’s very own band, Mellifluous Masquerade - comprising members, Ang Zhen Yue (1T11), Sean Ong (1T24), Russell Lim (1T11), Jeremiah Tay (1T28) and Regine Seah (1T22) - put up a spectacular performance of ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters and Men and ‘Pompeii’ by Bastille. Everyone was fully captivated by and immersed in their rendition. Thereafter, Josh Groban’s, ‘You Raise Me Up’, was sung beautifully by two students as the Home Tutorial Councillors (HTCs) presented their home tutors with corkboards filled with lovely handwritten dedications. The day concluded with all performers singing an upbeat song, ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars, together. CJC’s Teachers’ Day Celebration 2017 was a huge success, and will be fondly remembered by all students and teachers.

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ANNUAL STAFF CELEBRATION 30 August This year’s annual staff celebration was held at Parkroyal on Pickering with a sumptuous high-tea buffet where teaching and non-teaching staff enjoyed a colourful afternoon filled with much laughter and conviviality. This year’s event also allowed the staff of Catholic Junior College to revisit the timelessness of their roles, albeit in a fun expression of their ability to shift between modes. Many of them were dressed up to the theme of ‘Across Time & Space’, proudly decked out in costumes that were creative interpretations of famous icons and tribes from the past, present and even the future. The representatives of the Staff Wellbeing Committee (SWC) really set the mood with their impressive

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futuristic opening dance in LED light costumes. Table games such as pasta spaceship-building added to the excitement of the afternoon in building camaraderie and collaboration. The Best Dressed Competition was the highlight of the event as staff members viewed the costumes modelled by their colleagues and voted for the top 3 who were deemed the most representative of the theme, creative and attractive. Each CJC staff member walked away from the event with specially curated door gifts and everyone had a refreshed sense of gratitude for the shared camaraderie and appreciation of their colleagues.


GRADUATION DAY 6 October CJC held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2017 on 6th October. The theme, of this year’s Graduation Day, ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’, served as a reminder for the students to continue to strive in achieving their dreams as they embark on a new journey in their lives. The ceremony began with an array of slideshows showing dedications from classes and teachers, thanking each other for lasting memories that were exchanged over the past two years. Our College Chaplain, Father Gregory Tan, led the opening prayer before our Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, took to the stage to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of the students to become ‘Thinkers with a Mission, Leaders with a Heart.’ She emphasised the uniqueness of each student and the need for them to recognise both their strengths and weaknesses in order to make a contribute to society in their own way. The contributions of Sports Leaders and Performing Arts groups were recognised with the presentation of the Colours Awards, Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) awards, Sports Leaders awards and the JC2 Home Tutorial Councillors (HTCs) awards. The presentation of awards ended with the announcement of the Most Outstanding Home Class Award, won by 2T29, and the Most Outstanding Contribution Award.

Derrick Tan Rui Yang (2T01) and Robin Yeo Shao Jie (2T07) were the Valedictorians from the Arts and Science faculties respectively. They both shared how their journeys in CJC has shaped them to become much more confident individuals, and thanked their teachers and classmates who helped make their experience in CJ more enriching and memorable. Ian Luke Chan Yi Ren (2T01) was awarded the Principal’s Commendation for being an inspiration to his classmates and teachers, as he was able to excel in his studies despite his visual disability. The cohort was then treated to a video presentation by the Film, Sound, Video (FSV) society, which showcased a montage of the CJ journey. As with tradition, the Home Tutor of each class pinned the graduating collar pin on each of their students, the hallmark of a graduated CJCian, before the succeeding ‘Passing of the Flame’ segment saw the flame from the CJC candle being passed on from House Captains to the HTCs and then to the rest of the cohort, signifying how the CJ experience is one that is forged within a community. To cap off their graduation, the cohort stood to sing, with full hearts and voices, the College anthem.

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JC1 END OF YEAR THANKSGIVING CEREMONY 27 October ‘Growing Together in Faith and Love’ - such was the theme of the JC1 End-of-Year Thanksgiving Ceremony, held on 27 October 2017 at the Auditorium. It was a fitting occasion for students to reflect on their experiences in school, which were opportunities for growth as well as finding ways to overcome challenges faced. Commencing with the opening hymn and prayer by Father Gregory Tan, the ceremony began on a reflective note with a scripture reading, followed by a short reflection and blessings. The Principal, Mrs Phyllis Lim, then delivered her address, outlining the College’s activities and achievements for the year. These activities ranged from Orientation and Commencement, to competitions like the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) and the ‘A’ Divisions. In her address, Mrs Lim exhorted students to build resilience and determination by adopting a growth mindset and thinking positively. She also reiterated the importance of gratitude and appreciation, which was in line with the occasion of thanksgiving.

