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Meridian Junior College
美廉初級學院
Maktab Rendah Meridian
மெரிடியன் ஜூனியர் கல்லூரி
Address
21 Pasir Ris Street 71
Singapore 518799
Information
TypeGovernment
Co-educational
MottoCourage. Purpose. Character.
Established2003
Closed2019
SessionSingle-session
School code0712
PrincipalMr. Lim Yan Hock
EnrolmentApprox. 1,500
Colour(s) Blue   Silver 
Websitemeridianjc.moe.edu.sg

Meridian Junior College (MJC) was a junior college in Singapore, offering two-year pre-university courses leading up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. Situated in the eastern residential estate of Pasir Ris, it is the sixteenth junior college established in Singapore.

History

Founding years

Meridian Junior College was established in 2003 after Teo Chee Hean, the then Education Minister, suggested building a new junior college in Pasir Ris. Its first principal was Ms Esther Lai Choon Lian.[citation needed]

In 2005, the college hosted its official opening ceremony on 25 February, graced by Teo, and observed its first ever College Day on the 23rd of July.[citation needed]

Under Lai's leadership of, the college became a single-pointer JC (based on L1R5 admission) in less than a decade.[citation needed]

Incorporation of Tampines Junior College

On 20 April 2017, it was announced that Meridian Junior College would merge with Tampines Junior College, and continues to operate at its current site under the new name of Tampines Meridian Junior College, which is the combination of the two schools' names, from 2019. TPJC's current principal, Ms Pamela Yoong, will take over as the new principal of Tampines Meridian Junior College.[1] The merger was in view of the declining cohort sizes since 2014, which was attributed to the fall in Singapore's birth rate.[2]

Principal

Name of Principal Years Served
Esther Lai Choon Lian 2003 - 2014
Lim Yan Hock 2015–2018

School Identity & Culture

Students from Meridian Junior College are referred to as "Meridians", which reflects a close identity with the college.[3]

Insignia, motto and value

Old collar pin of Meridian Junior College.
Old collar pin of Meridian Junior College.

Meridian Junior College's insignia is a grey lion.

The college's motto is "Courage. Purpose. Character."[4]

House system

Campus

Meridian Junior College's campus include a gym, rehearsal rooms for performing arts groups (with pianos and dance studios), and a library in a 2-storey block, run by the National Library Board. The college has a fully air-conditioned hall, five lecture theatres equipped with audio-visual equipment, and a sports block and track.[citation needed]

Since 2008, students have access to the school's Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE), which allows students to discuss assignments online as well as access to academic databases such as The Economist and Science Resource Center. There is also the MJC Leisure and Learning portal where students can sign up for Organised Student Activities, submit suggestions and gain endorsement for participation in projects.[citation needed]

Currently Meridian Junior College have installed Lecture Recording system, in 2016, allowing students to view lectures during breaks and after school.[citation needed]

Academic information

Further information: Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level

Meridian Junior College offers Arts and Science courses that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examinations. Students at Meridian Junior College are allowed to take up to four subjects at Higher 2 (H2) level. Students with aptitude and deeper interests in subjects can apply to take up to two subjects at Higher 3 (H3) level.[5]

Academic subjects

The list of subjects offered by Meridian Junior College is featured below.

H1 Level H2 Level H3 Level
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mother Tongue
  • Economics
  • General Paper
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature In English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Project Work
  • General Studies in Chinese
  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • Literature in English
  • Mother Tongue Language and Literature
  • China Studies in English
  • Theatre Studies and Drama
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Literature in English

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)

Meridian Junior College offers a wide variety of CCAs which comprises 14 sports teams, 12 clubs & societies and 6 performing arts groups. Meridian Junior College has a niche in football, with nine National School Games 'A' Division Football Championship titles attained in fifteen years.[6]

A full listing of Co-curricular Activities offered by Meridian Junior College is featured below.

Sports Clubs & Societies Performing Arts
Archery

Badminton

Basketball

Fencing

Football

Floorball

Rock Climbing

Shooting

Squash

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Volleyball

Wushu

Business Club

College Publications

Debates Society

Health & Fitness Club

Intellectual Games Club

Library Society

Media Resource Club

Outdoor Adventure Club

Paddlers Club

Photography Club

Service Learning Club

Students' Council

Band

Chinese Orchestra

Choir

Dance

Drama

Guitar Ensemble

See also

References

  1. ^ "MOE announces names of merged junior colleges". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. ^ "Anderson, Serangoon JCs among 8 junior colleges to merge". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  3. ^ "Our Principal's Message". Meridian Junior College. Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ^ "The Meridian Story". Meridian Junior College. Archived from the original on 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  5. ^ "2018 JAE Information Booklet" (PDF). moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  6. ^ "National A Div Football: MJC win fourth straight title after captain's hat-trick sinks 10-man VJC 3-1". RED SPORTS. Retrieved 2017-09-27.