Victoria Junior College

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Victoria Junior College
維多利亞初級學院  (Chinese)
Maktab Rendah Victoria  (Malay)
விக்டோரியா தொடக்கக் கல்லூரி  (Tamil)
Victoria Junior College Flag.png
Address
20 Marine Vista, 449035


Singapore
Coordinates1°18′24″N 103°55′14″E / 1.30656°N 103.92061°E / 1.30656; 103.92061
Information
TypeGovernment
MottoLatin: Nil Sine Labore
(Nothing Without Labour)
Established1876; 146 years ago (1876) (as Victoria School)
1984; 38 years ago (1984) (as Victoria Junior College)
Sister schoolVictoria School
Cedar Girls' Secondary School
School code0706
PrincipalJeffrey Low
GenderMixed
Enrolment1456 (2021)
Colour(s)  Red
  Yellow
SongVictorian Anthem
Websitewww.victoriajc.moe.edu.sg

Victoria Junior College (VJC), often known as Victoria, is a co-educational junior college in Singapore offering pre-university education to boarding and day-students. Founded in 1984,[1] the school stands on Marine Vista, less than one kilometre from the affiliated Victoria School.

VJC is part of the Victoria-Cedar alliance, and is one of Singapore's top Junior Colleges.[2] The school's programmes and activities are advised by the Victoria Advisory Committee,[3] while day-to-day operations of the school is run by the School Principal. Tutors and faculty members are responsible for the governance of student-life.

History[edit]

Victoria Junior College was established in 1984 to replace the Pre-University classes in Victoria School (VS). 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.[4]

Over the years, VJC has widely been recognised, based on MOE rankings and entry scores, as one of the top three junior colleges in Singapore that offer the 'A' Levels. VJC was also ranked the top junior college in the Ministry of Education's (MOE) ST ranking of junior colleges in 1995 and 2001, based on academic results.[2] More recently in 2019, it had the 4th toughest entry score amongst junior colleges offering the 'A' Levels.[5]

In 1989, VJC was the first and, until 2005, the only junior college in Singapore to offer Theatre Studies and Drama as an 'A' Level subject.[6] It also offered a university-level French curriculum as part of the Language Elective Programme until it was discontinued in 2006.[7]

Since 2005, VJC has offered the Integrated Programme, allowing students from the affiliated Victoria School to skip O Levels and proceed to junior college.[8] The Victoria Integrated Programme (VIP) was implemented as a four-year programme starting from Secondary 3. In 2012 it was replaced by the six-year Victoria-Cedar Alliance Integrated Programme (VCA IP), in partnership with Cedar Girls' Secondary School.[9][10]

VJC was awarded the School Excellence Award in 2007, the top award in the MOE Masterplan of Awards framework.[11]

Principal[edit]

The college saw its first leadership change in 2001, when founding principal, Lee Phui Mun, stepped down after 18 years of service. She was succeeded by Low Khah Gek, who was a former chemistry teacher in the school. In 2006, Chan Poh Meng, formerly a Superintendent at the Schools Division, took over the reins from Low.[citation needed] In December 2013, Ek Soo Ben, Deputy Director at the Standards and Research Academy of Singapore Teachers and a former Economics teacher at VJC, succeeded Chan.[12]

Name of Principal Years Served
Lee Phui Mun 1984–2001
Chan Khah Gek 2001–2006
Chan Poh Meng 2006–2013
Ek Soo Ben 2013–2021
Jeffrey Low 2022–Present

Academics[edit]

Victoria Junior College's two-year curriculum culminates in the Singapore GCE Advanced Level examinations. Students take up to four Higher 2 subjects and read two compulsory Higher 1 subjects - General Paper and Project Work - in their first year, and may elect to read additional Higher 3 subjects in the second year. Approximately 30% of students read Higher 1 Mother Tongue Language in their first year too. Home to the East Zone Science and Technology Centre, the college also sent the first Singapore school team to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2004.[13][14]

VJC is one of the three schools in Singapore that holds the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).[15]

Achievements[edit]

Sports[edit]

In 2017, VJC won the A-division championship title for girls' football,[16] boys' floorball,[17] boys' wushu and hockey girls.[18] This was the fifth straight title for the girls' football team, and their ninth in the last ten years.[19][16]

In 2018, VJC won the A-division championship title for both the boys' and girls' football, hockey girls and wushu boys.[20][21] This is VJC's 16th consecutive year winning the A-division girls' hockey.[18]

In 2019, VJC won the A-division championship title for girls' football, girls' floorball, girls' wushu and girls' rockclimbing.

Performing Arts[edit]

Choir[edit]

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,[22] and for its outstanding contribution to music in Singapore, the VJC Choir was presented with the 1990 Guinness Stout Effort Award.[23][24]

In 2004, Victoria Junior College Choir represented Singapore in the World Choir Games held in Bremen, Germany and won 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.[25]

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.[26][27]

In 2018, VJC choir competed in the Asia Cantate and clinched the Grand Prize.[28] In addition, they also won two other categories—the Mixed Voices Choir (Open) and the Mixed Voices Choir (Senior Youth).[29]

As of December 2021, it was ranked 5th in the world in the mixed choirs category of the INTERKULTUR World Rankings.[30]

Dance[edit]

VJC Dance Ensemble achieved overall grand champion in the 2010 Lecco Danza, an international dance competition held in Italy.[31] They were awarded first prize in the contemporary senior dance group category and first runners-up in the hip-hop group category.[32]

In 2012, VJC dancers were champions in the Jazz Dance Small Group category at the 9th World Dance Olympiad in Moscow, Russia.[33]

In the 2014 Crown International Dance Festival in Melbourne, Australia, the dance ensemble placed first in all the three categories that it participated in, namely Contemporary,[34] Modern Expression[35] and Hip Hop.[36]

Affiliations[edit]

VJC is affiliated to Victoria School, an all-boys school founded in 1876.

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.[10]

Alumni[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.[37]

The OVA supports the activities undertaken by the schools, assists needy students, and promotes sports, social and cultural activities among members.[38]

In 2009, OVA organised the inaugural combined VS and VJC gala concert, with a 260-strong cast comprising both students and celebrity alumni, at the Esplanade Concert Hall.[39][40]

In 2011, OVA organised the Victoria School 135th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the former VS campus at Tyrwhitt Road.[41]

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and Government[edit]

Arts[edit]

Sports[edit]

Others[edit]

External links[edit]

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