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My JC Life in a Playlist

It’s the June holidays — time for rest, relaxation and not forgetting, revision. Other than the 3 R’s, the June break also signals to the J2s in particular that our time in ACJC is almost up. In fact, we only have less than a quarter of our journey towards A Levels to go.

 

I’ve never been someone who could easily express my emotions with words, what more the rollercoaster ride that has been my JC life thus far? Hence, I’ve decided to compile this short playlist instead, in hopes of it being a much better interpretation of my experience here in AC thus far.

1. Dive In by KYKO

I get what I get, but not what I find exciting
I know there’s something better, but am I going out to find it?

This song perfectly describes the excitement and trepidation that I felt as an incoming J1. As someone who can’t swim that well, diving into water is definitely just as scary as entering a whole new environment and meeting new people.

2. Sing by Pentatonix

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Sing it out as hard as you can
Make ’em hear you from LA to Japan
Don’t let ’em bring you down

Of course, the song that we danced to as a cohort during orientation would be included. I still remember me awkwardly fumbling my way through the dance sessions during orientation and wondering how on earth I was going to learn the dance in just a few days. I guess that doesn’t really matter in the end because all I remember is me laughing along with my OG mates as we tried to keep up with everyone else during the mass dance.

3. Sleep On The Floor by The Lumineers

The lyrics don’t really have much meaning to me in the context of my JC life but I had to include this to block people out when I want to take a short nap during breaks.

4. Time Machine by Johnny Stimson

I don’t wanna miss my chance
I just wanna do it all over again
Come and step into my time machine

Me, a week before the Term Exams, when I realised that I wasted my June holidays lying in bed and watching Korean dramas.

5. Little Too Much by Shawn Mendes

Sometimes, it all gets a little too much
But you gotta realize that soon the fog will clear up

I definitely remember how stressed I was during the weeks leading up to the Promotional Exams. I had to juggle revising, PW and my various CCA commitments. M

6. Blessed by Daniel Caesar

And yes, I’m a mess but I’m blessed
To be stuck with you

To all the friends that I’ve made and accompanied me on this crazy journey.

7. The Greatest Show by The Greatest Showman Ensemble

Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

I don’t think I’ll ever forget how everyone in the hall was singing their hearts out to this song during Orientation Night 2018. As an OGL, it was so fulfilling to see the J1s come together as a cohort after 4 days of orientation. Just like how The Greatest Show could be interpreted as the product of the hard work of each member of P.T. Barnum’s circus, Orientation 2018 was the product of months of planning and preparation by the Student Council and the OGLs.

8. The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

Today I don’t feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed

Me. Every. Single. Day.

That’s all for now. Hopefully this playlist gets longer during these last few months of my life as a JC student.

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Energy’s High for Fun-O-Rama Preparation

Ashreal Low 1AA1

Excitement filled the corridors of ACJC as the days led up to Fun-O-Rama XXIV. Fuelling the exhilaration were waves of musical Fun-O-Rama announcements for coupon collections and shameless stall promotions (most of which prompted roars of laughter from the school). Beautifully painted banners for stalls covered the sunken gallery in a sea of vibrant colours.

1AA1’s AC Boleh banner

Finally. The eve of Fun-O-Rama, where the fun began! Each class busied themselves by tirelessly working from morning until noon to make sure each stall would be picture-perfect the next morning.

2SB4’s Water Pong

Each class made last minute additions to their stalls, adding a touch of colour or simply creating publicity boards, like the students in the photographs below!

The preparation of delicious food also began. An air of enthusiasm hung around the whole of friday, a strong reminder of the school value of passion. Each student worked as part of a team to make Fun-O-Rama an absolute success.

Tasty Kimbap in the making!

All around the school, as the day rode on, wide smiles could be seen and laughter heard. Even if it wasn’t yet Fun-O-Rama, the day of preparation was an unforgettable one of its own making!

Say cheese and hang in there because Fun-O-Rama begins soon!

Inviting prizes decked the games stalls, a sight that would send any kid, or soft-toy fanatic into an absolute frenzy.  

Likewise, heaps of soft toys were no match for the mountains of food piled up at some of the food stalls, including 2SC3’s massive stack of Indomee.  

As the preparation day drew to a close, everyone was reminded of how teamwork would make the dreamwork.

“The best is yet to be”

As one of our ex-principals once said, “The past we inherit, the present we create, but for those who HOPE, WORK, and PLAY, the best is yet to be”, let us be reminded that as one school we can strive for, as clearly displayed during Fun-O-Rama, school unity as we work hard and play hard as one ACJC.

Behind the Scenes

Joelynn Tan 2AA1

Behind the scenes of our daily assemblies is a team of students coming to school at 6:30 am to ensure that no the technical issues will crop up during the assembly and that it will be carried out smoothly.

Behind the scenes of a simple announcement made by a student are minutes, or even hours of brainstorming, practising and hoping that the audience will react positively.

Behind the scenes of a 1-minute assembly video are hours of preparation for filming, followed by hours spent on filming and hours spent on editing the video.

Behind the scenes of a 60 minute rugby match, are hours and hours of relentless training, leaving school after everyone had left, and having dinner only at 9 pm.

Behind the scenes of a 2-hour concert are months of practising, rehearsing and ensuring that all the costumes and musical instruments are ready for performance.

Behind the scenes of the fun and memorable orientation are a group of students going to school for day camps during the holidays to prepare and staying back every day during orientation, after everyone has left, for debriefs and missing days of lessons and hours of precious sleep.

Behind the scenes of a one-day carnival are days, weeks and months of brainstorming, preparation, fundraising, and even more preparation to ensure that all visitors have a great time.

It is time to appreciate the people who sweat behind the scenes to make things available for us. 

 

RunAC 2018

By Jaimie Goh (2MD5)

On 21st February 2018, ACJC held its annual cross-country event, RunAC, at West Coast Park.

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Interview with Dr Shirleen Chee, Principal ACJC

ACJC Leaders (3)

By Jovita

1)You were Principal of MGS for six years.  How do you feel about taking the helm at ACJC – in what ways do you think it will be similar or different?  

Both schools are mission schools established by the Methodist Church in Singapore with a strong Christian ethos.  The same God-centred focus drives all that we plan and do for our students.   I also see a similarity in the beliefs and attitudes of the staff at both schools.  They truly care for and nurture their charges with a commitment and passion that I truly admire.  That said, there will definitely be different challenges and opportunities that come with running a junior college compared to a secondary and primary school.

  2) What are your impressions about ACJC so far?

The first thing that struck me about ACJC is the caring culture that permeates the school. The students are really at the centre of everything the staff do. This concern for the students’ welfare echoes throughout the school.  This is evident from my conversations with our Vice-Principals. In addition, I observed in my first weeks how committed the teaching and non-teaching staff were – not only to their work, but also to go the extra mile for the sake of the students.  Whether it was in the preparations for the Open House or in the discussion of the plans for the year ahead, the staff focussed on what is important for the students. My colleagues were constantly engaged in discussing topics like how to improve standards, how to foster partnerships among internal departments and external parties, and how to bring about learning that is anchored in the real world for our students. I also noticed that positive and encouraging words constantly punctuated the conversations among the staff.

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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

by Lydia 2MD5

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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Use Your Hands

Joelynn Tan, 1AA1
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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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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”

Non-Sequitur, Baccalaureate Edition, 2017.

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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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