Tampines Meridian Junior College

Tampines Meridian Junior College (TMJC) is a junior college in Singapore, founded in 2018, offering two-year pre-university courses leading up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. It was founded after the merger of Tampines Junior College and Meridian Junior College, which was prompted by a decrease in student enrolment.

Tampines Meridian Junior College
淡滨尼美廉初级学院
Maktab Rendah Tampines Meridian
தெம்பனிஸ் மெரிடியன் தொடக்கக் கல்லூரி
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Location
21 Pasir Ris Street 71, Singapore 518799
Information
Former nameTampines Junior College
Meridian Junior College
School typeGovernment, Co-Educational
MottoIntegrity, Courage, Resilience, Compassion
Established15 November 2018; 4 years ago (2018-11-15)
SessionSingle
School code0717
PrincipalMs Pamela Yoong
SongHearts and Minds Inspired
Websitehttps://tmjc.moe.edu.sg

HistoryEdit

In 2017, Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE) announced a merging exercise of various schools in view of the declining birth rate in Singapore.[1] Enrolments were predicted to fall to as low as 200 to 300 students at some junior colleges within a few years.[2] Also included in this exercise were seven pairs of primary schools and three pairs of secondary schools.[1] Tampines Junior College (founded 1986) and Meridian Junior College (founded 2003) were among the eight junior colleges selected for the merging exercise.

The new names of the four new junior colleges were formally made known in January 2018. They adopted a combination of the full names of both colleges, with the name of the older college coming first.[3] The college thus received the name Tampines Meridian Junior College (TMJC), with its campus taking over the facilities at the Meridian Junior College campus.

TMJC started work on the merger in 2018, and formally started operations on 7 January 2019, with the lowering of the flags of its predecessors and the raising of the TMJC flag. Bonding activities for students and teachers were conducted the same day.[4]

The college anthem, which was composed by Tampines Junior College alumni Joel Nah, was composed over the course of 2019 and presented to the students and staff on two occasions towards the end of the academic year.[5]

Since January 2021, TMJC held its first virtual open house in place of a regular one due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

PrincipalEdit

The first and current principal of TMJC is Ms Pamela Yoong, who was also the sixth and final principal of TPJC prior to the merger.[7]

IdentityEdit

Students of TMJC are usually referred to as "TMJCians" or "Tampines Meridians".

CrestEdit

The circular shape represents TMJC's commitment to provide an all-rounded, holistic and rich education. Red represents courage, resilience and care, while silver represents integrity. The bold letters spelling the college’s initials represent the college’s clarity of purpose and steadfast determination to always strive to be better.[8]

UniformEdit

The uniform was selected from four proposed colour schemes, with a neutral design of white and khaki being selected.[9]

House SystemEdit

During internal sports competitions in the college, the college's sports houses would be ranked against each other, with prizes for the top house. The house crests were unveiled on 12 July 2019 as part of a college celebratory event.[10] The five houses of TMJC are as follows:

  • Aquila (Red, Eagle)
  • Corvus (Blue, Raven)
  • Cygnus (White, Swan)
  • Draco (Grey, Dragon)
  • Pavo (Pink, Peacock)

CampusEdit

TMJC's campus is located at the former MJC campus at Pasir Ris Street 71, retaining the original colour scheme of white, blue and orange.

TMJC's field and running track are open for public use on weekends.[11] TMJC's canteen, which also serves as a multi-purpose hall, is the only air-conditioned junior college canteen in Singapore.[12]

Outside the lecture theatres is a heritage gallery opened in 2018 to commemorate the histories of TPJC and MJC in light of the merger.[13]

Under the JC Rejuvenation Programme as planned by the MOE, TMJC's campus would be upgraded in its second phase, most likely by 2030.[14]

Academic InformationEdit

The list of content-based subjects offered by TMJC for the GCE A-Levels is as follows:

Content-based H2 Subjects Content-based H1 Subjects
Art Art
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Physics Physics
Economics Economics
English Literature English Literature
Geography Geography
History History
Mathematics Mathematics
Further Mathematics[15] China Studies in English
Chinese Language and Literature (CLL) General Studies in Chinese[16]
Malay Language and Literature
Tamil Language and Literature
Theatre Studies & Drama

Students applying to take Arts, Further Mathematics and Theatre Studies and Drama must sit for a diagnostic assessment to assess their suitability to take the respective subject.

