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Muse 2018

By Joshua Kok 1SA5

Muse is ACJC annual band concert. MUSE 2018 took place at the Esplanade Concert Hall, on the 5th of June. The performance to put it simply was impressive as the band played a large myriad of songs from the East to the West.

The lead up to the performance was very unique as the ACJC band hosted a ‘16 questions with ACJC Concert Band’ segment on their Facebook page to give a behind the scenes look to their preparation for Muse. They also conducted a ticket giveaway on their Instagram page, which was very interesting.

The band started off their performance with “Sinfonia Nobilissima”, which was a very emotional piece that was composed by award-winning composer Robert Jager. The overture is in three sections. It begins and concludes quickly, with a measured, more emotional middle part. The first hour passed by rather quickly. During the intermission, many rushed out of the hall to find their friends to take pictures in the esplanade.

I felt that the second hour was when the band really stood up and there were more catchy and memorable songs. I particularly enjoyed the song Poor Monty from the musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” as ACSian theatre sang the vocals to the song while the band got played the music. This harmony between the two performing arts is something that was really remarkable as I would imagine that it must have taken hours of practices to synch up the tempo of the music with that of the singing.

The band in action

I believe that everyone, teachers, parents and students alike, enjoyed themselves that evening. Thank you to all the performers who have made that night one to remember.

 

Image credits: Writer’s own and ACJC Concert Band

International Friendship Day Concert 2018

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ACJC commemorated International Friendship Day (IFD) on the morning of 15 May with an exciting and vibrant concert which served as a celebration of the friendships formed in spite of our various differences such as language, ethnicity and nationality. This year, the IFD concert featured performances by various CCAs and our international scholars.

The IFD concert started off with a wonderful performance by our Chinese Orchestra

The concert kicked off with the college’s Chinese Orchestra which played a sweet tune for all to hear. Next up, with bright and colourful costumes, ACSian Theatre took over the stage with ‘This is Me’, a song from the popular movie, ‘The Greatest Showman’.

A spectacular performance by ACSian Theatre

The Malay Cultural Society then showcased a short skit, presenting different traditional games that were played by children in the past. The skit brought back memories of the fun and delightful games played with our friends when we were younger.

Various traditional games were showcased in the Malay Cultural Society’s short skit

Lastly, our international students of different nationalities and ethnicities sang and performed catchy and upbeat songs, with the lyrics projected on the screen on stage allowing students to join in and sing along.

Our international students performing a medley of songs

Alongside all these performances were short questions posed to the audience regarding all sorts of different countries all around the world. Students were seen actively participating in the quiz, with those answering correctly winning vouchers.

The IFD concert was certainly an entertaining and enjoyable occasion, allowing for the celebration of friendship and diversity in Singapore!

 Photo credits: Jerrell Foo (1SB3), Xuan Ming (2MD4)

What about the environment

Ethel Ho 2MD1

We all tend to be incognizant of our how many unnecessary plastic bags we take every day that go into the dump and stay on earth longer than we do.

ACJC witnessed its first eco fair on 24th April 2018 which seeks to raise awareness of our unmindful oblivious attitude towards the things we take daily, and cultivate an environmentally-conscious culture.

The fair was organised by a group of passionate students from 2MD1 who are fervent about making a change in the way we treat our thrash.

 

Decorated with an incongruous net that carried a week’s worth of plastic thrash found in ACJC, the booth stood out in the candeck, attracting the attention of students passing by to stop and find out more. At the booth, Kahoot quizzes tapped on the knowledge of students on waste disposal.

 

Metal straws (forked out by Timothy Tan, the initiator of ecofest 2018) were given to each winner at the end of the quiz in order to encourage the winners to go #plasticstrawfree.

They also created a pledge making station where students who pledge to not use disposals for a week, place a disposal in the basket.

Throughout the week, after the quizzes, videos that highlighted the odious pile of waste in our oceans and our land as well it’s detrimental effects on earth, were screened, gave a pleasant insight.

