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March: Alumnus Gabriel Lim Appointed As Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry

SJI congratulates alumnus Mr Gabriel Lim (Class of 1991) who has been appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1 April 2019. He will relinquish his appointment as Permanent Secretary (Communications and Information).

Mr Lim has held various appointments in the Ministry of Defence, Public Service Division/Civil Service College and Ministry of Health before his appointment as the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister in 2011. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority Singapore in 2014, Second Permanent Secretary (Communications and Information) in June 2016 and concurrently Chief Executive Officer, Infocommunications Media Development Authority in October 2016. He has been Permanent Secretary (Communications and Information) since 2017.

February: OBS Leadership and Service Award

Nur Shyartiana Binte Saifulbahri (IB Class of 2018) has been selected for the OBS Leadership and Service Award. She is our first female student to receive the award. She had a 2 Star Kayaking certification from her secondary school and participated in the Sibu Kayaking Expedition in 2017.

February: The Istana Heritage Gallery Challenge 2019

Alden Chew Jing Hong (LE203) was one of the 18 Year 2 students chosen to participate in the Istana Heritage Gallery (IHG) Challenge on 22 February. He shares his learning experience from this trip:

“This compact but informative gallery taught us about how the Istana began as the Government House. It was built on a nutmeg plantation owned by Charles Prinsep. I then understood that Prinsep Street was named after him. The IHG explained the transition of the post-independence period when emblems associated with the British colonial power were replaced by the new nation’s symbols of sovereignty such as the Istana, the state crest, the presidential standard and the presidential crest. The visit to the IHG allowed me to understand the three roles of the presidential – constitutional, ceremonial and community.

My team of 6 competed in three challenges – building a house of cards, making as many stars as we can from quilling strips and taking a photograph that is most iconic of the Istana. My favourite was the photo-taking as it tested us on what we have learnt about the Istana and also allowed our creativity to take over. The meaning of the games was quite surprising as we originally had little idea of their purpose. We later realised they were linked to the work of the President and the Istana. The time spent at the IHG allowed me to bond with my team.”
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February: Josephians Participate in Budget 2019 Dialogue

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Our students attended the Budget 2019 Dialogue organised by REACH on 21 February. The event was part of REACH’s Budget 2019 Feedback Exercise, following the FY2019 Budget announced by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on 18 February.

The session was chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Finance and Education and Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Social and Family Development, and REACH Chairman.

The students seized the opportunity to interact with the chairpersons on issues close to their hearts. The chairpersons expressed their happiness to see the participation of our students in the discussions.

February: What It Means To Be A Josephian

For the 4th year, the SJI Old Boys’ Association organised the talk for alumni to share with the new Year 1 boys on ‘What It Means To Be A Josephian’. The session on 21 February aims to help Year 1 students to appreciate the rich heritage of SJI and inspire them to become exemplary Josephians.

Choo Yi Ming (ML101) shared, “The arrival of alumnus Mr Han Chi Teng (Class of 1990) in the classroom was met with both anticipation and excitement. Mr Han who is currently a Financial Services Director spoke on what it meant to be a Josephian. After spending six years in a Lasallian school and having listened to many of such talks, I was a little sceptical. However, Mr Han’s talk was very meaningful. In a nutshell, he told us about how we should cherish the time in SJI as this is where we will encounter many challenges and it will be our friends in school who will brave them with us.

February: A Visit to the PSA

36 Economics students and teachers participated in the PSA’s Port Tour on 19 February. The tour began at the PSA Head office, with the viewing of their corporate video and a Q&A session with Mr Goh Mia Hock, Head of Group Process Excellence and his team from PSA. They then embarked on a tour to the Pasir Panjang Terminal, where they had the rare opportunity to observe how the PSA solves the logistical complexities of moving millions of its TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) through its port by leveraging on advanced technologies and developing innovative port solutions for its customers.

