JC1 Scholarship and Award Recipients 2022

JC1 Scholarship and
Award Recipients 2022

The college would like to congratulate our JC1 Eunoians whose academic talents have earned them the MOE Pre-University Scholarships, the A*Star Science Award, the DSTA Junior College Scholarships, the Bicultural Studies Programme Scholarships, the Humanities Scholarships and the Music Elective Programme Scholarships.

We also recognise Peh Xin Rong (22-A1), an alumna of CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, who received the Ee Hoe Hean Book Prize. The award recognises individuals who have performed exceedingly well in both the Chinese and English language and demonstrated exemplary character. The award is presented to one student from each of the 11 Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools every year.

MOE Pre-University Scholarship

Jacob Pang Eng Pooh (22-E3)

Juliette Hon (22-E6)

Loh Feng, Ryan (22-O3)

Renee Phua Hui En (22-O6)

Sim Shijie Jessy (22-A2)

A*Star Science Award

Andie Png Kai Yi (22-I3)

Dorcas Khoo Xin Jie (22-E2)

Jarek Yew (22-O4)

DSTA Junior College Scholarship

Eleanor Cheak Yu Xin (22-A5)

MOE Bicultural Studies Programme Scholarship

Ang Ee Jay (22-O2)

Cheong Kai Xin (22-O2)

Chong En Leng, Celeste (22-O5)

Eleanor Lim Jia Hui (22-O2)

Fang Zixi (22-O5)

Gabriel Li Cen (22-O5)

Gan Ting En (22-O2)

He Jiurui (22-O5)

Ignatius Lee Zhiquan (22-O5)

Khoo Xian (22-A1)

Koo Kai Lin (22-A1)

Leong Yi Xin Cherie (22-O5)

Li Bowen (22-O5)

Liow Zi Hui, Jolin (22-O2)

Lyu Yi (22-A1)

Ng Tian Xin Keana (22-O5)

Peh Xin Rong (22-A1)

Phoenix Niew Yun Hng (22-A1)

Roman Sage Tan Tia Hee (22-A1)

Sarah Chen Si Xuan (22-A1)

Tan Shi Ying Serra (22-A1)

Tan York Kai (22-O5)

Wong Yi Mun Elsa (22-O2)

Ye Huahuan (22-O5)

Yeo Xin Hui Valerie (22-O5)

Yip Yern Teng (22-O2)

Yuan Xinyi (22-A1)

Yue Ling Xiao (22-O2)

MOE Humanities Scholarship

Alaniah Imaan Ong (22-U1)

Andrea Gracia Andradi (22-O1)

Andrea Wee Ying Qi (22-O1)

Angie Toh (22-U1)

Ashley Sia Yuxin (22-O1)

Carrie Khoo Jieying (22-U1)

Cheng Zhi Shan (22-U1)

Christie Callia Sardjono (22-U1)

Chua Tsze Sin (22-O1)

De Souza Keira Ann (22-O1)

Denise Tay Zi Ting (22-O1)

Disha Purohit (22-O1)

Feng Keying Shernice (22-U1)

Goh Wan Xuan Trini (22-O1)

Isabel Tan Yi Shuan (22-U1)

Jazelle Neo Jiaqi (22-U1)

Josiah Lee Yi (22-U1)

Joy Wong Xinyi (22-U1)

Lim Xinya, Renee (22-U1)

Lim Zheng Rui, Justin (22-U1)

Ng Wen Wei, Natalie (22-U1)

Ng Yu Xin (22-U1)

Oliver Tan Rui Heng (22-U1)

Rayn Zong Mohamad Khairuddin (22-O1)

Rebecca Yap Jia Xin (22-O1)

Sophia Chiang Yue Ying (22-O1)

Tahseenah Reaz (22-O1)

Tan Wan Xuan Vernice (22-U1)

Tan Wei Ann, Kendra (22-O1)

Theodore Zhou En (22-O1)

Tricia Low Hwee Kit (22-U1)

Tricia Sim Wenshi (22-U1)

Valerie Sng Wan Lin (22-U1)

Yap Hao Jun Andrew (22-O1)

2022 MEP Scholars

MOE Music Elective Programme Scholarship

Ang Jun En (22-O5)

Ernest Foo Jun Wei (22-U2)

Kendra Loh Yee Hooi (22-O5)

Koh Ci En (22-E1)

Tan Jiok Fong Jaden (22-O5)

Peh Xin Rong (22-A1)

Ee Hoe Hean Book Prize

Peh Xin Rong (22-A1)

Class of 2021 Soaring
– Vol 4

Class of 2021
Soaring

VOLUME FOUR

The Class of 2021 demonstrated how our dreams can take flight when we pursue our passions and spread our love for learning. In this final volume, Deon, Lauren, Leia, Yi Xuan, Tiantian and Amanda reflect on their pursuit of excellence in the Humanities and the Arts and impart words of wisdom to their juniors!

PHOTOS BY AARUSHI SALUNKHE, TIFFANY LIM, ZOU YAN FANG, NIKITA PARMAR

Deon Loke

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Deon Loke (20-O1) was a scholar in the MOE Humanities Scholarship and Programme (HSP), embracing a wide range of learning opportunities in the humanities and the arts. Her curiosity led her to research the genre of apocalyptic films in her HSP capstone project, and she was consistently proficient in Literature, Geography and General Paper while consistently placing at the top of her class in Art. Her artistic talents were on frequent display, having created student merchandise for the college's National day Celebrations, booting a concept for the MOE Pre-University Seminar 2021 logo, exhibited work at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) in 2020 and placed as a finalist in the SYF Design Challenge in 2021. Deon was also an enthusiastic leader in the roles of House Vice-Captain for Ora and Orientation Group Leader for EJC Orientation, showing concern for her juniors and creating a vibrant and supportive school culture. 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I feel relieved that things turned out the way I had hoped they would. Though I feel that the results we’ve received are in no way a definition or a true reflection of our capabilities or intelligence, it is gratifying to see my friends and I walk through this phase of life together, regardless of our results. I am grateful for all those who have lifted me up in my highs and stuck with me through my lows. My family, friends, and teachers who continually stood as my pillars of support are to thank for how far I have come, and how far I will continue to go, far beyond the grades I got for the A-Levels.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I am a chronic overthinker – at almost every phase of my educational journey, I have been bombarded by a fair share of self doubt, low confidence, and most of all, a fleeting sense of purpose that translates to a lack of motivation. I kept asking myself ‘why’, why I bothered trying hard in school, why I was even here to do anything at all. Essentially, my low points are all existential crises. I wouldn’t say things like these can simply be ‘overcome’, rather it is a conscious and continual effort to remind myself to take one step at a time. The only thing I truly have in control is myself, so I might as well do whatever I choose to do to the best of my ability. It is always a journey of self-improvement that can only be achieved on my own terms.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The bonds I have formed in school. I have made such good friends (teachers included) and had unforgettable memories with them. What I remember most about school in 10 years time would not be the 8 hours of mugging per day, but the breaks we take in between to rest together, laugh together, and cry together. JC is 100% going to make you cry at least once, but I am glad that I could always cry with my best friends around me.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION IN ART? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO EXPLORE THEIR INTERESTS?

Art has always been such a big part of my life, and I guess I am just the kind of person to do whatever I want to do. I find that to be a good mantra to have. Sure not everyone is willing to sacrifice a supposedly ‘good future’ to pursue (maybe unprofitable) interests, and that is totally valid, but I strongly encourage everyone to make their interest a priority. It does not have to be the top priority, but make it a point to owe it to yourself to have fun. There are many ways to explore your interests, it does not have to be in school. Just have the courage to live life in the most enjoyable (and safe) way possible!

Lauren Ong

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Lauren Ong (20-U1) was a talented and preternaturally motivated student who concurrently pursued two independent studies for H2 Knowledge and Inquiry and H3 Music in 2021. A recipient of the MOE Music Elective Scholarship, she seized opportunities to attend master classes outside of the classroom to extend her understanding of music, picked up new instruments like the guitar, piano and dizi and demonstrated her passion for music at a concert put up the college's Music Elective Programme (MEP) students. As the Student Conductor for EJC Choir, she upheld standards of musical excellence and prepared her peers for the digital recording for the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2021. 

