Parallel Singapore Conversation at Anglo-Chinese Junior College
A dialogue with Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister of Manpower and Senior Minister of State concluded the three debates. Frank discussion about topics such as education, media censorship, and opportunities in Singapore ensued. Different perspectives were voiced out, from the students, working adults, and the Minister’s viewpoint of the politician trying to enact change through policies. It was an engaging and interesting session where both concerns and possible solutions were evaluated.
We would like to thank Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, our teachers and debaters who supported us for this event. We hope that the Singapore Conversations ignite not just interest, but also action for the challenges facing Singaporeans.
Annabel Tan (1AH)
ACJC Oratorical and Debating Society
ACJC Attains 3rd Runner-up At The Inaugural ST-MOE National Current Affairs Quiz
24th August 2012
On the 24th of August, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) participated in the finals of the first ever National Current Affairs Quiz, or ‘The Big Quiz’, held at the lavish Raffles City Convention Centre.
The team, comprising Team Captain Amanda Wong from 1AA2, Chan Kah Hon and Ian Mak from 1AD3 and Kishorwaran from 1SA1, battled hard and managed to attain a fourth place finish out of 23 schools.
The team met up every Tuesday, starting from the June Holidays leading up to the competition, to discuss salient themes in current affairs that we had picked up from The Straits Times, the newspaper whose content the quiz was based upon. The gruelling preparation involved having to create separate research documents based on the themes of Politics, Arts and Sports and also creating quizzes to test the knowledge of each group member.
After we breezed through the Preliminary Round and the Quarter-Final, we survived a massive scare when we managed to scrape through to the grand finals on a ‘wildcard’, besting Pioneer Junior College to secure our place among the final four, having narrowly lost our initial Semi-Final round to River Valley High School.
At the finals, we resumed our battle with River Valley High School and were locked in a titanic fight with them, with the Third and Fourth placing going down to the wire in a tie break which we unfortunately lost. Raffles Institution was crowned eventual champion while Hwa Chong Institution came in first runner-up.
Although we did not win this competition as we had hoped, we still learnt a lot from this experience. We realised the true value of sportsmanship and that the journey is more important than the destination. Moreover, through the many challenges in the competition, we learnt how crucial teamwork is in order to be a successful competitor.
We would like to thank the school for giving us their full support throughout the competition and our teachers-in-charge Mr Tan Ming Quan and Miss Low Tze Hui for their guidance.
To God be the glory, the best is yet to be!
ACJC Public Speaking Workshop at Mayflower Primary
4th September 2012
The ACJC Oratorical & Debate Society has a long tradition not just of competitive debate, but also of equipping youth with skills to make their voices heard. Accordingly, we conducted a day-long public speaking workshop for student leaders at Mayflower Primary School on the 4th of September 2012, which saw Primary Five students being taught public speaking by members of the Society.
The students’ flair for public speaking was brought out by a series of activities in which they were taught how to deliver announcements and emcee important functions fluently. In small groups, the student leaders led us around the school and explained the significance of various landmarks. Finally, a student from each group was chosen to present the interesting features of these landmarks to an audience. We felt greatly enriched by the experience, having strengthened our own skills in public speaking through helping others grow their potential and made new friends.
We would like to thank Mrs Valarie Wilson, Principal of Mayflower Primary and an alumnus of ACJC, for this chance to touch the lives of others in the community. We are also grateful to Mrs Geetha Creffield, our teacher-in-charge, and Samuel Myat San, our coach, for the guidance and support they gave us in conducting this workshop. Truly, to God Be The Glory, and The Best Is Yet To Be!
Rabin Kok ( 1AH), Captain
ACJC Debating and Oratorical Society