Saint Andrew's Junior College

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Saint Andrew's Junior College
圣安德烈初级学院
Shèng ān dé liè chūjí xuéyuàn
Maktab Rendah Saint Andrew's
Address
5 Sorby Adams Drive, Singapore 357691
Potong Pasir
Singapore
Coordinates 1°19′53″N 103°51′55″E / 1.331278°N 103.865139°E / 1.331278; 103.865139Coordinates: 1°19′53″N 103°51′55″E / 1.331278°N 103.865139°E / 1.331278; 103.865139
Information
Type Government-Aided
Motto Up and On
Religious affiliation(s) Anglican
Established 1978
Session Single-session
School code 0804
Principal Mr Mark Lo Khee Tian
Enrolment Approx. 1600
Color(s)          
Navy Blue, White
Affiliations
Vision Home of Servant Leaders who bring life to the Nations
Website

St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) (simplified Chinese: 圣安德烈初级学院; traditional Chinese: 聖安德烈初級學院; pinyin: Shèng ān dé liè chūjí xuéyuàn) is a junior college in Singapore, offering two-year pre-university courses leading up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. It is part of the Saint Andrew's Family of Schools and is an Anglican mission school.

History[edit]

St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) has its origins in St Andrew's School, which was founded in 1862 by the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. SAJC is an aided mission school which was started as a vision of faith when the Anglican Church took up the challenge of building a junior college in line with national educational developments in the 1970s.[citation needed] The Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches also joined in the building project. SAJC had its origins as pre-university classes begun in 1969 as part of Saint Andrew's Secondary School. In 1978, the college was formally established with its own campus at Telok Blangah, where it remained for 28 years.[citation needed]

At the former campus at Malan Road, the junior college had an air conditioned hall. Initial tutorial rooms were not air-conditioned. Indeed, some tutorial rooms only had 3 walls, with the fourth side fully opened to a common corridor linking the row of rooms. Later, tutorial rooms were air conditioned. As air conditioning in halls and tutorial rooms was not funded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, it had to be paid for by funds raised by alumni and the college.

The College campus then had a bitumen track and bleachers at the opposite side to the main building. The campus also housed the Chapel of the Resurrection.

In 2006, the junior college moved back to Potong Pasir to form part of St. Andrew's Village. The Village houses St. Andrew's junior and secondary schools, as well as the junior college. The JC is located at the former SASS site at 5 Sorby Adams Drive, Singapore 357691 (previously as 55 Potong Pasir Avenue 1). A sheltered pedestrian bridge across the Kallang River connects the JC to the secondary and junior schools across the river. Students at the college are called "Saints". At the entrance to the school, there is a signage stating "no one is here by choice".

In 2008, the former principal of Crescent Girls' School, Mrs Lee Bee Yann, replaced Mrs Lim as the principal of SAJC.

In December 2015, Mr Mark Lo Khee Tian, a "Saint" from St Andrew's (where he received his primary and secondary education), and a Fulbright Scholar who received his Masters in Education from Harvard University, replaced Mrs Lee as the fifth principal of SAJC.

Principals[edit]

Name of Principal Years Served
Revd. John Tan Teng Wai 1978 – 1990
Mrs. Belinda Charles 1990 – 2001
Mrs. Lim Chye Tin 2001 – 2008
Mrs. Lee Bee Yann 2008 - 2015
Mr. Mark Lo Khee Tian 2016–Present

Affiliations[edit]

Saint Andrew's Junior College is affiliated to the Saint Andrew's Schools in Singapore. Namely Saint Andrew's Junior School, Saint Andrew's Secondary School, Anglican High School, Christ Church Secondary School, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School, Presbyterian High School, Saint Hilda's Secondary School and Saint Margaret's Secondary School.

Identity & Culture[edit]

Motto[edit]

All the Saint Andrew's Schools shares the same motto, "Up and On", as well as the school colours of blue and white.

