CCAs

Co-Curricular Activities play a key role in the holistic development of a student. They can fuel in the individual a life-long love for a particular activity; develop robustness, fair play and team spirit; a sense of graciousness and an appreciation for the rich culture and heritage of a multi-racial society; and inculcate self-reliance, resilience, discipline and a spirit of service to other.

In CJC, all students are encouraged and expected to be involved in CCAs. CCAs offer an excellent opportunity for all students to be immersed in an area of interest based on their motivation and strength. CCAs are part of the students’ Co-Curricular Programme and their experience in the two years of college education will be reflected to a large extent in their LEAPS certificate. This certificate encapsulates all Leadership, Enrichment, Achievement and Service opportunities that the students are involved in.

In their CCAs, students will have the opportunity to develop their Leadership abilities in formal positions. Their experience is supported by school-wide leadership training at certain milestones in the year such as CJC’s Leadership Dialogue, Leadership Training Camp and Leadership Conference.

Most CCAs have professional coaches and instructors. Teachers offer the main character building support and ensure that the students are always safe and have the best possible experience.

CCAs in CJC

Visual & Performing Arts
Clubs & Societies
Physical Sports
Choir
Concert Band
English Drama
Guitar Ensemble
Guzheng Ensemble
Modern Dance
Editorial Club
Environmental Science Society
First Aid Club
Film, Sound & Video Club
Genesis (only as 2nd CCA)
Interact Club
Nexus Investment & Entrepreneurship Society
Oratorical Society
Strategy Games Club
Student Council
Badminton
Basketball
Canoeing
Cross Country
Fencing
Floorball
Football
Judo
Netball
Rugby (only as 2nd CCA)
Shooting
Swimming
Tennis
Tenpin Bowling
Track and Field
Ultimate Frisbee (only as 2nd CCA)
Volleyball

Visual & Performing Arts

Choir
The Catholic Junior College Choir was founded in 2000 and remains a warm and unassuming family; a humble home for our passionate and enthusiastic choir members. The singers – regardless of their prior level of experience or musicality – develop not only their vocal skills and musicality, but also a deep appreciation for the magic of music-making as a team. No prior experience is needed but a love for singing is highly recommended.

Concert Band
The Catholic Junior College Symphonic Band started in 1998 as a group of dedicated bandsmen with a love for making music and a desire to strive for musical excellence. Today, the Band still holds true to that ideal to enjoy the experience of playing as a band, as one big family. Members work together regardless of prior experience, towards a common goal of achieving one, complete band sound. A background in music or band is preferred, but those with no experience are also welcome.

English Drama
CJ Drama nurtures the performer through honing skills such as scriptwriting, devising, and physicality in acting, with performance opportunities throughout the year. No experience is required, and all are welcome to join the Drama family!

Guitar Ensemble
The CJ Guitar Ensemble provides opportunities for interested students to learn and master the skills of playing the guitar through many performance opportunities at SYF and guitar concerts. As a Niibori Guitar Ensemble, students can choose to join the Alto, Prime, or Bass (including contrabass and guitarron) section, where they will be taught the basics of musicianship, reading notes and guitar techniques. The Ensemble also provides training for students who are interested in becoming student conductors. Everyone is welcome to join – students do not need to have any guitar or music background to be part of the Ensemble.

Guzheng Ensemble
The CJ Guzheng Ensemble provides opportunities for interested students to learn and master the skills of playing the guzheng through various performance opportunities at SYF and CJ Celebrates. As guzheng is a Chinese string instrument, it allows for a greater appreciation of Chinese culture and music. However, students do not need to be well-versed in Chinese/Mandarin to be part of the ensemble. Everyone is welcome to join – no background in music or guzheng is required.

Modern Dance
CJDC offers those passionate about dance to explore their creative side. We give our dancers the opportunity to expand their contemporary and hip-hop dance techniques. While experience is preferred, we welcome anyone who can groove!

Clubs & Societies

Editorial Club
The Editorial Club caters to students who have a passion for writing creatively and critically. As the college reporters, students deliver stories and news of the community and life in CJ. Their work is featured in official college publications, namely, the FLAME newsletter and the College Biennale. Join the Club to learn more about conducting interviews, journalistic writing, effective communication skills and content creation!

Environmental Science Society
The Environmental Science Society is committed to raising awareness of the effects of environmental issues as well as advocating for change to address these effects. With a firm belief in needing to conserve our planet for future generations, the Society champions green habits and ideas in the school campus by organising events to provide opportunities for all in the college to play an active role in caring for the environment.

First Aid Club
The Club welcomes all students who are keen to hone their First Aid skills. No prior experience in First Aid is necessary. Together with Singapore Red Cross, the Club organises in-house Blood Donation Drives. Besides being on standby First Aid duty at various school events, members teach First Aid skills at the Sports Leaders Workshop.