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

I’m quite okay with my results. I feel that even though it was not my ideal, I am still proud of the progress that I made and the improvements that I had. I’m really grateful for the guidance of all my teachers and all their efforts in helping me, especially when I felt unmotivated and needed help, both academically and emotionally. I’m also very grateful to have had an amazing group of friends that helped me through this A-Level journey. The A-Level journey that I had, whilst not without its bumps in the road, was one that was fulfilling and one that left me with no regrets.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

In the later half of 2021, I was struggling with severe burnout and anxiety, and struggled with coming to school, being present in lessons, and in performing academically. While it was a challenging time, it made me realise what a good support system I had in EJ. With my teachers offering to hold extra consultations for me to catch up on the classes I missed, and with both my friends and teachers checking up on me often. It was due to their help that I did not give up and managed to bounce back, and I’m very thankful for their help.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?
AND IF YOU WERE TO PICK A SOUNDTRACK FOR THIS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

One of the moments in my EJ journey that I hold close to my heart is not an uncommon memory for many, but one that really shaped my journey. The daily lunches and meals that I had with my friends in the canteen mean a lot to me, with us catching up about life, studies, and everything in between. Having people that you can count on and spending time with them was the most meaningful to me, and EJ really gave me friends that I could count on for life.

A soundtrack to this would be any feel-good songs that lift your spirits! I always tried to listen to music that felt warm and comforting, and songs by artists like Wolf Peck and Rex Orange County were my studying companions a lot of the time. I also tried to listen to local music during my A-Levels, so listening to artists like Lew Loh made me feel more at ease.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

The ‘A’ levels, while important, are not the most important thing in your JC journey. The experience and the connections YoY make are what you’ll remember the most, and be sure to pace yourself. Tap on the resources that the school provides and remember that you are never alone, no matter how afraid you are. Study hard, play hard and all the best!

Leia Ong

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Leia Ong (20-U1) was an intellectually curious student in the MOE Music Elective Programme (MEP) who also participated fully in weekly Eunoia Humanities Programme sessions. Keenly interested in local culture, she produced a video documentary on Singaporean hawker culture for a capstone project featured at the Eunoia Humanities Symposium in 2021. She constantly pushed herself to learn more, attending the Public Policy and Civic Engagement module under Programme Latitude, heading the press corps of a college-based Model United Nations event and playing the role of student facilitator at the MOE Pre-University Seminar 2021. Her talents contributed to a livelier college culture too: she served as the Deputy Editor for EJC Press, vetting and conceptualizing new directions the CCA could take, frequently performed for EJC Rock Band, a student-initiated interest group, and also co-wrote an original song that the band performed for the closing ceremony of the Pre-University Seminar.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I feel okay about my results, I guess! I did not do as well for some subjects as I wanted to, but overall I feel pretty content with my RP as I think it is decent. It was only a matter of what grades I got as I knew I had given my best efforts, and with that I was satisfied. I am extremely grateful for my wonderful tutors, my ever-supportive friends who were a joy to learn with and learn from, as well as my parents for their unconditional love and support!

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT'? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I struggled with some of my subjects initially, specifically music as writing music essays was unintuitive for me. It took a while to get the hang of it with lots of practice, consultation and support from my awesome music teacher, Mr Lee. It was a slow but steady improvement, albeit frustrating and demoralising, but you can definitely do better if you want to!

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

It is difficult to name one part of my EJ experience, but if I had to choose it would be being a part of the community. My CG mates, CCAmates and tutors were incredible people who I learnt a lot not just about academics but about the joy of learning new perspectives. It was all very inspiring and I am grateful for how my mindset was challenged, expanded and (hopefully) enlightened by the diversity of the viewpoints.

AS A MEMBER OF PRESS AND ROCK BAND, WHAT DOES ‘VOICE’ MEAN TO YOU? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SEEK / CREATE THEIR OWN VOICE?

‘Voice’ to me means making an impact in your community. Whether that community is an entire CCA or just your seatmate in your CG, if you see a gap that needs filling and you believe you can, do it! Everyone else is as new to JC and other experiences as you are, and I believe everyone has something valuable to contribute, no matter if it's as small as talking to that one quiet person in class or volunteering an idea for a CCA project. Cliche, but being the change you want to see is something I find very meaningful. Take the leap and go do it!

Tjan Yi Xuan

ALUMNUS OF ANDERSON SECONDARY SCHOOL

Tjan Yi Xuan (20-O5) was a scholar in the MOE Music Elective Programme (MEP) who was focused, disciplined and eager to push himself further intellectually. He offered Music at the Higher 3 level, while positively accepting challenges and persevering to overcome obstacles in his path. He also passionately served as the subject representative for Mathematics, taking pride and showing initiative to build a conducive learning environment for his peers. On top of his academic excellence, Yi Xuan was a Section Leader in the Symphonic Band who always sought to motivate his peers, helping his ensemble attain a certificate of distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2021. Moreover, he demonstrated a keen desire to serve the community and was awarded the MOE Edusave Character Award in recognition of his exemplary character and service.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am both happy and perplexed at the results I achieved at the A-Levels. For GP, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, the efforts paid off a lot better than I expected them to, as I did not think I would achieve such grades after completing the papers, considering the numerous mistakes I already made. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for all the support from subject tutors, classmates, tuition teachers, Project AEGIS mentors, other friends, and especially my parents, who always spurred me on not to give up even when I screwed up certain papers and faced setbacks. When I saw my grade for Music, I was very confused, as I under-achieved despite having such a strong passion for it and putting in the most effort in the subject. However, I choose to treat this as a humbling experience that prepares me for reality, which is itself full of unexpected setbacks.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT'? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

A low point in 2020-2021 was during the Circuit Breaker Period in mid-2020, when we had many weeks of
home-based learning followed by a month of school holidays in isolation. During that period I remember that I struggled with serious motivation issues, and did not feel like studying at all on some days, given the isolation and mundanity of staying at home and staring at the screen for long hours. I overcame it by adapting to the situation as much as possible, participating in the various House activities organised by the Ora House Committee, and various class-based activities, occasionally going for runs to mitigate the emotional effects of isolation. Another difficult part of JC life was the lead-up to the A Levels, especially for a crucial subject like General Paper. During my time at EJC, my GP results were always very worrying, even at the Prelims, where time management and basic question analysis were still big issues. To overcome this obstacle, I sought help from my subject tutors and other external tuition teachers, who both gave me valuable advice on ways forward, but it was ultimately consistent practice, ignorance of failure (in a good way), and active correction of past mistakes identified in timed practices (noticing trends) that drove me out of the trap. I gained confidence with all these measures, eventually exceeding my potential and peaking at the A-Levels.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

There is no one most meaningful part of my journey in Eunoia, but rather, many little parts that come together to form a whole. For CCA, it was the opportunity to meet many different people in my section, building relationships with them, and ultimately creating a warm culture in the section where everyone is mutually supportive. It really warms my heart to see a section that is bonded! Academics wise, it was the enrolment in the Music Elective Programme, taking both H2 and H3 Music. This experience not only widened my horizons on the study of music, helping me appreciate music even more, but also equipped me with basic research skill sets that are useful for the future, regardless of which path I take. And of course, the little things matter as well, as my experience at EJC turned out to be much more than academics and CCA. Friendships were forged with some of the most wonderful people I’ve met in my life, alongside eye-opening experiences like the two dialogues my class had with officials from MOE.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS? WHAT ARE SOME STUDY STRATEGIES THAT YOU HAVE FOUND HELPFUL IN YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY?

Studies are important, but take the time to enjoy the little moments too! For me, they were having meals together, chatting, going for a quick shower after PE with my friends (in separate cubicles, of course), doing Mathematics and Chemistry on the whiteboard during free periods, staying in the MEP studios till 7pm, practising in the band room till 8pm. These all gave life to my academically rigorous time at EJC, and I consider them to be necessary to balance out the stress I get from studying alone intensely. As for useful study tips, don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek consults whenever in doubt, and of course, practise consistently, mindfully with a clear goal in mind, and don’t give up! You are in good hands; your peers and tutors are all there to support you.

