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• SJI Crest

The present crest of St. Joseph’s Institution was introduced in 1950 to replace an older one (top right).

It was designed by Mr Richard Walker, the Art Supervisor of the Education Department. One of the underlying reasons for the change was that the symbols on the old crest were too difficult to identify.

The green field of the crest (Pantone 336C) is divided into four quadrants by a white cross, the symbol of the Christian faith. In the centre of the cross lies the logo of the Brothers, a five-pointed star, the Signum Fidei, the Sign of Faith. It has as its origin the Star of Bethlehem which led the Magi (wise men of the East) to the birth of Christ. In fact, Signum Fidei is the motto of the Brothers of the Christian Schools founded by St John Baptist de La Salle. It reminds all Josephians to centre their lives on faith and to reach always for the reachable star of their convictions and ideals.

In the top left quadrant are three interlocking circles, symbolising games and the sporting spirit of all Josephians.

In the top right quadrant is the lamp of knowledge on a book, which is a symbol for learning.

The Lion at the bottom left quadrant represents the courage and determination with which Josephians face the many challenges of life. It also reminds us that our school, the flagship of the Lasallian enterprise in Asia, was established in Singapura, the Lion City, in 1852.

At the bottom right quadrant of the crest is the monogram of the school - SJI.

The crown surmounting the crest symbolises victory - the victory of faith over the forces of evil. It also reminds us that St Joseph’s Institution was founded in the days when Singapore was still a British Colony. The Latin motto of the school, Ora et Labora (Pray and Work), is inscribed on the scroll at the bottom of the crest.
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• School Songs

At SJI, staff and students bond through song on the first day of school. With songs, Josephians bring to life through music a history of togetherness in the school.

The School Rally is steeped in history. The music is adapted from O'Donnell Aboo in 1597, and the lyrics were written by Brother Marcian James Cullen (1869-1938). The St Joseph’s Call is an adaptation of Ireland’s Call (a song commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union for use at international Rugby Union fixtures). SJI also received permission from Mr Phil Couter, who gave his permission to use the song. In 2005, St Joseph's Call made it into the school diary as a tribute to the contributions of the Irish Brothers.

The School Rally

Music: O’Donnell Aboo, 1597

Lyrics by Brother Marcian James Cullen (1869-1938)


All through our college, a voice is resounding,
Promptly respond to your duty’s sweet call.
Harken you all for the trumpet is sounding,
Your Mater’s proclaiming her watchword to all.

Chorus

Forward her children dear,
ever with hearts sincere,
Render with joy to your Mater her due.
All that is vile reject, heaven will e’er protect
Sons of St Joseph’s valiant and true

Onward and upward in life’s earnest battle,
Joyously bearing the brunt of the fight
Nobly forgiving, for all that may pain you,
And bravely defending the cause of the right.

Forward her children dear,
ever with hearts sincere,
Render with joy to your Mater her due.
All that is vile reject, heaven will e’er protect
Sons of St Joseph’s valiant and true

"Ora et Labora" your motto still bearing,
Forward with courage in ways that are just,
True to your standard, be serving and daring,
As faithful Josephians, in heaven you trust.


St. Joseph's Call

Come the day and come the hour
Come the power and the glory
We have come to answer
Our Mater’s call
To uphold the glory of St Joseph's

Chorus

St Joseph’s, St Joseph’s
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll heed St Joseph’s call

From the flaming red of Michael
To the yellow burst of Lawrence
From the green of Marcian
And Fintan blue
To uphold the glory of St Joseph's

St Joseph’s, St Joseph’s
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll heed St Joseph’s call

Hearts of steel
And heads unbowing
Vowing never to be broken
We will fight, until we
Can fight no more
To uphold the glory of St Joseph's

St Joseph’s, St Joseph’s
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll heed St Joseph’s call


Salute to the Alma Mater

(Roan Cruz)


Hail! Hail Alma Mater. Hail to S - J - I
We’ll hold your banner high with pride,
A shield of green and white
We’ll fight to keep your glory bright,
And never shall we fail.
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater. Hail, hail, hail!


The 125th Anniversary Song

(R W Mosbergen)


Josephians salute your Alma Mater,
she reigns majestically fair.
A landmark in our Lion City.
A symbol of the brave and true.

A century or more of history,
she proudly boasts her heritage
Our hearts glow as we gaze in wonder,
At the source of our faith and fame,
At the sound of her glorious name.

Sil’vry dome in the sunshine
Outstretch’d wings reach out warmly.
There within her portals,
We’ve forged our destiny

Steadfast through the decades,
Always undismayed.
Rise to her great motto
It’s simply work and pray.