Light the Way: Kaleidoscope

To conclude our college day series, the Origin* proudly presents Light the Way: Kaleidoscope!

Written by Aloysius Tng (19-U4), Athena Lim (19-A4), Dillon Phang (19-I4), Lee Keng Yan (19-U1)

Designed by Athena Lim (19-A4)

Interviewer: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photographs by: Ang Wei Ning, Asher Tan, Goh Jun Xuan, Lee Shao Yeap, Yau Yu Hao from EJ Media

Five torches came together to create a resplendent light, a majestic performance as one Eunoia. The Performing Arts CCAs truly outdid themselves.

On 11th May, Eunoia Junior College saw our third College Day, at the University Cultural Centre (UCC). The ceremony itself began at 4pm in the afternoon, the proceedings graced by the guest of honour Mr Christopher de Souza, the school administrative board, and of course the freshly minted alumnus. As the next batch of Eunoians looked on, the alumnus received their due awards, Eunoia Shining on a much grander stage. But the true highlight was arguably the performance that came after, showcasing all five of our Performing Arts CCAs: Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Dance, Drama and Choir. They came together both onstage, to present a performance that wowed the audience, and offstage.

Right before the start of the concert, our interviewer, Athena Lim, met with Arethea Lim (18-U2) from Drama, Lim Yuling (18-A1) from CO, Karis Goh (18-A3) from Choir, Rachel Lim (18-I3) from Dance, and Leslie Yip(19-I4) from Band, representatives from each CCA to find out more about their thoughts before the performance and to uncover the long road each CCA travelled to finally reach here.

The performance certainly contained several unforgettable moments, for the audience and for the performers themselves. When asked about her favourite part of the performance, Rachel from Dance said “My favourite part of the dance performance is the mass jump, where all the J1’s,  J2’s and the teachers are dancing together.” She felt that it was in this moment where she could feel the interconnectedness in every dancer, teacher and student alike, and this interconnectedness is what she had hoped to bring to the audience through her dance. Karis, on the other hand, said her favourite moment was the curtain call. That moment, when all the performers and stage hands came together as one family, was to her the most heartening and memorable moment, which she hopes everyone will keep close to their hearts.

Light the Way certainly held a lot of meaning to the CCAs who had to ensure that their performances fit the theme of the concert. While Leslie felt that their performance items did not link to the theme directly, he certainly felt that the process leading up to the performance did, with every member having the determination and perseverance to push through, his claim that it “really embodie(d) how we push(ed) through despite all the hardships to light the way”. Karis concurred, feeling that it was the process that mattered as they were a small orchestra and had to push themselves and persevere to the very end.

To many of them, this performance also offered a kind of closure, as it would be the last time that both batches would be performing together before the J2’s start preparing for their ‘A’ levels. Yuling also wished to convey a feeling of inspiration to the audience as this College Day did not come easy to all the Performing Arts groups, and hopes the audience will know how much this performance means to each and every performing arts CCA. Despite being a relatively new junior college, she wants to put Eunoia and Eunoians on the stage, and was extremely proud of how far they’d come. Leslie agreed with this, wanting to prove that Eunoia is more than able to stand, even though it is a new school.

She also hoped that the audience will be able to be engaged in the performance and receive the emotions of the pieces. With how much hard work the orchestra has put in over several months, she hopes that the audience can see the fruits of their hard work and appreciate the performance.

Karis mentions that the favourite piece she performed was O Sapientia. One reason was because of the sentimental value within this piece, as the very last piece she performed after her 10 year journey in Choir. It is also a very unique piece as it involves percussion noises on top of singing. She says, “We have parts where our hands will be clapping or shuffling to make percussive noises to add to the music, and it adds a lot to the mood and meaning of the song.”

Before we concluded the interview, we asked them how they felt about working together in one performance. To them, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to work together, in one common setting, with so many other performers and performing groups. This performance provided them with a platform to showcase to the rest of the school their hard work and passion, and possibly for them to show greater appreciation for the Performing Arts.

