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new opportunities new possibilities

  • JC1
  • 28 Feb 2014
  • Website: www.nanyangjc.org
  • Email: nyjc@moe.edu.sg

Agenda

  • About Nanyang JC
  • JC curriculum
  • Discussion:
    • University admission
    • JC1 promotion criteria
  • What roles can our parents play in JC education?
  • Some important dates
  • Dialogue with parents

Desired profile of a NYJCian

  • Obtains credible ‘A’ Level results
  • Is a good role model
  • Is confident
    • Is knowledgeable
    • Is articulate
    • Is independent, flexible and street-smart

IP schools vs JCs

  • Efforts
  • (IP Schools -Intensive vs JCs - double the intensity)
  • Scope (GCE ‘A’ Level Exams)
  • Timeline (IP Schools - 4 years vs JCs - 21 mths to prepare for ‘A’ Level exams)

Revised JC curriculum

  • Revised JC curriculum
  • Lecture - Tutorial system
  • Lecture notes vs textbooks
  • Learning strategies and skills
  • Timetable and free periods
  • CCA involvement
  • Leadership and self-management
  • Service-learning projects
  • Global awareness and current affairs
  • JC vs Secondary School

Leadership development @ JC

  • Leadership development @ JC
    • Communicating, influencing & strategising
  • Life-skills development @ JC
    • Problem-solving & decision making
    • Personal management and effectiveness
    • Networking
  • How would parents position themselves with regard to supporting and monitoring their young adults?
  • JC vs Secondary School

Possible conflicts…

  • Students who had good ‘O’ Level grades or L1R5 scores may not necessarily do well in their ‘A’ Level exams
  • Learning methods that worked for ‘O’ Level exams may not work for ‘A’ Level exams
  • The college systems and practices will not be the same as secondary school systems and practices
  • The roles played by JC teachers are different from secondary school teachers
  • The JC’s learning environment is different from the secondary school’s

Roles of parents

  • Collaborate with the college through meetings with, and phone calls or emails to the Civics Tutor or College Admin
    • Share information
    • Give/Receive feedback/suggestions
  • Help the young adults to help themselves in:
    • problem solving
    • decision making
    • time management

Uniquely NYJC

  • Official starting time: 8.30 am
  • Two-week block timetable to cater to more than 80 sets of subject combinations
  • Attendance taking through the bio-metric system
  • Four dress-down days: From Tuesday to Friday
  • Consultation slots open to students

Uniquely NYJC

  • Open 24/7
    • Students use bio-metric key to the side gate of the college
    • Students are welcome to study in the college during weekends and public holidays
  • Privilege to use college facilities
  • Covered walkway to Lorong Chuan MRT station
  • High element adventure stations and team building stations

How strong is NYJC?

  • Singapore Quality Class (SQC) (2009-2015)
  • School Distinction Award (SDA) (2009-2015)
  • Sustained Achievement Award (SAA) (Academic Value-Added) (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Sustained Achievement Award (SAA) (Aesthetics) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Best Practice Award (BPA) (Staff Well-being) (2009-2015)
  • Academic Value-Added (Silver - 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2013); (Gold – 2009 & 2011 and 2012)

Choir, Symphonic Band, Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Guzheng Ensemble and Chinese Cultural Society (Chinese Drama) took part in 2013 SYF Arts Presentations

  • Choir, Symphonic Band, Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Guzheng Ensemble and Chinese Cultural Society (Chinese Drama) took part in 2013 SYF Arts Presentations
  • How strong is NYJC?

How strong is NYJC?

  • National Schools ‘A’ Division Championships
  • Volleyball
  • Boys – 1st
  • Girls – 2nd
  • Table Tennis
  • Boys – 4th
  • Girls – 3rd
  • Judo
  • Boys – 3rd
  • Girls – 3rd
  • Basketball
  • Girls – 3rd
  • Culture of care
  • Drive
  • Maximise Potential
  • Responsibility
  • Inventiveness
  • Empathy
  • Culture of learning
  • Organisational excellence
  • Quality staff
  • Enhanced Character development
  • Uphold values
  • VALUES
  • CULTURE
  • Shared vision
  • Enhance life-skills
  • Mission
  • Culture of Excellence
  • Desired profile of NYJCians
  • Quality learners
  • A leading college serving the nation with
  • Integrity

Life-skills

  • Life-skills
    • Holistic curriculum
    • Including non-academic activities
    • Develop values and skills to take NYJCians through life as responsible and active citizens
    • Life-skills programme (Self-awareness, personal management, personal effectiveness and aesthetics / interests)
    • Through CCAs, NE, PE, PCCG, service-learning, leadership training, Civics programme, and MSLO programme
  • Revised JC curriculum (from 2006)

Knowledge skills

  • Knowledge skills
    • Develop thinking, process and communication skills through the content-based subjects
    • GP and PW
  • JC curriculum (from 2006)

How General Paper (GP) is learnt?

