Victoria Junior College

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1°18′23.6″N 103°55′14.2″E / 1.306556°N 103.920611°E / 1.306556; 103.920611

Victoria Junior College
维多利亚初级学院
Maktab Rendah Victoria
Vjclogo.png
Nil Sine Labore
(Nothing Without Labour)
Location
Marine Parade,
Coordinates 1°18′24″N 103°55′14″E / 1.30656°N 103.92061°E / 1.30656; 103.92061
Information
Type Government
Established 1984
Session Single-session
School code 0706
Principal Ek Soo Ben (Ms)
Enrolment Approx. 1700
Colour(s) Yellow, red
Website

Victoria Junior College (abbreviation: VJC) is a junior college in Singapore offering pre-university education. It stands on Marine Vista, about one kilometre from affiliated Victoria School and a very short walk to East Coast Park and the beach.

History[edit]

Victoria Junior College was established in 1984 to replace the Pre-University classes in Victoria School.[1] The pioneer batch of 776 students was received with 51 teachers and 16 supporting staff. The outstanding results of the pioneer batch of students in the GCE 'A' Level examinations was to set the academic standard for succeeding generations of Victorians.

Over the years, VJC has widely been recognized as one of the top three junior colleges in Singapore. In 1988, its fourth batch of students topped the GCE 'A' Level in Singapore with a pass rate of 96.2% for 2 'A' and 2 'AO' Level subjects including General Paper. VJC was also ranked the top junior college in the Ministry of Education's ST ranking of junior colleges in 2001, based on academic results.[2]

VJC has been at the forefront in implementing some of the new initiatives in the Singapore education system. In 1989, it was the first and, until 2005, only junior college to offer the Theatre Studies and Drama programme. It also offered a university-level French curriculum as part of the Language Elective Programme until it was discontinued in 2006.

With the opening of the East Zone Science and Technology Centre in 2002, VJC became the centre of research in Science and Technology for East Zone schools. VJC was also the first Singapore school to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2004.

Besides academic excellence, VJC other forte are in the performing arts and sports. The VJC choir was the first school choir from Singapore to win an international choir competition. It beat 30 top choirs from other parts of the world in the 800-year-old Cardigan Eisteddfod Competition in Wales in 1990, thus putting Singapore on the world's cultural map. Its later achievements including the Olympic Champion title in 2006 were to make it one of the top choirs in the world. In 1992, the VJC symphonic band became Singapore’s first school band to be invited to perform at the prestigious Japan Band Clinic.

Since 1985, VJC has always received the highest number of sports colours awards among the schools in East Zone; and had won more than 140 major sports championship titles in the National Schools Games, including the most coveted and competitive boys football title six times in the last fourteen years.[3] In 1990, VJC was the first junior college in Singapore to offer sailing as a Co-Curricular Activitiy (CCA).

Since 2005, VJC has offered a four-year integrated programme, known as Victoria Integrated Programme (VIP), starting from secondary three level. The programme has since been replaced by the six-year Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme (VCA IP) in 2012. Students will spend the first four years of their secondary education at Victoria School or Cedar Girls' Secondary School before continuing year 5 and 6 in VJC. .

Principals[edit]

  • 1984 - 2001: Mrs Lee Phui Mun
  • 2001 - 2006: Mrs Chan Khah Gek
  • 2006 - 2013: Mr Chan Poh Meng
  • 2013–Present: Ms Ek Soo Ben

School motto[edit]

Nil Sine Labore, a Latin expression meaning "Nothing Without Labour", i.e. nothing is achieved without work.

Victorian Anthem[edit]

Victoria in Singapore
There are other schools we know
Victoria is something more
The school that watch'd us grow

For here we've learnt and striven too
And played the sportsman's game
Victoria we give to you
The honour that you claim

Victoria thy sons are we
And we will not forget
Victoria thy triumphs see
And victories we share yet

For others came before and went
And carried to the world
Victoria's fame and our intent to
Keep her flag unfurled.

Lyrics by J A Fraser
Music by W E Meyer

Note: The anthem, composed in 1951, was slightly amended in 1987, with the establishment of Victoria Junior College. The word 'School' after 'Victoria' in the lines of the first two paragraphs was dropped. 'Victoria' in these lines is now being sung as 'Vic-to-ri-a' instead of 'Vic-to-ria School'.