Men Tiantian

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Men Tiantian (20-A1) was a student in the MOE Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) from Secondary 3 through to her time in Eunoia. Offering both H2 Translation (Chinese) and H2 Chinese Language and Literature, Tiantian's deep interest in the Chinese language was a constant feature: she participated as a student reporter for Lianhe Zaobao, obtained First Prize in the 23rd Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literary Awards and served as President of the BSP committee, planning BSP events and crafting the content and scope for BSP lectures. As Class Vice-Chairperson and a dedicated member of the Chinese Orchestra, Tiantian was both a leader and strong team player passionate about all she sought to achieve.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am quite satisfied with my results, there was a mixture of both surprise and disappointment. Overall, I feel that my hard work has paid off and this perfectly concludes my journey with Eunoia. I am grateful for having such amazing teachers throughout the 2 years, every single one of them. Having been through the teaching internship, I realised that it is really so selfless of all our teachers to willingly go the extra mile by always offering to have consultations with us and always answering our queries with endless patience. I am also grateful for all my friends who have walked through this journey with me. I would not have made it so far without all of their care and company.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT'? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

My lowest point would be the sudden passing of my late CLL teacher. He was not only my subject tutor, but also my life coach. So he was a very significant pillar of support  for me in school. He was the one whom I would immediately turn to when I faced challenges, be it any conflicts with my friends or academic difficulties. I remember that during the gloomy rainy period in 2021 when we began 2 weeks of HBL in May. Losing someone so significant in my life, being kept at home without the company of my friends in school plus the stress from the upcoming myes had hit me so hard that it felt like the end of the world. Luckily, I had my close friends who were also suffering the same pain by my side. We video-called each other every single day during the HBL period as well as June holidays, so as to keep each other distracted from getting swallowed up by our sorrow. That was the most difficult time I’ve had in JC but nothing is impossible to overcome when you have such great friends and family to support you.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?
OR WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM BSP?

Being a member of BSP and studying mother tongue subjects CLL and Translation are the two most meaningful parts of my journey in Eunoia. My two years living in a well-balanced bilingual and bicultural environment have truly groomed me to be confident about furthering my path into realising my interests and my values. Learning the subjects I am passionate about makes the hectic JC life half as stressful. I have never imagined living such a unique yet wonderful school life before entering Eunoia.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PURSUE THEIR INTERESTS?

Hi juniors! Don’t ever be afraid to pursue your own interests just because someone else wants to pursue something else. It’s never about being good at what you do, but doing what you really want to do. All the very best for your life in Eunoia! 2 years is short so don't waste it on trying to be someone that you are not.

Amanda Lim

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Amanda Lim (20-O1) was a critical thinker who embraced any opportunity to stretch herself intellectually, participating in the Eunoia Humanities Programme and the Environmental Sustainability module under Programme Latitude. Exceptionally proficient in the study of Literature, Amanda was nominated by the college for the Edwin Thumboo Prize in 2021. Amanda was also an adept leader and organiser, managing the lines of communication between student facilitators and teachers as Head Student Facilitator for the MOE Pre-University Seminar 2021. In the role of Vice-President and Section Leader for EJC Choir, Amanda planned milestone events such as Choir Camp 2021 and meticulously mentored her peers in the lead-up to the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. Clearly passionate about the arts, she co-directed a class film production for Literature Festival 2021, marrying her love for the subject with technical aspects of film production. 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I feel happy that I was able to meet my expectations for my results. Although I have definitely enjoyed my two years here in EJ, it is undeniable that the stress and intensity integral to the JC journey overwhelmed me at times, and it is great to feel that it paid off in the end. Of course, grades are not what defines us, and receiving my grades also reminded me of the other precious things I have gained, especially the people around me. I was blessed to have been accompanied by many wonderful friends throughout the course of this journey, who both suffered with me and comforted me through the hardest moments, and supported me in everything I did. I would not have enjoyed school as much if they were not with me, and studying for the A levels would have been a more dull and painful process. My teachers were also extremely reliable pillars of support throughout the 2 years. They not only provided great academic guidance but were also always understanding and patient with us. They made lessons fun and interesting and helped me to enjoy the academic rigour of the JC curriculum. All in all, what I have received was a culmination of not only my own efforts but the support of the wonderful people around me.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT'? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

My JC journey was one centred around youths. Naturally, I thus faced quite a few growing pains as I explored more of my own identity and tried to accept. Watching the amazing achievements of my peers was one the first things that made me start reflecting more deeply on myself. We all know that comparing ourselves to others can very quickly go downhill but at the same time abstaining from it is easier said than done. While it did act as a source of motivation for me, it also slowly became a negative source of pressure. I struggled a lot with defining what ‘enough’ meant for me, and no matter what I did, I still felt like I could do more and do better. To be honest, I still think I continue to struggle with this at times, but I have learned not to be constantly disappointed in myself, which is a step nonetheless. I started to realise that expecting more of yourself without acknowledging what you have already done was definitely not a healthy mindset, and frankly also impractical because it impeded any progress I wished to make as I just became demoralised and actually demotivated. Thankfully, I had amazing people around me to remind me of this whenever I needed it, and eventually started to learn how to accept and be more proud of myself. At the end of the day, though it may seem purely beneficial to constantly regard ourselves with a critical eye, I learned that there is also value in softening our perceptions of ourselves and being a little more forgiving. Only then can we reflect and improve ourselves in the most effective way.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

I think the most meaningful part of my journey in Eunoia was finding myself. In Eunoia, I definitely got to know myself better as an individual, discovering and reaffirming what I am passionate about. For example, specific subjects like Literature or other activities I loved, like Choir. Reflecting on how I deal with hardships, what I even view as hardship in the first place and my self-perception in general also helped me to learn more about the values and mindsets I regard highly. I also got to learn more about my place in the world around me, specifically in the group of people around me. Being part of precious friendships taught me the value of simply having people you can smile with around you and how worthwhile it is to put your 1000% into maintaining and developing your relationships with others. Playing a part in leadership roles alongside other outstanding individuals also taught me many lessons on how to improve myself and contribute to the journeys of those around me. I still have more to learn and improve about myself, but I am grateful to have been able to take a big first step through my journey in Eunoia.

WHAT DOES BEAUTIFUL THINKING SOUND LIKE TO YOU? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SEEK/ CREATE THEIR OWN VOICE?

To me, beautiful thinking is about following your heart. It sounds very cliche, but I do believe that the most brilliant thoughts come from a place of sincerity and genuine conviction in your own views and words. While we might not think of ourselves as geniuses or particularly wise people, we all possess an original and unique way of thinking. I think that much value can be found in trusting in and being proud of the unique thoughts we hold. When we believe in our own words is when we can express them to others in the best and most genuine way. Sometimes, it does not matter whether whoever you are talking to agrees with you. Taking that brave step to put our own thoughts out there in the world will gradually allow us to develop our own unique and beautiful voice. I would encourage my juniors to be proud of the very unique brain cells you have, even if you think there are only 2 of them left.

Class of 2021 Soaring
– Vol 3

Class of 2021
Soaring

VOLUME THREE

Eunoians who live out the ethos of Beautiful Thinking, Goodwill to All each day are the people who make this college a community and this building a home. In Volume Three, we feature Nadia, Jia Sen, Felynn, Eleanor and Yanisa who used their talents in the sciences and sports to fulfil their passion for serving others.

PHOTOS BY AARUSHI SALUNKHE, TIFFANY LIM, ZOU YAN FANG, NIKITA PARMAR

Nadia Sun

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Nadia Sun (20-U4) was a leader truly exemplified Goodwill to All. She was always willing to help, and always strived to be a positive influence to others. Nadia led a group of students who were strong in Physics to create resources for the rest of the cohort, and also took on the role of a mentor to support her peers who were not doing so well in the subject. As Vice-Captain of Tennis, Nadia was a role model to her peers by demonstrating resilience and sportsmanship, always supporting her peers, even when she suffered an injury halfway through the season and could not play any matches. Nadia was also part of EJ Earthlings and made significant contributions to environmental literacy and advocacy efforts through her work that included a mangrove clean-up and Inculcate - a learning journey of Bishan-Amk Park designed for the JC1s.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Whilst I still am in the midst of processing my results, I can say that I am proud of myself for surviving such a strenuous examination. It might take me a while to fully realise the implications of my results and the possibilities they have opened; at the present moment I would say that I feel satisfied.

What has been running through my mind since receiving my results is all the help and encouragement I have received. I am extremely thankful to everyone who has been there in my A-level journey: my teachers pouring all their effort into helping us grow, the school staff who upkeep such a wonderful learning (and living) environment for us, my mother who tolerated all my stress-induced outbursts, and the yong tau foo auntie who made me my favourite bowl of noodles everyday.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

A low point for me was definitely when I overloaded pressure on myself and did not give myself due credit for the things I did. Constantly expecting myself to do better really took a toll on me as I compared myself a lot to others. I was never satisfied no matter how well I did, and always beat myself up for not doing better. I eventually realised it stemmed from a lack of gratitude, and so I made a conscious effort to recognise all the things I should be grateful for. I even kept a ‘gratitude log’ to ground myself and remind myself of everything I look forward to feel safe and happy always in life. This not only changed my toxic mindset, but also brought me closer to the people around me.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The most meaningful part of my journey in Eunoia were all the connections I made, be it with new people or rekindling peer relationships. I am ultra grateful for all the experiences gained, joyous occasions spent and lessons learnt, and I cherish each individual greatly. I truly believe that you can learn something from everyone, and my time in EJC has definitely reinforced this.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

I don’t think I can give any specific advice as everyone in EJC has such unique and special journeys of their own, but I would like to say just this: be open. EJC really gives us boundless opportunities to grow, so don’t be afraid to reach for whatever catches your eye! This is your time to explore, to dream, to laugh, to fail and to learn, so go forth and conquer! You are way more capable than you think and so much potential lies within you. We will all face self-doubt at some point, but know that everything will be alright eventually and there are so many avenues for you to seek help: teachers, friends, staff, seniors, alumni and more. So be open to all the wonderful possibilities that this school can offer!