Though the day has passed, the performers truly did Light the Way. Blazing the trail for their juniors, their contributions and their day in the spotlight will never be forgotten.

To everyone who came down to UCC to support your fellow Eunoians, thank you! See you at next year’s College Day!

Light the Way: From Page to Stage

In our final article for the ‘Light the Way’ series, the Origin* goes backstage to discover what makes the Drama Club’s production – ‘Project Mooncake’ so unbelievably show-stopping.

Written by: Alyssa Minjoot (19-I1), Chong Tien Ee (19-E3), Lee En Tong (19-U2)

Designed by: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photograph taken by: Jacey Teoh (18-E1)

Interviewees: Alayna Yap (19-I4), Anastasia Lin (19-U4), Elizabeth Low (19-E5), Eunice Ling (19-E6), Laetitia Tay (19-E6), Chanel Wong (18-I4), Freya Keertikar (18-U1), Kimmie Tan (18-E3), Lek Siang Ern (18-U1), Lim Rei Enn (18-I4)

With less than a day to College Day, we await in eager anticipation and present to you the final performing arts group, Drama Club. As aptly embodied in the title ‘From Page to Stage’, the Drama Club has spent this year working together with one another to ensure that they brought their creative visions to life. They tell the story of our newly established yet deeply rooted school culture in the form of their play, ‘Project Mooncake’. Their exciting, meaningful and impactful play details a story about the 5 houses of Eunoia on the quest to be the first to find a treasure. With the help of rather mischievous nymphs, the 5 houses overcome multiple adversities and strive towards the common vision of #eunoiashining.

To the Drama Club, this performance reflects the college’s unity and the extremely pervasive team spirit that is inherent in every one of us. It casts the spotlight on all our different personalities and groups to create a singular, cohesive unit where every member has a unique and important role to play, much like the college experience itself.


For the Drama Club, their vision for the play truly did begin with a dream. In the early stages of brainstorming, they knew they wanted a production that was colourful and larger than life, a play that could transport the audience to another dimension. With this in mind, the Drama Club formed their narrative centred around the animal mascots of the five houses, focusing on the unique and defining qualities of each house.

The process of conceptualising the play not only developed the Drama Club members’ creative capacity, but also allowed them to delve deeply into the world of theatre, while fostering strong and close-knit bonds with one another. They learnt invaluable theatre lessons, such as being aware of their presence on stage, to take risks, and step out of their comfort zones to take on the dynamic rules as best as they could. At the same time, the countless hours spent labouring in rehearsals strengthened the ties between the CCA members and undoubtedly etched unforgettable memories of teamwork and camaraderie in their minds. As one J2 said, she will forever remember the immense joy of being able to work with and act with her favourite people.

As with preparing for any performance, the Drama Club’s road to College Day has been fraught with challenges. Preparing for a play is hard work, let alone the behind the scenes preparations of props and costumes. Furthermore, this challenge was compounded by the fact that Drama is a small CCA, and they were working with limited manpower. They acknowledge that it was only with dedication and practice that they managed to make their group movements more fluid and synchronised.   Fortunately, everyone came together and put in their best effort to help out and put on the best performance they could.

After months of hard work, the Drama Club will finally reap the fruits of their labour during what will definitely be an unforgettable College Day performance. The J2s summed up their performance in one sentence, “the audience can look forward to a comedic performance that captures the essence of this year’s College Day theme, ‘Light the Way’ while imagining the founding of the 5 houses in a theatrical way”. ‘Project Mooncake’ is also the J1’s first ever production, making the experience all the more special. Their hope is that everyone will “enjoy the effort they have invested into the show” and we are sure the audience will!

We, for one, cannot wait to witness their creative expression come to life at the College Day concert and we are sure that it will be a crowd favourite!

Remember to get your tickets for the College Day and head on down to University Cultural Centre at 7.30pm this Saturday, 11 May. See you there!



Light the Way: Coming Together as One

“One minute on stage takes ten years of hard work” is a Chinese saying that best encapsulates EJ Chinese Orchestra’s dedication to the College Day concert. Find out why this is so in the fourth installment of ‘Light the Way’.

