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1 new opportunities new possibilities JC1 28 Feb 2014 Website:

2 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

3 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

4 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)

5 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

6 Leadership JC – Communicating, influencing & strategising Life-skills 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

7 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

8 Roles of parents Collaborate with the college through meetings with, and phone calls or s 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

9 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

10 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

11 How strong is NYJC? Singapore Quality Class (SQC) ( ) School Distinction Award (SDA) ( ) 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) ( ) Academic Value-Added (Silver , 2008, 2010 & 2013); (Gold – 2009 & 2011 and 2012)

12 Choir, Symphonic Band, Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Guzheng Ensemble and Chinese Cultural Society (Chinese Drama) took part in 2013 SYF Arts Presentations – All of them were awarded Certificates of Distinction How strong is NYJC?

13 National Schools ‘A’ Division Championships Volleyball Boys – 1 st Girls – 2 nd Table Tennis Boys – 4 th Girls – 3 rd Judo Boys – 3 rd Girls – 3 rd Basketball Girls – 3 rd

14 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

15 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)

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

17 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

18 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?

19 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)

20 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

21 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

22 H2 and H1 Grading Scheme GradeMark(s) A70 – 100 B60 – 69 C55 – 59 D50 – 54 E45 – 49 S40 – 44 U 0 – 39

23 H2 (University pts) H1 (University pts) A20 pts10 pts B17.5 pts8.75 pts C15 pts7.5 pts D12.5 pts6.25 pts E10 pts5 pts S 2.5 pts U00 Grading for H2 and H1 subjects

24 Begin with the end in mind Why JC? University admission criteria University admission indicative grade profile Upcoming institutions JC1 promotion criteria

25 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

26 University admission (some examples) GP – at least a ‘C’ grade (NUS, NTU, SMU) PW – at least a ‘C’ grade (NUS, NTU, SMU) NUS (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 LawA A AA MedicineA A AA DentistryA A AA ArchitectureA A BC Industrial DesignB B BC Real EstateB B BC

27 University admission (some examples) NUS (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 EngineeringB B CC Chemical EngineeringA A BC Civil EngineeringB B CC Electrical EngineeringB C CB Ind & Systems EngineeringA B BB Mechanical EngineeringB C CB PharmacyA A AA

28 University admission (some examples) NUS (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 ScienceB B CB Business AdminA A AB AccountancyA A AA Arts & Social SciencesA B BC Arts & Social Sciences (mother-tongue related) B B CB

29 University admission (some examples) NTU (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 MedicineA A AA Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering A A BB Computer ScienceB C CD Environmental EngineeringB C CB Biological SciencesB B CB Mathematical SciencesC C CB

30 University admission (some examples) NTU (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 Mathematics & EconomicsB B BC AccountancyA A BA BusinessA A BC Communication StudiesA B CC EconomicsB B BC PsychologyB B CB SociologyB B CC

31 University admission (some examples) SMU (10 th percentile)3 H21 H1 AccountancyA A BC Business ManagementB B BB LawsA A AA EconomicsB B CC Information Systems MgtB C CC Social SciencesB B CC

32 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

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

34 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)

35 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

36 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

37 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?

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 Some dates to remember 30 May JC1 Block Test (H1 GP) 1 Jul – 4 Jul JC1 Block Test 7 JulSchool Holiday: Youth Day 8 Jul – 11 Jul Special Timetable (pm: PW) 14 JulIndependent Learning Day 1 Aug (from 5 pm) Meet-the-parents Session 4 Aug – 30 SepNight Study Programme

43 Some dates to remember 25 Sep – 26 SepStudy leave 29 Sep – 10 OctEnd-of-year Examinations 13 Oct – 24 OctSpecial 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

44 Dialogue with parents


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