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ACJC – Junior College Experiential Program 2017

27 February – 12 March 2017 

The College hosted 11 Senior Middle 2 (SM2) students from the People’s Republic of China as part of the Junior College Experiential Programme (JXP) from 27th February to the 12th March 2017.

The JXP is organized by the Ministry of Education to allow our SM2 students to get a glimpse of Singapore’s JC education system and to build friendships with local students. The SM2 students who were hosted by the College were paired with us, their local ACJC-buddies, and they joined us for our lectures, tutorials and CCAs, as well as other activities we planned for them.  

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SM2 students and their ACJC-buddies

We met the SM2 students for the very first time on a Monday morning. After a quick introduction, our buddies joined us for an exciting morning starting with chapel, Senior-Junior interaction and an official welcome session.  The welcome session was a cosy event, with our Vice Principal, Mrs. Choo Hong Kiang, officially welcoming the SM2 students to ACJC. This was followed by ice-breaker games, and we then took our buddies on a school tour pointing out key features of our campus that highlight the significance ACJC places on a well-rounded education.  

The second day saw the SM2 students joining the Interact Club for our weekly meeting. We planned activities focusing on Singapore and her culture. One of these was a show-and-tell session where we talked about festivals, food and fanfare in Singapore. A topic that bonded the students and several Interact members was Singaporean singer Nathan Hartono. As some of our buddies broke into songs that he sang, we proudly shared that he is an illustrious alumni of the College.

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Show-and-tell with Interact Club

On 1st March, the college celebrated our 131st ACS Founder’s Day. The SM2 students were amazed by the importance given to Founder’s Day as we explained the history and tradition of the ACS family. The next activity with our buddies was an outing to the Gardens by the Bay. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon’s activities which included a treasure hunt in the Heritage Garden and a visit to the conservatories.

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An afternoon out to the Gardens by the Bay

We enjoyed our time studying, playing and eating together with our buddies. In reciprocation, the SM2 students organised a barbecue meal for us and gave us a tour of NUS where they are staying. Although it was a short programme, we really learned a lot from it. We gleaned insights into the lives of our buddies and realized that despite our different nationalities and cultures, there were common experiences we shared as students and as individuals. This enriching experience would not have been possible without the ACJC-buddies, the SM2 students, the teachers–in-charge, and the support given by our College. 

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Appreciation lunch organised by the SM2 students

To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be! 

Toh Qian Qi, 2SC4