On 17 April 2015, Mrs Wong Mei Heng, Principal of the new Eunoia Junior College (JC), shared at a meeting with parents on the direction of the JC, which will commence classes in January 2017 for the first cohort of students from the Joint Integrated Programme of its 3 feeder schools, namely, Catholic High School (CHS), CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (SNGS) and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS).
Building on the long history and rich heritage of CHS, SNGS and SCGS, the JC will develop its ethos based on the joint vision of nurturing Principled Leaders with passion for life and committed to serving society. With her years of experience as a Principal of a JC, in starting up a new secondary school, and as a Superintendent for 7 years, Mrs Wong has also groomed many younger Principals in the last 2 decades.
Strong emphasis will be placed on the holistic growth of students through quality programmes that target development of various domains such as cognitive, physical, social, aesthetics and leadership. Delivered through active participation and authentic learning platforms, students will engage in work that demands a balance of collaboration and introspection, as well as in processes that develop metacognition skills for analysis of one’s own learning and thinking. While the core academic content provides the intellectual rigor for developing critical thinking, various talent development programmes will further ignite students’ passion for the subject through deeper exploration. The curriculum also develops students with broad-based life skills and knowledge to help students excel in navigating the fast changing landscape of the 21st century.
With the appointment of the Principal 2 years ahead of the opening of the new JC, Mrs Wong will assemble a team of 5 Heads of Department (HODs) by June this year. These are experienced JC teachers, some with Masters qualifications from Harvard University and Cambridge University. The JC will be recruiting teachers in advance through the Open Posting Exercise, which allows Mrs Wong to hand-pick every teacher who joins the JC, ensuring that there will be a team of caring, inspiring and competent teachers. The JC will be staffed with the full complement of teachers when it opens its doors to the Year 5 cohort in January 2017. A balance between teachers rich in teaching experience and younger teachers who can better connect with the students will be struck.
The JC will operate from its interim campus at the former Raffles Junior College on Mount Sinai Road. The buildings and facilities will be refurbished, with new tutorial rooms built and science laboratories retrofitted to ensure that the campus has a conducive learning environment that meets the needs of the JC students. The new permanent campus at Bishan is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019. While the JC operates from Mount Sinai, it will look into easing the transport needs of the students by exploring the demand for buses from Ang Mo Kio or Bishan MRT stations, and from Buona Vista MRT station to the JC.