Skin and Other Stories: A Review of The Witty and The Serious of Roald Dahl

Written by: Syed Nabil (2AD2)

Roald Dahl has long been reputed as a captivating writer, incorporating magical and imaginative – yet also terrifying – elements into his writing that never fails to capture the interest of readers of all ages. Being especially famous for his revolutionary take on children’s literature, it could be eye-opening to realise that his writing entails many instances of dark humor regardless of the target audience: Veruca Salt being thrown into a pit that leads to an incinerator, Ms. Trunchbull’s infamous “Chokey” device, perhaps even George Kranky’s plot to feed his bothersome grandmother a beyond poisonous taste of her own medicine. It seems that Dahl leverages such shocking and terrifying constructions not only as a means for comedic gratification but perhaps also to give the readers an interesting view of human nature and the world we live in. Of course, these become even more violent as he explores writing for a more mature audience. In this article, in particular, I will be writing a review of this fascinating style in his twisted short stories collection for teens and young adults, Skin & Other Stories.

[Cover of my copy of ROALD DAHL, Skin & Other Stories.]

Lamb to the Slaughter

Among the 11 mind-twisting and shocking tales in this collection, a classic that many readers of Dahl, perhaps even students of English and Literature worldwide, would know is Lamb to the Slaughter.

Lamb to the Slaughter tells the story of Mary Maloney seeking revenge against her authoritative husband by murdering him with a frozen leg of lamb, thereafter discarding the murder weapon to the detectives who came to her house by having them feast on it afterward. Sounds disturbing enough? Well, what’s more disturbing (though to some, it may come off as wickedly witty) is Mary’s lack of remorse and emotion after having killed her husband:

‘All right’, she told herself. ‘So I’ve killed him.’ It was extraordinary, now, how clear her mind became all of a sudden. She began thinking very fast. As the wife of a detective, she knew quite well what the penalty would be. That was fine. It made no difference to her. In fact, it would be a relief. On the other hand, what about the child? What were the laws about murderers with unborn children? Did they kill them both – mother and child? Or did they wait until the tenth month? What did they do?

Mary Maloney, Lamb to the Slaughter (by Roald Dahl)

Mary’s ‘giggle’ at the end of the story, in response to the dramatic irony established by the detective’s comment that the evidence was ‘Probably right under [their] very noses’, further paints Mary’s humorously wicked character. Perhaps her nonchalance could be her response to the unfair, power-imbalanced relationship with her husband, or perhaps she was still in shock from the adrenaline of doing something so wicked. Nevertheless, such a dynamic marital relationship and iconic plotline could signify Dahl’s exploration of the burdensome existence of women in a society of male dominance, likely even how the society’s gendered norms are an innate influence of the lack of reciprocity and sympathy in a marriage. Mary’s act could be a representation of the rebellion of women against the oppressive traditional lifestyles – an issue we see very openly discussed in today’s society – which could evoke a sense of empowerment, though the effect in itself carries a very controversial take on the more ethical and moral plane.

Needless to say, this was one of the stories that strikingly captured my attention when I was reading the collection.

An African Story

Another story that made me go ‘Oh my!’ in the collection is the revengeful, countryside story An African Story. The title of the story itself is significant and ties in well with the main plot: African stories are ‘anonymous, timeless story circulated orally among African people and meant to hand down knowledge and wisdom from parent to child’ (Williams, Peter). Before the main plot begins, the narrator reveals to the readers that the “African story” is a recollection of what an old man shared with a dead pilot who landed in the Nairobi highlands, to which the dead pilot rewrites in a manuscript which we eventually read.

In the main plot of An African Story, an old man walks into his (likely) helper, Judson, violently injuring the old man’s dog – which eventually dies – with a reason that could potentially reveal something more about Judson’s mental state:

‘He wouldn’t stop licking that old place on his paw. I couldn’t stand the noise it made. You know I can’t stand noises like that, licking, licking, licking. I told him to stop. He looked up and wagged his tail; but then he went on licking. I couldn’t stand it any longer, so I beat him.’

Judson, An African Story (by Roald Dahl)

Eventually, the old man plots a revenge strategy on Judson by making him snipe a ‘Kikuyu boy’ that has likely been stealing the milk from their cow (spoiler alert: it was actually a black Mamba, and Judson eventually gets killed by it). Dahl seems to write this in a very comical way as well, addingto his typical dark humor. On a deeper level, we can guess that this act by itself is very questionable in many ways; did Judson really deserve to get killed, or is there a better way to act on Judson’s cruelty towards animals? Was it also a loss for the old man, assuming Judson was likely the only helper to him? Could we say that the old man used the black Mamba as a proxy to keep his hands clean – and if so, would the old man’s character be equally as bad as Judson’s? Or were Judson’s actions still more far-fetched? The list goes on. Very interestingly, the debate is a never-ending one where many may find themselves subconsciously resorting to circular reasoning.

Clearly, what I personally enjoyed about this story is how disputable the personalities of the two main characters are. From whichever perspective and principle in which you hold while reading the story, you may find yourself pondering whether either of the characters’ actions was even defensible. It is an interesting self-debate of revenge and morality, posing an even larger, over-arching question: could cruelty ever be justified? If there is a possibility that Judson struggles with a mental condition, to what extent could the actions of the mentally ill be rationalized? And if there is a possibility that the old man eventually carries a slight sense of guilt and regret for his actions, is the satisfaction gained from revenge a true feeling of fulfillment or simply a robe of adrenaline that the revenger’s mind wears having carried out something that could be equally as inhumane?

If you would like to have a more thoughtful and insightful discussion of the story, check out this review by the Sitting Bee!

Galloping Foxley

If there’s one story that I would say is the darkest of the darkest in this short story collection, it has to be Galloping Foxley, a typical story that discusses themes of childhood bullying. Fun fact, this story has been adapted into a film, featured in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected, though the ending shown in the episode completely differs from the original narrative.

