“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
Amanda Leong Jo Yee, Class of 2015
From the Normal Technical stream to
Top Normal Academic Student and Student of the Year
Amanda was brought up by her grandmother who motivated her to do well in her studies. In 2011, Amanda was posted to the Normal Technical stream. At the end of Sec 2 she was offered a lateral transfer to the Normal Academic stream. Amanda hence repeated Sec 2 in the more academically-demanding stream. She went on to top the GCE N Level examination with six 1’s and one 3, a distinction for O Level Mathematics and an ELMaB3 aggregate of 7. She scored a distinction for CCA. She was also a recipient of the school’s Edusave Character Award, and the inaugural Student of the Year Award in 2015.
She is currently pursuing a Polytechnic Foundation Programme in Financial Informatics at Singapore Polytechnic. She said, “It had been a wonderful five years at West Spring, going through the challenges of my academic pursuits and dreams with the people who took care of me and pushed me to my potential. I am truly blessed to have been a student of West Spring, and I will always remember my days there.”
Loh Hong Rong, Class of 2011
From Polytechnic to Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Loh Hong Rong, Class of 2011, was featured in the Straits Times in May 2015 as one of the first from the Singapore Polytechnic Biotechnology course to get into the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine with a near-perfect GPA of 3.98. He was quoted, “I hope that by studying medicine, I can impact others some day.”
He was an active member of the NPCC unit and he returned to serve in NPCC as a cadet inspector from 2012 to 2015.
He has been an inspiration to other cadets. Even though he had a busy schedule, he made it a point to come back every week on Fridays to help train the NPCC cadets and impart the skills which he has acquired.
Prior to his enlistment in National Service, he contributed to the organisation of the SG 50 National Day Parade held in school. His dedication and commitment to the NPCC unit has been an inspiration, motivating more of his juniors to come back and serve at their unit.
Kwan Hui Shan, Class of 2009
From the Normal Technical stream to a University Degree
Hui Shan enrolled in the Normal Technical stream in 2005 with a PSLE T-score of 138. She was an active member of the NPCC and the cross-country team. She enrolled in a NITEC course in Medical Manufacturing Technology at ITE Central.
She worked very hard to achieve an outstanding GPA and subsequently completed a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Upon completion of her diploma, she enrolled into SIM-RMIT where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain.
Hui Shan’s success story is a timely reminder to all students that dreams will come true with self-belief, hard work and support from family, teachers and friends.
Murni Erdayu, Class of 2009
From the Normal Academic stream to NUS
Murni had a PSLE score of 159 and was posted to the NA stream in 2004. She obtained an ELMaB3 aggregate of 17 points in the GCE N Level examination. She did badly in the 2008 GCE O level and repeated in West Spring in 2009. Her second attempt at the GCE O level also ended with a poor result (1 subject pass).
She then moved on to the ITE to do a Nitec course in Nursing in 2010. In ITE, she was Chairperson of a CCA group and went on a youth expedition to Vietnam. She did well in the Nitec course and was allowed to proceed directly to do a Diploma in Nursing at Nanyang Polytechnic. She did well at Nanyang Poly and worked at SGH after graduation.
In 2017, she will begin her degree course in Nursing at NUS under a SGH sponsorship.
Peh Ming Hui, Class of 2008
From Dismal PSLE score to First Class Honours
Ming Hui came to West Spring in 2004 and was placed in the Express stream. Although he had a PSLE T-score of 189, he did very well for the GCE O-level examination and was featured in the New Paper on 25 January 2008.
He went on to do very well for his GCE A-level examination. He obtained 4 As for all his four H2 subjects and an ‘A’ for Project Work (H1). He also took Chemistry as H3 (Special Paper) and obtained a Merit. His UAS was 86.5 out of a possible 90.
Ming Hui signed on with the Army and became an officer. He received a local study award from the SAF for his university studies.
He eventually graduated with First Class Honours from NUS.