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SJI NPCC

Newsletter 2015

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Table of Contents
Forewordpg3
End of Year Reviewspg5
.22 Revolver Shooting Competition.pg7
Inter-Area .38 Revolver Shooting Competition...pg8
X-Challengepg9
Inter Unit Games....pg10
Adventure Training Camp..pg11
Survival Training Camp.pg12
VIA..pg13
Enrichment Coursespg15
Moving Forward........pg17

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Foreword
By OC Unit, Ms Lynette Lin
Good Afternoon,
It is an honour to be writing this address as the new OC Unit 2015 to lead the Unit. I would like to
personally thank Mr Winston Chew who has gone way and above his all last year as the OC Unit to
have made me transit in this year so smoothly. This year we would also like to officially welcome our
new Teacher officers, Mr Koh Chee Yeong and Ms Melissa Lim. Mr Koh will be taking charge of the
Secondary 1 squad and will be in charge of all events and competitions, together with Mr Chew. Ms
Melissa Lim will be taking charge of the current Secondary 2 squad and will be in charge of all
Values-in-Action (VIA) and Community Safety and Security Programs (CSSP) matters.
This year, we also have the honor to have 2 capable Cadet Inspectors (CI) joining us, Ong Jun Feng
Jeremy and Tan Hong Liang Ryan. We are very thankful that they have chosen to come back and
serve the Unit.
It has been a very good start for us this year with a big haul for us as our Unit has been awarded the
Sustained Achievement Award and for a continuous 5 years of attaining the Gold award for the Overall
Unit Proficiency Award (UOPA). As a result of achieving the Gold Award for 5 consecutive years, SJI is
one of the 6 schools who received the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Silver Cane.
We should thank firstly, all the batches beforehand who have put in their hard work, up to our current
Batches which includes all of you who have made this possible. It has not been easy but we have
made it yet again.
Secondly, our dedicated pool of volunteers, the Honorary Officer and past and present Cadet
Inspectors, for their unstinting effort and time to the Unit on top of their own challenges of
post-secondary education. They are certainly a vital cog in the Units functions and play an
instrumental role in ensuring the success of their program.
Last but not least, our Teacher Officers, Mrs Mishaelle Chua for overseeing the administrative
elements of running the Unit, Ms Chew Huifang for guiding and mentoring her cadets and
accompanying her cadets for their NPCC activities and most importantly, Mr Winston Chew, the OC
Unit for 2014, who put everything together, overseeing the entire running of the Unit from training to
administration. Our success in 2014 is a result in of everyones effort in ensuring the smooth running of
our program.
With the publication of our annual newsletter, it brings the close of another year. A year filled with tears
and joy, sadness and bliss, trials and tribulations, success and victory. A look back at the year would
present us with many things to be proud about, with respectable finishing positions in the X-Challenge
Competition and .22 Shooting Competition and the Unit Overall Proficiency Award (UOPA) Gold
Award for the fifth consecutive year just being some of the highlights.
It feels like a very short period of time from when Batch 42 took over Batch 41 in July 2014. Stepping
up as Cadet Leaders with its many challenges and wading into uncharted waters, they were unfamiliar
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at first to their new roles and responsibilities. However, in a short span of time, the cadets were able to
quickly function as an extremely effective team, led by Muhammad Riaz Bin Jamalullah, Tan Qi Sheng
and Koh Yang Kai. With their hard work and sheer determination, they have successfully brought the
Unit to the next level and certainly improved every aspect of the Unit, from the overall standard of the
cadets to the minute details on the blog. We would like to once again thank Batch 42 for all the
memories they have made with us and also for their effort to the Unit!
With Batch 42 stepping down from the Unit, their leadership appointments will now be taken up by
Batch 43, spearheaded by SGT Tan Yi Long, SGT Lim Ji Xuan and SGT Yeo Yu Jun.
The Unit also sees the completion of CI Michael Lohs two year stint as Cadet Inspector. We would like
to personally thank him for all the time, effort and contributions he has made to our Unit and we wish
him all the best for his future endeavors!
Our NPCC Unit has been consistently producing capable leaders despite our relatively young age
compared to the other Uniformed Groups in SJI. Despite many challenges that our Unit has faced, we
have managed to exceed our goals and targets that we have set as a Unit. However, we should remain
humble and aim to do better than what we did before. With the year 2016 fast approaching, we should
gear ourselves towards affirming our position among other Units, going strength to strength in
competitions and events and also aim towards developing our cadets to competent leaders.
I am confident that the Unit will move forth and scale to greater heights.

