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History

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Genesis

 

The idea of Victoria Junior College was first mooted in the 1970s by distinguished Victorians such as Mr Wong Hung Khim, Mr Foo Kok Swee and Mr Ong Teong Pin. With their unstinting support and the help of the Victoria Advisory Committee, the proposal written by the late Dr Ong Chit Chung to the Ministry of Education became reality when the college received its first batch of students in 1984 under the leadership of Victoria Junior College’s first principal, Mrs Lee Phui Mun.

 

Legacies

 

The idea of Victoria Junior College was first mooted in the 1970s by distinguished Victorians such as Mr Wong Hung Khim, Mr Foo Kok Swee and Mr Ong Teong Pin. With their unstinting support and the help of the Victoria Advisory Committee, the proposal written by the late Dr Ong Chit Chung to the Ministry of Education became reality when the college received its first batch of students in 1984 under the leadership of Victoria Junior College’s first principal, Mrs Lee Phui Mun.

 

Vanguard

 

Victoria Junior College has been at the forefront in implementing some of the new initiatives in the Singapore education system. It was the first and, until 2005, only junior college to offer the Theatre Studies and Drama programme (established in 1989).The VJC Choir was the first school choir from Singapore to win an international choir competition in Wales in 1991, while the VJC symphonic band became Singapore’s first school band to be invited to perform at the prestigious Japan Band Clinic the following year.

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. The college also sent first Singapore school team to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2004.

 

Pressing On

 

The end of 2001 was also a watershed in the history of VJC as the college saw its first leadership transition from Mrs Lee Phui Mun, to her successor Mrs Chan Khah Gek, herself a former chemistry teacher in the early years of our history. Mrs Chan has continued the tradition of placing VJC at the forefront of educational initiatives, with the college winning a host of awards in her recent years. VJC also established the Learning Hub in 2004. The first batch of students under the Victoria Integrated Programme in 2005 represents another significant milestone.

In 2007, the College bade a fond farewell to Mrs Chan as she left for her new appointment as the Deputy Director, Sciences, Curriculum Planning and Development Division. Mr Chan Poh Meng, formerly a Superintendent at the Schools Division, took over the reins from Mrs Chan. In the same year, VJC received the School Excellence Award. This is the highest and most prestigious award in the MOE Masterplan of Awards framework and serves as a mark of distinction for schools that have achieved sustained achievements in a wide spectrum of student development processes. Under Mr Chan’s leadership, VJC has continued its tradition of excellence. Its outstanding systems and processes were recognised in the renewal of the Singapore Quality Class status in 2008.

 

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