In this short story, William Perkins slowly recounts his miserable experience of being bullied by his schoolmate, Bruce Foxley – or ‘Galloping Foxley’ as many call him for his signature movements -, when Perkins seems to recognise Foxley in a train. Throughout the course of the story, Perkins shares with the readers his troubled past with Foxley, who does many horrible things to Perkins – namely humiliating him, beating him up with a cane, and calling him names. One horrid account is reflected below:

…in the distance, but echoing loud among the basins and the tiles, I would hear the noise of his shoes on the stone floor as he started galloping forward, and through my legs I would see him leaping up the two steps into the changing-room and come bounding towards me with his face thrust forward and the cane held high in the air. This was the moment when I shut my eyes and waited for the crack and told myself that whatever happened I must not straighten up. Anyone who has been properly beaten will tell you that the real pain does not come until about eight or ten seconds after the stroke. The stroke itself is merely a loud crack and a sort of blunt thud…numbing you completely.

William Perkins, Galloping Foxley (by Roald Dahl)

Dahl also presents viciously the power conflict between Foxley and the other schoolmates who also greatly fear him. At the end of the story, Perkins musters up the courage to publicly expose Foxley on the train by reintroducing himself (with the hopes that Foxley recognises Perkins’ name and is put in an awkward position where he is forced to confess in the open). However, the man thought to be Foxley introduces himself as ‘Jocelyn Fortescue’. A sense of ambiguity is established as readers wonder whether the man was telling the truth, though the film adaptation’s interpretation of the ending makes it particularly clear that the man was indeed Foxley trying to confuse Perkins.

All in all, it seems that the intended interpretation that Dahl goes for would be the former, perhaps to tie the narrative back to his style of comedic relief. However, we cannot argue the disturbing and traumatic actions of Foxley that the man reminds Perkins of. This tale does more than just simply explore a typical theme of childhood bullying because the violently descriptive narration brings into light the darker reality of bullying acts – that it is more than verbal abuse or nonsensical play that many might associate the word ‘bullying’ with. The human mind and body are capable of many ghastly things, and there ought to be more seriousness in dealing with their vast capacity. Perkins’ courage in wanting to publicly shame Foxley (especially in the film adaptation, where he goes on to the extent of creating a scene and spilling what Foxley has done rather than simply waiting for Foxley to admit his misdeeds in the short story) is a clear act of standing up for oneself and spotlighting the urgency for the revitalization of human morality and ethicality. The plotline’s purposeful eventual embarrassment of Perkins, while humorous on the surface, could potentially signify the laxity or detached empathy for the efforts in combating for the good of society.

There are many other stories in this collection that are worth discussing, though these 3 are probably my favorites. Dahl’s stories, as with many other authors, clearly do more than provide a source of mere entertainment to his readers. Whenever we engage ourselves with a comedic read, we might also want to consider if it entails any questionable discussions about the world that is worth pondering.

Overfishing: The Decline in Fish Population

Written by: Ng Shi Yi, Charlene (1SB6) and Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)
Edited by: Sitinur (2SB4)

[Characters from the hit Disney-Pixar film, ‘Finding Nemo’]

Imagine you are a fish: every day is an exciting new day to swim alongside your school of friends. However, more recently, throughout the day, you face the dread of hearing the increased drumming of the motor of the passing fishing ships and the swoosh of fishing nets being cast over the ocean. You hear your heart palpitating as you pray that you aren’t part of the fishes being caught by these fishermen. You swim about in a frenzy, hoping to be lucky enough to escape the clutches of death yet again.

As the groan of the motor of the ship fades away, your heart drops as you hear, yet again, that some of your friends and family are taken away by the fishermen. You mourn over the fact that you will never see them again, but yet you sigh in relief, glad that you aren’t part of the hoards of fishes being taken away. However, the excessive fishing has only contributed to a dwindling population of fishes left in the ocean.

The causes of this depletion of fish in the ocean stem from excessive fishing by humans. This excessive fishing can result in fish being removed at a faster rate than the fishes can replenish naturally resulting in a decrease in the population of fish in that area. This is called overfishing.

[A figure showing the estimated amount of fish and other seafood production across the globe. Image: Our World in Data]

Factors contributing to overfishing are illegal fishing, fishing subsidies and increasing consumer demand, and more.

1. Illegal and poorly-regulated fishing. 

Some of the worst ocean impacts are caused by pervasive illegal fishing, which is estimated at up to 30% of catch or more for high-value species. With experts estimating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing nets criminals up to $36.4 billion each year, these illegal catches threaten marine biodiversity and the population of fishes in the sea (Source: World Wildlife Fund). Illegal fishing methods such as blast fishing in countries such as SEA countries like Indonesia through explosives and cyanide, and these account for about 20% of the world’s catch (Source: Earth Eclipse). Moreover, illegal fishing does not only affect the population of fish, but their habitat as well. 

2. Subsidies to the fishing industry to offset the costs of doing businesses.

Because of the influence of these subsidies, there would likely be a surplus of fishing vessels and skewing of production costs so that fishing operations can continue to operate even when not necessary. For example, today’s worldwide fishing fleet is estimated to be up to 2.5 times the capacity needed to catch what we actually need (Source: World Wildlife Fund).
3. Increasing consumer demand leads to increased fishing.

[In just 57 years, fish consumption has increased by over 10 kg per capita. Image: FAO North America.]

With a growing population and affluence coupled with economic aspiration of fishing industries, this has led to increased output by fisheries to keep up and match consumer demand. In most cases, overfishing is a natural reaction by the fishing industry to increase supply to meet the increased demand (Source: World Wildlife Fund).

Overfishing, as the term negatively connotes, can result in widespread economic and environmental disasters. Even the process of modern fishing could severely harm the ecosystem. This is because most modern fishing gear used in commercial fishing catches marine life indiscriminately; it is not able to differentiate between the targeted and non-targeted catch. While unwanted by-catches such as sharks, turtles and dolphins are often dumped back into the sea, they usually do not survive having been exposed to a sudden change of atmosphere. As a result, these lead to degraded ecosystems, where an imbalance in the fish population could negatively affect the food web, resulting in the loss of other important maritime species such as corals and sea turtles.

Trawlers are the most commonly used commercial fishing gear. These drag fishing nets along the bottom of the seabed, trapping all kinds of marine life, including immature organisms or unwanted species. This is similar to drift (or gill) nets, which are nets that are left to drift feely in seas trapping almost everything in their path.

[Images showing how drift/gill nets and trawlers work. Images: World Ocean Review]

Dredging is also a rather common commercial fishing method. It involves the use of dredges, which scrape the seabed, destroying coral reefs and organisms living on the seabed.

