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April: SJI Uniformed Groups Celebrate 169th Anniversary Parade

(photo: parade by adrian danker, sj, sji, april, 2021)

What lesson for life can we give to our young ones in this time of Covid?

A lesson I am grateful our students in SJI are learning is to adapt to changes and challenges in order to flourish. This is about choosing to celebrate life. Yesterday's 169th Anniversary Parade reminded me of this. The cadets from our various Uniformed Groups participated in this scaled-down event. They learned that the important moments in life can still be celebrated, and we must choose to do this.

With teachers mentoring them, they organized the parade with safer distancing measures in place. There was a select group on the parade ground (in the Indoor Sports Hall). The other cadets watched the Parade as it was live-streamed into classrooms. A small group of students and staff encouraged them with their presence.

There was no pomp, cheers or music. Yet there was still ceremony and ritual. Contingents of representatives lined up. The School Colours were paraded. Commands were given and salutes were made. Cadet prizewinners and long-serving teachers were honoured. The most touching parts were executed: the Changing of Command and the recitation of the Josephian Pledge. Indeed this SJI tradition was adapted yesterday. More importantly, it was preserved and handed on! Truly this how we keep our SJI spirit alive — by making sure our traditions are indeed worth keeping!

Congratulations to the Senior Cadets for a year of leadership and service as they step down and all the best to the new seniors who will lead SJI's NCC Land, NCC Air, St John's Brigade, NPCC and Pelandok Scout units.

Thank you, Senior Cadets and teachers, for a job meaningfully done with dignity and style. Way to go, Josephians!

April: SJI Remembers Former Josephian - Mr Peter Martens

The SJI family is saddened at the passing of Mr Peter Martens, former student and teacher on 6 April.

Mr Martens (Class of 1952) was a teacher in SJI for many years. He was a revered hockey coach and he also taught Mathematics, English and Literature. He is remembered by many of his former students for his mentorship, the inspiration he imparted to the players, his wit, and his tireless love for the sport.

His former students, all hockey players, established the "Peter Martens Trophy" to honour their former coach. It is to be given annually to a Year 1-2 student-athlete who has excelled outstandingly well in his sport at the National level. The award was first given out in 2019. Mr Martens presented this award at our Thanksgiving Ceremony in 2019.

Today, we mourned a Josephian who heard the call of his Alma Mater and returned to SJI to teach and passed on the SJI tradition to many of his students, including a number of us who are presently serving in SJI. Mr Martens is remembered fondly for his humour and his smile - it could light up a whole class with smiles after the Discipline Master then dressed down a class.

Eternal rest, grant unto Mr Peter Martens, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

March: SJI Military Band Showcases Their Talents at SYF Band Competition

Team A from our SJI Military Band participated in the 2021 Singapore Youth Festival Band Competition on 29 March. They overcame the odds and performed brilliantly!

All of last year they couldn't rehearse together because of the pandemic. They practised in sections. They practised online virtually. They practised not knowing if they would ever perform on stage or compete again. Today they did. Their rendition of 'Starlight' was simply inspired!

Team B performs on 7 April. We pray for an equally fantastic performance. All the best!

March: Josephians Awarded at SG Young Physicists' Tournament 2021

Congratulations to our Josephians who have performed well at the Singapore Young Physicists' Tournament with their award-winning Physics research projects under the mentorship of Ms Lydiawati Cao and Ms Wong Kah Yan:

Bronze medallists - out of 10 teams
  • Nguyen Thanh Tin (Team Leader-ML401)
  • Ngo Hoang Nhat Minh (ML401)
  • Lee Hai Long Quang (MN 403)

Poster Presentation (Distinction) - only two schools were awarded this
  • Cao Peiyuan (team leader; all from ML401)
  • Huang Yixuan
  • Joshi Mihir Ashutosh
  • Ray Ong (Reserve)

March: Josephians Present Research Findings at School-Based Science Mentorship Programme

