December: Josephians are Recipients of Chief Commissioner Award & President Scouts Award
Congratulations to our scouts who are recipients of the following Scout Awards:
2021 President's Scout Award:
Luke Lim (FN601)
Nicholas Yee (MN612)
The President’s Scout Award is the highest award for Venture Scouts in Singapore and it represents the pinnacle of achievement for Venture Scouts as well as heralds their readiness to further their commitment to serve God, the nation, and the community.
Chief Commissioner Award:
Harris Bin Mohd Zailani (LE402)
James Choong Fui Jae (MN402)
Juston Teo Jun Ree (FN403)
Joshua Low Choon Wei (ML403)
Tan Minh Thanh Ernest Thomas (MN402)
November: SJI Alumni Soar in their Own Arena
Congratulations to our alumni who have progressed in their own ways since graduating from SJI:
Local designer Jon Max Goh (Class of 2006) has been named winner of this year’s Singapore Stories, the Textile and Fashion Federation’s annual fashion design competition. This year’s theme, Fashion And Technology: A New Era, encouraged designers to express their creativity while leveraging innovation and technology. The only male finalist, Jon won with a six-piece menswear capsule, titled ‘State Of Becoming’, which melded technology and the Singapore identity through the use of soft textures and fluid fabrics. The 31-year-old, who founded his namesake label this year, graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Parsons The New School for Design in New York as its Menswear Designer of the Year. (Read more in The Straits Times and Tatler Asia).
Jacob Mahler (Class of 2016) will be captaining Singapore’s Under-23 Football team in the upcoming AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers. Jacob’s rise in the local professional football scene has been a remarkable one, captaining the Young Lions team this season after his breakthrough season in 2019 (https://www.fas.org.sg/singapore-squad-afc-u23-asian-cup-qualifiers). Jacob was part of the historic SJI Football team which reached the National Football Finals in 2015 and he was awarded the Sportsboy of the Year in 2016.
Tseng Kuo Chuan (Class of 2016) has been conferred the Army NSF (serviceman) of the Year Award 2021.
November: Josephians Receive A*Star Science Award
Congratulations to Christopher Koh (MN516) and Loh Zi Quan, Keith (MN511) on being awarded the 2021 A*Star Science Award (Junior College)!
This award recognises outstanding Singaporean students who have shown interest and excelled in the Sciences and Mathematics. They will be given the opportunity to participate in the 5-week full-time Research Attachment Programme (RAP) from 22 November to 22 December 2021.
October: End-of-Year Thanksgiving Celebration
SJI marks the closing of the school year with the Thanksgiving Ceremony every year. This year, the theme ‘Curating a difference - stars of gratitude’ was to celebrate our gratitude towards everything that came and passed us by throughout the year, in spite of the challenges of the evolving pandemic and safe distancing measures.
In gratitude, we also celebrated the gift of those staff who will be leaving the school as they move on to other opportunities or to celebrate their retirement. The Thanksgiving Ceremony was also the last official school event for Fr Adrian Danker where he concluded his appointment as Principal and handed over the leadership of the school to the incoming Principal Mr Justin Arul Pierre, with the SJI tradition of presenting the school flag.
The ceremony also saw the launch of the 170th anniversary logo for SJI, which the school will celebrate in 2022.
October: Year 4 IP Final Assembly
The ceremony marked the end of their four-year secondary school journey for our Year 4 boys from the Integrated Programme and their transition to junior college next year. They began the day with a paraliturgy spent in quiet reflection on their growth and journey during the last four years. The highlight was the presentation of the Signum Fidei (SF) award for the top team from the SF programme and the celebration of the top Lasallian Distinguished Service Awards for the deserving students who have served the school or community in their own way in the last four years.
October: Josephians Shine at World Economics Cup
Several Year 5 Josephians participated in the World Economics Cup (WEC) from 11-12 Sept 2021, an annual international economic education initiative & platform for students who are interested in economics. It aims to identify, inspire, empower & support the next generation of leaders in the economics field & develop their international network. These are the awards achieved by our team at their first WEC:
Gold: Hoang Viet Giang Huong (FN505)
Silver: Pham Ho Vuong (ML513), Benedict Chua Wei An (ML515), Disha Harish (LE507)
Bronze - Ian Lee Zhi Kai (ML514), Madhu Pavan (FN505)
These Gold, Silver, Bronze medals were awarded to a certain percentage of contestants based on their aggregated scores on “Fundamental” (Individual score). “ Deep Comprehension” (individual score) & “ Thinking & Innovation” (Team score). The percentages were justified by the WEC jury committee based on the distribution of actual test scores.
