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July: Cruising Around Ubin in 300minutes in commemoration of # 300Lasalle

Four of our Year 5 Josephians attempted a student-initiated, self-supported kayak expedition around Pulau Ubin on 8 July. Named Ubin300, in commemoration of #300Lasalle and Youth Day 2019, the 4 boys - Gabriel Tan, Yee Chern, Chris Tiong, Benedict Fong - navigated around Pulau Ubin in 300 minutes. Along the journey, they hoped to reflect on the valuable lessons of the life of St. John Baptist De La Salle "and to connect with his mission and our duty as Lasallians". The quartet completed their expedition in 4h 54m 22s.

July: Josephians Achieve Top Awards on Development of Genetically Modified Foods

Two teams comprising of 8 boys presented in the Finals of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) Students Challenge 2019 - "Development of Genetically Modified Food" on 5 July. The Challenge aims to promote active learning and to stimulate students' interest in science-based GM-related topics. The teams were given the autonomy to choose a genetically modified crop from a given list and to explain how the technology was used to produce the product, including explanations on all the scientific techniques and methods used. The teams completed their work in an infographic poster in the preliminary round and delivered a presentation in the final judging round.

The 2 teams achieved the 1st and 4th placing at the Challenge.
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The team members and the synposis of their projects:

  • 1st place - presented by Darren Sim, Ahmad Siddique B Muhamed Abdillah, Gatongay Ryqx Manoza and Chue Zhi Sheng Jeffrey - on the topic of AquAdvantage Salmon
GMAC Team A.jpgThe students designed and presented an infographic poster about the Atlantic Salmon that has been genetically modified by AquaBounty Technologies to grow salmon at a faster rate than regular salmon, achieved by using genetic engineering. The method is to splice the DNA responsible for the continuous growth of another species of salmon into the DNA of Atlantic salmon. The project was inspired by the fact that food insecurity is a major problem today, with larger fish species like salmon being especially vulnerable as they reproduce slowly. Thus, AquAdvantage salmon will help to achieve these requirements, with genetically engineered salmon that grow twice as fast as normal Atlantic salmon.

  • 4th place - presented by Chong Jin Qi, Lee Jie Terrence, Lee Jin Timothy and Daniel Yeo Jen Xiang - on the topic of Flavr Savr Tomato
GMAC Team B.jpgThe students designed and presented an infographic poster about the development of firm and juicy tomatoes through genetic engineering. Research has shown that an enzyme, polygalacturonase (PG), makes tomatoes soft and squishy, decreasing their shelf life. To counter it, the gene that gives instructions to make the enzyme, polygalacturonase, PG gene, is met with an opposite of the gene. The original gene is known as the DNA sense and the opposite is the antisense. When they are combined it becomes inactivated. This is known as the antisense technology to genetically modify food. The new plant then produces the seed that has the antisense gene. The Flavr Savr tomato is now ready with success in genetic engineering.

July: Malay Josephians Excel at National Poetry Writing and Poetry Recital Competition

Our Malay students have done well in the National Poetry Writing and Poetry Recital Competition organised by Raffles Girls' Secondary on 3 July. Out of 22 schools that participated and not less than 30 entries for each category, 4 of our students were selected as finalists for the different categories. Each category consisted of 6 finalists. Congratulations to the following students who have attained the top awards:

  • Poetry Writing Competition (Lower Secondary Category): Muhammad Daiyan Bin Iskandar (LE203) - 3rd Prize
  • Poetry Writing Competition (Upper Secondary Category): Idris Bin Wan Hazari (LE301) - 1st Prize
  • Poetry Recital Competition (Lower Secondary Category): Lutfil Hadi Bin Iskandar (FN202) - 3rd Prize
  • Poetry Recital Competition (Upper Secondary Category): Owen Nigel Tjiptarahardja (MN302) - Consolation Prize

July: Sporting Champions of SJI

  • Lim Zhi Quan Emmanuel (MN403) has been awarded a Singapore Olympic Foundation – Peter Lim Scholarship for Canoeing (High Performance U18 category). The scholarship will provide the promising young athletes the additional support required in their pursuit of sporting excellence.
  • Sailors Russell Yon Zhenyi and Darren Sim have been recognised by the Singapore Schools Sports Council for their outstanding sportsmanship at the National School Games Sailing Championships 2019.
  • The Singapore Canoe Federation affirms our students on their excellent performance at the recent Asia Pacific Sprint Cup. Alden Ler (ML402), Ian Tan (MN403) and Lim Zhi Quan Emmanuel (MN403) attained 3rd positions in MK4-500m and 2nd positions in MK4-200m, while Ryan Ang Zhong Jun (LE402) finished 5th MK1-1000m (Semi Finals).

July: SJI Teacher Publishes Paper in School Science Review

SJI Science teacher Mr Christopher Talbot has published a paper "Reactivity series, activity series and electrochemical series" in School Science Review (June 2019).

This Science note aims to inform readers of the differences between the related electrochemical terms – reactivity series, activity series and electrochemical series – and to give pre-university teachers a deeper understanding of the origin and concept of electrode potential (including single-ion thermodynamics) and the factors affecting their values.
Click here to view the paper.

July: SJI NCC (Air) Retains Overall Champion Title

SJI NCC (Air) unit retains OVERALL CHAMPION title, against all odds! The Air Competition on 29 June saw an improvement in skills and techniques amongst many competing school units, as compared to last year, but our flyers fought hard in all the different categories to retain the title.

Lachlan Toh Zhi Sheng (ML302) and Mr Firmin Lee have been selected by NCC HQ to represent Singapore at the International Cadet Exchange Programme (ICEP) to Sussex, UK, from 3 - 17 August 2019.