The students also visited the PSA Living Lab to preview PSA’s future Tuas Mega Port, which will be Singapore’s next-generation port. They saw the testing of the automated guided vehicles (AGV) that will transfer containers within the port in the future. The tour ended on high note with everyone gaining a deeper understanding of PSA’s reputation as a world-class company and a compelling port of choice for global shipping lines.
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February: Welcoming the Year 5s at Orientation Week and Campfire

The new Year 5s bonded with their new friends over a week-long orientation programme, to learn more about SJI and their new learning environment. Organised by the 6th Senior Student Council, Mr Christopher Ngoh and Ms Hazel Ho, the students experienced SJI’s rich history and traditions during the Heritage Challenge that was held within SJI and at her former campus at Bras Basah (now known as Singapore Art Museum). The students also had fun with the games during The Odyssey and a silent reflection on the experiences they went through during the week. The highlight was the campfire on 13 February, as the freshmen sang and cheered their hearts out throughout the night. Welcome to SJI, Year 5s!

February: SJI Commemorates Tercentenary of Founder at Inaugural Assembly

The Inaugural Celebration is our first formal school assembly where the entire school community gathers for the beginning of a new academic year. It is an occasion when the school comes together to celebrate its sense of being a Lasallian community. Josephians gather at this assembly as a praying Lasallian community, remembering the presence of God and adoring the Will of God for SJI in the new academic year.

At this celebration, we officially welcome the newest addition to the school – our students from Years 1 and 5, and the Year 3 Scholars, as well as members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The school also officially acknowledges all the student leaders who have been appointed to formal leadership positions at this assembly, where they take the pledge of leadership through service before the school community.

The event also commemorated #300Lasalle - the 300th anniversary of the death of our founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle. 2019 has been declared a Jubilee Year, which began on 17 November 2018 with the dedication of the sanctuary of Saint John Baptist de la Salle at the Generalate in Rome, and will conclude on 31 December 2019, the end of the Tercentenary and Year of Lasallian Vocations.

The inaugural assembly concluded with the distribution of ang-pows with a #300Lasalle keychain to all the students and oranges to the staff before the community was dismissed for an early reunion on Chinese New Year eve.

(For the full Principal’s address at the assembly, click here.)

January: Josephians Indulge in Lunar New Year Festivities

Our students indulged in a series of festive activities in preparation of the Lunar New Year. They took the opportunity to make lanterns using ang pows (red packets), create paper cuttings of auspicious characters, and practise their calligraphic writing of spring couplets (春联).

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January: SJI Welcomes Year 1 Boys at the Annual Orientation Campfire

More than 500 parents and guests witnessed the close of the Year 1 Orientation at the campfire on 18 January. The lighting of the fire at the Star (Signum Fidei) is symbolic of the Josephian Spirit that ignites in each Josephian. The ambience was exhilarating as everyone cheered and sang the school songs with great gusto and enthusiasm.

Welcome to the SJI family, Year 1s!

January: Year 3 Josephians Bond at TABA

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"TABA" - which means Together-and-by-Association, was a unique experience aimed at helping the Year 3 cohort bond within their new classes for the next two years they have ahead of them.

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Our Year 3s spent an entire day at Sentosa and Vivocity on 17 January, to get to know each other better with their Form Tutors. They began with the Amazing Race, where there were challenges that required the teams to complete their tasks in order to unlock their checkpoints. After the race and lunch, the boys continued with their creative class bonding games at Vivocity or Palawan Beach at Sentosa.

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January: YoungXHUSH Speaks

Summer Yu-Ning Walters (TG617) shares her experience at the “YoungXHUSH Speaks: Inspiration for Action” organised by Hush Teabar, which she attended with Matthew Chang (TG607) on 16 January.
“We heard many inspiring stories from individuals, one of whom was Mr Barney Swan who trekked to the South Pole at the age of 23. His accomplishment was astounding as it was the very first expedition that relied only on renewable energy. Through him, we learnt about the importance of self-reflection, and the need to be mindful of our actions. Other speakers shared about initiatives they were taking to spread the importance of mental health.

As representatives of the YoungXHUSH community in SJI, we had the opportunity to share about our development as a movement, and our plans to spread the importance of mindfulness to other students, beginning with the Secondary 1 students in SJI. Having gained inspiration from this event, we want to persevere in our endeavours to spread awareness and the practice of mindfulness within SJI.”