[An image showing how dredging works. Image: Montrose Port Authority]

Cyanide fishing is also an extremely harmful fishing method, and this is usually done to catch fish for pets or display at aquariums! Cyanide fishing involves the use of cyanide, a poison, being squirted into the water around coral reefs. The cyanide would stun fish, allowing fishermen to then capture the fish easily. The use of explosives such as dynamite are also used to stun and catch reef fish. As aforementioned about the effects of modern fishing methods, not only do these harm the targeted fish population, but also all the other organisms in the ecosystem as well as the surrounding areas. Thankfully, this fishing method is illegal in many countries (Source: Hakai Magazine). 

Apart from these environmental impacts, overfishing could also lead to a severe economic crisis in affected countries; a decrease in food and economic security. Because of the increasing demand for fish with an increase in the world population, more businesses and jobs are dependent on the gradually depleting stocks of fish. 

The importance of fish are as follows (Source: World Wildlife Fund):

  • Fish ranks as one of the most highly traded food commodities and fuels a $362 billion global industry.
  • Many developing countries depend on the fishing industry for jobs.
  • Nearly half of the world population relies on fish as one of the major sources of protein.

With these in mind, the continuous depletion of the fish population could mean the continuous depletion of coastal economies and jobs, as well as a major source of protein for the world population. The high demand also breeds the tendency of overexploitation of commercial fishing, further worsening environmental degradation.

Overfishing has caused extremely detrimental effects to our world, and it is likely not going to get any better unless more regulations or measures are in place.

Methodist Walk 2023: A Million for a Million

Main writer: Edmund Wong Li Hong (1MD1)
Contributing writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)

A longstanding tradition of the Methodist Church of Singapore, the biennial Methodist Walk has finally returned on the 25th of March 2023. Crowds of students and teachers alike thronged into the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)) campus that Saturday morning. Some were eager to begin the walk, chatting happily with their friends amongst the crowd. The mass assembly of around 4,000 participants was a sight to behold. Colourful balloons dotted the astroturf, denoting the designated gathering spot for each participating school.

[Students and teachers across the different Methodist schools in Singapore gathering at the large field in ACS(I). Image: Syed Nabil]

The event kicked off with an epic ‘24 Festive Drums’ performance by the ACS(I) Performing Arts Club, welcoming the esteemed Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Chan Chun Sing, the Singapore Minister for Education.

[ACS(I) Performing Arts Club boys performing 24 Festive Drums. Image: Syed Nabil]

After a few brief speeches by the key speakers and a lively morning performance from the One Methodist Church chapel band, the walk promptly flagged off at 8:05 a.m. The participants sauntered off towards the school gate slowly, truly putting the ‘walk’ in Methodist Walk. It was quite interesting to see some of the students posing for group photos while walking, while some others were even able to pull out their phones to watch movies together with the rest of their classmates.

[Students and teachers walking out of ACS(I) to start their 4km walk around the neighbourhood. Images: Syed Nabil]

Apart from the mass walk, we also noticed that there were some booths set up under the shade of the ACS(I) IB block. Upon taking a closer look, we found out that it was a mini bazaar, each stall manned by student volunteers from each participating school to raise funds. 

[The mini bazaar. Images: Syed Nabil]

“It is really nice to be able to contribute back to the society,” exclaimed a student volunteer from ACS(I), Austin Maxilian, who was selling $2 pastries.

Some booths were selling second hand items, while others supplied handmade terrariums, handicrafts and even school merchandise for cheap prices. We interviewed Muhammad Farkhan (2SB1), one of the project planners for ACJC’s booth, which was actually a Values-in-Action (VIA) initiative by class 2SB1. Here’s what he has to say:

Q: Hi Farkhan. Could you share more about your booth?

We are the ‘Re-source Bazaar’. Our booth collects collated items from the school (from students, teachers and other staff) and sells these items to all the Methodist schools attending the event today. The money raised from our booth will be given to Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home. The items donated to us included clothes, stuffed toys, and exclusive AC merchandise – some of which were 10 years old such as the 2013 Fun-O-Rama T-shirt!

Q: Why did 2SB1 decide to do this VIA project?

Aside from the goal above, we weren’t able to do a VIA project last year due to issues with connection. Thus, we are doing this project, and we also hope to even do another one in June this year. While it may seem a bit tight, we know we can make it work. Furthermore, the project was already proposed by the Methodist Walk committee in our school. As such, all we needed to do was execute the proposal. It was pretty much ‘ad hoc’ actually, because we only started the project the week before our Term Assessments.

Q: On a more personal level, how do you feel about the Methodist Walk this year?

It’s nice to see people contributing. A lot of the students, parents, teachers, were really enthusiastic about it. I’m also really happy to see that our booth is doing better than expected. Some of us were expecting that nothing would be sold, but to our surprise, we actually did really well.

[The ‘Re-source Bazaar booth. Image: Syed Nabil]

The students began to trickle back into the field at around 9:00a.m. after their 4km walk. To their delight, there was an ice-cream booth set up by the church organisers, providing free ice-cream cups and popsicles to the students.

[The bazaar becomes even more crowded yet lively as more students, parents and teachers return from their respective walks. Images: Syed Nabil]

Mr. Chan Chun Sing also joined the students and teachers in visiting the bazaar booths, and the student volunteers stepped up their sales pitch.

[Mr. Chan Chun Sing visiting ACJC’s booth. Images: Mr. Leong Jenn Yeoong]

Before long, most of the participants had already begun to leave as the event concluded officially at 10:00a.m.  While everyone was enjoying themselves, we asked a few ACJC students how they felt about the event.

[(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Seet Qing Yi, Beverly (2MD5) and Lai Jia Suen (2MD5). Image: Syed Nabil]

Both Beverly and her friend, Jia Suen, expressed great enthusiasm even before the event officially started. They were filled with immense excitement when they saw the bazaar being set up, and were also really looking forward to seeing Mr. Chan Chun Sing.

“It was actually quite fun during the walk because our class bonded really well … Throughout the walk we were blasting music – ‘karaoke-ing’. I also felt that the bazaar booths were great initiatives because [they] promoted zero wastage. Saving the earth, you know?” said Beverly after she had completed the walk with her class.

Another student, Yoong Yanyi (1SC4), also shared that the event was “really fun” as she managed to “bond more with [her] friends” during the walk.