*Fundamentals World Top 20* - Hoang Viet Giang Huong (FN505)
*Deep Comprehension World top 30* - Hoang Viet Giang Huong (FN505)
*World Top 10 National Team* - SJI 6th
*Thinking and Innovation Top 10 team* - SJI 1st
Ms Cherie Chua & Ms Alice Wijaya were their teacher mentors. The team’s wins were hard-fought because the competition was conducted on Greenwich Mean Time & over the weekends, and the turnover for the competition was also very fast – 48 hours. Ms Chua complimented the team for their drive & motivation as they did a lot of the preparatory work on their own.
October: Josephians Achieve Silver and Bronze at Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad
This year, 49 students from Years 3 and 4 participated in the Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad. Both round 1 (MCQ round) and round 2 (practical) were held online. For round 2, shortlisted finalists had to watch videos on chemistry experiments and answer some questions based on the experiments. This is a different format from pre-COVID years where the finalists performed experiments in a science laboratory. Congratulations to the following students who won medals:
Dinh Nho An (FN303)-Silver medal
Zhuo Chengsheng (LE403)-Silver medal
Chen Tianyu (ML401)-Bronze medal
Le Tu Nguyen Hao (MN403)-Bronze medal
Xu Sheng (MN403)-Bronze medal
Nguyen Thanh Tin (ML401)-Bronze medal
October: SJI wins at National Chinese Text Recitation Competition 2021
Congratulations to our Josephians on their fine accomplishments in the 4th National Chinese Text Recitation Competition 2021, which was hosted by MOE’s CPDD Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning.
Patrick Nott Pei De (ML103) - Bronze
Kayden Ee Kai Wen (ML202) - Bronze
Henry Zhao Shu Heng (FN102), Tan Xuande (LE101), Ho Hao Yu Jayden (ML102) - Bronze (Group)
Jaden Lee Zhijie (ML103), Richard Tu Ruichen (MN203), Ang Qi Jun Kieron (LE202) - Bronze (Group)
Li Yiheng (MN302) - Bronze
Owenn Phua (ML303) - Silver
Brandon Toh and Matthias Chee (ML303) - Silver (Group)
October: Josephian Wins Top Award at National Playwriting Competition
Congratulations to Sarah Zafirah (LE609) who won the top award for the second time in a row in the youth category of Theatreworks’ 24-hour playwriting competition, with her play “Effets de soir” (Effects of the Evening) that ‘wowed’ the judges.
October: Josephians Perform Well in National School’s Chess Team Championship
Congratulations to the following Josephians who participated in the recent National School’s Chess Team Championship and achieved a commendable showing:
Team 1: Tristan Thoo (LE101), Jaeden Etienne Ng,Raad Tian Puthucheary (MN102), and Leo Wang Ickwen (LE101) scored a total of 15.5 points, garnering SJI the 6th place in the South Zone and 19th place overall.
Team 2: Patrick Nott Pei De (ML103), Elliott Koh (MN102), Win Win Kyaw (ML101), and Gabriel Low Chee Onn (LE103) scored11.5 points, garnering them 7th place in the South Zone and 32nd place overall.
Tristan Thoo (LE101) secured the top 15 on Board 1
Jaeden Etienne Ng (MN102) secured 2nd place on board 2.
October: Josephian wins 1st Place in SG75 writing competition
Congratulations to Koon Wei Pheng (LE507) on being placed first in the open category of SG75, a writing competition organized by a branch of the People’s Association. Well done!
October: Record number of recipients at The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
SJI is proud that the number of our young writers has grown from strength to strength, with the number of winners surging to 193 (3 Gold Finalists, 22 Gold, 59 Silver and 109 Bronze recipients) in 2021, from 43 in 2019 to 81 in 2020!