Six of the 10 teams that submitted their Science research projects for the 2020-2021 School-Based Science Mentorship Programme (SBSMP) were selected to present their research findings and video presentations in February 2021. Congratulations to these 18 Josephians:
  1. Li ShaoKai (ML403)
  2. Tanishq Gunasekaran (ML403)
  3. Ho Justin (ML403)
  4. Zachary Mak (FN401)
  5. Mahessen Subra (ML403)
  6. Emmanuel Mark Heng (ML403)
  7. Michael Yang (LE403)
  8. Karthik Nodu (LE403)
  9. Tan Kieran (LE403)
  10. Rangasamy Rupesh (ML403)
  11. Royce Manikandan (FN401)
  12. Ha Yujian (ML403)
  13. Sean Gerard Chin (FN401)
  14. Princeton Toh (LE403)
  15. Andrew Tay (ML403)
  16. Kevin Benedict (ML403)
  17. Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403)
  18. Aeden Chng (LE403)
They have been working on their research findings based on these topics from April - December 2020:
  1. Study on increasing safety of consumption of Sashimi
  2. How can the Environmental Sustainability of Oral Drug Packaging be improved on?
  3. The effect of varying essential oils on homemade isopropyl-based hand sanitisers
  4. Investigation of natural corrosion inhibitors and their effectiveness on iron in NaCl solution as compared to inorganic corrosion inhibitors
  5. Efficiency of different methods of microplastic removal
  6. The effectiveness of fermentation-derived natural cleaning substances
During the course of their research, two scientists from A*STAR under the Scientist-In-School (SIS) Programme - Dr Judice Koh and Dr Low Joo Leng, acted as consultants to answer their questions via Google Classroom during the COVID-19 lockdown. Besides the two scientists, the science teachers who were involved in mentoring the students include Mr Raymond Wong, Ms Tan Sia Hui, Mrs Josephine Lee, Ms Gina Tan, Ms Kassandra Lim and Dr Sergei Prokopenko. Our lab technicians, Mr Raymond Fontelera, Ms Jennifer Sia and Ms Denyse Beh were of immense help to the boys in helping them with the equipment and materials that they needed.

March: Singapore Writing Institute (SWI) 2021 Programme

Congratulations to Mr Karthickeyen Govindaraj who has been accepted into the Singapore Writing Institute (SWI) 2021 programme. The programme, run by MOE's English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), is a unique professional learning opportunity for participants to experience being a writer, to inquire into their teaching practice and explore how to grow a greater interest among their peers in the teaching of writing.

March: SJI EAS Day

By Mrs Shirley Foo
The SJI EAS team had its first bonding event for 2021 on 16 March, where they had to complete an SJI Amazing Race. Grouped into small teams, they were given 20 activities such as identifying significant statues around the school campus and taking group pictures at certain landmarks around the school. They were also tasked to explore the various learning facilities located at the various classroom blocks. Although tired after the almost 2-hour activity, the staff got to know each other better as well as discovered new areas within the school.

Catholic Education Conference 2021

By Fr Adrian Danker, SJ
How do educators and students in our 35 Catholic schools mark the 200th year of Catholic presence in Singapore?

With a day in God’s holy presence and with each other. To pray in gratitude for the gift of Catholic education. To reflect with faith on the graced encounter with Jesus in Catholic schools. To learn in humility how to help everyone in school experience God’s gift of Himself. This year’s Catholic Education Conference expressed these hopes with its theme, “Celebrating, Encountering and Creating our God Experience.”

The Pre-Conference Novena, the workshops on praying with art, origami and film, and the sharing of schools’ best practices to make schools holy ground to encounter Jesus and know God were some conference highlights. Archbishop William Goh invited Catholic schools to mediate a personal encounter with Jesus for everyone, and so, “ignite and shine with faith.”

All of this was done online, broadcasted from SJI to all the Catholic schools, where the school teams participated by observing safer management guidelines. Besides ICT support, SJI also contributed to the conference's success in various ways: from recording the Mass to designing the conference logo by Mr Michael Ee to working on the conference programme.