Film, Sound & Video Club
FSV offers students the opportunity to hone their creativity and polish their skills in multiple media production projects that showcase major college events. Students will work in teams with like-minded people in a myriad of videography and photography productions that inspire. Members are required to purchase personal storage media (SD Cards) for use with DSLR cameras owned by the college.

Genesis (2nd CCA)
A newly formed 2nd CCA that aims to promote holistic Christian Formation in a Catholic Mission School, Genesis comprises a Formation and Music Ministry, which allows students to serve God in areas of music or faith formation. Students meet once a fortnight for Cell Groups and Social events and have ad-hoc formation and service learning projects that occur on a termly basis. This CCA is for students who wish to experience the support of a faith-based community as they go through JC life.

Nexus Investment & Entrepreneurship Society
Nexus is for students who are interested in investment and entrepreneurship. Opportunities abound for members to engage with entrepreneurs, finance and fintech professionals, and to be mentored on their business plan and pitch. Through competitions and conferences, members interact with students from other JCs and universities, and gain confidence in their knowledge of business, finance and economics. Members also attend workshops to learn about investments, financial literacy, and how to develop a business plan and deliver a killer pitch.

Oratorical Society
OS is a dynamic CCA that looks at cultivating your thinking and communication skills in debates along with an understanding of political systems and international diplomatic relationships in Model United Nations.

Strategy Games Club
This CCA is for students who are interested in games of strategy, namely, Contract Bridge, Chinese Chess, and International Chess. All are welcome – no prior experience is necessary. The more experienced players will share their knowledge of these games.

Student Council
Student Council is the highest student leadership body in college. It exists to serve the student community and shape college culture through the organization of events like Orientation, Open House, Rockafella, Catholic Activities, and Graduation Night. It is for students who wish to take up the leadership challenge, working with dedicated teacher mentors to stretch their potential.

Physical Sports

Badminton
All students with a keen interest and playing experience in the game are welcome to join this CCA. Badminton can be a high-intensity game that is tremendous in building up personal responsibility for health and fitness. There will be opportunities for all to train but only a selected dozen will represent the college for the National Schools Competition.

Basketball
CJC Basketball offers those passionate about basketball to explore their creative side. Members are given the opportunity to expand their basketball knowledge and techniques, and there are always opportunities for competition in the National School Games. While experience is preferred, anyone who is willing to work hard is welcome!

Canoeing
Mentis Opprimo Materia – Latin for Mind over Matter – has been the motto of the CJ Canoeing team. This CCA is for students with a passion for water sports, who enjoy high-intensity sports and who are resilient. While experience in rowing is preferred, those with passion are also welcome. Join Canoeing for the competitiveness, camaraderie and love for water sports!

Cross Country
CJ Cross Country caters to students who want to keep fit and stay fit with just a pair of shoes, make a lifetime of friends, and race against themselves as they make new personal bests. Members will have opportunities to participate in these competitions: Wings Cross Country Championships, Akira Swift Cross Country Championships, and NSG Cross Country.

Fencing
The CJC Fencing team welcomes both experienced fencers and those new to fencing. Fencing is for students who want to develop critical thinking and a sense of discipline through expert training and competition opportunities. It instils self-discipline, hones the ability to think on one’s feet and cultivates immense self-control. Members will each be required to purchase a full set of fencing attire and the corresponding weapon category they are participating in.

Floorball
CJC Floorball offers students who are passionate about Floorball to showcase their talents. Members are given the opportunity to expand their floorball techniques and skills. While experience is preferred, the Floorball team welcomes anyone who is willing to train hard. It is preferred that students acquire their own personal stick.

Football
Football, the beautiful game, is one sporting development opportunity for students. The CJC Football team takes pride in their players demonstrating creativity and fitness on the field. Players planning to vie for a spot in the squad will demonstrate the following attributes: Overall Technical Ability (ball control, passing, shooting and dribbling), Tactical Ability (awareness, transition, positioning and decision-making) and Overall Physical Fitness (agility, speed, endurance and strength).

Judo
Judo is not simply an ancient Japanese martial art form but a way of life. It translates as “the gentle way” in English. In CJC Judo, students will learn the value of humility and respect, as well as the importance of tactical thinking over absolute strength. Judo is a fulfilling sport where students learn skills that stay with them for life.

Netball
Netball is a fast-paced, exciting, non-contact team game that builds camaraderie and fighting spirit. Regardless of past experience, the CJ Netball team is a good base to start playing in a safe environment. There will be opportunities to compete or just play for leisure.

Rugby (2nd CCA)
The CJC Rugby team focuses on Rugby 7s and touch rugby, and welcomes all who are interested to learn the game – a tough but honourable and distinguished sport for gentlemen.