Among the 26,000 entries from across the Commonwealth, our Josephians from Years 1 and 2 shared their views on the topic of ‘Community in the Commonwealth’, with attention on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected lives of many in the Commonwealth region, and how life will be like 30 years in the future. In times of adversity, our students wrote about how communities came together, drew strength from one another and wrote stories or poems of growth, community and hope.
This achievement is only possible because of the belief of our teachers (Mr Azhar Ghazali, Mrs Janet Kwok, Ms Sangeetha, Mr Krison Tan, Mrs Denise Jeyaseelan, Ms Karen Alexander, Ms Valerie Koh and Ms Darrell Foo) in the students and their commitment to guide them in their writing journey.
October: Josephians Perform Well in Video-Making Competition
Congratulations to the following Josephians who performed well in a video-making competition organised by the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Center and National Library Board in conjunction with Bharathiyaar Centennial 2021:
Ramesh Jyodhir Aadithya (ML202) - 8th place
Bhuvaneswari Padmanathan Surya (ML302) - 4th place
Sivasubramanian Dhanasekaran (FN302) - 6th place
Navin Nagarajan (LE403) - 8th place
October: PRISM Project Achieves Distinction at YMCA Youth For Causes
PRISM’s Project Clover has achieved a distinction award, with an additional entrepreneurship award at YMCA Youth For Causes 2021. The team was credited for their success in raising awareness for the Singapore Cancer Society through creative and effective social media outreach and merchandise sale. Congratulations to the team members:
Isaac Joshua Chia (FN502)
Dinh Khoat Hoang Long (FN502)
Sim Khok Yee (FN502)
Zou Lubing (LE510)
October: Josephians Shine at Startathon 2021
Startathon 2021 was a gruelling competition organised by River Valley High School that comprised three key stages over 2 days, which attracted 25 teams from 15 schools across Singapore. In the first ideation stage, teams were allocated subcategories of the competition’s overarching theme: “Navigating the Pandemic”. These subcategories included “Public health”, “Education”, “Work” and more. Teams were then tasked with creating a product that solves a problem of their choice within their allocated subcategory.
After deciding on their product idea, teams would proceed to the next stage of the competition - the development stage, where the teams were required to produce a prototype of their product, a video of their prototype, a business lean canvas and a 2-minute presentation to the judges. Teams were able to use any means necessary to bring their idea to fruition. With development complete, teams moved onto the final stage - judging, which was split into two rounds, preliminary and final. For preliminary rounds, teams had 2 minutes to present their product. From the preliminary rounds, six teams were shortlisted for the finals where they were then engaged in 3 minutes of presentation and 2 minutes of Q&A.
Despite the countless obstacles including the tight timeline and intense competition, SJI Team RubberDuckies (Christopher Koh Jie En (MN516), Aarav Singh Sandhu (LE509), Lim Dao Han Xander (ML515), Purushothaman Sanjai (ML515), Wong Jun Wee Benjamin (ML513)) remained unfazed, to win the championship as well as the “most creative business plan” award. This was partly due to the strong cooperation and collaboration among the team members. The championship title came with a cash prize of $1000, and the “most enterprising business plan” award came with a cash prize of $100. The judges liked their presentation skills, business idea, and ability to respond well during the Question & Answer Session.
SJI’s second team from Sec 4 IP Programme – Team G21 (Lucas Soh Keng How, Dinesh John Peeris, Raiden Kai Puthucheary, Aeden Chng Yu Khye and Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403)) – won the 3rd Prize and Most Functional Prototype with their invention of STIMapse and SIReNT Positioning, products aimed at reducing the risk of dementia amongst the elderly during the pandemic by stimulating sensory points as well as a tracking and help function in case of emergency.
October: A Josephian’s Artistic Achievement in Publishing
Cohen Seah Jia Hern (ML103) created an illustration for the front cover of the newly published book, Transform or Perish: Take Ownership of Your Career Destiny. The book is a collaboration between Singapore Management University (SMU) alumni, business leaders and industry professionals.
Mr Chong Tack Chun, the editor of the book & an alumnus of SJI from Class of 1982, wrote: “Our audiences and stakeholders are very impressed with Cohen’s masterful design filled with intricate details. We marvelled at how he created an illustration that captured the essence of the book brilliantly.”
