Music Fest 2021: Light It Up [Virtual Edition]
From Apr to May 2021, Music Fest 2021: Light It Up [Virtual Edition] was held. Due to the Covid-19 situation, Music Fest pivoted online and manifested in innovative showcases of our Victorian talents. From instrumental to dance performances and displays of vocal prowess, artistic flair and comedic gifts, the diverse repertoire blew the minds of our entire community. Participants were mentored by teachers and put up pre-recorded performances at various stages of the voting process. Finalists have emerged from the tough competition, but due to the announcement of HBL and further tightening of measures to control the pandemic, the finals have been postponed to Semester 2. Watch this space for further updates!
Mother Tongue Fortnight
In Apr 2021, the Mother Tongue Fortnight was held to promote immersive learning about various vernacular cultures and languages, and to encourage cross-cultural understanding. A series of online competitions with attractive prizes saw enthusiastic participation by the Victorian Community. On 28 Apr, exhibition and activity booths hosted students and staff, who gamely tried out Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, Jawi script writing, ketupat weaving, garland making, kompang demonstrations, amongst many other fun-filled experiences! This vibrant showcase was made possible by the tireless work and creativity of the Mother Tongue Languages Department teachers and Victorians from Chinese Calligraphy Club, Chinese Cultural Society, Malay Cultural Society and Indian Cultural Society.
National School Games
In April and May 2021, our wushu, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, badminton and volleyball athletes participated in the National School Games (NSG). These sporting competitions were deemed safe enough to continue given their limited contact and intermingling between participants across schools. We are proud of our athletes for exemplifying the motto of the NSG, “Character in Sporting Excellence”, in their performance on court and journey to the NSG. They had pivoted quickly to adapt their training to meet safe management guidelines. They stayed positive and buoyant amidst the constantly evolving situation. And through the process of overcoming challenges together, they were able to forge strong team spirit. VJ Boleh!
Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation
From Apr to Jun 2021, the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation was held. VJC fielded 11 groups of participants. In a challenging year where practices and rehearsals took place under strict guidelines, our performing arts groups did very well, displaying resilience, class and showmanship. We would like to congratulate Chinese Orchestra, Dance Club, Guitar Ensemble, Harmonica Band, String Ensemble and Symphonic Band for achieving Certificates of Distinction and Accomplishment in their various categories. Their skilful and entrancing performances were streamed on the SYF website. We would also like to make special mention of Choir for representing the College at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation [Special Provision] with their pre-recorded performance.
Release of Project Work Results
On 13 Apr 2021, the cohort of 2020 received their A-Level Project Work results. We are pleased to announce that 9 in 10 students attained a Distinction. This is a remarkable achievement in an unusual and uncertain year, when coursework, research, supervision and assessment had to be done differently to accommodate safe management measures in the midst of the pandemic. We applaud students for their resilience and camaraderie and thank teachers for their dedication and enterprise. Nil Sine Labore!
38th Students’ Council Elections
In Mar 2021, 39 students were elected to form the 38th Students’ Council. In Apr 2021, a leadership camp was held to forge camaraderie amongst the new cohort of councillors, and to clarify their beliefs and strengthen their convictions about leadership. In May, the Students’ Council President, Fukushima Mizuki (21A12), and Vice President, Arshul Garg (21S47), were elected. This was followed by the election of six house captains.
From 22 to 26 Mar 2021, VJC’s annual Leadership Week, guided by the theme ‘Making Your Mark’, was held to challenge Victorians to examine their beliefs about leadership and reflect on their journey towards being personal, community and thought leaders. Throughout the week, Victorians attended assembly sessions where school leaders and alumni shared their insights on leadership. During Civics sessions, Civics Tutors facilitated discussions about the convictions, qualities and actions of good leadership. The week also saw the introduction of candidates running for Students’ Council Elections and briefing on election procedures.
Release of A-Level Results: Cohort of 2019
On 19 Feb 2021, the cohort of 2019 returned home to receive their A-Level results. Though this cohort sat for their examination in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, they were resilient and fought to the very end. As a testament of their commitment to excellence, the cohort achieved an excellent median University Admission Score (UAS) of 85, with 184 students attaining at least six distinctions for their subjects and 117 attaining the highest possible UAS of 90. We congratulate all Victorians on their outstanding achievements! Nil Sine Labore!
JC1 Orientation 2021: Incendo
From 29 Jan to 5 Feb 2021, a very special Orientation Programme initiated freshmen into our college. Teachers came together to introduce new students to the myriad of academic and co-curricular programmes on offer. Student leaders and Orientation Group Leaders led our freshies on a journey of discovery, building camaraderie and reinvigorating the Victorian spirit in inventive ways. Although we could not have our usual grand celebration at the Suntec City Fountain of Wealth, we began new traditions by having our first ever Lights and Music Walk. Our campus was transformed into a magical wonderland – a place where memories were made and friendships forged!
e-Open House 2021: Via Victoria
Working around the constraints posed by the ongoing pandemic and safe management measures, Victorians unleashed our creativity to bring our annual Open House online! In the lead-up to the virtual event, videos, infographics and games showcasing various facets of college life were posted on our social media pages. An amazingly-intricate Minecraft version of our lovely campus was created by our students and visitors were brought on a breath-taking virtual tour. On 12 & 13 January 2021, VJC’s e-Open House microsite went live! School leaders, teachers and students shared information and impressions about our academic and co-curricular experience via a series of webinars, videos and podcasts.