Shooting
Shooting is a precision sport and an invitation to develop needle-sharp focus and grace under pressure. Though experience is preferred, the CJ Shooting team is really looking for great learners and team players who are raring to go!

Swimming
CJC Swimming welcomes both novice and experienced swimmers. Besides conducting strength training and learning about competitive swimming, members also receive guidance in enhancing strokes and learning new things about the sport. CJC Swimming is for students who want to swim with style and confidence. While experience is preferred, the team welcomes anyone who has passion in swimming!

Tennis
Tennis teaches sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, hard work, team bonding, and forehands, backhands, serves and volleys. It is a fulfilling sport which provides students with useful life skills. Opportunities to develop and compete are available to ensure that CCA time is well spent. All are welcome to join the CJC Tennis team, regardless of playing experience and skill level.

Tenpin Bowling
CJ Bowling welcomes all bowling enthusiasts, regardless of their past experience in the sport. Interested students should be willing to learn and be team players. While the team aims to prepare members for the ‘A’ Division National Championships where they would have the chance to gain glory for the college, the team is equally committed to ensuring members’ holistic development in character and leadership.

Track and Field
CJC Track and Field is for students who are interested in sprints, jumps, hurdles, throws, and distance, and who wish to improve multiple skill sets and compete against the best. With a dedicated team of coaches, members can challenge themselves and push the limits! Opportunities for the following competitions are available: SA Pre-NSG Meet 1 and 2, SA Relays Championships, and National School Games Track and Field Championships.

Ultimate Frisbee (2nd CCA)
Ultimate (some people know it as “Frisbee”) is a sport that has been rising in popularity in recent years and is a completely self-refereed game that focuses on “Spirit of the Game” which emphasises the fun that everyone experiences through fair play.
CJ Ultimate started as an interest group and is now coached by our very own active alumni of more than 3 generations. As a 2nd CCA, our members join out of pure passion, and build resilience through managing their time well. As a result, we are a close-knit family who values the camaraderie and respect for all in the team.

Volleyball
CJC Volleyball offers students the opportunity to build character through achieving sporting excellence and working in teams. There are both girls and boys teams, helmed by two experienced coaches and guided by four teachers. Together, the team strives to impart life skills such as resilience and effective communication via the exciting game of volleyball. As a unique team sport that demands a high level of teamwork, CJC Volleyball envisions that our students will develop discipline and sportsmanship, and forge meaningful friendships.
Students who have prior experience in the sport will have numerous opportunities to share their expertise with their teammates, and continue to excel in the sport and explore leadership opportunities. Those who are keen to learn a new sport are also welcome! CJC Volleyball has two competitive teams representing the college and non-competitive teams, where training sessions are about learning through game play.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1) Will I be given my 1st choice CCA?

In CJC, the college will organise a “CCA Bazaar” in Term 1 for students to have a better sense of the range of CCAs offered. Some CCAs will organise auditions for students to demonstrate and showcase their skills and talents. Thereafter, students will be given the opportunity to submit 4 choices for their CCAs. The College will aim to allocate every student one of their 4 CCA choices; with a large number of students offered one of their top 2 or 3 choices.

Q2) Can I have two CCAs?

We encourage students to focus on one CCA given the busy schedule of the JC curriculum. However, there are some students in CJC who opt to participate in another CCA, namely one of our three 2nd CCAs such as Rugby, Genesis or Ultimate Frisbee, given their keen interest in these activities. These 2nd CCAs are less intensive with only 1 CCA practice per week and their activity is recreational in nature. Students must maintain their good academic performance in order to continue with two CCAs throughout their JC course.

Q3) Can I be in CCA that is not offered in the school, i.e. an external CCA?

All CJCians are strongly encouraged to have one school-based CCA.  CCA is an important platform to learn important life-skills, build positive relationships and build a sense of community and belonging in the college.

An exception is made for students who participate at the National level in a CCA not offered by the school.  For such students, their primary CCA would be external but they would normally opt for one of the 2nd CCAs offered by the school in order to participate in the school’s CCA system and benefit from its character and leadership development programme.

Q4) Is CCA compulsory?

Every CJCian is expected to have one CCA in CJC as CCAs are an important platform for character and leadership development. CCAs are also a key aspect of the holistic education programme in CJC.

Q5) Is there a minimum attendance rate for CCA?

CJCians are strongly encouraged to maintain regular attendance in their CCAs. Regular attendance will enable the student to benefit from the CCA's skills training, character and leadership development programme. A minimum attendance rate of 75% in the year is expected. If students are not able to attend CCA practices, a valid reason such as a medical certificate must be produced to the CCA teacher-in-charge.