Reflections

Student Voice@Assembly

Sports – Basketball 

25th September 2019

We at NJC Basketball express our gratitude to all who have supported us in our competitions, helping us grow in our journey and instilling the College values in us throughout our 6 years here.

Reflection by : Ethan Tay Fu Wen, 18SH22

  • My most valuable takeaway from this journey was the power of passion. Passion determines the amount of effort you are willing to put into anything you do. It pushed me to strive for excellence in both basketball and my studies, and helped my teammates and I to pull through mentally challenging training sessions that we thought we would never make it out alive. Most importantly, it is the core of our CCA, what binds us together to make us one big family.

Reflection by : Dong Ke Wen, 18SH20

  • Over the last 6 years , i have been given countless opportunities to step out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself and to push beyond my limits. Not all has always been smooth sailing. With the support of my friends, my teachers, my coaches and my team, I learnt how to get back onto my feet every time I fall, how to bounce back stronger than ever. In the last 6 years here I have learnt what it means to be resilient which is why I believe in the last 6 years I have learnt what it means to be a true NJcian.

Reflection by : Shao Ning Shannon, 18SH17

  • To me, playing a team sport requires trust. Trust in each other, trust in our coaches, and trust in the system. We all walked into this CCA, without knowing what to expect. But we walked out of it, with no regrets. It is about trusting the process, believing that the little details that we paid attention to, would make a difference, and ultimately lead us to our destination. Passion, resilience, trust. This is what NJ Basketball is about.  Thank you everyone who played a part in making this happen. Thank you Mr Ang, Mr Johl, Mr Leong, Mr Tan, for your continuous guidance and support. Service with honour.

Sports – National Orienteering Race

7th August 2019

On the 13 July 2019, National Junior College’s Outdoor Activity Club sent ten representatives to participate in the National Orienteering race held at the Singapore Polytechnic, clinching the top 3 positions in the A Division Female category and 1st position in the A Division Male category. In the A Division Female category, coming in third, we have Xiao Jia Xin. In second position, we have Cheryll Toh Yu Xin. Finally in first position, we have Rina Tanida. In the A division Male category, coming in 1st position we have, Fong Jun Yee Icarus.

Reflection by : Fong Jun Yee Icarus
  • 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. On the day of the competition, I remember feeling extremely nauseated just before setting off. However, during the competition, after the horn was sounded it felt like a switch had suddenly flicked on inside me and everything fell into place for me. I came in 1st position returning to the finishing line with a perfect score.
  • 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

Sports – National Schools B Division Boys Dragon Boat Competition

Reflection by : Jeremy Ang JH402, Vice Captain B Division Boys,  31st July 2019

  • The experience of preparing for this competition made me realise the importance of the letter T in our FIGHTERS acromyn, which stands for Teamwork value. 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.

H3 Research Presentation@The International Science and Engineering Fair,  Phoenix, Arizona USA

Reflection by : Tan Yee Lin 18SH1, 11th July 2019

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 have imagined that I would be an ISEF finalist one day. My research journey in NJC has taught me valuable research skills, but above all, it has 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 impact; and all it takes it for one person / to dare to be unconventional. 

I 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, Ms Ang, Ms Lim,  Mr Goh, Mr Johll, Mr Loh, Mr Cezanne, Ms Lee, Dr Lim and the all the research teachers for all the support and encouragement they provided me along the way. 

Sports – Canoeing

Reflection by : Brandon Yeo 18SH23, 14th May 2019

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.

RoboCup Singapore Open 2019 – National Junior College clinched 2nd place!

Reflection by : Chen Xin An 18SH10, 3rd May 2019

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.”

NUS Geography Challenge

Reflection by : Xavier Cheah  JH402, 30th April 2019

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!

Intra College Singapore Budget 2019 Quiz

Reflection by : Lim Her Huey 18SH15, 24th April 2019

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.

Taking part in this quiz led me to read up more on the Singapore budget 2019 enabling me to understand Singapore issues and challenges at a deeper level. I learnt that in the early years of Singapore’s independence, significant expenditure was allocated to develop the economy. As Singapore progressed towards first world status, a larger part of its budget was allocated and spent on various initiatives to bring benefits to 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 large expenditure due to her discipline in fiscal prudence accumulating healthy budget surpluses over the years. 

As individuals, we 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. 

Sports – Climbing

Reflection by : Wang Junwei 18SH17, 16th April 2019

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!

 

Sports – Hockey

Reflection by : Lim Her Huey 18SH15, 9th April 2019

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.