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Cheers, Congratulations and Celebrations: Desmond Kim Young Jee (2SA7)

Today, maniAC had the privilege of interviewing Desmond Kim Young Jee, the proud recipient of the ACS OBA President’s Award for Sports. Desmond had a spectacular season during his time as a key member of ACJC Golf and brought back the Team Trophy in 2016, even retaining the championship title in 2017 at the National Schools’ A Division Golf Championships. He represented the nation and the college at the 8th ASEAN School Games held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during which he was once again appointed as the Boys’ Team Captain. He is currently a member of Singapore’s National Development Golf Squad and has received his 6th National Colours Award and the Singapore Schools Sports Council Best Sportsboy for Golf in recognition of his excellence in the sport and surpassing his peers.

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Cheers, Congratulations and Celebrations: Ito Ayumi (2SC3)

As the Vice-President of ACJC’s 41st Students’ Council, Ito Ayumi was a familiar face to many. Ayumi had been highlighted as an exemplary student who had proven herself to be one who led by example.  Known for her kind and helpful nature, Ayumi has a keen passion for learning which makes her a true embodiment of an A*STAR Science Awardee, and her tenacity had earned her the SSSC Colours Award for her contributions to softball. Jovita, Kai Sheng and Ray from ManiAC had the privilege of interviewing her on 23rd February 2018.

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Cheers, Congratulations and Celebrations: Johan Ding Kar En (2AH)

Johan Ding was the top Arts student for the GCE A Levels examination 2017. Not only did he manage to shoulder a huge responsibility as the Captain of the ACJC Debate Team but he was also an outstanding student. He had represented the college in many debating tournaments – the Asian World Schools Debating Championship 2016 and the International Humanitarian Law Debate Championship 2016. In the Bratislava Schools Debating Competition, Johan was ranked within the top 10 individual speakers and the team emerged as champions.

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Cheers, Congratulations and Celebrations: Cai Yutong (2SC3)

Cai Yutong emerged as ACJC’s top A-Level Science student of the class of 2017 and she has been offered the A*STAR National Science Scholarship in Molecular Biology(up to PhD level), which she has taken up. She has a great passion for research in the sciences.  She was awarded a Silver Award at the 2017 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) and a Silver Award at the 2017 NRP Symposium. She was also an active member of the ACJC Dance Society as well as the Economics Society. She is a great role model to many in ACJC and she continues to inspire many more.

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Cheers, Congratulations and Celebrations: Class of 2017

By Jaimie Goh (2MD5)

The Class of 2017 received their GCE A Level results on 23 February 2018.

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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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AC Celebrations 2018

Jovita Fernando

Once again ACJC students had the privilege of watching a stellar Chinese New Year concert with performances by the Chinese, Malay and Indian cultural societies as well as ACSian theatre and the teachers.

 

Chinese Orchestra opened the ceremony with a dazzling rendition of the pop song Havana by Camila Cabello. It was indeed a refreshing experience to listen to that iconic melody being played on Chinese instruments. Following that, the guitar ensemble played another famous pop song, Thinking Out Loud which got the rest of the school swaying and clapping their hands to the melody. The strings ensemble and the symphonic band played iconic Chinese new year songs to get us into the festive spirit.

 

ACJC proved that Chinese new year is not just a time for the Chinese to celebrate but rather a time for all the races to come together to celebrate diversity. The Malay cultural society performed a hilarious, relatable and heart-warming skit about the Malay and Chinese people in Singapore. They sang a lovely song with the melody of Enjet Enjet Semut and changed some of its lyrics which left the students and teachers unable to control their peels of laughter.

 

The Tamil Cultural Society also performed an energetic folk dance to the song ‘Soddaku’. After that the Chinese Cultural society performed traditional Acts such as horse riding, hair flipping and . it was truly impressive to see how skilful the performers were and made us wonder just how long they’ve been practising for this concert. Dance society also gave a graceful and elegant  ACSian theatre danced to ‘Radha’, a Bollywood song, which got the crowd cheering and smiling as their friends grooved gracefully and stylishly to the peppy song. Finally, to conclude the concert, the teachers and students rose to sing traditional Chinese new year songs and ease us into the holiday spirit.

