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CJC Celebrates the Class of 2017


The Class of 2017 has done the college proud in achieving commendable results in their performance at the GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations. The determination they displayed in challenging themselves to reach their goals truly reflects the spirit of a Thinker with a Mission and Leader with a Heart.

The Class of 2017’s commendable performance is also illustrated by pass rates that equaled or exceeded the national average in the following H2 and H1 subjects: H2 Chemistry, H2 F Mathematics, H2 English Language and Linguistics, H2 Geography, H2 History, H2 Mathematics, H2 Literature in English, H2 Knowledge and Inquiry, H1 Tamil Language, H1 Literature in English, H1 Malay Language, H1 General Studies in Chinese, H1 Geography, H1 History, H1 Economics, H1 Mathematics, H1 Chemistry, and H1 Biology.
 
The following subjects achieved improved distinction rates as compared to 2016: H2 Physics, H2 Chemistry, H2 Biology, H2 Geography, H2 History, H2 Mathematics, H2 Literature in English, H2 Knowledge and Inquiry, H1 General Paper, H1 Economics, H1 Physics, H1 Biology and H1 Chinese Language.

The following subjects achieved a 100% pass rate: H2 History, H2 English Language and Linguistics, H2 Literature in English, H2 Geography, H2 Knowledge and Inquiry, H2 F Mathematics, H1 History, H1 Literature in English, H1 Chemistry, H1 Biology, H1 General Studies in Chinese, H1 Chinese Language (B), and H1 Tamil Language (B).
 
Beyond grades, a true CJCian epitomises the traits of a thinker and a leader centred on values. The college would like to celebrate the academic and holistic achievements of the following outstanding CJCians:

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Timothy Wong Eu-Jin
Timothy is a focused and determined student who is self-motivated and always makes the effort to excel in both his academics and Co-Curricular Activity. He was awarded the CJC Archbishop Scholarship in 2016.  As a meticulous student, he took pride in preparing work that was neatly organised and well thought-out. With his passion and keen interest in Physics and Geography, he emerged as top student for these subjects in his first year. A committed member of the CJC Football Team, Timothy demonstrated commendable leadership skills on and off the pitch, rallying and spurring his teammates on during trainings and matches. He is a team player and can be depended upon to care for his teammates. All in all, Timothy has truly shown that he is a well-rounded student who has the ability to competently juggle his various commitments. 

“Having high standards meant that there were times when I questioned what I was working so hard for and felt uncertainty. As a catholic, I prayed a lot and I began to see the bigger picture of how perhaps I had the power to be a source of inspiration to others and push them to do better in a quiet way.”

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Inez Yong Hui En
Inez is sensible and mature, with a strong drive to excel. An independent learner who sets clear academic targets for herself, Inez was awarded the Edusave Certificate of Academic Achievement in 2016 in recognition of her consistent academic performance. Being disciplined, Inez was always attentive, well-prepared and punctual for all her lessons, and completed her work with quality and respectable effort. Inez has the grit and determination to give her best once she sets her mind on a goal. With a strong interest in and inclination towards Geography and Literature, she took the initiative to contribute to classroom discussions. Inez has an optimistic outlook with a can-do attitude. She played a key role in bringing her class together as Pastoral Care Councillor, and the positive class culture helped the whole class to do exceptionally well at the A Levels.  In addition, she is also patient towards the people around her. Her affable disposition has endeared her greatly to everyone, peers and teachers alike.

“If I were to pursue Geography in my further studies, I would like to be a teacher, as I’ve really been inspired by my form teacher, Ms Tan Wei Jun. The way she explains the subject is very intricate and very beautiful, no words can describe it. I hope that as a teacher I would ignite that same passion in my students.”

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Derrick Tan
Derrick is a generous individual with a heart of service. Not satisfied with just doing well in all his major examinations in CJC, he shared his knowledge by giving impromptu peer tuition and was known for giving out his personal study notes to those who sought his help. He also served the wider college community as President of the Student Council. He devoted his time and energy to the organisation and execution of school-wide events that enriched college life for the community. For instance, he was driven by his desire to give his JC1 juniors the warmest welcome the CJC family could give through Orientation 2017, and worked tirelessly to conduct planning meetings, trainings and rehearsals. He sought ground feedback and spearheaded the review of practices which benefited the students such as the review of the “white shoe” policy in CJ. As a people-person, Derrick derives satisfaction and joy from making a positive difference in the lives of others, and for his outstanding achievements, he was named the Arts Valedictorian for the cohort of 2017. 

