NJC and Dunman High

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NJC and Dunman High

Postby Tuppy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:23 am

Hi

Can anyone give us a clearer views on these 2 schools? How are they doing with their A level results for the past few years? In terms of curriculums, which school is more acadamic oriented and stronger in terms of innovation? I understand that Dunman High is very strong in their Chinese while NJC is stronger in Maths and Science. Can someone help to clarify if my understanding is correct?

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Re: NJC and Dunman High

Postby CassN » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:17 pm

Hello (: I'm a student of NJC.
I'd say that we are not very academic oriented, the environment here is really nice and friendly, not a stressful and competitive ground. I liked that especially as personally, I'm not someone who wants to 'mug' all day long and achieve superb results at the end of the day. The curriculum also enforces on character development (; We are given many opportunities for leadership stuff.

In Sec 1 & 2, there isn't any 'major exams' like primary school's CA or SA. But the system works with many little small graded assignments (Eg. a project that constitutes 20%, a class quiz that constitutes 15%, a debate/role play that constitutes another 25%, etc.) I think that makes students less stress about school work, but at the same time we are still learning what we are supposed to :) In Sec 3 & 4, there are still such projects and assignments that are graded, but there will also be 'major exams' that will take up a relatively huge portion of the grade.

In the IP programme, we are given many opportunities to develop our character and not just focus on academics always. We are also being exposed to many fun activities (especially during the Boarding term) that help bonding within and between classes/houses (: The curriculum is also specially made (we don't usually use textbooks outside except for some subjects) to better prepare us for A levels, instead of the usual O levels style. And some things we are learning are the 'simpler' and more basic things that other students only get to know in JC1.

It is true that the school is better at Maths & Science. We are also exposed to doing research in Sec 2 & 3 (most people choose Science, some Maths) and we will work in groups with a teacher mentoring us. Some students get to cooperate with researchers from universities and polytechnics, and some will be chosen for exchange programme with various countries. Hope this helps! :celebrate:

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Re: NJC and Dunman High

Postby Tuppy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:29 pm

CassN wrote:Hello (: I'm a student of NJC.
I'd say that we are not very academic oriented, the environment here is really nice and friendly, not a stressful and competitive ground. I liked that especially as personally, I'm not someone who wants to 'mug' all day long and achieve superb results at the end of the day. The curriculum also enforces on character development (; We are given many opportunities for leadership stuff.

In Sec 1 & 2, there isn't any 'major exams' like primary school's CA or SA. But the system works with many little small graded assignments (Eg. a project that constitutes 20%, a class quiz that constitutes 15%, a debate/role play that constitutes another 25%, etc.) I think that makes students less stress about school work, but at the same time we are still learning what we are supposed to :) In Sec 3 & 4, there are still such projects and assignments that are graded, but there will also be 'major exams' that will take up a relatively huge portion of the grade.

In the IP programme, we are given many opportunities to develop our character and not just focus on academics always. We are also being exposed to many fun activities (especially during the Boarding term) that help bonding within and between classes/houses (: The curriculum is also specially made (we don't usually use textbooks outside except for some subjects) to better prepare us for A levels, instead of the usual O levels style. And some things we are learning are the 'simpler' and more basic things that other students only get to know in JC1.

It is true that the school is better at Maths & Science. We are also exposed to doing research in Sec 2 & 3 (most people choose Science, some Maths) and we will work in groups with a teacher mentoring us. Some students get to cooperate with researchers from universities and polytechnics, and some will be chosen for exchange programme with various countries. Hope this helps! :celebrate:


Thank you CassN. It is good to hear from NJC students themselves. What about peers relationship? I understand that for some Top schools, students tends too be very competitive and so more "selfish" in a way. Seems like NJC has a more friendly environment. Do you know the number of intakes per year for NJC? All are IP students, right?

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Re: NJC and Dunman High

Postby CassN » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:04 pm

Tuppy wrote:
CassN wrote:Hello (: I'm a student of NJC.
I'd say that we are not very academic oriented, the environment here is really nice and friendly, not a stressful and competitive ground. I liked that especially as personally, I'm not someone who wants to 'mug' all day long and achieve superb results at the end of the day. The curriculum also enforces on character development (; We are given many opportunities for leadership stuff.

In Sec 1 & 2, there isn't any 'major exams' like primary school's CA or SA. But the system works with many little small graded assignments (Eg. a project that constitutes 20%, a class quiz that constitutes 15%, a debate/role play that constitutes another 25%, etc.) I think that makes students less stress about school work, but at the same time we are still learning what we are supposed to :) In Sec 3 & 4, there are still such projects and assignments that are graded, but there will also be 'major exams' that will take up a relatively huge portion of the grade.

In the IP programme, we are given many opportunities to develop our character and not just focus on academics always. We are also being exposed to many fun activities (especially during the Boarding term) that help bonding within and between classes/houses (: The curriculum is also specially made (we don't usually use textbooks outside except for some subjects) to better prepare us for A levels, instead of the usual O levels style. And some things we are learning are the 'simpler' and more basic things that other students only get to know in JC1.

It is true that the school is better at Maths & Science. We are also exposed to doing research in Sec 2 & 3 (most people choose Science, some Maths) and we will work in groups with a teacher mentoring us. Some students get to cooperate with researchers from universities and polytechnics, and some will be chosen for exchange programme with various countries. Hope this helps! :celebrate:


Thank you CassN. It is good to hear from NJC students themselves. What about peers relationship? I understand that for some Top schools, students tends too be very competitive and so more "selfish" in a way. Seems like NJC has a more friendly environment. Do you know the number of intakes per year for NJC? All are IP students, right?


Peers relationship generally good (: Not only do we bond in classes and houses, there are times where we get to know seniors and juniors. Like Funtasia (a funfair in NJC) this year, Sec1 & Sec3s worked together while Sec2 & Sec4s worked together to come out with stalls and games (; It's also nice to know seniors who are like 5 years older than you, and juniors who are 5 years younger than you, through CCA or other stuff.

Intake is 200 per year, yes, all IP students (: Each class has about 25 students.

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Re: NJC and Dunman High

Postby Tuppy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:49 pm

Thank you CassN. Really appreciate your views. We sure learnt more about NJC from you!

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