Teachers’ Day Celebrations
On 4th September, the entire TMJC family celebrated Teachers’ Day together. The morning began with a special concert organised by the student leaders specially for our teachers. The concert ended on a high note when our new teachers put together a surprise skit humourously depicting a day in school… . This was followed by class parties where civics groups showed their appreciation for their teachers. The morning was capped with a sumptuous buffet heart-warmingly prepared by the college’s support staff and our school leaders, with a total of 54 dishes! It was a great day where students, teachers and staff all had a great time bonding as one big TMJC family!
“Project Kindness” was a student-initiated project led by a group of JC2 and JC1 students to show appreciation to all non-teaching staff as well our canteen, bookshop and photocopy shop vendors for their unwavering support for the students in their JC journey. In this project, the student committee members together with the student body specially prepared personalised jars filled with appreciation messages and sweet treats for all the uncles and aunties to make their day. The main highlight of this project was the breakfast reception prepared for all the support staff on 28 August. During the reception, the student volunteers had meaningful interactions with the uncles and aunties and the gifts were also presented to all of them. The support staff were moved by the gestures shown by the students and through this project, the students are also inspired to continue to show kindness to one another in their daily life.
TMJC National Day Celebrations
On 8 August, TMJC marked another milestone as staff and students came together as one to celebrate Singapore’s 54th National Day. The theme was “Our Singapore”. In this year of Singapore’s Bicentennial, the celebrations traced the Singapore Story from past to present.
Singapore’s independence was symbolised by a special flag-raising ceremony that included a dignified march-in by a student Uniformed Group contingent. The College then proceeded to the Hall for a multi-sensorial concert that paid tribute to the contributions of Sir Stamford Raffles, the Founding Fathers of Independent Singapore and the Pioneer Generation, woven together by as a seamless narrative.
The concert reached a high note with a special balloon drop, where balloons containing the hopes and dreams that TMJCians had penned for Singapore, were released. This was followed by the singing of a series of favourite National Songs, where staff and students belted out their love for Singapore in one loud voice.
New MOE recruitment video features TMJC teacher
Our teacher, Ms Sarah Amnah, is featured in an MOE publicity and recruitment video, co-produced with The Smart Local.
It focuses on three teachers meeting up with their “naughtiest” ex-students, and it brings out the message that a teacher’s impact goes beyond the classroom, and that the naughtiest of students will look back fondly on and be thankful for the dedication and care that their teachers have shown to them.
Inter-School Fastest Fingers Graphing Calculator Competition 2019
On 7th August 2019, TMJC organised the 2019 Inter-School Fastest Fingers Graphing Calculator Competition (FFGCC), sponsored by Texas Instruments. 62 participants from 11 schools battled their way for a spot in the finals. 5 schools (Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Dunman High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution and Tampines Meridian Junior College) made it to the finals and we are proud to announce that the team from TMJC comprising Darrell Lu Jun Qiang, Chan Choon Yong, Tan Yi Xin and Belvedere Song Zheng Yi emerged First Runner-Up. Well done students!
Racial Harmony Day 2019
Singapore’s multicultural food heritage is a common ground that unites all Singaporeans. The College thus decided to align this year’s Racial Harmony Day commemorative activities to Singapore’s 2019 UNESCO hawker culture bid. Last Friday on 19th July, the canteen featured all three food items present in Singapore’s bid: Chendol, Chicken Rice and Briyani, plus an all-time favourite, Rojak. To simulate actual hawker culture, LIVE food stations were set up in the Multipurpose Hall; all staff and students were treated to free servings of Chendol and Rojak. To enhance the hawker food tasting experience, music videos that celebrate Singapore’s multicultural vibrancy were also played on loop. A jolly good time was had by all as the Multipurpose Hall was transformed into a community dining room where people of all races sat together to eat, talk and make merry.
