Thaddeus Soh (left) and Joshua Low overcame various hurdles to score four As each.

Mass, counselling helped them improve grades

Two Catholic Junior College students had much to rejoice when they received their GCE A Level results on March 2.

Joshua Low, formerly from the Normal stream, found it hard at first to adapt to the pace of college life. Thaddeus Soh admitted he hardly paid attention in class and did badly for his mid-term exams.

Nevertheless, with help and support from the school, both scored 4 As.

Low had studied in St Stephen’s and St Patrick’s schools before entering CJC. Coming from the Normal stream, he found it tough initially to cope with his A Level studies and even admitted that he was “disengaged in academics”.

However, attending Mass in school (held three times a week) gave him the solace and strength to work harder, he shared. His teachers were also very encouraging, he said, and attributed his score of four As and one B to their help.

The arts student did some relief teaching at St Patrick’s School after his A Levels.

Thaddeus Soh came from a neighbourhood secondary School and, with 13 points for his O Levels, barely qualified for junior college admission.

“At first I was not paying attention in class, was away from books, got into trouble and did badly in mid-terms,” he said. “Then my principal, Mrs Christine Kong, counselled me, and from then on I worked hard and stayed away from trouble.”

The science student also attributed his four As and one B to a combination of time management, self-discipline, group study, and help from teachers.

Top-scoring students highlight school’s communal spirit

Three students who scored six As credit the school’s “family” environment for their grades.

Top science student Timothy Oen said the school’s community spirit, teachers’ dedication and support from classmates motivated him to do his best.

Oen, who had a merit in H3 level Economics, was also a recipient of the Archbishop’s Scholarship (see other story).

Oen, who studied in the former St Michael’s School (now SJI Junior) and St Joseph’s Institution, said he liked the tranquillity of the school chapel and enjoyed the silence to reflect.

He also found a retreat for second-year Catholic students particularly inspiring. “The reflections were helpful and I got to know myself. It was a powerful experience,” he said.

Top arts student Ivan Teo, who had a merit in H3 level literature, said he liked the school’s atmosphere. “I don’t feel pressurised. There is a sense of calm and serenity, tension seems to be missing and I felt a sense of fulfilment,” he said.

Science student Erica de Souza attributed her success to her teachers.

“I had some wonderful teachers here,” she shared. “People are more supportive, there is a family feel, and it feels less stressful.”

H1 and H2 subjects are equivalent respectively to AO- and A-Level subjects used prior to 2006. H3 subjects provide students with a variety of learning opportunities, including advanced content and research.

Don Gurugay

Archbishop’s Scholarship recipients

Five out of seven students who were recipients of the Archbishop’s Scholarship attained four distinctions or more.

Since 2010, CJC has awarded the scholarship which recognises students’ academic and sporting abilities, and is valued at $1,500 per annum.

Apart from Oen, the others who scored four or more distinctions were Stuart Andrew Peter, Luke Ho Zhi Qiang, Bernadette Marie Low and Marie Therese Siew Hui Li.

“We thank God for His blessings,” said principal Christine Kong.

“The 2010 cohort of students at CJC have produced another year of good and improved results in the 2011 GCE A Level Examination. The positive outcomes from the hard work and determination of the teachers and students only foster greater resolve in the CJC community to continue this upward trend.”

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