Sports – National Orienteering Race
The days leading up to the competition was dreadful. Our team knew that we didn’t stand a great chance in the competition as we had very few official trainings before the competition day. Despite that, we pushed ourselves to do our best, making the best use of the knowledge imparted to us by our instructors. The day of the competition, I remember feeling extremely nauseated just before setting off. However, after the horn was sounded, it felt like a switch had flicked on and everything felt natural to me. Before you know it, I managed to be the first to return with a perfect score for the race. I would like to thank the principals, Mr Ang, Mr Johl, Mr Liong, and Mr Tan, for their unwavering support for our CCA, our teachers, Mr Tan, Ms Seetoh, and Ms Png, for giving us the opportunity to take part in this competition and for guiding us during trainings, and our instructors, Eugene and Wilburd, for teaching us all that we needed to clinch this medal. Thank you
Fong Jun Yee Icarus, 18SH06
7th August 2019
Sports – National Schools B Division Boys Dragon Boat Competition
Good morning, I am Jeremy, vice captain for the B division boys.
Through the experience of preparing for this competition, I realised the importance of the letter T in our FIGHTERS value, which stands for Teamwork. Teamwork is not just about everyone paddling in a synchronised motion, but to me it is about like minded people working together, pushing one another towards a common goal.
On behalf of my team, I ‘d like to thank our principal, Mr Ang, our vice principals, Mr Leong, Mr Johll and Mr Tan for their continued support. Also, our canoeing teachers, Mr Yap, Mr Tan, Ms Tan, Mr Nicholas Tan, Ms Ethel Tan, Ms Ng, Ms Goh, Ms Png and Mr Yeo for always being there for us at every training. And our friends from the other ccas for taking the time to train with us and their teachers for the support.
Thank you. Service with honour.
Jeremy Ang JH402
31st July 2019
H3 Research Presentation@The International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix, Arizona USA
Good morning, I am Yee Lin from 18SH17. In May, I represented Singapore in the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona, where I presented my H3 research work. This event is also the world’s largest pre-college science competition.
Inspired by the wings of cicadas, I discovered that simply by boiling zinc in water, this could create a highly antibacterial surface that could even kill superbugs. This surface could one day be used on public facilities such as MRT hand railings to reduce the spread of bacterial infections.
I’m happy to announce that after a week-long competition with more than 1800 participants across the world, I have achieved the third-place award in the microbiology category.
Five years ago when I first started research in the SPIRE program, never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I would be able to become an ISEF finalist one day. My research journey in the college has not just taught me valuable research skills, but above all, it has also transformed me from a shy person who absolutely dreaded presentations to someone who is confident about sharing my ideas today.
I hope that my work is a testament to the fact that scientific research doesn’t have to be highly complex and abstract in order to be significant. Because sometimes, the simplest things can have the biggest impact; and all it takes it for one person / to dare to be unconventional.
Lastly, I would like to thank the school for providing me with the opportunity to participate in research; my mentor Mr Allan Goh for believing in me more than I ever did in myself; as well as Ms Ang, Ms Lim, Mr Goh, Mr Johll, Mr Loh, Mr Cezanne, Ms Lee, Dr Lim and the all the research teachers for the support and encouragement they provided along the way.
Tan Yee Lin, 18SH17
11th July 2019
Sports – Canoeing
This year’s season has been taxing, both physically and mentally. I was struggling to find the balance between my studies, my personal life, and my training. But thankfully, I was not alone. I had the support of the entire team. Teachers who were always there every step of the way. We have 2 amazing coaches who sacrifice so much for us. And of course, the support of our seniors who have come before us.
Although there were situations that made us doubt ourselves, we had put faith in our preparations and focused on racing and doing our best. I learnt that we should always train hard until the end, because nothing is certain until the day of the race.
I came into this team 2 years ago not knowing anything or anybody. but as I leave, I’m glad to say I leave with a family.
I would like to extend our greatest gratitude to our teachers – Mr Tan, Mr Yap, Miss Tan, Miss Ethel, Miss Lim, Ms Ng, Miss Goh, and Miss Png, to our coaches Nanfeng and Qingzhou, to the school community who have supported us every step of the way, and to our competitors pushing us beyond our limits.
Brandon Yeo, 18SH23
14th May 2019
RoboCup Singapore Open 2019 – National Junior College clinched 2nd place!
Good morning Mr Ang, vice principals, teachers and fellow students. In the months leading up to the competition, we put in our full effort into refining the hardware and software of our robot, running countless tests to ensure that it functioned reliably. Needless to say, we met many difficulties and dead ends. By the end of the first day of competition, there were still many unexpected problems which caused us to achieve unsatisfactory outcomes.
What got us through however, was not only our own perseverance and effort, but also the constant guidance and support of our teachers. In the end we clinched 2nd place, surpassing teams from schools such as Hwa Chong and Raffles Institution.
We gained valuable experiences by working as a team and we are very grateful for this opportunity. We like to thank our CCA teachers, Mr Lim Kim Hock and Mr Wee Keng Han, and our computing teacher, Dr Daren Ler, for their valuable help. Finally, we would like to thank the college for giving us the opportunity to represent the school.”