“While the journey may bring you feelings of regret or doubts here and there but just remember that as the sun rises, the sun will set as well. Just keep going, it will end one day, just push through and make your future self thankful for pushing through.”

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Sean Rene Gabriel
Sean demonstrated a resilient spirit during his time in CJC. Unfazed by academic disappointments at the O levels and JC1 examination, he strove to persevere and excel in both his studies and his contributions to college life. Given his natural curiosity, he took up opportunities to learn outside the classroom by participating in various academic workshops and conferences such as the JC Law Programme and Model United Nations. On top of juggling his studies, Sean also served the college community as a leader who won the hearts and minds of his peers. As a Sports Leader and House Captain in his graduating year, he ran extra rounds with those who were struggling in their fitness tests, organised college-wide events to enrich college life for the community, and led Michael House to victory as House Champion. An amiable and sociable young man, Sean was also an indispensable part of his home class and served his classmates as a Pastoral Care Councillor by lending a listening ear to them.

“Whatever you are doing, just give it your 100%, especially for the CCA leaders. There will be a lot of times when you want to just give up, but just keep going.”

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Ian Luke Chan Yi-Ren
Ian’s unyielding determination and his sense of humour despite the many challenges faced as a result of his visual impairment, has endeared him to many students and teachers. His resilience was put to the test when he had to adjust to the JC curriculum and learn how to use new educational software to access learning.  A highly motivated individual with a clear sense of purpose, he is driven to excel by his strong belief that people with disabilities should be given similar opportunities to strive for success. His presence in CJC breaks new ground in mainstream education for others like him, and challenges the perception that people with disabilities are incapable of contributing to the community. As an active participant in college life, he was a Student Facilitator at the 2017 Pre-University Seminar, guiding the participants in their discussion of active citizenry. Ian is a joy to be around and a true inspiration to all who have met him in his college years.

“One of the things that helped me to achieve my goals was confidence in the decisions I made [knowing that if] consequences were to follow … I have the confidence to shoulder them as well because it's my own choice and to trust in my own pace regardless of what everyone else was doing or how far ahead they seemed to be.”

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Robin Yeo Shao Jie
Robin is a a good-natured, sincere and resilient leader. During his time in CJC, his classmates regularly looked to him for advice and support. He is able to empathise, connect and work well with others. As a Student Councillor, Robin served as the Head of Department for the Catholic Activities Wing with distinction. He was very dedicated and led with passion and initiative. Together with the members of the Catholic Activities Wing, Robin organised weekly morning Masses for the college as well as major activities such as Faith Formation prayer and reflection, the Tree of Life during Lent, Ash Wednesday Mass and National Day Mass. His high self-expectations were exemplified when he planned for these sessions, where he left no stone unturned in the execution of these events and constantly sought to influence his team mates towards a common goal. Robin also participated in Model United Nations Conferences both nationally and CJC, which allowed him to enhance his public speaking skills and heighten his grasp of political issues plaguing our world. He received an Honourable Mention award at both conferences. In 2017, he sought to heighten his international exposure by participating as a delegate at the Harvard Model Congress Asia, held in Hong Kong. With an openness and tenacity to take on challenges head on, Robin has been a source of motivation for his peers, and for his outstanding achievements, he was named the Science Valedictorian for the cohort of 2017. 

“I will miss the Catholic environment in CJC. One of the reasons why i picked CJ was that I felt that it would be a great opportunity to grow in my belief and faith.” 

