New start for merged JCs come 2019

Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been desig
Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been designing new uniforms and school crests, after months of deliberation and feedback from students and staff.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI
Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been desig
The schools merged their current colours, red and yellow, to get orange, and green and blue to get teal. The new uniform will be a white top and dark teal bottom. The crest resembles a flame, an element found in both JCs' existing logos, while weaving in a budding flower that represents youth and looking ahead. The college initials are also blended into the design.PHOTO: ANDERSON SERANGOON JC
Anderson Serangoon JC.
Anderson Serangoon JC.PHOTO: ANDERSON SERANGOON JC
Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been desig
The merged JC has adopted a simple design with the letters T and M, although it is prepared for its identity to evolve over time before it considers a symbol-type of crest. White and khaki was the combination chosen by most students and staff out of several designs. The uniform also has an inner band at the collar.PHOTO: TAMPINES MERIDIAN JC, KEVIN LIM
Tampines Meridian JC.
Tampines Meridian JC.PHOTO: TAMPINES MERIDIAN JC, KEVIN LIM
Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been desig
The letters Y and I are embedded within the flame, which melds into pixelated sparks and a star. The pixels represent the need for students to be ready for an increasingly digital world and the asymmetrical star points to an unpredictable future. The red and blue colours are derived from both colleges' colours of maroon, navy and sky blue.PHOTO: YISHUN INNOVA JC, KEVIN LIM
Yishun Innova JC.
Yishun Innova JC.PHOTO: YISHUN INNOVA JC, KEVIN LIM
Eight junior colleges are merging into four next year, including Anderson JC whose students (above) are joining hands with their Serangoon JC peers. As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been desig
The crest is based mainly on a design by student Darren Chan - a drawing of the letters J and P weaved into an "infinity loop", a symbol which looks like a horizontal 8. The uniform is white and blue.PHOTO: JURONG PIONEER JC, ALPHONSUS CHERN
Jurong Pioneer JC.
Jurong Pioneer JC.PHOTO: JURONG PIONEER JC, ALPHONSUS CHERN

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Preparations for the new school year have been made especially complex for the eight junior colleges (JCs) in Singapore as they prepare to merge into four.

As well as developing new facilities and upgrading existing ones, the merged JCs have also been designing new uniforms and school crests, after months of deliberation and feedback from students and staff.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'New start for merged JCs come 2019 '. Print Edition | Subscribe