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Farewell Ms Chong and keep rocking ...

By Jovita Fernando, Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.                          ...

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What it means to be alive

By Kai Sheng, 1AH and Edna, 1AA1 So my ELL teacher was like, "WHY is it that all of you come to class looking like you hate life! You are all s...

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An OPtimistic journey

When the class groupings for Project Work (PW) first came out, I remember breathing the hugest sigh of relief ever- thank goodness, I was with some of...

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Things to do on the MRT ride home

Anglo Chinese Junior College, 25 Dover Close East. Its address doesn't quite warrant it true West-sider status, and neither does its considerable di...

Farewell Ms Chong and keep rocking those heels

By Jovita Fernando,

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

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                                                                Ms Chong bidding farewell during her school tour

This year’s ‘last assembly’ was an emotional one as the ACJC community had to bid farewell to our beloved Principal, Ms Beatrice Chong. Our Principal, who is so widely known for her love and admiration of the Sequoia trees ended her term with another meaningful speech about the importance of having roots and of growing in adversity.

As soon as Ms Chong ended her speech, Mrs Choo took over and gave the command for the latecomers to enter the hall, a very colourful and energetic crowd of ex-students and parents streamed in, taking Ms Chong by surprise. They had all come, upon the request of the ‘salted caramel’ team-the staff led group that organised the surprise farewell for Ms Chong.   

Following that, Mr D’Souza presented a heartwarming speech about the impact of Ms Chong’s leadership in ACJC that started the very moment she stepped in for their first staff meeting. She had everyone there enraptured by her presence and continued to carry herself forward over the years with prayer as her compass. He concluded his farewell with a sweet poem that had tears welling in Ms Chong’s eyes.

A tribute video showing the various CCAs thanking Ms Chong for her prayers and presence in every game, competition and event that she attended highlighted her dedication to her students and the college. Ms Tan Yi Wen and ex-Council President, Claire sang their version of the song ‘For good’ from the musical, Wicked and Mdm Rahimah added a few more words of praise. In particular, she said that Ms Chong made the college an even more student- and value -centred place and that she infused values into faith with great care.

Ms Chong is often described as wise, attentive, calm and clever among her many other descriptions highlighting her beauty. To honour this, she was awarded the ‘Golden Stiletto’ award for her poise, confidence and impeccable style. Ms Chong accepted her award while joking that heels are, after all, ‘weapons of mass destruction’.

On behalf of the student body, Joseph Low thanked her for her support and leadership and presented her with a shoe decorated with image of  the sequoia tree, signifying that her roots with ACJC family are forever. Annabel Tan also presented her with a drawing of the Sequoia trees.

Ms Chong’s final tour around the school began, albeit wistfully, with a grand overture by the band heralding her as she boarded the pristine white convertible with her impossible grace. Even ‘Smiley’ was slightly more glum than usual, but Ms Chong’s elegant smile and  the contagious enthusiasm of the student body kept the farewell a memorable and merry one nevertheless.

 At the first station, a palm tree was planted because of her affinity with trees (Sequoia and Bamboo) and she showered the tree with her tender love. Afterwards, she proceeded to the lobby where Ms Chong unveiled the ‘2017’ on the board of principals to signify the end of her term. As she passed by Chan Alley and the canteen, students gave Ms Chong gifts and cards and a crowd began to gather behind the car and they followed her back to the smiley where the teachers and staff of ACJC were awaiting her.

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                                       Ms Chong making her way down to the ‘Smiley’

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                                       Ms Chong at the tree planting station

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                                       Students gathered and trailed behind the car back to the ‘Smiley’

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                                       The staff lined along the staircase heralded Ms Chong into the building from her tour.

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                                       The students and staff made their way down to the field to create our school name.

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                                        Ms Chong with her Vice-Principals and staff

Indeed this year’s ‘last assembly’ was very different and emotional compared to that of other years .As we await the coming of our new principal, let us remember the wit, humour and smile of Ms Beatrice Chong and let us also remember that ACJC principals never truly leave the college.

All the best to your future endeavours at the MOE headquarters and our blessings and gratitude remain with you forever, Ms Chong. To God be the Glory. The Best is Yet to Be.

