04 Feb 2022
An Inspirational Educator
On the second day of Chinese New Year, I was fortunate to meet a retired teacher (72 this year) who impressed me with her optimism and positivity. After talking with her, I went on to read a short article about her traversing 30 countries over 3 years. Her courage is inspirational. I have attached the link so that you could read about her. Good also for NJCians to be inspired.
Interview of an inspirational teacher
04 Jan 2022
We welcome 2022 with optimism and joy. We believe that things will change for the better amidst the challenges that we face. We will continue to live out our core values of civility, altruism, resilience and enterprise. And we will continue to serve with honour, adding value to our own lives as well as the lives of others.
Relationships are at the heart of NJC. My colleagues will know NJCians as individuals, and provide support and guidance for their growth. My colleagues are partners of NJCians’ parents in educating and supporting NJCians, and will forge a strong relationship that strengthens the shared responsibility.
I wish all of our families a safe and healthy 2022 and look forward to welcoming students back to school on 10th January.
Service with Honour
15 Jul 2021
Interact Club Installation 2021
I attended the 52nd e-installation of the Interact Club on Tuesday 13 July 2021. The Interact Club is as old as NJC itself. Listening to the interactors gave me great pride in what they have done and what they have achieved over the many years. Last year was challenging and I appreciated the effort by the NJC interactors to persevere. I am impressed by their imagination and creativity to continue to plan and implement programmes for the elderly and the young. They exemplify our motto “Service with Honour”
May the interactors continue to serve and to contribute to the wider community.
14 May 2021
“regardless of race, language or religion” is a phrase enshrined in our National Pledge. I emphasize this whenever I have opportunities to speak with NJCians. In challenging times, it is even more important that we appreciate our diverse and multi-cultural society. As such, I seek parents support in explaining to your children the ties that bind us a community and society. More than anything, do let your children know that words matter and words can hurt, and we must always be civil to one another.
On the current Covid-19 situation, I would like to assure parents that we are alert and are prepared for contingencies. My colleagues are working hard to ensure as little disruption as possible to day to day operations in case of a contingency. In this regard, I seek parents’ understanding and patience if we are not able to respond to your requests or queries swiftly.
Best regards and stay safe.
20 Apr 2021
Public Expectations of NJCians
Recently we received a few emails from members of the public regarding the behaviour of NJCians in buses and at various malls. The emails cited examples of “not-as-expected” behaviour of NJCians such as placing bags on empty seats, loud talking and not observing safe distancing measures. I am actually glad that members of the public write to and call us about the expected behaviour of NJCians. The public has high expectations and this is a good thing. Their feedback informs us that we must always do better and be exemplary role models.
The challenge for all of us has always been to help our students keep good modes of behaviour, learn new forms of behaviour and discard unhealthy forms of behaviour. According to the Fogg Behaviour Model, behaviour is a function of motivation, ability and prompt (B=MAP). Fogg Behaviour Model is found in the book “Tiny Habits” and the author is BJ Fogg (of course). I have almost complete reading the book and am thinking about how the model could be applied.
01 Apr 2021
Term 2 – 2021
We start the 2nd quarter of the year today. Time does pass by rapidly. We will continue to improve the infrastructure for learning, including aircon systems upgrade in the near future, “apple TV” installation in all JH classrooms and seminar rooms (for SH NJCians) to enhance learning, and a major R&R effort to upgrade the existing facilities. (more…)
10 Mar 2021
End of Term 1
Term 1 is coming to a close. Some of you might be like me who felt that time passed by very quickly. Your children and my colleagues deserve the one week break after a hectic Term 1. I hope NJCians will use the week gainfully so that they will be mentally and physically healthy, and be prepared for the start of Term
Regarding the announcement on the resumption of National School Games, I know that some NJCians were disappointed that some sports were not selected for competition. Given the circumstances, exercising caution to ensure the wellbeing of students is a sound approach. For NJCians who have been training hard, we continue to support them. We are also planning for school events to uplift their spirit and motivation.
We have analysed the 2020 A-level results and found that the major indicators for example mean A-level points are up to or slightly above expectations, based on an input and output model. We are glad that despite Covid-19, NJCians have done well. We have completed a thorough analysis of the data and will do the necessary to prepare the 2021 SH2 NJCians to be ready and do well for the A-Levels.
Once again, I thank all parents for being our great partners in our endeavour to bring about an enriched learning experience for NJCians.
09 Feb 2021
Chinese New Year and Trace Together Tokens
My colleagues and I wish all :
万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì) – May everything go well for you;
身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng) – Wishing you good health;
出入平安 (chū rù píng ān) – Wishing you safety and peace wherever you go; and
阖家幸福 (hé jiā xìng fú) – May your whole family be filled with happiness.
At this time, we thought these four phrases are most relevant and appropriate.
I would also like to let you know that we will arrange for trace together tokens to be collected in school, if your children had not already collected the tokens. Administrative details will be announced to your children soon. Stay safe and once again Happy Chinese New Year.
11 Jan 2021
Teaching and Learning from 2021
You would have heard from the Ministry of Education last year about the transformation of teaching and learning from 2021.
Please read the 2 letters (in pdf format) attached. The first letter describes how we in NJC intend to move forward with blended learning and the second letter provides admin details on the procurement of learning devices. Do email or call us (the year heads) if you have any queries.
30 Oct 2020
A meaningful vacation
This morning I spoke with your children on what makes a meaningful vacation in this challenging year.
For the next 60 days, most will be in Singapore and it is likely that they will have “idle” time. I asked them to think about what their “lived experiences” could be during the vacation. I narrated my teenage “lived experiences” which are completely different from theirs. My friends and I created our own outdoor games as we were not well off. I helped serve customers in my father’s coffee shop. A cup of coffee was 5 cents and we had to deliver one cup of coffee to a customer more than 100 metres away. That was the kind of service expected. Customers paid up only after consumption. Sadly, some did not pay up. Now, customers have to pay up first.
I suggested the following:
1. Read a book a week. (more…)