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ISSUE COVER As the environment become more challenging and demanding, we shall continue to move ahead with fortitude and endurance.

EDITORS Wu Yashi Chua Siok Kheng PHOTOGRAPHS NJC Photographic Society DESIGN Neo Chee Peng PRINTER MOA Trading Pte. Ltd CONTACT National Junior College, 37 Hillcrest Road Singapore 288913 +65 6466 1144 njc@moe.edu.sg WEBSITES www.njc.edu.sg www.njc-alumni.org ONLINE VERSION issuu.com/njconnect/docs/njconnect2013-1

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In This Issue


COLLEGE LIFE Orientation Learning on the Move 44th College Day Road Run Marina Barrage 2012 A Level Results

ALUMNI NEWS My Experience as a Missionary

INTERVIEWS Mr. Heng Chye Kiow Mr. Brian Wei Loong

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The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.

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Orient ation BEginning of a Life-long Friendship 02

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What’s orientation without a friendly game of Whacko to know each other better. What ensues after the friendly hitting is almost always the group photo showing peace, love and reconciliation should someone accidentally hit just a tat too hard.

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WHACKO AND A GROUP PHOTO

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BLINDFOLDS & WATERBOMBS We all have these photo somewhere in our boxes or chests of little treasures. Share yours with the rest of the NJC community and we will publish in future issues. Please send your photos to njconnectnjc@gmail.com.

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CHEONG HAO SHAUN – JH101’13 ‘The application was interesting and it gave us information about the College I did not know before’

Learning on the

MMMOVE MELANY CHAN JING WEN – JH104’13 ‘I had lots of fun using the device as not only did we run around learning more about the College but we also had the chance to use such virtual applications’

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Summer loving had me a blast Summer loving happened so fast I met a girl crazy for me Met a boy cute as can be Summer days drifting away To, oh, oh, the summer nights Do the words above ring any bell? Think hard and try to fit a melody to these words… Do they bring back any memories of student life in NJC? Well, these words are lyrics from the song, Summer Nights.Yes, it’s that song we danced to as part of our orientation mass dance! Remember how you first danced somewhat awkwardly to the song with your newfound friends when you first came to NJC? Well, towards the end of Orientation, most of us would have mastered the steps and were able to dance dexterously to the melody of this song. We still retain this tradition up till today. This year, we decided to add an extra punch (and fun) to the Junior High (JH) and Senior High (SH) Orientation by introducing some new elements besides the usual external hunt, ice-breakers and the groovy mass dance. With the support of the NJC National Education Committee, the 2013 Orientation Organizing Committee incorporated Learning-on-theMove (LOTM), which is an online trail. This was part of the JH1 Orientation station games as well as the SH1 Orientation external hunt. What better way to engage our Generation Z newbies than to use this online application (designed by NJCians) that runs on electronic devices. This application has a trail specifically designed to increase our orientees’ awareness of the richness of the historical, cultural and social environment that they will immerse themselves in during their time with us in NJC. The application allows users to understand the background of a particular location through participating in interactive quizzes. There really isn’t a more suitable platform for our students to learn more about NJC as well as the rich history behind the Bukit Timah area.

Bukit Timah area such as the Old Ford Motor Factory, Bukit Timah Railway Station and Singapore Botanic Gardens. At the end of the external hunt, our SH1 orientees were not only more familiar with navigating around the vicinity of the College, but they were also more knowledgeable about the history and culture of the places they visited. By getting our students to recognize and appreciate the history and culture around them, we are imbuing in them a sense of awareness of their surroundings and that will definitely help in fostering community spirit and rootedness to our College and country.

PAULA CHIAM – President of the 45th Student Council ‘Though there are still areas for improvement, the device was user friendly and we have the freedom to set questions of varying types. By infusing bits of NE information, we managed to make the session rather special as it was a platform for students to get to know Bukit Timah better.’

Our SH1 orientees had the chance to visit many iconic places as well as key historical sites located around the

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On 11 May 2013, the College celebrated its 44th College Day with great pride. Every year, as we look back at all our achievements, we continue to strive towards excellence in our journey towards becoming a worldclass institution. This year, Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, graced the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour. An ex-NJCian, Mr Lim serves as an inspiring role model for all NJCians and is truly the epitome of the College’s motto, “Service with Honour”.

Mr Lim Swee Say at the opening of the NJC Observatory.

