Though it had served as the setting for countless assemblies in their 2 years in VJC, on the 23rd of February, the hall must have seemed scary and unfamiliar to the returning students. As more and more Victorians streamed into the hall, some with their friends and family, the tension grew. Soon, the hall became packed, J3s crowding around the tables with their previous Civics Tutors, staring wide-eyed at the folders that contained their results.
Reunited with their friends, J3s remembered the days leading up to the examinations – together, they put in months of hard work, all leading up to this moment. Sometimes, it is truly surreal to think that so much effort is put into a single examination, for a single piece of paper that seems to define one’s future university options and life.
As Ms Ek addressed the packed hall, tension and anxiety were evident on the faces and in the conversations of the returning J3 cohort. However, it turned out that many of the J3s’ fears were unfounded––it was soon revealed that the 2017 cohort had in fact done fairly well, with a significant 14 H2 subjects being passed by 100% of their students. Victoria Junior College scored above the national average distinction rate for 10 of these H2 subjects, including Art, Biology, Chemistry, CSE, Economics, and Knowledge and Inquiry. It was also announced that 9 H1 content subjects had attained a 100% pass rate, and 40.5% of the cohort attaining 87.5 or more rank points.
Though they had yet to receive their individual results, the overall performance of the school must have provided some comfort and assurance to the J3s sitting in the hall, waiting to see if all of their hard work had paid off––and for many people, it had, with the college’s mean rank points being 83.7, and an impressive distinction rate, as outlined below.
Ms Ek’s address lasted only a few moments longer, then, finally, the moment of truth arrived. The returning students nervously rose to their feet and approached the tables that lined the sides of the hall, across which their CTs held their all-important A Level certificates. As with every major exam, emotions were running high, with some even bursting into tears of relief, disappointment, or pure joy upon seeing their grades. Our very own former Chief Editor Ryan Ch’ng was amongst those receiving his results, and commented that though he was disappointed at having missed an A, he was nonetheless pleased that he had still tried his best, deeming it a “fitting conclusion” to his JC journey.
At the end of the day, we believe that everyone should echo the sentiment that the results that the J3s received, and the results that current Victorians will eventually receive, are not the most important thing. What is more worthy of our consideration is the effort each person put into doing their best, even if their grades are not an accurate reflection of their hard work. While it is true that in applying to universities, what you need to show are your results, in life, what will be shown to everyone around you is your character – something that cannot be pinned down to a single letter or number on a sheet of paper.
As Mr James Ho put it, “This is only one juncture, and there will be other hurdles to clear. Life is just about clearing hurdle after hurdle.” With this, let us look forward to the future, whether we have just received our results, are about to face the horror of CT1s, or whatever we are facing in life. Let us look forward to what challenges we will face, what hurdles we will clear, and what we will ultimately accomplish. And best of all, let us all look forward to doing this with the family that each Victorian is lucky enough to have found in each other.
Caitlyn Ann Teo Yi Chen, 17S43
Ong Hsu Yin Robyn, 17A12