Written by: Dillon Phang (19-I4), Jo Yeoul (19-A2), Zhao Keyang (19-I1)

Designed by: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photograph taken by: Jacey Teoh (18-E1)

“This performance felt like a barrier which we all had to overcome and prove to ourselves that we all possessed the skills and potential to reach greater heights and be known as one of the better orchestras in Singapore,” says Aidan Lau, the incoming Vice-President of EJ Chinese Orchestra (EJ CO). EJ CO was one of the rising stars in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF), achieving a Distinction, the highest honour attainable for this competition. For an orchestra as young as theirs, this achievement is certainly remarkable. Yet today, a short breath away from their triumph, their eyes are already set on their next performance, the College Day Concert. In the 4th installment of our ‘Light The Way’ series leading up to College Day, we interviewed 2 members from EJ CO, Aidan Lau (19-E4) and Tan Yu Shuang (19-U1).

The pieces that we will get to enjoy on College Day have been carefully selected to show their best. Their first piece, ‘By The River’, is what enabled EJ CO to clinch a Distinction for SYF. This piece was composed by a local composer and seeks to express the scenery of the Singapore River. It is a piece truly befitting a orchestra; coordination, precision, and keen awareness are required to make the piece coherent. The members had to constantly listen to each other’s music even as they prepare to play themselves. The introduction to this piece is technically challenging to play, with various instruments playing note after note, in perfect time and harmony. Yet EJ CO will do just that, delivering a melody that will carry us down the moonlit Singapore river. The sequences and rhythm are reminiscent of flickering fireflies, lighting the way as we relax and enjoy the view and the music.

The second piece is called “大宅门”, which translates to ‘Grand Mansion Gate’. This piece paints a narrative of the interactions between the rich and the poor. Some instruments take up the role of the rich and playing melodies, portraying the image of them being joyful and enjoying their lives. Yet beneath all that are the other instruments acting as the poor, strumming the sounds of their resentment, anger and frustrations towards the upper class and expressing their complaints about their arduous daily lives. The starkly different tones played by the two different groups of instruments come together to give a bustling atmosphere that would surely leave listeners enthralled.

In preparation for their SYF and College Day performance, it is evident that EJ CO members have put in an immense amount of hard work to improve their playing. When asked about this, Aidan recalled having to stay in school till late hours for practice sessions and having to juggle between academic commitments and extra training sessions in preparation for the performance. This showcases EJ CO’s desire to deliver the best performance they can on College Day. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that EJ CO allowed many inexperienced players to be part of the lineup for College Day. This lack of experience has not stopped them from putting in their utmost efforts and wanting to do their very best. Many of these students actually went the extra mile to come down to the CO room to practice during their breaks in curriculum hours, hoping to perfect their skills with every opportunity given.

When asked about what they treasure the most out of this journey, Yu Shuang answers that it would be the relationships she has formed over the past few months. Her section-mates have showed her tremendous help for her to be confident enough in herself to be able to perform on Saturday, and she looks forward to performing with them as one orchestra on stage. For Aidan, he wishes to thank his conductor. He mentions that his conductor’s humour and approachable personality allowed the orchestra to better understand his ideas and intentions, and hence playing the piece how it is supposed to be played. Not to forget the J2 seniors, who he mentions have been the people who have constantly encouraged everyone and kept everyone focused.

The Chinese Orchestra has undoubtedly put in a lot of time and dedication for this one night. With this being their first performance after clinching Distinction in this year’s SYF, they hope to prove to the audience that they deserved to be awarded with such outstanding results. They have helped each other every step of the way, and together improved themselves from a small orchestra with little participation to one which achieved stellar results on the biggest stages. And now, for one last time as a joint cohort, they hope to be able to showcase their capabilities to the audience. So buy a ticket for college day, and enjoy the handcrafted melody of these traditional Chinese instruments as they come together to present you with one breathtaking performance!