Law Jia Sen

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Law Jia Sen (20-I5) epitomises the Eunoian spirit through his initiative and care for others. He voluntarily created online platforms to share his notes on Physics and other subjects with his entire whole cohort. On those platforms, he even went as far as moderating the discussion board and actively answering questions. For his classmates, he set up a mentorship scheme and was a Physics mentor to his peers, holding regular discussion sessions after school with those who needed them.

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

I feel very happy, as I scored as well as I could, after two years of work. I am extremely grateful to my teachers for teaching and guiding us throughout our journey in JC. They were always extremely helpful and supportive. My friends have also been lovely, and I am extremely grateful for them. Finally, I am thankful for my parents, who supported me each step of the way.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

My low points were academic in nature - I struggled with General Paper from the start of 2020 and did not do as well as expected in Chemistry at the start of 2021. It was consistent effort and a lot of help from my teachers that I improved in these subjects. There was also disappointment when I scored lower for Project Work than what I had hoped. However, as we were advised, it is not the worst outcome, and there is always a way forward.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

It was the way my class supported each other through challenges, as everyone had their own strengths they contributed. It felt like a pool of support, where the stronger students in class helped the weaker ones in every way possible. It was comforting to know we had each other’s backs and would help each other all the way.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?
IN PARTICULAR, FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE IN GUIDING YOUR PEERS' LEARNING, WHAT STUDY TIPS WOULD YOU SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS?

My advice to my juniors is to have some close friends who can be a source of support and help, such as study groups. There are also some who work better with competition, and it can be motivating to compete in grades. Of course, this should be done in moderation, and not to the point of stressing each other out. This method has helped me motivate myself. As for study tips, I encourage consistency especially during the holidays. Try to have scheduled study times for subjects, especially those that seem harder. Even doing a single question a week during the holidays is better than nothing. I’d also suggest consistent revision: revising old topics while learning new topics. It is easier to do this than to push hard near examinations. Finally, keep asking questions. During lectures, think about the questions you can ask, note them down and ask them after. Constant questioning will help clarify doubts and familiarise yourself with concepts.

Felynn Chua

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Felynn Chua (20-O2) was a talented Softballer and dedicated Softball Captain. She was exemplary in her commitment and effort to the team and the difficult training sessions. She did not let her passion for the sport and team flag even though there were no National Schools Games – the pinnacle of most JC athletes - during her time here. She led by example, and with compassion, rallying the spirits of the team well and earning their support and regard.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am very satisfied with my results. Even though I did not get a perfect score, I got the results that I needed in order to enter my dream course of study. I am also extremely thankful given these results were a marked improvement from my mid-year and prelim scores. I am grateful to all my teachers for guiding me over these two years, and helping me build the confidence that I sometimes lacked. I am also grateful to all my friends for helping me with revision as we battled to the A- levels together. Most importantly, I thank God and my family for extending grace I did not deserve, and for walking with me every step of the way.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

A challenge I faced was having to deal with imposter syndrome in J2. With mid-year results that were below average, as well as having to mentor the new J1 players in my CCA (softball), there were many times when I struggled to match up to my own and others’ expectations.
I overcame it by relying more on my friends and accepting their words of encouragement, and taking one step at a time. It felt like I was faking it but in the end I really did make it. By taking things one day at a time and fulfilling my various responsibilities one task at a time, I was able to cope with the highly demanding JC experience. It was really helpful to live by my favourite quote: “The sun will rise, and we will try again.”

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA? OR WHAT IS THE BEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT IN SOFTBALL?

The best lesson I took away from softball is how to “take courage”. Stepping up to serve as captain in JC1 was very different to anything I had done before. Needing to decide when to buckle down and work hard or when to stand up for my team’s welfare led to difficult conversations that taught me courage as a leader. I am grateful my team gave me space to learn on the journey. It also took courage to reflect on the less positive outcomes of my leadership journey, but this was important so I can strive to improve in the future. Through softball, I learned and was needed to show courage.

FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES IN EJC, ESPECIALLY AS A LEADER OF A SPORTS CCA, WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

I would advise my juniors not to be afraid of showing vulnerability and needing help. Facing burn-out or imposter syndrome is an extremely real issue that sometimes seems hard to admit, but it is only through reaching out that you will be able to emerge stronger and a better leader. EJC is a place with a good community (teachers, counsellors and friends) and you should make use of this supportive environment to learn and grow, so that you can best contribute to your community in turn.

Eleanor Chua

ALUMNA OF SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Eleanor Chua (20-U4) stood out as a charismatic and effective leader whose contributions ignited the Eunoia spirit amongst her peers. She was a highly respected Vice-Chairperson of Ultimate Frisbee and her efforts to rally the spirits of the team amidst the heavy restrictions on training sessions amidst the pandemic meant motivation levels and camaraderie were high. She also organised signature House events as a Sports Representative and was on the organising committee of the Orientation Programme.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am extremely happy with my results. It has been a journey of highs and lows, and I am thankful that the many hours of hard work my teachers and I put in has paid off. I am grateful for my tutors and my friends as they were incredibly supportive throughout my two years in Eunoia, celebrating my happiest moments with me and fighting with me through tough times.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

In early 2021, shortly after the high of Orientation 2021, I struggled to keep up with my studies and meet the expectations I had set for myself. It was stressful and scary as I felt so behind in my work, and everything I learnt in J1 became foreign to me again. Thankfully, I had my tutors, friends and family to cheer me on. I learnt to slow down and take things one step at a time, ensuring that I could fully grasp a certain concept before moving on to tackle another. It was definitely difficult when I first began to pick myself back up, but slowly and surely, I grew more confident in my studies.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA? OR WHAT IS THE BEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT IN ULTIMATE FRISBEE?

My time in EJUT was certainly a highlight. Teamwork makes the dream work. During training, we had to complete drills that required great coordination and communication. I loved being a part of EJ Ultimate Frisbee because it really showed me how when many individuals come together, each putting in their best effort and respecting each other, we can achieve great things as a team!

FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES IN EJC, ESPECIALLY AS A LEADER OF A SPORTS CCA, WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

To my juniors, live your best in all you do! In a blink of an eye, JC life will pass you by and I feel that it is really important that you graduate knowing that you have grown and developed into the best version of yourself. So, take a deep breath and take on these challenges. Chase not perfection, but growth and happiness. Stay optimistic and helpful, because I believe that you will soon be a stronger version of yourself!

Yanisa Kee

ALUMNA OF SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL

Yanisa Kee (20-O5) was a bright student who was a Bicultural Studies in Chinese Programme (BSP) Scholar and was also awarded the A*STAR Science Award, in recognition of her strong aptitude in the field of Mathematics and Science. She was passionate about uplifting others and stepped up to take on a range of leadership roles to fulfil her aspiration to be the voice of the voiceless. She leveraged platforms such as dialogues with the school leaders and MOE senior management to speak up about issues such as mental health support. She also took on the role of the Under-Secretary-General (Liaisons) in the OnePeople.sg Model United Nations (OPMUN) Secretariat, to contribute to more open conversations about local issues such as race, religion and social cohesion among the youths. Yanisa has been a strong advocate for inclusion. In her role as a Student Facilitator in the Pre-University Seminar 2021, she encouraged her peers to think more deeply about the issue of inclusion. As a House Captain, she also put in much effort to ensure that each and every incoming JC1 felt a sense of belonging to the Eunoia community.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Although my results were not exactly what I expected, they reminded me of how unpredictable life is and I look forward to the journey ahead. I am grateful for the community around me that has supported me over the last two years. Although the A-levels were gruelling, I took comfort in knowing that I had the support of my teachers and peers.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

As the J2 year progressed, I felt increasingly burnt out due to the combined weight of both my academics and extracurriculars. I constantly felt very tired and lacked the motivation to keep up with the pace of school. I found solace in the support network of my peers. Together, we would motivate each other and find creative study methods to help each other study better. It was very encouraging to know that we were all in the same boat and I could always approach them for help.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

I am deeply grateful for all the opportunities Eunoia has given me to serve those around me. Some of my fondest memories are with the 4th Student Council (4SC). The friendships I forged and the memories I made in service to the school are core memories that I will always hold dear to me. Council taught me what it means to be a passionate servant leader, and inspired me to continue to serve others wherever I go.

