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(A) The 70's

The junior college system was implemented at the end of the 1960s to offer a challenging environment for students to develop their talents, both in the academic and non-academic spheres. In the 1970s, Nanyang Junior College, the seventh JC to be built, was established to meet the growing demand for a JC education. In 1972, the Building Committee, chaired by Mr Goh Tjoei Kok (JP, BBM), was formed and construction of the college began in early October 1976.

In consultation with the Ministry of Education, the Lorong Chuan Junior College Building Committee appointed Mr Chia Khoon Hock, the then Specialist Advisor/Science as Principal Designate on 1st August 1977. Initially, the college was named Lorong Chuan Junior College because of its location. On 19th November 1977, after the fifth meeting of the Building Committee, it was officially changed to Nanyang Junior College, with the approval of the Ministry of Education. Nanyang JC is a government-aided JC.

The first cohort of Arts and Science students, about 600 altogether, was enrolled in January 1978. They were housed temporarily in the then Westlake Secondary School. With the completion of the construction of the major buildings and facilities in November 1978, the staff and students were able to move to the new premises in December 1978.

Moving into the new premises at Lorong Chuan involved the mammoth task of organising the college and getting it into the most efficient working condition. There were obstacles faced, but the sense of fulfilment in overcoming these challenges was rewarding.

(B) The 80's

On 26th January 1980, the Building Committee, which had been acting in an advisory capacity, was dissolved and in its place a new Management Committee was formed. Mr Goh Tjoei Kok, who was formerly the Chairman of the Building Committee, was elected the Chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC).

About Mr Goh Tjoei Kok:
Mr Goh Tjoei Kok was born in 1905 in Fujian, China, and was the founding Chairman of Tat Lee Bank Group. He held the position of Vice-Chairman at the National Iron and Steel Mills Ltd from 1961 to 1986. Mr Goh contributed much to improve the welfare of the Chinese community. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Hokkien Huay Kuan from 1964 to 1994, and a Council member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1960 to 1965. Mr Goh was very involved in the efforts to raise funds for Nanyang University when it was first established. He was elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Nanyang University Council from 1969 to 1980. Mr Goh also served as Justice of Peace in 1967. In 1972, he was awarded the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat), and in 1990, he received the Service to Education Award for his contribution to the education service.

To mark the birth of the college, an Official Opening Week was planned from 19th to 23rd May 1980. The Official Opening Ceremony was graced by Mr Lee Khoon Choy, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and MP for Braddell Heights. The ceremony began with the Investiture of the first School Management Committee. Mr Goh Tjoei Kok, the Chairman of the Management Committee, then proceeded to lay the Foundation Stone of the college. The celebrations, which went on for a week, included public performances by the English, Malay, Chinese and Indian drama groups at Victoria Theatre. An art exhibition was also held in our very own Art Studio.

Nanyang JC was appointed by the Ministry of Education to organise the 1981 Pre-University Seminar. In 1982, the college hosted the North Zone Schools Colours Award Ceremony and the National Schools Sports Council Colours Award Ceremony.

In the first five years since its establishment, the college focused on building its identity and publicising the institution to the public. Subsequently, the college consolidated the foundation built and raised the quality of education to match the best of the junior colleges in Singapore.

As part of the efforts to foster creativity and aesthetic appreciation, public performances in the four languages were staged by NYJCians. A musical event – ‘Songs of Nanyang’ – featuring original compositions of our students, was held at the DBS Auditorium in 1986. The college also staged an opera performance, entitled ‘Dido & Aeneas’ at the Victoria Theatre, and a play by the Indian Cultural Society at the Drama Centre. The Malay Language Cultural Society also organised an island-wide choral competition – Gema Dikir Barat. The wide array of cultural activities in the 1980s reflected the vibrant cultural atmosphere in the college as well as its emphasis on multi-racialism.

The later half of the 1980s witnessed important milestones in our history. In 1986, the college organised its first Open House to give secondary school students an insight into life in Nanyang JC. While we welcomed potential students to the college, we did not forget the students who helped to build the Nanyang community. The NY Alumni was formed in 1988 to enable our students to maintain their ties with the college and to foster a sense of belonging to their alma mater. Towards the end of the decade, the college celebrated its 10th anniversary.

(C) The 90’s

The 1990s began with the official opening of the Games Complex. The Complex comprised an Air Rifle Range, a physical conditioning centre, two squash courts and a multi-purpose hall for gymnastics and dancing.

