Catholic Junior College Experience

By | February 12, 2017

Catholic Junior College Experience

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Life as a student in CJC is a time to live, to grow and to remember. We hope to be your second family: meet your best friends for life, find your passion in a CCA and become a fuller person on your journey to higher education.

The CJC family spirit is clear from the moment you step into the college. Our Orientation programme will make you feel every bit a part of a vibrant student culture. From Rockafella to Alfresco, activities organised by students for students make school cool. You will never be far from what you love, with 40 co-curricular activities and our year-round house competitions. Discover new interests, challenge your limits and give back to the community.

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Serving the community is part of our lifeblood. Through our fundraising and service learning projects, you will have unique opportunities to work with a wide range of beneficiaries, non-profit organisations and overseas communities. A life well-lived is one lived for others.

As a Catholic institution, we see the spiritual life as a way for you to make meaning on your journey. Daily reflections, our religion programmes and services remind us about what we have and who we can become. A balance of quiet moments and exciting times, your life in CJC stays with you forever.

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Spirituality

There is a time for self, a time for friends and a time for God. Spirituality is important to the Catholic ethos and values of our college. We see prayer and reflection, within all faiths, as a way to grow not just as an individual but as a community. We begin every morning with a reflection and a prayer — reminders to be the best people we can be.

House of Prayer

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Throughout the year, important days in the Catholic Calendar are observed and the special masses are commemorated in the college as well. Weekday masses are celebrated by our college chaplain, Fr Leslie Raj, SJ., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Our House of Prayer is open to all looking for a place of solace and prayer.

Religion Programme

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Our Religion programme begins in JC1 with the Orientation Retreat where freshmen get to explore their new college environment and build bonds with new friends. Legacy is an important part of CJC and alumni and teachers are an integral part of the retreat to orientate the JC1s into our CJC family.

Our Religion programme challenges students to grow as individuals in service of others. We explore themes like friendship, family and the needy and world issues like poverty and human rights. By fostering both mind and spirit, we aim to help every CJCian discover their mission and the change they wish to be for the world.

Retreats

The Religion Programme culminates with the JC2 Retreat at the end of JC2. This retreat is a significant milestone in the lives of students in the RE programme as it marks the end of their time here at CJC, and provides a space for them to reflect and recollect memories and times spent in the college. Looking forward, it challenges them to live the college’s values of Truth and Love when they move out into the real world.

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Home Tutorial

They say JC life is the hardest and busiest of times. We believe that in the right environment, you will find the right balance. We believe that companions on your road to graduation are important; they will help you live, learn and bloom. That is why you will begin and end your CJC journey with a tight-knit community of friends and your home tutor as mentor.

CCAs

Visual and Performing Arts

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Choir Dance English Drama
Film Sound Video Guitar Guzheng
Music Ministry Symphonic Band

Physical Sports

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Badminton Basketball Canoeing
Cross-Country Fencing Floorball
Golf Judo Netball
Rugby Shooting Swimming
Tennis Tenpin Bowling Track and Field
Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball

Clubs and Societies

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Editorial Club Environmental Science Society
First Aid Club Interact Club
Legion of Mary Nexus Society
  St. Vincent de Paul  Political Science Society
 Science Honours Society  Speakers’ Ink
 Strategy Games Student Council

Houses

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Unite to Ignite

The House system is a historic feature in Catholic Junior College, with the houses named after the saints Patrick, Joseph, Michael, Albert, John and Gregory.

These six houses would be a symbol of the college’s treasured legacy, giving students a balanced life in the college, a sense of belonging and camaraderie in competition. The Houses participate in a wide range of activities and competitions, both physical and non-physical:

  • College Cross Country
  • College Sports Carnival
  • Inter-House NAPFA Competition
  • Post-Exam Inter-House Games
  • Subject-based competitions
  • Talent competitions (e.g. Sing-off, Dance-off)
  • Academic achievements
  • Behaviour and discipline

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Four Houses, One CJC

Reintroduced in 2012, the House system would maintain four existing names, taking on the colours of the college: Albert (Yellow), Michael (Orange), Patrick (Red) and Joseph (Green). These names were chosen because they reflect our treasured legacy, taking on the names of our founders and principals. Each House is headed by a PE teacher as House Master / Mistress and led by a committee of JC2 students: a House Captain, Vice-House Captain, a House Secretary, a House Games Representative, House JC1 Level Representatives and various Sports Leaders.