AS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR INCLUSION, WHAT ADVICE / ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1, WITH REGARDS TO BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY, OR MAKING EJC MORE INCLUSIVE FOR EVERYONE?

As cliché as it sounds, I believe that change comes from within. To build an inclusive community, we have to first be the ones to inspire others to make change — we have to believe in the power of inclusivity. My advice would be not to just tolerate each other’s differences, but embrace them. I hope Eunoia can be a community that is truly inclusive.

Class of 2021 Soaring
– Vol 2

Class of 2021
Soaring

VOLUME TWO

Eunoia’s Student Leaders have a significant impact on each student’s Eunoia experience. Their contributions make college life the rich, vibrant and unforgettable experience it is. In Volume Two, Andre, Bin Xin, Vanessa, Mayanee and Rowena share insights gleaned from their leadership of various projects.

PHOTOS BY AARUSHI SALUNKHE, TIFFANY LIM, ZOU YAN FANG, NIKITA PARMAR

Andre Koh

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Andre Koh (20-I5) led and was involved in a wide range of projects in EJC and displayed a spirit of excellence in all he did. He was a highly regarded House Captain, pursued H3 Economics and was a part of Beautiful Minds - truly an all-rounded student. Andre related to his peers with empathy and sensitivity and used his talents for the greater good: seeing his friends struggle with certain types of Physics practical questions, he created a guide that he shared with the whole cohort.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

The results release was indeed an emotional rollercoaster ride. Upon receiving my results, while there were mixed feelings initially, I must say that I am immensely grateful for the hard work that I have poured into my preparation that has paid off. I think deep down, everyone was aiming for the golden 90 rank points, myself included. Nonetheless, I am satisfied with my results as they serve as an important testament to the values I have chosen to hold close to my heart in these short yet significant two years in EJC. There are many things I am grateful for: my family, my friends, my tutors and my faith have all played a monumental role in helping me be the person I am today. They were all vital pillars of support for me in this gruelling and difficult journey. The road to the A-levels is not one meant to be travelled by alone, and I am deeply appreciative of the many individuals in my life who supported, encouraged and motivated me in this particular battle.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR 'LOW POINT' YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

A challenge that proved to be a monumental task for myself was juggling different commitments during Orientation 2021, Helios. Along with my responsibilities as House Captain, leading planning, and executing the various House activities as part of the Orientation programme, I vividly recall squeezing as much time out of my schedule as I could to study for my H3 Game Theory course, execute both of my Glide Projects - EJ Beautiful Minds and EJ Loves Food - as well as my leadership commitments in my youth fellowship group. The challenge was not solely about time management, but about being able to give my best in each of these roles. I was very fortunate to have relentless support from my peers in different domains of my life, and this made it easier to tide through this period. Whenever I needed something, I could always count on my friends and family who always made an effort to support me. The idea of a community without walls, always making an effort to reach out to one another for sincere support and genuine help was what I experienced and what helped me overcome the obstacles I faced at the start of 2021.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

I cherish the relationships I have formed over the past two years. It may be hard to stay close once we go our separate ways, but I certainly will work on building the friendships forged in EJC. It is my belief that these treasured friendships are what truly make Eunoia, Eunoia. Years down the road, it is unlikely we will mull over our results or recall the tutorials we rushed to complete in time. What I think will stand the test of time are the memories of the shared effort put into planning events, the hours spent studying, tears shed, and conversations shared.

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO A FULFILLING JC LIFE / BALANCING YOUR COMMITMENTS AND YOUR ACADEMIC PURSUITS? WHAT ADVICE / ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

Try. You never know your limit until you’ve finally reached it. And so in pursuit of identifying your limits and boundaries, keep trying, again and again. Passionate people, in my experience, give their best in everything they do. That has been a principle that I hold close to my heart and continue to live by. To my juniors, your time in EJC is a blank canvas ready for you to paint your own story; the colours and materials have all been laid out for you. Treasure your time in EJC. The academic demands are high, but you will forge lasting friendships and memories of times shared with your friends.

Thoo Bin Xin

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Thoo Bin Xin (20-O1) was part of the MOE Humanities Scholarship Programme and she revelled in the interdisciplinary analysis that helped her harness what she learned in the classroom to serve others. She was also one of the five students who were selected to be part of the Community Engagement Scholarship Programme (CSP) and she truly exemplified the programme’s aim to develop community leaders, and to provide students with platforms to exercise their leadership and influence. She strongly believes that all children should have access to equal opportunities to learn, and is determined to make a difference to the lives of children who do not enjoy the same opportunities as her. This spurred her to find out more about the lives of children from low-income families, and later founded the initiative, Sense for Sense, in collaboration with a local volunteer group, 6th Sense. She was part of a small team that led 120 students in the college to pool together their knowledge, interests and talents to design thematic lesson plans and activity kits for the children living in the rental blocks in Kebun Baru.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Initially, I felt a pang of disappointment that I did not do as well as I had hoped. But reflecting on where I was during the A-levels definitely allowed me to be content that I did my best with what I had. Beyond that, I too had an enriching experience over these two years; I was able to develop my passions and grow as an individual. I am grateful for all the friends and teachers that have supported me, especially at my lowest. I really could not have done this without them. I am truly pleased that we all made it through these two years and there is truly so much to be hopeful about for what lies before us.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR ‘LOW POINT’ YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

In 2021, I began to seriously doubt my self-worth as a JC student. In addition to that, I had my own problems at home that weighed heavily on my shoulders. “I was never a straight A student, and never got onto the Dean’s List; how can I make it to A levels? If I cannot guarantee my grades in A levels what else do I have?” It was a difficult time trying to balance my responsibilities as a student and a daughter, facing what seemed like an ever-narrowing window of opportunity to make something of my JC journey. I spiralled and, at one point, considered dropping out of school. It was only until I reached out to my teachers that I gradually was able to pick myself up. The support system consisting of my teachers and friends grounded me in the last few months of 2021, and helped me see that there was a way to make it through the A-levels. It showed me that having a strong support system is so, so important. Though my time here was short, the growth and perspectives I got to see and experience was truly extraordinary. JC is no easy marathon, but with the right kind of support, we can all make it to the finish line.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The most meaningful part of my journey in Eunoia was certainly the opportunities to volunteer that I was presented with. With school being a safe and nurturing space to pursue our passions, I was able to create for myself a unique JC experience. I am truly grateful that I was given such a space to explore and develop my skill sets. Of course, I also cannot forget the times I have spent with my classmates; they made JC life rewarding even amidst the challenges the pandemic posed. The laughter we shared and memories we have made are things I will cherish.

AS THE PIONEERING BATCH OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SCHOLARS, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR JUNIORS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PRACTISE GOODWILL TO ALL?

I think regardless of what programme we are in and title we have, it is important to remember that we are fundamentally humans on our own journeys. Life has its ups and downs, and we all need a little bit of encouragement to carry on. We can never fully understand one another, but we can definitely help to light the way, even if only for a little while. Take some time to listen to the stories of others and see what you can do to support their journey! We really do not need to do grand things to show that we love and care for someone; sometimes even a short note makes all the difference. Jiayou Juniors!

Vanessa Law

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Vanessa Law (20-U1) was a Bicultural Studies Programme Scholar and a member of the Student Council. She was one of the Student Council OICs for the first Online Open House 2021, demonstrating creativity and foresight as she led her team through uncharted waters. She conceptualised videos to showcase the vibrant student culture and made plans to coordinate the contributions of different groups of student leaders to create a very successful open house.
As a recipient of the MOE Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) Scholarship, Vanessa cultivated a deep intellectual curiosity and passion for engaging both Eastern and Western perspectives. She displayed a high capacity for independent and self-directed research, attaining an Achievement Award for her outstanding research that she presented at the National BSP Symposium in 2020.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I did not expect much initially given that there were a few parts of the papers that felt like curveballs to me. However, I believe that the spotlight here should be on my teachers – their generosity in sharing their knowledge and wisdom has truly shaped my perspective of the world and I am immensely grateful for them. Being an (overly) independent person, I rarely take the initiative to seek help. Despite this, the sense of security that I gained from my teachers' effective lessons and feedback convinced me that I could not have asked for a safer learning environment than the one I had in EJC.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR ‘LOW POINT’ YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

A ‘low point’ that I have reflected on a lot would be the period after promos, when I did very poorly for Maths for the first time in my life. To make things worse, the underperformance persisted till the mid-year exams of JC2. That was when I realised how I had to completely change my attitude towards studying for Maths and revamp my revision plans. The biggest lesson that I have learnt from this experience was humility. It takes a lot to look squarely at our inadequacies and take concrete steps to improve, even when the going gets tough. I hope for all of us to be able to understand fully how humility can be so important in every aspect of our lives.

