“For 2 years, we yearn for the 90 RP. But today itself you’ll realise that just one day isn’t enough to justify and conclude the memories made, the friendships formed and the struggles and lessons we all go through.” —Samuel Chong
It was a Friday afternoon unlike any other. Many Victorians were streaming into the hall, but this was no typical gathering. While some young ladies had arrived in dyed hair, some young men donned caps to conceal their bald heads that were the result of having tragically enlisted into NS. As expected, there were several joyous reunions between old friends reminiscing about their days at the college, yet there was an undercurrent of anxiety and nervousness in the atmosphere.
It was, after all, the day the J3s were to receive their A Level results. They were not alone, however, and many were flanked by parents and teachers alike, while their juniors crowded the upper gallery of the school hall to support their seniors.
For one last time, the J3s sat in neat rows with their classes.
Before the release of the results, Mr Ivan Toh took the stage to inform the J3s that there was information on University options at the back of the hall, noting that deadlines for university admissions were earlier than the previous year, before leaving the stage. Everyone’s eyes were on our Principal, Ms Ek, as she made her way on stage to announce the results.
The complete silence in the hall was soon replaced with a deafening round of applause as Ms Ek announced that this batch of JC3s had performed extremely well with an average of 84.4 rank points, which was the highest average performance of any VJC graduating batch in 10 years. Everyone’s elation further increased when it was announced that 394 students had gotten at least 3 distinctions, while 59 students had scored 7 distinctions. As the students who scored 90 rank points went up the stage in exuberance, people cheered in admiration of their peers who had accomplished this Olympian feat. However, as the applause died down, faces pale with worry had become more prevalent in the school hall.
The time had come. The J3 students went to their CTs to collect the slip of paper that have been waiting for them. Some were in seventh heaven, celebrating with their fellow peers who had excelled. Some students had, in their euphoria, shed tears of joy, surprised at the results they’d managed to achieve. One student proclaimed loudly “Wah, heng ah!” upon receiving his result slip. On the contrary, some were downcast, having felt that they could have performed better. However, it was heartwarming to see friends consoling one another. Parents were seen embracing their children. They had been no less anxious than their children, having supported them throughout their education, continuing to do so at this important milestone in their lives.
Upon being interviewed, many students mentioned that continued hard work and diligence would be crucial to success in the future, regardless of the grades they’d achieved. Meanwhile, others advised their juniors to study hard with a goal in mind so they would not “go for open houses feeling very blur”.
We managed to gain new and unique insights from some students. The co-founder of The Victorian Press, Sean Tan from 15S49, stated that he “was not too focused on” his results but instead what he had learnt throughout the 2 years he spent in the college and was grateful to his teachers, especially Mr Ho Wei Kang, who was not his maths tutor but went the extra mile to help save his maths. Speaking of Mr Ho, we managed to speak to him as well, and he was indeed happy with the school’s results. “There will never be a case where we do better in all indicators [of performance],” he said, beaming, “but this year, we did better for those that matter.”
Soh Je Yeong, from 15S43, was blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime of being interviewed by Channel News Asia. Je Yeong, who was very introverted in Victoria School, decided to leave his comfort zone and became more outspoken. He took up many commitments, such as being the Chairman of Interact Club and taking up the H3 NAV Research Programme. He mentioned that to manage such commitments, we have to understand ourselves well. We can learn from him that if we are proactive and adopt a growth mindset, we can surely become all rounders. He can inspire those of us who may have not been granted so many opportunities in the past to step up, improve ourselves and take those second chances and make the most out of them.
Although he did well, Anand Viren Mantri from 15S44 was feeling “surreal” because he was well aware that not everyone had achieved their dreams so he was not in the mood to celebrate. Meanwhile, a parent reminded us that “results are not all that matter” and we “can still succeed in life” — a sentiment that should bring a cheer to students who may be feeling down.
Haikal Afiq (whom the J1s might know as the “Hey Freshies Guy”) from 16S41, was in the hall as well. He conceded that there are a lot more expectations to live up to; “a unique sense of legacy, a very high bar”. However, he feels that it should motivate the current J2s that they can do better. Meanwhile, Matthew Lim of 16S47 exhorted Victorians to show appreciation to their teachers for bringing them to where they were.
Mr Ivan Toh gave us his two cents’ worth, stating that the excellent results from the Class of 2016 would not define the upcoming batches of Victorians taking the A levels. This is because each batch is different so the same results may not necessarily be recreated.
Finally, we ran into a beaming Mr Guru, who was pleased with the results. More importantly, he knew that the students had set their own targets and were able to persevere and eventually meet them. He is also proud of our all-rounders, which justified that Victorians are not only capable in academics alone.
This year’s A-level results have shown us that Victorians are capable of truly living up to their potential. Our school motto, Nil Sine Labore, means ‘Nothing Without Labour’. In the same vein, success does not come easily. Let’s hope our seniors have inspired us to persist in the face of obstacles so as to keep Victoria’s flag unfurled!
The Victorian Press congratulates the class of 2015 on their excellent A-level results and wishes them all the best in their future endeavours!
Rachel Lim, 17S31
Danish Uzair, 17S44
Lois Kok, 17S62
Photo and additional reporting: Wayne Yeo, 17S61
3 H2 & 2 H1 passes: 99.5%
Mean rank points: 84.4 (highest since ‘06)
90 rank points: 10.3%
More than or 87.5 rank points: 40.6%
At least 3H2 distinctions: 394 students
At least 4H2 distinctions: 215 students
At least 6 distinctions: 165 students
At least 7 distinctions: 59 students
100% passes: all H2 content subjects
100% passes: all H1 content subjects
Above national average % distinctions (H2): 10 subjects
Above national average % distinctions (H1): 16 subjects