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LIVE LIKE A VICTORIAN The Victoria Junior College name is synonymous with a culture of excellence and innovation in both work and play. This is what sets us apart in the educational landscape of Singapore. While Victorians boast of strong academic standings and possess rigorous intellectual habits, they are also challenged to go beyond the everyday and pursue what their hearts desire. We value the uniqueness of every young person and believe that there is nothing more important than helping them find their passion and purpose, however defined. Victorians then go out, ready to change the world in creative and meaningful ways. Thinkers, dreamers and doers — here at Victoria Junior College, you can be all of them.
“Others can only feel it, but they can’t have it. It, the Victorian Spirit, is ours!” MR CHAN POH MENG VJC PRINCIPAL
ABOUT US MISSION
To ignite the imagination of Victorians to create a future with conviction, courage and compassion
LiVE like a Victorian
Camaraderie Excellence with Integrity Innovation with Passion and Purpose
Legendary Spirit Learners who • dare to dream and do • pursue excellence in different arenas • seek to leave a positive legacy for others Visionary Leadership Leaders who • have the foresight and moral courage to do things right and do the right thing • are purposeful and passionate • shape a future that others would want to live in Extraordinary Service People who • serve with their heads, hearts and hands for the good of others • unleash the potential of those we serve to transform their lives • reach out and inspire others to do likewise
NIL SINE LABORE NOTHING WITHOUT LABOUR THE VJC FAMILY — A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE Established in 1984 as a coeducational government school, VJC has created many nostalgic memories for students and staff of the school, while striving for excellence. Today, the college enrols about 1,800 students in four levels, taught by about 150 dedicated local and expatriate teachers. VJC ranks consistently among the top 5 junior colleges in Singapore, based on results of the A-Level Examination and other criteria set by the Ministry of Education. Students can either be admitted to the 4-year Integrated Programme (IP) when they are about 14 years old and to the 2-year A-level Programme (JC) when they are about 16. They take the GCE A-Level Examination (General Certificate of Education — Advanced Level; A.P. equivalent), which is set and evaluated by the Singapore-Cambridge Examination Syndicate.
A BELIEF THAT GARNERS AWARDS Victoria Junior College advocates holistic development for both its students and staff. It has received many accolades for its quality education processes and sustained outcomes in various aspects such as aesthetics, physical fitness, sports, character development, active citizenry and environmental consciousness. VJC achieved the Ministry of Education’s pinnacle award “The School Excellence Model” in 2007, which was renewed in 2011.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMES THEATRE STUDIES AND DRAMA VJC has the most established Theatre Studies and Drama (TSD) programme in Singapore. TSD students have an open mind and are reflective individuals who show strong perseverance. They conduct their own research independently and select thought-provoking material for a myriad of monologues, duologues and group performances. The TSD programme has produced several prominent arts practitioners including Nominated Member of Parliament for the Arts Ms Janice Koh, and award-winning film directors, Ms Tan Pin Pin, and Mr Kelvin Tong. The College makes available several facilities for TSD students. Classes are conducted in the Drama Studio Complex incorporating two black-box style performance spaces, a costume room and a resource/consultation room. There is also a bigger studio theatre (LT AVA) complete with sound and lighting equipment, as well as the state-of-the-art 800-seater VJC Performance Theatre.
HUMANITIES PROGRAMME VJC has been offering the Humanities Programme for more than twenty years. Beyond their academics, Humanities scholars are always in-tune with scientific discoveries, popular culture and current social issues. They discover rich cultural traditions through local community exploration and a trip abroad in their first year. Scholars of the programme go on to graduate with a keener sense of the world, through their subjects and their penchant for a deeper level of thought. The MOE Humanities Scholarship, granted to students in the programme, is valued at $1,000 per annum. Students have to offer English Literature, two other Arts subjects (Art, China Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Theatre Studies and Drama) and a contrasting subject. The scholars are also expected to eventually pursue a H3 in one of the Arts subjects. VJC’s Humanities scholars have been key contributors to our tradition of academic excellence as well as our vibrant college life. Many have done very well and been awarded prestigious scholarships such as the President’s Scholarship, SAF Overseas Scholarship, NUS Global Merit Scholarship as well as scholarships from the Jardine Foundation and the Loke Cheng Kim Foundation.