June: SJI Footballers Win Delta League 2019 (U-15 Category)

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Our C Division footballers took part in the Delta League, a June Holiday programme by the Singapore Police Force and the National Crime Prevention Council, and emerged victorious in the Under 15 category.

The football tournament is held twice a year - during the June and December school holidays to keep students meaningfully occupied. Besides playing football, participants in Delta League are required to take part in other activities designed to enhance their crime prevention awareness and inculcate a sense of social responsibility, teamwork and discipline.

Our footballers won all four matches in the qualifying rounds and subsequently, 2 knockout matches, before reaching and triumphing in the grand final, beating their opponents 5-1 on 29 June at Jurong East Stadium.

June: SJI Wins SHF's Under-14 HOCKEY 5s Tournament

SHF-Champion Team A .jpgOn 27 June, SJI sent 3 teams to participate in the Singapore Hockey Federation's U-14 Hockey 5s Tournament, with each team consisting of 8 players.

A total of 12 teams participated and SJI's Team A and C qualified for the 2nd Round which decided the top 4 placings. Team A eventually qualified for the finals against Northland Secondary School. We emerged as the Hockey 5s Champions after beating NSS 3-2. Team C lost to St. Andrew’s Sec in the 3rd - 4th placings and emerged 4th overall.

This is the first time in more than 20 years since we were crowned champions! The boys deserved the trophy for their steely determination and perseverance!

June: SJI Bagpipers Win 3rd Place at 2019 South East Asia Pipe Band Championship

Our bagpipers took part in the South East Asia Pipe Band Championship 2019 during the June holidays. Despite the many challenges that the Pipe Band had been facing, the boys improved from last year and came in 3rd place this year for the Band competition category.

Two boys also attained the 1st place in the solo competitions. The winners are:
  • Tenor Drum (Novice) category: Foo Shihhan (ML403) - 1st Place
  • Bass Drum (Novice A) category: Kong Zong Teng Joshua (LE301) - 1st Place

June: SJI Reviews Student Development Programmes

June: Lasallians Reach Out to the Last, the Lost and the Least at Fengshan

Our students had the opportunity to serve the community at Fengshan neighbourhood as part of their Lasallian Leadership Training Camp. 65 SJI and 40 SJI International students helped to clean up the homes and spent time with the seniors in Fengshan.

Photo source: #repost from Ms Cheryl Chan, Member of Parliament for Fengshan SMC and Grassroots Advisor to Fengshan GROs

June: Josephians Participate in Pre-U Seminar ‘Singapore 4.0: What next?’

Twenty of our Year 5 students participated in this year's Pre-University Seminar that was jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) on 3 June and from 6 – 8 June 2019. Themed ‘Singapore 4.0: What next?’, the seminar saw 540 participants from 30 pre-university institutions coming together to engage in meaningful dialogues on issues of national concerns, including what the future holds for Singapore.

June: SJI Teams Clinch 3 Bronzes at National Inter-school A Division Dragonboat Competition

The SJI Dragonboat CAS clinched 3 Bronze titles at the 2019 National Inter-school 'A'-Division Dragonboat Competition on 1 June at the Marina Bay Reservoir.

SJI fielded 4 crews in the following categories and clinched 3 podium moments:
  • DB 12 Crew Girls
  • DB 22 Crew Girls
  • DB 22 Crew Boys

May: SJI Welcomes New Councillors at Student Leaders' Investiture 2019

Initium Novum which means ‘new beginnings’, was the theme of SJI’s first ever combined Student Leaders’ Investiture. The new Student Council unifies both the 9th Secondary Student Council and the 7th Senior Student Council as one student body to represent the school and student population.

Congratulations to the new Year 3 and Year 5 student leaders and councils! Your adventure is just beginning! Thank you very much to the outgoing Year 4 and Year 6 student leaders and councils.

May: Josephians Crowned Champion for # YouthEmpowered Social Media Challenge

Congratulations to Team Josephian Changemakers from Year 1 - Reuel Fong, Keith Young, Quek Yi Ming and Wesley Thng - who are the Champions in Republic Polytechnic’s #YouthEmpowered Social Media Challenge! They were one of the two teams who participated in this Challenge. They had to create a social media campaign to promote digital literacy among youths in Singapore. Our students focused on these 2 issues: Preventing excessive internet usage and Understanding cyberbullying. See their works here.

May: A Dialogue with Ms Indranee Rajah

On 29 May, 2nd Minister of Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, visited SJI, where she had dialogue sessions with students and with members of staff. About 30 students shared with her their ideas about how government policies could best be communicated. When asked about improvements that can be made to the education system, the topic about the awareness of mental well-being was surfaced. The students felt that more could be done to bring about greater awareness, which in turn could bring about greater support to those who faced challenges.

With the staff, there was a discussion about various topics which ranged from elevating the proficiency in the English language among students to DSA practices.

May: SJI Teachers Embark on Learning Journeys

By Mrs Vivian Tan

More than 170 staff went on a learning journey at seven different corporations - Google, Workforce Singapore, ResMed Asia Pte Ltd, GIC, URA, Gaming How Pte Ltd and Creative Eateries on 9 April.

SJI Art Teachers -  Mrs Vivian Tan, Ms Joyce Teo and Ms Yasmine Chan (former SJI teacher who is now with Eunoia JC), jointly presented "Learning through Play" at the Teacher’s Conference 2019 organised by MOE on 28 May.

May: SJI staged ‘Environmentally Sound’ at the Open Little Eyes Conference

By Ms Valerie Koh

Our Year 1 and 3 boys from SJI Drama Club staged ‘Environmentally Sound’, an interactive drama performance at the Open Little Eyes Conference organised by Singapore Chinese Girls School. Approximately 300 upper primary students from schools such as SCGS Primary, Radin Mas, Huayi, Pathlight and Chao Yang, as well as homeschoolers attended this conference.