To end off ecofest 2018, ‘thebamboostrawgirl’ also know as Mel, came down on an invitation. Mel gave an inspiring speech as she shared why she started her own shop selling a variety of green products and how she went waste-free by using bamboo straws, swapping commercial soaps for soap bars to cut down waste from its packaging to making her own deodorant to avoid using aerosol deodorant which harms the fragile environment.   

 

 

 

At the end of her talk, she sold the green products she mentioned using, to the students, intrigued to go green too.

As Jane Goodall once said, “ the greatest danger is apathy.” We don’t have to make big changes, but as long as we don’t remain apathetic towards the fragile environment, we don’t remain oblivious to the waste we generate, and as Long as we become more mindful of the items we use, we will make an effort to make a positive change to the environment regardless of how large the impact it has.

Images are the author’s own

Interhouse Games 2018

By Isabella Ong (1SA4)

On the 2nd of May this year, we held our annual Inter-House Games. Spirits were high as we all gathered in the bleachers by the track to cheer our housemates on, a riot of different colours. First, the House Captains marched down the track with their house flags, proudly displaying their colours and rousing the crowd to loud cheers. Indeed, this was a day where we can all show our house pride and enthusiasm!

 

The competitions followed next, intense battles to be the fastest and strongest. There were close fights during the footraces, the tug-of-wars, and the soccer and frisbee matches. Tension was high in the air as the speakers broadcasted popular tunes and the crowd cheered the competitors on.  In turn, every competitor put up good fights and showed us all their best efforts. It was a day of high spirits and great sportsmanship.

Although there was a brief interlude due to rainy weather, the games soon recommenced to rousing cheers from the supporters.

After many ardent battles, the overall champions were decided. It was a hard-won and close fight, but ultimately, TCT emerged the champions. However, it was clear that all had put in great efforts and it was a close competition. Good job everyone!

Service-Learning Fair 2018

By Joshua Kok (1SA5)

On 11th April 2018, an unprecedented 37 service organisations spanning from the healthcare to family services to youth projects gathered in the Hub and lobby of ACJC for this year’s Service-Learning Fair.

ACSians exploring the various service booths at the hub

This year, we are extremely thankful that the various organisations gathered at ACJC, allowing students to be informed of meaningful ways to help various communities from the elderly to the young, from local to global. The fair presented students with many opportunities to engage with organisations with purposes that are truly meaningful to them.

Learning session conducted by Habitats for Humanity Singapore

This year, some students were given the privilege and opportunity to find out in greater detail about some of these service organisations in learning sessions in the classrooms. They got to learn even more about specific organisations such as World Vision and Habitat for Humanity Singapore. For example, those who got to attend the Harvest Care Centre talk got a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Centre and the past efforts of students who partnered with the Centre. We would also like to give a special mention to Timothy Tan from 2MD1 for his passionate sharing about environment conservation during one of the learning sessions.

Timothy Tan from 2MD1 sharing about environment conservation

This event serves a reminder to everyone in the ACJC community that there are numerous avenues to serve others and give back to the community. It also serves as a form of inspiration for the classes who are conducting Project Cheer this year by giving them many ideas on which partner organisations to work with.

We thank the organisers of the Service-Learning Fair for their tireless efforts in encouraging students to be the positive agents of change in our community as well as the organisations who took time to come down and share more about their various causes with the students.

Image credits: Mr Mervyn Sek

Through the eyes of a 70-200mm lens

Kai Sheng, 2AH

How amazing it is to observe life in school through the lens of a camera. What I appreciate most about taking pictures is having the opportunity to capture a special moment in time, immortalising an instance that would have otherwise been lost to the continuity of the world. Moreover, who wouldn’t like some nicely taken candids?

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School life just goes on and on and on. Unless, of course, you have a camera and you capture an instance of when life stops for you.

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As a class was rushing off for PE after placing their bags at the bleachers, Uncle was taking a break and keeping himself updated by reading the newspaper.

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What’s better than to start the day off with a bit of witty Fun-O-Rama promotional humour? Keep ’em coming, y’all. Not to mention, chapel. It always helps to set the tone and start the week right.