Humanities and the arts[edit]

VJC has a strong Debating Team, with a tradition in Oratory and Rhetoric. The Victoria Debating Team has won national and international competitions including the United Nations Debates, the Rotary Championships and the Phillip Jessup Debates.

Theatre Studies is also its forte. Each year, students perform politically and socially controversial plays in a mini-festival, and these are open to members of the public. Visiting guest lecturers have included Broadway legend Lea Salonga.

Under the guidance of Reynold Buono, Victorian alumni in the Arts include:- Geraldine Kok, MFA Yale, who has performed in New York and Broadway; Ava Lyn Koh who has starred in feature film, Crime Of Passion; Alex Liang, an actor and model in London, who has appeared in numerous UK TV programmes, ads, feature films and music videos including Madonna's Hung Up music video. Yang Guichuan and Ho Yi Pingok, MFA Yale, have performed in New York and Broadway. Theatre stalwarts like director Natalie Hennedige and playwright-actress Eleanor Tan continue to stir the Asian arts scene. Kaylene Tan, Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Rohaizad Suaidi, Tang Fu Kuen and Zizi Azah have been important, not only as performers, but as critics and arts administrators. Janice Koh is a Nominated Member of Parliament representing the arts groups in Singapore.

Film makers include Jasmine Ng, Tan Pin Pin, Kelvin Tong, Michelle Chong and Lynn Lee. Lydia Look is the first Singaporean to feature in a Hollywood film, Rush Hour. Regional and local actors and actresses include Diana Ser, Joanne Peh, Felicia Chin, Rebecca Lim, Cheryl Wee, Jerry Yeo, Pamelyn Chee, Judee Tan and Lee Teng. Singers include Ho Yeow Sun, Keely Wee and Farisha Ishak.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

The Students' Council and the Civics Tutorial Council work in organising school-wide activities, also organising college events and proposing initiatives to benefit the student body.

The Civics Tutorial Council, also known as the CT Council, is a student leadership body composed of a CT Representative from each Civics Tutorial Group (Class). The CT Councillors serve as the bridge between the college and the class, promoting the welfare of each student. The CT Councillors also work with the Student Councillors and the House Committee members in organising, maintaining and planning college events and functions.

The House Committee comprises the key figures for each of the six Houses, coming together as a united body, organising inter-house activities and assisting the CT Council and Students' Council for events.

A list of the CCAs available in VJC along with links to their websites can be found on the college website.[4]

Sports[edit]

VJC previous successes in squash, cross-country and sailing used to make it synonymous with these sports. In the 2013 National Schools Games, VJC won the championship titles for floorball (boys), football (boys and girls), golf (girls), hockey (boys and girls) and wushu (boys and girls).

See Victoria Junior College Football.

National Schools Games - Championship Titles[edit]

Sports Gender Years
Badminton Boys 1996, 1997, 1998
Basketball Boys 1990, 2001
Basketball Girls 1993, 1994, 2007
Cricket Boys 1998, 2002
Cross-country Boys 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Cross-country Girls 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007
Floorball Boys 2009, 2013
Floorball Girls 2010, 2012
Football Boys 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013
Football Girls 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Golf Girls 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
Hockey Boys 1985, 1987, 2013
Hockey Girls 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Sailing Boys 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
Sailing Girls 1991, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
Shooting - Air Rifle Boys 1992, 1995
Softball Boys 1988, 1991, 1992
Softball Girls 1990, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Squash Boys 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
Squash Girls 1986, 1987
Table-tennis Boys 1986
Table-tennis Girls 1989, 1990, 1997
Taekwondo Mixed 2008
Tennis Boys 1988
Tennis Girls 1986, 2006, 2008, 2010
Track and Field Girls 1988, 1994, 1995
Volleyball Boys 1991, 1992
Volleyball Girls 1994, 1995, 2014
Wushu Boys 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
Wushu Girls 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Note: The above list does not include non-Singapore Schools Sports Council competitions as well as competitions that are 6-a-side or zonal.