AS ONE OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OICS FOR OUR VERY FIRST ONLINE OPEN HOUSE,
WHAT DO YOU THINK BEST REPRESENTS THE VIBRANT STUDENT CULTURE IN EJC?

When we talk about the vibrant student culture in EJC, there is always one feature that is unmistakably true – the diversity of backgrounds from which Eunoians come. Each of us brings to the table different talents, knowledge and values, and as OIC, what was most memorable for me was how everyone had a story to tell and these stories intersect at the most interesting junctures. This then forms the connections of new identities, ideas and innovations that prove to be a valuable opportunity for a new college community.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

The biggest lesson that EJC has taught me is to do everything with an open heart. This can be applied to everything that we do: learning from our own mistakes, learning from our friends and even acquaintances and treating others as we would ourselves like to be treated. I think it is important to recognise that there are many things that are bigger than ourselves, and to shift our focus from ourselves to the people around us so we can try to make their lives better. For me, this ought to be a key takeaway from an education.

Mayanee Chai

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST THERESA'S CONVENT

Mayanee Chai (20-O2) was a highly respected Captain of EJC Hockey. She was empathetic, communicated effectively with her peers, coaches and teachers, and was committed to building a strong, cohesive team. Mayanee took great pride in her role as Captain and made it a point to focus on developing a safe environment and shared identity as a team. She initiated peer-coaching sessions outside of Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) time, further encouraging a positive, fun, and safe space for her teammates. Her teammates looked up to her as a role model, both for her proficiency in the sport as well as her ability to lead.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

‘WOW’ might best describe my feelings! I am so very grateful for my results, especially as I struggled with my sciences throughout my time in JC. I am filled with gratitude towards my peers who have struggled alongside me and for the way we were there for each other and pushed each other on. I am thankful for my teachers who took the time to attend to my questions during consults. I am also grateful for the low moments throughout my JC journey that have really humbled and shaped me.

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR ‘LOW POINT’ YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

There were many low points throughout my JC life, and most of them were due to my poor academic performance, primarily in Biology and Chemistry. As the prelims approached, I slowly lost interest in these subjects, and that made studying for them even more challenging. Frankly, the light that saw me through it was the knowledge that I would not have to do it again. I also had amazing classmates who shared their notes with the class. Though studying sometimes felt like a huge chore, it was never lonely. We even had a class Discord channel to encourage and keep each other company while studying. It was the small notes of encouragement from each of my classmates and teachers that pushed me to keep working hard. Knowing that I was not alone made the seemingly endless battle less overwhelming.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

There were so many meaningful moments in my journey in EJC, but the most meaningful thing are the relationships forged in these 2 years. I was surrounded with beautiful and wholesome classmates that were always so caring and open to helping each other. Being a part of 20-O2 was my biggest blessing in EJC. They were an accepting bunch who were not fazed by any oddball moments. We were a whole lot of weird packed into one, but that is what I loved about it. It taught me to embrace and appreciate people on a whole new level.

WHAT ADVICE / WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR JUNIORS IN JC2 AND JC1?

To current Eunoians, I hope that you will appreciate the people around you, and capture the little moments that make you feel grateful. Truly, the people that you surround yourself with will shape and push you. Do not discount your efforts when you know you have tried, and do not let results and grades define your worth. Keep pushing, trying, failing, asking and picking yourself and others up again and again. A personal motto I live by and use to encourage myself is to “suffer now, suffer better later!” Wishing you guys the very best!

Rowena Chia

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Rowena Chia (20-A6) has contributed significantly to the raising of awareness of mental well-being in the college through her leadership of the GLIDE project, Beautiful Minds. She led her team to run effective campaigns to advocate for mental health and plan training sessions to equip her peers with skills to support one another. She also played a key role in co-creating CCE lessons on mental resilience with the teachers. The project gained a large traction within the student community in Eunoia Junior College, influencing her peers to be more open to each other and to seeking help, and helping them cope with the stress of life in junior college. In addition, Rowena was a dedicated Class Chairperson who did her best to strengthen the culture and lift the morale of her class in a very trying year. Her contributions to improving the well-being of her peers were commendable and deeply appreciated.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS AND WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

It is a medley of yellow and blue. Realistically, I met and even exceeded my expectations. Idealistically, it could always be a little better. Nonetheless, I am proud. Not simply because I completed this marathon, but also because I grew, fought and never gave up. I am immensely grateful for all the teachers who never once gave up on me, all my friends who walked (and crawled) through, arguably, one of the hardest academic obstacles, and, of course, my family for trusting the path I decide to walk. These people deserve more than just a thank you!

WHAT WAS A SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OR ‘LOW POINT’ YOU FACED IN 2020-2021? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

My greatest challenge was not academic in nature but about personal growth. Perhaps surprisingly, my challenge was actually leading Beautiful Minds. Stepping up to tell my stories (to strangers) is never easy; advocating for such a sensitive and taboo topic is never easy; juggling passion and work is never easy. I could sit at my study table and rewatch lectures over and over again. Instead, I chose to step out of my comfort zone and I pushed myself to do all that each day.
I kept reminding myself that these were two years of academic rigour, but they were also two years of life. If tomorrow were my last day on Earth, I refuse to look back and see that all I have done is study and that I have done nothing for others, done nothing for my purpose and passion. Hence, I chose to be a voice for a worthy cause every day and strove to be better than yesterday.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

It was definitely Beautiful Minds. There was so much thought , purpose, passion put into Beautiful Minds. The events, the late calls, the designing processes, the thoughtful considerations all led to this beautiful project that people hear, see and look out for. I cannot imagine my EJC journey without it. Beautiful Minds will always be a highlight, not just of my journey in Eunoia, but of my journey through life.

WHAT DOES ‘BEAUTIFUL THINKING’ MEAN TO YOU, AND WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR JUNIORS TO HELP THEM APPRECIATE BEAUTIFUL MINDS?

I see Beautiful Thinking as waves of kindness, compassion, sensitivity, in a sea of unstable currents. Beautiful Minds is not just a team of students coming together in a bottom-up way, but also involves collaboration with the school and teachers in the more top-down fashion we are used to. The fact that we are all involved shows how important mental health is to us as a Eunoia community. Like all the other projects, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that no one beyond BM would see: the thought behind each post, the sensitivity required to advocate, the mentality to think out of the box mentality so each batch of Beautiful Minders can own this project. I can’t ask you to support and agree with everything we do, I can only let you know that this project is never for ourselves, but for you and mental well-being in EJC and beyond.

Class of 2021 Soaring
– Vol 1

Class of 2021
Soaring

VOLUME ONE

The Class of 2021 showed us how to make the worst of times into the best of times, overcoming personal and great challenges to attain their own definition of success. In Volume One, Gwen, Rui Ting, Clement and E-Xuan tell us about how they turned obstacles into opportunities and share what gave them strength and solace throughout their gruelling journeys to the A-Levels.

PHOTOS BY TIFFANY LIM, ZOU YAN FANG, NIKITA PARMAR

Gwen Lim

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Gwen Lim (20-I1) exemplified what it means to make the best of any situation. Having faced academic challenges in her first year, she repeated her JC1 year in 2020 and grew into a highly-esteemed leader and seized opportunities to extend her learning beyond the syllabus. She participated in the MOE Economics Student Symposium, collaborating with the National Heritage Board and ETHOS, a student-initiated interest group, to create a website documenting little-known aspects of Singapore's history, achieved an honourable mention at the MOE Our School Our Stories photography competition, produced a short film for Literature Festival 2021 and demonstrated her passion for environmental causes with EJ Earthlings. Her boundless energy also saw her support underprivileged primary school students academically and holistically while balancing her studies in JC2. Gwen recently completed the MOE Teaching Internship Programme and is currently mentoring her juniors as Head of Arts subjects for Project AEGIS.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I felt extremely shocked! I was too stunned to speak. I am extremely grateful for all my teachers, friends and seniors in AEGIS that supported me along my journey. The deep gratitude towards my teachers stems from how they offered me consultations throughout the year and were so patient. In particular, my teachers for Geography and Economics (my two weakest subjects) were incredibly kind and helpful, seeing me for weekly consultations and offering loads of moral support, and made studying these subjects fun. I’m immensely grateful to have been able to see my personal growth and academic development over the years and this would not have been possible without their help. I believe that the results achieved are a testament to the notion that one should trust the process as my wise Geography teacher constantly says, and for all that I am grateful.