This special day began with the official opening of the NJC Observatory at the NJC Boarding School. This is yet another significant milestone for the College. The NJC Observatory serves to help students to understand Earth’s place in space and deepen their understanding of scientific theories. Stargazing serves to inspire students to imagine possibilities beyond life on Earth and appreciate the infinite promises of Science.

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Following that, our Guest-of-Honour, accompanied by the school leaders and distinguished guests viewed the awe-inpsiring pieces of art work created by our young artists from the Art Elective Programme. Mr Lim conversed with the artists and spontaneously took photos of them with their art work. The young artists were visibly thrilled and delighted to receive compliments from Mr Lim. Mr Lim then officially launched the six-year Art Elective Programme (AEP). This is part of the College’s continuous effort in providing a holistic education for our students and in developing individuals who are passionate and excel in art. To provide an even more robust and diverse art education for the students, we upgraded the NJC Art Centre, which is now equipped with a fully integrated multimedia laboratory and specialised workshop spaces for students. The formal awards ceremony took place in the Hall where our talented students as well as valued partners and friends received accolades for their achievements and contributions. Notably, the 44th College Day also marks the establishment of the inaugural The NJC@69ners Award which is given to talented students who have attained excellence in the arts and aesthetics. This award was established with generous contribution and support from the 1969ners – the pioneer batch of NJCians.

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Inspiring speeches delivered by the Guestof-Honour Mr Lim Swee Say, Mr Lim Chin Hong (President of NJC Alumni) and Kevin Teng (recipient of the Student of the Year Award) serve to remind all NJCians of the importance of honouring the College values and having the heart to serve the College and nation. The occasion culminated in a concert where the audience were treated to a visual spectacle as the Malay dancers took to the stage and performed a lively and vibrant dance, invoking a cheerful spirit. This was preceded by the captivating performance by the College’s Guitar and String Ensemble, which played enchanting pieces of music that left the audience mesmerised. The concert came to an end with a performance by the College’s Choir, which sang in melodious harmony. The 44th College Day came to an end with everyone in high spirits. With the strong support from our stakeholders and the continuous effort put in by the students and teachers, we all look forward to having more to celebrate when the next College Day comes.


An impressive piece of painting amonst many others by our Art Elective Programme students.

The College Day is not complete without the performances by our award winning music and dance groups.

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For the first time in NJC’s history, our Road Run was held at the Marina Barrage. On 22 February, 2013, more than 2000 students, staff, parents and alumni took part in the NJC Road Run, against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Some of you might even recall joining us at the run. The weather was perfect for a morning run, and our runners had a wonderful race. The change from our usual Road Run route around Hillcrest Road area to the Marina Barrage made this year’s Road Run particularly special and memorable. The scenery pleased our senses and made the run highly enjoyable for all of us who were there.

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These students seem to be really really enjoying themselves.

As with previous years, many of our former students sportingly signed up for the Alumni Race. Our Guest-of-Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Environment and Water Resources, who is also an old boy of NJC, was donned in sportswear and led in the Commemorative Run with the torch-bearing contingent. Many students, especially the Junior High ones, were eager to run alongside the Minister and they joined him for another run (with their cameras!) after they had completed theirs earlier in the morning. Hopefully, such enthusiasm will continue and more people will sign up for the Alumni Race in future NJC Road Runs! The NJC Road Run 2013 culminated in the Lighting–Up and Waterway Adoption Ceremony upon the arrival of the torch– bearing contingent. That marked NJC’s official adoption of the Kallang River. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan officiated both the Road Run and the Adoption Ceremony.

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As part of the Public Utilities Board’s “Our Waters Programme”, this milestone event is symbolic of our College’s longterm commitment towards supporting environmental conservation, and marks the start of a long term partnership among NJC, PUB and Kallang-Moulmein GRC, where the river flows through. With this collaboration in place, our students now have more opportunities to engage in exciting activities and programmes that will benefit them, the community and the environment. The next time you visit Kallang River, you may find NJC students engaged in various activities and programmes such as research, cultural mapping and community projects.


(clockwise from top left) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Environment and Water Resources, touching the magical orb for luck. Mrs Cheng, our Principal, feeling the Squeeze! The event cannot be successful without the diligence of our teachers and student organisers.