March: Lasallian Formation Day

By Mr Karl Lee
The Lasallian community held our annual Lasallian Formation Day (LFD) on 12 March 2021. The main feature of this year’s LFD was for all staff from the local Lasallian schools to comprehend and align with their respective schools' work plans to the focus articulated in the following documents:
1. Declaration on the Lasallian Educational Mission
2. Identity Criteria for the Vitality of Lasallian Educational Ministries

With the safe management measures in place, the SJI community teamed up in small groups to engage in deep discussion and reflected on the different criteria from these documents. The discussions were rich and many contributed towards clarifying and strengthening our understanding of the main points of the abovementioned documents.

As observed by one of our teaching staff, Ms Lee Siew Lian: “I find this year's programme so much better than the previous years. The small group discussions allowed us to take time to reflect and share our views coherently. I also find myself learning from the sharing from teachers in the other academies.

March: SJI Receives People's Association Community Spirit Award 2020

SJI received the People's Association Community Spirit (PACS) Awards 2020 – Community Partnership Excellence Award. This is in appreciation of the school's partnership and support to serve the community together in 2019.

Fr Adrian Danker, SJ received the award from Ms Shirley Wee, Team Leader (Partnerships & Programmes) at Central Singapore Community Development Council.
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March: Josephians Accepted into Nanyang Research Programme

Congratulations to our Josephians who have been successfully accepted into the NRPjr and NRP 2021 mentorship programme. The 4 pairs of secondary students under the NRPjr will be mentored by Mr Tan Yan Li and Ms Gina Tan, while the Year 5 students under the NRP will be mentored by Ms Chua Pei Ni.

  • Nguyen Duc Minh Anh and Nguyen Thien Minh Tuan (FN303), Quek Yi Ming and Koh Zer Ray Ansley (MN303) will be supervised by Dr Lim Yang Teck Kenneth for their projects on ‘Exploring Local Micro-Climates With Open-Source Sensors’
  • Asher Tan Jian Fu (LE303) and Jaylen Chan Junwu (FN303) will be supervised by Asst Prof Lee Seok Woo for their project on ‘Building Rubik’s Cube Solver’
  • Adarsh Kumar Vatsa and Chakravarty Johaan Ajay (LE303) will be supervised by Assoc Prof Lim Meng Hiot for their project on ‘Sustainable Robotics - Energy Harvesting’
  • Qi JiaZe (LE507) will be supervised by Asst Prof Xu Yan for ‘Data-Driven Method for Li-Ion Battery Health Monitoring’
  • Teo Li Yang Terence (FN502) and Tristan Tay Yu Hng (LE507) will be supervised by Dr Lim Yang Teck Kenneth for ‘Designing an Artificial Intelligence and/or Robotics System for Potential Real-World Applications’
  • Loh Zi Quan Keith (ML511) will be supervised by Dr Mukta Bansal for 'Reactor Simulation using Aspen Hysys'.

March: Josephian is Champion of the ACJC Orator's Trophy 2021

By Ms Rita Roop
Congratulations to Harjas Singh Sidhu (ML301) has emerged Champion in the Senior League Category of the Orator's Trophy organised recently by ACJC! Arjun Jayaprakash (MN517) also did SJI proud by making it to the finals in the Pre-U League category.

Both Harjas and Arjun showcased their excellent oratorical skills throughout the competition.

March: Chilling Out with Quali-Tea Time

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By Genevieve Heng Chin Xuen (LE610)
On 1 and 3 March, the SJI YoungXHush organised Quali-Tea Time, an event that provided Year 6 students with a space to dedicate some time to themselves.

In light of the stressful EETOKIA period, the time provided a chance for friends to relax by enjoying a cup of tea or appreciating artworks that were set up to focus on mental health. Year 6s were even encouraged to write positive and wholesome notes to each other that were pasted on a ‘wholesome wall’. The art gallery consisted of artwork done by students, Sunith and Genevieve from FN604 and LE610 respectively. Alongside these artworks were poems created by the students of the Literacy Society, Tricia Sin (FN605), Gillian Rae Ang (ML611) and Ashley Munoz (FN601). In addition, members of YoungXHush created infographics to raise awareness of issues among the student body such as academic burnout and how to handle them.