National Sportsboy/Sportsgirl of the Year[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

In 2004, VJC Choir represented Singapore in the Choir Olympics held in Bremen, Germany and brought glory to Singapore by attaining Gold Medals in all three contested categories, namely Musica Sacra, Contemporary Music and Open Mixed. It emerged as the Olympic Champion of the Open Mixed Category, and second placing in the Musica Sacra and Contemporary Music categories. The Olympic Champion title is the most prestigious award for choirs in the world. .

In 2006, VJC choir won the esteemed Audience Prize and GRAND PRIX AWARD in the 9th Concorso Corale Internazionale (International Choir Competition) held in Riva Del Garda, Italy. The VJC Choir won Gold for both the categories they competed in - Musica Sacra and Mixed Youth, and emerged as Category Winner for the latter. It is the first time an Asian Choir has won the grand prize and one of a few choirs in the world to win both the Audience Prize and Grand Prix Award together.

In 2007, VJC achieved its best results at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging, when it was awarded four "Gold with Honours" and three "Gold" awards.

Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging - Awards[edit]

Performing arts groups 2007 2009 2011 2013
Chinese Orchestra: Gold Gold Silver Certificate of Distinction
Choir Gold with Honours Gold with Honours Gold with Honours Certificate of Distinction
Dance Club Gold with Honours Gold Silver Certificate of Distinction
Guitar Ensemble Gold Silver Gold Certificate of Distinction
Harmonica Band Gold Silver NA Certificate of Accomplishment
Piano Emsemble NA NA NA Certificate of Accomplishment
String Ensemble Gold with Honours Silver Gold Certificate of Distinction
Symphonic Band Gold with Honours Gold Silver Certificate of Distinction
Performing arts groups 2008 2010 2012
English Drama Silver Silver Certificate of Participation

Scholars[edit]

Four Victoria Junior College students had received the prestigious President's Scholarships:

  • Sng Chern Wei, 1990
  • Brandon Lee Tian Boon, 1991
  • Nicholas Tay, 2009
  • Chow Yi Ling, 2010

Other scholars and prize-winners:

  • Soh Lai Leng - Singapore's second female Rhodes scholar, 1986
  • Alison Claire de Souza - First Singaporean Angus Ross prize winner, 1992
  • Sophie Chew - Angus Ross prize winner, 2010
  • Ong Wei Kiat - First Singaporean to win gold medal at Chemistry Olympiad, 1992

Since VJC inception, numerous students have been awarded prestigious scholarships like the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas (SAF), Singapore Police Force Overseas (SPF) and Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship, to study in top universities in United Kingdom and United States of America.

Victoria School[edit]

VJC is affiliated to Victoria School (VS). VJC was established in 1984 to replace the Pre-University classes in VS.

VJC provided VS students an option to continue a two-year junior college education within the Victorian family after the completion of their secondary education. VS students choosing to enter VJC get two bonus points off their GCE 'O'-Level L1R5 academic aggregate.

Since the 2012 school year, VS and Cedar Girls' Secondary School have offered the Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme (VCA IP) option. After finishing Secondary 4, 160 students from each school continue on to VJC automatically.[5]

Victoria Advisory Committee[edit]

The Victoria Advisory Committee (VAC), formed in 1968, set the direction and advises on the future of Victoria School and Victoria Junior College.

The principals of VS and VJC, as well as the President of the Old Victorians' Association, sit on the Committee. The present Chairman of the Committee is LG (NS) Ng Yat Chung, a former Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces and old boy of VS.

Victoria Chorale[edit]

Formed in 1988, Victoria Chorale comprises the alumni of both the Victoria School Choir and the Victoria Junior College Choir. Largely self-funded, the choir has been actively involved in the local and international choral scene. Besides staging annual local concerts and carolling every Christmas season at various hotels and venues, Victoria Chorale has established a tradition of travelling extensively for performances and competitions.

Notable achievements include gold medals at the World Choir Games and an invitation to perform at the Seoul Arts Center for its first Asia-Pacific region concert tour in 2009.[6]

Old Victorians' Association[edit]

The alumni body, Old Victorians’ Association (OVA), was established in 1941. It serves as a channel for former students of Victoria School and Victoria Junior College to continue to associate with their alma mater. [7]

The OVA supports the activities undertaken by the schools, assists needy students, and promotes sports, social and cultural activities among members. Every first Saturday of March has been designated Victorians' Day, when Victorians from VS and VJC of all years play games, eat school canteen food again and catch up with long-time schoolmates.[8]

The OVA football team plays an annual friendly football match with Victoria Institution Old Boys' Association (VIOBA), the alumni body of Victoria Institution, Malaysia. The OVA men's and women's hockey teams play in the Singapore Hockey Federation hockey leagues.