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Our MCs for the day!

Guitar ensemble playing ‘Thinking out loud’

MCS stole the stage with their hilarious skit

Tamil Cultural Society performing their energetic Folk Dance!

Sixiang performed the act ‘Horse Ride’

Master of the Chinese Sword!

Graceful ladies from Dance Society

Yes, men can be graceful too

Band Performance!

String Ensemble Performance!

Memember of the Chinese Orchestra

Dr Shirleen Chee joined us for the sing-along!

Is there anything ACSian theatre can’t do?

Dressed in vibrant colours, ACSian theatre performed for the Bollywood song ‘Radha’!

AC Celebrations was indeed a time for people of different cultures, backgrounds and even different ages to gather and be merry!

 

Image credits: Photography Society

End of Orientation 2018

Ethel Ho, 2MD1


Everything is ephemeral; Orientation 2018 has finally come to an end! The day ended with a mass dance in the hall with a spectacular performance by AC dance and songs! Besides the OG who misses one another, the OGLs also find it incredibly difficult to part with their OG they spent four days with. To give you guys a better sense of the unforgettable four days that the J1s spent, we decided to interview an OGL and J1!

OGLs group photo

Name: Ethan

School: ACS Barker

How did you initially feel before orientation?

I was scared of not being able to adapt to changes in JC and not being able to find or make new friends. There was also the question about what subject combinations to take and what each subject was like. Entering a new school compound I also was lost about where to find things and where places were.

How do you feel now, given that orientation 2018 has ended?

Through orientation, I was given the opportunity to mix with my seniors who were willing and able to share their past experiences and knowledge as to what subjects to take etc… They helped every one of us break down our barriers and warm up to each other. They were always enthusiastic about everything no matter how dead we seemed. After orientation, I feel more welcomed in the school and more sure of where I belong.

Name: Seth Tay
Class:2AA2
OG, Clan name: Lugiah, Ventus

What made you sign up to be an OGL?

I’ve always had pride being in AC and wanted to share it, to show that there is something to be proud of our school and how far we’ve come. I wanted to share that pride and glory with the incoming batch of J1s, for them to know that we have a strong culture and not to feel out of place within the new community they’re in.

Was the lead up to orientation and orientation itself something you expected?

Frankly no haha, I never expected the build-up to orientation to be as exhausting as it felt. Taking time out to paint the flag and practice the dance was more daunting than I thought it’d be. I’m really grateful for having creative and intuitive clan mates around in coming up with the clan cheer and walk. Yet, despite the unexpected weariness, there was also an unexpected joy and pleasure in working alongside so many schoolmates. At the end of the day when I see the smile on the faces of my OG kids and the laughs they share it really heartens me to know that I’ve been able to fulfil my duty and the hard work was worth it.

What was the best takeaway from orientation 2018?

For me, it’s definitely the friendships forged. Getting to know and befriending both my clan mates and OG kids were probably the highlight of my experience. It was great to have met such a variety of ppl, all unique and special in their own way. I remember gathering at 6:30 am on the first day in the LT, instead of being groggy from waking up early, everyone was getting pumped up and excited to meet the J1s. I think for me that moment encapsulated the AC spirit best; a large group of students banding together for the common purpose to welcome and serve ppl who we’ve never met before.

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My early February orientation vacation

What has 2000 legs and is heavy enough that when it parties, Karrie-Ann Loh has to scramble to the podium and shout at it to stop jumping? The 2018 batch of J1’s. Orientation has finally come to a close after four draining days. Comfort zones were out of the question and self-consciousness became a thing of the past as the J1’s were forced to sing, dance and mingle with new faces in unfamiliar places.

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St John’s Island- a Journey

Jeriel Chua, 2AH

Tashirojima Island, one of Japan’s eleven “cat islands”, is teeming with over a hundred feline residents, making scenes of piebald and ginger mewlings as well as throngs of “aristocrats” (or should I say ­aristocats?) strutting about the tiny fishing village rather common- certainly quite a sight to behold.

