Victoria Junior College
|Victoria Junior College
Maktab Rendah Victoria
Nil Sine Labore
(Nothing Without Labour)
|Principal||Ms Ek Soo Ben|
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. It has produced three Miss Singapores and international chart-topping singer and co-founder of one of the largest church in Singapore, Ho Yeow Sun.
- 1 History
- 2 Principals
- 3 School motto
- 4 Victorian Anthem
- 5 Humanities and the arts
- 6 Co-curricular activities
- 7 Scholars
- 8 Victoria School
- 9 Victoria Advisory Committee
- 10 Victoria Chorale
- 11 Old Victorians' Association
- 12 Notable alumni
- 13 Books
- 14 Trivia
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Victoria Junior College was established in 1984 to replace the Pre-University classes in Victoria School. 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 1995 and 2001, based on academic results.
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 national sports championship titles in the National Schools Games, including the most coveted and competitive boys football title six times since 2001. 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. .
|Name of Principal||Years Served|
|Mrs Lee Phui Mun||1984 - 2001|
|Mrs Chan Khah Gek||2001 - 2006|
|Mr Chan Poh Meng||2006 - 2013|
|Ms Ek Soo Ben||2013–Present|
Nil Sine Labore, a Latin expression meaning "Nothing Without Labour", i.e. nothing is achieved without work.
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
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.
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.
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).
National Schools Games - Championship Titles
||This list is incomplete. (December 2013)|
|Badminton||Boys||1996, 1997, 1998|
|Basketball||Girls||1993, 1994, 2007|
|Cross-country||Boys||1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000|
|Cross-country||Girls||1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2015, 2016|
|Football||Boys||2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013|
|Football||Girls||2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Golf||Girls||2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013|
|Hockey||Boys||1985, 1987, 2013, 2016|
|Hockey||Girls||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|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|
|Table-tennis||Girls||1989, 1990, 1997|
|Tennis||Girls||1986, 2006, 2008, 2010|
|Track and Field||Girls||1988, 1994, 1995, 2016|
|Volleyball||Boys||1991, 1992, 2015, 2016|
|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
- Mah Li Lian (Squash): Sportsgirl of the Year, 1987
- Lina Ong Poh Puay (Squash): Sportsgirl of the Year, 1988 and 1989
- Joan Huang Shiqi (Sailing): Sportsgirl of the Year, 1997 and 1998
- Roy Tay Junhao (Sailing): Sportsboy of the Year, 1999
- Teo Wee Chin (Sailing): Sportsboy of the Year, 2002
- Elizabeth Yin Yueling (Sailing): Sportsgirl of the Year, 2010
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
|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 Ensemble||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|
Four Victoria Junior College students have received the prestigious President's Scholarships:
- Sng Chern Wei, 1990
- Brandon Lee Thian 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.
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.
Victoria Advisory Committee
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.
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.
Old Victorians' Association
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. 
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.
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 2011, OVA organized the Victoria School 135th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the former VS campus at Tyrwhitt Road.