[ACJC students resting with their classmates after their 4km walk. Images: Syed Nabil]

Certainly, Methodist Walk 2023 was a fun and engaging experience for all involved. We couldn’t help but smile as we heard the friendly banter and saw the delight of the faces of participants around us. And as we left the ACS(I) campus, the sound of immense jubilation continued to air the field alongside a wide array of students taking memorable photographs with their friends at every turn of the eye, marking an absolutely satisfying and moving end to the event.

Syed Jalal Ahmad Gilani: A Scholar of the Arts

Main writer: Belle Neo (1MD6)
Contributing writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)

[Syed Jalal Ahmad Gilani, Class 2MD2 and President of ACSian Theatre. Image: Mr. Mark Ng]

A charming and respectful young man, Jalal displays all the traits of a model ACJC student. His proclivity for the arts drove him to join ACSian Theatre, wherein he excelled greatly and managed to claim the position of president. Jalal is recognised for his impactful roles in many plays, in addition to his consistently outstanding academic achievements.

Jalal took English Literature, Theatre Studies and Drama, English Language and Linguistics, and Mathematics at the GCE ‘A’ Level. After the release of his A Level results, we have interviewed him to find out more about his overall experience in Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC). Check it out below!

Q: How do you feel after getting through A Levels?

Very relieved, it’ll be a good celebration in my bunk tonight. Very relieved, and very grateful, for the teachers’ help, the school’s help, the school’s support, and my friends’ support.

Q: How was your overall experience in ACJC?

Very, very fulfilling. Because it was honestly more than a JC could have offered— in terms of the quality of education, the standard of the teachers, the university-life setting, and the unique subject combinations that allowed me to pick my area of interest. I was able to select a specific area of interest in Theatre Studies and Drama, same for H3 Literature, which honestly allowed me to enjoy school. If I had taken Physics and Chemistry I wouldn’t be here doing this interview. Because I found a subject combination that I love, and really, really enjoy studying, it became a lot easier. And, of course, having friends, and a college environment that’s so focused on being energetic and passionate about what you do, being surrounded by a good performing arts CCA (ACSian Theatre) where a lot of skills overlapped, a lot of skills enhanced my chosen subjects, and the skills were developed from scratch.

Q: Is there anything you regret doing in ACJC?

No, not really. I’ve not done anything that I’ve looked back on and regretted, I especially don’t regret making all the mistakes I did, because I would not have learnt not to do them a second time.

Q: What would you say is your biggest motivation?

I tend to motivate myself, because I want to not have to regret anything. I want the sort of satisfaction from a clean slate, knowing that I finished well. My philosophy is “Don’t try to juggle everything at once, do something well, finish it off, and move on to the next thing”. Just like how I wanted to finish this (JC), move on to NS, finish NS, move onto a university of my choice, which I’ve got more ‘choice’ because I’ve done well.

Q: What was your favourite part about being in the outstanding ACSian Theatre?

The performances. My second favourite part would be the rehearsals, because—well actually, my favourite part combines the two. Watching the video of the very first rehearsal as we’re about to go onstage, knowing how far we’ve come, is a tradition I tend to do myself. It is a real testament to how capable [we are], not just talented; talented doesn’t cut it—and willing to learn, how much we’re able to push past fatigue and pain and any setback, and really dedicate ourselves to that (the play). And once that is done, move on completely to our studies or whatever else is necessary, not forgetting, of course, that we are students before actors. 

Q: Speaking of ACSian Theatre, what’s your favourite play that you have acted in?

 My first one: Twelfth Night. I had just DSAed into the school, and was among my seniors from ACS Barker. It might be my favourite because I was not president at the time; it was the only show I was not president for, so I could enjoy the freedom of being an actor. But, I think it’s mainly because it was my first. It was an introduction like no other, it was really quite amazing to know how everything is run professionally. I’ve seen professional companies [before], and this is one of them. 

Q: What are your plans for the future?

It’s a toss-up between law and maybe theatre professionally. I think the two overlap quite a bit in the skill set. But I’ve got to say I’ve got no preference at the moment, I can just imagine that I might have a slightly nicer car as a lawyer—unless I make it big as an actor. 

Q: What are some pieces of advice you’d give to the juniors?

Don’t try to do everything at the same time. It’ll be like juggling bowling balls, and it’s impossible to cut it down to tennis balls, or juggling balls—I’ve gone too far with this analogy now, can’t go back—focus on one of them, finish it off, do it well. Your teachers will be flexible, so get the support you need from them, as well as from friends and ACJC’s extensive network of alumni. Most importantly, make sure to have fun. 

Q: What’s something you’ll miss dearly about being in ACJC?

Everything. I’ll miss it dearly—I’ll miss the canteen, the recesses, the lunch breaks, where I’d have my friend with me, I’ll miss the teachers, the nagging, because it helped me, I’ll miss the interactions with Dr Chee and the vice-principals whom I see around the school. I’ll be back, you can’t get rid of me so easily. 

Tay Kai Lin, Arianne: Bowling to Victory!

Main writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)
Contributing writer: Belle Neo (1MD6)

Meet Arianne, our star national athlete of bowling!

[Tay Kai Lin, Arianne, Class 2MD1 and Vice-Captain of Bowling. Image: Yearbook 2022 (Mr Mark Ng)]

Arianne is a responsible and stalwart leader in Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) who anchors multiple roles in many different areas and capacities. She has unsurprisingly been awarded the Principal’s Honour Roll, the Colours Award, ACJC Sports Scholarship and ACJC Sports Girl Award. She is also a passionate and committed bowler, who has proudly represented ACJC and Singapore in numerous bowling competitions, such as the Interantional Bowling Federation (IBF) Under 21 World Championship.

Arianne is currently competing in Dubai International Bowling Center (DIBC) Open 2023. At the A Levels, she took H2 Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics and H1 English Literature as her subject combination. Check out what she has shared with us after the release of the A-Level results below!

Q: How was your overall experience in ACJC?

It was filled with memories that will stick with me forever. I always had fun with friends, whether we were studying, eating or talking. The school environment was always comfortable and friendly, and I always looked forward to coming to school for my friends and lessons. 

Q: What ignited your passion for bowling?

Probably the thrill I feel during competitions. It really motivates me and spurs me to train harder, along with the fun I have with my teammates and coaches during trainings. These really ignited my passion for bowling.

Q: How does it feel to be an outstanding national athlete?