Class of 2014

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Image credits to ACJC’s Photography Society.

What it means to be alive

By Kai Sheng, 1AH and Edna, 1AA1

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So my ELL teacher was like, “WHY is it that all of you come to class looking like you hate life! You are all so young but so cynical!”

Guilty as charged. We stole glances at each other and tried to hold back our snickers given the awkward hilarity of this truth.

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An OPtimistic journey

When the class groupings for Project Work (PW) first came out, I remember breathing the hugest sigh of relief ever- thank goodness, I was with some of my good friends, people I had talked to before and ascertained a reasonable amount of closeness that I was determined to not let PW, otherwise known as Number 2 Friendship Destroyer- Number 1 being Monopoly in all forms- crumble.

photo-1475506631979-72412c606f4d - CopyIt turns out, I underestimated the persistence of PW. Beneath my cheerful optimism lay every problem everyone who has taken PW will come to know. First came the initiation tussle, over who’s Preliminary Investigation should we use? It took us 2 entire long periods to mull over the matter until a deciding vote was cast and one member was crowned the ultimate winner. (She eventually but naturally became our group leader.) Then came the months-long process of building up the Written Report, which seemed to have endless drafts that all looked quite underwhelming, like baby chicks just hatched out of their eggs. We all took turns to procrastinate, dither, and straight-up ignore the work we had to do, as if pretending it didn’t exist would make it magically disappear and we could just get along with our lives peacefully. Unfortunately, it did not. Parts of the WR were emptier than ever, and our long suffering group leader, Jaimie, revved up her galvanizing Whatsapp messages.

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Things to do on the MRT ride home

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Anglo Chinese Junior College, 25 Dover Close East. Its address doesn’t quite warrant it true West-sider status, and neither does its considerable distance from any shopping district worth its salt, which leaves a majority of us ACsians with traveling times upwards of 20 minutes.

20 minutes spent crammed between two strangers on the MRT and if your hands were to hang limply by your sides would become all too familiar with the contours of your neighbours’ buttocks, hands that if crossed over your chest suavely à la Song Joong-Ki in Descendants of the Sun would no doubt draw stares of disapproval from the person in front of you; hands that if simply shoved into your pockets would begin to fidget furtively before caving in and grabbing on to the nearest object they can find which is – Surprise, surprise – Your phone.

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Baccalaureate Service 2017

By Immanuela Asa, 2AD1

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On October 10th 2017, the graduating cohort of the Class of 2017 sat through their final morning assembly. The Baccalaureate Service is held each year to mark the end of the academic year of JC2s and to send them off to the last lap of preparation for the A Levels.

Before the service started, recipients of the Principal’s Honour Roll were presented to the school. The awardees comprised the most distinguished groups of students, who have not only done well in their academic pursuits , but have represented the college and/or have contributed to the society.  Besides these awardees, the AC BFFs and Enthu awards were also given to peer-nominated awardees, who have displayed care and concern to their peers.

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Use Your Hands

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The Use Your Hands project is a cleaning initiative initiated by 1SA1 and was carried out on the second day of AC Games. So, on 12 October, all J1s classes were allocated to different venues in schools (lecture theatres, classrooms, canteen, void deck…etc) to  use their hands!!

How did this come about?

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AC Games 2017

AC Games , an annual affair in ACJC, is organised with the purpose of letting J1s relax and celebrate after many gruelling weeks of preparing and then, sitting for the promotional examinations. This year, it was meticulously planned out and successfully executed by the 42nd Students’ Council.

Day One of AC Games saw classes competing in games such as ultimate frisbee, tug-of-war and floorball.

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Non-Sequitur: ACJC’s Very Own Creating Writing Magazine

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You’ve heard of maniAC. You’ve heard of the Arts Council. But have you heard of Non-Sequitur?

Non-Sequitur, affectionately known as Non-Seq, is a biannual, largely student-run creative arts publication. Once known as a CCA called the Creative Writing Circle, Non-Sequitur is now a sub-group under the Arts Council.

