History of Victoria

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.

Milestones

1983

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.


1984

On 3 January, VJC welcomed its pioneer batch of students. In total, there were 776 students, 51 teachers and 16 supporting staff.


1985

On 19 July, VJC was officially declared open by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Community Development, Mr. S. Dhanabalan.


1987

VJC was selected as one of the five centres for the Humanities Programme in Singapore. 


1989

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.


1990

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.


1991

The VJC Choir was the first school choir from Singapore to win an international choir competition. This was held in Wales. 


1992

The VJC Symphonic Band was the first school band from Singapore to be invited to perform at the prestigious Japan Band Clinic.


1993

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.


1998

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.


2000

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.


2002

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.


2004

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.


2005

The Victoria Integrated Programme was launched with a cohort of 119 students. 


2008

The VJC Soccer girls made history when they clinched the inaugural National Schools ‘A’ Division Championship title for Soccer. 


2011

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. 


2012

The first batch of VCA students began their journey in the two secondary schools.


2015

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. 


2016

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.


2018

The pioneer batch of 1984 held a cohort-wide reunion at VJC, raising more than $50,000 to initiate the Victorian Pioneer Award.