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  • 21 Mar 2018

    Straits Times Articles

    Dear NJCians,

    Two articles in the Straits Times, one on treating university students as customers and the other on “what’s more difficult: humanities and maths?” raised pertinent issues confronting education. These articles were published on Monday 19 March and Tuesday 20 March respectively.

    The first article warned us about the consequences (intended on unintended) of a “customer-centric” approach to educating our young. Universities run the risk of becoming a “shopping mall” where learning is treated as secondary. The second article argues for a rounded education – one that embraces both STEM and the Humanities.

    I urge NJCians to read these articles.

     

    Service with Honour

  • 16 Mar 2018

    NJC’s Parents in Action

    Dear NJCians,

    On Monday 13 March, NJC staff were treated to a lunch specially prepared by our Parents in Action. Parents cooked much of the food. We are deeply appreciative of this gesture.   Together, parents and staff of NJC create strong relationships to see to the growth and development of NJCians.  We work together to see beyond test scores and to understand NJCians’ unique strengths, interests and talents. As I have said many times to NJCians – 20 years ahead you will be the persons we will all be proud of.

    Service with Honour

  • 08 Mar 2018

    Adding value to the lives of others

    Dear NJCians,

    All of you would have heard me talking frequently about the meaning of our school’s motto “Service with Honour”.  I have also said that translated to action, our school’s motto is about adding value to the lives of others.

    There are many ways NJCians could add value. For example:

    • being a good listener
    • empathizing and offering your honest opinions
    • understanding how and when to give constructive feedback
    • relating to and respecting others
    • teaching your friends something they might not have known before

    How else could you do so?

    Let me know by sharing your thoughts. Go to the library and pen your thoughts on a page in the notebook (at the borrowing counter).

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 06 Mar 2018

    Citizenship

    Dear NJCians,

     

    We held a small ceremony for the issuing of identity cards to JH3 students.

    The identity card adds to the birth certificate to formally recognise the students as citizens of Singapore.  Legally, citizenship is defined as the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state or belonging to a nation.

    NJCians must fully grasp not only the legal aspect of citizenship. They must understand and appreciate what it means to be a citizen, and be cognisant of their roles and responsibilities as citizens. For example, would NJCians take for granted that the Singapore passport allows them to travel visa free to 180 countries? Why would so many countries in the world recognise our passport?

     

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 05 Mar 2018

    Straits Times Articles

    Two articles in the Straits Times, one on treating university students as customers and the other on "what's more difficult: humanities and maths?" raised pertinent issues confronting education.

    Dear NJCians,

    Two articles in the Straits Times, one on treating university students as customers and the other on “what’s more difficult: humanities and maths?” raised pertinent issues confronting education. These articles were published on Monday 19 March and Tuesday 20 March respectively.

    The first article warned us about the consequences (intended on unintended) of a “customer-centric” approach to educating our young. Universities run the risk of becoming a “shopping mall” where learning is treated as secondary. The second article argues for a rounded education – one that embraces both STEM and the Humanities.

    I urge NJCians to read these articles.

     

    Service with Honour

  • 01 Mar 2018

    After the A-Levels

    Dear NJCians,

    The A-Level results were released last Friday (23 Feb). NJCians who have recently left school returned to collect their results and other documents. Most were joyful and a handful were sad.  Almost everyone will apply for a university course.

    As teachers, we always wish the best for everyone who passes through our hands. Our concern will always be the kind of person each of them will be in future.  Some questions we ask ourselves: Have we imbued in them a deep sense of responsibility for their fellow citizens? Have we provided them foundational skills that will serve them well in future? Would they have compassion and humility?

    NJCians have been repeatedly challenged to become persons who will serve with honour and add value to the lives of others. They must do so.

    We wish all of them well.

    Service with Honour

     

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 12 Feb 2018

    National Anthem, Pledge and School Anthem

    Dear NJCians,

    This morning was the first time this year we gathered as a whole school community for assembly. We sang the National Anthem, recite the Pledge and sang our College Anthem.

    Our National Anthem and Pledge emphasize unity. Our Pledge exhorts us to appreciate our multi-racial society and to work towards social and economic justice. Our College Anthem reinforces the focus on unity and our multi-racial and multi-cultural society.

    NJCians must always keep in their hearts the meanings of the words in our National Anthem, Pledge and College Anthem. All of us must answer the calling of our nation to serve and lead with a common vision and aspiration.

     

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 29 Jan 2018

    SGDIVERSITY at NJC

    Dear NJCians,

    At assembly this morning, I spoke with all of you about the #SGDiversity event held in our school last Friday and Saturday.  I am proud of all our teachers and SH1 students who have worked hard for this event. They have also experienced and learned much in the run up to the event, by participating in activities focused on inclusion and diversity.

    NJCians must embrace our motto of “Service with Honour” and be at the forefront of social innovations to improve and add value to the lives of fellow Singaporeans and those beyond our shores. There is still much that we could do as our society matures and our population ages.

     

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 15 Jan 2018

    JAE 2018

    Last Saturday, many students who recently received their O level results would probably have visited JCs and Schools which held “Open Houses”.

    I had the opportunity to talk with some parents and students.  I made the point that all schools and JCs will do the best for students. Once a child receives the posting, he/she should look ahead and be positive, even if the child is not posted to the first choice JC or school. Our attitude determines our behaviour and how we respond to the environment and circumstances. Two years in a JC is not a long time and the quicker a child adjusts, the more he/she will be able to thrive and grow.

    I am glad to note that NJCians have been very welcoming of the students and parents who visited our school last Saturday. All staff and students have worked hard together to provide our visitors an enjoyable experience and, most importantly, the NJC spirit of service. Kudos to all.

    Best regards

    Service with Honour

  • 05 Jan 2018

    Welcome Back

    Dear NJCians,

    Today is Friday, 5 Jan 2018. The time now is 4 pm.

    Your teachers have been in school for the past 2 days for meetings and preparing for the beginning of year 2018. Besides administrative and curricular matters, your teachers have attended a workshop on “Restorative Practice” (RP).  RP focuses on building caring and healthy communities. The workshop went well and this is attributable to your teachers wanting to learn more about becoming better in the work that they do, in particular how to help all of you learn and grow. The commitment of your teachers to you is commendable.

    On your part, you must return ready to learn. You must assure your teachers that you are committed to begin the year with clear and achievable learning goals. Learning goals are holistic, not just about academic achievements.

    I wish you all the best and a joyful year ahead.

    Best regards

    Service with Honour