Although the event was fairly short, it was well-received, with a sizable number of students using the space to relax and destress! Through this Quali-Tea Time, Josephians recognised the importance of mental wellness by creating a space to help students whose mental health may have been on the decline.

March: Congratulations to Alumni who have Excelled in 2020 A-Level Exams

Congratulations to our alumni who have graduated from our O-Level programme in 2018 and have continued to excel in their A-level examinations in 2020:

  • Soh Russell, Evan Lee Kian Chuan, Koong Bok Hui Alphonsus from Saint Andrew’s Junior College have attained scored 6 distinctions and a perfect score of 90 rank points. Shaun Ng Wei Cher and Chintalacheruvu Anish scored 5 distinctions each.
  • Padua Mikhail Anthony Gagni and Gilbert David have performed well in their A-Levels at Tampines Meridian Junior College.
  • Mark Antoine Varghese and Samuel Ong Yi-Xin at Temasek Junior College for scoring 5 distinctions and better.

February: Service to the Community to mark World Scouts Day

By Christian Lee (FN301)
World Scout Day (22 February) celebrates the International Scouting Movement, and the anniversary of the birth of the founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The way to celebrate this day is to give back to the school. This year the SJI Scouts helped to clean the canteen and some common areas for a couple of days. With the belief that many hands make light work, many scouts chipped in to clean the canteen, which made it so much easier for the few cleaners who have to clean the whole school daily.

Christian Lee shared, "We were glad we were able to lighten the load of the cleaners. I hoped it helped the cleaners and this also helped us realise how difficult it must be to clean the school and we should not take the school’s cleanliness for granted."

February: Commemorating Total Defence Day

By Ms Wang Binxi
SJI commemorated Total Defence Day with a series of activities to help students understand how as Josephians, they can play their part in upholding the different pillars of Total Defence. With the theme centred on “Together We Keep Singapore Strong”, Josephians were reminded of how collective efforts can help overcome grave challenges. This is particularly pertinent in view of the nation’s fight against COVID-19.

Josephians shared their part in Nation Building, from blood donation to being vigilant in fact-checking as well as teachers who served in their respective appointments in SAF to defend Singapore. We hope that students understand that Total Defence is a living concept, vital and necessary to help Singapore rise through the challenges we face. The commemoration ended with Nathanael Sutjiutama (FN605) and Tricia Phua (LE608), President and Vice-President of the Senior Council, reading out the Total Defence Day message by Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen.

Through the Josephian Formation Programme (JFJ), Josephians learnt about Total Defence Day from various activities conducted for the different levels by the Citizenship Education Committee carried out during the Total Defence Week:

The Year 1s played a game of 'Snake and Ladder' to reinforce what Psychological and Social Defence actions entail, followed by writing a Pledge Card of actions they can carry out in their daily lives to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Year 2s played a strategy card game of ‘Guardians of the City II’ to help them develop a deeper understanding of Singapore's security threats through role-taking to keep their citizens safe against a terrorist threat.

In the post-game reflection activity, Nathanael Koh, LE203 wrote:
"We can be Men for Others and help those who are in need. During an economic crisis, there will be a cut down on food or water supply. For those who are financially weaker and not able to well afford the increased prices, we should help them by buying food for them or sharing a portion of our food with them."

Year 3s designed a digital clip to advocate for Singaporeans to put Total Defence into action. Congratulations to the winning classes for the following competitions!

Year 3 Video Making Competition, incorporating different pillars of Total Defence and Traits of Josephians
In this current era, digital defence is especially important when it comes to keeping us Singaporeans safe online. According to statistics, online scams have been the most committed crime in Singapore for the past few years, with a spike last year, 2020. With this, we have to cherish and continue to uphold digital defence in our everyday lives as a pillar of strength, to protect Singapore from cyber attacks in the future.

The Total Defence pillar being addressed is Civil Defence. A student falls over the edge of the railing and lands onto the ground floor when playing with his wallet. However, nobody cared and stopped to help him. Then, the clock is rewound and this time, everyone plays their part to help the fallen boy by alerting everyone else to come to his aid. They are bonded by the community during times of crisis. The Josephian Profile is "Community Builder".