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Natasha Juliana Oei Su Qin
Natasha is an effective communicator who passionately advocates for issues she stands for. She broadened her academic interests by participating in various Model United Nations Conferences, and her skill and effort was recognised via the many accolades she received, such as Best Delegate and Best Academics. Her passion for issues concerning social justice drove her to participate in What’s NExt?, a conference on National Education, and gain insight on governance by completing a work attachment at the Land Transport Authority. As a well-spoken, mature individual who has considerable knowledge of current affairs, she had the privilege of being a moderator for several student dialogues with the nation’s Permanent Secretaries and Ministers, and acquitted herself admirably by being able to process questions quickly and respond appropriately within a short period of time. It was unsurprising that Natasha also put her public speaking skills to good use as a Student Facilitator at the 2017 Pre-University Seminar, guiding her group through the issue of sustainable transportation in Singapore. In class, Natasha demonstrates the same capacity for deep thinking and is unafraid to play the role of the Devil’s Advocate during class discussions, which has fostered her capacity for analytical and reflective thinking and spurred her classmates on to more engaged learning. 
 
“Seeing all of [my classmates] work so hard and how they are motivated by their own goals and own pursuits gave me more drive to pursue my own goals and achieve excellence together.”

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Rachel Clarissa Huang Yan Lee
Rachel’s grit and determination are her greatest strengths. She sets high standards for herself and is unafraid of the hard work necessary for her to attain her goals. Rachel’s steadfast and positive attitude towards her studies was repeatedly recognised via the achievements she garnered during her time in CJC. She was awarded the Edusave Certificate of Academic Achievement 2016 and Cashew Edusave Merit Awards 2016. Furthermore, she was also awarded CJC’s 2016 Subject Prize Winner for H2 Literature in English and H1 Project Work (Individual). In 2017, Rachel was among the top performing students for General Paper, Literature in English and Geography in the Preliminary Examinations. Despite her stellar academic achievements, she remained down-to-earth and was well-liked by her peers because of her wit and humour and the authenticity of her relationships with others. She actively offered support to her peers by engaging them in collaborative learning and by initiating the consolidation of notes and revision materials. As the key leader in the main organising committee for the Overseas Service Learning Project (OSLP) in Cambodia, Rachel was able to establish trust and camaraderie among her team members, and contributed to building meaningful relationships among her team members in order for them to be collectively passionate in achieving their shared aims. Rachel also served as the Interact Club’s President from 2016-2017 and fostered stronger bonds amongst her fellow members. In class, Rachel stood out for the originality and depth of thinking she displayed via her responses and the questions she posed, which contributed to a dialogic classroom beneficial for the learning of all her classmates.  

“Coming to CJ has been rewarding because of my friends and the opportunities I have been given not as a student leader but as a student. That is the baseline of education; to have good teachers and good friends. I think there is a good support system of people here who actually care about you and that makes all the difference.”

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Perera Biyanwilage Malki Shihara
Shihara has a steady, calm and sensible character which has helped her thrive through the demands of college life. Shihara has a deep passion in the English language, and reveled in her study of Literature and English Language and Linguistics. As an Ministry of Education (MOE) English Language Elective Scholar, Shihara was attached to Julia Gabriel Centre for a work attachment stint. Her love for writing extended to her CCA, where she was President of the Editorial Club. With an eye for detail, she successfully planned and executed Good English Week 2016, together with her club members in CJC. This event was targeted at raising the colleges’ awareness about World Englishes and sought to instill a deeper appreciation for the English Language. Firm in her belief in nurturing those under her leadership, Shihara initiated a collaboration with Victoria Junior College’s Editorial Club so that the respective teams could interact and they could all learn different journalistic writing styles from each other. She was an influential leader in her CCA, and was able to garner respect to rally the team towards her vision. Shihara’s innate desire to push herself beyond her comfort zone saw her participating not only in the internally-held CJC Model United Nations, where she represented the delegate USA but also in the esteemed Harvard Model Congress Asia hosted in Hong Kong, both in 2017.

“I will miss the culture and environment in CJ. Everyone is just so together and supportive and loving. I never felt a competitive moment here, and it was not an environment in which I felt I could ever drown. It was so full of love and that's something I would always cherish, always love and always miss.”