As part of its constant effort to improve the learning environment and provide state-of-the-art technology, the college also built the Resource Centre. The Foundation Stone of the Resource Centre was laid by the first Chairman of the School Management Committee, Mr Goh Tjoei Kok. The three-storey block housed the Resource Library, the Computer Centre, the AVA Room and seminar rooms. The Resource Centre represented a significant investment in the development of an intellectual environment. It was completed in 1993 and officially opened on 21st May 1995 by Mr Wee Cho Yaw, the second Chairman of the School Management Committee.

The mid-1990s marked the 15th Anniversary of the college. To commemorate this significant milestone in our history, the Publications Committee students initiated the idea of a time capsule. They urged the students to pen their feelings about the college and were rewarded with an overwhelming response from the student population. These notes, written by the principal, teachers and students, together with several mementoes, were sealed in the time capsule, to be revealed on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the college.

While we celebrated many significant developments in the 1990s, we were also sad to see the departure of one of our pioneering leaders. Mr Goh Tjoei Kok, the Chairman of the School Management Committee, passed away in 1994. Mr Goh contributed much to the development of the college and we were sad to see the demise of a generous philanthropist. Mr Wee Cho Yaw succeeded as Chairman of the SMC.About Mr Wee Cho Yaw

Mr Wee Cho Yaw was born in 1929 on Quemoy Island of China and was the Chairman and CEO of the United Overseas Bank (UOB). Playing a significant role in negotiating with the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Land Authority and the Urban Renewal Authority on the retention of the title deed of the college and re-zoning of the land area, among other important issues, Mr Wee made it possible for the new college premises to be constructed at its original site. Mr Wee was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC). He also served on the boards of many government and civic organisations. Among them were the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations and the Chinese Heritage Centre Board, of which he was the President and Honorary Chairman respectively. Mr Wee was the Chairman of the Nanyang University Council from 1970 to 1980, and a Member of the National University of Singapore Council from 1980 to 2000. Today, he serves as the Pro-Chancellor of Nanyang Technological University, and is also the Chairman of SMC of three schools – Chung Cheng High School (Main), Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) and Nanyang Junior College. Mr Wee contributes generously to the SMC Scholarship Fund and the College Development Fund, and together with the SMC, hosts the annual Teachers’ Day Dinner to recognise the contributions of the staff and their service to the college. Mr Wee has contributed substantially towards the development of the Chinese community over the years in the promotion of the Chinese culture and the improvement of the welfare of the underprivileged in the Chinese community. Mr Wee was awarded the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) in 1974. He was the recipient of the 2011’s highest National Day Awards – the Distinguished Service Order.

In Dec 1994, the college bade farewell to our Principal, Mr Chia Khoon Hock. After 18 years of leading the college since its inception in 1978, Mr Chia passed the baton to Mdm So Bie Leng in 1995.

The 1990s saw the launch of two important academic programmes in our college. In 1997, NYJC was selected to be the second college in Singapore to be a centre for the Art Elective Programme (AEP). The college’s efforts to foster a sense of pride in our cultural traditions were also recognized when the Chinese Language Elective Programme (CLEP) was launched by Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence in 1999. Nanyang JC was proud to be one of three centres to offer the Chinese Language Elective Programme.

To meet the changing demands of the times and to prepare our students to meet the challenges of the new millennium, the college crafted the College Vision and Mission statements, with emphasis placed on the four key values – commitment, conviction, confidence and compassion.

The College Mission and Vision statements were put into concrete terms in the form of the Students’ Creed. The creed, a fusion of the contributions of all civics tutorial groups, encapsulated the values NYJCians held dear to their hearts. It was launched in a memorable service on 31 Dec 1999, by Professor Leo Tan, Dean of the National Institute of Education.

(D) The 21st Century

The college began the 21st century with a new leader, Mrs Ho Woon Ho, as Mdm So Bie Leng retired from the service in Dec 1999. Under Mrs Ho’s guidance, the college fine-tuned the Mission and Vision statements, to emphasise our goal – to be a value-added college.

As part of our effort to add value to the whole person, NYJC focused on the inculcation of values and the nurturing of student leaders. In line with this thrust of the college, the Student Leadership Development Department was set up. The college organised Leadership Training Camps not only for our CCA leaders, but also for the Class Committee members and the JC1 cohort. All these reflect our belief that every student is a leader. These leadership training courses and the Mental Skills training programme, are just a sample of the wide variety of enrichment programmes to develop the leadership potential and character of our students.