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Conveying the same spirit of appreciation and recognition of achievement was the awards presentation, including the SYF and Colours Awards. Kiven Singh (1T29), President of the 43rd Student Council, also presented a gift to the Parent Support Group (PSG) as a token of appreciation for their support for the CJC community. Both Kiven and Ryan Lee (1T26), House Captain of Patrick House, shared their reflections on the year. The key message that echoed from these reflections was that it is vital to remain united, whether as a class, house or College community. In life, one needs the support of others to go far, and ultimately the journey matters far more than the destination. The Thanksgiving Ceremony ended with the presentation of the letters of reflection by JC1 HTCs, which students would receive at the end of JC2. The presentation of the letters of reflection as a House is symbolic as it underscores the idea of relying on each other for support as well as Thanksgiving as a time for togetherness and gratitude. As we embark on our new journey in 2018, let us not forget that ‘It is in the giving, that we receive’.


GRADUATION NIGHT 5 December Having completed their ‘A’ Levels, the graduating cohort of 2017 gathered at Orchard Hotel on 5 December to enjoy a night of ‘Glitz and Glam’. Dressed to the nines, JC2 students were accompanied by friends and teachers from the CJ family. Everyone wore their best smiles as they chatted heartily and snapped photos, creating an atmosphere that was both warm and lively. Performances by student performers such as Sean Gabriel (2T01) and Elias Wu (2T05) kicked off the night and included Maroon Five’s “She Will Be Loved”. This was followed by melodious ballads by Verity Lua (2T29) and Glenn Tan (2T13). As the night wore on, hopeful JC2s were called to the stage for the lucky draw, and they won attractive prizes such as an iPad Mini. One of the main attractions in the ballroom was the photobooth, set up by the Film, Sound and Video (FSV) society, where groups of friends posed with props to capture this moment in time.

One of the highlights of the night was definitely when the nominees of Prom King and Queen went on stage. The six of them spontaneously fulfilled the requests made by the host, such as performing a Chinese Opera skit on the spot, in which Lee Soo Bin (2T05) and Timothy Wong (2T16) did effortlessly, or performing as a ballerina, which Janine Tan (2T04) and Tan Wee Yi (2T04) executed, earning the hearts of the audience. Kai Emmanuel (2T01) and Charis Low (2T20) rapped their way to the top while Queenie Ho (2T06) and Benjamin Yeo (2T16) performed a Bollywood piece. At the end of this segment, Kai Emmanuel (2T01) and Lee Soo Bin (2T05) won the titles of Prom King and Queen respectively. It was a truly memorable and eventful night for many. CJC’s Graduation Night signifies a turning point in our lives as we celebrate all the memories made in CJ, and as we embark on another journey.

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COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


Boys Team fun shot

BADMINTON Teachers-in-charge

Joy Pang Minle (1T06) returns a great shot while partner Rachel Lim (2T05) covers her area

Overall CCA Coordinator: Mr Foo Chee Tuang Assisting Teacher(s): Ms Ang Chuan Yin Ms Sharon Soong Ms Cara Chew Heng Suan

2017 Executive Committee

A jump smash by Boys Team Captain Dion Low Zhe Kai (2T19)

Boys’ Team Captain: Dion Low Zhe Kai Girls’ Team Captain: Chew Hui Bin Hazel Boys’ Vice Chairman: Ambrose Yew Hao Qiang Girls’ Vice Chairman: Stacey Sim Yi Zhen Committee Members: Bernice Chee Qian Hui Bui The Quan

(2T19) (2T23) (2T29) (2T27) (2T28) (2T07)

2017 has been a challenging year for the badminton team. With the rigour of academics and the demanding

Stacey Sim Yi Zhen (1T06) and doubles partner Li Ee Han (1T25) preparing for their serve.

Benedict Fong (1T07) ready for his serve

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CCA training, our players have learned to be more disciplined. One of the major events in this year’s calendar was the National School Games. At the Games, we were pitted against opponents with greater skill and experience. Nevertheless, the team did CJC proud by displaying perseverance and sportsmanship, putting up a good fight against our competitors. We learnt the true meaning of teamwork and resilience. These are life lessons that will serve us well in years to come. We would like to thank our teachersin-charge - Mr Foo, Ms Ang, Ms Chew, Ms Soong, and Coach Neo, for their never-ending guidance and support. May the CJC badminton team continue to strive for greater heights!