Chen Xin An, 18SH10
3rd May 2019
NUS Geography Challenge
Good morning Mr Ang, vice principals, teachers and fellow students. I am Xavier Cheah from JH402. A few months ago, Jessica Ti from JH404, Tracy Nguyen, Liew Yan Chi, and I participated in the NUS Geography Challenge. Jessica and Yan Chi received certificates of participation, Tracy received Silver and I received Gold.
The theme of this year’s Geography Challenge was Singapore: The Journey to a Global City. We first took a test and participated in the group component which led us to the semi finals. For the semi-finals, we applied our geographical skills and concepts in the world around us at stations located at various landmarks around Singapore. Through this, I learnt the importance of teamwork as the various segments required us to put our heads together in order to complete the task at hand. I would like to thank our principal, Mr Ang, and the Geography teachers for giving us this opportunity. In addition, I would like to thank Ms Ethel Tan who patiently guided us, those who voted for our poster, as well as our friends who supported us throughout this journey! Through this challenge, we were able to broaden our horizons in the field of Geography and learn a little bit more about the global city we live in. Thank you!
Xavier Cheah, JH402
30th April 2019
Intra College Singapore Budget 2019 Quiz
Good morning principal, vice principals, teachers and fellow students. The month-long Post-Singapore Budget Intra College Quiz has recently concluded, with 6 students emerging winners from their respective levels.
For JH1, we have Arden Xie from JH101.
For JH2, Teo Lacey from JH207.
For JH3, John Chan from JH305.
For JH4, Lisa Tan from JH406.
For SH1, Lai Wen Cheng from 19SH07 and
For SH2, myself – Lim Her Huey from 18SH15.
Now, I will be sharing my personal reflection from participating in this Post SG Budget Intra College Quiz . By taking part in this quiz, I had to read up on the 2019 Singapore budget, and was able to understand it on a deeper level.
Singapore’s financial year runs from April to March of the following year. As such, its budget is usually announced in February each year.
In the early years of Independence, significant expenditure was allocated to develop the economy. As Singapore progressed towards first world status, a larger part of its budget was spent on various initiatives to bring benefits for all Singaporeans. Some of these initiatives include the Scale-up SG programme for innovation and growth as well as the Merdeka Generation Package to help seniors stay healthy and active.
Singapore can afford these due to its consistent healthy budget surpluses over many years, thanks to the government’s financial prudence.
We, as individuals, can also do our part in building a more caring and cohesive society. Simple things like graciousness in our behaviour such as picking up after ourselves, looking after common property and being mindful in our speech when communicating with others can indeed go a long way. Thank you
Lim Her Huey, 18SH15
24th April 2019
Sports – Climbing
Good morning college, for the past month, we have been through a total of three events of different disciplines. While we have done great as a team and clinched a number of trophies, individually, my results weren’t as great; I missed the podium by one placing for the first two events. It was disheartening for me to receive these results for I have been training and pushing myself for the past year with the hope of winning a placing for myself and of course, the CCA. But I did not give up. I did not let the results of the first two events affect me negatively. In fact, I was even more motivated to train hard and prepare for the next and final national school competition. The rest is history. The moral of this is, never ever give up hope. Because the moment you do so, you have already lost the battle. Always believe in yourself as you work hard towards your goal.
Putting competition aside, my biggest takeaway of this one and a half year in Climbing is this family that I have come to treasure. They are the ones who push me to be the best version of myself and without them, training would have been much more dull and lifeless. This may be the end of the season for us but the bonds and memories we have forge here will follow me for my entire life.
Finally, I would like to thank our Principal, Mr Ang and Vice Principals, Mr Johll, Mr Leong and Mr Tan for giving us the opportunity to represent the school in these competitions. I would also like to thank our teachers, Ms Gao, Ms Heng, Ms Nee and our coach for their constant support and guidance throughout this journey. It would not have been possible without them. Thank you!
Wang Junwei , 18SH17
16th April 2019
Sports – Hockey
Good morning college, during the March holidays, NJC hockey took part in the A division Hockey 5s tournament organised for Junior Colleges. We are proud to announce that for the first time in NJ Hockey history, we managed to fight our way into the semis and finals. After training hard for many months, our effort finally paid off as we clinched 4th place.
Through this competition, the team has three takeaways to share. To start off, despite the matches being short, they were intense and we needed perseverance to sprint throughout the matches. Hence, strong willpower was important as if we did not perform, our entire team suffered.
We also learnt to respect other teams, whether in defeat or victory. From this, we were able to learn from each other and build our sportsmanship.
Lastly, we realised what family really meant. It was heartwarming to hear our whole CCA cheering for us under the hot sun and this encouraged us to keep pressing on and score as many goals as possible. It showed us that teamwork was not only needed within our small team on the pitch, but in the entire CCA.
Of course, a big thank you to our Principal Mr Ang, Vice Principals Mr Johll, Mr Liong, and Mr Tan for giving us the opportunity to participate in this tournament. We also wish to thank our CCA teachers, Ms Low, Mr Ang and Mr Taran for their unwavering support and guidance every step of the way.
Lim Her Huey, 18SH15
9th April 2019