PRIME Project: the rebuilding of the college
At the turn of the century, many of the college facilities and parts of the building started to show signs of wear and tear. The college was therefore given the opportunity to rebuild its facilities under the Ministry of Education PRIME project. As part of this programme, the Ministry Of Education bore 95% of the cost of reconstruction of the college. To minimise disruptions, it was decided that the rebuilding of the college be on-site. The staff and students took up the challenge of carrying on with the day-to-day operations of the college with the on-going construction work. Despite the interruptions to lessons and many college activities, they remained undaunted and were eventually rewarded in 2004 when they were able to move to the spanking new building, with its modern architecture and facilities. In the same year, the college held a four-in-one programme, which consisted of the 25th College Day Prize-giving Ceremony, the Official Opening of the College Alumni Clubhouse, the unveiling of the art mural – Eblouissant, and the Homecoming Carnival.

In June 2005, The SMC explored the possibility of renaming Nanyang JC as Chung Cheng Junior College. Owing to strong objection by the Alumni of the college, the name of the college was retained.

In Dec 2005, the college bade farewell to our principal, Mrs Ho Woon Ho, who retired after more than 30 years in the education service. Mrs Ho is succeeded by our current principal, Mr Kwek Hiok Chuang.

Revised JC Curriculum and the focus on Excellence
In 2006, the revised JC curriculum was implemented by MOE. H3, H2 and H1 subjects were introduced to replace the previous S-papers and subjects read as ‘A’ or ‘AO’ levels respectively. Students were expected to read 3H2 and 1 H1 content-based subjects, together with H1 Project Work, H1 GP and H1 MTL. One of the H1 or H2 content-based subjects must be a contrasting subject.

In view of the changed expectations and keen competition among the 17 JCs, Mr Kwek stressed the importance of enhancing the college’s image and branding efforts. The Principal wanted the college to focus on its performance in both the academic and non-academic areas. The college has been recognised for its consistent achievements in its ‘A’ Level exam results, niche sports, Art & crafts and aesthetics programmes.

With the support of the staff and the commitment of NYJCians, students have done well in their ‘A’ Level examinations and furthered their studies in reputable universities. The college has received the following academic value-added awards from the Ministry of Education since 2007:
2007 – Silver

2008 – Silver

2009 – Gold

2010 – Silver

2011 – Gold

2012 – Gold

2013 – Silver

Prior to the release of ‘A’ Level exam results in 2014, 17 JC2 students were given the advanced placement by the 4 autonomous universities. The college also witnessed an increase in the number of prestigious scholarships obtained by the students. 2 students received the PSC Scholarships, 1 received the SAF Scholarship, 10 received the MOH Healthcare Scholarships and 13 received the Teaching Scholarships.

The college Volleyball (Boys’ & Girls’) teams, Table Tennis (Boys’ & Girls’) teams and Judo (Boys’ & Girls’) teams have done the college proud by consistently clinching the top 4 positions in the National ‘A’ Division Championships since 2004.

In 2014, on top of the niche sport groups, the college Basketball (Girls) team also came in 3rd. And for the first year, NYJC was represented in the National Interschool ‘A’ Division Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships (Individual Event) and our gymnast emerged as the overall champion.

The performing arts groups (i.e. Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Guzheng Ensemble, Choir, Drama and Dance) have also done the college proud for consistently obtaining prestigious awards from the SYF Central Judging. In 2013, all the college’s performing arts groups were presented the ‘Certificate of Distinction’ Award in the SYF Arts Presentations.

A popular and trusted college 
Over the years, Nanyang JC has become a reputable and popular JC in Singapore. From 2005 to date, the cut-off points (based on L1R5) improved gradually from 12 points for both Science and Arts courses to 6 points for Science and 7 for the Arts in 2016.

In addition, Nanyang JC has been receiving the MOE’s Sustained Achievement Award (SAA) for its Academic Value-added performance for 5 consecutive years (from 2009 to 2013), and SAA for Aesthetics for 6 consecutive years (from 2008 to 2013).

Based on the assessment outcomes by the external validators from the Ministry of Education and SPRING Singapore in April 2009, the college was awarded the School Distinction Award (SDA) and Singapore Quality Class (SQC). The college received the Best Practice Award (Staff Well-being) from the Minister for Education, Dr Ng Eng Hen, at the MOE Workplan Seminar in September 2009.

