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  • 27 Oct 2020

    School Year 2020

    NJCHearts : NJC for President's Challenge 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

    An extraordinary school year

    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

    A continued focus on learning

    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

    Latest update

    Updates

    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

    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)

     

  • 06 Apr 2020

    School Closure – Ready for the long haul

    Readying for the long haul

    We have completed analysis of the post Home Based Learning (HBL) survey and have made adjustments to the HBL programme starting this Wednesday. My colleagues have received a long list of “to dos” and “not to dos” for HBL.

    For HBL to succeed, NJCians need to:

    1. maintain discipline and routines. All HBL lessons will start as per regular classes. Attendance will be taken in the morning.

    2. keep physically healthy. Besides PE classes conducted by our teachers, NJCians must exercise regularly.

    3. maintain good dietary habits. Please make sure your child/children avoid overeating or snacking. This is highly likely if they are confined in the house.

    4. manage emotions. Being confined may bring out negative emotional and psychological responses. If you need our assistance to engage your child/ren, please do not hesitate to call (email) us (meaning VPs and P). We are in this for the long haul. Do take good care of yourselves and your children.

  • 01 Apr 2020

    Home Based Learning (HBL) on 3rd April 2020

    Entering a stage of heightened measures

    We will have HBL for all NJCians on Friday this week. As HBL is different from classroom learning in some ways, your child may experience some challenges and must prepare for mental and emotional readiness to learn from home. It is still essential for NJCians to be able to relate to HBL in ways similar to how they relate to classroom learning.

    We will conduct a pre-HBL survey using mentimeter to find out from NJCians their level of mental and emotional readiness for HBL. They will complete the survey today and based on their feedback we will make adjustments to our HBL plans, if necessary. We are looking out for NJCians who need additional support for HBL. If your child needs the support, please fill out this form by 2 April. Thank you and we look forward to a pleasant HBL expereince on Friday, 3 April 2020.

  • 01 Apr 2020

    Our Unsung heros keeping NJC clean

    The fight to keep Covid-19 at bay

    We have a group of unsung heroes and heroines who have been working hard every week Monday to Saturday to keep the school clean and safe. They are our elderly cleaners who have worked twice as hard without extra pay.

    I have attached one photo (there are many more) on what they have to do every week (Saturday) after school closes on Friday. NJCians are sometimes not aware of the “behind the scenes” work to keep things humming. If you could, please ask your child to show appreciation to the cleaners and most importantly to pitch in to keep our school clean so that that the work is not too onerous for the cleaners.

    Unsung Heros (2)

  • 30 Mar 2020

    The year so far

    NJC CARE values

    2020 started blissfully until the Covid-19 storm descended on us. While we have adjusted well to the changes to our lives, we need to continue to be vigilant and to exercise self-discipline, particularly with regard to keeping ourselves and others safe. More importantly, we must keep our spirits high and not allow this challenge to weigh us down.

    Our NJC values of Civility, Altruism, Resilience and Enterprise are relevant in this situation. We need to be civil to one another, to be supporting one another, to be able to take knocks and bounce back and to find innovative ways to keep us engaged in learning.

    Let us come together to ride out this storm which will be be with us for some time.

     

     

     

  • 23 Mar 2020

    Day 1 – Term 2

    Singapore transits into Phase Two of post-Circuit Breaker

    Today we start school with a normal attendance rate, minus a small group of NJCians on  leave of absence (LOA). I would like to thank all of you for your trust in our management of this challenging situation. I spoke to NJCians this morning on the relevance of NJC’s CARE values to the current COVID challenge. Every NJCian must practise civility, show altruism, have resilience and be enterprising to ensure that learning continues and that we are united to overcome the challenge that has befallen us.

    We have asked every NJCian to keep a record of his/her movement throughout the day, which will be helpful if contact tracing is needed. Do talk to your child about their reflections of the first day of term this evening.