October: Josephians Shine @ Live On Festival 2021 Design Competition
Congratulations to Song Min Feng (FN102) and Lin Jiekang (MN402) from our Josephian Arts Programme who emerged as winners in the Live On Festival (LOF) 2021 Design Competition organized by the National Organ Transplant Unit, Ministry of Health.
The LOF celebrates having participants, youths, in particular, express their thoughts on organ donation and transplantation through art and writing. Designed with a perspective to be consonant with the goals of the Ministry of Education Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum, LOF serves as a platform for exploring values of responsibility, compassion, empathy, and altruism through the delicate and emotive nature of the topic of organ donation and transplantation.
In Min Feng's design (above), he expressed 'In Search of Hope', which refers to the desperation of organ failure patients as they dwell in helplessness, looking for a chance to break free from the chains of their illnesses. He received a Distinction Award.
Jiekang's 'Bridge of Hope' (above) signifies the offer of help from organ donors, reaching out to those in need and bringing them out from their world of uncertainties. He received Merit Award.
October: Josephians Win ‘Most Artistic Award’ at ViaRT Award 2021
Five Year 1 students - Lucas Seah, Lucius Emmanuel Supardi, Rick Chen Ruiyi, Santino Dev Joseph Xavier, Aaron Yeo - submitted 5 sculptures made using recycled materials in the ViaRT Award 2021: A Waste Beyond, a competition organised by National Environment Agency (NEA). They are amongst the winners who won the ‘Most Artistic Award’.
In collaboration with Sustainable Singapore Gallery, all finalists’ artworks will be featured in the ViaRT exhibition in Feb 2022 in the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. More details about the Ceremony and Exhibition will be announced in Jan 2022!
October: Josephians’ Painting Shortlisted as Finalist in Yellowren Competition
A painting by Lin Jiekang (MN402), Keagan Goh Rui Xian (MN303), Marcus Ee Junn Wei (MN201) and Kristian Ong (FN101) from our Josephian Art Programme (JAP) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Yellowren Competition 2021. The theme for this year’s competition is “Redemption: Environment
The Viewer’s Choice award will be open for public voting on Facebook via this link. Do cast your votes (Likes! 👍🏼) for our Josephians! Voting closes 5 Nov.
All finalists’ paintings will be exhibited at the following locations:
The Rice Company, Gallery, 5 Nov, 1–5pm
10 Square @ Orchard Central, 6 Nov, 10am–7pm
October: Josephians Present at MOE Literature Seminar
The Literature Seminar is organised by the Gifted Education Branch, MOE for Integrated Programme School students to stimulate their interest in Literature via exposure to literary issues and concepts beyond the typical school curriculum. It also offers students a valuable opportunity to present their research projects and receive constructive feedback from literary academics and like-minded intellectual peers. This year, 2 proposals were selected from the IP academy for presentation to a panel of expert literary critics. These include:
‘The negotiation of identity in a post-modern world’ - Raphael Goh (FN401), and
‘An exploration of mental illness and how it is nuanced by different styles’ - Keevan Kanagalingam, Raiden Kai Puthucheary, Alden Chew Jinghong and Lucas Soh Keng How (LE403).
October: Josephians Present at MOE’s IRS Presentation 2021
Congratulations to the following students who presented their individual research papers at the upcoming Individualised Research Study Presentation organized by the Gifted Education Branch, MOE. This is an annual event organised to showcase interesting & outstanding research conducted by the primary GEP students & invited secondary IP schools.