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Rachel Mark Yuan Yee
Rachel stands out as an inquisitive learner who enjoys being challenged by new ideas. Placed in the Ignite Programme, Rachel developed critical thinking skills and is adept at evaluating the innate complexities of problems. Her tutors have remarked that her work is of high quality and displays a critical nous. She is also an eloquent speaker, delivering persuasive presentations at the Model United Nations Conferences where she received the Honourable Mention award in 2016 and was recognised as the Best Delegate in 2017. Rachel balanced her academic pursuits with her commitment to her sport. As Captain of the CJC Fencing Team, she took the initiative to mentor her juniors and her leadership capabilities were recognised when she received the Edusave Award for Achievement, Good Leadership, and Service in 2016. Additionally, she is invested in serving the wider community; she devoted time to engaging children in games and learning activities during her class-based Service Learning Project and devised creative strategies to raise public awareness as a Conservation Ambassador for Wildlife Reserves Singapore from 2014 to 2016.

“I believe that being clear about your purpose really helps.  It's not that you need to have  career plan to be motivated. It's just that you need to find a specific reason for doing what you do to spur you on so that you don’t get lost or burn out when preparing for the A-levels.”

Throughout their time in CJC, their academic and non-academic achievements exhibit their ability to strike a balance between their commitments and sense of purpose. The Class of 2017 has continued to uphold CJC’s tradition of excellence in academic and character development. The college is committed to offering diverse opportunities for our students to maximise their holistic potential, to strive for higher standards, and to pursue knowledge in the service of others.

Mrs Phyllis Lim, the Principal of CJC, celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2017. “Their achievements are a testament of their determination, growth mindset, teamwork and commitment to serving the college and the wider community. The college would like to congratulate the students who showed remarkable resilience in attaining their success. We give thanks to God for His blessings on the Class of 2017. We encourage this cohort to stay true to their mission and to constantly seek new opportunities to realise their dreams.”

Mr Tan Jek Suan, Vice Principal added, “Our heartiest congratulations to the Class of 2017 on their results. We hope and pray that you continue to embody the CJC spirit of Truth and Love as you continue to light the way for others and for yourselves.”

The college would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the teachers and support staff, the Parent Support Group, the School Management Committee and the alumni for their generous support and prayers for the students.

In veritate et caritate 

The college would like to heartily congratulate the following students on their commendable performance at the 2017 GCE ‘A’ Level examinations.

Representing the Humanities faculty, we have: 
INEZ YONG HUI EN 2T02
LUAR LI YING ALYSSA JENNA 2T05
SIAU SU-ANN CHRISTINA 2T01
CHIA SHAN NING THELMA 2T01
PAUL CHOW TJUN YU 2T03
SIOBHAN TAN SU-HANN 2T02
ERVIN ANG JING XUAN 2T02
BRANDON NG 2T03
NIKHIL SHEYAN RAKESH 2T05
NATASHA JULIANA OEI SU QIN 2T01
JORDAN CHAN JIE EN 2T05
RACHEL CLARISSA HUANG YAN LEE 2T02
CHIA YI JUN BENEDICT 2T02
DERRICK TAN RUI YANG 2T01
TAY TZER YUIN 2T04
SEAN RENE GABRIEL 2T01
IAN LUKE CHAN YI-REN 2T01
GAN WEI YING STACEY 2T03
JAMIE TAN LIXIN 2T05
PERERA BIYANWILAGE MALKI S 2T06
PETRINA TAN HENG KIAT 2T06