The conference aimed to educate upper primary students on the importance of waste management and reduction through hands-on activities. Our performance was designed to raise awareness of these concerns.

Our forum theatre piece comprised three short plays focusing on our carbon footprint, food wastage and plastic waste respectively. Students were invited to consider the anti-models of social behaviour in each play and offer solutions. They were then given the option of joining the actors on stage to help change the characters’ minds or having the actors act out their ideas.

The primary school students loved their performance and were eager to offer suggestions to solve the problems posed in various scenarios, with a number performing with our students to enact social change.

Feedback from the organisers was also positive: our boys were praised for capturing and engaging the audience’s attention. They were also pleased that the boys had touched on significant areas of concern which helped to set the tone for the activities that were to follow. Althan and Iqbal, our Year 3 facilitators, were also commended for their skilful handling of suggestions and responses. Our Year 1 students also demonstrated quick thinking and creativity in their improvised responses based on the students’ ideas.

May: Josephians Showcase Ants to Junior Josephians

Aaron Johansen (TG602) and Dexter Wong (TG608) represented SJI's (now defunct) Entomology club and shared their experiences about keeping ants with the Primary 1 boys at SJI Junior. The younger Josephians are learning about ants as part of their curriculum.

May: Heartstrings 2019: Everlasting Melodies

By Glenda Goh Ning En and Regine Ng Rui Jing (CEO and Deputy CEO of PRISM 2018/19)

The Heartstrings Concert is an annual concert by PRISM CAS. It is held in partnership with SPD and Beautiful Mind Charity. After more than six months’ of hard work and meticulous planning, Heartstrings 2019: Everlasting Melodies raised more than $7000, thanks to the generosity of many who have supported our cause.

This year, we saw an impressive array of student performers and professional artistes such as Mr Robert Fernando, an esteemed and highly sought after musical legend who charmed the audience with his soulful renditions of classics, as well as his witty banter that brought laughter to the audience. A fervent supporter of Heartstrings is 15-year-old soprano soloist Ms Lauren Yeo who returned to charm us with her powerful vocals for the third year. Heartstrings 2019 also had a special appearance by 14-year-old Asia’s Got Talent semi-finalist Syah Riszuan. Their vocal prowess are proof that age does not limit what you can achieve.

SJI’s very own student performers included music band GarageBand, vocals-and-violins collaboration Voila!, Secondary school band Paradize, Chamber ensemble, a flute and piano duo as well as a solo dancer. Mrs Vivian Tan, Director of Learning (IBAM) & Head (Arts) at SJI, who was our special guest performer for the event, surprised the audience with her soprano vocals. She really showed us that talent can be found everywhere, and it exists within ourselves.

We also had the privilege of having two performers from Beautiful Mind Charity playing the violin and the cello, who despite the obstacles they faced, are able to overcome them and let their talents shine through.

The Heartstrings Concert was a fulfilling experience that taught us the value of finding purpose in what we do. Even though we faced our fair share of setbacks and obstacles, the driving force that kept us going until the end of the concert was knowing that we were contributing to a cause larger than ourselves. We were blessed with different gifts and it is up to us to harness these talents and leave a positive impact on our communities.

May: SJI Teachers Publish Article on Moths in The Gardens' Bulletin

SJI teachers - Mr Raymond Karam and Mr Chong Jun Hien - published an article on moths in The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore (Vol 71, Supplement 1, 2019). Published twice yearly by the National Parks Board, Singapore, the Gardens' Bulletin Singapore is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers and reviews on plant structure and taxonomy (including revisions), evolution and biogeography, floristics, ecology and conservation, as well as related fields such as horticulture and ethnobotany, with emphasis on the plant life of the Southeast Asian-Pacific region.

In their paper focussed on the moth fauna of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. They studied the moths using light trapping. Specimens and photographs were sorted into morphospecies including macro and micro moths. A total of 399 species has been found, of which nearly 200 have been identified to species level.

The book was showcased at the Festival of Biodiversity on 25 and 26 May. An annual event organised by the National Parks Board in collaboration with the Biodiversity Roundtable, the Festival aims to create awareness and foster a sense of appreciation for our natural heritage.

May: “EU comes to your School”

SJI welcomed Her Excellency Margriet Vonno, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore, and Mr Rick Ligthart, Customs Attaché Singapore, who shared with our Year 5 Josephians the role of the EU and the Netherlands embassy in Singapore.
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May: Literature Comes Alive at SJI's World Literature Festival

By Mr Alan Johnson

The inaugural World Literature Festival (21 - 24 May) at SJI was a roaring success featuring a literary exhibition at the foyer, talks by teachers, a talk by our Principal, performances and theatre performances. The aim of the festival was to share the joy and value of encountering different cultures and ideas through the art of literature. Students and staff were treated to talks on Japanese literature, diasporic literature and post-colonial literature. The Group 2 teachers and students got in on the act with literary performances in Tamil, Malay, Chinese and Spanish. The festival ended on a high note with a series of plays by the Literature and Performance students putting on plays adapted from the prose writing of Haruki Murakami (Japan) and Krys Lee (Korea).

In addition to these, the Senior Drama Club put together an original play titled 'The World Theatre Festival' that took the audience on a historical journey through theatre. They performed excerpts from the plays of Sophocles, Moliere, Shakespeare and Brecht. We look forward to more literary engagements next year.

Dr. Ng Soo Nee speaking about postcolonial Literature.jpegDr. Ng Soo Nee speaking about postcolonial Literature

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May: Josephians Sing Along to Xin-Yao to Learn Chinese Language

A local Chinese song group (新谣小组) was in SJI to perform for the Year 1 and 2 Chinese Language students. This programme was jointly organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) Culture Group, Pioneer Junior College, Lianhe Zaobao and TCR (弹唱人) Music Station. Their objective is to ignite students’ passion in Chinese Language learning and to preserve our cultural heritage of local Chinese pop songs, commonly known as xin-yao.

