2021 Direct School Admission Exercise

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The 2021 Direct School Admission (DSA-JC) exercise for admission into JC1 in 2022 opens on 5 May 2021. The college is looking for outstanding individuals in the following areas:

Interested students should download the application form and email EunoiaDSA@ejc.edu.sg with the required attachments, which must reach us by 28 June 2021.

All applicants should note the following instructions:

1. Scan the completed hardcopy application form and save it with the personal statement as a single PDF file.

2. Save all supporting documents as a single zip file.

3. Email eunoiadsa@ejc.edu.sg with the two files specified above attached.

Selection Process

Applicants go through three selection phases: (i) shortlisting; (ii) video conferencing selection exercise; and (iii) panel e-interview.

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PHASE 1 - SHORTLISTING

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SPORTS

Students should demonstrate passion and strong ability in their niche area.

They should meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Achievement / awards in international / regional / national / zonal competitions;

- Represented the Country or Singapore Schools

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Students should demonstrate passion and strong ability in their niche area.

They should meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Achievement / awards in international / regional / national competitions;

- Participated in Singapore Youth Festival.

 

BILINGUALISM

Students should demonstrate passion and strong ability in the English and Chinese Languages.

They should meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Consistently attained distinctions in O-Level English Language and either Chinese or Higher Chinese at secondary school examinations.

- Achievement/awards in competitions, essays, projects that shows passion and flair in both English and Chinese Language.

- Strong interest to learn about Western and Chinese cultures.

 

HUMANITIES PROGRAMME

Students should have overall consistently strong academic results, demonstrate passion and strong ability in the humanities, and have good CCA / holistic contributions.

They should meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Consistently attained distinctions in O-Level English Language and one or more Humanities subjects at secondary school examinations.

- Strong and heightened interest in global and local issues, with a unique personal voice.

- Balanced reading diet (beyond textbooks and literature texts).

 

MUSIC ELECTIVE PROGRAMME

Students should demonstrate passion and strong ability in music.

They should meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Consistently attained distinctions in O-Level Music or Higher Music at secondary school examinations.

- Achievements / awards in music performing or composing.

- Participation in national-level music ensembles, e.g. Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO), Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO).

 

LEADERSHIP

Student leaders should have qualities aligned to our College Vision:

- Youth with Passion: one with the passion and the conviction to lead in various capacity (in social causes, student leadership bodies, school population and the community)

- Thinker with Heart: one with the heart to serve by inspiring and influencing others with initiative, dedication and empathy

- Leader with Courage: one with the moral courage to do what is right, the confidence to speak up for others, the integrity to do right by the community

They should meet the following criterion:

- A portfolio consisting of supporting documents of your leadership experiences and reflections of those experiences.
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PHASE 2 - VIDEO CONFERENCING SELECTION EXERCISE

Applicants who successfully cleared the Shortlisting phase will be required to attend a video conference. Interviews will be conducted in July 2021. Details will be emailed/SMSed to successful applicants.

Note: Applicants for DSA (Leadership) will attend 2 rounds of video conferencing: 1 Individual and 1 Group.

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PHASE 3 - PANEL E-INTERVIEW

Applicants who successfully clear the Video Conferencing Selection Exercise will be required to attend a final e-interview with the College Admissions Committee comprising the Deans of Eunoia Junior College to assess their suitability and readiness to offer the A-Level curriculum at Eunoia Junior College.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must be current Secondary 4 students in local schools and confident of handling the rigour of the A-Level Curriculum at Eunoia Junior College. They must show passion in their area of application, as well as knowledge of the requirements of a JC Education.

Application Process

Interested students should download the online application form and email EunoiaDSA@ejc.edu.sg with the required attachments, which must reach us by 28 June 2021.

Additional requirements for the respective categories are stated below:

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BILINGUALISM

i) Two samples of writing (one in English; one in Chinese – could include school essays)

ii) A 500-word personal statement on "What does being bilingual mean in the current world context?”现今社会,双语人才应该具备哪些条件?

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HUMANITIES PROGRAMME

i) Two samples of writing: school essays can be included

ii) A 500-word response to "What is the value of the Humanities in today's world?"

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MUSIC ELECTIVE PROGRAMME

i) A music composition up to 3 minutes (can be existing composition)

ii) A 500-word personal statement on "How do you envision yourself contributing to EJC's music and aesthetics scene as a Eunoia MEP student?"

iii) An audition video of 5-10 minutes (can be existing video)

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LEADERSHIP

i) A 500-word personal statement on "Based on your personal experiences, what does it mean to lead?"

ii) The names and contact details of 2 referees who can vouch for your leadership experiences. (Please state their positions and their relationship to you.)

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by phone for a Video Conference at a given date and time. During the session, you will be informed to prepare the following documents for verification, if needed. Please wait for further instructions from the respective teachers.

  • Secondary School CCA record
  • Secondary 3 End-of-Year Exam results slip (or equivalent)
  • Secondary 4 Continual Assessment results slip (or equivalent)
  • Other supporting documents such as awards or highest certification of achievements

Applicants who are not shortlisted will receive an email notification by 23 July 2021.

Applicants who have cleared the Video Conferencing Selection Exercise will be required to attend a Panel e-Interview with the College Admissions Committee comprising the Dean of Eunoia Junior College. Candidates will be notified by phone.

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Offer latest by 11 August 2021. Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list will be notified via phone. Applications who are not offered a place in the DSA-JC exercise will be notified via email.

Successful applicants* are required to accept our offer by 16 August 2021, 3pm. Applicants on the waiting list will be informed of their final application outcome by 16 August 2021.

*Successful applicants are guaranteed a place in the college, provided they meet eligibility criteria for admission to a JC after the release of their Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level results. Successful DSA-JC students will NOT be allowed to take part in the JAE as places have already been reserved for them in the DSA-JC schools. They will also NOT be allowed to transfer to another JC after the release of the GCE O-Level examination results. They are expected to honour their commitment to the posted DSA-JC schools.

For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Education DSA-JC website.

For further enquiries on the EJC DSA-JC exercise, please email EunoiaDSA@ejc.edu.sg

STRONGER – Pre-University Seminar 2021

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Pre-U Sem 2021 is a four-day non-residential programme that brings together students from thirty pre-university institutions who are keen to make a difference to Singapore.

Participants will examine how Singapore can emerge stronger together as one through panel discussions, human library and brown bag sessions, blended learning and a special exhibition of their work.

DATE

1 - 4 June

THEME

Stronger

SUB-THEMES

Tougher, Bolder, Kinder

OBJECTIVES

Deepen participants’ understanding of the Singapore identity and values in the evolving social, economic and political context;

Raise participants’ awareness of the opportunities and challenges for Singapore amid this period of disruption and transformation;

Empower participants to generate possibilities, ideas and solutions in charting Singapore’s future as one united people; and

Nurture teamwork and camaraderie among participants across institutions.

PARTICIPANTS

535 participants
30 schools

Split into 24 school teams across 6 cohorts
No mixing of schools across cohorts

Seminar Design

STUDENT VOICE

Participants indicate and scope their preferred Area of Focus (AoF), and exercise choice in the deliverables

DEEP ENGAGEMENT

Participants learn from the Speakers Protocol, the Fishbowl Protocol and Human Library

AUTHENTIC LEARNING AND PARTNERSHIPS

Participants partner with relevant professionals and show their work at an exhibition.

Framework

Voices

Encourages participants to embrace a diversity of voices in Singapore

Journeys

Invites participants to celebrate different journeys undertaken by Singaporeans, and appreciate the process through which outcomes emerge

Dreams

Empowers the aspirations of ordinary Singaporeans, because it is the collective dreams of all Singaporeans that give meaning and shape to the Singapore Dream

Pre-Seminar Workshop

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Student participants from 30 schools kick-started their Pre-University Seminar journey with the Pre-Seminar Workshop held online on 13 March. Grouped according to their respective areas of focus, the participants met their group mates from different schools for the first time.