I think I still have a long way to go to be an outstanding national athlete. But as for my current accomplishments, I definitely feel very lucky to have the opportunity to represent Singapore in competitions, and grateful to be able to see my trainings being paid off from the medals or achievements that I have received.

Q: Did you have any pre-game rituals for yourself?

I think just having plenty of rest the night before the finals or event if crucial, but I also chat with teammates and coaches before the game to feel less anxious.

Q: Who is your biggest motivation? What are some words you would like to say to them?

My biggest motivation would probably be my parents as they have been so supportive of me in my entire bowling journey, and have played a huge part in allowing me to be where I am today.I would really just like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

Q: What are some pieces of advice you can give to your current ACJC juniors?

Know how to prioritise your studies, CCAs and external commitments depending on importance. Also, remember to just enjoy your time in AC, work hard in order to play hard, and just appreciate your time in school.

Q: Is there anything you regretted doing or not doing when you were in ACJC?

I think my time in AC was pretty fulfilling and there’s nothing I really regret. I’m very satisfied with all the experiences and opportunities that I was able to experience during my time in ACJC, like being the Vice-Captain of Bowling, being an Orientation Group Leader (OGL), taking part in the Overseas Community Involvement Project (OCIP), and so much more!

Q: What are some of your plans after the A Levels?

I hope to be able to compete in more competitions now that I am waiting to enter university, but I’ll also take the time to apply to universities, spend time with family and catch up with friends, while also training hard for upcoming competitions.

Q: What is something you will miss dearly about being in ACJC?

I’ll definitely miss being able to see my friends everyday, I’ll miss the times that we had together during class, breaks or even after school and will definitely just miss ACJC as a whole.

Tan Wei Zhi: Proving his Great Worth

Main writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)
Contributing writer: Belle Neo (1MD6)

A gifted musician, a caring leader, and a committed supporter, everyone needs a friend like Wei Zhi!

[Tan Wei Zhi, Class 2SA1 and Concert Band President. Image: Mr. Mark Ng]

Well-known as the Concert Band’s President, Wei Zhi is an outstanding and talented individual who excels not only in musical discernment, but also in leadership and academic prowess – this is particularly evident with his SYF Distinction with the Band, his willingness to be one of the many kind-hearted Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs), and high-standard academic goals. His loyal commitments and guidance have undeniably left a lasting legacy to the ACJC Concert Band, helping its long-awaited transition back to playing moving live music for enthusiastic audiences in light of a pandemic. His musical mastery may be further developed in the future, as he hopes to eventually join a community band as a side-quest. 

Wei Zhi takes the PCME subject combination at the ‘A’ Levels. After the release of his ‘A’ Level results, we have interviewed him to find out more about his overall experience in Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC). Check it out below!

Q: How do you feel after finally completing your ‘A’ Level journey?

During the journey, it felt like you would never make it here because 2 years felt very long – especially since when you come in for Orientation and you realise how different the kind of studying culture is like over here. But then, once you realise ‘A’ Levels is already over and your 2 years are done, you feel very empty, like suddenly you’re just done with your childhood. But for me, when I came into JC, I had this mindset of “I don’t want to leave with any regrets”. So, during my 2 years, I did as much as I could and had as much fun as I could have as possible. Even though it felt very sad to leave this childhood of mine, it felt very accomplishing too. Sad, but good.

Q: How was your overall experience in ACJC?

I would say, at the time it was the lowest of the low and the highest of the high. Of course, during Orientation it felt very good – it’s just all fun and games. But then, suddenly, you’re hit with reality; no one is going to force you to watch the lectures, and suddenly so much responsibilities are thrown at you. It just felt very overwhelming at that time. Then, slowly as you get past the year, you realise that maybe it’s actually not so bad. Of course, there’s a lot of times that you feel that the workload is very shag – 4 to 5 tutorials due the next day, and then you still have CCA that ends very late, and suddenly you just feel like giving up. But I feel like the kind of environment that AC has everyone caring for each other. I managed to have very supportive classmates and CCA mates who make this whole journey a lot smoother. There were times I [struggled mentally], but something that AC has that I feel other schools don’t have is we are known to have a place where everyone just has fun together and is there to help each other. Even though studies were tiring, the people made it memorable.

Q: Speaking of which, was there anything you regretted doing or not doing during your time in ACJC?

One of the regrets I have is that I did not start studying sooner. It just made the whole process a lot more tiring at the end, especially because I came from a 4 H2 class where everyone was really muggers, and my friend group is filled with top scorers. Being surrounded by all these smart and talented people can sometimes put you down. This is for the academic side. Overall, apart from academics and CCA, even though I achieved so much, I never really got to achieve much in other areas. For example, doing stuff outside of school. Being in Concert Band, I really wanted to join an external community band. But because I kept making excuses like being very tired and having a heavy workload, it just felt sad that I couldn’t do these things, especially hearing all the speeches of people achieving so many things and you just think, “I could’ve done much more too”.

Q: Being the Concert Band’s President, how did you balance your CCA commitment and studies?

I think I’m very fortunate with my Executive Committee (ExCo) members. To put it bluntly, I just felt like I wasn’t a very good President in the beginning. It was very overwhelming because it’s just the way things work – the ExCo responsibilities between secondary school and JC level are so much different. You need to do things yourself, set your own targets, meet your own deadlines, meet and instruct your ExCo members on what to do, and more. In a sense, I’m very happy with my ExCo members because they were very understanding that I [felt that I] did not start out as the ‘best’ president. They were all also very talented and did their jobs amazingly, so as a President, it was very easy to manage them. All I had to do was tell them what to do and they’ll do it immediately. At the beginning of my journey, it was tough, especially since I was also the Vice-President of Band in secondary school, and I couldn’t do much because of COVID-19. There was this ongoing joke that I was a “useless Vice-Pres”. So that also developed into why I came into this school not wanting to have any regrets. There came this toxic mentality that as a President I had to be perfect and not show any flaws. There was even one point that I tried to shoulder all the workload on myself and [experienced a very bad breakdown]. As a President, these were the troubles I faced. But, at the end of the day after stepping down, I felt that there was so much that I managed to accomplish and grow as a person. There were also so many other talented people I managed to meet outside of Concert Band.

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Principal’s Honour Roll?

