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College History and Background
Mr Yahya Aljaru
Mr Sim Hong Boon
Mr Sim Hong Boon was the first and only Chairman of the TPJC College Advisory Committee (CAC). Over the years, Mr Sim built a very strong partnership with the principals and staff of the College. Mr Sim, together with other CAC members, initiated awards to support different groups of students and contributed generously to the College by sponsoring many College events such as the annual CAC Dinner for all staff. In addition, he provided internship opportunities to students at his accounting and auditing firm. Staff and students appreciated his humble and approachable nature as he willingly shared his experiences in the private and commercial sectors and advised students on career opportunities in finance and accounting. It was evident that Tampines Junior College had a special place in his heart.
Academic Elective Programmes
(i) Drama Elective Programme
The Theatre Studies & Drama (TSD) Elective Programme commenced in Tampines Junior College in 2007. Riding on TPJC's vibrant performing arts culture and environment, the programme saw 26 students in the pioneer cohort and the conversion of the AV Theatrette to the Black Box, which became ‘home’ to many generations of TSDians.
Over the years, under the stewardship of various Programme Directors, the programme’s presence on campus expanded as students held public performances to showcase examination pieces to their peers, teachers and parents. With students of the programme doing well academically, they became proud ambassadors of the demanding yet fulfilling academic programme.
In 2017, the programme celebrated its 10th Anniversary by reaffirming its role in nurturing students anchored in the TSDian Values: Love, Courage, Faith, Truth and Belief. The programme also strengthened its presence within the Singapore Theatre education landscape, playing major roles in building strong partnerships with professional industry stakeholders to nurture future leaders of the vibrant Singapore Arts landscape.
(ii) Malay Language Elective Programme
Tampines Junior College was selected to offer the Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP) in 2001. The programme aimed to enhance students’ knowledge of the Malay language, literature and culture and provide students with the opportunity to be effectively bilingual.
A wide array of enrichment programmes such as the MLEP Series of Lectures, the MLEP Literature Camp, talks by renowned writers and creative writing workshops engaged students in meaningful activities that improved their language skills and interest in the learning of the Malay language, literature and culture. To provide students with the opportunity to use the Malay language in an environment that promoted an exclusive use of the language, the College organised international immersion trips to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. The College also collaborated with the National Arts Council and Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee and schools offering Higher Malay Language to promote the learning and appreciation of the Malay language, literature and culture among students from other educational institutions.