Innova Junior College

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Coordinates: 1°25′49.96″N 103°47′17.64″E / 1.4305444°N 103.7882333°E / 1.4305444; 103.7882333

Innova Junior College
Maktab Rendah Innova
Innova Junior College crest.png
21 Champions Way, Singapore 737902 Woodlands, Singapore
Type Government
Motto Ad Astra (Latin)
((To the Stars))
Established 2005
Closed 2019
Session Single
School code 0713
Principal Mr. Michael de Silva
Enrolment Approx. 1,500
Colour(s) Blue, Orange and Maroon

Innova Junior College (IJC) is a government co-educational junior college located in Woodlands, Singapore, offering two-year pre-university courses leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. It will be merging with Yishun Junior College by 2019, with operations being run in Yishun Junior College.


Innova Junior College

Innova Junior College received the first cohort of students to its new campus in January 2005.[1] The college was officially declared open by Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, then Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development and Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC on 2 February 2007.[2] The mission of the college then was "to nurture leaders and advocates with the passion to serve with honour and humility."[3]

An alumni association was officially formed as a registered society in 2015.[citation needed]

On 20 April 2017, it was announced that IJC would merge with Yishun Junior College (YJC), with the merged school located at the current site of YJC.[4] This was in view of the declining cohort sizes since 2014, which was attributed to the fall in Singapore's birth rate. As a result of the merger, IJC would stop taking in students from 2018 to minimise the need for students to physically relocate towards the new sites.


Name Years served
Ms. Yeo Hong Mui[5] 2005-2009
Mrs. Marian Chia Siew Yong 2010–2012
Mr. Michael de Silva[6] 2013–2019

School identity and culture[edit]

School name[edit]

The word "Innova" does not exist in dictionary. It derives from the word "Nova" which means new in Latin and also "supernova" which means blazing star.[7]

House system[edit]

The House System at Innova Junior College aims to promote espirit de corps, leadership and responsibility among students. There are four houses, each representing a constellation. The first letter of the name of each house forms the acronym "STAR", a key symbol in the college badge.[citation needed]

The four houses are

  • Sagittarius (Green)
  • Taurus (Red)
  • Aquila (Blue)
  • Rasalas (Yellow)

Students represent their houses in academic, sporting and cultural activities and earn House Points. An Overall Challenge Trophy is awarded to the House with the most points annually.[citation needed]

From 2015, the allocation of Year 1 students to houses was changed to a class-based system from the previous system of having students across different houses in each class. Each House is led by a House Captain, a Year 2 student, who leads the respective House Committee.[citation needed]


The college anthem of IJC is entitled, Ad Astra, meaning "to the stars". It was written by Singapore composer Dick Lee as pro bono service in 2005. Lyrics were written by a teacher at Innova Junior College, Mdm Chitrakala Arumugam, in 2006.[citation needed]


Innova Junior College is equipped with five lecture theaters, the largest of which has a seating capacity of 600 students. Learning studios are available for tutorials to be held in. Four seminar rooms are used for larger classes.[citation needed]

Its library (the Libraria) has two levels, is well equipped with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. The seven discussion rooms within are painted in different colours, and named after famous philosophers; each of which are furnished with tables, chairs and a whiteboard. There is a blue studio situated on the second floor of the Libraria.[citation needed]

Apart from the canteen, there is also a cafe (iCafe).[citation needed]

Other facilities include the gym, two dance studios, a volleyball court, netball court, squash court, futsal court, basketball court, 8-lane track, field, air rifle range and CCA blocks. The college has wireless internet within its campus for students' use.[citation needed]

Academic information[edit]

Recognised by the Ministry of Education, Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for New Media and New Media Arts.[8] Innova Junior College also offers the Singapore Ministry of Education Malay Language Elective Programme.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NEW JUNIOR COLLEGE IN WOODLANDS". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  2. ^ "SINGAPORE: Innova JC goes big on new media". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Innova JC". Archived from the original on 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "NEW JUNIOR COLLEGE IN WOODLANDS". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Appointment and Posting of Principals 2012" (PDF). 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Nurturing Talents in New Media Arts". 
  9. ^ "Language Elective Scholarship (Malay)". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 

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