REGIONAL STUDIES PROGRAMME The new kid on the block, VJC began offering the programme in 2012. Regional Studies scholars are conversant in Malay Language or Bahasa Indonesia and have a deep understanding of culture and contemporary development in the region. The MOE Regional Studies Programme Scholarship is valued at $1,000 per annum. Students have to offer Malay (Special Programme) or Bahasa Indonesia as a third language at Secondary level and offer H2 History (South-east Asia module) with 30 hours of Advanced Conversational Malay Language or Bahasa Indonesia at the pre-university level.
“My time in VJC was a significant part of my growing years. It helped me to think critically and gave me a commitment to the Arts in Singapore.” CLARISSA OON, ARTS CORRESPONDENT, THE STRAITS TIMES, FORMER HUMANITIES SCHOLAR.
H3 NUS-A*STAR-VJC SCIENCE RESEARCH Students in this exclusive H3 programme undertake an individual investigative study under the guidance of VJC teachers and the mentorship of research practitioners from NUS and Research Institutes. Intellectually rigorous and mentally demanding, the investigative study allows students to engage in the intricacies of scientific research that goes on in universities and industries. Here in VJC, a strong culture of science research and innovation already exists and many of our student-scientists are poised to become leaders in research. In the East, we are known to be a vibrant hub for exchange of scientific ideas and opinions. With the passion the teachers and students display, we are at the cusp of new innovations and discoveries. It is no wonder that students from this programme achieved 100% distinction and merit grades for two consecutive years.
VICTORIA SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS & RESEARCH TALENT (VSMART) PROGRAMME Students from the VSMART programme can participate in either Science and Mathematics Olympiads or ground-breaking research. Our VSMART Programme seeks to harness the talents of students in science, mathematics and research and empower them to utilise these talents to impact society at large. In this way, our studentsâ€™ passion for the subject is further enhanced and they are exposed to various forms of investigation and experimentation. Students with outstanding portfolios will be awarded $1,000.
VICTORIA INTEGRATED PROGRAMME (VIP) In 2005, VJC started the Victoria Integrated Programme to offer students from age 14, an innovative and enriched 4-year programme that allows them to progress seamlessly from secondary to pre-university education without having to sit for the GCE O-Level Examinations. This is aimed at the top 10% of students in Secondary Two who are admitted through a highly selective admission test and interview process. We enrolled our final batch of VIP students in 2012 as VJC has established an alliance with Victoria School and Cedar Girlsâ€™ Secondary School to offer the Integrated Programme at the two schools from Secondary One. These VIP students will join VJC in Year 5.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME STUDYING @ VJC The college provides a progressive and relevant curriculum to develop passionate and reflective learners who not only excel academically, but also have the skills, attitudes and values to pursue excellence in different arenas and seek to leave a positive legacy. Our teachers harness the latest advances in knowledge to offer a future-oriented curriculum to meet the changing needs of learners and the changing demands of work and life. We desire to engage students actively in learning, create authentic and customised curriculum and enhance assessment for learning.
SUBJECT COMBINATIONS The academic year runs from January to December. Each A-Level course of study is for 2 consecutive years, culminating in the GCE A-Level Examinations in November of the second year. English is the medium of instruction for all courses except language subjects. Students select one of the following subject combinations:
SUBJECTS OFFERED Literature
Art, China Studies in English (CSE), Economics and TSD
Theatre Studies and Drama (TSD)
The subjects may be examined at three levels: Higher 1 (H1), Higher 2 (H2) and Higher 3 (H3). The H1 syllabus for any subject is about half of the H2 syllabus for that subject, but the depth of the two syllabi is similar. The H2 level is equivalent to the Advanced Placement level in the US education system. The H3 syllabus for any subject builds on the knowledge and skills taught in the H2 syllabus for that subject, and provides opportunity for in-depth study. At the end of their first year in college, students may, on the recommendation of their tutors, choose to offer one or two of the following
Mathematics or Knowledge and Inquiry (KI)
Art, China Studies in Chinese (CSC), CSE, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, KI, Tamil Language and Literature (TLL), TSD Art, CSC, CSE, English Literature, Geography, History, KI, TLL, TSD
subjects at H3 Level: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, English Literature, Geography and History. Students offering a subject at the H3 level must also offer the subject at the H2 level. Students are required to offer at least three H2 and one H1 content-based subjects (i.e. subjects listed in the table above), although most students at our school offer four H2 content-based subjects. At least one of the subjects offered by students must be a contrasting subject, i.e. a subject outside their area of specialisation.