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GET CONNECTED Do look out for other events that you can join in as part of the NJC family! Update your personal particulars to stay connected with us, and be informed of upcoming activities organised for the alumni. To do so, you can visit our NJC website and navigate as follows: “About Us” > “College Alumni” > “Update your particulars here” at the bottom of the page. We look forward to your participation in our future activities!

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Delia Tan

Nhat’s passion is science as he wants to understand how the world works. A recipient of the A*STAR School-Based Vietnam Scholarship, he has all the qualities needed to pursue his dreams. He is exceptionally bright, showing an intellectual capacity way beyond the norm. In recognition of this, he was allowed to offer two Higher Level (H3) Papers, a privilege granted to only a handful nationally each year. His impressive achievement of 8 distinctions in the GCE A-Level Examinations reflects his abilities. He also won top honours in various Mathematics and Science Olympiads: Gold awards in the 2009 and 2011 Singapore Math Olympiad, the 2010 Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad and Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad, and the 2011 Singapore Chemistry Olympiad. His other achievements include Distinction Awards for the American Math Competition in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and for the 2010 Singapore International Mathematics Challenge. All these accolades clearly demonstrate his passion for learning and discovery. In spite of all the recognition he received, he remains unfailingly modest, even self-effacing.

Delia’s academic excellence is built upon a strong foundation in critical thinking and outstanding analytical rigour. Her written work exhibited meticulous attention to detail, and independence of mind when considering the merits of diverse perspectives. She consistently ranked at the top of her cohort for Literature in English and was awarded the College’s Academic Award for the subject in 2012. In the GCE A-Level Examinations, she performed well in the humanities and earned a distinction in H3 Literature in English. Her consistent desire for academic progress won her the National Edusave Good Progress Award in 2011 and the Edusave Certificate of Academic Achievement in the same year. She also actively explored her personal interest in Law through internship programmes. Her work and her choices reflected her maturity, insightfulness and self-motivation.

A serious, focused and earnest scholar, he sets high standards for himself. An independent learner, he is able to draw information from various sources, consider multiple possibilities and draw in-depth conclusions, displaying a broad application of knowledge. His exceptional intellectual ability and depth of knowledge helped him to effectively tackle work of the most complex nature.

Delia’s innate sense of self-assurance was reflected in how she confidently interacted with her teachers and peers. She was unflappable and did not allow pressure to get the better of her. Rather than adopting a passive approach to problems, she devised effective solutions. She is a very capable young lady whose intelligence and amicability will carry her far in her future endeavours.

With his intelligence, natural curiosity and humility, Nhat will prove to be an asset to any organisation that he chooses to join and to society in general. A young man of great promise, he will make significant contributions in all that he undertakes.

We congratulate Nhat and Delia for their stellar performance in the A Level Examinations!

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“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

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Missionary Have you ever seen two young men dressed in pressed white shirts, wearing conservative ties, dark trousers and with black name tags proudly emblazoned on their shirt pockets? If so, they are probably missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints (also known as the Mormon Church). I, too, was one such missionary, having served a full-time Christian mission in San Francisco, California, USA for the past two years. When I made the decision in 2011 to trade in my long4s (military attire) for a new uniform as described above, many of my friends were surprised. Hasn’t the two years in National Service delayed my university education enough? Indeed, serving as a full-time missionary would set me back by an additional couple of years but I felt that

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this experience would be priceless and worth the while. However, this was a deliberate choice that I made independently. As I held on firmly to the decision that I had made, even in the face of well-meaning questions of those around me, I found it encouraging to notice how my conviction to serve a Christian mission eventually earned the full support of family, friends and acquaintances alike. For their love, letters of encouragement and cheer, I would like to give thanks; the experience would not have been the same without them. My principal responsibility as a missionary is to share the teachings of Jesus Christ with others. I would invite people to experiment on the teachings of Jesus by making changes in their lives based on His doctrine, and to experience for themselves the positive outcomes (both tangible