It felt a bit pressuring because you were put on such high expectations. Because it was around the ‘A’ Level period, there were so many expectations put on you that you are the ‘cream of the crop’. It just felt like I needed to do very well and not fall short of these expectations. I was very honoured to get this award because a small handful of people get it. 

Q: Who is/are your biggest motivation? What are some words you would like to say to them?

Honestly my friend group in class. All of them are very smart people. It was because of them that I managed to push myself harder. Even though I said previously that it was very pressuring to be put in such a group where everyone is so smart, without them I think I wouldn’t be where I am today. So, I would just like to say to them: Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. I know that y’all were put on very high expectations especially since y’all always performed very well – top performers of the cohort. Good job on maintaining your standards, I’m very proud of you.

Q: What are some pieces of advice you would give to your juniors currently in ACJC?

There’s more to life than studying. Of course you can leave the school with good grades and stuff, but during my time in AC that’s not really what I’ll remember. What I’ll remember is all the times you’d spend mugging late at night with your friends, your silly mistakes, all your random moments with your friends and your teachers – these are the people that make the journey so memorable. A quote that I really like is, “There is not enough time to do all the nothing you want”. Just spend your time and go and have fun. Your childhood is ending soon, so just make the most out of it.

Q: What are some of your plans after the ‘A’ Levels?

Definitely serving National Service (NS). Post-NS, well I’ve not done much research on what course I want to do. But, of the courses I’ve ‘shortlisted’, probably Engineering, Computer Science or the medical route. One thing I’ll definitely want to do is, after serving NS, to join a community band. It’s a good way to pass my time and not waste my past 6 years of CCA experience.

Q: What is something you will miss dearly about being an ACJC student?

Well, not just as an ACJC student but an AC student as a whole because I’ve been part of the ACS family for 12 years now. Something I’ll definitely miss is the fun and rowdy culture we have. Everyone does the most random things, and well because my class is mostly guys, the ‘Boys School’ vibe is still there. Also, another thing I’ll miss is how balanced we are. I’ll also partly miss trying to navigate the layout of the school too.

AC Press Pledges to Walk 200km for the Methodist Walk 2023

Main writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)

The Methodist Walk is back after COVID-19 fatigues, with hopes of raising funds for future developments and encouraging an active lifestyle among participants. Held once every 2 years, the Methodist Walk aims to provide schools with a fund raising opportunity to support programmes and infrastructure within the schools. This year’s theme for Methodist Walk is “A Million for A Million”.  It hopes to achieve a million kilometers and raise one million dollars amongst the 15 Methodist Schools that the Methodist Schools Foundation oversees.  For this year, ACJC hopes to raise $200 per student/staff, as well as getting our loved ones to walk along side us.  Apart from PE, CCA, and self-walks, there are also opportunities to involve family, friends and love ones alike as we journey towards health and well-being.

AC Press wishes to support the cause too, with their collective effort in contributing to the steps goal and we pledged to commit 200km as our contribution to this aim. We also wanted to reinforce the objective forging stronger social bonds with one another and those around us, including our all-important alumni, in addition to be physically staying active. With this, we have pledged to walk a collective 200 km in the late January and February, using the app ‘Pacer’ and a spreadsheet document to keep track of our progress. This also ensured accountability to each other.

[A picture of one of our alumni, Joshua Kok Shou-Png, with his grandpa, Mr. George Lai. Image: Joshua Kok]

Members of AC Press, as well as our alumni over the past batches embraced nature and the beautiful sights of Singapore in the midst of their walks. Some went to hearty neighbourhood parks, while others went to more glamorous and fancy landscapes such as the Jurong Lake Gardens, Chinatown, and many more!

[Some pictures taken during our walks. Image(s): Ms Neeta Singh TIC, Megan Tay 2MD2, Raye Yap 2MD3, Tymon Oh 2SA2]

Surprisingly, with the dedicated effort of everyone in the AC Press, we exceeded our initial 200km goal by three times! We had covered a riveting 665km by 22rd February 2023 – not long after the commencement of our pledge! 

To help us further boost the accumulated steps, and with the anticipated hope of reaching 400km, the AC Press went on an outing to one of the most famous heritage sites in Singapore: Arab Street in Kampong Glam!

[Some members of AC Press outside the gates of Malay Heritage Centre, with our newly-painted banner. Image: Euan Loh 2AD2]

As we stepped into Arab Street, we were immediately greeted with a retro town splashed by a rainbow, where every single facility and street has been painted beautifully with a myriad of colours from aesthetic murals to antiques that take you back in time. It was also filled with a dense mass of smiling faces at every corner. The high sunlit clouds drifting across the clear blue sky also set a calm and balmy atmosphere as we walked around the brightly-coloured district.

[Interesting murals found at Arab Street. Image(s): Raye Yap 2MD3, Syed Nabil 2AD2]

Not to mention, the air was filled to the brim with the aroma of delicious cultural delights such as Murtabak and Cendol, and the chitter chatter of delighted visitors. It was truly a eye-soothing outing to end off our Saturday.

[Some stunning sightings from our outing. Image(s): Raye Yap 2MD3, Syed Nabil 2AD2]

When visiting Kampong Glam, it is definitely a must to keep an eye out for the Sultan Mosque, or ‘Masjid Sultan’ in Malay. An interesting fact about this mosque is that hundreds of glass bottles were donated by lower-income Muslims, cut down to their ends and added as decoration for the lining of the large golden domes. Source: Passion Made Possible, n.d.). What a marvel, indeed. 🙂 It was finally established as a national monument in 1975 and the mosque has became a National icon for the Malay community as well as for other Singaporeans, reflecting our colourful and vibrant cultural tapestry and heritage. 

[Close-up of the iconic Sultan Mosque (MIDDLE), and other eye-catching sights.
Image(s): Raye Yap 2MD3, Syed Nabil 2AD2]

From this experience, the AC Press has also gained valuable insights about themselves and the world around them. Here’s what one of our members have to say:

“For myself, [I learnt a valuable lesson about] time management, since our current schedule is getting hectic. And in order to cover the distance required, I found myself needing to set aside and find appropriate timings to walk. On the day of the CCA outing, walking around such a culturally rich area like Arab Street really opened my eyes to places I don’t visit often and what they have to offer.”

Raye Yap, AC Press Vice-President 2022-23

Most shockingly, after Run AC (ACJC’s Cross County event) on 22nd February 2023 and with our newly-joined JC1s, the AC Press has accumulated nearly 620km!

