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April: SJI Tennis Team Scores 4th Place at National School Games

Our Tennis ‘B’ Division boys have much to be proud of! They performed their best game and gave their all to achieve the 4th position at the nationals this year! This is the third consecutive year our Tennis boys have reached the semi-finals of the nationals.

Special mention to Jerome Chew who gave his opponent a punishing time with their match going into three sets. Our reserves, Rayne Quek and Aiden Chew, who made their first appearance in an NSG match, fought hard for their match to enter into the third set. Well done, Josephians! #TeamSJI #OraEtLabora
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April: SJI Footballers Qualify for A-Division Semi-Finals

Congratulations to our SJI Footballers who have qualified for the NSG A-Division Football Semi-Finals! In the quarter-finals match held on 25 April, the SJI Team showed tremendous fighting spirit and resilience to recover from being a goal down to eventually defeat Nanyang Junior College 2-1. SJI will be meeting Victoria Junior College in the semi-finals on 9 May. All the best to our footballers! ⚽️ #TeamSJI #OraEtLabora
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April: SJI Badminton Team Scores 4th Place at NSG (South Zone)

Our SJI Badminton B-Division team fought hard to land a spot in the semifinals at the NSG (South Zone) 2022 on 22 April after clearing the quarterfinals against Deyi Secondary with a 5-0 score. The semifinals tested the depth of the team as one of our key players was injured during the rubber set while another suffered a bad back. However, the boys persevered and played hard to push every point, bringing the score even with the second doubles despite losing our second singles in the rubber set. The team's journey to the games concluded with a 4th place in the South Zone, after losing narrowly at 3-2 in the semi-final rounds. #TeamSJI #OraEtLabora
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April: Josephians Paddle to Team Silver at NSG B-Division Table Tennis

The SJI B Division Table Tennis team concluded their game at the NSG 2022 (South Zone) competition with an astounding win of a Team Silver! Although most schools fielded between 12 to 15 players, our lean team of 11 players truly did the school proud in achieving this feat. Their effort and hard work poured into many hours of training during Blended Learning days and holidays have paid off handsomely, as many were first-time NSG players who held their own against the strong opponents from other schools. Bravo, SJI paddlers! #TeamSJI #OraEtLabora

April: Josephians Sail to Gold in A & B Divisions at NSG Sailing 2022

Congratulations to our SJI sailors who emerged triumphant in all the categories they had taken part in this year's National School Games for Sailing from 25 to 28 April.

Year 3 Josephian Kenan Tan (FN301) sailed his way to Gold against 43 competitors in this year's ILCA 4 B Division boys' competition, despite the unfavourable weather conditions that caused several disruptions to the races.

Similarly, in the ILCA 6 A-division boys category, with the unwavering support of the SJI sailing teachers Mr Alfred Nathan and Mdm Roziyah, Year 5 Josephian Russell Yom (FN504) also succeeded in taking home the NSG gold for SJI.

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April: Josephians Soar in Science Projects

Congratulations to our Josephians who received awards for their projects at the SSEF 2022 Final Judging round on 30 March:

  • Merit Award – NRPjr project 2021-22
"Research on the effects of microclimate on emotion and health" by Nguyen Duc Minh Anh (FN403) and Nguyen Thien Minh Tuan (FN403) conducted in NIE and mentored by Mr. Tan Yan Li (project code – ES005).

  • Participation Certificate – NRPjr project 2021-22
"Simulating Effects of Global Warming Temperatures on Ipomoea aquatica (Kang Kong)" by Quek Yi Ming (MN403) and Koh Zer Ray, Ansley (MN403) conducted in NIE and mentored by Ms. Gina Tan (project code – PS015).

  • Bronze Award – SRP project 2021-22
"Using machine learning to train a model that is capable of identifying the amphibians belonging to the Hylidae family based on their advertisement calls" by Purushothaman Sanjai (ML615), Timothy Tan (FN610), and Benedict Chua Wei An (ML615) conducted at NUS, Department of Biological Sciences (project code – CO012).

  • Bronze Award – SRP project 2021-22
"Effects of repeated cycles of sleep curtailment and recovery on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity" by Tan Ying Liang Torance (LE608) and Koon Wei Pheng (LE607) conducted at NUS, Department of Medicine, Sleep and Health Laboratory (project code – BM028).