Ora et Labora,

A/ASP (NPCC) Lynette Lin

OC Unit

St Josephs Institution

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End of Year reviews


By Head of Publicity, SSGT (NPCC) Samuel Chang Jung Tao

The Silver Cane


This year, Saint Josephs Institution National Police
Cadet Corps (SJI NPCC) attained the prestigious
Silver Cane award for the second time. This award is
given to NPCC Units for the achievement of attaining
the Unit Overall Proficiency Award (UOPA) Gold
Award for 5 consecutive years. SJI NPCC has
delightfully received this award through its hard work
and determination over the last 5 years. This award
will serve as an important milestone and will drive
SJI NPCC to continue its work towards bringing glory
to SJI and the Unit in the years to come. The Unit will
work towards the Excellence Achievement Award
(10 years) with the help of our newly appointed
Cadet Leaders, Cadet Inspectors and Teacher Officers.
Enrichment Courses
As a Unit, SJI NPCC strives to deliver a program that encourages holistic development of all its cadets.
SJI NPCC is thus, proud to introduce an array of enrichment courses this year to supplement its
weekly training schedule to bolster the robustness of its program. With a wide selection of courses,
from archery to baking, these new courses will certainly be something that the cadets will enjoy. These
enrichment courses will also serve as a platform to forge bonds between the different batches and
create unforgettable memories. Despite only being its first year, the enrichment courses has seen
much success among the cadets and will continue to remain popular in the coming years.
Carrying on the Flame
With reflective hearts and open minds, we look back on the year of 2015 to analyse and review our
mistakes and successes as well as those of our seniors. We will learn from our past mistakes and
strive towards excellence in the coming year. Moreover, we will do our best to nurture all cadets into
men that will do SJI proud as well as Cadet Leaders (CLs) who will provide care and concern for their
juniors. This year was also the second time that SJI NPCC obtained the Silver Cane. Therefore, we
hope that the next batch of CLs will continue to guide the Unit to greater heights and enjoy similar, if not
greater, success that our batch as well as the previous batches have enjoyed.

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Station Inspector Riaz leading the Supporting Contingent at the Annual Parade.

Teacher Officers having a break during Unit Training Camp.

Cadets receiving the Best Cadet Award for their respective squads from the Guest of
Honour at the Annual Parade.
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Competitions
.22 Revolver Shooting Competition
By Deputy Head of Logistics, CPL (NPCC) Zacc Koh De Wei
One of the flagship events of NPCC is the annual .22 revolver shooting competition. The competition is
held by NPCC HQ at the Home Team Academy range and consists of three rounds. The first round
consisted of 8 rounds being fired at a Figure 2 target, at a distance of 15 meters with a time limit of 20
seconds. The target is then switched to the NRA centre-fire target for the second and third rounds and
involved firing 8 bullets, at 9 and 15 metres respectively in 30 seconds. A maximum score of 200 points
can be earned from the three rounds of shooting. For the Figure 2 target, there are two areas - within
and out of the boxed area. 5 points are awarded for hitting within the box and 2 points for the area out
of the box. For the NRA target, it is similar to a bullseye target, and points are awarded in incremental
values of 2 based on distance from the centre, up to a maximum of 10 points per shot.
SJI NPCC sent two teams to the preliminary rounds of the shooting competition this year. Despite the
intense competition, Team 1 managed to achieve a score that placed them within the Top 10 for the
preliminaries, and thus proceeded to the finals. Team 2 gave their best and was placed at a
respectable 22nd position out of 160 teams that took part in the competition.
On the day of the finals, it was a nerve-wracking wait as our boys waited for their turn. Nervousness
and anticipation could be seen from their faces as they waited, but as their turn came, they stepped up
to the plate and gave their best. Our boys eventually fired SJI to 9th overall in the face of fierce
competition from traditional powerhouses, which was an achievement testament to their hard work
and belief. We hope to build on our results and perform better in 2016.

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Shooting Team 1: SI(NPCC) Koh Yang Kai, SI(NPCC)Tan Qi Sheng, SSGT(NPCC) Lachlan Pang ,
SGT(NPCC)Zacc Koh, SSGT(NPCC) Ivan Neo (9th Position)
Shooting Team 2: SSGT(NPCC) Yeo Yu Jun, SSGT(NPCC) Lim Ji Xuan, SSGT(NPCC) Tan Yi Long,
SSGT(NPCC) Na Byung Hee, SGT(NPCC) John Paul Lim Jie Min (22nd Position)