Guided by their enthusiastic Teacher Facilitators and Student Facilitators, the participants learnt more about each other through games and engaged in robust discussions about the Seminar theme, the relevant sub-theme, as well as their specific area of focus.

The discussions were further enriched by the diverse backgrounds and learning experiences of the participants as they exchanged ideas and collaborated to deepen their understanding of issues in Singapore.

Following the Workshop, the groups will continue to engage in meaningful conversations on their areas of focus and draw on insights from resource persons from the community with the support of their Teacher Facilitators and Student Facilitators.

Reflections

“Although having the programme online made it slightly difficult to get to know each other and to interact, most of us were able to get a much clearer understanding of our theme, sub-theme and area of focus. I was able to gain insight on how my group mates viewed Singapore and what they believed would make a kinder community. In addition, the short bonding sessions allowed us to get to know one another better and I have learnt many new things from the participants from the variety of schools. I am so excited to see what we have planned ahead of us as we continue to plan our deliverables!”

Seraphina Low

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Kinder
Area of Focus: Community

“At first, I was a bit skeptical about how the programme would be properly carried out online as it would severely limit the face-to-face interactions between the participants. However, I was really surprised by how well the online sessions went! The initial meeting was extremely engaging, considering its online setting. I’m really looking forward to the Seminar in June!"

Wong Jeun Ming

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Bolder
Area of Focus: Engagement

"Through the application of the ‘See, Recall, Mean’ framework, I gained a deeper understanding of my area of focus, which is Security. With participants coming from different backgrounds and holding different experiences, I had the opportunity to explore the different aspects of security more deeply. In addition to cybersecurity, which is a widely discussed topic in recent years, I also learned more about food and energy security, as well as a less often debated and more intangible topic – security of our identities. Touching on the topic of cybersecurity, one of the participants shared an experience of an internet breach and having personal information stolen. This helped us appreciate that our personal cybersecurity is facing greater risks as compared to the past, and added a more personal touch to the discussion."

Sim Jia Hui

STUDENT FACILITATOR
Sub-theme: Tougher
Area of Focus: Security

Timeline

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Seminar Programme

DAY 1
1 JUN 2021

Learning Journeys

Opening Ceremony

DAY 2
2 JUN 2021

Concurrent Panel Discussions

Work on Deliverable

DAY 3
3 JUN 2021

Human Library Sessions

Work on Deliverable

DAY 4
4 JUN 2021

Festival: 'Yours, Truly'

Closing Ceremony

Seminar Highlights

Opening Ceremony

Learning Journeys

The Opening Ceremony kick-started this year’s unique experience of a fully online seminar where our participants joined us in this virtual seminar from their own homes. Focussing on envisioning possibilities for Singapore to emerge stronger amid this period of disruption and transformation, the Opening Ceremony marks the start of our 4-day programme where we embark on this journey of reflection, reinvention, and re-imagination in co-creating a vision of a STRONGER Singapore. Dr Maliki Osman, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Education and Foreign Affairs, graced the seminar as the Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony. In his speech to the participants, Dr Maliki stressed the timeliness of the seminar’s theme, “Stronger”, amidst the challenges faced in the Covid-19 pandemic and how this pandemic would be a clarion call for the youth of Singapore to co-create a vision for a stronger Singapore as we venture into the post-COVID world.  We are excited for our participants to be stewards of this vision.

 

The Pre-University Seminar opened with our 24 groups of participants embarking on 24 different learning journeys. The learning journeys are a celebration of the Journeys undertaken by Singaporeans from all walks of life. Through a diversity of Voices, our seminar participants engaged in authentic and meaningful conversations with fellow Singaporeans. Drawing strength from the aspirations of these Singaporeans, our students are inspired to dream, reimagine, and reinvent for our collective Singapore Dream. 

REFLECTIONS

“After the fruitful virtual learning journey we had this morning with the Institute of Mental Health, my greatest takeaway is that Singapore does have the resource capacity (in the form of medical amenities and facilities to care and support mental health), but the obstacle that hinders us from truly being able to maximise these resources is deeply entrenched stigma and negative perceptions of mental illness that prevent patients from seeking help early.”

Lu Yi

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Tougher
Area of Focus: Capacity

"At first, I was actually very sceptical of this online learning journey, I wasn't too sure of how much I'll be able to take away. But the talks were really very inspirational. As of now, my aspiration is to become a journalist. This dream of mine came about because I wanted to share untold stories. So the film and the speaker’s words really broadened my perspective as to how storytelling should be like. Storytelling must not sensationalise but instead, be authentic. In the future, it will definitely be a struggle to find a balance, especially as a new writer. However, this just spurred me to continue working hard towards what I believe in."

Kyleen

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Kinder
Area of Focus: Empathy

Panel Discussions

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On day two of the seminar programme, our participants engaged in a panel discussion with invited panellists. Three concurrent panel discussions, aligned to the sub-themes Tougher, Bolder and “Kinder, took place and our participants were enriched by the knowledge and experiences shared by our distinguished panellists. The robust and authentic exchange of ideas with the panellists has inspired in our participants a vision of a STRONGER Singapore.

REFLECTIONS

“I think the biggest insight that I gained from the panel discussions is that kindness should not be forced, but instead should truly come from the heart to mean something. Since young, we've always been told that we have to be kind to others around us, but turning that thought into action also requires a significant deal of courage to be able to go out of our way to approach someone. The government has also been incentivising people to be kind. I think that it may work to make Singapore a much more beautiful place to live in. However, in my opinion, I think that kindness that has been shown through this manner is less meaningful than when it comes from the heart. Kindness should come from understanding, and subsequently wanting to make a difference and help someone.”

Chescia

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Kinder
Area of Focus: Inclusivity

“I think what stuck with me the most, and was touched upon quite a few times during the discussion, was the duality of boldness; in certain situations being bold means speaking out and challenging what has been normalised or routinised in society to engage with issues that have been buried and carve new paths for society to embark on, whereas other situations require a more analytical and critical approach to understanding the mechanisms that define society and how we can make changes to this system through our actions even without being forthright or contesting the entire system. But while there is a duality to boldness, it is not a binary; there is a  spectrum of boldness that different individuals fall on where we take different actions to pursue our ambitions and hopes for society, but through it all, we must stress the importance of acceptance and support. And lastly, the concept of balance, in that any act of our boldness will expect pushback or retaliation, and that this is merely indicative of the fact that our acts are being seen and should encourage us to continue whilst being open and receptive to other viewpoints.”

Aayush

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Bolder
Area of Focus: Engagement

“It has been an insightful sharing from both the panelists and the participants. It was interesting to understand the different perspectives that people had towards what being "tougher" means in Singapore. I think that it is important for us to recognize that there are many differing viewpoints in Singapore as to what being "tough" (or resilient) would actually mean, and I gained a deeper understanding of some of the issues that our country might still be facing currently. Through today's session, I think what struck me the most is multilateralism and inclusivity: we need to be empathetic towards others to ensure minimal conflict; I believe that this will ultimately be the fuel for maintaining Singapore's success in the future.”

Erica

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Tougher
Area of Focus: Sustainability

Human Library

 

Following Day 2’s Panel Discussions, our participants had the opportunity to interact with Human Books as part of the Human Library session. Individuals from different walks of life generously contributed their time to be Human Books, and shared their unique personal experiences in intimate online spaces. Through the heartfelt exchange of authentic voices, our participants uncovered fresh stories and perspectives and were inspired to build a STRONGER Singapore. 

REFLECTIONS

“I am touched by the stories shared and I am genuinely happy that so many of the Singaporeans are willing to help others at this time of crisis. This phrase was shared by Mr. David Hoe, it is "We become tougher by choosing to care" this is the mindset that all of us should carry. It is about being innovative and being willing to care. We are tougher when we are together.”

