Jurong Pioneer Junior College – Matriculation & Orientation 2018
Just around April last year, the news of the mergers of several junior colleges in the nation were announced. No doubt, this news invoked mixed feelings and raised many questions. Most importantly, what will this mean to the future generations of students? Many were sceptical about the success of inculcating a common identity, but as orientation came to a close, it seems that such a fear was unfounded.
The heavy responsibility of forging this new identity fell onto the shoulders of the OGLs from both Jurong and Pioneer Junior College, JJ and PJ in short respectively. Naturally, training was needed to shape and bond us into competent leaders. Cue: orientation group leaders camp, otherwise known as OGLC. A tough three days and two nights camp that pushed our limits as leaders. As OGLC drew to a close, we walked away with fond memories, new friends and a strong anticipation for M and O in February
The first day of matriculation was filled with nervousness and excitement as OGLs formed the ‘happy line’ – a path made of J2s greeting the new batch of J1s with bright smiles and high-fives as they entered the school, making sure they felt welcomed.
Orientation began with a bang as the different houses, namely, Keller, Darwin, Byron, Polo, Owens, and Nobel, wore their coloured house tees proudly and marched into the hall to raucous applause and cheers. Though it was difficult, the J1s eventually warmed up to each other and new friendships were forged, making the entire cohort more close-knit. The three days of orientation saw J1s enjoying themselves with the station games prepared. They worked together as a class to overcome challenges. They had fun bonding together in the free times given to them as they played games or simply chatted with one another.
On finale night, the hall was packed with the newly inducted J1s wearing their orientation shirts with “novus orbis”, meaning “a new world”, emblazoned on the front. The J1s were captivated as the OGLs danced on stage to a self-choreographed routine which they rehearsed for days on end to ensure an impactful and electrifying end to orientation. What really concluded Orientation 2018 with a bang, though, was the sight of all the J1s lined up from the hall all the way to the entrance of the school, their very own happy line to thank the OGLs and congratulate them on a job well done.
The end of matriculation and orientation saw the J1s trading their secondary school uniforms for the polo tees of Jurong Pioneer Jurong College which included the logos of both colleges. This cemented the fact that they were now one cohort, bound together by their memories from orientation, the first students of the merged Jurong Pioneer JC.
Contributed by: Nur Haney Bte Kamali, Koh Maan Lin (18A03)