In addition, students take the following subjects: a. General Paper at H1 level, a course which examines students’ ability to critically analyse written articles and to discuss environmental, social, political and world issues through essay writing OR Knowledge and Inquiry at H2 level, a course where students seek to understand the nature and construction of knowledge in various fields of study, e.g. science, the social sciences, mathematics, the humanities, etc. b. Project Work, a first-year interdisciplinary H1 level course where students pursue selfdirected inquiry in a project topic of their choice, while developing skills in creative and critical thinking, communication and collaborative learning. c. Most students are also required to read a second language at H1 level, usually their Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay or Tamil).
“VJC had a profoundly important role in shaping who I have become today. I recall the constant exhortation by the Mathematics teachers to be rigorous in addressing the research hypotheses, in order for the resultant statistical tests to deliver the evidence to account for their validity. These lessons played a foundational role in developing research thinking in me.” TEO YIK YING, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SCHOLAR, LEE KUAN YEW SCHOLAR, SINGAPORE YOUTH AWARD FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2011
ACADEMIC TERMS TERM TERM TERM TERM
1: 2nd week of January 2: 3rd week of March 3: 1st week of July 4: 2nd week of September
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1st week of March 4th week of May 4th week of August 4th week of November
ASSESSMENTS YEAR ONE TERM 3 WEEK 1: Mid-Year Examinations TERM 4 WEEK 1 & WEEK 2 : Promotional Examinations TERM 4 WEEK 9: A-Level Project Work Oral Assessment YEAR TWO TERM 1 WEEK 9: Common Tests 1 TERM 3 WEEK 1: Common Tests 2 TERM 4 WEEK 1 & WEEK 2: Preliminary Examinations TERM 4 WEEK 9: Start of A-Level Examinations
SCHOOL BREAKS TERM 1: 2nd week of March TERM 2: 1st week of June TERM 3: 1st week of September TERM 4: 1st week of December
4th week of June
4th week of January (the following year)
CHARACTER EDUCATION THE 11 COMPETENCIES At VJC, we are committed to nurturing visionary leaders who will create the future with conviction, courage and compassion. Our various Character Development Programmes are geared toward helping students grow in the following 3 domains and their related traits, defined as the 11 Competencies: #1 INTRAPERSONAL Self-Motivation Self-Regard Integrity Emotional Resilience #2 INTELLECTUAL Thinking Skills Global-Mindedness Innovation & Enterprise #3 INTERPERSONAL Communication Establishing Relationships Teamwork Leadership
“In VJC we were given many platforms to develop our leadership skills. And I appreciate how it is not just limited to a few students but every student here is a leader.” CHOW YI LING, PRESIDENT’S SCHOLAR 2010
OUR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES The 8 Character Development Programmes are part of the college’s overall holistic development programme. They comprise: #1 Co-curricular Activities Programme provides students the breadth and depth of activities for selfdirected development. The CCAs allow students to hone specific skills and talents and stretch their potential through participating in competitions at different levels – intra-college, inter-school, Singapore Youth Festival and international. #2 Civics & Lifeskills Programme comprises weekly seminar style sessions facilitated by the Civics Tutors, cohort-level forums and talks by invited speakers and class level activities designed to develop one or more of the 11Cs. #3 Active Citizenry Programme provides platforms for National Education and service to community through the Community Involvement Programme, learning journeys, National Education celebrations, forums and seminars. Students are given opportunities and support to organise enrichment activities and community service projects that will enrich fellow students or the larger community. #4 Leadership Development Programme helps students to develop the 5 leadership practices following the Leadership Challenge model by Kouzes and Posner. #5 Scholarships and Career Guidance Programme helps students to learn the importance of taking ownership of their own development by organising industry attachments and job shadowing for students to understand how these competencies are important in the working world. The industrial attachments also serve to help students make more informed choices about their future careers.
#6 Higher Education Programme complements the efforts of the Scholarships and Career Guidance Programme by organising talks and workshops to help students better appreciate the higher education options in alignment with their career preferences. #7 Beyond Borders Programme provides our students with opportunities to develop their regional and global awareness through study/field trips, overseas conferences, youth expedition projects, student-exchanges and sports exchanges. #8 Electives & Enrichment Programme (EE) one of the anchor programmes of the Victoria Integrated Programme, EE provides opportunities for students to learn things outside the examination syllabus (in line with the broad-based education). Besides adding diversity to our programme, it is a platform for teachers to role-model how to develop themselves in areas they are passionate about.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM VJC believes in creating a vibrant learning environment outside the classroom through over 60 co-curricular activities, ranging from sports and performing arts to clubs and leadership council. They provide opportunities to nurture character, life skills and attributes such as leadership, teamwork and compassion. At the same time, students can pursue their interests, forge strong friendships and have fun outside their academic curriculum.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
Outdoor Activities Club
Pets & Animal Welfare Society
ChemBridge (Chemistry Society)
Public Speaking Club
Science Research Society
Strategic Games Club
FIREfly Club (Economics Society)
StudioV (Infocomm Club)
Health & Fitness Club
The V-Life Comm (Archives)
Malay Cultural Society
Track & Field
PERFORMING ARTS Our über-cool arts scene comprises worldclass performance groups like the Choir and Dance Club, and multiple awardwinning instrumental and theatrical groups like the Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, Chinese Orchestra, Drama, Harmonica Band, Chinese Drama, Piano Ensemble, Indian Cultural Society and Guitar Ensemble. Our college has performed consistently well at the bi-annual Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) competitions, with our niche aesthetics areas — Choir, Symphonic Band and Dance Club — achieving international recognition as well.