WHAT WAS A CHALLENGE OR LOW POINT AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I was struggling academically and with motivation in 2019 and requested to be retained. Perhaps surprisingly, I would do the same again. I had grand plans to lay low and study for the next two years. But the volatility the pandemic brought about showed me that my experience could be especially helpful to my peers who looked to me for direction when they were overwhelmed. It hit me that repeating the year is not just something that has pros and cons on a personal level, but can be beneficial for the community at large.

Hence, I gradually began to look beyond myself. For instance, serving in the Class Directorate, in CCA as Head of Photography, organising the Literature Festival, serving as an EXCO member in two Student Initiated Groups (EJ Earthlings and Project ETHOS), as a Cahaya Community mentor for underprivileged students in Kebun Baru, Project Head Arts of AEGIS 2022 (academic mentorship programme by alumni), participating in the MOE Teaching Internship Programme, and many more. Frankly speaking, each of these experiences deserves a scholarship essay of its own due to the multitudinous takeaways I gleaned from them. But if there’s one thing I took away, it was what it meant to be a ‘leader with heart’ is what comes to mind. While one may expect that retaining will result in a loss of confidence, it was precisely because I felt that there was nothing else to lose, that I was able to shed my inhibitions, push myself beyond my comfort zone and truly be integrated into the concerns of the community.

I will not pretend that having multiple heavy commitments was not exhausting, just like it was in 2019. However, I was disillusioned during my second time around, and fully determined to show the world that repeating a year is not something to be ashamed of, but can be worn as a badge of honour. I believe that my story is a testament to my inner strength, and also of the kindness inherent in humanity. There were so many people that simultaneously accepted and challenged me, and gave me so many chances to prove my worth as a person. I was grateful for so many dedicated teachers that have shaped my growth.

Indeed, the value of an educator, especially for children that may not otherwise have access to the guidance of a trusted adult is something that has resonated with me, particularly so in J2. My answer to the question of what I want to be when I grow up has been consistent since the tender age of 10 - “I want to be a teacher!” The reasons have changed, but the aspiration has not. I realise that I want a career about getting things done, for the sustainable development of my country, and challenging enough to get me out of bed every morning feeling excited. I want to be part of a people-centric system that capitalises on education as a social-leveller, just as I have benefitted. Above all, I want to make sure that no student falls through the cracks, and feels that there is no one that believes in them because I will believe in them.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

I would say that the most meaningful part would be learning to appreciate my academic subjects beyond the classroom. Being able to see interdisciplinary connections between the subjects genuinely sparked joy in my educational journey. This was especially true for Economics and Geography. The synoptic thinking became something that made me understand the world around me better, and provided a better lens in which I could view the world and myself with greater appreciation. My time in EJ really catalysed my intellectual capacity for critical thinking beyond what I thought was even possible, since the rigour of the curriculum along with juggling the multitudes of extracurriculars truly acted as a crucible for my growth as an individual.

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

Trust the process as progress is not linear. Tap on all the resources that you have, such as consultations with teachers, study groups, AEGIS, or even online! Lastly, pay attention in tutorials and lectures — it's the small things that add up to your eventual success.

Chew Rui Ting

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Chew Rui Ting (20-E4) was a highly resilient student who pursued a fulfilling college experience in spite of her medical condition. There were instances where she had to be hospitalised during her Preliminary and A-Level Examinations but she remained steadfast and persevering to achieve admirable results. More importantly, she maintained a positive learning attitude and gave much to the college and the community. An erhu player for the Chinese Orchestra, she contributed to the Certificate of Distinction achieved by the CCA at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2021. Rui Ting also participated in Project Mahalo and Team Populum Sitas, initiatives that sought to provide meals and essentials for seniors, migrant workers and people with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and raise funds for Make-a-Wish Foundation (Singapore) respectively. Passionate about giving back to society and determined to overcome personal challenges, Rui Ting was a role model for the people around her, students and teachers alike.

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

I want to thank my teachers and friends. The teachers all teach from the bottom of their hearts. My teachers are extremely supportive and teach from the bottom of their hearts. They never fail to bring joy to my life and show concern for me. I am also grateful for my parents and family who cared so much for me and supported me with prayers and love.

WHAT WAS A CHALLENGE OR LOW POINT AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

Managing my illness required me to be warded in the hospital every fortnight, and I missed many lessons as a result. It was thanks to all the help from my teachers and friends that I managed to keep up academically. During my A-levels, I was admitted to the A&E twice and missed my papers. Despite all these challenges, my teachers continued to encourage me not to give up. I am truly grateful for all my teachers!

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The strong college spirit and experiences with my friends and teachers are my fondest memories of EJC. Their love and concern formed a strong foundation in my education journey.

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

I’d encourage Eunoians to enjoy the process of learning and view the opportunity to study as a privilege not to be taken for granted. Start revision early, have a revision plan and do not compare yourself with others as it brings unnecessary stress.

Clement Chim

ALUMNUS OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Clement Chim (20-E4) selflessly devoted time and effort to help Rui Ting, his classmate, on a day-to-day basis. He supported her when she missed lessons, explaining concepts to her and serving as a bridge between Rui Ting and her subject tutors. As the Chemistry subject representative for the class, he often helped his other classmates improve their grasp of difficult concepts. Clement excelled in Physics as well, pursuing the subject at the Higher 3 level. In his Co-Curricular Activity,  he worked tirelessly to grow as a basketball player and spread his interest in the sport, co-organising a friendly basketball competition for his juniors. Combined with his tenacity and love for learning, Clement's empathy for others sets him apart as a mature and laudable individual.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am still processing them in my head, but I do know that results are multi-faceted. I am proud of myself for the effort I put in, my school life and the person I am, so I will do my best to not be too affected by a number. I am very grateful for the positive environment my friends, teachers and family helped create.

WHAT WAS A CHALLENGE OR LOW POINT AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

There was a time last year when I felt painfully aware of certain inadequacies and was in a bad place. I overcame this by focussing on future steps to take instead of on mistakes I had made and am happy I had the conviction to tackle the gruelling task of self-improvement.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The memories created and the friendships forged - these are friends I know I will work to keep in my life in the years to come.

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

To my juniors, when you know what you want to achieve, work out the tangible steps you can take to get there. Focus on putting in the effort needed at each step of the way and you will get there!

Yeo E-Xuan

ALUMNA OF CHIJ ST NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

Yeo E-Xuan (20-U3) was Class Vice-Chairperson for her civics group and an exemplary role model for her peers. A sincere leader who cared for both their welfare and academic performance, she organised various activities to bring the class together and created an online repository of Economics notes. Despite a setback at home in her second year, she remained resilient throughout. Her commendable academic performance and her many acts of service, from serving as an Orientation Group Leader to leading a Values in Action project, attest to her strength and selflessness.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RESULTS? WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am happy about my results! I’m thankful for my civics tutors, friends and family for giving me endless support throughout my journey in EJC. Their reassurance helped me to deal with the uncertainty and anxiety during the A-Levels.

WHAT WAS A CHALLENGE OR LOW POINT AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

My lowest point in 2021 was when I had to manage both the stress of the A-levels and personal problems at home. I was overthinking and constantly anxious. Although I have not fully overcome the issues, I’m just taking it one day at a time and focusing on the present.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN EUNOIA?

The most meaningful part of my journey in Eunoia is my daily interactions with my friends. We ate together, mugged together and did a lot of silly things together that will probably make for embarrassing stories we can recount together in future. Although they were small things, they made my JC life much less mundane.

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

If I had to give any advice, I guess it would be to not take life and yourself too seriously. 2 years will pass very quickly so just have fun and live in the moment 🙂

Lighting the Way – EJC Yearbook 2020-21

The fourth edition of our yearbook tells the inspiring stories of staff and students who have ignited their passions and illuminated the lives of those around them.  We are proud to share some of their 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.