May: Youth Curator for 2019 Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) Youth Fringe

Joyce Jin (ML514) has been accepted by the Singapore Book Council as a Youth Curator. She will be part of a committee led by the Singapore Book Council and with the support of other committee members, propose or advise programmes for the 2019 Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) Youth Fringe. SJI was one of the few schools invited by the Singapore Book Council to participate in the Youth Curators Programme.

May: 37th Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony of Ministry of Education Language Centre

Muhammad Daiyan Bin Iskandar (LE203) received the 3rd prize for Arabic 3rd Language.

May: Science Achievements

  1. Year 6 students - Ng Kang Jie, Ryan Karthik Pary and Vignesh Radhey Shyam and Year 5 Sudeesh Thiagu and Tan Yung Wen Edward participated in the Young Defence Scientist Programme's World of Science Event 2018.
  2. Year 3 IP student Lee Xavia won the YDSP Scholarship.
  3. Year 5 IBDP student Lim Kai Xuan won the DSTA Scholarship.
  4. Hoang Quang Anh represented SJI at the 2019 Science Research Programme Congress to present the Impact of gene-sleep duration interaction on the levels of BMI in Singaporean Chinese. He was mentored by Assoc Prof Heng Chew Kiat.
  5. Lim Kai Xuan (MN517) has been awarded the 2019 A*STAR Science Award (Junior College)! He will participate in the 5-week full-time Research Attachment Programme (RAP) from 18 November to 20 December 2019 and have the opportunity to be invited to talks and seminars organised by A*STAR and visiting scientists.
  6. Ian Woo Zhe Ming and Tristan Emmeran Chabanel will be part of the Singapore delegation to the Super Science High Student Fair 2019 (SSH SF) in Kobe, Japan from 6-10 Aug. Their project was awarded Distinction in the Science Mentorship Programme (SMP) by GEB, MOE earlier this year. They were supervised by SJI teacher Dr Pek and mentored by an external researcher from NUS.
  7. Four members of MN403 have been able to approach sustainable gallery (PUB) as an attempt to publicise water conservation efforts and to raise awareness of water conservation. They will be setting up a mini booth with the aim of raising awareness of these efforts.

May: Josephians Support # YouthEmpowered Social Media Campaign

Our students from the Innomakers Programme have worked hard to support the #YouthEmpowered Social Media Campaign. They have created a social media campaign (a poster and a video) to promote digital literacy among youths in Singapore.

Please "like" (👍/❤️) and "share" by clicking on their videos or digital posters below to encourage cyber wellness among Singaporeans!

Here are the works produced by the 2 teams:

Team 1: Josephian Changemakers Issue: Understanding Cyber Bullying
  1. Reuel Fong Shi Cheng (Leader)
  2. Wesley Thng Toh Yong
  3. Quek Yi Ming
  4. Keith Eldriech Tanya Young

Team 2: The Anti Addicts Issue: Preventing excessive internet usage
  1. Xu He (Leader)
  2. Keagan Goh
  3. Jeff Chan
  4. Yu Ziyang
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April: Alumni Updates

SJI alumni from Class of 2016 - Young Ezekiel Ong, Cheok Liyong Linus, Marco Nathaniel Lu Ng from SAJC, and Chew Yong Keng Justin from Temasek JC have attained outstanding results at the 2018 A-Levels examinations. Congratulations!

  1. Young Ezekiel Ong - Jacob Ballas Awards - Gold Award, Meritorious Award, Jacob Ballas Awards - Scholars' Awards (7 distinctions)
  2. Marco Nathaniel Lu Ng - Jacob Ballas Awards - Scholars' Awards (5 Distinctions)
  3. Cheok Liyong Linus - Jacob Ballas Awards - Scholars' Awards (6 Distinctions)
  4. Ho Wei Zong Jasper - Jacob Ballas Awards - Scholars' Awards (3 Distinctions)

Low Eng Ler Bryan (Class of 2010) will be graduating from Singapore Polytechnic with the following awards:
1. Diploma In Marine Engineering (Silver Medalist)
2. Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Silver Medal
3. Sembcorp Marine Prize
4. Diploma With Merit

April: Josephians Emerged Champions of 2019 Malay Debate Competition

By Cikgu Siti Rahimah Buang

The SJI Malay debaters made history by emerging as overall champions in the 2019 National Malay-language Debate Competition, organized by Bahas 4PM. Their achievement is extra special as this is SJI's first-ever year participating in the pre-university category.

The 3-man debate team comprising Nadim B Nazri (TG616), Mohd Rizq Irfandi Bin Zunaidi (TG604) and debate leader Kamal Ashraf Bin Kamil Jumat (TG612), underwent three preliminary debate rounds and the semi-finals before reaching the Finals. The trio engaged in a fierce battle against 2-year defending champions Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah on 8 April 2019 at Mediacorp studio. The debate was telecast on Suria Channel on 28 April 2019.

The motion for the final debate was “In the pursuit of economy, history is forgotten”. The SJI team were the opposition. Our debaters successfully defended their stand that “Singapore’s history is not and never forgotten”.

Nadim Bin Nazri won the Best Speaker Award in the preliminary round and Mohd Rizq Irfandi Bin Zunaidi clinched the Best Speaker Award and Overall Best Speaker in the finals. The team also won the Hawaizi Daipi Championship Trophy and a $1000 voucher.