Jia Wen

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Bolder
Area of Focus: Engagement

“From the Human Library session today, I have learnt a lot regarding Singapore's biodiversity. As an enthusiast myself, I feel motivated to pursue a long-suppressed passion. I liked how Mr N Sivasothi shared about his background and how it was not forced on him to pursue a particular field. He was given his freedom to choose and explore. He interacted with nature and had direct touch with insects and animals before his love for nature grew and became his main career. This emphasises the importance of doing something that we feel strongly about so that we can involve ourselves actively in the field. With that too, changes can be made. Now, Singapore is working towards being a green city and so much goes into conserving our marine biodiversity, forests, and even our native fauna. This can be tied back to becoming a stronger Singapore as we can be bolder in our steps to step up for positive changes”

Istinarah

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Tougher
Area of Focus: Security

"I find that the discussion on how we can better educate Singaporeans on culture and how we can better represent the history that we have was very insightful. It gave me a new perspective in terms of the way people see and think of history, and how it is being expressed by institutions and people alike. I wonder how we can use the information that is being taught to us by institutions and experts in their respective fields, and use that to gain enough understanding and insight to create positive change. I also wonder how we can use this information to change the way we as a society see the diversity of communities around us, how we can empathise with and integrate marginalised or minority communities. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember, and I want to be a part of a national discussion that is always revolving in the public eye."

Raeann

STUDENT PARTICIPANT
Sub-theme: Kinder
Area of Focus: Empathy

Presentation of Deliverables

Following intense days of exploration, research and discussion, our participants generated possibilities, ideas, and solutions, and charted Singapore's future as one united people. Drawing on their collective creativity, they used various forms of expression to showcase their ideas for a STRONGER Singapore. These were presented ahead of the Closing Ceremony on 4 June. In addition, 3 groups had the opportunity to present their projects to the Guest of Honour, Minister for Education Mr. Chan Chun Sing. Here are some of our participants’ deliverables.

LAPIS TIDES
1 Tougher - Security

LAPIS TIDES features a physical sculpture that consists of 14 wire humanoids on a landscape of foam waves and a wooden base. The fishermen and the waves remind us of the “Orang Laut” (the sea people of Singapore) who made a living from fishing and collecting sea products. Hence, they represent food security. The bodies of the statues are made of wires, and the flexibility of the wires represents the human capacity for change. There is also a sense of dynamism as reflected in the poses of the statues. The use of hardy wood for the base of the physical sculpture represents the firm foundation that Singapore has. Our physical sculpture aims to reflect how far Singapore has come.

Sub-theme: Tougher
Area of Focus: Security
SEMPUR FORTIS: ALWAYS BRAVE
1 Bolder - Passion

SEMPUR FORTIS: ALWAYS BRAVE features a short slide story featuring three passionate and brave individuals from different walks of life who stepped out of their comfort zones to make a difference through volunteering at the place we call home. These three volunteer stories show us what it means to be brave for a bolder Singapore.

Sub-theme: Bolder
Area of Focus: Passion
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
1 Kinder - Inclusion

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? features a video that uses digitally drawn pictures to showcase the journey of Thomas, who was incarcerated for 7 years. Due to a series of bad choices in his formative years which led to him taking part in illegal activities that landed him in his arrest and imprisonment. During and after his sentence, Thomas received guidance from organisations such as Yellow Ribbon and Singapore After-Care Association that allowed him to successfully reintegrate into society despite the discrimination and challenges he faced. Through this video, the group aims to emphasise the importance of acceptance, inclusion, as well as the importance of being humane for a kinder Singapore.

Sub-theme: Kinder
Area of Focus: Inclusion

Special Programme

The Special Programme (“From Me to SG”) is a key feature of the Pre-U Seminar Closing Ceremony. Prior to the seminar this year, all participants were asked to design a postcard based on their area of focus and to pen down their hopes and aspirations of Singapore based on their area of focus. 24 postcards from the seminar's three sub-themes (Tougher, Bolder, and Kinder) were eventually selected to be featured - showcasing the creativity of the student participants and their hopes and aspirations for Singapore. Out of them, six postcards were presented in an acrylic frame as tokens of appreciation of the Guests of Honour. As part of this Special Programme, Eunoia Junior College’s Rock Band also penned and performed the song “Stronger” to convey the collective vision of a Tougher, Bolder, and Kinder Singapore.

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Closing Ceremony

The virtual closing ceremony marks the end of 2021’s Pre-University Seminar. Minister for Education, Mr Chan Chun Sing, was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony. During the ceremony, participants presented their thoughtful and exciting ideas for a Kinder, Tougher, and Bolder Singapore. Minister Chan and distinguished guests also engaged participants in a robust exchange of ideas in the Question & Answer session. 

In his closing remarks, Minister Chan encouraged our participants to not let circumstances define them and to focus on the actions in responding to these challenges faced instead; to have the collective will and action to keep Singapore going ahead in being Tougher, Bolder, and Kinder.

With the end of the Pre-University Seminar journey, we hope that the seminar provided an enriching space for our participants to reflect on their priorities as a community and inspire them to redefine the paths they can take individually and collectively, especially against the current backdrop of the pandemic. With the collective vision they co-created, we hope our participants will continue to be inspired in their desire to build a STRONGER Singapore.

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The Class of 2020 Take Flight – Vol 4

The Class of 2020
Take Flight

VOLUME FOUR

The Class of 2020 demonstrated how when hearts unite and minds ignite, our dreams can take flight. In this fourth volume, Wei Ting, Hon Jung, Ga-lan, and Jia Yi share the importance of having support structures and a never-say-die attitude, factors that contributed to their exceptional achievements and leadership roles.

PHOTOS BY ANNABELLE TAY, SEAN KOH AND YONG EE

Chua Wei Ting

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Chua Wei Ting (19-E3) was a highly intelligent and conscientious student who consistently featured on the Dean’s List (Academic). Possessing a natural flair for language, she was a recipient of the MOE Spanish Language Elective Scholarship and offered H2 Spanish. As Head of Video Training and Module in the Media Club, despite not having prior experience in the technicalities of producing videos, Wei Ting picked up filmmaking skills on her own through online tutorials and conducted sessions to help them develop their skills in video production. Despite her multiple commitments such as the Pre-University Seminar, the 8th International Biomedical Quiz and Our Singapore SG75, Wei Ting still found time to help in community Service Learning Projects, demonstrating a strong sense of purpose, heart and courage.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I am quite happy and thankful for my results, and grateful for the support I have received from my friends, family, and teachers. My friends were a constant source of love and support for me - from being my study buddies in the library, to providing academic support and ensuring that I had regular breaks and time to unwind. I also appreciated how school facilities like the library continued to stay open in spite of the pandemic, providing me with a space to concentrate, and opportunities to consult teachers. Lastly, I am thankful to my family for their unconditional support and love.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

If I could choose a single word to embody my Eunoia experience, it would be “unprecedented”. I experienced many firsts throughout my JC years, both in my academic and personal life. Some of the biggest contributors to my JC life were my friends, who supported me through every step of the way, as well as my teachers, who were unendingly patient in providing guidance - from answering hundreds of questions on WhatsApp, to sacrificing their rest days for work-from-home consults.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

The phrase that grounded me through my challenges and difficulties was: “It gets better”. Lightning never strikes twice at the same place, and things are bound to get better. Many things in life are a state of mind, and the first step in many good stories is to fake it until you make it.