  • Merit Award – RAP project 2021
"Python-based X-ray CT Data Visualisation Tool" by Christopher Koh Jie En (MN616) conducted at ARTC - The Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre at Fusionopolis (as part of requirements of the A*STAR Science Award) (project code – SS011).

April: Josephian Wins 3rd Place in International Digital Storytelling Competition

Congratulations to Chow Zeyi (LE608) won 3rd place in the Senior Secondary category (16-18 years old) of the International Digital Storytelling Competition organized by the University of Hong Kong, ASIS&T South Asia Chapter and Academy 22 Education for All Foundation.

April: Josephian is Champion of ACJC Orator's Trophy!

Year 5 Josephian - Keevan Kanagalingam (MN516) has emerged as the champion in the JC category of the Orator's Trophy, an annual oratorical competition organized by ACJC that saw participation from many schools. Another Y5 student, Hrishit Chhabra (LE510) also performed well and was one of the finalists in the same competition.

April: SJI Alumna Wins Prestigious Edwin Thumboo Prize for Literature

Congratulations to our HL Literature graduate Sarah Zafirah from IB Class of 2021, who has won a Merit prize for the prestigious 2021 Edwin Thumboo Prize for Literature!

Named after one of Singapore’s most prominent poets and the Department’s Emeritus Professor, the Edwin Thumboo Prize seeks to encourage excellence in the study of Literature at the pre-university level by recognising outstanding literary works by A-level and International Baccalaureate (IB) students of English Literature in Singapore.

April: SJI Canoeing Teams Win Silver and Bronze at NSG 2022

Congratulations to our SJI Canoeists who achieved several top medals at the National School Games 2022:

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B Division Canoeing Team 2022 - Overall 3rd
  1. Koh Liang Jie Matthew (FN402) - 4th in both K1 500m & K1 1000m
  2. Lee Shao Hang (FN301), Tan Boon Yeang Isaac Emmanuel (MN301), Lim Ying Zhi, Jaden (FN301) & Chan Wye Yang, Julian (MN301) - 2nd in both K4 500m & K4 1000m
  3. Brayden Chang Jon Yon (LE301) & Tan Ying Da Raphael (MN302) - 3rd in C2 500m
  4. Ang Jet Hong (LE302) & Peter Tan Chao Xing (FN401) - 4th in C2 500m

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    C Division Canoeing Team 2022 - Overall 2nd
  6. Elijah Ashvath Thiruman (ML101) - 4th in K1 1000m
  7. Jian Sixu (ML201) - 1st in both C1 500m & C2 500m
  8. Werner Lee (LE203) - 2nd in C1 500m & 1st in C2 500m
  9. Joel Foo (ML201) & Heng Yu Zhe (LE201) - 2nd in K2 1000m
  10. Ang Zhen Yu Lucas (LE202) & Ethan Tan Yu Ze (FN202) - 3rd in K2 500m
  11. Kukreja Tejas (MN202) & Lucas Wong (ML201) - 4th in K2 500m
  12. Elijah Lee Zhi-En (FN201), Wong Gwun Cheng, Joshua (MN202), Heng Yu Zhe (LE201) & Ang Zhen Yu Lucas (LE202) - 1st in K4 500m
  13. Elijah Lee Zhi-En (FN201), Wong Gwun Cheng, Joshua (MN202) - 1st in JK2 500m
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March: Active SG Cup 2022 Under-16 Football Competition

2 of our Under-16 teams scored a 3rd place in the inaugural Active SG Cup 2022 U16 Football Competition – 4 v 4 format in March 2022.
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March: Lasallian Shares Insight on Future in Human-Machine Augmentation

Our University and Scholarship team held the 4th SJI Professional Speaker Series on 11 March that featured Mr Oliver Tian, who spoke on “Skills of the Future in Human-Machine Augmentation”. An alumnus of St Patrick's School, Mr Tian is an advisory consultant to both local and international startups and holds a number of concurrent pro bono appointments with non-profit organizations including Honorary Advisor, Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association; Vice-Chair, International Alliance of Robotic Associations; Vice-President, Global Robot Cluster and the Advisory Board Member (Responsible Technology Institute, University of Oxford).

