Innova Junior College

Coordinates: 1°25′49.96″N 103°47′17.64″E / 1.4305444°N 103.7882333°E / 1.4305444; 103.7882333

Innova Junior College (IJC) (Chinese: 星烁初级学院) was a government co-educational junior college located in Woodlands, Singapore, offering two-year pre-university courses leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination.

Innova Junior College
Maktab Rendah Innova
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21 Champions Way, Singapore 737902

MottoAd Astra (Latin)
(To the Stars)
School code0713
PrincipalMichael de Silva
EnrolmentApprox. 1,500
Colour(s) Blue   Orange   Maroon 

Innova Junior College was merged into Yishun Innova Junior College by 2019.[1]


Innova Junior College


Innova Junior College was the third junior college to be established past the millennium after Pioneer Junior College and Meridian Junior College, and received the first cohort of students to its new campus in January 2005.[2] The College was officially declared open by Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, then Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development on 2 February 2007.[3] The mission of the college then was "to nurture leaders and advocates with the passion to serve with honour and humility."[4]

Innova Junior College was accorded the Centre of Excellence for New Media in February 2007, taking on dual roles as a research centre and a new media centre.[5] The alumni association of Innova Junior College was officially registered as an non-profit organisation in 2015.[6]

Merger into Yishun Junior CollegeEdit

On 20 April 2017, it was announced that IJC would merge with Yishun Junior College (YJC), with the merged school located at the current site of Yishun Junior College.[1] This was in view of the declining cohort sizes since 2014, which was attributed to the fall in Singapore's birth rate. As a result of the merger, Innova Junior College will not admit students from January 2018 to minimise the need for students to physically relocate towards the new site.


Name Years served
Yeo Hong Mui[2] 2005-2009
Marian Chia Siew Yong 2010–2012
Michael de Silva[7] 2013–2019

School identity and cultureEdit

School nameEdit

"Innova" derives from the word "Nova" which means new in Latin and also "supernova" which means blazing star.[8]

House systemEdit

The House System at Innova Junior College aims to promote espirit de corps, leadership and responsibility among students. There are four houses, each representing a constellation. The first letter of the name of each house forms the acronym "STAR", a key symbol in the college badge.[9]

The four houses are

  • Sagittarius (Green)
  • Taurus (Red)
  • Aquila (Blue)
  • Rasalas (Yellow)

Students represent their houses in academic, sporting and cultural activities and earn House Points. An Overall Challenge Trophy is awarded to the House with the most points annually.[citation needed]

From 2015, the allocation of Year 1 students to houses was changed to a class-based system from the previous system of having students across different houses in each class. Each House is led by a House Captain, a Year 2 student, who leads the respective House Committee.[citation needed]


The college anthem of IJC is entitled, Ad Astra, meaning "to the stars". It was written by Singapore composer Dick Lee as pro bono service in 2005. Lyrics were written by a teacher at Innova Junior College, Mdm Chitrakala Arumugam, in 2006.[10]


Innova Junior College is equipped with five lecture theaters, the largest of which has a seating capacity of 600 students. Learning studios are available for tutorials to be held in. Four seminar rooms are used for larger classes.[citation needed]

Its library (the Libraria) has two levels, is well equipped with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. The seven discussion rooms within are painted in different colours, and named after famous philosophers; each of which are furnished with tables, chairs and a whiteboard. There is a blue studio situated on the second floor of the Libraria.[citation needed]

Apart from the canteen, there is also a cafe (iCafe).[citation needed]

Other facilities include the gym, two dance studios, a volleyball court, netball court, squash court, futsal court, basketball court, 8-lane track, field, air rifle range and CCA blocks. The college has wireless internet within its campus for students' use.[citation needed]


Recognised by the Ministry of Education, Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for New Media and New Media Arts.[5] Innova Junior College also offers the Singapore Ministry of Education Malay Language Elective Programme.[11]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Anderson, Serangoon JCs among 8 junior colleges to merge". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  2. ^ a b "NEW JUNIOR COLLEGE IN WOODLANDS". Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  3. ^ "SINGAPORE: Innova JC goes big on new media". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  4. ^ "Innova JC". Archived from the original on 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  5. ^ a b "Nurturing Talents in New Media Arts".
  6. ^ "Innova Junior College Alumni". Facebook. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  7. ^ "Appointment and Posting of Principals 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-25.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "HOUSE SYSTEM". Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  10. ^ "JC MERGERS: At Innova JC, a strong spirit forged from tough early days". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  11. ^ "Language Elective Scholarship (Malay)". Retrieved 2016-09-15.