Light the Way: Many Noteworthy Voices, One Perfect Harmony

EJ Choir never fails to surprise and enchant us with their voices. In this article, the Origin* takes an exclusive look behind the scenes of EJ Choir and their journey towards the final show.

Written by: Beverly Tan (19-E3), Li Xin Rong (19-I4), Sit Jie Ren (19-I4)

Designed by: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photograph taken by: Jacey Teoh (18-E1)

EJ Choir’s melodious voices are usually reserved for the competitive season, namely the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF), which has just passed. After clinching a ‘Distinction’ for SYF a few weeks ago, EJ Choir is gearing up once again for the upcoming ‘Light the Way’ concert on 11th May 2019. More of the student body will be able to hear their unique performances, many for the first time. Their journey continues, a cycle which has been fraught with challenges but is now bearing the fruits of their labour.

On a balmy Monday morning, the three of us interviewed Gabrielle Joly Lee (19-A3), Gabriel Tan (19-A4) and Gaston Liew (19-A2), three J1 members from EJ Choir.

For starters, we asked them how they practiced, and whether or not they practiced at home. “Normally we practise at MEP Room 1 and our practice days are on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm”, says Joly. According to Gabriel, the Choir members “send themselves recordings of themselves singing to listen on the go”. To quote Gaston, while “practice was encouraged, it was not enforced”. Taking into account that the Choir members have their own hectic schedules to deal with, it may be difficult to find time to practise, especially with looming deadlines and numerous CA tests.

It was no doubt that the days leading to the College Day performance have been fraught with challenges; juggling multiple commitments in their hectic JC lives while maintaining the quality of their practice is just one of them. According to Joly, “time constraints, especially because the College Day performance is near lecture tests like the economics lecture test” was an issue majority of the Choir members faced. In addition, they had to be more conscious of their diet and consume less fried and spicy food in order to preserve their voices for the final show. Gaston cited the inconsistency during practice sessions as a challenge because “one practice may be good but another may not be as good as the previous one”. This is to be expected as the different hours of each school day leaves them at varying levels of lethargy, which would affect their vocal performance. It is indeed a mean feat for the Choir members to ensure their voices are in the best condition for practices and the eventual performance, all while juggling their personal commitments.

Upon asking what they would be performing on College Day, and whether or not they would be keeping it a secret, the three of them shared conspiratorial smiles, but still shared it with us. The 2 songs they will be singing are ‘My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land’ and ‘O Sapientia’.

“My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land” is a choral piece composed by Edward Elgar, an English composer. Hauntingly beautiful and enthralling, it tells the tale of the separation of two lovers, hinting at the possible death of one of them in war. ‘O Sapientia’ translates to ‘of wisdom’ in Latin. It is an old piece that was one of the Great O Antiphons, taking the form of short chants that were once recited as part of liturgical tradition. Gaston further elaborates that the “two songs are very contrasting pieces in the way they sound, having different musical textures and it would be interesting to listen to two very different songs”. The presentation will be a unique one, with the different languages they are chorusing in and the different emotions they would inspire.

In all, there is no particular theme for Choir’s performance, although it will follow the theme set by the name of the College Day Concert, “Light the Way” .

Last but not least, we rounded up our interview with the hackneyed question, “What does Choir mean to you?”

To Joly, EJ Choir is like a family; a place where she knows none of her friends would judge her and where due acknowledgement is given. “It’s just like how you always look forward to see your closest friends or your family after a long day,” she said with little hesitation, “This is one of the reasons that I am motivated to do my best for Choir.” Gabriel adds on that even when they are not practicing, they still spend time together, be it playing badminton together or chatting online. “Sometimes, when we stay in school, we just chill or study together. I think Choir has really brought us together.” Finally, Gaston shares that they enjoy singing and creating music together. “It’s quite a beautiful thing because everyone matters in creating the sound they create,” referring to the overall melody that is strung together to form a masterpiece they can be proud of.

The sentiment is bracing and sincere, leaving little room to question their strong bond. By performing as one heart, one mind, we are sure that EJ Choir will put up a captivating show on College Day. Press would like to wish Choir the best of luck for their concert and we certainly look forward to watching their performance on the 11th of May.  