and intangible) that would arise as result of following Christ’s example. As a missionary, I would always have a fellow-missionary companion and we would be directed by our Mission leader (a full-time volunteer as well) as to the geographical areas that we were to focus our teaching efforts on. I ended up spending the most part of my mission in the San Francisco Bay area, arguably the liberal capital of America. During my mission, my companion and I would set daily goals to find opportunities to talk to people who would give us a listening ear. As a result of our determination to find people who were seeking a greater understanding of God and of Life’s purpose, we would talk to everyone, everywhere we went be it on the streets, at the bus stop or even in the elevators! And because San Francisco was such a liberal place, I was probably exposed to a more diverse group of people than an average missionary. The people whom I met and spoke with ranged from the homeless drunkard lying on the street to the typical well-heeled white-collared worker. I was also able to meet with a number of passionate, dedicated individuals who were fighting for various social rights causes. I love having the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from all walks of life. However, most of the people whom I spoke to never took up my invitation to come to church with us, or to read the Book of Mormon. In spite of the multiple rejections that I received, I came to recognise a set of universal human desires from these conversations that I had with so many people – that everyone of us is sincerely seeking for something more in our individual lives. This something more could be lasting peace, happiness or security. Regardless of our background or circumstance, all men have an innate desire to achieve a “consciousness of

victory over self and communion with the infinite”. This quote by David O’ Mckay, a respected religious leader, has helped me to define the true meaning of spirituality. One of the most powerful examples of how a desire to draw closer to God can enable Man to overcome his weakness, is a man whom I had met on my mission and whose name, for the purpose of this article, will be Anthony. Anthony was a struggling drug addict. He had a supportive family who hoped that he would be willing to correct his self-destructive habits. He was fairly uninterested in learning more about God. He was raised as a Christian but had distanced himself from religion with time. He thought that simply relying on the support network at Narcotics Anonymous and his willpower alone would help him overcome his weakness. Unfortunately, he succumbed to severe addiction relapse shortly after his initial attempts to break the cycle. This particular relapse was worse than his previous relapses as it exacerbated an infection which he contracted. His fever rose to more than 40 degrees Celsius and could not be quelled. Anthony was rushed to the hospital to which my companion and I hastened to upon hearing the news. We found him lying in bed, barely conscious, surrounded by his family. The doctor’s reports were worrying as his condition was unstable and the medication that they had provided him earlier was doing little to help. In such moments, we knew that we had to rely all the more on God, and to plead for His divine assistance. We placed our hands on his head and gave him a blessing of healing. After the blessing, we left the room silently. We did not hear from the family until a few days later. A miracle, that left the doctors confounded, happened. Anthony experienced a rapid recovery without the use of stronger drugs which the doctors had intended to prescribe. 2012 Issue 2

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Not long after, we met again with Anthony when his condition had improved and stabilised. Understanding that his had been a life-threatening situation, we asked him about his thoughts on surviving close brush with death. Most coincidentally, Anthony and his wife had just been discussing the topic prior to our visit. Our questions gave him the opportunity to further reflect on his experience. He concluded that there must have been a reason for his miraculous survival, given how heavily the odds were stacked against him, and he did not doubt that God surely had a hand in it. Anthony’s admission of God’s hand in his life marked a significant turnaround in his commitment to change his ways. Over the next few weeks, Anthony resolved to stay free of drugs and all harmful substances. He was successful and never returned to his old ways.

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Experiences like those with Anthony have helped me to grow my capacity to have love for others, regardless of the attitudes or appearance which they possess, and no matter how unlikeable they may seem initially. When I first embarked on my missionary service, I was primarily motivated by a desire to discover myself and to find true compassion in this world. I had foreseen that my mission would be a sacred time of introspection, when I would be able to critically evaluate the principles that I had grown to live by and believe in. I had also hoped that by sharing the core tenets of my beliefs and in helping others to find a place for God in their lives, that I too, would learn how to better prioritise God in my life. However, it struck me at one point during my mission that these personal goals which I had set for myself at the outset could not be achieved conscientiously. Ironically, I came to realise that in order for me to achieve my goals, I would first have to forget about my personal desires. Understanding this concept changed my attitude towards missionary work. The more I fully immersed myself in

When you lose yourself in the service of your fellowmen, you will find yourself. Mahatma Ghandi

helping individuals and families like Anthony, the more I was blessed to feel a greater sense of hope and love for them. The feelings which I was able to feel were ones I had never felt before. I started to understand the selfless nature of compassion. Strangely too, as I forgot myself as I served others, I understood myself even more. I understood how much I was able to adapt to challenges when interacting with others. I discovered I was more optimistic than I thought I was. As my missionary service progressed, I forgot my personal goals more and more. It was only at the end, with retrospective insight from my journal, that I realised I had actualised Mahatma Ghandi’s quote, “when you lose yourself in the service of your fellowmen, you will find yourself.� The path less-travelled is often an adventure without any guaranteed returns in the long run. Serving as a missionary, however, was one of those rewarding less-travelled adventures that has forever altered my life for the better. It was worth the two years. Trent Lai (2007-2008) was the Vice-President of the 40th Student Council. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in Brigham Young University in Utah, USA.