The after-4.30pm period is the most thrilling of all. On Monday evenings like this one, you really get to witness how hard our sportsmen and sportswomen train.

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And how much they enjoy it.

And when they are not practising hard, they are studying hard.

All while remaining thankful to be in a school with such a vibrant culture, and an amazing community.

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Image credits: Writer’s own

The Idea of Creative Boredom

By Caleb Thien (1MD2)

Creative boredom is a phase that every creative will go through. No matter what we try to do to get back on track in making meaningful work, we will inevitably fail, eventually giving in to the lack of inspiration.

To resolve this issue, we must define what creative boredom is. In my opinion, creative boredom is the loss of motivation to work due to a lack of feasible ideals. What we can do, we have done to our utmost, and what we can’t do, we have accepted that we will remain unable to achieve. As a result, we lose our motivation to carry on in any known direction.

But that’s the very trick – to combat and overcome boredom, we must go in the unknown direction!

The solution is to limit our creative freedom and try out something new. Challenge yourself! If you have been tackling an aesthetic dilemma in the same direction, try taking up another perspective. If you have been in the same hobby for months, take up a new hobby! The idea is that there is no end to the things we can’t do and the things we have never mastered. Once we remind ourselves that there are new frontiers to experience and explore, and that creative boredom does not lead to the death of creativity, we may even get so caught up in the newness of things that the boredom we so despise may well just slip away unnoticed.

Art is ephemeral. It may serve a universal and humanistic purpose, but there is so much bad art in the world that discarding some of your work just doesn’t matter that much. Even if you took on a contrarian direction and gave up your art form forever, who cares? As long as your spirit of creating is still intact, the world remains your canvas.

(photo credit: writer’s own)

Science Week 2018

By Joshua Kok 1SA5

From the 2nd to the 6th of April, ACJC’s various science departments came together for Science Week 2018.

Science or art?

Science Week is an annual event in ACJC dedicated towards fostering a curious passion for science and to provide students with a view of science beyond the classroom. Throughout Science Week, students were given the opportunity to carry out fun and exciting experiments that highlighted the application of science in real life.

To enrich students and extend their knowledge of science, the Chemistry, Physics and Biology Departments invited guest speakers to speak on interesting discoveries and the future of science. For instance, the Chemistry students were given the opportunity to learn more about the new advancements in imaging software that has helped scientist understand the structure of atoms better through a guest lecturer’s sharing.

A guest lecturer’s sharing.

Besides the lectures delivered, the students also had the opportunity to see real-world applications of the science they learn in classrooms through practical laboratory sessions. Chemistry students were presented with the chance to make paper marbling, sparklers as well as slime, while the Biology students made test tube terrariums and keychains with DNA inside of them. The Physics department had the students make DIY fans and Brush Bots.

Definitely not a typical chemistry practical!

A Biology student’s test tube terrarium.

A Brush Bot!

In essence, Science Week truly embodied the fascinating nature of science by allowing the students to explore science beyond the classroom and nurture a sense of appreciation for science. The Science Departments has definitely made Science Week 2018 a truly exciting and unique experience for everyone.

Image credits: ACJC Photography Society

Fun-O-Rama XXIV: A Day to Remember Fondly by all who came….

A collaboration between Ashrael, Riti and Valerie (1AA1) and Joshua Kok (1SA5)

Fun-o-Rama is a familiar experience for any ACJC student, past or present. In the days leading up to the famous biannual event, which is dear to the hearts of the ACS family, we have seen our students and staff go through an entire spectrum of emotions and experiences: from panic and mayhem to joy and laughter.

But amongst the chaos and anticipation, 24th March, the day of the 24th Fun-O-Rama finally came!

At last, the day many had been looking forward to had arrived!

It was a mad rush in the morning, as students were seen lugging soft toys, and decorations to school. Parents could be spotted trying to help out as well. It was heartwarming to see students putting their best foot forward in order to make this Fun-O-Rama memorable!

And now it has officially begun! Fun-O-Rama XXIV is underway!

Performances by our very own ACSian Theatre!