Chen Wei En James, Ryan (ML301):
Title of research: Europe During the Decade following World War II
Name of teacher mentor: Ms Christina Leong
Harjas Singh Sidhu (ML301)
Title of research: Developments in India During the Post-colonial Years
Name of teacher mentor: Ms Christina Leong
Caleb Tan Kah Lok, Lim Yee Kiat Zachery, Jethro Teoh Wen Ming (all from ML403)
Title of research: Making cities more resilient – building a prototype earthquake resistant structure
Names of teacher mentors: Ms Ivy Or & Ms Wong Wah Lee
October: SJI Staff Featured in Design Education Summit
Congratulations to our SJI staff whose stories were published by the Design Education Summit Committee in their E-book (https://www.designsingapore.org/resources/Stories-on-Transformation-of-Education-by-Design.html). They showcased SJI’s programmes in the 2nd edition of the international Design Education Summit, a one-day conference for educators organised by DesignSingapore Council in partnership with the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, based at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Ms Jessica Cheng (Visual Art) on “Transmedia Storytelling” (Pg 37)
Mrs Pennie Ong, Mr Michael Poh, Ms Sundari Lakshmanan, Mr Colin Toh, Mr Angelo Anthony Agujo, and Mr Mansor Bin Norani (Innomakers Programme) on “Curriculum by Design through Play” (Pg 39)
October: SJI is Recipient of Lakeside Family Services Community Partnership Award
SJI has been awarded the Community Partnerships Award for Lakeside Volunteers’ Appreciation Day 2021, thanks to a number of contributions by the students. Accolades go to the students who readily volunteered every time an appeal was posted on Managebac. The following are the various projects that the students have been involved in since 2020:
Lakeside Family Services GRIT Project 2020 - an intensive online tuition for PSLE students.
Lakeside Family Services Packing - a group of students helped a client to pack her home so that it would be ready for HDB upgrading works over several days. Our students were lauded for their efficiency and commitment!
Lakeside Family Services Online Tuition - Academic coaching of primary to secondary students for a 4 - 6 months duration. One of the volunteers is the Year 5 President of the Student Council, Koon Wei Pheng (LE507) who initiated face-to-face tutoring of his Pri 1 mentee before heightened COVID-19 measures were enforced as he felt teaching his mentee penmanship was more effective in person rather than online.
Lakeside Family Service SPARKS - Plan Dec holiday programme for primary school students and assume facilitating roles.
The Lakeside Family Services #Icanbake challenge that twin brothers David Joshua Ho (ML514) and Cephas John Ho (LE506) undertook to raise $10,347 on their own accord.
David Ho together with his brother Cephas initiated an SJI representation for the ‘4ward Together 4 Million Steps’ campaign in conjunction with Lakeside Family Services. Together with their team members - Chow Zeyi (LE508), Benedict Chua (ML515), Sanjai Purushothaman (ML515), and Eddy Chan (LE506), they successfully completed the 40km night walk from Lakeside Family Services HQ at Yung Ho Road to Changi Chapel and Museum, from 8pm on 26 November to 7am on 27 November that raised more than $10,000 for ex-(inmates) and their families. More importantly, these Josephians have embodied the SJI mission of being men for others.
October: SJI Contributes to the Community Through CSR
As part of our school mission to help the last, the lost, and the least in the community, SJI staff continued the tradition of rendering aid to ‘Food From The Heart’ (FFTH), the beneficiary for our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative since 2019. SJI staff generously contributed stockpiles of Milo packets, biscuits, sardines and baked beans tins during the two-week collection period in Term 4. The food donation drive was concluded on 4 October, when the FFTH representatives collected the donated items from the school. We hope to continue this initiative and make it an SJI tradition amongst the staff. It was heartening to see the staff give back to the community in the ways that they can.
October: Year 6 IBDP Graduation Ceremony
On 1 October, SJI graduated our 8th IBDP Class as they drew to the close of their 2 or 6 years in SJI. It was an emotional and bittersweet moment for the Year 6s, especially after two challenging and turbulent “Covid years”, marked by much uncertainty. Yet, they celebrated their growth and their resilience, their love for the school and the community that makes SJI so special. Despite all the current guidelines and restrictions, their graduation day was joyous and meaningful.
“I came into a school and I found a home, I didn’t find classmates, I found a family.” Nathaneal Sutjiutama (President of Student Council 2020-2021) made this reflection at the ceremony. He beautifully expressed the thoughts and feelings of this year’s graduating class. For these students, the gift of SJI and our Josephian community puts in perspective these past two years.
COVID-19 robbed these Josephians of the best years of school. They lost out on so much for a healthy, happy school life. But they overcame the virus by seizing opportunities to grow, turning adversity into possibilities, and looking out constantly for the brighter side in the dark and difficult. They found these by paying attention to the little things, the quiet moments, and the everyday rhythms and people in their SJI experience. They found these most of all in caring for one another and being happy in friendship. Yes, they lived in spite of the virus. Truly, these Josephians are an exceptional class: they’re a fine balance of grit and compassion.