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Heng Chye Kiou Chairman of School Advisory Committee of NJC Mr. Heng was a student of NJC from 1969 to 1970. He holds a Master Degree in Science (Industrial Engineering) from the National University of Singapore. He joined VICOM Ltd as a Project Engineer in 1981 and retired as the Chief Executive Officer of VICOM Ltd in 2012. Passionate about education, Mr. Heng has served as the Chairman of the School Advisory Committee of National Junior College since February 1995 and was the President of the NJC Alumni from 1991 to 2001. Mr. Heng also served as the Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Institute of Technical Education’s Automotive Training Advisory Committee from 1987 to 1999 and 1999 to 2002 respectively. For his contribution to education, Mr. Heng was conferred the Public Service Medal in 2001. We are truly privileged to have the opportunity to interview Mr. Heng for this issue of NJConnect. Mr. Heng is a man of few words and readers of NJConnect will certainly be inspired by his words of wisdom and sincerity.

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What is one thing you remember most about your life as a student in NJC? Memories of my participation in the Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) are the most vivid, including leadership training camps, the Outdoor Activities Club, and Harmonica group, which I started and led during my two years in NJC. I was also a member of the Track and Cross Country Team, Badminton Team Photographic Society, Canoeing Team, Choir, Chinese Folk Song Group, Chinese Debate Team and many other ECAs offered by the College. I spent most of my time in a wide variety of activities [laughs] and often went home late. But I am glad I still managed to do well enough to gain entry into the engineering course in university, which was then quite competitive. How did your experience in NJC make an impact on your life? I was given a lot of opportunities to lead and to interact with many students from different batches. Through these interactions I have made many good friends, many of whom I am still in contact with. I also learnt how to manage and lead effectively at work. Having played such an active role in the organisation of Funtasia in the past years, what are your thoughts and feelings about the event?

The organization and success of Funtasia is due to many people working together harmoniously. I always believe that everyone has his/ her own role to play in the grand scheme of things to create joint success.

I personally feel that it is important to enjoy the process and not solely focus on the results. One should not be too calculative when playing their part in the organization of Funtasia. We cannot count the chickens before they hatch! One way to encourage our students to give more selflessly to the College and community is through their participation in more activities in College. This is because with more shared experiences together, they are able to know one another better and forge stronger bonds between them. As a result, they are more likely able to give and take, and work well together for a common cause. That cannot be learnt from books. I feel very blessed that during my time as a student, we were given more freedom and space to initiate and organize activities for our peers and juniors. That really allowed us to forge strong bonds with one another. It was through the organization of the Youth Leadership Training Camp that I got to know my junior Chin Hong (currently the President of the NJC Alumni) very well. Till today, we are both still serving in the Alumni. The NJC Boarding School serves as a good platform in providing our students with more opportunities to create shared experiences together and interact at a more personal level. Hopefully, we are able to inspire them to want to work together to give back to the College and community. It is remarkable that you have been serving and giving back to NJC for so many years. What motivates you to do so? NJC gave me so many opportunities to grow and be a better person. I gained so much from the College and I feel that it is only right for me to give back in whatever capacity I can. Other than that, I was also inspired by the selfless efforts and time put in by dedicated teachers and camp instructors. Those camp

instructors then were from the Teacher Training College or other schools and they came to train us for free during the leadership camps. That really motivated me to return upon graduation to help run some training programmes for my juniors during the Youth Leadership Training Camps.

