A Teacher's Memoirs: Hwa Chong Junior College

A Teacher's Memoirs: Hwa Chong Junior College

by Ang-Lee Lai Kuin

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Hwa Chong Junior College (), established in 1974 is one of the top junior colleges in Singapore. Its’ bilingual (English and Chinese) and bicultural junior college programme prepares enrolled full-time 16 to 18 year-old students for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level examinations for entry into the top local and prestigious foreign universities – such as the Oxbridge universities in the UK and the Ivy League universities in the US.

The College attracts the best local students after their GCE O-level examinations, top-tier foreign students, the Ministry of Education’s ASEAN Scholars as well as other sponsored scholarship students from China and India.

This book of memoirs, covering my years at Hwa Chong as a pioneer teacher from its very first year, shares with all my Hwa Chong  colleagues, students Councillors and students (past, current and future) the history and traditions of the College whose deep rooted ethos and spirit help it to consistently deliver many top students and scholars into the best local and most prestigious universities overseas.

These memoirs, written on the occasion of the College’s 40th Anniversary, also record and share the travails and distressing times of the College, as it was forced to spend several years ‘on the move’ in temporary premises. The memoirs also share the triumphs of the College’s students and student Councillors as they excel not only in their studies but also in various Co-Curricular Activites, and in leadership appointments – while enjoying their College life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482855104
Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore
Publication date: 12/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
File size: 769 KB

About the Author

Lai Kuin was born in Batu Pahat, Johor, in West Malaysia. She attended the local Tengku Mariam’s Girls’ School and then the Temenggong Ibrahim Girls’ Secondary School before going on to English College, Johor Baru, for her preuniversity education. She then won a federal government scholarship to the University of Malaya to earn her bachelor of arts and diploma in education degrees. She also has a graduate diploma in applied linguistics from the SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre in Singapore, as well as a master of arts (applied linguistics) from the Institute of Education, University of London. Lai Kuin joined Hwa Chong Junior College as one of its pioneer teachers, when the college first opened its doors in 1974, teaching general paper, English literature, and English as a second language to the Chinese stream students. During her thirty-four-year teaching career at Hwa Chong, she also held appointments as the students’ mentor for the Ministry of Education ASEAN Scholarship students to the college each year and as senior teacher adviser of the students’ council from 1994 until her retirement in 2007. She was in charge of the college students’ annual UCAS universities applications for admissions programme to the Oxbridge universities in the UK and to the Ivy League universities in the US. Lai Kuin took early retirement at the end of 2007 to devote her time to the enlarged family. Today, she has three grandchildren. Aside from enjoying time with them, she also enjoys cooking and baking, reading, writing and traveling, and she regularly helps out at a church outreach program for one of the centres for the elderly.

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