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…)
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.