In May 2009, the MRT Circle Line started its operation. The accessibility to Nanyang JC was further enhanced as the college is sited next to Lorong Chuan Circle Line Station. Moreover, the college is served by 13 public bus services. Nanyang JC, as a result, has become the most accessible JC in Singapore.

2014 started on a very positive note. With the college’s increasing popularity and the consistent excellent performance at the GCE ’A’ level examinations, the college saw more than 4000 GCE ‘O’ level graduates putting Nanyang JC as their top three preferred JCs, all vying to be 1 of the 700 JC1s. The college’s cut off points were improved to 7 for the Science course and 8 for the Arts course this year, placing us ahead of comparable colleges.

30th and 35th Anniversary Celebrations
The college celebrated its 30th anniversary in April 2008. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education graced the occasion and participated in the 30th Anniversary Carnival. To commemorate the college’s 30th Anniversary, the whole JC1 cohort was involved in painting huge wall murals for the void decks of 30 HDB blocks in Braddell Heights Constituency. The effort was highly commended by HDB as a good practice of community service by schools.
As such, when the college planned for its 35th anniversary celebration, it was decided that the college would freshen up the murals done previously and in addition, beautify the decks of another 5 HDB blocks within the Braddell Heights Constituency. This community project was highly commended by the residents of Braddell Heights Division, the Marine parade Town Council and supported by NTUC Fairprice.

More than 250 alumni of the college attended the 35th Anniversary Dinner hosted by the college’s Alumni Association on 17 Aug 2013.

Keeping our college up-to-date
In Feb 2011, the college refurbished its running track and the soccer field was replaced with a synthetic field. The brand new 8 lanes running track and soccer field were officially opened on 12 May 2012 at the college’s Sports Carnival.

In Mar 2012, the college upgraded the library and self-study areas. The seating capacities for the library and self-study areas were increased significantly.

In Nov 2012, the college further enhanced its facilities so as to provide a more conducive environment for learning and life-skills development. Four high element adventurous stations and three low element team-building stations were constructed. A barbeque pit was also constructed.

In Nov 2013, the college built its Floorball cum Street Soccer Court, created a landscape garden and upgraded the study corners, basketball and tennis courts to enhance the NY Experience.

In 2014, the college installed a number of Big S fans in the canteen, along the study areas near the Eblouissant and the hall to ensure good circulation of air and cooler environment.

Service-learning and Community Involvement
NYJC adopts a whole-college approach in encouraging students to initiate both local and overseas service-learning projects. They learn to identify the needs of the community and reflect on their own experience in working with the community. The college participated in the Step Up Challenge in 2013 to raise funds for needy families, and NYJCians have been part of the Walk For Rice project since 2011. About 100 students work with the South-East CDC and Braddell Heights Division on community projects such as Rice Distribution @ BH project for 150 needy residents, food distribution @ BH project, Community Leadership Projects on neighbourliness and family bonding projects. The college enjoys a close tie with Braddell Heights Community and South East CDC.

Since 2007, our staff members have set a good example by performing service-learning through establishing long-term partnerships with MOE Adventure Centre to enhance the green spaces, Lion Befrienders@AMK to interact with the elderly, Serangoon Moral Student Care Centre for homework supervision, the National Parks Singapore to conduct Invasive Species Management at Peirce Reservoir and Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park.

The college is one of the key partners of the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC). Besides organising various community services and welfare programmes to help the lower income families, the college co-hosted the annual Ready For School Programme for 5,000 lower income families with CDAC in Dec 2012, 2013 and 2014. Nanyang JC was awarded the CDAC’s Outstanding Partner Award in 2013.

NYJC received the PA Community Spirit (Merit) Award for the 2nd consecutive year in 2014 in recognition of the college’s continual and good efforts in fostering meaningful partnerships with the community and other agencies.

Format of Pre-U Seminar changed after 40 years
In 2013, the college organized the Pre-University Seminar at U-Town for 540 students from the various JCs, IP schools, polytechnics, SOTA, ACS (I) and SJI. The theme of the seminar was Singapore 2030: Our Future, Our Home. The format of the seminar was changed for the first time since its inception. The refreshed seminar format brought student ownership and thought leadership to the forefront, with the aim of creating a seminar by students, for students.