Special mention goes to two students - Quraish Shoeb Burhanuddin (TG612) and Ryan Ashraf Bin Jefree (TG615) - who did a wonderful job as the team researchers and critics. The teachers who helmed the team during the debate season are Cikgu Siti Rahimah Buang, Cikgu Fauziah Hussein, Cikgu Roziyah A Samad and Cikgu Fauziah Abdullah. Click here to read more.

April: SYF 2019 Youth Station Project - Songwriting mentoring Programme

One of our very own SJI Rock-A Cause bands started their first mentorship session on 3 April under the Singapore Youth Festival: The Youth Station Project organised by MOE. The students are Isaiah Khoo Jia Le (TG602) - guitar, vocals; Auric Seah Hong Rui (TG602) - keyboard; Nicholas Sim Yung Ern (TG606) - drums; Natalie Tan Hui Qi (TG607) - guitar, vocals.

April: A Celebration of Arts at Mutien Fest

It was a celebration of the Arts at the Mutien Fest on 27 April. Seven Performing Arts groups - SJI Military Band, Guitar Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Drama Club, Vocapella CAS, Drama CAS and Rock-A-Cause CAS showcased their artistic talents and passion for the Arts at the 2-hour concert, after months of intense preparation for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF).

Congratulations to our Performing Arts CCAs on excellent performances at the 2019 SYF Competitions:
  • Guitar Ensemble - Distinction
  • Vocal Ensemble - Distinction
  • SJI Military Band - Distinction
  • SJI Drama Club - Certificate of Accomplishment


April: SJI Welcomes Visitors at Open House

On 27 April, SJI opened its doors for potential students and parents to gain a better understanding of our programmes and the life in SJI. More than 2,000 visitors toured the school, listened to talks about SJI education and observed the programmes put up by the various subjects and CCAs.

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April: SJI Community Supports Mitumba Project for Lent

By Mr Firmin Lee

The annual Lenten project collection is an occasion for the SJI community to participate in our Lenten activity to aid the last, the lost and the least. This year, SJI supported the Tana River Life Foundation (TRLF), a charitable NGO registered in Kenya. It was founded by Gabriel Teo Kian Chong, a Malaysian and former Singapore resident who has been living in Kenya since 1995. TRLF’s vision is to build a more just and honest society, by promoting affordable quality education, sustainable agricultural projects, integral formation of youth and community-based entrepreneurship programmes.

The SJI Lenten project was to support the TRLF's Mitumba Project (or “recycled goods” in Kiswahili). The collection of items through the SJI community will aid the educational projects run by TRLF through the sales of these items to help support families with school-going children.

By the end of the Lenten project, SJI had collated about 70 bags of clothes and shoes for the Mitumba Project, which were delivered to the TRLF team at the Church of Holy Cross.

April: SJI Pelandok Scouts at the Annual Stepping Up Ceremony

Last week, the Pelandok Scout Group gathered to invest our new Secondary One members, and bid farewell to our outgoing Ventures and Scouts at the Annual Stepping Up Ceremony. This year also saw the presentation of the inaugural Gordian Shield to the best patrol of the year, named after the first Scoutmaster in SJI, Brother Gordian Mary. Congratulations to the best patrol for the year 2018/19, Leopard Patrol!

April: 2019 National Canoeing Championship

Both B and C Division canoeists continue to be a canoeing powerhouse by achieving runner-up podium wins. Lucas Huan (TG611) emerged gold medallist for C1 1000m and C1 500m events.

April: 71st National Schools Individual Chess Championship 2019

These are the achievements of the SJI players who participated in the Championships:

  1. Caleb Goh Ren Jet (FN103) - 20th place in the Boys Under 14
  2. Chen Meng Boon Marcus (LE303) - 2nd place for both South Zone and main prize in the Boys Under 16
  3. Amadeus Ho Yi (FN403) - 7th place for South Zone and 11th place in the Boys Under 16
  4. Gavin Koh Ming Yao (LE507) - 7th place for South Zone and 12th place in the Boys Open

April: Asia-Pacific Writing Competition

A total of 28 students from SJI participated, and that two of our students were shortlisted for the Secondary Section prize: Nguyen Cao Duy (Year 4) and Ng Kang Jie (Year 6). The competition topic was "Digital Disruption". The essays by our shortlisted students (chosen from over 900 submissions from 20 countries) were published in the commemorative magazine by The New York Times. Each student who participated will receive a certificate and a copy of the published shortlisted essays. The SJI participants are:

  1. Bains Randave Singh
  2. Boyle Dorothy
  3. Chan Luke
  4. Chan Jerome
  5. Chan Mark
  6. Chan Jayden
  7. Chen Marcus
  8. Chew Alden
  9. Duy Nguyen
  10. Ezani Rais Amar Danial
  11. Goh Charles
  12. Iskandar Muhammad Daiyan
  13. Kim Dong Kuk
  14. Koh Ian
  15. Koon Wei Pheng
  16. Loh Anders
  17. Muthu Alexander
  18. Ng Kang Jie
  19. Ong Li En Lenn
  20. Parcon Jeriah
  21. Tam Michael
  22. Tay Tristan
  23. Teo Licia
  24. Teo Terence
  25. Toh Colin
  26. Wong Elliot
  27. Yeong David
  28. Yong Ambrose

April: Creative Arts Programme (CAP) for JC students 2019

Caleb Chan (FN502), Adam Chan (ML511) and Christian Low (MN518) were selected for this prestigious programme to hone literary skills and passion in June 2019.

April: Creative Arts Seminar (CAP) Secondary students 2019

The following Josephians were selected for this prestigious programme for students to pursue their interest in the literary arts and deepen their passion for writing.
  1. Anish Ketan Gathani (LE201) - Prose/Poetry
  2. Chan Qi Xuan, Jayden (LE203) - Prose/Poetry
  3. Jeremy Kiang (LE203) -Prose/Poetry
  4. Julian Lee Jin-Yung (MN202) - Prose/Poetry
  5. Sing Yu Xuan (ML203) - Prose/Poetry

April: Research Competition by the Annamalai University Alumni Association

Uma Shankar Suhas and Sanfo Bimal Thomas from ML401 won 3rd place in a research presentation competition organised by the Annamalai University Alumni Association. The competition was held on 13 April at UPTLC.