To God be the glory for each of these fine Josephian graduates - they will shine like stars that light up the night!
September: Year 4 OP Graduation Ceremony
On 30 September 2021, SJI celebrated the graduation of 254 Year 4 boys from the O-Level Programme. The day marked the official end of their four-year journey in SJI, but also the start of their final stretch to the O-Level examination and a whole new journey ahead of them.
Four years ago, the boys joined SJI, innocent, eager, and wanting to excel. They graduate mature, caring, and determined to serve. More significantly, they graduate “not as a family by blood but brothers by heart,” Lutfil Hadi Bin Iskandar (LE402) said.
For all of us, the Class of 2021 is special. Not because COVID-19 overwhelmed them but because they overcame Covid by staying the course with faith to keep learning, through service to help each other through the examinations, and as a community to look forward with hope. The school has great faith that they will go forth and change the world for the better.
In spite of safe distancing measures put in place, the graduation was celebrated in style in every class, with their classmates and form tutors, from the quiet reflection during the paraliturgy to the presentation of the top awards at the graduation ceremony. The highlight was the surprise farewell from the Year 4s, where the Prefect ExCo presented a token of appreciation to departing Principal Fr Adrian Danker at the end of the celebrations.
September: SJI Alumni Are Recipients of MOE Teaching Scholarships & Awards
Congratulations to our alumni who have received the MOE Teaching Scholarships & Awards in 2020 and 2021!
Teaching Scholarship (Local)
Mr Bryan Tan Wen Hao (Class of 2015)
Miss Lim Jia Xuan (IB Class of 2019)
Mr Christopher Thian Wen Long (Class of 2016)
Mr Jason Untung (Class of 2016)
Miss Glenda Ng (IB Class of 2020)
Mr Jonathan Ramakrishna (Class of 2016)
Mr Muhammad Tariq Bin Mohamed Shaheed (Class of 2016)
September: SJI MTL Educators Share Innovative Pedagogies at MOE MTLS
The Mother Tongue Languages Symposium (MTLS) is an annual event jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC) and the Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee (TLLPC). It seeks to recognise and showcase the continual efforts and progress of schools and MTL communities in encouraging our young to learn MTL, and in promoting our MTL as living languages. This year, MTLS celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The theme for MTLS 2021 is “Our Mother Tongues as Living Languages”. The focus will be on creating authentic settings and immersive environments beyond the classroom to engage children in using our MTLs for meaningful MTL learning experiences and interaction, in order to foster interest and a keen sense of life-long learning of MTLs in our children.
SJI’s MTL Department participated as an exhibitor in MTLS, sharing their experience on the use of innovative and engaging pedagogies in the teaching and learning of the Chinese Language. The team has effectively incorporated e-learning into pedagogical practice as a way of promoting collaborative learning among students. Teachers use different teaching tools such as Jamboard, Flipgrid and ITT in the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) to facilitate student-to-student interaction, student-content interaction, and to make students’ thinking visible.
Given both teacher guidance and technology that complements teaching and learning, students have more opportunities to share their views, work productively in groups to co-create knowledge, acquire peer review skills and give constructive feedback to help one another improve and achieve learning goals together. (Click here to view more)
September: Josephians Performed Well in the MOE History Challenge
Four Josephians participated in the History Challenge organised by MOE: Fan Enrui (FN302), Marcus Ng Jun Herng (FN303), Nathan Yap Ka Jun (MN303) and Aidan Chia Zhi Le (ML302).
Congratulations to Fan Enrui (FN302) and Marcus Ng Jun Herng (FN303) on being selected for the MOE History Talent Development Programme (HTDP) for their good performance in the History Challenge.
September: Josephians Crowned Champion and 2nd Runner-up at PESA
Congratulations to Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403) on being crowned Champion and Ibramsa Idris Ahamed (FN101) being placed 2nd Runner-up in this year’s PESA Competition!