Representing the Science faculty, we have: 
TIMOTHY WONG EU-JIN 2T16
DANIEL FOO WEN NGIAP 2T25
TRISHA QUEK 2T21
LEONG JUN HONG, NICHOLAS 2T07
RACHEL MARK YUEN YEE 2T29
DANIEL JOVIN 2T13
TIAH WEI JUN 2T09
LOW SHU ZHEN ISABEL 2T22
ONG SU-ANN 2T15
TO QUANG NGHIA 2T27
TRINIDAD JEREMIAH ARONG 2T20
KER YI TING, RAFERTY 2T24
WONG JIN EN, SHANNON 2T08
MARK BIJU GEORGE 2T15
EE WEI RONG, ADRIAN 2T12
LEE ZHENG YAO, DANIEL 2T12
CHUE ZI JIE JASON 2T15
KAVEEN ELAVARASAN 2T14
PHANG KHAI THENG, SALVATORE 2T11
NGU YI YANG 2T11
FOO YONG QING 2T20
LYE ZI FOONG 2T08
JOSE TAN SHEN JIE 2T28
LUA YI DA 2T18
ROBIN YEO SHAO JIE 2T07
TEAN WEI JUN 2T21
JOSHUA SEAN LEE 2T29
LOH YE-HAN, BRIAN 2T29
NG GUAN YING 2T12
LEE ZHAO CHENG 2T27
LOH XIAN ZE, BRYAN 2T18
ANDI CHAN AN YUNG 2T20
BENJAMIN KOH JIN MING 2T23
YAP JUN YAN RUFUS 2T14
ANDREW LEE KIT 2T29
ASHLEY NEE 2T29
PHILIP MARK TAN LEETIONG 2T29
GLENN MICHAEL TAN CHUN LONG 2T13
TIMOTHY SHAWN CHONG JIE SHENG 2T09
ER MING YONG 2T14
G SUTHERSHINII 2T20
TAN YI GUAN 2T13
JUSTIN LEE YONG TECK 2T29
NG RUOQI 2T10
EVANGELISTA WAN YEU NING 2T21
AMBROSE YEW HAO QIANG 2T29
JARED THAM JIA LE 2T14
MYO YUN TAI 2T12
YEU CHEN YUAN 2T25
KEITH TAN SHI JUN 2T21
LIM KAI FANG 2T15
CHNG ZI HAO 2T21
CHULPAIBUL JIRAPORN 2T10

Our Archbishop, Flame and ELL Scholars who have done well:
TIMOTHY WONG EU-JIN 2T16
LOW SHU ZHEN ISABEL 2T22
ANDREW LEE KIT 2T29
RENZO RIVERA CANARE 2T07
P A ANNMARIE 2T06
CHIA SHAN NING THELMA 2T01
PERERA BIYANWILAGE MALKI S 2T06
NICOLE ER PEI SAN 2T01
SARAH-ANN LIM HUI MIN 2T01
AMIRA BTE MOHD YUNOS 2T06

Our Student Leaders who have done well:
Rachel Mark Yuen Yee (2T29, Fencing Captain)
Tiah Wei Jun (2T09, Tennis Captain) 
Robin Yeo Shao Jie (2T07 Student Council)
Tean Wei Jun (2T21 Shooting V. Captain)
Ker Yi Ting, Raferty (2T24 Nexus V. Captain)
Jose Tan Shen Jie (2T28 Interact Club V. Chairman)
Loh Ye-Han, Brian (2T29 Track & Field V. Captain)
Natasha Juliana Oei Su Qin (2T01 Political Science Society Secretary)
Brandon Ng (2T03 Rugby V. Captain) 
Yap Jun Yan Rufus (2T14 Volleyball V. Captain) 
Benjamin Koh Jin Ming (2T23 Student Council)
Philip Mark Tan Leetiong (2T29 Ensemble – Guzheng Concert Master) 
Rachel Clarissa Huang Yan Lee (2T02 Interact Club, President)
Sean Rene Gabriel (2T01 Football, House Captain)
Derrick Tan Rui Yang (2T01 Student Council President)
Jamie Tan LiXin (2T05 Mathematics Society President)
Perera Biyanwilage Malki S (2T06 Editorial President)
Evangelista Wan Yeu Ning (2T21 Netball Treasurer)
Ambrose Yew Hao Qiang (2T29 Badminton Vice Captain)

Students of Special Mention (Significant improvement from PSLE/O Level results):
PAUL CHOW TJUN YU 2T03
ANDI CHAN AN YUNG 2T20
EVANGELISTA WAN YEU NING 2T21
SEAN RENE GABRIEL 2T01
PERERA BIYANWILAGE MALKI S 2T06

Students of Special Mention (GROW Students):
JORDAN CHAN JIE EN 2T05
SEAN RENE GABRIEL 2T01
IAN LUKE CHAN YI-REN 2T01
WONG YU FUNG 2T05
CHRISTLE TEO YI HUI 2T06
DAHNVI CHENDINI YAUWAN 2T03
KHASNAVIS ASHRITA 2T01
DION TEO MENG EN 2T15
ANDREA GOMEZ 2T25
IAN CHEAH CHUNG SERN 2T01
YUNG QI YANG 2T14