April: SJI Sails Away as Champions at National School Games

The Sailing Team flew the SJI flag high on the final day of the NSG Sailing Championships.

Russell Yom (MN202) was Champion for the C division Byte fleet and the C division Laser trails.

The C division Opti team came in Fourth. The team comprised:
  1. Kieran Lee (LE101)
  2. Ryan Goh (ML102)
  3. Ian Yip (ML102)

For B division Byte Fleet, Ron Koh came in 2nd and Zachary Lim came in 4th.

The B division Byte team emerged CHAMPIONS! The team comprises:
  1. Ron Koh (FN402)
  2. Zachary Lim (MN302)
  3. Ethan Neo (FN303)

The last time SJI won the Champion Trophy was 10 years ago!

April: 2019 National Track & Field Achievements

Kieran Andre Longue (ML202) brought home the silver medal for the C Division Boys’ 800m with a timing of 2:11.30. He was narrowly edged out to 2nd place by a mere 0.03s. Read more at Red Sports.

  1. Gareth Shek (LE203) – 2nd in C Div High Jump
  2. Kieran Andre Longue (ML202) – 2nd in C Div 800m
  3. Wong Yeh Teng Elliot (LE203) – 2nd in C Div 1500m
  4. Elroy Quek Zhi Yuan (ML203) – 5th in C Div 100m
  5. Julian Lee Jin-Yung (MN202) – 5th in C Div 400m Hurdles
  6. Chua Jia Jun (LE201) – 6th in C Div 100m Hurdles
  7. Servio Tye Wei Hern (FN201) – 7th in C Div 100m
  8. Elroy Quek Zhi Yuan (ML203) – 7th in C Div 200m
  9. Keane Wong Jen Quin (FN103) – 8th in C Div Discus
  10. Elroy Quek Zhi Yuan (ML203), Glenn Ong Quan Wei (ML201), Chua Jia Jun (LE201), Princeton Toh Zi Jie (MN202), Ryan Sing Aik Yong (LE202), Servio Tye Wei Hern (FN201) – 4th in C Div 4x100m
  11. Zander Lee Zong Jun (LE401) – B Div 800m Finalist
  12. Kieran Andre Longue (ML202) – C Div 1500m Finalist
  13. Wong Yeh Teng Elliot (LE203) – C Div 3000m Finalist
  14. Matthew Lim Yong (LE301) – B Div 1500m Race Walk Finalist
  15. Timothy Tai Wen Yang (MN301) – B Div 1500m Race Walk Finalist
  16. Mohaideen Abdul Kader Fahad (FN403) – B Div 1500m Race Walk Finalist
  17. Brien Anthony Chia Jinhao (FN303), Goh Jun-Wei, Justin (MN303), Mowe Zachary Elijah (ML302), Wee Liang Shen Ian (LE401), Teoh Tai Ran (ML403), Adam Harith Bin Abdul Ghani (FN301) – 4x100m B Div Finalist
  18. Elroy Quek Zhi Yuan (ML203), Chua Jia Jun (LE201), Julian Lee Jin-Yung (MN202), Ryan Sing Aik Yong (LE202), Servio Tye Wei Hern (FN201) – 4x400m C Div Finalist
  19. Brien Anthony Chia Jinhao (FN303), Seah Tze Yang Bryan (FN303), Chong Chuang Kai Kevin (MN303), Tham Kei Leong Caleb (ML403), Joseph Leong Zhen Zhe (ML403), Teoh Tai Ran (ML403) – 4x400m B Div Finalist
  20. Logan Dev Rajah (TG605), Russell Kwong Wei Meng (TG609), Rovin Thomas (TG618), Jonte Lee Jun Je (TG602), Lionel Koh Han (TG605) – 4x400m A Div Finalist

April: Josephians Celebrate Resurrection of Christ on Easter Monday

Josephians were welcomed with a blessing on Easter Monday, as the school community gathered to celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. The students were given Easter eggs that symbolise new life.

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April: Josephians Commemorate the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday, Christians remember Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. We celebrate His command to go and do likewise. We believe Jesus’ command is our mandate for Christian life - to serve others.

In school on 18 April, we were reminded that service is the soul of SJI. Why we exist as a Catholic, Lasallian school and how we live and work as Josephians are embodied in lives of service. Our SJI way strives to imitate Jesus’ way of serving all.

Our Catholic community celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper and witnessed the washing of feet that Maundy Thursday evening before they went off for church visitation in the night. The Catholic students kept vigil for the night which concluded with a Good Friday service the next morning.
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April: La Salle Community Celebrates Mass on Tercentenary Anniversary of Founder

The De La Salle Brothers and the Lasallian family of schools celebrated mass together on 6 April, to commemorate the tercentenary of St John Baptist de La Salle on the completion of his earthly journey.

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April: SJI Uniformed Groups march on at 167th Anniversary Parade

Our Uniformed Groups (UGs) celebrated their 167th anniversary parade on 5 April. All the five UGs - NCC Air, NCC Land, NPCC, St John Brigade and St Joseph's Pelandok Scouts - attained Gold Awards for their units. The ceremony also celebrated the graduation and stepping down of the Year 4 seniors as their Year 3 juniors stepped up to their new leadership roles.

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April: SJI celebrates Founder’s Day and Tercentenary of St John Baptist de La Salle

We celebrated our 167th year with a record-breaking feat by the whole school - the largest hand printed banner in Singapore measuring 18.9 metres by 8 metres! View the Singapore Book of Records.