For its second and last edition of 2017, Non-Seq will be publishing the Baccalaureate Edition, straight from the weathered hearts, minds and souls of Class of 2017’s artists and poets. Stay tuned to the next few posts to get a glimpse of their minds. Alternatively, click here to download the full PDF copy of the magazine.

Maybe you’ll find solace, maybe you’ll find discontentment, but it is definitely not an edition your heart would wanna miss.

Left to right: Sarah and Raemae. Raemae wasa the former President of the Circle.

Left to right: Sarah and Raemae. Raemae was the former President of the Circle.

FOREWORD

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017. Click here to download the PDF.

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FOREWORD

ACJC /ˈæŋɡləʊ ˌtʃaɪˈniːz ˈdʒuːniə(r) ˈkɒlɪdʒ/ (school):

 

Equivalent to an institution that will give you the same feelings you get while you’re on a rollercoaster ride. Excitement, anxiety, uncertainty, thrill. You start kicking your legs in the air as the platform descends, clenching your safety straps. You take a deep breath… “Ready to launch…”

The ride slowly takes off and you feel the incline, the rigour of academics. All of a sudden, you feel a sudden drop, the part where you let out all of the pent-up anxiety you had previously. All the unexpected twists, turns and loops represent the obstacles you faced and challenges that occurred. Everything is a blur and you could hardly handle the slapping motion of the wind against your face.

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My very own “Makjang”

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Makjang ~ In terms of Korean Dramas, it is equivalent to an American soap opera. It is defined as any fantasy, unreal drama shown on basic cable daytime hour television. Full of unreal situations where, everyone is related to everyone else. So unreal that no one ever goes to the bathroom or food shopping and there is always fresh ice on trays with alcohol in every room. The Plot involves extreme, absurd, or outrageous instances of life (cases that make you go, hmm, what’s the likelihood of that happening in an average person’s lifetime)

When I first enrolled into this school, I didn’t give it much thought. Being an “AC boy” for the entirety of my education made it a no brainer to put ACJC as my first pick. When I received the notification that I’ve succeeded in entering, little did I know that the tv series for my very own “Makjang” had just started. Like how the plot of a drama takes time to build, orientation passed in a flash. I made new “friends”, met so many different “people” and I felt that life was the best it could have been than ever before. Not really. Looking back, I find it hilarious how naïve and gullible I was because it took me an exceedingly long time to figure out that some friends were not actual friends. It is like how the main characters in a horror movie knew that they were going to explore a desolated and dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere in an eerie and thick forest rumoured to be the mass graves of prisoners of war that were brutally tortured and slaughtered but still decided to go ahead and explore the house anyways because they somehow “did not know” it was haunted. And like a typical horror movie, you don’t need to be a genius to know that they also soon joined their counterparts six-feet underground. If only I could read the signs of “passive-aggressiveness” and “Fake-ness” earlier, I wouldn’t have suffered such extensive “withdrawal symptoms”. After I realised such a fact, I generally felt really lost. I would like to think that my reaction was reasonable given the fact that I came from a “relatively pure” secondary school where all the friendships I made were rather genuine; Where no one talked behind your back or were passive-aggressive. Yet, I still find it silly it took me such a long time to realise this fact.

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cracks

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017. Click here to download the PDF.

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I remember a time
where I danced
barefooted in the rain

I remember a time
where I laughed so hard
I forgot the pain

dusk has settled in,
what am I to remember?

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alimae

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017. Click here to download the PDF.

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the strange alien in my bed,
was warm and familiar,
its hands twined round mine –
now, a thousand miles ahead,
a shadowy figure my eyes
can’t quite find

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death

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017. Click here to download the PDF.

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Have you drawn against the winds your deep breath?
Sucked in goodly air into your lungs
Alas, before you come to Death

Now you know your time is near
Whence before St. Peter you must appear
Have you drawn against the winds your deep breath?

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the full stop

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017. Click here to download the PDF.

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i still cannot
find our ending
and i am ashamed
because i, a storyteller
should be better at
finishing things.

in the middle of
the night, my hands
will find that infinite
string on the sweater
i will never give back,

and pull.

it goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on.

- raemae, 2ad2

Image Source : Author’s own