The SJI Professional Speaker Series aims to expose our youths to renowned professionals who have not only made a mark in their respective professional fields but have also used their resources, skills and talent to add social and economic value to the community. As the salt and shakers in society, they are a force for good locally and overseas, hence worth emulating. Mr Tian is one of those successful technopreneurs who has successfully combined his advanced technology expertise with his keen entrepreneurial skill to devise innovations that create economic and social benefits for the end-users.

Mr Tian spoke on how humans can collaborate with machines to enhance human capabilities as well as the critical skills of the future needed to understand, explore and leverage technology to help increase human potential and benefit society. He provided the students with a foretaste of what the future marketplace will be like as companies adopt and integrate digital technology and end-to-end seamless artificial intelligence platforms into their operations such as the cognitive AI employee – "AMELIA", who is able to work continually 24/7 throughout the year. His advanced technological insights and wide experience enthralled his young audience, as evidenced by the active Q&A session following his address.
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About 50 Year 6 students attended the talk which was also live-streamed to all Year 5 and 6 students. Benjamin Wong (ML613) said, “This talk was one of the best I had participated in as it was very thought-provoking and it gave us a very insightful glimpse of the future”.

Indeed, Mr Tian’s parting exhortation to his SJI audience was to "Dream BIG, Think REAL and stay HUNGRY" to inspire them to stay relevant and nimble amidst rapidly evolving technological advancements, as our youths would be the next generation workforce to lead this human-machine augmentation.
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March: Josephians Sail High at Competitions

Russell Yom Zhenyi FN504.jpgNational sailor and former captain of Sailing CCA in 2021, Russell Yom Zhenyi (FN504) is currently the reigning champion in the Laser 4.7 and 29er high-performance divisions. A recipient of the Singapore Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Scholarship 2021, he topped the 29er division at the Singapore National Youth Championships 2021. At the recent sailing competitions, he was the Champion for the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) 4 at the South East Asian Sailing Championships 2021 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia (Dec 2021), Changi Sailing Club (Singapore) Monsoon Cup (Feb 2022), and Asian Games Selection (1st of 2 qualification rounds).

At the National Sailing Centre (Singapore) Cup Series 2 in Nov 2021, SJI sailors - Russell Yom, Kenan Tan Kee Zen (FN301), Jared Lee Buckalew (MN403) and Seah Wei Jun, Clive (LE302) - won 3rd place in their team race (ILCA 4).
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At the Changi Sailing Club Monsoon Cup in February 2022, Kenan Tan attained 4th position in ILCA 4 while Felix Koo Yi Xiong (FN301) attained 6th in ILCA 6.
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March: Josephian Spars with Asian Fencers at Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championship

Matthew Alexander Pang Rui-shen (LE301) represented Singapore to fence against several experienced fencers from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Oman, Vietnam and India at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championship 2022 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in February. Among the youngest in the competition, he was up against older competitors who were mostly 17 year olds who were much stronger, more aggressive and faster paced.

The AJCC Fencing Competition provided a really good learning experience for him to be better prepared for the upcoming World Junior and Cadet Championships in April where he will face stronger and fiercer opponents from around the world, not just from Asia.

March: SJI Innomakers Score Distinction at MOE Innovation Challenge

SJI sent seven teams of our Year 2 Innomakers to participate in the MOE Innovation Challenge last year. The challenge was to encourage the students to come up with innovative ideas or products. They developed problem-solving and inventive skills and engage in scenarios based on the UN Sustainable Goals. The teams were exposed to knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom through interaction with innovation mentors from Nanyang Technological University.

One of our teams - Jack Wigmore, twin brothers Ethan Yu and Elliot Yu (all from FN203/2021), was awarded the Certificate of Distinction. Their project named "Ilios Re-Power", is about installing solar panels in SJI in order to reduce energy use in our school. As conventional solar panels would not work as efficiently throughout the day as they could not capture light from all angles, the trio came up with the Solar Power Tower to capture sunlight from all directions throughout the day.