The AC Press hopes that our accumulated steps would exceed even further beyond what we have already anticipated and achieved. We also hope that you too could take some time off your days with a simple walk around Singapore – around the ravishing landscapes and infrastructure that Singapore has to offer for you – to ease your mind and treat your body well.

[UPDATED AS OF 21/03/2023] The AC Press has reached an accumulated distance of 1506.29km! We are beyond proud of our astonishing achievement.

Welcome to Novus: JC1 Orientation 2023

Main writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor (2AD2)

[Image: @acjclive Instagram]

Check out the summary video of Novus ’23 HERE.

After nearly 3 years of having the JC1 Orientation programme in the midst of severe COVID-19 phases, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) held its biggest and most exciting JC1 Orientation programme yet in 2023 with the theme ‘Novus’.

[The 4 clans of Novus’23. Image: @acjclive Instagram]

The 3-day programme contained essential administrative talks and fun-filled bonding activities and games carefully planned out to ensure the incoming JC1s are able to integrate well into ACJC. Of such were the iconic station games, where both the JC1s and JC2 Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) were challenged on their teamwork, creativity, knowledge and critical and strategic thinking. The games entailed both dry and wet games, ranging from twisted sports such as a modified captain’s ball game called ‘Boss Ball’, ‘Capture the Payload’, to trivia and knowledge games such as ‘Wet Jeopardy’. 

[Some fun activities done on Day 2. Images: Megan Lee 2MD4]

These games undeniably received an overwhelming number of positive and satisfied responses from everyone, clearly evident with the dense mass of smiling faces and laughter that aired the entire school compound. 

Much time was also allocated to allow the JC1s and OGLs to bond with one another through icebreakers and heart-to-heart talks during recess, lunch and other times whenever available. Needless to say, even the OGLs were able to foster stronger bonds with one another throughout the programme.

[JC1s and OGLs bonding with each other. Images: Megan Lee 2MD4]

Of course, the Orientation programme is never complete without a riveting and exciting closure: the O’Finale! 

The O’Finale was truly a momentous and nostalgic end to the Orientation programme that truly unleashed the inner AC Spirit within everyone, with each clan putting up their own performances that truly showcased each of their unique personalities and vibes, as well as a memory lane video that reviewed the fast yet enriching 3-days. The ACSian Theatre and Dance Society also joined in the fun with their own performances as well.

[Clan performances. Images: Megan Lee 2MD4]

But, if you were to ever ask any JC1, OGL or teacher about the most moving and powerful moment of the entire Orientation programme, their likely answer would be the mass cheer, sing-a-long, rave and mass dance segments of the O’Finale. 

Clan Aventura ended their performance with a mass sing-a-long, or as the clan’s head Jun Song (2SB4) calls ‘AVENTURAVE’, to the legendary songs Shut Up And Dance by WALK THE MOON and Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Afterwards, the entire hall was invited to sing their hearts to Memories by Maroon 5. The JC1s and OGLs were then finally encouraged to show off their moves with the final round of mass dance, choreographed to the songs Sunshine by OneRepublic and Symphony by Sheppard.

[Other highlights of O’Finale. Images: Megan Lee 2MD4, Tymon Oh 2SA2]

It would be a waste not to talk about the hall decorations too; with the lights turned off, the hall was beautifully decorated with balloons and fairy lights that undeniably set a sort of campfire and concert-like mood. Needless to say, writing about the O’Finale does the actual in-person experience no justice!

SPECIAL SHOUTOUTS

As an OGL myself, this experience has been such a memorable and unforgettable one during my time in ACJC. I would like to show my appreciation to not only my fellow JC1s of Orientation Group (OG) Baret who have been super active and enthusiastic during the programme, but also my fellow OGL and clan mates who have been with me ever since the start of the official preparation for the Orientation programme.

[Pictures of OG, BARET. Image(s): Wong Val 2SC1, Nithis 2SB4, Syed Nabil 2AD2]
[OGLs of BARET – Elyssa Moo 2SC6, Wong Val 2SC1, Chen Yang 2AA1, Syed Nabil 2AD2, Nithis 2SB4. Images: Wong Val 2SC1, Syed Nabil 2AD2, Photography Soc]

Looking back at these pictures we’ve taken, I definitely felt that we could’ve done more during the 3 days. However, I believe that the rapport that we have fostered is enough for all of us to look back and miss the days. 

I would also like to thank all the other OGLs, teachers-in-charge, OTAH heads and student councillors for taking the time to plan and help execute such a memorable programme. Also, on behalf of the AC Press and other OGLs, I would like to wish all the JC1s a fruitful time here in ACJC! And to the OGLs, all the best for your A Levels this year!

[Pictures with Clan Aventura. Image(s): Siti Nur Alisa 2SB5, Han Juai Seu 2SC2]
[OGLs involved in Novus’23. Image: Esther Tay 2SC7]

Reflecting on the Past: The grass could be greener on the other side, but so what?

[Image: BBC Future]

Recall a time when you didn’t achieve something you have always wanted or worked hard for. Maybe, perhaps, even a time when you regretted not doing something that you thought would be important for your path ahead. Your mind fills with gloomy gray clouds that bring nothing but frustration, disbelief, sadness and uncertainty. You are lost. You are stuck merely with whatever is available to you now, but the long path in front of you floods with heavy fog that’ll only allow you to see the other side when you actually walk through it.

A few months passed. You have reached the other side. Your life has unraveled a reality you never once thought about ever since you were preoccupied with achieving that one particular goal. Yet, even with where you are now, the thought of that unattained dream still lingers like a waft of the ominous fog you have left behind your back.

Now, if you had the power to time travel back to the past, to return to that dark place, would you have ensured you actually achieved that item even if that means giving up all the experiences you’ve accumulated till today? How different would your life be – the relationships, the work, the activities and the discoveries? An eye-opening discovery you had might be unknown to you till you find out about it again, though you might never will. A good friendship you’ve made in school might become yet another meeting of strangers who’ll probably never see each other anymore as you both walk down the same hallway. Surpassing the trials and tribulations of JC1, I would never give up my current reality to go back and live in the dream world I used to crave for. 

Reflection 1, Of Vicissitudes

One essential lesson that my JC1 year has taught me is about the inevitability of vicissitudes in life and the importance of using them as a molding tool to brace yourself for a whole reimagined journey ahead.