Tan Hon Jung

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Tan Hon Jung (19-U3) was a student leader, Hon Jung believed in empowering the people around him and respecting their opinions. As House Captain, he helmed the organisation and coordination of Uzuri House events such as House Parties and House Signature Events. Jung empowered his House Committee Members by encouraging the sharing of ideas and adopting them in organising House activities. He recognized and harnessed the different strengths and capabilities of his House Committee members, nurturing them into leaders. When it came to making changes to the Orientation Programme so it could be carried out safely amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Hon Jung exhibited grace under pressure and adapted activities deftly to suit Safety Management Measures. He was tenacious in overcoming challenges and forged a strong camaraderie amongst his team.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I was elated with my results as I achieved the rank points that I was aiming for, and would be able to enter most courses that I am interested in. Although I feel that I might have let certain teachers down for some of my subjects, I know that I have done my best and, thus, the only way from this point is to continue moving forward. I am thankful for all the people that I have met in my JC life, as well as my supportive family, schoolmates and teachers, who had faith in me throughout and constantly provided me with the help I required.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

It's been an eventful and fulfilling two years in this school. During this time, I managed to take part in many activities that I would never have imagined myself partaking in. This taught me a lot of new things about myself too. It truly has been an unforgettable and memorable experience in Eunoia and I really owe it to those around me, from my friends who were my daily motivation for coming to school to various individuals whom I work with to organise school-wide events.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

I would advise my juniors to learn the importance of balancing work and rest. It might get tough and you might feel disheartened at times but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. As long as you keep the end goal in mind, hustle on, and trust the process. All will turn out to be fine, and it will all be worth it in the end. Also, make sure you have a strong support system around you and reach out for help when you need it! Take care of one another and everything will be okay.

Gan Ga-Lan

ALUMNUS OF ST PATRICK'S SCHOOL

Gan Ga-lan (19-E5) was a diligent and focused student with a positive learning attitude. A reliable and competent leader, Ga-lan was elected to be the Creative Director during the Eunoia Global Orientation Programme to Taiwan in 2019. As a Student Ambassador, he shared his personal learning experiences at many outreach sessions to several secondary schools. He also led campus tours for visitors during college-wide events such as College Day and Open House, and initiated many meaningful conversations with them. Ga-lan stepped up to be part of the planning committee of Eunoia Fiesta, raising funds for the college. Kind and helpful he took the initiative to help his peers who could use added support. He demonstrated excellent time management skills and mental resilience managing both his studies and extra-curricular commitments.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel really elated and blessed to have attained good results at the A-Level examinations. Although there were many challenges I faced, my friends and teachers always helped to keep my head up during the final stretch, consistently encouraging me. For example, they would always be ready to answer my questions. Furthermore, they would occasionally bring tidbits and drinks to help encourage me. I also have to specially mention my family. They were there to see me at my worst. When I felt like giving up, they would always take the time amidst their busy schedules to comfort me. All these sources of encouragement fueled me to do well for the A-Level examinations. Without their seemingly small acts of motivation, I wouldn't have done as well as I did.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

My two years in Eunoia were a rather interesting journey. To this day, I still remember the day I received my Junior College Posting results. I vividly remembered feeling disheartened as Eunoia Junior College wasn’t my first choice. In addition, I was the only one from my secondary school, Saint Patrick's Secondary School, who was posted to Eunoia. I remember panicking as I worried about whether I would fit in. However, after the past two years, I am proud to say that I enrolled in EJC. The memories forged with my class, CCA mates, and teachers have made it a memorable journey. I can’t help but especially thank my close friends whom I’ve bonded with in the past two years. They have been with me through thick and thin. When I went through a dark patch in my life, they were strong pillars in my life and supported me back to my feet during that time. I would say that only in EJC could I have met so many caring teachers and friends. The teachers in EJC are not only driven but dedicated to helping the students here. If given this opportunity to go back in time to pick a different school, I would insist on enrolling in EJC. The past two years have been filled with many great memories and experiences. From being sad about being posted to EJC, I now feel proud to be a part of Eunoia.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

I think one piece of advice I would like to share with my juniors is to not be afraid. Being the ‘odd one out’ at first made me afraid of trying and starting new things. I felt that because of this fear, I didn’t make full use of my time in EJ. If there is a particular cause or activity you want to start, I would fully encourage them to start it. As my teacher, Ms Iris Lee, once told me, “It is better to become than to stay in the becoming." What this means is that one should always strive for what you are really passionate about. Don’t let your fears hinder the pursuit of your passion.

Teo Jia Yi

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Teo Jia Yi (19-E3) was an intelligent and versatile thinker who loved German and attained the MOE German Language Elective Scholarship. She volunteered to be part of German Opportunities Day, an event aimed at introducing German culture to Singaporeans. Jia Yi also served as an outstanding leader who contributed immensely to strengthening house and college pride. As the House Representative for her class, Jia Yi rallied the class to participate in House competitions and was involved in the planning of House activities. She enthusiastically seized opportunities for growth, and was a role model to her peers, possessing the mental and physical stamina to take on rigorous challenges with impressive grace and calm. 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I am very happy and thankful that my efforts paid off at the end and I felt that surviving this arduous journey was worth it. I could not have gotten through this long journey without the help and support of the people around me, especially my friends who supported me endlessly, by staying back together, working on assignments during our free periods, or having heart-to-heart talks. I am also immensely grateful for my tutors who often gave me lots of valuable advice during consultations. I would also like to thank my classmates from 19-E3 for always being there for one another, and my 8-men Biology class where I made many enjoyable memories.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

My two years in EJC have been a special part of my life, allowing me to take away numerous memories from school events, such as Orientation, Inter-House games and House Signature Events. JC has taught me to cherish the mundane things in life and the many little experiences I’ve had with the people around me — be it the times we sprinted from Ghim Moh Food Centre back to school in time for lectures, or the days I stayed back late in school with my classmates to prepare for the A-Levels. These moments brought me much joy when everything seemed bleak and helped me pull through the tough times. Lastly, my school life would not have been as meaningful without the people I spent it with — my dearest friends, my tutors, and my parents.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

JC life can be extremely daunting and challenging given its academic rigour and the numerous commitments we have to juggle. However, I have learned that I am not alone in this journey and that there are people I can depend on. Hence, don’t be afraid to seek help when you need to — be it from your peers or teachers — and be proactive in your learning! Nevertheless, the A-Levels is not everything there is to JC; have fun while it lasts. All the best!

The Class of 2020 Take Flight – Vol 3

The Class of 2020
Take Flight

VOLUME THREE

The Class of 2020 demonstrated how when hearts unite and minds ignite, our dreams can take flight. They made the most of college life amidst an unusual two years for people all over the world. In this third volume, our student-athletes Hannah, Verrell, and Jolene share words of inspiration with their juniors and insights about their paths to success, both in and out of the classroom. 

PHOTOS BY SEAN KOH AND YONG EE

Hannah Chiang

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Hannah Chiang (19-E3) excelled in both academics and sports and lived out the spirit of goodwill to all in her efforts to contribute to her community. A talented and passionate synchronised swimmer, her ability to push her limits earned her a place on the national team at the age of 14. A SEA Games Gold Medal winner and a regular competitor and international synchronised swimming competitions in 2019, she was also the recipient of the Peter Lim Sports Scholarship (U-18 High Performance) in 2019 and 2020. Hannah’s high level of performance was especially commendable given that she was diagnosed with Hoffa’s Syndrome and worked hard to overcome the challenges it posed to her training. Amidst the rigours of elite sport training and the A-level curriculum, Hannah sought to serve others, participating in the Eunoia GO Programme to Chiangmai, Thailand, where she taught English and Art to children. In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hannah volunteered to be part of a food delivery coordination team that brought food to migrant workers in dormitories.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I was surprised, in all honesty, given my grades over the last two years, the number of commitments I had outside school, and the amount of effort I needed to push myself in subjects I was especially weak in. It was really the constant and sincere encouragement for me throughout the journey that became my daily source of energy to push myself to achieve such massive improvements in my results. Seeing my final results and hearing my teachers’ and peers’ praises for me made all the gruelling hours worthwhile.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

My two years can’t be described as extremely eventful, especially with the changes to school programmes in 2020. Still, the relationships with friends, schoolmates, and teachers are what I treasure most now that I have graduated. Being in synchronised swimming, an external CCA, I had no CCA mates nor typical training sessions like most other students. Nonetheless, I felt that I fit in well, be it in class, other groups of friends, Eunoia GO trips, and more. I had my own unique stories to tell, and many people’s stories to listen to, and these really made me feel the unity in diversity in Eunoia.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

I came into EJC as a quiet, somewhat unsociable person with the mindset of doing well in synchronised swimming, getting good results, and quickly letting two “difficult years” fly by. A lack of time for my numerous commitments was always the cause of my academic struggles. Ironically, that was precisely what made me closer to schoolmates and teachers who made each step of my two-year journey meaningful and memorable, from simple conversations to deep life-advice sessions and sharings that made me enjoy the “struggles” of JC life. These created memorable moments that are hard for me to forget or regret.