March: Let's Play Gamelan Together

Let's Play Gamelan Together on 7 March was the first in the series of activities for SJI staff planned by our Wellness Ambassadors - Mr Wong Chee Choy and Ms Daisy Chia. Our patient music teacher, Mr Samuel Ng taught us more than how to play the gamelan, the traditional ensemble music of the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese peoples of Indonesia, which is made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments used are metallophones played by mallets and a set of hand-played drums called kendhang or Kendang, which register the beat. Mr Ng also provided insight into the different types of instruments and their roles, and how when combined in playing produce a beautiful melody. Our staff attempted, fumbled and burst into laughter many times. It was a well-spent hour that brought both the academic and non-academic staff together and transported us to Java, even if it was just in our imagination.
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March: Josephians Design CNY Red Packs and Donate to Charity

28 students from the SJI Josephian Art Programme raised a total of $391.30 in support of the APSN Charity Ang Bao Donation Drive 2022. These students designed their own ang baos and donated a token sum from their ang bao collection received during Lunar New Year. Five students with the best ang bao designs received a small gift of cookies baked by the special needs trainees from the APSN Centre for Adults as a token of gratitude and appreciation.

The APSN is a social service agency that provides special education, vocational training, employment opportunities and support services for the mild intellectual disability community. Benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year, APSN currently operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools, an APSN Student Care Centre and an APSN Centre for Adults.

March: Transit and Belong

Transit and Belong 2022 is a mental wellness programme in its fourth year facilitated by the CAS group YoungXHush. Held over four days in two weeks from 22 February to 4 March, these sessions aim to support the Year 1 students as they embark on a new school journey as secondary students in a new environment, from having to make new friends to coping with academic expectations. The senior students in Year 5 and 6 planned a variety of engaging activities such as learning Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) vocabulary, quizzes related to body language, and games regarding background differences. It is hoped the Year 1s will be able to appreciate how the people around them though different can still build a supportive learning environment together.
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February: SJI Graduates Share the Tales of their IBDP Journeys

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Our graduates share the tales about their two-year IBDP journey during the pandemic. Read more about how Natalie Chong, Nicholas Ee and Wen Yan Kai overcame their challenges to shine in the IB exams in Nov 2021:

February: SJI Teacher is Part of Trio to Lead SEA Games in Hanoi in May

Our PE teacher and former national sprinter Ms Asmah Hanim, will join chef de mission, Mr S. Sinnathurai, former national taekwondo athlete and SEA Games champion, and former national shooter Damien Ler, to lead the Republic's contingent at the May 12-23 SEA Games in Hanoi. Read more at Sea games ex taekwondo champion sinnathurai to lead spore contingent in hanoi

February: SJI Pipers and Drummers Top Piping Warrior Drumming Maniac Solo Competition

Last November, SJI pipers and drummers took part in the Piping Warrior Drumming Maniac Solo Competition organised by Beyond the Octave. A total of 87 piping and drumming students from Singapore and Malaysia participated in 12 events split across 3 age group categories. Our pipers and drummers achieved excellent results in their solo events during this competition:

Tenor U15 Event 1 - 2 parts 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Aidan Isaac Tan (MN203,2021) - 1st
  2. Amir Daiyan Bin Razali (LE203,2021) - 3rd
Tenor U17 Event 1 - 4 parts 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Farhan Zachary Ewell (LE301,2021) - 1st
Bass U17 Event 1 - 4 parts 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Brandon Toh Jia Qing (ML303,2021): 1st
Snare U17 Event 1 - 4 parts 2/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Brandon Toh Jia Qing (ML303,2021): 6th
Pipes U15 Event 1 - 2 parts 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Lim Zhi Yiu Angus (LE201,2021): 1st
  2. Kuah Kai Yao (MN202,2021): 4th
  3. Lim Bo Shi (LE201,2021): 6th
Pipes U17 Event 1 - 4 parts 2/4 or 4/4 March(es)
  1. Xie Rui Chuan (LE303, 2021): 1st
  2. Yap Rong Shen (MN401, 2021): 4th
Pipes U17 Event 2 - 2 parts 6/8 Marches
  1. Yap Rong Shen (MN401, 2021): 1st
  2. Xie Rui Chuan (LE303, 2021): 4th
Pipes U17 Overall Winner
  1. Xie Rui Chuan (LE303, 2021)
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February: SJI celebrates 170th Inaugural Assembly