[Cartoon illustration of the term ‘vicissitude’. Artist: Mickey Bach]

Like in pottery, a shape that forms differently from what you anticipated can be molded into something else completely unthought of. Even if it turns out worse, the clay is not yet dry and there is more that can be done. For me, there are countless moments where vicissitudes hit me like a truck in a supposedly empty highway. However, I give myself time to bounce back from them because there is nothing that can be done about it anymore.

It is important to remind yourself that once a path is no longer available, there are multiple other paths you can take that could be equally fulfilling (or better) if you put in an effort to make it that way. You should try to make the best over what is then available to you, for they may be able to give you an experience like no other. For example, despite being rejected from taking a subject I wanted, I continued to make an effort to strive in my current subject combination and interact with those assigned to the same class as me. Looking back, I definitely enjoyed what I have with my current subject combination – relationships with peers, getting hearty and passionate subject teachers, and many more. While you could argue that I may only be saying this because I will never know how life would be had I been accepted into my desired subject combination, you should also remember that that is exactly the point I am making. There’s nothing you can do about ‘the other one’, so it’s best to leave it as it is and dwell into ‘the one you are in’. You’d be surprised to notice the things you could discover even if you think otherwise.

Reflection 2, Of Paranoia and Regret

Another essential lesson that my JC1 year has taught me is more of a continuation of the previous paragraph about moving on from what has already been done and dusted. There are a couple of times where I am faced with regret or guilt after giving up an opportunity (sadly, usually a once-in-a-lifetime one) or not doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I should’ve signed up for this activity. I should’ve went home earlier that day so I had more time to study. I really want to redo that paper because I messed it up so bad. If these thoughts are somewhat familiar to you, then best be assured you are not alone.

[Image: graciousquotes.com]

As Rihanna has beautifully shared, whatever has passed has no way of becoming altered unless we have mastered the art of time travel (though even with such an ability, is it really worth it?). Sure, you can definitely ponder on it as it remains in your mind for days. But, do you notice something? If you refuse to take any action from then onwards when you are met with the same situation – as if that first time was a way to learn about what can be done better – you’ll end up in one whole cycle of regretting. Stagnancy will not take you anywhere, literally.

When you take action on something, you have an outcome to reflect on, and make future decisions based on those results. But the regrets about what you didn’t do at all, lack the outcome for reflection. Whether this is in life, business, relationships, or finances, the lack of taking action just remains the regret of not doing something we should have.

Dr. Thaddeus Gala, DC (https://drthadgala.com/avoid-the-regret-of-not-doing/)

Thus, use the experience to better prepare yourself for the future. This, in turn, will allow you to embrace a wiser and more insightful version of yourself.

A Final Remark

Of course, everyone’s definition of life and how it is to be lived varies from person to person, and thus my learning point is ultimately meant to be taken as a suggested advice if you find yourself boggling over what can be done next. But remember, as the famous saying goes, “There is no point in crying over spilt milk.” Clean the milk up, and you can always get yourself either a new carton or an even better drink.

ACJC is Stronger Together, Majulah!

Main writer: Syed Nabil Bin Syed Hassnor 1AD2
Contributing writer: Megan Tay Jia-Xin 1MD2

[Extract of NDP Recollections.
Singapore Flag Image: TFIGlobal
]

More exciting and uplifting than ever before, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) held its annual National Day Parade (NDP) Celebrations on 8 August this year. 

The JC1s and JC2s had different, riveting programmes planned for them to start the day off with a bang before the start of the NDP concert and service, where they would come together in the hall for joyous celebration. The JC2s had a special NDP CCP lesson in their base classrooms, while the JC1s attended an engagement session with commanders from the 48th Singapore Armour Regiment (48 SAR). 

The engagement session was a truly interesting and informative experience. Those who dedicate their lives to defending our country regaled us with their firsthand knowledge. The JC1s were able to learn more about the various duties and responsibilities of the 48th Battalion. Towards the end of the session, the JC1 students competed in a thought-provoking Kahoot quiz based on the sharing done by the 48 SAR, where winners got to win prizes like an origami tank as well as keychains covered in the camouflage print reminiscent of our soldiers.

[The end of the Kahoot quiz.
Image: Syed Nabil
]
[Gifts from the 48 SAR engagement session.
Image: Syed Nabil
]

With the entire college buzzing with excitement by 8:50a.m., everyone moved towards the school hall and LT1 for the NDP service and concert. Before one even steps into the venue, one is already greeted by the ecstatic chatter echoing within the walls, drowning out even the loudest of speakers that were playing NDP classics. A vast sea of red, yellow and white with specks of differently-coloured masks filled the place. We were all in high spirits, bonded by our shared excitement of what was to come. Needless to say, the college could wait no more for a memorable NDP concert.

As the heartfelt service and devotions came to an end, it was finally time for the singalong concert. Everyone was encouraged to unleash their pride and joy for Singapore, by standing up (even on their chairs!), literally and more, of course.

[Students from Class 1AD2 during the NDP concert.
Image: Euan Loh
]

Without hesitation, a roar of jubilation burst in the hall. Everyone started getting up, singing their hearts out, dancing with their teachers and friends, capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments on their phones, and many more! Classes cheered when their favourite song began to play, throwing arms around each other’s shoulders and rejoicing in the patriotic spirit of the day. Whenever the beats of the NDP songs dropped, the entire venue boomed with enthusiasm – and immense patriotism – while the floors and chairs vibrated to the rhythm of everyone’s movement.

[A conga line formed by students as they dance up and down the hall. Image: Ho Charleen 1AD2]

Balloons, Singapore flags and lights from mobile phones filled the hall, and it began to feel like a miniature version of the actual NDP (though, there weren’t any fireworks) especially with everyone singing and dancing heartily together. The following iconic songs were performed and sung during the concert:

  • Count On Me Singapore (NDP 1986)
  • We Are Singapore (NDP 1987)
  • Home (NDP 1998)
  • The Road Ahead (NDP 2021)
[Middle view of the NDP concert.
Image: Melody Tan Zi Ning
1AD2]

We would like to thank the 48 SAR, ACJC staff and students for making this event a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. Have a happy National Day to everyone, including YOU, fellow readers! As this year’s motto goes, we will always be Stronger Together. Majulah, Singapura!