Each student usually takes three H2 subjects along with one H1 subject. General Paper, Project Work and Mother Tongue are compulsory H1 subjects for all students, although Project Work and Mother Tongue would only be examined at the end of JC1. Students can be exempted from H1 Mother Tongue if they have:

  • Obtained a D7 or better for the relevant Higher Mother Tongue at the O-Levels
  • Chosen to take any of the Mother Tongue Language and Literature subjects, i.e CLL, MLL and TLL
  • Been exempted from Mother Tongue by MOE

Students with a raw L1R5 of 11 and below are eligible to take 4 H2 subjects.

Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP)Edit

TMJC is one of five junior colleges offering the MLEP. It is for students who show a high level of proficiency and interest in the Malay language, and also aims to enhance these students' understandings of Malay literature and culture. All students who enrol in this programme in TMJC are required to take H2 MLL at the A-Levels.[17]

Theatre Studies and Drama Elective ProgrammeEdit

TMJC offers the Theatre Studies and Drama Elective Programme, which was originally offered in TPJC from 2007 to before the merger. It aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and critical thinking about, theatre and drama in a variety of historical and cultural contexts; as well as to foster students’ interest and enjoyment in theatre and drama both as participants and as informed members of an audience. All students who enrol in this programme in TMJC are required to take H2 TSD at the A-Levels.[18]

Co-Curricular ActivitiesEdit

A total of 30 CCAs including Students' Council are offered in TMJC.[19] Students normally take part in one CCA. The list of CCAs offered at TMJC is as follows:

Sports and Games Performing Arts Clubs and Societies
Archery Chinese Orchestra Culture Promotion Club
Badminton Choir Debating and Public Speaking
Basketball English Drama Interact Club
Floorball Guitar Ensemble Interactive Games Club
Football Modern Dance Makers' Club
Health and Fitness Symphonic Band Media Resource Club
Netball Photography Club
Outdoor Activities Club (ODAC) Students' Council
Paddlers
Rockwall Climbing
Shooting
Squash
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Volleyball
Wushu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Davie, Sandra (2017-04-20). "4 pairs of JCs to merge as student numbers shrink; 14 primary and 6 secondary schools also affected". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  2. ^ Davie, Sandra (2017-04-20). "Falling birth rate hits home with news of JCs merging". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  3. ^ Chia, Lianne (2018-01-11). "MOE announces names of merged junior colleges". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2021-10-01. They will be named Anderson Serangoon JC, Yishun Innova JC, Tampines Meridian JC and Jurong Pioneer JC...
  4. ^ "New Beginning".
  5. ^ "Our College Anthem". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  6. ^ "TMJC e-Open House 2021". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  7. ^ "Tampines JC". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  8. ^ "AST | TAMPINES MERIDIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE". MOEHC. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  9. ^ "Merged JCs carry out finishing touches to new college identity and campus". CNA. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  10. ^ "Term 3". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  11. ^ "Tampines Meridian Junior College Field". ActiveSG. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  12. ^ "TMJC e-Open House 2021 - Multi-Purpose Hall". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  13. ^ "TMJC e-Open House 2021 - Heritage Gallery/Atrium". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  14. ^ "Junior college campuses to be rebuilt, upgraded from 2022". CNA. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  15. ^ H2 Further Mathematics must be taken with H2 Mathematics as part of a 4 H2 subject combination
  16. ^ Students must obtain a pass for O-Level Higher Chinese to qualify for this subject
  17. ^ "Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP)". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  18. ^ "Theatre Studies and Drama Elective Programme". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  19. ^ "Co-Curricular Activities". tmjc.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2021-05-13.

Coordinates: 1°22′35″N 103°56′15″E / 1.3764°N 103.9375°E / 1.3764; 103.9375