Our four houses are proud to have the leadership and service of the following House Captains and Vice-House Captains for their respective years:

Albert Michael Patrick Joseph
2015 Timothy Chong
Chen Jun Ming
Seah Jit Sheng
Lim Su-Elle

Jonathan Go
Dione Toh


Hue Ng
Preshaan Austeins

2014
Quek Jian Der
Jaime Ch’ng


Teo Zi Wang Louis
Jason Yip

Aaron Tan
Yogen Thever
Wayne Wee
Jeremy Bachtair
 2013
Shantelle Sim
Tricia Tang

 David Chew
Jason Wong
 Brendan Pinto
Shirley Yak
 Sheryl Goh
Carolyn Hsu
 2012 Robin Chua
Jonathan Chua

Nicholas Lee
Radiance Ng

Nguyen Dang Khoa
Caren Tso 
Tan Yan
Gregory Lee

The Home Tutorial System

The Home Tutorial group is a distinctive feature of Catholic Junior College. We see it as the main structural unit within which we work towards our values of truth and love (‘In Veritate et Caritate’). In CJC, we strive to build a HT group that reflects a caring community in which students feel happy and secure, to share their experiences, joys and sorrows, hopes and aspirations.

Through the Home Tutorial System, we hope to:

  • Develop the student intellectually, emotionally, socially and in building character
  • Develop leadership skills in the student
  • Inculcate a sense of belonging – class identity and spirit
  • Build college spirit and loyalty
Home Tutors play an important role in shaping the experience of our students. Home Tutors work towards nurturing students to be the best they can be academically and in character. They act as mentor, role model, advisor, disciplinarian, facilitator, administrator and motivator. In addition, every Home Tutor is supported by a Cluster Head and a Year Head who will also oversee the academic performance and overall well-being of the students.
Through the Home Room System, students are given responsibility and ownership of tutorial classrooms. These home rooms are used for tutorial time and during non-curriculum time, they can be used by students for self-study. When the weather becomes warm in the afternoon, the air-conditioning in a block of classrooms is turned on to keep the study environment conducive for learning.

Each class is served by a Class Management Committee, which provides leadership opportunities for students, builds a greater sense of community, taps on the talents of our students and allows them to initiate their own activities and projects. Each Class Management Committee is led by a Home Tutorial Councillor (HTC), an Assistant HTC, a Pastoral Care Councillor and a Secretary-cum-Treasurer and supported by Sports Leaders, Subject Representatives, an ICT Representative and a Service Learning Project committee, including a Reflections IC.

Each year, we celebrate the efforts made at class level towards developing the traits of a CJCian who thinks critically with a clear sense of purpose and leads with a heart for the welfare of others. The Outstanding Home Class and Outstanding Class Contribution Awards recognise classes that have demonstrated leadership skills, good academic progress, contributions, participation and physical well-being.

Community

We believe that our students should have a passion to serve others, a mission to improve the community. Through service and leadership, we hope our students will be inspired thinkers with a mission, leaders with a heart.

Local Service Learning

Our JC1 classes attend a Local Service Learning Fair to learn more about various Voluntary Welfare Organisations and choose a partner based on their passions, interests and preferences. We encourage our students to propose a cause they want to work on and advocate, to have a sustained engagement with the VWO and contribute to the community.

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Culture

Our bright minds are matched by our full hearts. CJC culture is, in our students’ own words, burning hot. Our brimming calendar of activities are designed by our students for our students, so expect everything and more. A sports carnival for all? Check. Charity bazaars? Check. Movies under the stars? Check. The legendary CJC Rockafella – our annual rock concert? Triple check. Simply put, we burn brighter.

Orientation

What better introduction to the CJC warmth and vibrancy than Orientation? Our Orientation Group Leaders always put in maximum effort to get you started with JC life on the right note. Uniforms, stationery, subject combinations, scholarships – no sweat, all set.

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