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  • 15 Mar 2016

    Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2016

    Science and Engineering

    Over the years, NJCians have actively participated in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF). SSEF is a national competition organized by MOE, Science Centre and A*STaR and is directly affiliated to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is regarded as the Olympics of science competition.

    Our emphasis on research has been the key factor in our high level of participation in SSEF. This year, 62 NJC projects were selected to be presented at SSEF finals at the Singapore Science Centre.  NJCians  clinched a total of 27 awards: 7 Merit, 7 Bronze, 4 Silver, 5 Special awards and 4 Gold. This record number of awards is an outcome of the research programme in NJC helmed by dedicated teachers.

    Of the 6 projects selected for representation Intel ISEF 2016 at Phoenix, USA, 3 are from NJC:

    1. Jia Shu Yi (15SH01) – Linking of Printable Molecules onto Silicon Substrates.
    2. Sim Yu Ki (15SH08) – on Development of Electrochemically-Active Nano-particles for use in an Electrochemical Lateral Flow Biosensor for Dengue Diagnosis.
    3. Wang Yu Hang (15SH04) – Exploring the Application of Nickel Hydroxide Thin Film in Waste Water Treatment.

    We have shown that with committed and passionate teachers, much could be done to nurture and develop students to be interested, focused and dedicated to research.My congratulations to all students and teachers involved in SSEF 2016.

    Best Regards

    Service with Honour

  • 16 Feb 2016

    Drug Abuse

    drug abuse

    The Straits Times reported today that 70% of new drug abusers arrested in 2015 were below the age of 30. Of these about 280 were below 20, almost doube the number arrested in 2014.

    This increase could be attributed to increasing tolerance towards drugs among older youth. Many are not aware that the first step to a life of addiction is to consume seemingly innocuous drugs. Many might have the misconception that they are in control and would be able to resist addiction. Unfortunately, they are sadly mistaken.  There is no such thing as the recreational use of drugs. Drug addiction is insidious.

    NJCians must say no to drugs. Do not make the wrong assumption that there are “harmless” drugs.

    Best Regards

    Service with Honour

  • 26 Jan 2016

    Organising Your Mind

    Organise mind

    This is the last week of January 2016. Time does go by speedily and some of us might wonder how and why we were not able to complete the tasks we have set ourselves.

    I am currently reading a book titled “Organise your mind, Organise your life”.  The book takes the reader through factors that distract the mind and suggests remedies that will help us organise our minds, and in turn our lives.

    More importantly, the authors of this book suggested that the real goal of the organised mind is to be able to see the big picture and act on it , or to live from a higher plane of order. Organising our minds is about rising above crises and be able to deal with each crisis, small or big. In addtion, an organised mind is able to to anticipate and welcome the future.

    I will find time to speak about this topic with NJCians. In the meantime, do pay heed to the distractors that steal your time surreptitiously.

    Best Regards

    Service with Honour

  • 15 Jan 2016

    Don’t Let Others Bully You

    Be brave

    This morning I spoke with you on two matters.

    The first is the passage of time. The first week of term is almost over. Most of you would not have thought very much about what had happened over the week. If you would do so, you might find that there were stretches of time that you could have spent more constructively. Spending time constructively does not mean that you have to hit the books or do homework. It could be about having conversations with your parents and friends.

    For SH2 NJCians, I would like you to find a good balance between time spent on academic work and on other activities. You do have an examination to sit for at the end of the year and you must be focussed. At the same time, it would also be necessary that you find time to relax and destress.

    In the light of the horrific attack in Jakarta yesterday, I reminded all NJCians to build character traits that will not allow others to bully us. We must be able to respond robustly to difficult situations and not be paralysed by fear. For male Singaporeans who will serve our nation as national servicemen, I urge all of you to take your future duties seriously.

    I have also asked you to have conversations with your parents, teachers and fellow students about the Jakarta attack so that you will be aware of the challenges we face and the responses that we together could engender.  Do have the conversations.

    Best Regards

    Service with Honour

  • 13 Jan 2016

    Choosing a JC

    Choosing a JC

    The 2015 GCE-O Level results were released on Monday, 11 Jan 2016.  Students who sat for the GCE O-Level examinations last year would have to decide based on their results the JC they would like to be admitted to.

    As posting is based on merit and choice of JC, students must be able to make informed and realistic choices. All JCs would have open houses today and in the next few days to offer O-level students a glimpse of JC life.

    I have always held the view that all JCs aim to provide an enviornment that will help every student grow and develop.  Opportunities will be created and offered to students as long as they adopt a positive attitude.  Students must make full use of the opportunities.

    I urge all students to have a “glass half-full” mentality, even if they could not be admitted to their first choice JC.  Be happy where you are posted to and aim to enjoy the experience.

    I wish all 2015 O-level students the best and welcome all who will soon be admitted to NJC this year.

    Best Regards

    Service with Honour

  • 07 Jan 2016

    Serving the Community

    Serving the community
    This morning, I received an email from the Central Singapore Community Development Council.  The email reads :
    “May I update you on the community efforts of your students. Lovely to see the continuous efforts of Badminton CCA club in serving the vulnerable elderly.It is the third Silver Homes exercise since last year. The students, under the leadership of Mr Alvin Bek have helped elderly to create a conducive home of 5 rental units on 4 Jan at Indus.
    Developed new collaboration with canoeing CCA club, under the leadership of Ms Ng Qihui in organising below community projects for the elderly
    1. Silver Friends: home visit to elderly who are staying alone / at risk of social isolation. Students have been visiting 8 elderly homes since 6 Nov and it  is ongoing. Students would plan some light games, run errands such as daily essential purchase and enjoy dinner with elderly
    2. Silver Homes: home cleaning for 6 rental units on 29 Oct at King George.

    I would like to express my appreciation to your school strong belief in active volunteerism. Your students have shined academically and socially under the teachers’ patient guidance. Their community spirit have made a difference to our beneficiaries lives.

    I sincerely look forward to serving the elderly together with your school.”It is heartening to know that NJCians (staff and students) have spent their vacation serving the community.

    Service with Honour

    Ang Pow Chew
    Principal

  • 01 Jan 2016

    Telling the Truth

    May I wish all staff, students and parents a joyful and lively 2016.

    The end of year vacation has always been a time for me to read and reflect. Of the books I read, “On Lying” by Sam Harris made a deep impression.

    Harris focused on a practical ethical question: Is it wrong to lie?  To most of us, lying is wrong. However, many of us would feel that some situations might warrant lying.  Harris concluded that “virtuous” lies, if any, would not withstand scrutiny and truths are always worth telling.

    Harris defines lying as “to intentionally mislead others when they expect honest communication”. Note that it is the expectation of the recipient which is important.  If we chose to watch a magician’s performance, then we would not conclude that the magician had lied to us.

    The gist of this book is that we will be better people when we tell the truth.  I agree.  NJCsians – let us all resolve to tell the truth and be committed to do so.

    There is much more deep discussion in the book on lying and telling the truth. Do read the book if you wish to avail yourself of the discussion. It is available as an e-book in NLB’s collection.

    Service with Honour