September: Josephians Are Champions of the Inter-Secondary Schools NewsMaker competition
SJI team - Lufil Hadi Bin Iskandar (LE402) and Daniyal Bin Mohamed Borhan (MN401) has emerged as Champion in the Inter-Secondary Schools NewsMaker competition organised by National Heritage Board Malay Language Council.
41 secondary schools participated in this competition where the students were given only 4 days to produce a video based on the theme ‘Malay Legends and Folklore’. The challenge was to present the legend in a contemporary context. The team modelled the famous ‘Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat’ chronicle to depict fake news.
September: Josephians Win in “Create your own newspaper competition 2021”
Congratulations to our two teams who won in the “Create your own newspaper competition 2021” organised by SPH! They attained the Gold Award & In-Depth Reporting Award (Upper Secondary Category) and Commendation Award (Lower Secondary Category)!
The teams achieved the second-highest number of votes in the online voting for the upper secondary category and the fourth-highest number of votes for the lower secondary category. This accounted for 10% of the total score. Online voting results will take up 10% of the final score.
September: SJI soars at ACJC Speech Arts Festival 2021
Congratulations to the following Josephians who participated in the 2021 ACJC Speech Arts competition:
Felix Fong Zhi Le (FN301) & Aarush Nair (FN303), 1st runner up for Comic Duo, Upper Secondary.
Dinesh John Nair-Peeris (LE403), first runner up & Sean Gerard Chin (FN401), 2nd runner up for Comic Speech.
September: Josephians Achieved Awards in Indian-Language Competitions
Dayal Nitai Rauinderan (MN203) for winning the first prize and Emmanuel Pereira (FN101) on winning the consolation prize at the Kavicharal 2021 video-making competition for Secondary and Pre U Students in August 2021.
Ramesh Jyodir Aadithya (ML202) for winning third prize and Sudhan Harez Vinshen (FN401) for winning the consolation prize in the Kamban Vizha Quiz Contest for Secondary students in conjunction with the Kamban Vizha 2021 in August 2021.
September: SJI wins 1st prize in the SMS Essay Competition 2021
Congratulations to Timothy Tan (FN501), Loh Zi Quan Keith (ML511) and Evan Michael Neo Ren Jie (ML512) on winning Category C First Prize in the SMS Essay Competition 2021.
The Singapore Mathematical Society (SMS) had chosen the theme “Mathematics and Pandemics” for this year’s competition to encourage students to explore and discover different facets of Mathematics in our everyday life and realize the application of Mathematics in real life. The team’s winning essay - “Using a model of differential equations to assess the effectiveness of public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19” demonstrated ably how mathematics can be applied to disaster management, public healthcare, and biomedical science especially in this pandemic.
September: Josephians Top GMAC Students Challenge 2021
The Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) Students Challenge 2021 is an inter-school infographic poster design competition and video presentation. Through this competition organised as part of GMAC’s ongoing efforts in educating the public on GM-related issues, GMAC aims to promote active learning and stimulate students’ interest in the science behind GM technology. Congratulations to Keevan Kanagalingam, Marcus Kuan Zhong Wei, Zhuo Chengsheng, and Tan Kieran (LE403) who received the 1st Prize at this competition.
September: Josephians Shine at East Zone A*STAR Science Fair
Two SJI teams participated in the East Zone A*STAR Science Fair organised by the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Science & Technology at Victoria Junior College. Both teams signed up for this Science Fair voluntarily and with enthusiasm. Their projects were relevant to addressing the effects of Global Warming. The teams are:
1. Team 1 –Aarush Nair(FN303),Aidan Maclaren(FN303),Nguyen Phuc Chuong(FN303),Owenn Phua(ML303) achieved the Merit Award.
Their research is on Animal lipid mixtures as phase-change thermal energy storage materials for passive cooling of office buildings in Singapore.
They were mentored by Mr Tan Yan Li and SJI alumnus Dr Png Zhuang Mao (Class of 2005) from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR.
2. Team 2 –Nguyen Thien Minh TuanandNguyen Duc Minh Anh(FN303) are currently in the Nanyang Research Programme (Junior Researcher), where they are working on a project with their mentor Dr Kenneth Lim on the Effects of Microclimate on Human's emotions and health. They won a Silver Award for their project.