Annual MOE Olive Run 2019
On 13th July 2019, 3 of our colleagues Kenny Han, Lee Ying Qi and Sim Sheng Xiang took part in the annual MOE Olive Run. They finished the run as “Mixed Team Champions” and were awarded the DGE Challenge Shield. To sweeten the victory, Kenny Han emerged as Individual 2nd in the “Mens below 45 years old” category and Lee Ying Qi walked away as the Individual Champion for “Womens below 45 years old” category. Well done teachers!
Budding Poets’ Programme (Naanum oru Padaipaali)
The Mother Tongue Languages Branch of CPDD, MOE organised the Budding Poets’ Programme (Naanum oru Padaipaali) in Tamil language for Junior College students. Three of our students Nagaraj Yohapriya (19S502), Mani Sakthi Saranya (19S203) and T Kavithaa (19S203) represented TMJC in this programme in the months of February to April 2019.
Through this programme, students attended a total of three workshops which provided them the opportunity opportunities to meet many local writers and engage in discussions. During the workshops, they learnt more about poetry writing techniques and local literary works. They were then given themes to create their own poems and recite them. We are proud that to announce that Yohapriya and Mani Sakthi Saranya are awarded with won the Gold award and while Kavithaa won a Commendation award in the Competition. The Prize Presentation Ceremony took place on the 13th of July. Yohapriya was one of the winners invited to showcase her poem to the audience. She recited her poem with grace and style and earned praises from many who attended the event. She was also featured in the Tamil News that evening.
The whole experience was an enriching one for the students who have since developed a keen interest in poetry writing. They have been invited to enrol in a mentoring programme to further develop their writing skills and discover their potential in becoming reflective & creative local writers in the future. Well done students!
Malay Language Elective Programme Scholarship 2019
Tampines Meridian Junior College is one of the three Junior Colleges in Singapore to offer the Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP). The 2-year Programme aims to nurture the interest of academically inclined and linguistically talented students to pursue the Malay language course at H2 Level. This year, the college is proud to commend four students who were awarded the MLEP Scholarship. They are Nurul Aaliyah Deduyo (19S502), Rifqah Bte Mohamed Roslan (19A101), Lutfi Bin Mohamed Zulnizan (19S502) and Muhammad Izz Ryanshah Bin Nor Azam (19S502). These students were nominated based on their outstanding overall results in the GCE O-Level Examinations especially in the Malay language, Higher Malay Language or Malay literature, and underwent intensive scholarship selection interviews before they were awarded with the scholarship. Well done students!
On the 12th of July, we had TM Celebrates!, an event to mark our first birthday since our Heritage Gallery was launched on 6 July 2018. The day started with cake-cutting, followed by the distribution of a badge memento to mark the day, and the unveiling of our TMJC star structure made of 15,426 stars handmade by all members of our College that made a mark in the Singapore Book of Records, the unveiling of our College’s student Polo-Tshirt that was chosen based on students’ votes, and our House Crests.
Cake-cutting & Presentation of Certificate by representative from Singapore Book of Records
The unveiling of our College Polo Tee
Our House Crests
Dance performance by our College Dance CCA to start off the Carnival segment
Staff and students then participated in a carnival, where there were games set up by both CCAs and external vendors, as well as special programmes put up by our Performing Arts groups, for all to enjoy. There were also free churros, popcorn, candy floss and food sold by our canteen stall-holders, including slushies brought in by our Parents’ Support Group was priced at $1 for that day to mark our 1st birthday.
Snapshots of what went on during the Carnival
While this event was fun-filled, our students also took the opportunity to step up to carry out VIA activities. We had a CG-initiated “Walk for Rice” to help fight hunger in our community sponsored by the North East CDC in partnership with Tampines Town Council. Our College’s Interact Club, in collaboration with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, also organised “Dining in the Dark” to raise awareness towards visual impairment.
CG-initiated VIA activity – “Walk for Rice”
It was definitely a day of fun, and we’re looking forward to next year’s!