The Inaugural Assembly is the first formal school assembly of the new school year and is the culmination after a month of orientation for Years 1 and 5. It is a school tradition that formally marks the start of each new academic year when the entire Josephian community assemble in thanksgiving and prayer through the Eucharist, to celebrate our being as a Lasallian community. At this event, SJI officially welcomes the newest addition to the school – students (Year 1s and Year 5s) and members of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

This year, SJI celebrates 170 years of Lasallian mission in Singapore that began in 1852 when the first six La Salle Brothers arrived in Singapore on the ship “La Julie” at the invitation of Reverend Father Jean-Marie Beurel to provide for the educational needs of the poor in Singapore and Penang. These first six Brothers set up St Joseph’s Institution as a free school at Bras Basah Road that year. SJI became the first Catholic school and the third-oldest secondary school to be established in Singapore.

Just like Father Beurel and the first six La Salle Brothers who courageously boarded the ‘La Julie’ to embark on their mission to the Far East, Josephians too are called to embark together and by association, on a voyage of learning and adventure in the new academic year. The theme for the Inaugural this year - "Galvanising the SJI Significance", invites all Josephians to be curious and excited with the different gifts God has entrusted to us that we may use to help others. As Josephians "onboard" SJI in the new year, they will realise their own uniqueness and learn to appreciate others with different gifts. It is hoped that along the journey, they will use their gifts to care for one another, foster a sense of community as they bring out the best of themselves, to work together and by association, to galvanise our different strengths to promote the SJI significance.

SJI will continue to be "the ship" to navigate Josephians to be stewards with a purpose beyond themselves. The Stewardship Way of Life is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognises and receives God’s gifts and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbour. Students were invited to pen their unique gifts and a gift they hope to achieve in 2022 on a “sail-shaped” card, to remind them of their own ‘onboarding’ onto the ‘La Julie” ship (ie. SJI). These “sails” were collected from each class as a representation of the SJI community, and offered up at the Eucharistic Mass during the ceremony.

Students and staff also came together as a community to upcycle their old T-shirts to produce a DIY-Tote Bag. The completed tote bags that are presented to the community signify and remind us of SJI’s missionary history and tradition of our service to the community. Tote bags that are exchanged among our peers exemplify how we are gifts for one another.

At the same event, the SJI Student Council launched an initiative named “17,000 Good Deeds”. This initiative aims to provide an opportunity for the school to collectively do 17,000 good deeds to serve the less fortunate and to give back to the community, empowering our youths to become Men and Women for Others. These good deeds can be as simple as helping someone with their studies or lending a helping hand to someone in need done by all students and staff. Since its initiation, 360 good deeds have been performed to date (as of 28 February 2022). This project will officially close at Thanksgiving Assembly on 28 October 2022.

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February: Josephians Shine at 5th Annual NPS IMAYAM Tamil Festival

Two Tamil Language students participated in an Inter-School Competition organized by NPS International School on 5 February 2022, as part of the 5th Annual NPS IMAYAM Tamil Festival (Virtual). Ibrasma Idris Ahamed (FN201) emerged as the champion in the Oratorical competition and Sivasubramanian Dhanasekaran (FN403) won the consolation prize in the Tamil Quiz Kuralin Kural. The Prize-giving ceremony will be conducted in April, during Tamil language festival month.

February: SJI Welcomes Year 5 at Orientation

The SJI spirit is one that is unique and empowering; it is one that is salient and an integral aspect of every Josephian. As such Orientation Camp (OC) 2022 aims to initiate and welcome the incoming Year 5 students into their IB journey with a sense of spirit and camaraderie, curating a sense of place and belonging within every Josephian. With the OC 2022 themed “Encender” (Spanish word for “ignite”), the organizing committee in Year 6 aimed to create a lively, welcoming and conducive atmosphere where new friendships will be made through all the camp games and activities, igniting the flame within Josephians not just at the beginning, but throughout their IB journey. This flame that is lit will bond our juniors together and maintain the faith that they have in one another. It is hoped that this will enable them to work together and fight in the face of challenges and difficulties, so that they will burn brighter and stronger as a whole community.
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January: SJI Celebrates Lunar New Year

The SJI community welcomed the Year of the Tiger at our Lunar New Year celebrations on 31 January. The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac that symbolizes optimism, strength and courage. As we usher in the Year of the Tiger, may we draw inspiration from this courageous creature to be brave and fearless in overcoming whatever challenges that will come our way in 2022 and to be prepared to come out of our comfort zones and take risks. May our courage, faith in our abilities, our inner spirit and values become as strong as a tiger!