Verrell Tan

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Verrell Tan (19-U3) excelled both in the classroom and on the volleyball court. A recipient of the MOE Pre-University Scholarship and a diligent, self-motivated student, he consistently earned a place on the Dean’s List (Academic). Verrell was also a highly-respected Captain of EJC Volleyball, making the time to get to know each of the players on his team well and growing into an excellent motivator on and off the court. An outstanding player himself, he was selected to represent Singapore at the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) School Games in 2019. Amidst this all, Verrell also served as an Orientation Group Leader at the EJC Orientation Programme and a Sports and House Representative for his class, making valuable contributions to strengthening the Eunoia culture. He extended goodwill to those beyond the college community as well, volunteering his time to share his love for Volleyball with primary school students and, during the Covid-19 pandemic, engaging students from less privileged backgrounds in educational and creative activities. 

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

Overall, I am satisfied with my results. I am thankful for the support from my teachers and friends in EJC that allowed me to attain these results which I am happy with. Being able to effectively manage my time between studying and training for volleyball really helped me a lot in maintaining a balance in my student life.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

My two years in Eunoia have been filled with memorable moments I shared with the people here, whether it was having fun with my friends, or studying together. To me, it is the people here — teachers, schoolmates, friends — that helped to shape my journey in EJC into a meaningful one, because they were the ones who made the environment in Eunoia feel vibrant and enjoyable.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

In every JC student’s life, time management is key. Learn to effectively manage your time so that you can make the most out of your JC life as this is a great opportunity for you to broaden your horizon and pursue your passion. However, with all that said, try not to stress yourself out too much and enjoy these two years of JC life!

Jolene Hsu

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Jolene Hsu (19-I3) was an outstanding student, Volleyball player, and leader who had a heart for service. A curious student who loved learning, she seized opportunities offered by the college to extend her learning beyond the A-Level syllabus. As Captain of the Volleyball Team, Jolene made a concerted effort to strengthen bonds amongst her teammates, and was an encouraging and motivating leader. Her charisma and ability to bring diverse individuals together also made her an outstanding Class Chairperson. Her natural goodwill to others was also on display during her participation in the Eunoia GO trip to Cambodia where she taught English to children there. Prior to the trip, she spearheaded a donation drive in the college to collect and sort materials to meet the needs of the villagers they would later meet. Jolene truly shone as an all-rounder who was a role model to her peers.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel like it was quite unexpected and I was pleasantly surprised because JC life was quite tough for me and I was also quite an average student. Thus, I would say that this is a testament to how, if you study hard and if you study smart, your hard work will pay off. I owe my results to my friends and classmates, as I was fortunate to be in a class with very capable people that I could lean on, especially when the academic workload was very high. My teachers were also very caring and understanding, especially towards those who were struggling in class. They offered consultations whenever we were confused with a particular concept, and made sure that we were on top of our work. My family also helped me to achieve these results, as they sacrificed a lot of time, especially when they brought me dinner and picked me up from school after long, tiring, study sessions in the library.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I feel that my 2 years in Eunoia were focused on personal growth and understanding the importance of holistic development. As I was the captain of Volleyball and also a Class Chairperson, I felt a lot of pressure to excel academically, as well as in these leadership roles in order to serve as a good role model for my team members and class. I am grateful for the really good support system I had in Eunoia; my friends and social circle supported me through trying times and helped me to grow as a leader while also maintaining my mental health.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

I’d advise my juniors to live in the moment and not allow stress to overwhelm you. Consistent hard work hard helps with this, minimising any last-minute panic. Maintain a good support system, and be there for your friends whenever they need you. It is important to have confidence in yourself and not let other factors in your life undermine your ability, because you are the one who knows yourself best! Lastly, to all my fellow overthinkers out there, as Winnie the Pooh once said: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think! Take heart, and I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

The Class of 2020 Take Flight – Vol 2

The Class of 2020
Take Flight

VOLUME TWO

Eunoia Junior College's Class of 2020 have done themselves and the college proud. In this second volume, Ellard, Lauren, James and Ming Ying spoke to us about their journeys as student-leaders, looked back at their multi-layered academic pursuits and gave their juniors some wisdom for their juniors on the road to success.

PHOTOS BY ANNABELLE TAY, SEAN KOH AND YONG EE

Ellard Tan

ALUMNUS OF ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

Ellard Tan (19-U3) was a thinker, scholar, leader and volunteer during his time in the college. He pursued his passion in Mathematics, taking part in competitions such as the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad in 2019 and reading H3 Mathematics, and Knowledge & Inquiry. As a Student Councillor, he played a key part in organising JC2 Graduation Night for his seniors and supported his own and junior cohorts as Welfare Assistant IC. Taking on a second CCA in Choir, Ellard overcame a lack of musical experience to represent the college at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2019, achieving a Certificate of Distinction with the choir. Just as passionate about social issues, he volunteered at Meet-the-People Sessions at Ulu Pandan, volunteered at a food donation drive with Food from the Heart and started a Values in Action project to benefit children from less privileged households. 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

Overall, I’m satisfied. Studying consistently is the most important thing. It’s important to not fall behind in school. Also, I think a curiosity for learning helped make studying more bearable since I kept the bigger picture of gaining more knowledge in mind.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

They were probably the best two years of my life. The people I met in KI, Council, Choir, Class, the little interactions I had really defined my journey. Simply appreciating these small moments really added to my time in EJ. But alongside these small moments were the unforgettable events (Orientation, Euphoria, SYF). It was in these events that I made some incredible moments as I lost myself in the atmosphere.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

For JC1s: Don’t worry too much about trying to fit in with the more “popz” (popular) people. Just be yourself and talk to people and the right company will come to you. Also, study consistently. Don’t freak out too much, because the gap between JC and Sec 4 is mad.

For JC2s: Study hard, but also find out a method that works for you. But don’t let studying consume you. Time management is important, so make a schedule. Remember to still make time for friends.

Both: Treasure your time with your friends. JC is fast. Appreciate the little moments. Play hard and study hard.