Loud music, from current chart-topping pop singles to the nostalgic melodies of our childhood could be heard all around, between cheers and laughter as old friends reunited and families built new memories together. Truly, it was a day of nostalgia and reminiscence as ACJC alumni came back to the very compound that once had them oversee their own making of the Fun-o-Rama.

Students eager for the event to begin!

A funfair cannot go without a water-dunking experience!

Students went all out! Fun-O-Rama XXIV was bursting with colours and costumes!

Stalls featured a variety food and games allowing each and everyone to find something they enjoy. Each stall was carefully decorated, in order to grab the attention of the mingling crowd. A resounding theme could be found in every stall!

Youths and children of all ages coming together to enjoy a classic game of Laser Tag!

Soulful music by our own ACSians accompanied the lively atmosphere of the fair.

Parent volunteers could be seen helping out!

An inclusive event! Fun-O-Rama involved people from all walks of life.

Games like the Bubble Soccer could also be seen!

Students were also not afraid when it came to doing work!

Attractive sign boards handmade by our students!

ACSian theatre offering their very own face-painting business.

One of their first customers!

Each class put in a lot of effort to come up with eye-catching banners for their stalls!

There were also some interesting stall names…

The games were catered not only for adults but for young children as well!

Alas, rain midway in the afternoon! But even so, Fun-O-Rama continued and people were reluctant to leave.

Unexpectedly, there was a shower of rain midway through the event, sending crowds hurrying indoors for shelter. Even though their clothes might have been dampened, the same cannot be said for their spirits! During the rain, many were seen flocking to the stalls in the shelter to grab some grub. As a student, it was heartening to see people retain their optimism and cheer despite the weather. The instant the skies cleared, stalls outside resumed business as usual, to the delight of many. 

Many were munching on the delicious food provided by our students!

Despite the busyness, students remembered to enjoy themselves and have fun!

Dr Shirleen Chee in high spirits…

Even as the day drew close to its end, the energy remained high.

“After wearing a suit of a mascot, I have gained a new found respect for anyone who has to dress up in such a suit”                                                                      – The man behind the mascot

As the sky began to darken, and the end of Fun-O-Rama drew near, people could still be seen singing at the top of their lungs to their favourite hits, or crowding alongside the food stalls to have one last taste of their favourite foods.

A day of reunion! Fun-O-Rama was a time for old ACSians to reunite with their teachers and a time for current ACSians to meet their friends and family as well!

From planning to preparation to execution, Fun-O-Rama has certainly been an exhilarating experience for many. To be able to witness people from all walks of life embrace their inner child in joyous reconnection is one of the few experiences that will stay with a person for a long time. Even though Fun-O-Rama XXIV has already come to a close, let it be known to the world that THE BEST IS YET TO BE! Onward to Fun-O-Rama XXV!

Photo credits: Caleb Thein (1MD2), Adam Choo (1MD5), Xuan Ming (2MD4)

Disconnect to Reconnect

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How many of you wake up in the morning, and the first thing you do is to check your phone for new messages or notifications from your various social media accounts? I’m sure majority of us are guilty of constantly checking our phones, be it in the company of others, or when we have many other important tasks to do.

Phone addiction has become an increasingly prevalent problem, and though we might not want to admit it, many of of us probably cannot go a day without our phones. I’m not saying that phones, per se, are bad; the multiple functions available in these portable devices are useful and beneficial in many situations. Many may also argue that phones have made it easier and increased our ability to interact with others — but can we truly call this interacting?

Additionally, social media may have a detrimental effect on our mental health. We spend so much time choosing the best photo, editing it to perfection, and coming up with a witty caption just to post it at the ‘peak period’ to obtain the most amount of ‘likes’ possible. The amount of ‘likes’ we receive has come to define our self-worth, and we start to become insecure when a certain post receives less ‘likes’ than previous posts. We tend to unfavourably compare our own lives to others, becoming jealous of their seemingly fun-filled, exciting life.