The online CNY show was hosted by Rae Wern (FN605), Chen Yuyao (FN602), Kerk Nathan (LE303) & Elliott Kong (LE101), with various enthusiastic performances presented by Adian Tseng (FN303), Ciaran Liam Condron (LE301), Sharrwin Senthil Kuma (LE301) & Josiah Ng (LE301), the Vocal Ensemble, and SJI teachers – Ms Ong Shu Yee, Ms Sangeetha, Mr Samuel Ng and Mr Chong Jun Hien. Student Councillors Choo Yi Ming (FN402), Koenig Nicholas Gerald (FN402), Thirumalpathi Thishan (FN402), Tamilvanan Sabesan (MN403) and Wesley Thng (MN403) organised the Classroom Decoration Competition and the backstage work for the online concert. Members from the Chinese Cultural Society - Ng Yan Yu (MN402), Felix Wang (MN401), Marcus Russell Yeo (FN303), Chen Yong Yan (LE201) & Ezra Kay (LE201) coordinated the technical logistics to ensure the smooth operations of the online show. The show concluded with a spontaneous performance of the dragon dance by Year 4 students from FN403, LE402, LE403, ML403, MN401 and MN403.
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January: Josephians Participate in International Science Youth Forum

Rahul Singaram Senthilkumar, Fan Enrui and Chung Dohyun (all from FN402) participated in the International Science Youth Forum, a science enrichment programme for top research students where they can engage in projects and discussions with other top science students and renowned researchers from around the world.
A highlight of their time at the ISYF was the Team Project Challenge, which involves a role-play scenario of a fictitious island nation plagued by a variety of natural and man-made disasters. The assigned goal of the students was to work in teams to tackle the issues with innovative solutions found through scientific research and 3D modelling. While the task was challenging, the teams found great pleasure in bonding with each other during their task. The Project Exhibition was another segment where they shared and exchanged knowledge about various science projects with peers from other countries, and the SJI trio was eager to present their project on extracting DNA.
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January: SJI Hosts CURATE Inter-School Art Exhibition

CURATE is an inaugural Art programme initiated by three schools - Fairfield Methodist School Secondary, Nan Hua High School, and St. Joseph’s Institution. With the support from National Arts Council’s Artist-in-Schools scheme programme, CURATE hopes to connect passionate students with a keen interest in the Arts to nurture the joy of art-making and broaden students’ perspectives of various art forms.

In CURATE 2021, 30 art students underwent a series of sessions, from artist workshops to a two-day Bootcamp Challenge and judging presentation. 15 students were then selected by our Artist Mentors – Ripple Root, André Wee, and Mike HJ Chang – to receive personalized tutorial sessions. The selected student artists were guided by our curatorial mentor, Michael Lee, to put up the show on their own.

Through this experience, with blended learning, students' understanding and appreciation of art in its various forms are deepened, particularly since the students obtained a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by professional artists and curator and be engaged in the Arts.

From 19 - 25 Jan, SJI hosted the exhibition titled ‘Impacting Changes’ at the Bunker. As society moves at its fastest pace yet, the exhibit was to reflect on issues that youths face today. Students drew inspirations from personal narratives and observations of the world and responded to the theme of ‘Curate’ – which originates from the Latin word cura, meaning care – by focusing on society, culture and the self. Through a variety of mediums – painting, sculpture, installation, and digital art – the passionate student artists provided viewers the time and space to slow down to make sense of the current situation, be it the pandemic, the changing culture, or personal sentiments.
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January: SJI Teacher shares his story about taking health seriously