SPORTS Victorians hit the courts with the same intensity they bring to the books. Over one-third of the college takes part in one sport or another. VJC is well-known as a sports powerhouse among the junior colleges. Our students excel in the national sports championships, particularly in our niche sports of Hockey, Softball, Sailing, Soccer, Tennis, and Wushu.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES VJC is a constant hive of activity. Victorians demonstrate great diversity in their areas of interest and beyond the sports and performing arts, there is still a whole range of clubs and societies that they participate in. Victorians take these passions to a higher level and regularly emerge victorious in a plethora of competitions and events such as the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair, Bridging Traditional and Contemporary Batik Art Exhibition, and the Hwa Chong Cup Chess and Bridge Championship. Students from the Robotics Club, have dominated the World and Asia Pacific Robotics Championships by scoring top and runners-up positions every year. The VJC-Canon Photography Expose, organised by the VJC Photography Society is well attended by over 800 students and teachers from other schools and tertiary institutions annually.
LEADERSHIP The VJC Studentsâ€™ Council provides excellent opportunities for students to hone their leadership potential and showcase their personal strengths. Besides listening and acting on the needs of Victorians, the council is the collegeâ€™s indomitable voice of support. The student leaders, through organising college-wide events, inspire a shared vision for the college while leading everyone towards a united purpose.
CAREERS & HIGHER EDUCATION GUIDANCE PROGRAMME FORGING AHEAD Victorians are university-bound and an overwhelming number of Victorians from batches past have gone on to read subjects of their choices at both local and overseas universities. Students need to make informed decisions and successful transitions when it comes to their higher education and career choices. At VJC, we understand this, and we are committed to creating occasions and opportunities for our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will serve them well in these areas. Our career guidance and higher education programmes
complement our academic programmes and co-curricular activities in developing the following qualities in our students: • self-awareness understanding one’s own strengths, abilities, aptitudes, values, potential etc • awareness of opportunities in their further studies and the world of work • decision-making skills necessary for making well-informed choices, and • skills to make the transition from school to the world of work
BEYOND BORDERS PROGRAMME A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES Through our Beyond Borders programme, VJC provides many opportunities for students to broaden perspectives and develop a global outlook. Students and teachers participate in overseas learning journeys to Australia, Britain, China, Dubai, India, Korea, Japan, Switzerland and the United States of America, community service and outdoor adventure expeditions, as well as cultural exchanges with schools.
FACILITIES A LEARNER’S ENVIRONMENT Lessons are conducted in lecture theatres, classrooms, laboratories and special resource rooms. The biggest lecture theatre has a seating capacity of 400. There are a total of 12 science laboratories. With a strong tradition of excellence in science research, VJC was recognised as the centre of excellence in science and technology for the East Zone in 2000, with the vision of being the incubator of scientists and technopreneurs of tomorrow. To this end, the Science and Technology Centre organises outreach and enrichment programmes to excite and stimulate interest in science and technology among teachers and students from East Zone schools. Facilities available at the Science and Technology Centre include research laboratories, a clean room and a robotics laboratory. Other facilities include the Sports Complex, Science and Technology Centre, Drama Studio, Music Studio, Performance Theatre, The Living Room (Archive Room), Learning Hub, English Resource Room, Mathematics Room, Art Studio, Humanities Room, Chinese Resource Room and The Vantage Point (Careers’ Guidance Room). Students can also relax at the Igloo (students’ lounge), the Tree House or the gym.
CREATE THE FUTURE GNITE THE IMAGINATION Victoria Junior College 20 Marine Vista, Singapore 449035 Tel: (+65) 6448 5011 email@example.com www.vjc.moe.edu.sg
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