SINGAPORE - Students at Eunoia Junior College (EJC) kicked off their new academic year with a 1km march from Bishan Active Park to their new campus in Sin Ming Avenue on Monday (Jan 6).
Representatives from the school had started the symbolic 14km relay earlier in the morning, marching from the Mount Sinai campus, located in Ghim Moh, to the new Bishan campus via Rifle Range Road and the Central Nature Reserve.
At about 10am, they were joined by about 1,000 students, staff and alumni for the last leg of the relay, which saw them walk 1km from Bishan Active Park to the new campus.
To celebrate, students held placards of their respective classes and directed those who had marched towards the new campus gates, which were decorated with blue and white balloons. The group then converged at the school field for a flag-raising ceremony to mark the new academic year.
“The excitement and anticipation is akin to how one feels stepping into a new home,” said student Ms Le-Anne Ong.
The 17-year-old JC2 student said the new campus gives seniors like her a sense of permanence while also paving the way for juniors and future cohorts to share a sense of identity and belonging.
For Mr Alex Ho, 17, the Bishan campus presents new academic and extra-curricular opportunities. Mr Ho, who initiated a dance interest group in the college, said he is looking forward to the new dance studio and outdoor spaces to practise his moves.
“The resources and enriching spaces provided in the campus empowers us to take initiative and be leaders in our future institutions,” he said.
The school’s Bishan campus comprises a 10-storey and 12-storey academic block, and a five-storey student activities block to support the college’s academic, co-curricular and special programmes.
At the roof of the student activities block is an eight-lane track and full-sized field, as well as a spectator gallery. The JC’s track and field and its indoor sports hall will be available for public use under the dual-use scheme.
Mr Ganison Rajamohan, Dean of the college’s JC1 level, hopes engagement efforts at Ang Mo Kio and Bishan will help entrench the school’s place in the community.
“The Bishan campus is a new place for our students to learn and grow. We want to keep the pioneering spirit burning strong as we continue our growth while retaining the Eunoia identity we have been shaping over the years,” said Mr Ganison.
A student interest group at the college has also taken a proactive step to design and launch a mobile application that helps to orient students and staff to their new campus.
In 2010, the Ministry of Education announced plans for EJC, which started taking in students in 2017 at its interim campus at Mount Sinai Road. The site was previously used by Raffles Junior College.
Mrs Wong Mei Heng, Principal of EJC, said students and staff are grateful for the memories made in their Mount Sinai Road campus but are looking forward to achievements in the new school campus.
“We want everyone to feel that the Bishan campus is their home, every bit as beautiful as Mount Sinai and more beautiful with each new cohort,” she said. The new Bishan campus cost $100 million to build and links the college to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
EJC, which has about 1,250 students, will welcome its fourth cohort of JC1 students at the Bishan campus after the Joint Admissions Exercise in January 2020.