Year 4 Freeze Frame Challenge on how SAF will look like in the students' time:
The Year 4s, who will be serving the National Service in 2 years’ time, examined how SAF has transformed over the years and used their creativity to do up a Freeze Frame on how they think SAF will look like in their time.

  • ML401 - Caption: In this day and age, the world has become more digitised. Many threats have emerged from the Web. It is our duty to be more focused on these threats during our National Service, such as Cyber Defenders.
  • LE403 - Caption: Evolution of Defence: In order to stay relevant, we have to blend skills like hand-to-hand combat with emerging ones, like the use of technology
  • FN401 - Caption: NS will be tough, but we will be strong in the darkness
Years 5 and 6 play the Escape Room Game, where they put themselves into different scenarios and rivalled one another with their quick-wittedness to be freed from the escape rooms.

February: Celebrating Lunar New Year the SJI Way

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Photos by Ms Chew Hui Fang, Mdm Lee Pick Siew, Ms Tay Tze Hoon, Ms Tay Xiu Yu, Pakrisamy S/O Balakrishnan (ML201), Wang Zhihuan Felix (MN301), Chan Luke Isaac (FN401)

To welcome the Year of the Ox, the Chinese New Year Committee planned an array of activities for all staff and students to enjoy and immerse themselves in the celebratory mood of the Lunar New Year. From lantern making to paper cuttings, Josephians decked the isles and classrooms in spring festivity and tradition. Josephians also had a chance to partake in Chinese Couplets Writing (挥春) at the Foyer. The musically-inclined also submitted their CNY music videos to participate in our Singing Competition.

On the eve of CNY, the Josphian community gathered in their classrooms for the CNY virtual celebration hosted by Koh Kai Jun Kavan (ML402) and Kavi Rajan (ML615). Ang pows were also given to the support staff who maintain the cleanliness and security of the school.

In an effort to help the less privileged celebrate the festive season, the Catholic CCA group, the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP) also appealed for Ang Pows collection from 16 to 19 Feb. The collections were donated to the elderly at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital. The donations helped them have more pleasant celebrations during Chinese New Year while they were in the hospital.

February: Celebrating the Start of New Academic Year with Inaugural Assembly

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Photos by Tan Jun Jie (LE203), Kayden Ee (ML202), Shane Lee (FN303), Nyi Nyi Swe Min (MN401), Zaeus Jalleh Zhi An, Gabriel (MN202), Mrs Janet Kwok, Mrs Ng-Yeo Bee Kheng, Mr Michael Poh, Mrs Pennie Ong, Mr Christopher Go, Ms Ong Shu Yee, Mr Loqman Alfaiz Mohamad, Ms Asmah Hanim Binte Mohamad, Ms Tay Xiu Yu, Ms Fauziah Abdullah, Mrs Mishaelle Chua, Ms Wang Binxi, Ms Gangadharan Sangeetha, Mr Alfred Nathan, Mr Azhar Ghazali, Ms Tay Tze Hoon, Ms Jessica Cheng, Ms Deborah Goh, Ms Gina Tan, Ms Christina Leong, Mr Ng Shuh Lit, Ms Tan Lay Moi, Ms Cindy Chua, Ms Doreen Mak, Ms Linda So, Ms Lynette Lin, Ms Eileen Su, Mrs Margaret Yam, Dr Lee Lye Hin, Mrs Vivian Tan, Ms Tan Sia Hui, Ms Beatrice Cho, Mr Michael Ee, Mr Kenneth Wee, Dr Sergei Prokopenko

The Inaugural Assembly marks the official start of the new academic year. Josephians gathered together again as one school community online in their classrooms to participate in the Inaugural ceremony. As the new academic year beckons, fresh opportunities abound for all students and staff and they were invited to reflect on their strengths as they wrote their hopes and aspirations for 2021. These precious handwritten notes symbolised our desire for growth and were blessed at the Inaugural Mass.