Awards to recognise good effort in studies were presented to the students at the Founder's Day ceremony. As always, we began with Eucharistic mass to remind us that our God is a mighty and awesome God who brought SJI into being and blesses her still. To God be the glory!

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March: SJI Bids Farewell to Retiring Vice-Principal Mrs Goh Poh Kenn

Mrs Goh Poh Kenn has retired on 31 March after 27 years of outstanding and exemplary service in SJI. She joined SJI on 1 January 1992 and has proven to be a natural leader who has the drive to lead others. She has held several key leadership positions in SJI. In 1999, she was appointed Assistant Principal (Curriculum/Projects), where she consistently set high standards for the school and contributed positively and effectively to the education of our students over many years. She was also instrumental in initiating, conceptualising and implementing the school’s IT programme and infrastructure under MOE’s IT Masterplan.

In 2002, Mrs Goh was nominated for the Leaders in Education Programme (LEP). She was awarded The Lee Kuan Yew LEP Award for being the best participant in that Class for achieving the best overall performance. On completion of the LEP, Mrs Goh was promoted to Deputy Principal (Curriculum) on 1 January 2003. As DPC, she effectively planned, implemented and reviewed the school’s overall curriculum programme. She is well respected by fellow professionals for her dedication, commitment and service to education and the school.

She steered the school in preparation for external validation (EV) of the school’s processes and outcomes conducted by MOE’s External Validation team and the SPRING Singapore. The school was well validated and attained the Singapore Quality Class in 2004 and the Best Practice Award (Teaching & Learning) in 2005. Mrs Goh also played a pivotal role in SJI getting the School Excellence Award in 2008.

She was awarded the National Day honours of Long Service Medal in 2006 and Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2007 by the President of the Republic of Singapore in recognition of her outstanding work over the years.

She was appointed as Vice-Principal (Administration) in 2018 to coordinate and streamline the school’s various administrative processes which include student services, facilities, general administrative support, school safety and emergency planning. She leaves behind a solid foundation for her successor to continue improving the school’s administration services in the coming years.

In her final assembly address to the school on 25 March, Mrs Goh described Josephians as beautiful people who have a good understanding of what it is to be compassionate as well as a sensitivity and a deep loving concern for others, especially the last, the lost and the least. Read her full address here.

March: National Coding Championship

SJI took part in the National Coding Championship for the first time this year. 121 of our Year 1 and 2 students took part in the pre-selection round, accumulating twice the scores of the 3rd rank school to emerge second in the Junior section. Four Josephians represented SIJ in the Finals: Medhansh Bhagchandani (FN201), Ooi Zi Yang (ML102), Maximillian Ng (FN102) and Joshua Chng (ML101). The boys put up a good fight, with Zi Yang and Medhansh winning the second place in the junior section. Well done, boys!

March: Innobit Challenge 2019

SJI took part for the first time in this challenge with four teams competing. The team comprising Jakob Lie (TG607), Yin Yi Quan (TG605), Ryan Chia (TG616) and Joshua Lee (TG607) clinched the 2nd runner-up position in the Open category. The teams are from the Coding and Technology CAS.

March: On the National Squad

SJI congratulates our athletes Brian Gan (ML301), Kyes Gaffor (ML504), Justin Goh (MN303), Justin Chee (LE303), Ku Zi Ming (MN303) and alumnus Grace Low (IB Class of 2018) on being selected by Singapore Athletics to train with the National Athlete’s Team. They were selected based on their recent fine performances at athletic meets. Congratulations!

March: SJI Shines at Tamil Literary Competition

SJI did well to win in the Drama competition organised by Raffles Institution. Congratulations to Ajay Karthik Balasubramanian (ML303), Velu Mithilesh (ML303), Guru Anand Anish (MN301) and Vivek Pramod (ML302). At the same event, three Josephians won the Essay Writing Competition. They are:

  • Saravanan Naveen (MN201) - First Prize
  • Sivasubramanian Dhanasekaran (FN103) - Second Prize
  • Umashankar Suhas (ML401) - Consolation prize

March: 8th International Biomedical Quiz 2019

Congratulations to Sassidaran s/o Murugasu (LE509) for achieving a Bronze award at the 8th International Biomedical Quiz 2019!

March: Hockey Wins

Two teams participated in the Active SG Hockey Carnival in the Under 16 and U14 categories. The U16 team emerged 2nd in the Hockey 5s tournament and the U14 team emerged joint 3rd with the National U14 team. Congratulations to the following team members!

The U16 team:
  • Aayush Bhatia (FN402)
  • Tajima Gai (FN401)
  • Timothy Andrew Tan Jun Jie (ML403)
  • Danish Aqeem B Ramlee (LE403)
  • Allen Simmy (FN402)
  • Evan Ong Jun Wei (FN402)
  • Aaron Goh Chong Jun (ML401)
  • Nathanel Sutjiutama (LE402) (Captain)

The U14 team:
  • Isa Ismail (ML303)
  • Eniavan Elangovan (LE301)
  • Samuel Yeo Tian En (FN303)
  • Walter Ong Yan Heng (LE303)
  • Christopher Lee Jie Lun (FN303)
  • Fakhrul Hayyat b Sharul Hisham (ML303)
  • Madhu Pavan (ML302)
  • Tan Jun Rong Alexander John (FN302)

An extra medal was given to Kieran Marc Baptist (ML302) who has shown great improvements since last year.

March: C-Division Badminton Boys Beat ACS Barker

Congratulations to our C-Division Badminton boys who went one-up against ACS Barker and pulled off their best performance with a 4-1 win! They are now placed 3rd in the zone and will move on to the national rounds in Term 2. The boys played a fantastic game and even won the compliments from the ACS Barker teacher-in-charge Mr Puay Khoon!