I challenge you take a break from using social media for a while, be it for a day, a week, or as long as you possibly can. Simply delete those apps from your phone, or maybe even leave your phone at home for a day. If you want to start out small, try out this game during a meal with friends: have everyone place their phones in a stack in the middle of the table and the first person to touch their phone has to treat everyone to the meal! Another way to start small is to turn off the notifications from all your social media apps. (I can’t guarantee the last method will work for everyone but it has personally worked for me)

By going on a social media detox, you might notice some positive changes in your life such as increased productivity, more meaningful conversations, or being more aware of things happening around you. So, I encourage all of you to try disconnecting from social media, and hopefully you are able to reconnect more with the people around you and your surroundings.

Balance

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Balance.

What you thought of when you read that, will likely differ another. Different people may associate this word with different things. Stability, assurance, comfort. Regardless of what one’s personal meaning of balance is, it is something that everyone strives to achieve — and I’m no exception.

Striking the perfect balance is especially hard with the hectic nature of JC life. With tutorials to keep up with and finish, countless tests and exams, balancing school with other aspects like family, friends, along with making time for oneself — the immense difficulty that one faces when trying to keep this balance, or even find it, may make it seem impossible. Everything seems overwhelming, and the idea of losing ones footing even for a second is daunting. It seems as though in that one instance of which we lose focus, we miss everything, which just adds on to the stress we feel. We bustle around trying to complete everything all at once, not realising that we let certain seemingly minute tasks fall through the cracks. Perhaps we neglect time spent with our families as we dedicate more and more time to our academics. Maybe majority of our time is spent preparing for season, with trainings growing in intensity, making one increasingly more tired, dragging over into a neglect of studies. Or perhaps the struggle to keep up will cause something that most will identify with regardless of situation, sacrifice of sleep.

Balancing all these things will seem challenging, is challenging and may always be challenging. As more stressful times dawn upon us and the crunch of JC life starts to escalate, stress levels will rise and perhaps we will feel as though we are spiralling out of control. I (and probably everyone else) know that time management will always be an important factor in trying to achieve balance, and even just a smidgen of balance requires time management. This is definitely something that is once again difficult to get, and many other factors add to the notion of time management, like that of prioritising, organization and planning. Prioritising is indeed of grave importance; taking care of the things that are urgent and important, over those that are trivial in comparison. Keeping a list of things to do or a planner is a great help in order to keep a schedule, keeping organized and planning. I’m definitely not the best person to preach about these things, though well aware that they are of great importance. Trying my best to be the most organized, and balancing school with both family and friends, though admittedly, I could be doing a much better job.

I wish I could say that I’ve found this balance, but I have yet to. It’s most definitely a journey to discover it, and I believe the way in which one person strikes this balance will differ from the way another will. Perhaps this is something we must find by ourselves, or perhaps along with the aid of others. But ultimately, I believe we will all find balance within ourselves — eventually.

 

Lectures

By Joshua Kok 1SA5

Have you ever wondered why we have lectures in JC? Recently, this thought crossed my mind and I decided to find out more about lectures.

This is what I found:

The word “lecture” actually comes from the Latin word lectus, from the 14th century, which translates to “to read.” The term lecture, then, in Latin, means “that which is read.” It wasn’t until the 16th century that the term was used to describe oral presentations given by an instructor in front of an audience of students.

Knowing this, why do educational institutes in Singapore adopt this approach? According to most universities from all over the world it is generally because:

  • This system can cover a wide topic within a short period of time
  • A teacher can teach a large group at the same time
  • There is uniformity of facts given to the students

So why exactly do JCs adopt this style of teaching?

The short answer – there is a shortage of manpower in JCs to cope with the number of students and the variety of subjects they take. Love it or hate it, the lecture system is something that all of us have to get used to because eventually in university they will continue to use the lecture system to disseminate information to all of us.

So how, then, can one successfully navigate the seemingly endless lectures without being left behind or falling prey to the Z monster?

  • Reading your notes in advance so that you can get the gist of what is going on
  • Drink coffee or eat sweets during breaks in order to stay awake
  • Consult the lecturer or your friends if you don’t understand

 

Image credits: unsplash.com

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.