In his Inaugural Address, Fr Adrian Danker, S.J. invited Josephians to imitate the example of St Joseph to care for each other in SJI in the new school year. St Joseph protected and provided for those he loved, especially, his family; Josephians must do the same, he said. He also challenged teachers and students to take care of the SJI Mission and nurture it. Our school is a tradition worth keeping not just for now but for the future.

At the same event, Josephians and staff responded to the call to curate the SJI Significance. They came together to participate in a “cura” activity. “Curate” comes from the word “cura”. To curate is to “to take care of” and “to preserve it with care”. As a symbolic representation of “cura”, each class was invited to care for a plant by adding fertilizers and watering it. These potted plants from all 86 classes were then be installed at the Cura Corner, located at a wall of Block N.
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February: Josephians Win Awards at Problem X (PX) Challenge

By Mrs Josephine Lee
Problem X (PX) Challenge is a new programme jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2020. The target participants are Year 2 to 4 students who demonstrate strong aptitude, passion and motivation for inquiry in Science and Mathematics. Participants will form teams of 3-4 members to work on a given complex real-world problem, seeking possible solutions for it by considering different perspectives and leveraging the knowledge of different disciplines, particularly in Science and Mathematics. The solutions proposed have to be supported by sound research, and analysis and evaluation of available data and practices.

The focus for problem-solving in 2020 is the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants assumed the role of an Infectious Disease Response Team formed by Public Service, Singapore to address public concerns and allay fears based on an assessment of the outbreak trajectory. The challenge required participants to produce a video clip and an accompanying report that would offer the Singapore public an informed understanding of the COVID-19 situation at a particular juncture in time.

SJI sent 2 teams of Year 4 IP students, 2 teams of Year 2 IP students and 1 team of Year 2 OP students. They were mentored by Mr Jerry Tai, Ms Doris Koh and Mrs Josephine Lee. Both the Year 4 IP teams reached the finals and obtained the Commendation Award while one of the Year 2 IP team received a Special Award.

Congratulations to all the participants who attained the following awards:

(1) Two Year 4 (2020) IP teams were awarded Commendation Awards:
St. Joseph Institution Team 1
  • Tan Ying Liang Torance (ML402)
  • Colin Toh Sze Peng (ML402)
  • Pang Wei Wen Samuel (MN401)
  • Lee Xavia (MN401)

St. Joseph Institution Team 2
  • Surya Subramanian (MN401)
  • Timothy Tan (MN401)
  • Loh Zi Quan Keith (MN401)
  • Then Jan Wei (MN401)

(2) One Year 2 (2020) team was awarded a Special Award (task 1)
St. Joseph Institution Team 5
  • Fan Enrui (ML201)
  • Chung Dohyun (ML201)
  • Damien Lau Jia Hui (ML201)
  • Joshua Chng Jun Wen (ML201)

February: Josephians Integrate Art With AR

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From January to March 2020, eight Josephian Arts Programme (JAP) student designers mentored by art teacher Ms Jessica Cheng pushed their creative boundaries by exploring the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in their artistic endeavour. Evan Chong, Jeff Chan, Keagan Goh, Matthew Kang, Wesley Thng, Xu He, Quek Yiming, and Yu Ziyang (from LE202, 2020) launched an art trail on a smartphone application, which uses AR to tell the stories behind the artworks that lined the corridors of SJI.

Their initiative is one of the stories showcased at the Design Education Summit 2021 on 4 February. Click here to read about their AR journey in the news.

February: Alumnus Named The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2020

Congratulations to our alumnus Professor Ooi Eng Eong (Class of 1984) from Duke-NUS Medical School, and the COVID-19 front-line fighters! They have collectively been named " The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2020.

Prof Ooi is the co-developer of Lunar-Cov19, Singapore's sole Sars-CoV-2 vaccine now undergoing human trials. He was also featured in our book of Josephians - For Others, which was published in 2018.

Watch his interview and the development of the vaccine in The Vaccine Quest on Channel NewsAsia.