Crest[edit]

The former Crest of SAJC from 1978 to 1992

The former crest of Saint Andrew's Junior College distincted itself from that of SASS and SAJS. It bore the saltire and had "SAJC" in white letters on a red circle in the middle of the cross instead of the tiger head and crossed keys of the other schools.[citation needed] The crest was changed in 1993 to that of SASS to forge a united Saint Andrew's identity.[1]

House System[edit]

SAJC also did not follow the house system of SASS and SAJS, having competitions by faculty - Arts, Commerce and Science.The classes are named by the year the students came into the school, the faculty (A for Arts, S for Science) and a number. An example is "16S04" - meaning, the class started in 2016, is in the Science faculty and is the 4th class (in order of subjects taken by students).[citation needed]

Anthem[edit]

The College Anthem differs from its affiliated primary and secondary St. Andrews schools . It is unique in that the key shifted from G-major to F-major midway and back to G-major at the end. The music was written by J.J. de Souza and the lyrics by Pauline Koe. The College Hymn then was O God, Our Help in Ages Past.[citation needed]The anthem and hymn were changed in 1993 to that of SASS to forge a united Saint Andrew's identity.[1]

Uniform[edit]

Male students wear a white short-sleeved shirt and navy blue long pants, along with a navy blue tie with yellow and white stripes and bearing the school crest. Female students dress themselves with the following: white or beige-colored undergarments, a white blouse, a navy-blue A-line skirt worn about 5cm above the knee, and a choice of shorts, tights, or just panties under it.[2] SAJC is the only JC in Singapore to incorporate a tie as part of its daily attire.[3]

The formal attire changes the white shirt or blouse to a long-sleeved one, and the pants or skirts to a white one. Students donning this uniform will wear black court shoes.[4]

The PE attire consists of a white FBT-branded dry-fit shirt with the school crest sewn on the chest. The college divides students into 5 Houses - Venn (black), Loy Fatt (yellow), Hose (blue), Gomes (red) and Romanis (green). Students purchase a shirt with their house colours at the side torso area. The shirt follows the previous shirt designs with the word, "SAINTS", printed on the back of the shirt. The previous shirt was cotton based and house colours were dyed on the sleeves of the shirts instead. The shorts are navy blue shorts with the college initials sewn at the bottom-right of the shorts. The school tie, which was worn by all students, was solid navy blue with one red and one white diagonal stripe across it toward the bottom.

Christian Culture[edit]

The school comes under the purview of Anglican Diocese of Singapore, believing that students do not enrol into the school by chance.[5] This serving as a reminder to both students and staff alike that each Saint has a divine purpose and plan set by God. The school also has daily scripture readings and morning prayers conducted by teachers and students. There's also Chapel held fortnightly lead by associates from the Chapel of the Resurrection.[6] Once a year, the school also observes Passion Week, finishing off with Life Concert, a charismatic worship concert held on school grounds which also serves as an evangelical outreach to non-Christian students.

Campus[edit]

The school has a 1000-seater Cultural Centre, indoor sports hall, rooftop tennis courts, synthetic track and synthetic football/rugby field as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool located in St Andrew's Village. In 2012, a 12-storey hostel was added to the village named St Andrew's Hall.[7] The Hall is under the management of the Board of Governors of St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) and it is also a member of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.

Academic Information[edit]

Saint Andrew's Junior College offers both arts and science streams that leads to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination.

Co-Curricular Activities[edit]

Besides attaining academic success, students of Saint Andrew's Junior College also excel in co-curricular activities. Many College sports place in the top 4 positions at national championship competitions. Performing arts groups also achieve certificates of distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Competitions, and hold public performances which are well received. In addition, the students make an indelible impact serving members of the communities, both locally and overseas. All in all, its students enjoy an exceptionally high quality education during their years in the College.

Sports and games[edit]

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • ODAC (Outdoor Activities Club)
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Touch Rugby
  • Water Polo
  • Skydiving
  • Aviation

Performing arts[edit]

  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Dance Society
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble

Leadership[edit]

  • Student Council
  • Saints Advocate (formed in 2010 to facilitate service-learning activities, plan and lead Overseas CIP trips and promote social entrepreneurship)
  • Interact Club
  • Saints For Christ (a non-denominational Christian organisation exclusive to the St Andrew's family of schools.)

Service[edit]

  • AVA Unit
  • Photographic Society
  • Mentoring
  • Media Resource Library (MRL)

Clubs and societies[edit]

  • Art Club
  • Chinese Society
  • Debating and Oratorical Society
  • Environment Club
  • Indian Cultural Society
  • IOTA Publications
  • Malay Cultural Society
  • Model United Nations Association
  • Sports and Fitness Club

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

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