Blue, Gold, White – Release of 2021 A-Level Results

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RELEASE OF 2021 A-LEVEL RESULTS

Dear Class of 2021,

 

The results of the 2021 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination will be released on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.

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 and observe the 6 As! Refer to the deck of slides attached in the email for more information and follow-up.

ARRIVING SAFELY

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

Akila - 1.00 pm

Eder - 1.10 pm

Isami - 1.20 pm

Ora - 1.30 pm

Uzuri - 1.40 pm

Please arrive at your assigned venues (refer to email) by 2 pm

Please only enter via the West Gate for SafeEntry check-in.

Members of the public (parents, family members & friends etc.) will not be allowed into campus on 22 Feb 2022.

ATTIRE AND GROOMING

Be 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 the release of the results:
- ECG Advising at Library Discussion Rooms from 3.15 pm on 22 Feb (Tue)
- Scholarship Preparation (Online) on 26 Feb (Sat) - refer to email sent by CSH Team

- ECG Talk on Education Pathways: Post A-Levels (Online) on 21 Feb (Mon) & 27 Feb (Sun) - refer to email which will sent by the CSH team

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.

AUTHORISATION

If you are unable to collect your results in person on 22 Feb, you may authorise someone to collect your results and other documents on behalf.

Please complete the letter of authorisation attached in the email sent to your EJC Mail address.

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 22 Feb. Collection must be done by 24 Feb (Thurs).

EVERY EUNOIAN A

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

Mr Ganison Rajamohan
Dean (Class of 2021)

Appeals for JC1 Admission – JAE 2022

The 2022 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) Appeal Exercise is for students who have not been posted to Eunoia Junior College (EJC) under the JAE Posting Exercise.

Students admitted to other institutions via Direct School Admission (DSA-JC) are not eligible for this exercise.

The official appeal period for JAE is from 4 Feb 2022 to 9 Feb 2022 (5pm).

Appeals for transfer to Eunoia Junior College will be based on academic merit. Students who wish to appeal on other grounds are unlikely to be successful if they have not met the course Cut-Off Point (COP) for the year and do not present extenuating circumstances to merit a transfer.

The 2022 COP is 6 for the Science course and 8 for the Arts course.

Instructions

Complete the online formYou are required to upload the following documents as part of your appeal submission:

  • Form A
  • Verification slip for choice of JC / Poly courses 
  • O-Level results slip, including O-Level Mother Tongue result slip (if applicable)
  • CCA certificate / records
  • Testimonials

If you are unable to upload the documents, you can submit the relevant documents by emailing the softcopy documents to eunoiajc@moe.edu.sg with the email subject titled, "Documents for JAE Appeal 2022 - Full Name".

All appeals must reach the college by 5 pm on 9 Feb 2022. 

Please refer to and understand the subject combinations available in the college before starting the application. 

Incomplete / Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified by 10 Feb 2022 on the application outcome.

The decision of the Admissions Committee is final. No further appeals will be considered.

Annexes

Level Up! – Orientation 2022

Level Up!

EJC ORIENTATION 2022

Dear new Eunoians,

 

Hello and the warmest welcome! Eunoia is now your home and we cannot wait to make you a part of the Eunoia family. As our newest and most promising members, you will level up in every sense at Orientation, enduring, euniting and excelling in your next two years with us. Speaking from experience, there will be many precious memories and beautiful friendships on the journey to savour. As one Eunoia, our minds ignite, our hearts unite and together, our dreams will take flight.

 

Mr Ganison Rajamohan
Dean (JC1)

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Orientation 2022

Our EJC Orientation quest begins on 7 Feb 2022 (Mon) and will continue to double your XP until 11 Feb 2022 (Fri).

We look forward to meeting you on 7 Feb 2022 at 7.55 am in your secondary school PE T-shirt and secondary school bottoms (pants/skirt). The programme on the first day will end by 4 pm.

Your Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) will be waiting for you all around the campus and at the entrances to provide directions to the reporting venues. If you are taking public transport, you may enter via the South Gate (Marymount Road), East Gate (Sin Ming Ave) or North Gate (Bishan-AMK Park). Those arriving by private transport may enter via the West Gate (Sin Ming Place) and alight at the drop-off point on level 2. For more information on getting to our campus, please click here.

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

REPORTING VENUES

OG01 - OG19: Auditorium (Levels 1-2)

OG20 - OG30: Multi-Purpose Hall (Level 1)

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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, Audition and Interview: 8 Feb 2022, 9 - 11am (MEP Studios)

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 Dr Gooi Tah Choe <gooi.tah.choe@ejc.edu.sg>.

 

H2 Art

Diagnostic Test, Drawing Test & Portfolio Interview: 8 Feb 2022, 9 - 11am (Art Studio)

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: 7 Feb 2022, 3.30 - 4.30pm (LT2 and LT3)

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 Mdm Ng Lai Sze <ng.lai.sze@ejc.edu.sg>

 

H2 Further Mathematics

Selection Test: 8 Feb 2022, 9 - 11am (LT1)

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: 7 Feb 2022, 2.30 - 4.30pm (LT1)

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

For clarification, please contact Mr Perrin Singarayar <perrin.singarayar@ejc.edu.sg>

Thank You, Mrs Wong – Our Tribute

Thank You, Mrs Wong

Mrs Wong-Cheang Mei Heng, our founding principal, will be retiring from the education service at the end of 2021 to begin a new journey. Since her appointment in December 2014, Mrs Wong has led Eunoia Junior College through many phases of its development: from recruiting the college's pioneering staff to guiding the deputy principals and key personnel, from creating the college vision to cultivating beautiful thinking amongst Eunoians, and from rejuvenating the Mount Sinai campus to overseeing the completion of our home in Bishan. Pivotal as she is, Mrs Wong was more than a Principal - an artist, teacher, leader, mentor, colleague and the head of a young Eunoia family. Together with our first five cohorts of students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and stakeholders, Mrs Wong has made a blank canvas into a beautiful community. While words alone cannot express our gratitude to Mrs Wong for her seven years of leading Eunoia Junior College, this is our little tribute:

I appreciated how ready you were to entertain wild ideas that supported a culture of creativity and openness, and the sheer variety of names helped us converge on some principles — and having a name that will give us a unique three-letter acronym was one consideration. I remember that when we discussed “Eunoia”, of course we considered the sound and pronunciation of the name.

And because we all agreed that the meaning resonated with us, you shared this perspective — that we are teachers, and so we will teach people to say our name. And we did. I felt that this exemplified leading with the heart of a teacher.

MS ADRIENNE DE SOUZA, HOD (PROJECT WORK & FLAGSHIP PROGRAMMES)

I recall how determined Mrs Wong was in ensuring buy-in from all the pioneer staff. Those of us still around would recall our first Staff Eunite, where we engaged in several activities at Ghim Moh, NUS Guild House and the Hort Park. Mrs Wong was instrumental in shaping the programme and engagement of staff, and what you see here was our collective unpacking of the strategic plan. I also remember how she tried to recreate a caterer’s red bean soup for all of us to enjoy, one of the many ways in which Mrs Wong actively looked out for our welfare!

MRS BRIGITTE KOH, TEACHER (MATHEMATICS)

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From the time we occupied one small corner office at MOE HQ (Ghim Moh), it has been a very enriching experience for me to learn from her. I remember the times when Mrs Wong bonded the newly form team of KPs, through many staff welfare activities that she would be the lead and even becoming the trainer for us! Mrs Wong, always being elegant and well composed, brought assurances to us that we were on the right track on uncharted waters, throughout our time together.

MS NG KOH YEE, ADMINISTRATION MANAGER (2015-2018)

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Despite only being in EJ for 2 years, I will always remember Mrs Wong as a motherly figure - someone who is very nurturing. She always smiles and checks in on us whenever she sees us along the corridors. That simple "how are you?" really means a lot and shows how much she cares about us. Thank you for being Eunoia's very first Principal and for leading us to embrace the challenges as we embarked on a journey as the first cohort in EJ. We have come a long way under your leadership and we are very grateful for whatever you have done for us. Your lasting legacy will always be remembered and thank you for being an inspiration to us. 

MS NICOLETTE TAN, CLASS OF 2018

Thank you, Mrs Wong, for always holding that strong belief that our college will make history. You have instilled courage in us to dare to be different. You have shaped our college to be one that embraces students' creativity and initiative and which provides so much safe space us to experiment, make mistakes and do even better the next time. Thank you for setting up such a wonderful foundation for our college. I am so excited for the many things you will pursue beyond Eunoia.

MS LEE XIN CHUN, CLASS OF 2020