January: Josephians Collaborate with Kurayoshi Higashi Senior High School for Research Project Presentation

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The Kurayoshi Higashi Senior High School successfully held “the second Research Project Presentation in Kurayoshi” on 30 January with our Y4 (2020) Josephians - Brien Anthony Chia Jinhao (FN403/MN516), Koon Wei Pheng (ML402/LE507) and Purushothaman Sanjai (MN401/ML515). Conducted over Zoom for 7 months since June 2020, the participating students from both schools exchanged their opinions, learned and widened their visions during this online exchange.

January: Embracing the SJI Spirit Through ALOHA

Photos by Fr Adrian Danker SJ

By Nicholas Tan Yi-Jia (LE610)
The SJI spirit is one that is u Orientation Camp (OC) 2021 themed 'Aloha!' aimed to commence the incoming Year 5s' IB journey with a sense of spirit, hope and camaraderie. Though the OC had to be conducted with safe management measures in place, the Student Leaders endeavoured to showcase the unique SJI spirit and to introduce the values and motto and heritage of the school. The SJI school spirit is an integral aspect of every Josephian, and as such, the Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) hoped to inculcate the value of Community in the Year 5s and share this uplifting and meaningful experience with them, and help them to better integrate into the new chapter of their educational journey.

The native Hawaiians use the word Aloha as a greeting, a farewell and an expression of love. However, Aloha is not just a word, it is an experience. It encompasses the deep care and respect that we ought to have for our surroundings, both physical and social. The acronymic meanings of Aloha are:
  • A, ala, watchful, alertness
  • L, lokahi, working with unity
  • O, oia'i'o, truthful honesty
  • H, ha'aha'a, humility
  • A, ahonui, patient perseverance
Aloha was chosen as the theme of OC2021 as it resonates with the Lasallian value of community; it also encompasses what it means to be men and women of integrity, highlighting how we should be patient, humble, honest, and have faith in others, values that are all an integral part of the Josephian family here in SJI.

Throughout the OC, the Year 5s met new friends and classmates through the Information talks about the IB life, Subject and CAS booths as well as trial lessons that aim to accord them with a better idea of the IBDP syllabus and curriculum. These were paired with engaging and interactive activities to encourage bonding through games that interrelate our school values while encouraging interaction and facilitated talks within the respective OGs.

January: Josephians Emerged Champions of Community Safety and Security Project

By Mr Mohamad Syaifudin Bin Ahmad
In 2020, a team of 5 Josephians represented SJI to participate in the inaugural Community Safety and Security Project (CSSP) titled – Anti-Scam Student Champions (ASSC), organized by Bishan NPC of the Singapore Police Force.

Despite that this project was conducted with the COVID-19 safe management measures in place, Fan Enrui (FN302), Kothamasu Pranavasai Bhavesh (FN302), Chen Wei En James Ryan (ML301), Thaddeus Kuah Kiat Ray (MN302), and Koh Ze Rey, Ansley (MN303) overcame the difficulties faced and persevered to produce the winning video. They were required to complete three tasks:
1) Research into the topic of scam and how to prevent becoming victim to scams;
2) Using the researched materials, the students will share with their fellow school-mates on anti-scam awareness; and
3) The students will then create educational anti-scam video clips, which formed part of the competition.

The team emerged Champions out of the 14 schools in the South Zone, which included Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution and Cedar Girls Secondary School. Their video creation was well received and was featured on Bishan NPC's Facebook page. Click here to view their winning video.

January: Josephians Participate in Singapore Energy Grand Challenge 2020 (SEGC)

By Mr Sirhan Bin Ahmadiah
The Singapore Energy Grand Challenge 2020 (Youth) organised by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) was launched in March 2020 for all secondary school students to co-create Singapore's Energy Story with the challenge statement: “How would your energy-efficient school or neighbourhood in Singapore look like in 2050?”. A total of 92 teams from 30 secondary schools took part in the challenge, using Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition to create their ideal energy-efficient world and showcase their aspirations for Singapore.

The SJI team of 7 Josephians from ML201 - Sim Yan Zhao Daniel, Dhirren Surindranath, Pakrisamy s/o Balakrishnan, Reynold Simonn, Daniel Leong Eu Shay, Yeo Sheng Kai Darius, and Chen Leqi were up against more senior students in the competition and made it to the semi-final stage. The boys received a Certificate of Participation from the EMA.