Inter-Area .38 Revolver Shooting Competition


By CI (NPCC) Jeremy Ong
The experience of shooting with the revolver at the Cadet Inspector (CI) and Officer level
may not be an entirely new experience, considering the fact that all cadets go through the
.22 Classification Shoot in Secondary 3, but the excitement and thrill of handling the firearm
are one and the same.
As a civilian in Singapore, having the opportunity to use the .38 Taurus revolver is indeed
rare, not to mention the fact that it is also the same weapon carried by the Singapore Police
Force. Handling the .38 revolver as compared to the .22 revolver used by cadets is actually
quite a different experience. Having a greater calibre, the revolver can only hold 5 bullets
instead of 8, and the increase in the recoil of firing is definitely noticeable.
Shooting a total of 30 rounds, 20 for the Figure 2 target and 10 for the NRA target, the
experience has allowed me to apply the techniques learnt when I was a cadet to shoot
accurately. Things such as body positioning, breathing techniques, proper sighting, and
pulling of the trigger, could only be truly understood when one actually held the revolver.
This year in particular, our area has done especially well, with full representation at the finals
for all individual and team categories at both CI and Officers level. Perhaps with a certain
degree of luck, since the dry practice just before the actual shoot was the only chance I had
at practicing, I had also managed to attain the fifth position in the Individual Male CI
category.
I look forward to participating in the shooting competition again next year, and I wish all
Secondary 3 cadets who will be shooting for their Marksmanship Badge in due time all the
best.

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X-Challenge
By CPL (NPCC) Julian Chua Wei En
Newly launched in 2014, the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Inter-Unit X-Challenge was a
competition that sought to test NPCC cadets in their proficiency in various areas, namely campcraft
activities, physical endurance, as well as general knowledge about NPCC itself.
Two teams were sent to represent Saint Josephs Institution (SJI) in the X-Challenge this year, and
although they were unable to reach the finals, the cadets who participated in the competition came
away with something more valuable than the medals given out to the champions: companionship with
one another. The X-Challenge has not only served to sharpen their minds and strengthen their
resilience as a squad, it has also developed esprit de corps among the cadets. Their indomitable spirits
and unwavering determination in the face of the many difficult challenges in the competition enabled
them to pull through in the toughest of situations and forged many memorable moments with everyone
in the team.
Communication and clarity were also key aspects in the teams that were enhanced after the
competition, as the cadets who participated had to coordinate their movements and actions together to
overcome the obstacles they faced in the challenges.

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Inter-Unit Games
by Head of Operations, SSGT (NPCC) Ivan Neo
The Hai Sing Catholic National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Can you Escape? Competition was
interesting as it was themed as an escape room, a very different theme as compared to the usual
sports Inter Unit Games(IUGs). I participated in this competition with 3 seniors, Arif, Sean and Byung
Hee, who made this experience more entertaining.
We first had to create a team flag to represent our school using NPCC skills such as campcraft etc. As
it would be difficult for everyone to agree on one design, we made something each and put them
together to form our team flag.
Eventually it was our turn to enter the escape room. Searching every single corner of the classroom,
we only gathered a few numbers to solve the puzzle. Hence, we tried random combinations with the
numbers we found, solving it in 16 minutes out of the 30-minute limit. We were excited when we were
told that we were the fastest group so far.
Later, we found out that another school had attained a timing of 13 minutes. Nevertheless, we were
extremely happy to be 2nd in the competition. I learnt to work as a team efficiently, from creating the
team flag to solving the puzzle. I felt that this was one of the best IUGs I have participated in, and I
hope to be able to join a similar IUG again.

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Adventure Training Camp


By CPL (NPCC) Dylan Peh Hong Kah
For my first time at Camp Resilience at Pulau Ubin, I had imagined the Adventure Training Camp (ATC)
to be extremely tiresome and rigid. However, I learnt that ATC was not only to help us as Secondary 2
Cadets to build upon the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) core values but also to help us go out of
our comfort zones and to experience new things.
I had a memorable experience and learned much in Area 15's ATC on Pulau Ubin. For example,
through meeting new cadets from other squads in Area 15, I managed to become friends with them
and got through many gruelling activities such as the Land Expedition on Day 2 of the Camp.
The camp has also underpinned a new sense of discipline which I felt had been diluted for too long. On
one occasion, as we were walking back to Camp Resilience, our Cadet Inspectors sounded the 'hornet
alarm' to apprise us of the presence of hornets. Upon hearing this alarm, some of us, myself included,
broke from the group and ran for our lives. We later learned that it was a false alarm meant to solidify
our adherence to commands from our seniors, and we were berated for our loose discipline. Instead of
dropping to the ground and covering our necks, following standard procedure, we had let our hearts
conquer our heads and legs. This incident made me realize the importance of following orders as a
proper cadet should do.
On the whole, ATC has taught us how to embrace the unexpected and have the confidence to try new
things. ATC has also built upon the core values of NPCC which our Cadet Leaders had already
instilled in us.