  • GP is not about English language
  • Personal commitment is key
    • Reading widely to gain different perspectives
    • To form own perspective upon reading
    • To articulate that perspective clearly through writing and sharing
    • Master the essay and comprehension skills

Some examples from the 2013 A-level GP exam

  • Discuss the claim that in the modern world people should care more about international than national issues.
  • Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten?
  • How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion?

Content-based subjects

  • Content-based subjects
    • Languages
    • Humanities and the Arts
    • Mathematics and Sciences
    • At least one contrasting subject from Humanities and the Arts or vice versa
    • A contrasting subject helps provide a broad base of learning.
  • JC curriculum (from 2006)

Three H2 content-based subjects

  • Three H2 content-based subjects
    • (3 x 2 units)
  • One H1 content-based subject (1 unit)
  • At least one is from a contrasting discipline
  • H1 Mother-tongue language (1 unit)
  • General Paper (H1 level) (1 unit)
  • Project Work (H1 level) (1 unit)
  • Total: 10 units
  • Recommended subject combination

Subjects with diverse learning opportunities for in-depth study (e.g. advanced content, research papers, university module)

  • Subjects with diverse learning opportunities for in-depth study (e.g. advanced content, research papers, university module)
  • Must also offer the corresponding subject at H2 level
  • Students will be invited to take up 1 or 2 H3 subjects at the end of the year based on their JC1 academic performance
  • 1 H3 subject = 1 unit
  • Grading: Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded
  • H3 subjects
    • H2 and H1 Grading Scheme
  • Grade
  • Mark(s)
  • A
  • 70 – 100
  • B
  • 60 – 69
  • C
  • 55 – 59
  • D
  • 50 – 54
  • E
  • 45 – 49
  • S
  • 40 – 44
  • U
  • 0 – 39
  • H2
  • (University pts)
  • H1
  • (University pts)
  • A
  • 20 pts
  • 10 pts
  • B
  • 17.5 pts
  • 8.75 pts
  • C
  • 15 pts
  • 7.5 pts
  • D
  • 12.5 pts
  • 6.25 pts
  • E
  • 10 pts
  • 5 pts
  • S
  • 5 pts
  • 2.5 pts
  • U
  • 0
  • 0
  • Grading for H2 and H1 subjects

Begin with the end in mind

  • Why JC?
  • University admission criteria
  • University admission indicative grade profile
  • Upcoming institutions
  • JC1 promotion criteria

Based on three H2 and one H1 content-based subjects (at least one has to be a contrasting subject)

  • Based on three H2 and one H1 content-based subjects (at least one has to be a contrasting subject)
  • General Paper
  • Project Work
  • A minimum of ‘S’ grade in Mother-tongue language
  • Attempted all subjects in the same sitting at GCE ‘A’ level exams
  • University Admission Criteria

University admission (some examples)

  • GP – at least a ‘C’ grade (NUS, NTU, SMU)
  • PW – at least a ‘C’ grade (NUS, NTU, SMU)
  • NUS (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Law
  • A A A
  • A
  • Medicine
  • A A A
  • A
  • Dentistry
  • A A A
  • A
  • Architecture
  • A A B
  • C
  • Industrial Design
  • B B B
  • C
  • Real Estate
  • B B B
  • C

University admission (some examples)

  • NUS (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Engineering
  • B B C
  • C
  • Chemical Engineering
  • A A B
  • C
  • Civil Engineering
  • B B C
  • C
  • Electrical Engineering
  • B C C
  • B
  • Ind & Systems Engineering
  • A B B
  • B
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • B C C
  • B
  • Pharmacy
  • A A A
  • A

University admission (some examples)

  • NUS (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Science
  • B B C
  • B
  • Business Admin
  • A A A
  • B
  • Accountancy
  • A A A
  • A
  • Arts & Social Sciences
  • A B B
  • C
  • Arts & Social Sciences (mother-tongue related)
  • B B C
  • B

University admission (some examples)

  • NTU (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Medicine
  • A A A
  • A
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • A A B
  • B
  • Computer Science
  • B C C
  • D
  • Environmental Engineering
  • B C C
  • B
  • Biological Sciences
  • B B C
  • B
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • C C C
  • B