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: Forging New Relationships at TABA Day

TABA, which means Together and By Association, is our Josephian way of integrating the boys into their new classes at Year 3. Through the TABA Day on 15 Jan and the Paraliturgy on 19 Jan, the boys bonded with their new classmates and Form Tutors. It was time for new friendships with their new classmates whom they will journey together in Years 3 and 4.

January: A New Beginning at Orientation 'Initium Novum'

2021-01-15-Y1 Orientation Camp
Photos by Muhammad Elyas Amir Bin Suhardi (FN401/2020), Chan Luke Isaac, Ong Kai-Jun Ethan Lucas (FN401), Boey Jayden (MN403)

A new beginning might be something that many are desperately longing for, especially when a year-long pandemic lingers around into the new year. In preparation for the Year 1 Josphians to adapt to their new secondary school life in SJI, the SJI Peer Support Leaders and Facilitators conducted a week-long orientation programme themed 'Initium Novum' (which means a new beginning).

During the week, the new Josephians met their new classmates from different schools and backgrounds within their fraternities. To survive their journey throughout the orientation, they were invited to learn and work together. It was time to form new friendships and bonds that would be filled with memories to come.

The Orientation Campfire is the highlight of every Year 1 Orientation. The event with the blazing fire, chanting of the fraternity cheers and singing of the school songs unites the Y1s and their seniors as one big Josephian family. It is our way of building community spirit with the larger SJI community. It is a memorable experience for all new Josephians. For their seniors, it is a sweet reminiscence of their memories when they first joined SJI in Year 1. For the SJI staff, it is a night to remember that a new journey begins with these new Josephians entrusted to our care. This year's campfire was conducted with safe distancing measures in place.

January: Josephians Win Awards at Bilingual Youth Model United Nations Conference

By Ms Annie Wong
SJI fielded a team of 5 Josephians from across the 3 academies to take part in the second edition of the Bilingual Youth Model United Nations (BYMUN) conference organised by Nanyang Girls’ High School. The theme of the 2021 Bilingual Youth Model United Nations conference was “Transforming the world: Voices of Youth”. The conference aimed to provide student participants with an understanding of diplomacy and international relations while enhancing their bilingual proficiency, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It also sought to encourage diversity by providing students with the opportunity to share their perspectives, negotiate and collaborate on solutions to support the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. The SJI team - Lim Yee Kiat Zachary (ML403), Li Shaokai (ML403), Choo Yi Ming (FN302), Huang Yaoting (ML401) and Goh Kai Jun Kavan (ML402), were mentored by Ms Wai Pei Pin, who worked closely and tirelessly with the boys over the holidays to brainstorm and finetune the boys' presentations.

Our team took home the following 3 awards:
  • Best Delegate - Goh Kai Jun Kavan 吴楷峻
    Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) Council
  • Honourable Mention - Choo Yi Ming 朱乙铭
    United Nations Commissions on the Status of Women (UNCSW) Council
  • Outstanding Delegation - St Joseph's Institution
This is truly a remarkable achievement considering it is SJI's debut at the BYMUN, which has traditionally been attended by mostly SAP schools. Not only did our students have to prepare and write position papers in English and Chinese, they also had to debate issues that are of a very high level of difficulty and complexity in both languages. Their ability to communicate so precisely in both English and Chinese, as well as their capacity for spontaneous and logical reasoning and critical thinking was an exceptional performance to watch. The achievement of the "Outstanding Delegation award", where there were only 2 awards given to school delegations, is proof of SJI's strength in linguistic and cognitive capability.

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%

2021-01-11-Class of 2020 O-Level Results

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 41 out of 45 points
  2. Eight students were awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.
  3. 71% of the cohort (194 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 41 40 41 41 41.5 40.7 40
Number of students with 40 or more points 194 164 180 109 67 57 44
Percentage of students with 40 or more points 71% 59% 67% 79% 84% 71.25% 63%
Number of bilingual diploma students 8 2 4 6 2 3 2

2021-01-04-Class of 2020 IB Results