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Valores: Cross Country 2016

Text by: Sharyn Loh (2T24)

The CJC Annual Cross Country returned to the college calendar in 2016 after a year’s hiatus, due to the CJ40 celebrations the year before. ‘Valores’, the theme of Cross Country 2016, is Latin for ‘intrinsic values’, encapsulating the four values of Perseverance, Jubilance, Accomplishment and Memory that were displayed during the event.

CJCians assembled at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park early in the morning, dressed in their respective house T-shirts. After greeting all the participants, our Principal Mrs Christine Kong sounded the horn to start the event, after which the Sports Leaders (SLs) rallied each house through a buoyant round of cheers. The House Captains then led the college through warm-ups before the run.

The 3.8 kilometre run commenced with the flag-off for the teachers first, followed by the JC2 boys, the JC1 boys, the JC2 girls and finally the JC1 girls. Road marshals and CJ First Aiders were stationed at various checkpoints along the route, to ensure a smooth run and also to spur the runners on. Students gathered near the finish line to cheer their schoolmates on in the final metres of the run. The sunny weather was ideal not only for working up a good sweat, but for the students to enjoy themselves over picnics, frisbee and the entertaining games of the Cross Country Carnival amid the pleasant greenery of the park. After everyone returned from their run, the House Captains took to the makeshift platform once more to lead the community in a series of cool-down stretches.

With all of the CJC community gathered back at the assembly area, the college took the opportunity to bid farewell to Vice-Principal Mr Eric Lee on his last day as a member of the CJC staff. On behalf of the college, Mrs Kong presented Mr Lee, an avid soccer fan, with gifts comprising a CJC Football jersey with his name on it, as well as a CJC diary with farewell wishes written in its pages. The House Captains also took a photograph with Mr Lee to represent the gratitude of all the classes to him for his contributions.

Afterwards, the prize-presentation ceremony commenced, with Marcus Ong, Annemieke Tessa and Mariana Ramos clinching first places in the JC1 boys’, JC1 girls’ and JC2 girls’ categories respectively. Award recipients for the Teachers’ category included Ms Elaine Lim, Ms Lee Li Shan, Mr Lim Zhiyi and Mr Cipto Hu. The Most Supportive Class Awards went to 1T12 and 2T20, while Joseph House clinched the Most Supportive House Award. Following the presentation of prizes, Mrs Kong addressed the college. She commended the SLs for organising the event and thanked God for the favourable weather that allowed for community bonding time. With that, she encouraged the students and teachers to rest well and spend time meaningfully during the March break. Finally, the CJCians rose to their feet for the singing of the college anthem, the cheer-off led by the SLs and the signature CJ mass dance to ‘Chori Chori’, capping off the event on a high note.

The values of ‘Valores’ were certainly exemplified throughout Cross Country 2016. The CJCians’ displayed their perseverance as they forged ahead through the gruelling run. The atmosphere of jubilance was unmistakable as the students celebrated and cheered one another’s accomplishments, be it finishing as one of the top runners or pushing themselves past their limits to complete the run. The event was ultimately a memorable one, as the college came together to celebrate camaraderie and enjoy friendly competition.