Lauren Sim

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Lauren Sim (19-O5) exemplified the spirit of excellence, setting high expectations of herself, participating in many Bicultural Studies Programme activities such as the Business China Youth Showdown, and twice placing on the Dean's List (Academic) as well as the Dean's List (Character & Service). As the Skills and Campcraft Head of the Outdoor Adventure Club (ODAC) and a member of the Student Ambassadors, Lauren was a role model for others and developed her CCA mates and fellow ambassadors. As the Class Chairperson in both years, she was the custodian of class spirit and showed great initiative to organise activities that would cater to her classmates' strengths. Lauren showed a unique ability to motivate those around her, organising the annual Spartan Race together with her peers in ODAC, starting the @ej.beautifulminds mental health initiative as part of the GLIDE talent development programme and mentoring young children at the Inspire Mentorship Programme (Kebun Baru). 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I’m very happy and elated about my results. One major group of people that helped me to achieve these results is my friends, because 2020 was a challenging year with COVID-19 and the Circuit Breaker period. These caused a toll on my mental health, so my friends supported me and our study sessions were great in keeping my momentum. My friends held on to me, and helped me to persevere even in the toughest times. Another group of people was the teachers. My teachers were supportive and reminded me that I was not defined by my grades and they affirmed my efforts.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I would describe it as eventful, and a journey of growth. It’s eventful because it’s very colourful, and there are many different kinds of experiences which made school life interesting and vibrant. A group of people who really helped me throughout the 2 years was ODAC because I enjoyed their company and always felt really safe with them, so I am really thankful for them. It’s a journey of growth because I met a lot of people who were different from me, and each of them taught me a valuable lesson. The most valuable lesson I picked up was that I am more than my grades.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

I would say that the most important thing is to take care of yourself in these 2 years because it is taxing if you just focus on your grades, workload, and commitments. It is always important to remember that you come first, and grades really don't define you. The most important thing to remember is that your best is always enough.

James Ong

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

James Ong (19-A5) was an enthusiastic go-getter who applied himself conscientiously and passionately. He managed his commitments between two CCAs – a member of the EJC Floorball team, he continued to serve in the St. John Ambulance Brigade in his secondary school as an Alumni Officer. As the Class Chairperson for his civics group, he watched over his peers' welfare and devised thoughtful ways of implementing safe management measures in the classroom. Curious and passionate about world affairs, he expanded his horizons in the Bicultural Studies Programme and the (Pharmaceutical Drugs and Society module in Programme ALTITUDE. He reached further heights in the Eunoia Global Orientation Programme expedition to Vietnam, showing the resilience needed to scale Mount Fansipan and the adaptability to redesign games and lessons for the Vietnamese children after learning they spoke almost no English. A responsible and exemplary student, James delivers his best to help those around him.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel good about my results! There were a few subjects that I struggled with in my two years in EJ but thanks to the support of my teachers, friends and seniors I was able to work on my weaknesses and expand on my strengths to do my best in each subject.

I think I achieved these results thanks to time management. Time management is more than studying every waking hour. Rather, things like having good sleep and time with family are just as important to a fulfilling JC journey.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I would describe my two years in Eunoia as eye-opening. I think the two-year journey here was meaningful because of how the flexibility and freedom the students have in choosing what they want to pursue in JC. From subject combination to Talent Development Programmes to leadership opportunities to immersion programmes, everyone has true freedom to choose their journey. This freedom has allowed me to pursue things I would never have considered to explore, such as BSP and GLIDE. These programmes added lots of value to my time in EJ.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

I would like my juniors to know that only you are in control of the two years you spend here. This means that you should never allow others to make choices for you. Lots of people will give you advice but remember that their advice was what worked for them and not necessarily you. It’s time to take control and shape these two years into what you want it to be. All the best!

Peh Ming Ying

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Peh Ming Ying (19-I2) was an analytical thinker who elevated the quality of discussion and thought in her class. She represented the college in the International Mathematics Modelling Challenge and Singapore International Biology Olympiad in 2019, receiving the Merit Award in the former. Keenly interested in global and local developments, she took part in the Space & Society module in Programme ALTITUDE to learn from experts about Singapore's space industry, placing second in the Data Science Hackathon organised by the college and developed a greater appreciation of regional security challenges in the MINDEF Experience Programme. Her heart for the community was evident in the EJ Pay-It-Forward thrift shop initiative, where she planned the collection of pre-owned school material to be sold at an affordable price to her fellow Eunoians.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel that my results were a bit unexpected. Subjects that I didn’t expect much for exceeded my expectations but other subjects did let me down. Nonetheless, I think all the consultations I had with my teachers really benefited me. The teachers were very encouraging despite some very last-minute consultations. On top of that, a combination of studying with friends in school and by myself at home was really helpful too. But aside from all the studying, I think it helped to take breaks, especially after exams. A-levels is like a marathon; it is crucial to pace yourself and not burn out.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I think my two years in Eunoia were really vibrant and dynamic. I met many like-minded friends who were by my side for everything. I also had the opportunity to go on higher education trips to the US, which was very enriching for my higher education choices. In addition, I was privileged to join the Talent Development Programme, Programme ALTITUDE, for the past 2 years, as I learnt a lot outside the curriculum. The teachers would share their insights and invite speakers for us, giving us exclusive insights into Data Science & Space. I am really grateful to all these people, as well as my CCA peers who were with me as we planned CCA things together.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

One advice I would like to share is to be resourceful. Many seniors have a wealth of resources and advice to tide you through your 2 years in EJ. It was really helpful talking to seniors about their studying plan and tips, especially when the Circuit Breaker period hit and our motivation to study was at an all-time low. In addition, I found it useful to share notes amongst my peers and discuss content with them. It helped flag any flaws or loopholes I had in terms of my understanding. This was easier than attempting a paper or rereading notes.

The Class of 2020 Take Flight – Vol 1

The Class of 2020
Take Flight

VOLUME ONE

The Class of 2020 demonstrated how when hearts unite and minds ignite, our dreams can take flight. They made the most of college life amidst an unusual two years for people all over the world. In this first volume, Phaedra, Gaston, Sherman and Leslie share their tips for living a full life in JC, reflecting on how they pursued their passions even as they strove for academic excellence.

PHOTOS BY ANNABELLE TAY AND SEAN KOH

Phaedra Tan

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Phaedra Tan (19-E1) was an all-rounded student who displayed a spirit of excellence in her studies, and made valuable contributions to the college community. She pursued her interest in entrepreneurship through her participation Programme Magnitude. She was also a recipient of the MOE Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) Scholarship and was elected to the BSP Committee where she organised programmes to promote biculturalism in the Eunoia community. An outstanding leader, Phaedra was a member of the Orientation Executive Committee and a well-respected Class Chairperson. She was thus a deserving recipient of the MOE Edusave Character Award and also earned a place on the Dean's List (Character & Service). The indelible mark she left on her peers was evident when she was selected as the Cohort Representative at Commendation Day 2020. Her legacy of service continues as the Cohort Representative in EJC Alumni, as she keeps her peers in touch with the Eunoia community in the years to come.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I think my results are a culmination of the education I have received thus far, not only from my teachers but also from my family and friends who have supported me through this rigorous journey. I think all alumni would remember our study break before A-Levels where most of our consolidation took place — that period of time was truly vital to achieving my results as it was when I was able to identify the remaining gaps and seek help to resolve them. Of course, our wonderful teachers and supportive friends were always so ready and willing to help.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

My two years here were years of self-discovery as I learned more about myself as I went through the rigorous curriculum, built friendships, and participated in co-curricular activities. These experiences really helped me build my character, and identify what is truly valuable to me. I firmly believe that meaning is created by your own perception and the people who help you through a journey. The support from my friends and teachers helped me frame challenges as opportunities for growth made these two years truly meaningful.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

I would like to encourage my juniors to work with the end in mind. Always remember that the only way is up as long as you keep striving, asking for help, and acting on the advice you receive. The process is always tough but having a clear direction and goal and visualising yourself achieving those dreams is key to staying afloat. It doesn’t matter where you are now — only how much you’re willing to work to reach what you want. All the best!