In 2009, OVA organized the inaugural combined VS and VJC gala concert, with a 260-strong cast comprising both students and celebrity alumni, at the Esplanade Concert Hall.[9][10][11][12]

In 2011, OVA organized the Victoria School 135th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the former VS campus at Tyrwhitt Road.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics[edit]

Government[edit]

  • BG Tan Meng Dui: Deputy Secretary (Technology), Ministry of Defence
  • Lam Yi Young: CEO, Maritime & Port Authority
  • BG Kwek Kok Kwong: Commander, Air Defence and Operations Command, Singapore Armed Forces

Entertainment and The Arts[edit]

Television[edit]

Music[edit]

Film[edit]

Radio[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Dave Chua: Local writer; Winner, Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award, 1996
  • Daniel Wong: Author, The Happy Student: 5 steps to Academic Fulfilment and Success, Singapore Scholarship Guide: The $500 000 Decision

Magic[edit]

Comics[edit]

Miss Singapore Universe[edit]

Corporate[edit]

Sports[edit]

Others[edit]

See Category:Victoria Junior College alumni

Books[edit]

  • "Victoria Chorale", Victoria Chorale [1]

Trivia[edit]

  • Former England football captain, David Beckham, conducted a 2-hour coaching clinic to the school football team at VJC in 2001. Sixteen uniformed police officers were deployed at the school, and school gates were closed to parents and the public. A security check was conducted on all its 1600 students entering the campus to make sure there were no imposter among them. One non-VJC student was caught wearing his friend's VJC uniform to get into the school. Teachers were also seen snapping their cameras at the superstar. David Beckham later had his footprints cast in blocks of cement in the school.[15]
  • VJC is a popular school among secondary school students, including those from other Integrated Programme schools, to apply to do their GCE 'A' Level. The image of VJC is a 'work hard, play hard' school. The school uniform has been cited as one of the 'coolest and sexiest' among the junior colleges. Former and present students often state that the school is like a big family, with strong cohesiveness, bonding and mutual support. One-third of its teachers are former students, and many other former students go back to help in its co-curricular activities. The school spirit, Victorian Spirit, is also known to be the strongest among the junior colleges, as evident in the support and cheer shown during inter-school competitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (18 April 1982). "NEW $20 m JC AT MARINE PARADE NAMED VICTORIA". The Straits Times (Singapore).
  2. ^ The rank game, The Straits Times, 21 September 2001
  3. ^ "EZSSC_ANNUAL_REPORT_2010"
  4. ^ Victoria Junior College - About VJC. Retrieved on 2009-05-02.
  5. ^ "Victoria School, Cedar Girls to offer IP from 2012". Channel NewsAsia. 18 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Victoria Chorale Brought the Soul of Music to Seoul". Victoria Chorale. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Nurul Asyikin Mohd Nasir (10 September 2009). "Victoria school alumni: Boys only, please". The New Paper (Singapore).
  8. ^ Patricia Yap (28 February 2005). "Victorians' Day to kick off on March 5". Today (Singapore).
  9. ^ "Singapore Celebrity Magicians to Add Magic to Old Victorian Association Concert at the Esplanade" (Press release). Webwire. 19 May 2009. 
  10. ^ Kenny Chee (2 June 2009). "Victorians labour to celebrate artistic talents". The New Paper (Singapore).
  11. ^ Christopher Toh (4 June 2009). "Two upcoming local gigs to look forward to". Today (Singapore).
  12. ^ Singapore Celebrity Magicians to Add Magic to Old Victorian Association Concert at the Esplanade
  13. ^ Huang Lijie (19 September 2011). "Victoria School celebrates 135 years with 1,500 alumni, ex-teachers". The Straits Times (Singapore).
  14. ^ "Seeing invisible worlds", The Straits Times, 30 July 2007
  15. ^ Singapore school pumps up security for Beckham visit

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