Unfortunately for us feline fanatics, Tashirojima island is an inaccessible 4808 kilometres away from Singapore and therefore, regrettably, likely to remain out of our travel itineraries for the time being.

Thankfully, Singapore does have its own isle of cats to fill that gaping hole in our hearts that only cats can fill, albeit a lesser known one- Saint John’s Island. Only 6.5 kilometres away from the main island by a brief 20-minute ferry ride, the island boasts a sizeable population of over 60 cats, which graced our visit just earlier this November.

In a bid to have students more interested in Singapore’s biodiversity, ACJC’s Biology Department organised a trip to the island, where students and teachers alike were summarily greeted (and encircled) by its many, surprisingly domesticated cats.

In addition to the island’s quaint, rustic charm stemming from its rich history of early dwellers, the views were spectacular and beyond description- words simply won’t do the scenic island any justice.

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Even the bridge between St John’s Island and Lazarus Island, where from this image was taken, was practically a catwalk in the literal sense of the word- cats prowled to and fro along the stretch of bridge, boldly seeking affection from visitors (whom the cats clearly outnumbered). The irresistible urge to play with the cats, was a sentiment shared by virtually all the islands visitors; the cats certainly did not seem to mind.

I had the privilege of finding favour with the island’s most charismatic resident (to me), now named Midnight, who followed me for as long as I stayed on the main footpath, or at least for the better part of fifteen minutes.

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Beyond its terrestrial treasures, the island had much to boast in terms of aquatic life, from its characteristic fiddler crabs scuttling along the sandy shores with their strikingly orange pincers to its sporadic anemones whose tentacles waved gently to the faint cataracts of foam sweeping unhurriedly into the tidal rock pools.

Just a stone’s throw away from the pier is Singapore’s Tropical Marine Science Institute, home to an astonishing variety of species. Its one-of-a-kind man-made coral pool features a marine menagerie of brightly coloured corals, feather stars, anemones, sea cucumbers, clownfish, and even two shy starfish- all aiding biologists in furthering our understanding of Singapore’s unique sea-life.

As the final embellishment of our visit, we were fortunate enough to encounter the island’s gleaming white peahen parading about outside the Institute on the way back to the pier. With some luck, we’ll be lucky enough to see a peacock next time!

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Images are the authors own

2018 Orientation Day 2

Ethel Ho, 2MD1

To truly help the J1s find their right fit in AC, they spent their day hopping around different AC lecture theatres to sit in for the introductory lectures. The introductory lectures cover the subjects offered in ACJC and the syllabus to give the J1s a clearer understanding of the subjects. ACJC definitely warrants itself one of the finest junior colleges with its flexible subject combination, allowing students to pursue whichever subject they are interested in. The inter-OG games commence shortly after as the orientation groups from various clans involved themselves in. We hope you, J1s are enjoying yourselves and knowing your OG mates even better!


 

 

Images credits: Photographic society

2018 Orientation Day 1

Ethel Ho, 2MD1                                                          The excited OGL making an entrance

Friday, 2nd February 2018 marked the day that the AC family grew bigger with the new J1s! The theme for this year orientation was the realm of “Fantasy” with 4 main clans- Nautical, Folio, Montem and Ventura, waiting to seek unity. The J1s were first warmly welcomed to the school with a warm principal’s address as they navigated to fit into a new school environment. With that, they jumped into a day packed with fun icebreakers and games. Despite the rain, that did not dampen their spirits. Later in the day, there was a mass dance choreography session and they danced away. The compound was also hyped up with the constant AC cheers from different parts of the school throughout the entire day. We are looking forward to seeing the J1s back in school tomorrow to continue their orientation! We hope the J1s will be excited to receive their orientation packages and enjoy the games the OGLs had installed!

 

 

Images from Photographic Society

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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Welcome to ACJC, your right fit

Happening now: AC Open House 2018

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The banners are up, the students are hyped and the gates are open.

Welcome to ACJC’s open house!

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