March: Josephian Writes Inspiring Article About Sustainable Cities and Communities

Koon Wei Pheng (ML302) presented an article about a current environmental issue to the 2018 WWF National Competition. This competition recognises outstanding journalism abilities on environmental issues and is part of an effort to harness strength through writing to spread the message of caring for the environment. His article has been shortlisted as a Special Mention, and was submitted to the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Competition's international jury for evaluation. His article about Sustainable Cities and Communities is produced below:

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March: 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.

March: SJI Educators and Students Participate in Catholic Education Conference 2019

March: Lasallian Educators Celebrate 300 Years of La Salle

On 15 March, 700 Lasallian educators in Singapore gathered for a day of formation at the Lasallian Training Day where we celebrated the Year of Lasallian Vocation and the Tercentenary of St John Baptist de La Salle’s death. The highlight was the Animosaic that we created. Our efforts brought to life the anniversary’s theme - One Heart, One Commitment, One Life. #300LaSalle

March: 111th Track & Field Championships

Josephians battled it out at the sports meet on 8 March. This annual event is a platform for the school community to experience and appreciate the sporting culture in SJI. It is at this event that the SJI community experiences the strong camaraderie from the four Fraternities.

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March: Book Week Myths Shattered

By Mr Azhar Ghazali (Committee member, Book Week 2019)

Myth 1: The library is a quiet and peaceful place.
Truth: The haunting chants of the Witches of Macbeth were clearly heard emanating from the bowels of the library. The spirit of Shakespeare truly lives on.
Myth 2: Book Week is about books only.
Truth: It’s also about how the illustrations and pictures bring a book to life, not just the written words. Anngee Neo combines Art with appreciating good books.

Myth 3: You are what you Read.
Truth: You are what you eat as well. The fusion foods provided by the PSG proves just that. Food for thought and tummies.
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And so ends another week of lively activities for the bibliophiles among us. From Readathons to movies and competitions, there was a motley of events that turned our usually tranquil library into a place full of hurly-burly. There’s always something new to discover and rediscover about the Joys of Reading. We are glad to observe the enthusiastic responses displayed by our students. The activities that were specially planned created plenty of opportunities for both teachers and students to develop and share their love for books and reading.
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If you had missed some of the action this time round, fret not. More excitement is brewing in our cauldron with concoctions to entice you further in the near future. Do join us again in The Library.

March: Jobs Alike - A TOK seminar for IB teachers

On 7 March, SJI hosted a meeting of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Network for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Over 30 teachers from local and international IB schools joined our SJI TOK staff to dissect, analyse and evaluate the newly released prescribed essay titles.
The essay is worth two-thirds of the student’s grade in TOK, which, along with their Extended Essay grade, can add three bonus points to their final IB Diploma score. The ideas raised and the discussions held will continue to support all teachers and their students in arguably the most academically challenging assessments the IB students will face.

March: No One Fights Cancer Alone

By Chloe Lye (TG601) and Jhunne Philippe A Elasigue (TG607)
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A total of 263 Josephians participated in the Relay for Life at the National Stadium on 1 and 2 March. There was a spirit of passion and camaraderie among the Year 5 and Year 6 students who resolved to complete the 100km run. Everyone contributed to the collective goal by running, regardless of the distance they could manage. Irrespective of the number of laps each one ran, the SJI contingent was never short of people who were eager to lend their help throughout the 15-hour relay. Everyone also participated in concurrent activities with enthusiasm. One of the most memorable moments of the event was the Year 6s, clad in green tutus, actively dancing along to the Zumba performances that were being held at the centre of the stadium. The experience was memorable, especially for the Year 5s.

Joshua Lim (MN520) recounted how he felt “a strong motivation throughout the relay” and felt assured he was “working alongside many other people, towards the same objective and fighting for the same cause.” He hopes to take part in future Relay for Life events.
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2019 marked the second attempt at the event for a number of the Year 6s, including Nathan Law (TG601). As someone who is acquainted with victims of cancer, he says, “I would like to play a more active role in supporting and spreading awareness of the effects of cancer.” He was heartened by the genuine messages written in support of victims and their caregivers.

The Year 5 cohort was placed twelfth overall based on their timing for completing 100km, while the Year 6 students emerged fourth. The seniors also covered a total distance of 172 km - the second highest overall distance that was run/walked.

These achievements pale in comparison however, to the wholehearted and collaborative effort invested by the SJI students to support the celebration of life and to stand in solidarity with cancer patients and their loved ones.

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: Josephian Wins the Orator’s Trophy

On 16 February, SJI participated in the Orator’s Trophy, a National Oratorical Competition organised by Anglo-Chinese Junior College. The Orator’s Trophy seeks to provide an avenue for students to develop their spontaneous speaking skills and to build confidence in a public presentation. It also encourages the creative and persuasive use of the English Language.

Dinesh John Peeris(LE203).pngAll speeches were impromptu and participants only had 5 minutes to prepare before they had to speak for a minimum of 2-3 minutes. The participants were judged on Content, Delivery and Language. Dinesh John Peeris (LE203) did SJI proud by beating 45 other participants from many other schools to emerge as Champion in the Junior League. Elliot Snodgrass (MN517) and Premshan Christopher Singh (ML301) also represented SJI in the Pre-U and Senior League respectively.

In a Thank-you note to the teachers who helped to prepare the students for this competition, Dinesh said, “I am extremely grateful for all the hard work and long days that has been put in towards my training for the Oratory Tournament 2019. My win for the junior category truly belongs to you, I could never have done this without all your help. Thank you and God bless.

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!

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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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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.)

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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!

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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%

2019-01-14-O Level results (Class of 2018)

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

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