SJI's Discipline Master and DSP (NS) Mohamad Syaifudin bin Ahmad Ismail shares his story with HomeTeamNS’s digital magazine, Frontline about taking his health seriously, after having witnessed first-hand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Read his story here: Having the right attitude

January: New Catholic school principals commissioned by Archbishop William Goh

Six new Principals of Catholic schools were commissioned by Archbishop William Goh on Word of God Sunday 23 January 2022 during the Commencement of School Year (COSY) Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) and the Council of Catholic School Principals. One of them was SJI's new principal - Mr Justin Arul Pierre, who took over the leadership of the school since January 2022 from Fr Adrian Danker, SJ. Read more in Catholic News:

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 17 Jan which serves as their initiation activity into their new classes in upper secondary level, the boys bonded with their new classmates and Form Tutors through games in the morning before concluding the session with a Paraliturgy. It was time for new friendships with their new classmates whom they will journey together in the next two years.
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January: Welcoming our Year 1 Josephians into the SJI Family

SJI welcomed the new Year 1 Josephians at the Orientation week on the first week of the school term. From getting to know their new classmates to getting acquainted around their new school campus, the bright-eyed and eager Year 1s were introduced to the Josephian family through many interactions with their seniors and staff across many varied activities throughout the week. Their week concluded with the Initiation Ceremony which included a paraliturgy with badge-pinning by their seniors and a campfire that was live-streamed in the classrooms.

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January: Josephian is Recipient of Harvard Prize Book (Singapore)

Congratulations to Natalie Lisa Chong Yi Ling (IB Class of 2021) who is one of the recipients of the Harvard Prize Book (2021) awarded by the Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore (HUAAS).

The Harvard Prize Book (Singapore) award acknowledges and encourages altruism. The recipient of the Harvard Prize Book (Singapore) is a caring individual who has over a sustained period of time, gone beyond the call of duty to perform acts of kindness and caring, and who may have influenced his or her peers or family members to do likewise. The acts of kindness or caring demonstrate an inner motivation to help in an authentic and sustainable manner. The award is open to students in the graduating year in participating schools who meet the criteria.

January: IB Art Students Win Business Times Art Prize

Two art students from IB Class of 2021 - Lucius Yeo (LE607) and Valerie Tan (ML615) emerged as winners in the 13-19 Art Prize 2021 organised by The Business Times. The 13-19 Art Prize is an inaugural nationwide youth visual art competition. It offers all youths, aged 13-19, residing in Singapore the opportunity to express themselves, and have their potential recognized by creating canvas and digital artworks on any theme or subject. The competition hopes to challenge the creative potential of our youth and promote a diversity of artistic expressions.

Read more about Lucius' winning work in Business Times: Teen artists offer varied visions of Singapore as home in 13-19 Art Prize

Yeo Jun Jie, Lucius
Home (2021) - Gold Award
While in the same HDB space, every room is disconnected from the other by its different perspective and symbolic door sills, exploring loneliness of elderly even with family. Rotary telephone dials are distorted into couches or dining tables to convey a lack of communication. Interactive spaces are empty. The towering railings convey powerlessness, alluding to elderly’s autonomy which impacts social interactions. Collaged obituary pages and the urn conveys death, alluding to lost friends.
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Read my Essay (2020) - Merit Award
Digital Art
Read my Essay begins my series of works to advocate for students with learning disabilities. The impossible rollercoaster extends in every direction to represent a Dysgraphic student's lack of control over their handwriting. The chaotic composition further amplifies the distress these students face. The words scribbled in the background, "Sometimes we don't fit within the lines", reflect not only the struggle of physical control but the struggle to fit into the competitive education system.

January: Josephians Win Bronze Award at Yellowren Arts Festival

Four Josephians from the Josephian Arts Programme - Kristian Ong (FN201), Marcus Ee (FN303), Keagan Goh (MN403) and Lin Jiekang (MN402/2021), emerged as winners in the 2021 Yellowren Arts Festival Canvas Painting Competition, where they won a Team Bronze Award. Organized by Yellowren Productions, a leader in community arts based in Singapore and Japan, the theme for the festival in 2021 was “Redemption: Environment | Technology | Society”.