It has been privilege to be able to help the College and her students over the past years. The College motto – Service with Honour – is always on my mind. How do you think NJCians can play a more active role as citizens in our society? It is important that our students are involved in more charitable work when they are in College. I believe that charity starts from home. Though sending our students to other countries for community work has its own merits, we should not forget that there are also poor and needy locals who need our care and help. Our students should recognize that there is a sizeable group of locals who are of low socio-economic status and lending help and support to this group of people is not solely the government’s responsibility. Everyone who lives in Singapore should play a part in whatever capacity he/she can, be it time, effort or money. For example, getting our students to volunteer their services during the Meet-the-People sessions at the various constituencies gives them the chance to listen to the grouses of the poor and helpless in Singapore and learn how the Members of Parliament help these people who fall through the gaps in well-meaning policies. That will certainly broaden their perspectives in life and not be pigeonholed in their own world-view. The College 2013 Issue 1

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This is a side of Mr. Heng that we do not often see.

should also create opportunities for our students to visit the residents of the one-room flats in Singapore. I am sure some of our students will be very shocked to realize that there are people staying in such under-privileged conditions. Having said that, parents should also play a more active role in encouraging their children to participate in charitable work and find time during weekends and/ or school vacations to be engaged in such voluntary work with their children. In this way, our students will be more appreciative of what they are given in life. More importantly, we hope that they will have the impetus to want to do something to help those disadvantaged locals. Having exposed to a diverse group of people, our students should be able to engage anyone around them, be it in their workplace or social contexts, in a more natural manner.

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What aspirations do you have for NJC in years to come? Since 1969, NJC has always done well in terms of academic performance and their programmes. I hope that NJC will continue to value-add our students to help them grow and develop to their fullest potential as purposeful and worldready people for Singapore. Every student who comes through the gates of NJC matters to us. The College must continue to be responsible for the growth of each and every one of them and serve as a springboard for our students to achieve greater things. The NJC spirit of doing our best in whatever we do should also be passed on to future generations of NJCians.

Is there any advice you would like to give current NJCians as well as the NJC alumni, especially those who have just stepped into the working world? Play hard and work hard in life. To those who are still in College, do enjoy your time in NJC through participation in as many College activities and sports as possible.

I firmly believe that it is only through such active involvement in College that you gain many shared experiences and, as a result, forge genuine and long-lasting friendships. I truly enjoyed my two years in NJC. They were truly fun and yet, impactful as I gained immeasurably from the many life lessons.


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SAT 7:00PM You may make your payment at the General Office of NJC or via cheque by mailing it to NJC Alumni, c/o NJC, 37 Hillcrest Road, Singapore 288913 Please make your cheque payable to “NJC Alumni” and indicate your name, year of graduation, email address and contact number on the back of the cheque. All are welcome but priority will be given to those who make their payment by 23 August 2013 (Fri) and make their booking by the table. Please make your booking by emailing Mdm Ariane Koh at koh_siew_kee@moe.edu.sg. If you have any queries, please email Mdm Ariane Koh or call 6762 1426 (NJC Boarding Sch Office). Book early as limited tables are available!

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In this issue of NJConnect, we caught up with the young, talented and incredibly down-toearth Y.E.S 933 Star DJ Winner 2010 Brian Liu Wei Loong who graduated from NJC in 2006. He is now a final year student studying in the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. Cheerful and full of zest for life, Brian is one who brims with enthusiasm and strives to do well in whatever he does. He tells us about his experience as a student in NJC and how it has helped him to become someone who is confident, resilient and strives towards excellence in all that he does.

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What was life in NJC like for you as a student? JC life was especially fun because of my class, S24. We were really close and engaged in a wide range of activities, both in and out of school. The friendships forged are my biggest takeaways from the two years I spent in NJC. I vividly remember that our favourite spot during breaks was the canteen, where we could sit and chat over meals. I remember the delicious roti prata, the Chinese mixed vegetable rice and the chicken cutlet from the Western stall and my favourite drink, Milo with pearls. The CCAs that I was involved in (Track and Field and Interact Club) allowed me to widen my social circle and provided ample opportunities for personal growth. Being in competitive long distance running really pushed my endurance level and physical limits. In addition, holding an EXCO (Executive Committee) position in the Interact Club honed my planning and people management skills, and also enabled me to extend my reach and care to people who need help. Looking back, my JC days felt short, but those days were very fulfilling and memorable. What do you remember most about NJC? The people - my tutors, classmates, schoolmates! And the track where I always train at as well as the parade square where we gathered every morning. How has your experience in NJC helped you in your life? I learnt to be independent in my own learning and understand that