January: SJI Class of 2018 Excels at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations

14 January – SJI’s Class of 2018 has performed well in the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. The school achieved 100% passes, with 100% receiving at least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes. All the boys will advance to junior colleges and polytechnics for their post-secondary education, with 94% of the boys qualifying for junior college.

This is the 3rd full O-Level class that entered SJI in 2015. 42% (106 out of 250 boys) scored 6As or better, and 43% (107 of 250) of the boys achieved scores of 10 points or less (L1B5).

SJI is proud of the following students who have performed very well in the 2018 GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. They testify to the holistic education that SJI provides. We congratulate these seven boys who entered SJI with PSLE scores below the cut-off point (before MOE’s 2015 admission by appeal policy) and are now graduating with less than 10 points:
Ethan Lewis Ng Cheng Ye
Christian Thaddeus Beh Liang K
Kyes Gaffoor
Rachmiel Teo Ren Xiang
Adrian Leonardo
Ryan Cheng Rong Zhuo
Mark Chew Wei Wen

SJI Principal, Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, says, “I am very happy for our Class of 2018. Today we celebrate what we profess and do as Lasallian educators in SJI -- that every boy can do well; that no student is left behind; that every Josephian will graduate and go forth to shine like a sky full of stars. I wish to thank all our teachers, Heads, Dean and VPs for their good work, dedication and passion, who gave so much of themselves to help our students do well. They are the secret of SJI's success: their care and love for our students have made all the difference!

Summary of SJI’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination Results 2018
Number of students who sat for the GCE 'O' Level examinations 250
Pass rate/ Qualify for JC/Polytechnic education (%) 100%
Boys who qualified for JC education (%) 94%
Boys with 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes (%) 100%
Boys with 6A’s or more (%) 42%
Boys with scores of less than 10 points (L1R5) (%) 43%
Distinctions (A’s) per student (%) 59%

Subjects With High Distinctions: SJI
English Language 62%
Mathematics 87%
Additional Mathematics 77%
Physics 69%
Humanities (SS, History) 64%
Geography 61%
Chemistry 54%
Humanities (SS, Geography) 52%

January: SJI Class of 2018 Excels at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Examinations

4 January – SJI’s Class of 2018 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students have performed very well in the November 2018 examinations. 269 students from our fifth IBDP cohort were awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an average score of 41 out of 45 points. Four students were also awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.

67% of the cohort (180 students) attained at least 40 points out of 45, of which 41% (111 students) scored 42 points or better. A quarter of our cohort (25%) achieved 43 points and better.

The Class of 2018 includes our pioneer batch of 135 boys who were admitted to SJI at Secondary 1 in 2013 under the Integrated Programme. The results achieved by our Class of 2018 is evident of a trend that the SJI IBDP relates well with students who enjoyed high academic expectations from the programme. They have found joy in learning by being risk-takers who pursue their interests and passion instead of being rote-learners.

Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, Principal of SJI, says “I am extremely delighted with the results achieved by this cohort. They include our first through-train batch of boys who were with us since Secondary 1 under our Integrated Programme. Their good results are a testimony to the quality of our programmes at SJI. More importantly, they affirm our school’s commitment to providing an education that allows our students to achive good results along with a balanced life. The very good result also testify to the excellent teachers we have - competent and caring educators. I am proud of them and the quality of their teaching..”

As a Catholic and Lasallian school, SJI is committed to developing every student’s character and to helping them realize their academic potential, so that they become men and women whose education empowers them to make a positive difference in the world. The IBDP results of the 2018 cohort are an affirmation of the quality of the balanced and holistic education offered at SJI.

Summary of SJI’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination Results
IBDP Results by SJI Class of: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Number of students 270 138 80 80 76
Diploma pass rate (%) 99.6% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Average points out of maximum 45 points 41 41 41.5 40.7 40
Number of students with 43 or more points 68 47 35 19 10
Percentage of students with 43 or more points 25% 34% 44% 24% 13%
Number of students with 40 or more points 180 109 67 57 44
Percentage of students with 40 or more points 67% 79% 84% 71.25% 63%
Number of bilingual diploma students 4 6 2 3 2