Catholic Junior College

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Catholic Junior College
Maktab Rendah Katolik
Catholic Junior College Crest.svg
Catholic Junior College Facade.png
129 Whitley Road

Singapore 297822

Coordinates1°21′17″N 103°50′41″E / 1.35472°N 103.84472°E / 1.35472; 103.84472Coordinates: 1°21′17″N 103°50′41″E / 1.35472°N 103.84472°E / 1.35472; 103.84472
MottoIn Veritate et Caritate
(In Truth and Love)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
EstablishedJanuary 1975; 46 years ago (1975-01)
School code0802
PrincipalMdm Chua Suan Gek Phyllis
EnrolmentApprox. 1,400
Campus size7 hectares (17 acres)
Colour(s) Blue   White   Gold

Catholic Junior College (CJC) (Chinese: 公教初级学院) is a junior college in Singapore, offering a two-year course for pre-university students leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. Founded in 1975, Catholic Junior College was the third junior college to be established in Singapore.[1]



Plans for a junior college operated by the Catholic mission were first announced by then-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the opening of National Junior College in May 1970, as one of several planned to be set up.[2] Subsequently, the Catholic mission disclosed plans for a fund-raising campaign in June 1970.[3] The college was to occupy about 15 acres (6.1 ha) of land along Whitley Road, and to use both English and Chinese to conduct classes.[4]

Construction on the college campus was underway by July 1974, and was expected to have a capacity of 1,500 students.[5] CJC took in its first batch of 500 students in January 1975, but as the college campus was not ready, the students initially attended classes at other Catholic schools.[6] The first section of the college, comprising four tutorial blocks, was completed in March 1975,[7] while the rest of the campus was completed by August that year.[6] With the college's opening, pre-university students that were then attending classes in Catholic schools moved over to the college.[8]

The 1970s and 1980s[edit]

In March 1977, the college set up a co-operative.[9] In the late 1970s, CJC formulated its own moral education syllabus designed specifically for its students. Consisting of role-playing and sharing sessions, it took into account ideas from students shared during engagement sessions.[10] In 1985, the college campus was upgraded at a cost of $1 million.[11]


Name of Principal Years Served
Patrick Loh 1975 - 1978[12]
Joseph Kiely, FSC 1979 - 1987[12]
Deirdre O'Loan, IJ 1988 - 1994
Maria Lau, IJ 1995 - 2001
Paul A Rogers, FSC 2002 - 2009
Christine Anne Kong 2010 – 2016
Chua Suan Gek Phyllis 2017 – Present[13]

School identity and culture[edit]


Former crest of Catholic Junior College.

The principal symbol of Catholic Junior College is the Holy Spirit.[14]
The school crest was redesigned and unveiled in 2013.[15]


The College motto "In Veritate et Caritate" translates as "In Truth and Love" [14]

Uniform & attire[edit]

Catholic Junior College's uniform is themed in a light shade of blue. The uniform was designed by the first batch of CJ Students.[14] Male students wear a plain light blue shirt with light blue pants. Female students wear a light blue blouse with light blue skirts, with or without shorts underneath. A collar pin bearing the flame insignia of the College is worn on the left collar of the uniform.[16] Navy blue blazers and tie is worn on important ceremonies and events.[14]

Admission & affiliation[edit]

Catholic Junior College is affiliated to all Catholic schools in Singapore that offer secondary education.[1]

Students from the affiliated institutions are entitled to two additional point reduction to their L1R5 raw scores for their GCE Ordinary Level examination results when applying for admission into CJC as the first choice (a maximum of 4 reduction points to L1R5 score is allowed for JC Joint Admission Exercise, with the exception for appeals through Language Elective Programmes to participating pre-university centres, which allows up to a maximum of 6 reduction points).[17]


Catholic Junior College is located off Whitley Road,[18] and was built on a site previously occupied by the British forces.[3]

Academic information[edit]

Catholic Junior College offers Arts and Science courses that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examinations.

Academic subjects[edit]

H1 Level H2 Level H3 Level
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language
  • Economics
  • General Paper
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature In English
  • Malay Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Project Work
  • Tamil Language
  • General Studies in Chinese
  • Knowledge and Inquiry
  • Economics
  • English Language & Linguistics
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Literature in English

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)[edit]

The list of co-curricular activities (or CCAs) offered at Catholic Junior College are listed below.[19]

Visual & Performing Arts Physical Sports Clubs and Societies
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • English Drama
  • Film Sound Video
  • Guitar
  • Guzheng
  • Music Ministry (2nd CCA)
  • Symphonic Band
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Floorball
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tenpin Bowling
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee (2nd CCA)
  • Volleyball
  • Editorial Club
  • Environmental Science Society
  • First Aid Club
  • Interact Club
  • Nexus Society
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Political Science Society
  • Science Honours Society
  • Speakers’ Ink
  • Strategy Games
  • Students' Council
  • Genesis (2nd CCA)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Our History - Catholic Junior College". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  2. ^ "More aid for Asean students". The Straits Times. Singapore. 15 May 1970. p. 1. Retrieved 27 February 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  3. ^ a b "Catholic-Mission to build $3mil junior college". The Straits Times. Singapore. 9 June 1970. p. 4. Retrieved 27 February 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  4. ^ "College talks with govt continue". New Nation. Singapore. 3 May 1971. p. 3. Retrieved 27 February 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  5. ^ "'Stonelaying' for new Junior College". The Straits Times. Singapore. 10 July 1974. p. 8. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  6. ^ a b "College not ready, but 500 start studies". The Straits Times. Singapore. 1 January 1975. p. 5. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  7. ^ "College is $2m short". New Nation. Singapore. 3 April 1975. p. 4. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  8. ^ "Catholic schools will stop pre-U classes". New Nation. Singapore. 26 July 1974. p. 3. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  9. ^ "Co-op's vital role in a consumer society". The Straits Times. Singapore. 5 March 1977. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  10. ^ Ooi, Teresa (5 August 1982). "JC students enjoy unique moral education classes". The Straits Times. Singapore. p. 8. Retrieved 19 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  11. ^ Tan, June (17 October 1985). "3 junior colleges being upgraded". The Straits Times. Singapore. p. 14. Retrieved 19 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  12. ^ a b "Brother Patrick to call it a day". New Nation. Singapore. 5 October 1978. p. 2. Retrieved 1 March 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  13. ^ "Press Releases". Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  14. ^ a b c d "Our Identity". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  15. ^ "Refreshed Crest". Catholic Junior College. Ministry of Education. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Student Conduct". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  17. ^ "NANYANG JUNIOR COLLEGE - JAE Information Booklet 2016" (PDF). nanyangjc,
  18. ^ "Home Page". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  19. ^ "Experience - CCAs". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  20. ^ [1]