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.
Ang PC P/NJC
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.
Ang Pow Chew
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…)
27 Oct 2020
School Year 2020
School Year 2020 will end soon. SH2 NJCians will sit for the A-level examinations and we wish them well. SH1 students submitted their PW reports last week and are preparing for the Oral Presentations over the next few days. They have experienced a rigorous process and I am certain they have learnt how to work together as a team. JH NJCians are participating in post exam activities and we are glad that they are able to experience these activities safely.
During the break, please do take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains mentally and physically safe. I am particularly concerned about cyber safety. Do talk to your children about being secure online. The online environment is rife with threats to our safety and security. Cyber safety helps us, especially children, to avoid those risks and to protect against their consequences, because avoiding all hazards is difficult.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your generosity in donating to the NJCHearts fundraising Campaign to support the President’s Challenge. We have reached our target of $15,000. Thank you to all who have contributed to this meaningful cause. Many of the donations came from parents. We have enjoyed virtual performances from our performing arts groups and some of us may have also participated in the sports CCAs’ online challenges. This campaign will end on 27 Nov 2020 and you can continue to look forward to more performances and challenges. Do keep a lookout for them and visit our College’s web page or Facebook page to receive updates on the performances and participate in the challenges.
Please go to this webpage to donate: https://www.giving.sg/campaigns/njchearts_pc_2020
Thank you again for all your support. We look forward to 2021 with enthusiasm and hope.
Service with Honour
03 Sep 2020
Happy Teachers’ Day
Tomorrow is Teachers’ Day.
Today, I walked around the school and I saw joyful faces in all the classrooms as teachers and NJCians celebrated Teachers’ Day. I am grateful to my colleagues, NJCians and parents for forging meaningful relationships which focused on the wellbeing of NJCians. Parents, in particular, are supportive of what we do and how we would like your children to grow and develop in NJC. Thank you for your support.
From tomorrow, there will be a break of about a week. (more…)
21 May 2020
Reopening of School in June 2020
I would like to reiterate that we will continue to focus on learning and to help NJCians to learn how to learn.
I am glad to hear that some NJCians have used their HBL experience to figure out for themselves how to learn better. This is the spirit that will augur well for them. My wish is that all NJCians will have the same spirit. I know you may be concerned about the loss of curriculum time in a formal school setting. Again be assured that content could be recovered. Tests and assessments will be for finding out how much or little NJCians have learnt, and then to help those who have learnt less to recover. As long as we focus on learning and the application of learning, we will prepare NJCians to be ready for the final A-level examinations. Thank you again for your understanding and support.
20 Apr 2020
We are into our third week (or second full week) of HBL. I understand from my colleagues and from my contact with various groups of students that there are concerns about examinations and promotion. Do not worry. I have mentioned previously that we focus on learning in NJC and an examination is but one of many ways to assess if learning has been effective. For the rest of this term, we will not have any weighted, pen-and-paper assessment for the remainder of Term 2. For the end of the year assessment (if any), the focus is on how well NJCians have learnt. Most importantly, keep your spirits up as we have 2 more weeks to go. Keep having conversations among family members. Reach out to us if your child needs help.
16 Apr 2020
Second Week of Home Based Learning
We are into our second week of HBL. I have completed a few google meet sessions with SH1 and JH1 NJCians. I am glad that many have found HBL a good experience despite the challenges inherent in blended learning. I thank our teachers for their adaptability, innovation and commitment to ensure that learning continues
NJCians have raised concerns relating to examinations and pace of learning. I have replied that learning is the focus, not examinations. Pace of learning will have to be adjusted based on students’ needs. During this period of HBL, NJCians must develop traits of independent learning and learning how to learn. They need to learn how to listen actively, to take notes as well as make good notes for themselves. They need to learn to ask questions to which teachers can respond to clarify, to elaborate or to explain. Do seize this opportunity to develop yourselves.
To parents of NJCians, thank you for your support and understanding.
Take care and keep healthy.
Ang PC (P/NJC)