- Lawrence Wong: Cabinet Minister; Member of Parliament, 2011-
- Alex Yam: Member of Parliament, Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency, 2011-
- David Kwek: Member of Parliament, Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency, 2015-
- Janice Koh: Nominated Member of Parliament, 2012-2014; Stage and television actress
- Chong Chieng Jen: Member of Parliament, Bandar Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia; Vice-Chairman, Democratic Action Party, Malaysia
- Nicole Seah: Prominent opposition candidate for National Solidarity Party in the Singaporean general election, 2011
- Tony Tan Lay Thiam: Prominent opposition candidate for National Solidarity Party in the Singaporean general election, 2011
- Chia Ti Lik: Secretary-General, Socialist Front
- BG Tan Meng Dui: Deputy Secretary (Technology), Ministry of Defence
- Lam Yi Young: Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Education
- Tan Chye Hee: Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence), Singapore Police Force
- BG Kwek Kok Kwong: Commander, Air Defence and Operations Command, Singapore Armed Forces
Entertainment and The Arts
- Diana Ser: Actress and presenter
- Michelle Chong: Actress, compere and film-director, Mediacorp; Winner, Best Comedy Performance (Highly Commended), Asian Television Awards, 2008
- Joanne Peh: Actress, Mediacorp; Best Actress, Star Awards 2009; Miss Elegant and Miss Personality, Miss Singapore Universe, 2002
- Felicia Chin: Actress, Mediacorp; Winner, Star Search 2003; Youngest national softball player at the age of 15, 1999
- Rebecca Lim: Actress, Mediacorp; Best Actress, Asian Television Awards, 2010; Fourth runner-up and Miss Photogenic, Miss Singapore Universe, 2005
- Cheryl Wee: Actress, Mata Mata
- Jerry Yeo: Actor, Mediacorp; 1st runner-up, Star Search 2007
- Pamelyn Chee: Actress and television host
- Judee Tan: Comedian and actress
- Lee Teng: Host, Mediacorp; 1st runner-up, Superhost, 2005/2006
- Glenda Chong: News presenter, Mediacorp; Best News Anchor, Asian Television Awards, 2001
- Ho Yeow Sun: Pop singer; Music Ambassador, 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Keely Wee: Female champion, Campus SuperStar, Season 2, 2007
- Farisha Ishak: Champion, The Final 1, Season 1, 2013
- Joanna Dong: Jazz singer and actress
- Kelvin Tong: Film director, producer and screenwriter
- Tan Pin Pin: Singapore Oscar-winning film director 
- Jasmine Ng Kia Kia: Director/producer
- Georgina Chang: Senior creative director, 987FM
- Joe Augustin: Radio presenter and voiceover artist
- Maddy Barber: Asst Programme Director and DJ, Kiss92 FM
- Noor Effendy Ibrahim: Artistic director, The Substation
- Natalie Hennedige: Artistic director, Cake Theatrical Productions
- Zizi Azah: Artistic director, Teater Ekamatra
- 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
- J C Sum: Illusionist
- Sonny Liew: Comic artist/illustrator, best known for his work on Vertigo Comics' "My Faith in Frankie"
Miss Singapore Universe
- Cheryl Marie Cordeiro: Winner, Miss Singapore Universe, 1999
- Nuraliza Osman: Winner, Miss Singapore Universe, 2002
- Jessica Tan Yue Chang: Winner, Miss Singapore Universe, 2007
- Douglas Foo: Founder, Sakae Sushi; Entrepreneur of the Year, 1992
- Adam Khoo: Best-selling author and peak-performance trainer
- Willin Low: Lawyer-turned-restaurateur/chef
- Chua Shenzi: Founder, NewUrbanMale.com (NUM)
- Han Kwee Juan: CEO, Citibank Singapore
- Trina Liang: Managing Director, Templebridge Investments; President, United Nations Women Singapore
- Peter Phang and Renee Ho-Phang: Co-founders, international marketing consultancy, Brandstory
- Lee Min Xuan: Founder, PlayMoolah
- Koh Seng Leong: Olympian (Sailing), 2008
- Lo Manyi: Olympian (Sailing), 2008
- Deborah Ong: Olympian (Sailing), 2008
- Toh Liying: Olympian (Sailing), 2008
- Elizabeth Yin Yueling: Olympian (Sailing), 2012
- Mah Li Lian: 6-time Asian squash champion, 1988-1994; Sportswoman of the Year, 1988 and 1990
- Joan Huang Shiqi: Sportswoman of the Year, 1998
- Roger Koa Kai Hock: First Singaporean to break 4000 point, water-skiing tricks event
- Esther Tan: First female naval diver, Republic of Singapore Navy
- Andrea Loh: Runner-up, The Apprentice Asia
- "Victoria Chorale", Victoria Chorale 
- American actress, Lucy Liu, was an exchange student in VJC from Stuyvesant High School, New York, USA.
- 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.
- 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.
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- "Seeing invisible worlds", The Straits Times, 30 July 2007
- Singapore school pumps up security for Beckham visit
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