Our SJI students wrote: "We used the metaphor of natural resources and environmental destruction and the subsequent healing of that environment to show the redemption of society. As the earth's natural resources are burnt and smoke is produced, that smoke becomes water, which in turn gives life back to the earth. This shows that even though the earth's inhabitants are threatened every moment, there is still hope for redemption and there are still changes that can be made to take the advancements that have been used to destroy the earth and repurpose them to breathe life into a Redemption Tree."
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Their painting - The Redemption Tree (2021)
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The painting was exhibited at 10 Square @ Orchard Central from 5 - 6 Nov 2021.

January: SJI Class of 2021 Excels at GCE O-Level Examinations

SJI’s Class of 2021 has performed very well in the GCE O-Level examinations. All 254 boys who sat for the GCE O-Level in 2021 will advance to junior colleges and polytechnics for their post-secondary education, with 97.2% of the boys qualifying for junior college. 100% of our students received at least 5 GCE O-Level passes. 58.3% (148 out of 254 boys) scored 6As or better, and 55.5% (141 boys) achieved scores of 10 points or less (L1B5).

SJI is proud of our Class of 2021 who have performed very well in the GCE O-Level examinations. They testify to the holistic education that SJI provides.

Summary of SJI’s GCE ‘O’ Level Examination Results 2021
Number of students 254
Pass rate / Qualify for JC/Polytechnic education (%) 100%
Boys who qualified for JC education (%) 97.2%
Boys with 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes (%) 100%
Boys with 6A’s or more (%) 58.3%
Boys with scores of 10 points or less (%) 55.5%
Distinctions (A’s) per student (%) 68.6%

Mr Justin Arul Pierre, Principal of SJI, says “We are very happy for our boys who have performed very well in spite of the compromised learning opportunities and having to adapt their learning for the last two years. They have persevered, and stayed the course and worked hard to achieve these results. As a Catholic and Lasallian school, SJI is committed to developing every student’s character and to help them realise their sense of purpose, self-worth, unique talents and their academic potential, so that they become men and women whose education empowers them to make a positive difference in the world. The O-Level results of the Class of 2021 are an affirmation of the quality of the balanced and holistic education offered at SJI.
2022-01-12-O-Level results day

January: SJI Releases 2021 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examination Results

SJI congratulates our Class of 2021 for their outstanding results achieved at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) November 2021 Examinations. All 269 IBDP students passed and were awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an average score of 42.2 out of 45 points.

IBDP Results by SJI Class of: 2021
Number of students 269
Diploma pass rate (%) 100%
Average points out of maximum 45 points 42.2
Number of students with 40 or more points 234
Percentage of students with 40 or more points 87%
Number of bilingual diploma students 3

The Class of 2021 includes 119 boys who were admitted to SJI at Secondary 1 in 2016 under the 6-year Integrated Programme that leads to the IBDP in years 5 and 6. The results achieved by our Class of 2021 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. This cohort was admitted into SJI IBDP shortly after COVID-19 measures began in January 2020 where they had to adapt to a compromised college life due to the pandemic and the constantly evolving Safe Management Measures that saw them having to adapt to learning online and having limited physical activities and interactions with their schoolmates.

Mr Justin Arul Pierre, Principal of SJI, says “The Class of 2021 has demonstrated how resilience, determination, effort and great faith in their ability to overcome challenges can produce good results, despite the various disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed the hard work put in by the students from this cohort, many of whom have attained exceptional results despite their heavy commitments in various national competitions and student leadership responsibilities. They have exemplified the very best of being a Josephian – by staying the course with faith to keep learning, through service to help each other through the examinations, and as one community to look forward with hope. I also wish to thank all our teachers for their dedication, hard work and selfless efforts in guiding our students. The excellent results testify to the work of our competent and caring educators who are always prepared to go the extra mile and they have done all this in the face of the more demanding circumstances of this pandemic time. Truly, these Josephians are an exceptional class: they're a fine balance of grit and compassion. We are immensely proud of their achievements and wish them the very best as they move on to seek their passion in their future endeavours.

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 2021 cohort are an affirmation of the quality of the balanced and holistic education offered at SJI.
2022-01-04-Class of 2021 IB Results