Gaston Liew

ALUMNUS OF YISHUN TOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL

Gaston Liew (19-A2) was part of the Music Elective Programme and a section leader in the college Choir. An outstanding singer and a well-regarded leader, he contributed to the Choir achieving its first Distinction Award at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. Gaston also lent his talents to many other college events, performing at Euphoria, the annual year-end celebration for the JC1 cohort, as well as at Euphony opus 2 and 3, the annual concert put up by the college’s Music students. He organised a fund-raising busking concert, titled “Busking Tape”, with his classmates to raise money for the new college campus. Even as he pursued his passion for music, Gaston was a consistent and diligent student who earned the MOE Edusave Good Progress Award. Amidst all of this, he led his juniors as an Orientation Group Leader in the 2020 Orientation programme.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I am very satisfied with my results. When I first entered Eunoia, I was worried that as a DSA student, I might not be able to keep up with my peers academically. So, I am very proud of what I have achieved and how far I have come. My teachers really helped me along the way in guiding me and going the extra mile to give me the support that I need, being always willing to help when I approached them! My friends also constantly gave me the boost of encouragement that I needed when I am down and gave me the drive to work till the end. My family’s constant love and care through my whole JC journey made such a difference too.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

It was a blessing. I never intended to go the JC route at the start of my Sec 4 year but my decision to choose EJC has been nothing short of amazing. The community, culture, and heart of Eunoia have been such defining factors in shaping my time in Eunoia, giving me the courage to really step out of my comfort zone to serve and give back to the school. I always felt at home even though I was new to the people around me when I first joined the college.

WHAT ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

I would like to encourage my juniors to never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to give back to the school - EJC is the best place to really let your talents and gifts shine! Make the most out of your two-year journey and give yourself the most holistic education you can have!

Sherman Goh

ALUMNUS OF COMMONWEALTH SECONDARY SCHOOL

Sherman Goh (19-U4) was passionate about Science and excelled at it. A recipient of the A*STAR JC Scholarship, he embarked on a research project with A*STAR in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Sherman also won a bronze award in the Singapore Chemistry Olympiad where he achieved a bronze award and pursued H3 Chemistry. His love for Chemistry was contagious, and he was an outstanding ambassador for the subject at the 2020 Open House. His willingness to contribute to the college, to assist his peers, and his enthusiasm for his CCA, Softball, culminated in a rich experience in EJC.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel really happy with my results and I would say that it is surprisingly better than I had expected. It was definitely the continuous support from my teachers and friends that I’ve made in EJC that really motivated me to push myself harder. I am grateful for their support because they are the ones who enabled me to attain the results which I am happy to take home today.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I would say that my two years in EJC have been quite meaningful. Initially, I had expected life in college to be mundane, where all I can do is study, but EJC proved me wrong. EJC gave me opportunities to develop myself as a person and allowed me to make amazing friends that supported and cared for me in every way possible. Besides this, my teachers always went the extra mile to ensure our well-being, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

To my juniors, I encourage all of you to start your preparation early and plan ahead. Do also try to approach your teachers to clarify whenever in doubt and, last but not least, all the best in your preparation for the A-Levels!

Leslie Yip

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Leslie Yip (19-I4) was the consummate all-rounder; he was an excellent student, a talented musician, an inquisitive scientist, and a highly regarded leader. He consistently earned a place on the Dean’s List (Academic), even as he fully embraced opportunities outside the classroom. He was President of the EJC Symphonic Band, a bass guitarist in the Rock Band, and a member of Makerspace. Leslie seized opportunities to pursue his passions outside the college as well, taking part in the Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament 2019, where his team won the Bronze Award and he was also part of a team that emerged first at the SUTD Electric Vehicle Design Challenge 2019. He used his talents to serve others as well, playing the bass guitar in the recording of a music video for an original song, Everyday Heroes, which aimed to raise awareness about and show gratitude for the contributions of those leading the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The wide range of co-curricular activities he excelled in and his outstanding leadership of the college Band and his civics group made Leslie a truly worthy recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Young Leader Award, given to students who demonstrate academic and co-curricular excellence.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THESE RESULTS?

I feel a great sense of relief to know that my hard work over the past two years has paid off. My friends and family really supported me through this journey; they gave me constant motivation and encouragement to keep going. It was definitely time management that helped me in this journey, because it allowed me to study effectively, ensuring that I had adequate time to rest and recover.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA AND WHAT MADE IT MEANINGFUL?

I would describe these two years as enriching and fulfilling. My friends have made this journey incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. Pioneering the development of the school rock band will always be one of my highlights as I got to establish a legacy through music-making. I got to pursue my passion thanks to the support and empowerment from the school, and the teachers who always supported and guided me to grow and further develop myself.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED? HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO OVERCOME THEM?

Do not be afraid to try new things. Chase your interest and experiment to discover your passion. In the face of adversity, persevere. Allow yourself to feel disappointed when you do not perform up to your expectations, but pick yourself up after that and keep going because that is what is important. Also, take adequate breaks from time to time so that you do not burn out. Give yourself time to rest so you do not lose momentum, and definitely rely on those around you to press on. Keep your friends close and support each other because they will see you through the toughest of times.

Our Minds Ignite –
2020 A-Level Results

Our Minds Ignite

2020 A-LEVEL RESULTS

Eunoia Shining

Eunoia Junior College congratulates our class of 2020 for their outstanding achievement at the 2020 GCE A-Level Examination. Coming from 63 secondary schools, their collective strength as one Eunoia allowed them to ignite new possibilities amidst the unprecedented challenges of 2020.

The college is proud of all 591 Eunoians who sat the 2020 GCE A-Level Examination. The cohort achieved a median University Admission Score of 85 rank points, with 77 students attaining 90 rank points and 152 students scoring 89 rank points or more. Over 1 in 2 students garnered 85 rank points or more.

4 in 10 Eunoians scored at least 3 H2 distinctions.

1 in 4 Eunoians scored 4 H2 distinctions.

4 in 10 Eunoians attained 5 distinctions or more.

139 Eunoians attained 6 distinctions or more.

47 Eunoians achieved 7 distinctions or more.

4 Eunoians achieved a total of 8 distinctions.

1 in 2 Eunoians achieved a distinction in their H3 subjects.

Hearts United

Above and beyond their academic achievements, every Eunoian in the Class of 2020 excelled holistically as a Youth with Purpose, Thinker with Heart, Leader with Courage. They strengthened Eunoia’s house culture and created more avenues for fellow Eunoians to pursue their passions, initiating the formation of a new CCA, EJC Press, and student-initiated interest groups, Chamber Strings and Street Dance.

The Class of 2020 made the Big Move to our Bishan campus successful and memorable, leaving their mark on the Ghim Moh community and taking the important first steps to make us a part of the Bishan community. They turned a new campus into a welcoming home, filling our 12 storeys with pride and song. In a year when the National School Games and Singapore Youth Festival were suspended, they found new ways to use their talents to bring hope, inspiration and joy to others in the Eunoia community and beyond. The Rock Band collaborated with students from Crest Secondary School and Fengshan Primary School to record Everyday Heroes, a tribute to those on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic. Eunoians in GLIDE, a talent management programme focused on advocacy and service, reached out to migrant workers who built our campus, and also distributed masks to members of the community. Our student councillors led a drive to collect well wishes for Changi Airport Group staff. Commendably, the Class of 2020 channelled their talents into living out the Eunoia ethos of beautiful thinking, goodwill to all.

Dreams in Flight

Dean of the 2020 JC2 cohort, Mrs Kellie Woo, shared, ‘The year 2020 had been an unprecedented one for the JC2s. I remember the day full Home-Based Learning was declared, there were thousands of questions and worries in our heads. Our Eunoians and teachers remained resilient and purposeful, and provided support to each other virtually. Upon the gradual return to college for face-to-face lessons, we treasured every moment together and settled down quickly. I am extremely proud of the Class of 2020 for emerging stronger together from this experience. Today, we celebrate our growth, and look forward to new beginnings with high hopes.’