Light the Way: Symphony of Sound

What are the performing arts CCAs doing for the College Day Concert? Find out more in our ‘Light the Way’ series! The Origin* will be featuring each performing arts CCA in a series of 5 articles leading up to College Day. First up, we have EJ Band!

Written by: Aloysius Tng (19-U4), Lee Keng Yan (19-U1), Clarence Sim (19-A6)

Designed by: Athena Lim (19-A4)

Photograph Taken By: Yau Yu Hao (18-I6)

In this piece, we will be showcasing our very own Eunoia Symphonic Band, a CCA that has been with us from the very start. Snagging a distinction in their very first Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) in 2017, Band has been one of Eunoia’s core aesthetic CCAs with many successful performances under their belt. With over 50 veteran members and instruments ranging from the triangle to the double bass, Eunoians are in for a treat, as they will get to see all of these in action at the University Cultural Centre on 11th May when they perform for our Eunoia College Day concert! Today, we will be interviewing the Symphonic Band President Chang Aik Chuan from 18-U1 and a dedicated J1, Zhang Runze, from 19-U4.

Party in Space, composed by Lee Jinjun is the set piece for the SYF 2019 Arts Presentations for Concert Bands. Clocking in at just over three and a half minutes, it’s not a stereotypical work of classical music that one might expect a band piece to be, with its off kilter rhythms and varying melodic contours. The piece begins with a short  but strong introduction, before rapidly transitioning into a softer passage showcasing the various brass instruments. The piece goes through several builds and climaxes; none of these are as great as the ending, when the drum set ushers in the trombone glissando and the entire band bursts into rapture, playing their own little piece of the melody.

Sea of Wisdom, composed by Daisuke Shimizu is a stunning piece that takes the listener on a sonic journey through various soundscapes. The beginning of the piece depicts an image of a  serene and tranquil ocean, with seagulls (clarinets in disguise) in one’s mind, providing an even more surreal effect. As the song progresses, the clear skies turn into a ferocious thunderstorm, as the piece gains a newfound sense of urgency and tension. After this thunderstorm, grey clouds give way to rays of sunshine as the band slowly but surely grows louder as one, finishing the piece with a majestic and triumphant series of crescendos. The most prominent part about this piece is probably the saxophone solo which is played twice as it represents a solitary voice of strength and hope; it is assuring, resolute and melodically beautiful.

The pieces are certainly fitting for the occasion, and for Symphonic Band. When asked about the significance of their participation in the College Day Concert, the response was that of hope. For Symphonic Band, the College Day concert is an opportunity to showcase their hours of sweat and work. It’s proof of their identity as a band, a harmonic cohesive that plays with one sound. Symphonic Band has been hard at work for the past few months, with our interviewees feeling that band has worked its hardest, and can say with utmost confidence that they are ready to put up a good show. This year’s College Day is going to be an almost-surreal, almost-unreal one, and Symphonic Band is determined to seize this opportunity to showcase their talents.

As we interviewed them, their excitement and determination was palpable. Aik Chuan felt that it would be a very surreal experience, as they would be transitioning from a small school stage to a prominent concert hall while Runze was evidently hyped for this performance and for everyone’s efforts to pay off.

As College Day approaches, some pieces come to their end. As the seniors prepare to hand over the baton, their wish is this: for the J1 musicians to, of course, practise hard together, but also to cherish their time together. Runze expressed deep appreciation for their seniors’ guidance and acceptance, which has eased them into the various expectations demanded of a high-level performance. Their gratitude shines through in their wish to carry on their seniors’ legacy, continuing to create Eunoia’s sound with the incoming J1s as one Band.

Gruelling months of training will culminate into one stunning performance on the 11th of May, so don’t miss the chance to witness them in action! Come down to the University Cultural Centre on that day to see all five of our Performing Arts CCAs come together to create a stellar performance for everyone!


Just in: SYF Results Release – a hearty congratulations to Symphonic Band for obtaining the Certificate of Distinction!