St Joseph’s Institution is the only Catholic Independent School in Singapore. Founded in 1852, it has a rich history and tradition spanning over 150 years. In fact, the school is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2012.
SJI is currently headed by Dr Koh Thiam Seng, the first Alumnus Principal of the school. Taking care of the learning needs of nearly 1,600 students in SJI are more than 150 teaching staff comprising Heads of Department, Heads of Level and teachers. The students and teachers are assisted by about 30 administrative and support staff.
Our teachers are, in true Lasallian tradition, big brothers and sisters to the boys under their charge. The strong pastoral care in SJI are manifested in our teachers who strongly believe in and live out the spiritual culture of the school.
With male teachers comprising nearly half the teaching staff, our boys benefit from having strong male role models. About 25 of them are also Old Boys of SJI who have returned to teach at their Alma mater, working in association with other teachers to preserve and pass on SJI traditions and culture.
There are currently three Brothers in SJI - Brother Jason Blaike, FSC, is an English teacher in SJI while Brother Kennedy is a Tamil Language teacher and Brother Paul Ho serves as an Allied Educator. Sr Julia Ong, an IJ Sister, is also serving as an Allied Educator. Friar Michael D’Cruz, an alumnus, is the school chaplain. The Brothers, Sister Julia and Friar are also involved in the curriculum development and teaching of the Religious, Moral and Social Education to the students.
About 30% of the staff have been with SJI for at least 10 years.
SJI Staff Profile - 2013
Clockwise from left: Mr Lim Eng Kong, Mrs Vivian Tan, Ms Elisa Tan, Mr Mohamed Tahir
|Mr Lim Eng Kong
Mr Lim teaches Geography and also serves as the ArtScience Mentor at SJI. He has the enviable position of also being the teacher in charge of Canoeing.
"Everybody goes through different chapters in their lives. Through teaching, I am very privileged to be given the opportunity where i can be one of the many characters that can help to shape and mould the character of the child in his life story."
|Mrs Vivian Tan
Mrs Tan is the HOD of Arts in SJI. She teaches Art and Design Thinking. She has nurtured many young talented Josephians, bringing out the best in their artistic qualities.
"Although I have taught Art for many years, I find that there are still so much more I can learn about the art of teaching Art... ways in which I can help my students learn the vital modes of seeing, imagining, inventing, and thinking. I believe that those who have learnt the lessons of the arts well will be prepared for the future.”
|Ms Elisa Tan
Ms Tan teaches Literature and English, Personal and Social Education, and Design Thinking. She was a runner and competitive rock climber in her schooling years and continues her involvement with sports as one of the teachers in charge of the SJI Athletics team.
"As a teacher, satisfaction comes from helping my students develop their talents and guiding them to work towards what they are truly passionate about. To quote Emerson: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Mr Mohamed Tahir
Mr Tahir is the HOD for PE and CCA. He teaches PE and assists the Asst Principal to oversee the CCA programme.
“The boys remind me of myself. Teaching gives me an opportunity to redeem myself by guiding my students to aim high and take the straight and narrow path. Unlike my experience, I hope to be able to teach all my students about the pitfalls and dangers of life, without having to experience them first hand.
I only hope that someday my students will say that I had made a positive difference in their lives".
SJI Staff Profile - 2011
SJI Staff Profile - 2010
SJI Staff Profile - 2009