Glendon Goh (1T13) going for a strong layup

BASKETBALL Teachers-in-charge: Mr Lim Meng Hui Ms Zhuang Chuzhen Mr Jason Kam Jared Tham (2T14) showing off his vertical during warm up

Coach:

Mr Ong Chee Kien

Student Executive Committee: Captain: Hoo Jinh Wann (2T18) Vice-Captain: Yang Junhao (2T28) Tan Jun He (2T10) Hee Ting Han, Troy (2T17) Li Jiangxiao (2T28)

Coach Ong going through pre-game strategies

Our CJC Basketball Team has gone through a fruitful journey together. With the teachers-in-charge, Mr Lim Meng Hui, Ms Zhuang Chuzhen and Mr Kam Wei Loon, the team has stood together,

never wavering despite adversity. Thanks to the nurturing guidance of our coach, Mr Ong, the team honed their skills and values during training sessions and the InterSchool ‘A’ Division Championships. As the team fought hard and never gave up, they also formed strong bonds of brotherhood that will last beyond their JC years. The Executive Committee displayed good leadership skills, leading by example and getting the team to strive together for a common goal. The team’s passion, commitment and perseverance has brought us together as one CJC Basketball family.

Hoo Jinh Wann (2T18) making his move to get past his defender

Glendon Goh (1T13) confidently shoots the ball

Team cheer before the match

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Mentis Opprimo Materia!

CANOEING Teachers-In-charge:

Working on our open house banner

Ms Valarie Chia Mr Tan Hong Cheong Ms Yoong Lian Teen Ms Christine Hu

Student Executive Committee:

The Canoeing coach with the K4 girls (Charis Low Kai Hui (2T20), Annemieke Tessa Van Der Horst (2T22), Chia Shi Min Sharmaine (2T04) and Hup Jing Si (2T28))

Male Captain: Jeral Ong Sheng Ming Female Captain: Chia Shi Min Sharmaine Vice-Captain: Soh Zi Hao Secretary: Koh Wei Na Vera Quarter Master: Joshua Bok Yu Fei

(2T12) (2T04) (2T14) (2T27) (2T09)

Our JC2 team took part in the National Junior Canoeing Championships and the Inter-School ‘A’ Division Championships in 2017. Despite many of our canoeists having little to no prior experience, our CJC team put up a strong showing against rivals from traditional canoeing powerhouses.

The team’s hard work paid off and Charis Low Kai Hui (2T20), Annemieke Tessa Van Der Horst (2T22), Chia Shi Min Sharmaine (2T04) and Hup Jing Si (2T28) clinched 3rd placing for the A-Girls K4 - 500m and 4th placing for the A-Girls K4-1000m races at the Inter-School ‘A’ Division Championships. With arduous trainings, sunburns and muscle aches, this journey has been physically and mentally draining, but ultimately worthwhile. Our motto ‘Mentis Opprimo Materia’, Latin for ‘Mind Over Matter’, served as a constant reminder for our canoeists to stay resilient and persevere. We will continue to live out our motto and to always strive for better wherever we may be. “Sore today, stronger tomorrow.”

C1-Boys-500m: Yeshe Pan during A divisions

Our K4 boys- Jeral Ong, Daniel Low, Kenneth Lim, Alaric Quak and Marcus

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Cheers to the end of a great 1.5 years canoeing journey in CJ! Awas Go, CJ Canoeing Whoosh!

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2017 Post-SYF 2 Full Choir @SOTA

CHOIR Conductor:

Mr Toh Ban Sheng

Teachers-In-Charge: CHJ 14 Catholic Junior College

Mr Lim Seow Thong Ms Dawn Ang Mdm Ong Lay Seng

Executive Committee 2016/2017:

President: Elias Wu Vice-President: Lee Soo Bin Secretary: Janelle Koh Treasurer: Charles Loy Public Relations: Anna Aye

2017 SYF Performance 5 - Soprano, Alto Members

(2T05) (2T05) (2T16) (2T05) (2T03)

The CJC Choir, founded in 2000, has grown and flourished under the guidance of our award-winning conductor, Mr Toh Ban Sheng. Since 2006, the Choir has established itself as a group committed to achieving musical excellence. The CJC Choir has produced outstanding performances in both local and overseas competitions since then.

In 2017, in addition to obtaining a Distinction in the SYF Arts Presentation, the CJC Choir performed to a delighted audience at the annual CJ Celebrates! presented by all the Performing Arts CCAs. Beyond our accomplishments, what has been more noteworthy about our journey is how the CJC Choir remains a warm and unassuming family. Each singer is an important member of the group, and together we have developed a deep appreciation for the magic of music-making as a team. The CJC Choir would like to thank our conductor, Mr Toh Ban Sheng, for his dedication and guidance in helping us achieve our fullest potential. We also wish to express our gratitude to our teachers-incharge for their hard work and dedication.  

2017 SYF Performance 8 - Christopher Goh (1T01), To Quang Nghia (2T27), Zacharius Liew (1T28), Dickson Tan (1T11) and Dylan Lim (2T15)

2017 Post-SYF 3 @SOTA (Thomas Yang (1T17),Matthew Loke (2T18), Elias Wu (2T05), Mr Toh Ban Sheng, Lee Soo Bin (2T05)

2017 Open House

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