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Survival Training Camp


By Deputy Head of Publicity, SGT (NPCC) Sean Teo Pang Boon
This being the second camp that I had attended at Camp Resilience on Pulau Ubin, I had expected
that this camp was something that I just had to pass through to get a badge. However, that was not the
case at all.
Throughout the camp, I came into contact with many people whom I would never thought of talking to.
This included both some of my squadmates as well as cadets from other schools.
The aim of the camp was to hone our leadership skills as well as our communication so that we would
be able to lead our Unit as incoming Cadet Leaders(CLs). But, I felt that it taught us much more than
that. I believe that the camp also taught us the importance of teamwork and that we need each other
for the whole Unit to function properly.
This was enforced through the activities that we had to go through for the 3 days and 2 nights camp.
The first day was started off by ice breakers where we got split up into different groups and got to
socialise with cadets from other squads. I was quite nervous as I was separated from my usual friends
in my squad and placed in a totally different environment. But, the group that I was in welcomed
everyone as friends and we forged bonds that lasted throughout the camp and these bonds helped us
to overcome the challenges we faced in the form of activities such as the High Ropes Challenge(HRC)
and deciding on the skit we were to perform on Campfire Night.
Overall, the camp was very enjoyable as well as beneficial for a Secondary 3 cadet who was going to
take on much more responsibilities in the Unit as well in other areas. Even though the camp has
passed, the bonds made, memories created as well as skills improved have left a deep impression on
me. And so I continue to exhibit the qualities learnt at the camp even in my daily life.

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VIA Projects
By Head of Values-in-Action, SSGT (NPCC) Ralph Chester Alejanaria Pe
The Values-in-Action(VIA) that we organised is to provide fellow cadets the opportunity to earn
Community Involvement Program(CIP) hours which would help them in the future. In addition, it allows
cadets to make a difference within the communities that they are in. One project that we have
organised is the Police Young Ambassador (PYA).
In PYA, we would go to the neighbouring flats and hand out flyers to raise awareness about the most
common crimes in that area. We partnered with Bishan Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) to carry
out the project. The project would have benefited the residents as it raised awareness of the common
crimes. Another project that we have in our VIA is The Big Sweep.
This is the project in which we visit the houses of the elderly who are less fortunate than us and spend
some time cleaning their houses and accompanying them for a while. This project allows us to have a
glimpse into their lives while also reminding us that we are very fortunate. Additionally, this keeps in
line with our school values that we should never forget the last the lost and the least.

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Enrichment Courses
By Deputy Head of Logistics, CPL(NPCC) Yuknavell S/O Thiyagarajan
Apart from engaging in strenuous trainings, Saint Josephs Institution National Police Cadet Corps (SJI
NPCC) have also taken part in various courses designed for the cadets leisure and entertainment.
Cadets were offered a multitude of choices: They could opt to hone their marksmanship by taking part
in either Laser-Tag or Archery, or they could decide to strengthen their bodies while kayaking at
Kallang. Baking was also offered to the cadets as a chance for them to embrace the domestic aspects
of their lives.
To foster closer ties and promote a sense of camaraderie among the cadets, team-based competitions
were set up in both the Laser-Tag and Archery courses, allowing the cadets to effectively grasp the
importance of leadership and teamwork.
Meanwhile, the kayaking course was designed to enable the cadets to toughen both mind and body,
as they would have to familiarize themselves with the techniques and strokes to ensure they would
succeed in obtaining the One Star award in kayaking. After going through a couple of grueling
kayaking sessions, the cadets emerged from the course with tempered minds and robust physiques,
along with the One Star certification in the water sport.
As for baking, the Secondary Three cadets were filled with mirth and elation as they led their juniors in
the baking session, assisting them with their difficulties in operating the ovens and setting a
benchmark for them in the standard of the buns they were to bake. At the end of the session, every
cadet left delighted with their success in producing top quality buns.

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Moving Forward to 2016


By Station Inspector, SSGT(NPCC) Tan Yi Long
In the past year, our Unit has reached commendable milestones and achievements. Strong
finishes in the annual .22 Shooting Competition and attaining the Silver Cane justifies that
statement. With the year now behind us, we must look towards the future, building on the
strong foundation laid by previous batches.
Though we have done well in last years competitions, there is no room for complacency,
only room for improvement. A look into the new year would find three exciting
competitions for us to show improvements. High placings in the bi-annual Campcraft
Competition, .22 Shooting Competition and X- Challenge Competition, and adding another
UOPA Gold Award are lofty ambitions but at the same time well within our reach.
With dogged determination and unshakable faith in ourselves, I believe that this batch of cadets
will be able to hit our targets that we have set.
The cadets of SJI NPCC are ultimately what truly make the Unit. As such, we should, as a
Unit, focus on producing, not only a excellent cadet, but also people of values. Hard skills,
like campcraft and drills, are undeniably important to every NPCC cadet. However, without
the just morals and characteristics of a person, our cadets would not fit the profile of a
NPCC Cadet, becoming a substandard version of what we have envisioned them to be.
Therefore, our main goal is to groom our cadets into honest, sympathetic and humble
people, armed with the right attitude and values, who are capable and competent leaders
able to lead the Unit in the future.

Ora et Labora,
SGT (NPCC) Tan Yi Long
SJI NPCC Station Inspector

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