success comes along with hard work, dedication and sometimes, a tinge of luck! [laughs] Life in NJC also taught me that we can be flexible and tough when facing unforeseen circumstances. There is no definite path that we must follow and that there has to have a way out in every difficult situation. Three years ago, you decided to join the Y.E.S 933 Star DJ Competition and emerged as the winner. Why did you join the competition and how has that changed your life? I joined the competition to accompany a friend who was graduating at that time. I know this sounds cliché but it is true! [laughs] Nonetheless, being a selfproclaimed “daredevil”, I went ahead in the name of fun, as I wanted to experience how it is like being tested on stage in front of a public audience. I do have some passion for hosting, but I wasn’t entirely confident of my ability to speak well in Mandarin at that time, to be honest. I never regretted joining the competition because it really did sparked off my interest for radio deejaying, public speaking and hosting and it made me an even more outgoing (more than I already was) and spontaneous person. More importantly, it exposed me to the local media, and the dynamic Chinese music industry, which was a real eye-opener. I have been given many opportunities to attend, host and play a part in media-related events and this is something I never dreamt of doing initially.

You are an undergraduate and also a part-time DJ. How do you manage your time and ensure that you can cope with your studies and other activities? Throughout my University days, I am on air almost every Saturday morning on Y.E.S 93.3FM and I also did trailer productions as well. Besides that, I also play a part in special events like concert promotions, award ceremonies, outdoor station events etc. On average, I would say I have to commit about 5 hours to doing all these every week besides juggling academic work and other things in life. I would say that discipline is the key. I spent a significant amount of time drafting out my weekly schedule so that I set time aside for schoolwork, social life and my DJ duties because these are the most significant parts of my life. My phone calendar is my best friend! To me, it is always difficult trying to strike a balance in these aspects because all three are equally important to me. However, when you love what you are doing, anything is possible! What are you planning to do upon graduation? I plan to do something related to tourism and/ or marketing and gain experience before considering whether I want to plunge into fulltime deejaying if the opportunity comes along. I feel that the first two years after graduation are important for me and I want to broaden my horizons to really know what work life is like and then figure out what I really want to pursue as a career.

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What do you like to do in your free time? Hanging out with friends, travelling, sports (badminton, tennis, squash, running) and music (singing KTV). I like having an active lifestyle, and enjoy being on the move all the time! What words of advice would you give to your NJC juniors? Be spontaneous and open to new challenges and opportunities because you may reap unexpected benefits that may change your perspective about life in future. Dare to dream and be tough when pursuing them. Be confident in making your own choices and never look back and regret!

Congratulations

Our heartiest congratulations to Rachel Quah Mei Ling of 11SH09 for being nominated as the Japanese Ambassador Cup winner! The Japanese Ambassador Cup is the highest honour conferred on a student who has excelled in the study of Japanese. As she is currently studying in Japan, her brother received the award on her behalf at the MOELC 31st Prize Presentation Ceremony. Cheers!

Rachel’s brother in the middle, posing with 2 other recipients of the French and German Ambassador Cups, at the MOELC 31st Prize Presentation Ceremony. Source of photograph: ICONnect Homepage

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We’d love to hear from you! As an e-magazine sent to all alumni, NJConnect aims to bring you news of what is happening in NJC. We would like this to be an avenue for alumni to reconnect with the school, friends and school mates through stories of joys, victories, life journeys, passions and interests. We want it to be fun, enjoyable, inspirational and for it to bring smiles, laughter or even surprises to the readers as they flip through these few pages. We are therefore calling for your contributions on any of the following:

PASSION

LIFESTYLE

NJC SHOUT-OUTS

Share with us your passion for anything, it can be work, business, community projects or hobbies. Let the alumni know what you are up to and you might be able to find people who share your passion or require your expertise.

Share anything here! It can be your travel journal, not-so-secret recipe (since you can’t exactly share a secret recipe), experiences working or living abroad, or just your favourite haunts in Singapore.

Update your friends and alumni on any thoughts or events happening around you, like finding the loveof-your-life or to thank someone who has helped or inspired you. Or you can tell your friends that you miss them!

Please send your stories, write-ups, journals, shout-outs, etc. together with pictures (at least 300 ppi) to njconnectnjc@gmail.com. Queries may also be directed there.

Stay connected with NJC on the web NJC Website www.njc.edu.sg NJC Alumni Website www.njc-alumni.org NJC Facebook search “NJC Alumni”

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Proud To Be

“Proud to Be” Car Decal Display your pride in the College everywhere you go with our very own NJC Car Decal. You may collect a complimentary decal from the Reception Counter in NJC’s General Office on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.

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NJConnect 2013 Issue 1  

A e-magazine for NJC Alumni.

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