University admission (some examples)

  • NTU (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Mathematics & Economics
  • B B B
  • C
  • Accountancy
  • A A B
  • A
  • Business
  • A A B
  • C
  • Communication Studies
  • A B C
  • C
  • Economics
  • B B B
  • C
  • Psychology
  • B B C
  • B
  • Sociology
  • B B C
  • C

University admission (some examples)

  • SMU (10th percentile)
  • 3 H2
  • 1 H1
  • Accountancy
  • A A B
  • C
  • Business Management
  • B B B
  • B
  • Laws
  • A A A
  • A
  • Economics
  • B B C
  • C
  • Information Systems Mgt
  • B C C
  • C
  • Social Sciences
  • B B C
  • C

Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

  • High-end, research-intensive university
  • To advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs
  • In partnership with MIT and Zhejiang University

New possibilities

  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Yale - NUS College
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • UniSIM (Private university, partially funded by Govt)

JC1 Block Test (July): 10 %

  • JC1 Block Test (July): 10 %
  • Continual Assessment: 25 %
  • End-of-year Exam: 65 %
  • Final Mark: 100 %
  • About JC1 …Computation of Final Mark for each subject (except GP)

Individual Research Assignment: 10%

  • Individual Research Assignment: 10%
  • JC1 Block Test (July): 10 %
  • Continual Assessment: 20 %
  • End-of-year Exam: 60 %
  • Final Mark: 100 %
  • About JC1 … Computation of Final Mark for GP

Must have obtained:

  • Must have obtained:
    • at least a pass in GP, two H2 passes and one H1 pass in the content-based subjects
    • This excludes H1 Mother-tongue language
  • Pass = At least a ‘E’ grade
  • JC1 Promotional Criteria

Students who do not meet the promotional criteria are expected to re-do their JC1 in 2015

  • Students who do not meet the promotional criteria are expected to re-do their JC1 in 2015
  • Students who read 4H2 content-based subjects but do not obtain an average ‘C’ for these subjects are expected to downgrade one of the subjects to a H1 level
  • Students who excel in the exams may be invited to read one or two H3 content-based subjects in JC2 based on availability and their capabilities
  • JC1 Promotional Criteria – What’s next?

How to study?

  • GP, Economics, Humanities, ELL, CLL/MLL/TLL
  • Read widely and critically
  • Understand concepts and issues
  • Form perspectives
  • Participate actively in discussions
  • Write with clear perspective and be able to substantiate your views
  • Ask clarifying/probing questions, seek consultation

How to study?

  • Mathematics
  • Understand concepts
  • Practise, reflect, practise
  • Master application skills
  • Ask questions, seek consultation
  • Sciences
  • Understand concepts
  • Participate actively in discussions
  • Master application skills
  • Ask questions, seek consultation

About CCA

  • Strongly encouraged
  • More than 40 CCAs & student interest groups
  • Objectives of CCA
    • Leadership development
    • 21 Century Competencies & character development
    • Service-learning opportunities
    • Building a credible portfolio and SGC
  • Time frame – from now to May 2015

About Scholarships …

  • Know what to expect
    • Participate actively in Service-learning
    • Take up Leadership positions and focus on leadership development
    • Engage in activities that would bring about positive impact on community and beyond
    • Ensure credible academic performance
    • Read H3 subject(s) (for PSC Scholarships)
    • Do well in psychometric assessments (for PSC Scholarships)
    • Master interview skills
  • Some dates to remember
  • 30 May
  • JC1 Block Test (H1 GP)
  • 1 Jul – 4 Jul
  • JC1 Block Test
  • 7 Jul
  • School Holiday: Youth Day
  • 8 Jul – 11 Jul
  • Special Timetable (pm: PW)
  • 14 Jul
  • Independent Learning Day
  • 1 Aug (from 5 pm)
  • Meet-the-parents Session
  • 4 Aug – 30 Sep
  • Night Study Programme
  • Some dates to remember
  • 25 Sep – 26 Sep
  • Study leave
  • 29 Sep – 10 Oct
  • End-of-year Examinations
  • 13 Oct – 24 Oct
  • Special timetable
  • 27 Oct
  • H1 CL/ML/TL ‘A’ Level Exams
  • 30 Oct – 6 Nov
  • PW Oral presentations
  • 12 Nov
  • Release of JC1 Exam results
  • 14 Nov
  • Last day of school

Dialogue with parents



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