Principal, Mrs Wong-Cheang Mei Heng said, ‘As one Eunoia, we celebrate their holistic achievements, talent and contributions of the Class of 2020. They embraced our new campus with hope and a keen sense of determination to make the place a home for themselves and their juniors. We marvelled at the way they adjusted to the changes brought about by the pandemic with fortitude and good sense, emerging from it with greater sensitivity to what they value about learning and school life. Even as we celebrate their success at the A-Levels, and the opportunities their results afford them, they are ultimately not defined by their grades and certificates. We cherish the way the Class of 2020 supported one another, formed lifelong friendships, proved their resilience and left a legacy for their juniors to build on.’

The growth of our Eunoians and the glories they have defined would not be possible without the dedication and support of teachers, non-teaching staff, parents, College Advisory Committee and Joint Integrated Programme partner schools. To the Class of 2020, as Eunoians evermore, may you grow in purpose, heart and courage. We look forward to hearing your voices soar, once more.

PHOTOS BY EJC MEDIA

Writing as One – EJC Yearbook 2019-20

Our third yearbook chronicles the personal stories of staff and students, celebrating our collective ingenuity, resilience and generosity amidst the pandemic-defined times. We are proud to share some of these stories with you in our online edition.

The college would like to take the opportunity to thank Topix Studio, Adam Photography Specialist, EJC Press and EJC Media for contributing to this chapter of our history.

Our Hearts Unite – Release of 2020 A-Level Results

Our Hearts Unite

RELEASE OF 2020 A-LEVEL RESULTS

Dear Class of 2020,

 

The results of the 2020 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination will be released on Friday, 19 February 2021.

Other than coming in person to collect your results, you have the option of accessing your results online or authorising a proxy to collect results on your behalf.

Please read the following information which will detail how you will be receiving your results.

Staggered and Safe Arrival

With Safe Management Measures in place, you will need to observe staggered reporting to college as detailed below.

Please arrive at your assigned venues by 2pm on 19 Feb.

Please only enter via the West Gate for Temperature Taking and SafeEntry.

Members of the public (parents, family members & friends etc.) will not be allowed into campus on the A-level results day.

REPORTING TIMES FOR CLASS OF 2019

Akila - 12.45 pm

Eder - 1.00 pm

Isami - 1.15 pm

Ora - 1.30pm

Uzuri - 1.45pm

Attire and Grooming

We trust that you will be in your most presentable self - neat, uncoloured hair, proper outfit, light make-up (for ladies) and NS attire are acceptable.

Activities

The following activities will take place after results release:
ECG Advising by CSH teachers
@ Library Discussion Rooms (3.15pm onwards)
Scholarship Preparation (Virtual) on 20 Feb (Sat)

Authorisation

If you are unable to collect your results in person on 19 Feb, You may authorise someone to collect your results and other documents on behalf.

Please complete the letter of authorisation attached in the email.

The authorised individual will have to bring along his/her NRIC and proceed to the General Office to collect the documents on your behalf AFTER 3.15pm on 19 Feb, or BY 23 Feb (Tue).

All the Best

You have put in a lot of hard work on your journey, trust yourself and always look forward to new beginnings and new opportunities open to you.

Every Eunoian A

Look out for each other, celebrate together with your fellow Eunoians, and be there for friends, forevermore! See you soon!

Here Comes the Sun – Orientation 2021

Here Comes the Sun

EJC ORIENTATION 2021

Dear new Eunoians,

 

Hello and a warmest welcome to the Eunoia family! We are excited to have you with us as we rise high together and scale new heights. We promise that you will have many cherished memories and form many beautiful friendships with us at Eunoia Junior College. As one Eunoia, may your hearts unite, minds ignite and dreams take flight.

 

Mrs Kellie Woo
Dean (JC1)

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Orientation 2021

Our EJC Orientation programme begins on 29 Jan 2021 (Fri), and Helios will carry through till 5 Feb 2021 (Fri).

We look forward to seeing you on 29 Jan 2021 at 7.50am in your secondary school PE T-shirt and secondary school bottoms (pants/skirt). The programme on the first day will end by 2.30pm.

Your Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) will be waiting for you all around the campus and at the entrances to provide directions.

Assembly will be held at the respective venues stated below. Flag raising begins at 8am.

OG VENUES

OG01 - Seminar Room 1A (Level 4)

OG02 - Seminar Room 1B (Level 4)

OG03 - Seminar Room 1C (Level 4)

OG04 - Seminar Room 5 (Level 5)

OG05 - ECG Room (Level 6)

OG06 - Learning Room 1 (Level 8)

OG07 - Learning Room 2 (Level 8)

OG08 - BSP Room (Level 8)

OG09 - HSP Room (Level 8)

OG10 - OG18 - Auditorium (Levels 1-2)

OG19 - OG28 - Multi-Purpose Hall (Level 1)

Please also bring a water bottle, some writing material, a working thermometer and extra masks.

Our OGLs should be contacting you shortly after the release of the JAE Posting Results to provide the above information and to answer any immediate queries you may have. The full Orientation programme will be communicated to you on the first day.

For additional information, contact us at 6351 8388 or eunoiajc@moe.edu.sg.

We look forward to seeing you real soon!

Selection and Diagnostic Tests

H2 Music

Diagnostic / Selection Test: 29 Jan 2021 (Fri) (2.30pm - 4.30pm)
Audition & Interview: 30 Jan 2021 (Sat) (8am-10am)

Students with a pass in O-Level Music/Higher Music intending to take H2 Music will take a DIAGNOSTIC TEST and AUDITION & INTERVIEW.

Students without O-Level Music / Higher Music intending to take H2 Music will take a SELECTION TEST and AUDITION & INTERVIEW

Students who wish to take Music must attend the diagnostic/selection test and Audition for the teachers to support curricular design that better meets their learning.

For clarification, please contact Mrs Joanne Yeo <joanne.yeo@ejc.edu.sg>

 

H2 Art

Diagnostic Test, Drawing Test & Portfolio Interview: 29 Jan 2021 (Fri) (2.30pm – 4.30pm)

Students with O-Level Art Background who wish to take Art will take a diagnostic test and portfolio interview.

Students without Upper Sec Art Background who wish to take Art will take a diagnostic test, drawing test and portfolio interview.

Students who wish to take Art must attend the diagnostic/drawing test and portfolio interview for the teachers to support curricular design that better meets their learning.

For the diagnostic test, please bring along drawing material (e.g. pencils, coloured pencils & writing material). For portfolio interview, please bring along 7-10 pieces of original artworks. Digital portfolio is allowed but must be saved in a thumb drive.

For clarification, please contact Ms Low Sok Hui <low.sok.hui@ejc.edu.sg>

 

H2 Translation (Chinese)

Selection Test: 29 Jan 2021 (Fri) (2.30pm - 3.30pm)

To offer Translation (Chinese), students must have obtained a minimum of A2 for English Language and B3 for Higher Chinese or A2 for Chinese at GCE O-Level.

It is not compulsory for you to take the diagnostic test if you have met the above centrally-stated pre-requisites. This is a DIAGNOSTIC TEST for students who have met the centrally stated pre-requisite. It serves the purpose of allowing prospective students to assess their aptitude for the subject and for teachers to support curricular design that better meets their learning.

Students who have fulfilled only one of the above pre-requisites and intend to offer H2 Translation (Chinese) should take this as a qualifying test for the college to assess your suitability.

For clarification, please contact Ms Yang Shu Hung <yang.shu.hung@ejc.edu.sg>

 

H2 Further Mathematics

Selection Test: 30 Jan 2021 (Sat) (8.00am - 9.00am)

Students who wish to take Further Mathematics must have taken and passed the selection test.

For clarification, please contact Mr Low Chang Hong <low.chang.hong@ejc.edu.sg>

 

H2 Knowledge & Inquiry

Selection Test: 30 Jan 2021 (Sat) (9.30am - 11.30am)

Students who wish to take Knowledge & Inquiry must have taken and passed the selection test.

For clarification, please contact Mr Victor Yang <victor.yang@ejc.edu.sg>