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January: Tribute to La Salle Br. Gregory Thomas Lim, and Former SJI Teacher

The SJI community is saddened by the passing of Br. Gregory Thomas Lim, FSC, on the afternoon of 18 January 2021 at Singapore. He was 96 years old and a De La Salle Brother for 77 years.

Bro Gregory came from a devout Catholic family of 4 brothers, of whom one was a twin brother and 4 sisters. He first taught in Singapore at St Michael's School from 1955-1960, and at SJI in 1970-1971. He returned to Singapore to teach Moral Instruction and Bible Knowledge in SJI and St Patrick's School from 1981-1990. He retired in 1996.

Bro Gregory was our Guest of Honour who officiated the opening of Missio 1852 on 7 August 2019, with the ringing of the original brass school bell from the former SJI campus at Bras Basah Road.
“O God, by whose favour your servant, Brother Gregory, was called to the religious life and who witnessed to the message of salvation by his dedication to Christian education, grant that he may be admitted to your eternal friendship with those who have likewise zealously laboured in Your Vineyard. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

January: SJI Class of 2020 Excels at GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations

SJI’s Class of 2020 has performed well in the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. All 247 boys who sat for the GCE O Levels will advance to junior colleges and polytechnics for their post-secondary education, with 94% of the boys qualifying for junior college. 100% of the students received at least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes.

51% (126 out of 247 boys) scored 6As or better, and 50% (124 of 247) 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 2020 GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. They testify to the holistic education that SJI provides.

Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJ, Principal of SJI, says “We are proud of the achievement of the Class of 2020. Our boys have demonstrated how determination, effort and great faith in their ability can overcome challenges to produce good results, in spite of having to adapt to home-based learning during the Circuit Breaker period last year. More importantly, they have embodied what studying in SJI is all about – imbibing values to live purposefully, learning to do well, growing up to care for the community and graduating from school to make the world a better place. We are confident they have received an education for life.”

Summary of SJI’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination Results 2020
Number of students who sat for the GCE 'O' Level examinations 247
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 (%) 51%
Boys with scores of less than 10 points (L1B5) (%) 50%
Distinctions (A’s) per student (%) 64%

Subjects With High Distinctions: SJI
Mathematics 84.6%
Additional Mathematics 78.2%
Physics 76.3%
Humanities (SS, Geography) 68.3%
Chemistry 67.8%
Humanities (SS, History) 64.0%
Geography 60.0%
Biology 59.1%
Literature in English 51.0%
English Language 48.6%

January: SJI Releases 2020 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examination Results

SJI congratulates our Class of 2020 for their results achieved at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) November 2020 Examinations:

  1. 99.3% of 272 IBDP students were awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an average score of 40.3 out of 45 points
  2. Eight students were awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.
  3. 68% of the cohort (184 students) attained at least 40 points out of 45.

The Class of 2020 includes 119 boys who were admitted to SJI at Secondary 1 in 2015 under the Integrated Programme. The results achieved by our Class of 2020 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 “The Class of 2020 has demonstrated how determination, effort and great faith in their ability to overcome challenges can produce good results, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden move towards online learning during the Circuit Breaker period. We have witnessed the hard work put in by the students from this cohort, some of whom have attained exceptional results despite their heavy commitments in national sports and student leadership responsibilities. This Class has exemplified the very best of being a Josephian – they have studied hard, grown up well and contributed to make the school and world a better place. We are very proud of their achievements.

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 2020 cohort are an affirmation of the quality of the balanced and holistic education offered at SJI.

IBDP Results by SJI Class of: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Number of students 272 280 270 138 80 80 76
Diploma pass rate (%) 99.3% 99.64% 99.6% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Average points out of maximum 45 points 40.3 40 41 41 41.5 40.7 40
Number of students with 40 or more points 184 164 180 109 67 57 44
Percentage of students with 40 or more points 68% 59% 67% 79% 84% 71.25% 63%
Number of bilingual diploma students 8 2 4 6 2 3 2