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 a 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. Over the years, VJC has scaled new heights and broken new ground. It is now recognised as a centre for academic, sporting and cultural excellence.
On 15 October, VJC, built at a cost of $19.3 million, was officially handed over by the Public Works Department to the Ministry of Education.
On 3 January, VJC welcomed its pioneer batch of students. In total, there were 776 students, 51 teachers and 16 supporting staff.
On 19 July, VJC was officially declared open by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Community Development, Mr. S. Dhanabalan.
VJC was selected as one of the five centres for the Humanities Programme in Singapore.
VJC became the first junior college to offer the Theatre Studies and Drama programme. It was also the first time the GCE A-Level drama course was offered in Singapore.
The Science and Mathematics Learning Centre was established in VJC. With expanded laboratory facilities and special equipment, it enabled students to participate more actively in Science and Mathematics enrichment projects.
The VJC Choir was the first school choir from Singapore to win an international choir competition. This was held in Wales.
The VJC Symphonic Band was the first school band from Singapore to be invited to perform at the prestigious Japan Band Clinic.
Named after the Chairman of the Victoria Executive and Victoria Advisory Committees, the Wong Hung Khim Trophy for Student of the Year was introduced. The trophy gives recognition to a deserving Victorian for character, leadership qualities, academic calibre and service to the College.
32 students and three teachers participated in VJC’s first overseas Community Involvement Programme in Vigan, Philippines. Students helped with dental and minor surgery, planting of herbs and painting the campus of the University of Northern Philippines.
The VJC Choir won a Gold Medal in the Open Mix and Folklore A Capella categories in the inaugural Choir Olympics held in Linz, Austria.
VJC became the centre of research in science and technology for East Zone schools with the opening of the East Zone Science and Technology Centre. The centre was officially opened on 13 July by the late Mr. S. R. Nathan, former President of the Republic of Singapore.
VJC fielded the first Singapore school team to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair. This was also the year where the house system was introduced to increase bonding between students from different faculties.
The Victoria Integrated Programme was launched with a cohort of 119 students.
The VJC Soccer girls made history when they clinched the inaugural National Schools ‘A’ Division Championship title for Soccer.
The Victoria-Cedar Alliance (VCA) was formed. In the VCA Integrated Programme, students spend their first four years in Victoria School and Cedar Girls’ School, and the final two years in VJC.
The first batch of VCA students began their journey in the two secondary schools.
VJC received its pioneer cohort of VCA IP students. VJC also established a partnership with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) to nurture inspiring scientists through its Youth Research Programme.
On 23 July, at VJC’s 32nd College Day Celebration, the VJC Heritage Trail was officially launched by Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth, and Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Board. The Heritage Trail is a carefully curated exhibition space dedicated to artefacts, images and text capturing VJC’s ethos and history.
The pioneer batch of 1984 held a cohort-wide reunion at VJC, raising more than $50,000 to initiate the Victorian Pioneer Award.