September: Josephians Achieve Top Awards at International Biomedical Quiz
The International Biomedical Quiz organised by Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) provided a platform for students to develop their aptitude and potential in the biomedical disciplines through independent work and applying critical thinking to solve authentic medical challenges. The theme this year is Infectious Diseases, with a special focus on viruses. This includes basic sciences, clinical presentation and management, and epidemiology, including aspects of disease prevention, detection and control in outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics.
Congratulations to the seven outstanding Josephians who participated and attained the top awards at the IBQ:
Timothy Tan (FN501) – Silver
Nicholas Goh Yi Cheng (LE403) – Gold
Zhuo Chengsheng (LE403) – Gold
Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403) – Silver
Princeton Toh (LE403) – Silver
Michael Yang Wei Liang (LE403) – Bronze
Trevor Chan Ee Kit (LE403) – Bronze
September: Teachers’ Day Celebrations
SJI commemorated Teachers Day together as one community on 2 September. The theme for this year’s edition of Teachers’ Day, Et Alma Curant, which means to care and nurture, succinctly captures the essence of teaching and what teachers throughout the ages have represented and stood for. The staff in SJI have proven to be stalwarts of learning - they are a dependable and strong pillar of support for our students, giving them a sense of normalcy in this period of immense uncertainty and fast-paced change.
Josephians showed their appreciation for their teachers through their artistic and musical talents at the ‘SJI Got Talent’ competition during the Teachers’ Day online concert. The 3 judges, Mr Arul, Ms Surjeet Kaur and Ms Daisy Chia voted for:
Most Talented Award: Dexter Lee (FN103)
Most Innovative Award: Parkway Band - Performers: Issac Chua (FN504), Tan Xinyi (ML511), Graeme Foo (FN504), Ryan Ng (LE510), Joshua Ong (ML511)
The Most Popular Award voted by the student population also goes to Parkway Band!
Josephians and alumni also sent in their messages of appreciation and well-wishes to their teachers via Padlet:
September: Tribute to Mr Francis Loh, Former SJI Teacher & Josephian
Mr Loh Siew Khan Francis passed away peacefully yesterday. He retired from SJI as Vice-principal (Administration) in 2003, after close to 5 decades of dedicated service. He joined the school on 10 Jan 1955, serving SJI and 3 other Lasallian schools in various appointments as a teacher, senior assistant, vice-principal and assistant principal. He will always be remembered as a firm but fair man. Beneath his serious disposition is a caring and warm heart. He always encouraged and inspired his students to achieve their best both in and out of the classroom. He has developed many student leaders in the 1970s - 1980s when he was the prefect master. In recognition of his commitment and service, he was awarded the Loyal Lasallian Service award in 1999 and the Lasallian Distinguished Service Award in 2002. He was given the title Benefactor of the Institute by the Brothers in Nov 2003.
Eternal rest grant unto Francis, 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.
(Source: Josephian Annual 2003)
August: Josephians Participate in Singapore Youth Science Fair 2021
3 teams of Year 1 Josephians participated in the Singapore Youth Science Fair 2021 with projects that have been recognized with Accomplishment awards, the second-highest in this Festival:
Aaron Yeo, Cayden Thong, Tan Tze Lyn, Luke, Zhang Han Howard (FN101): Investigating the effectiveness of the types of sensors in preventing driverless cars from colliding with another car or object and detecting the safest path
Ariel Judah Wijaya, Loh Tin Shyun, Mathis Alain Milesi, Win Win Kyaw (ML101): Investigating which alkaline vegetable acts as the most efficient natural antacid in neutralising stomach acid
Gabriel Sujan Kumarasingam, Noah Lim Ming Zhi, Patrick Nott Pei De, Ryan Asher Koo (ML103): How does the carbon content affect the amount of carbon dioxide released during barbecues?
August: Josephians Win Awards in Art and Design Competitions
Congratulations to Santino Dev Joseph Xavier (LE103) on being awarded 3rd prize in the Colours of the Bible Art Competition 2021 organized by The Bible Society of Singapore!
His illustration was expressed in art in this quote: “The Bible is full of new beginnings. From God using the least to confound the mighty, to God working behind the scenes to provide a breakthrough for a character, God is often the central figure that propels change for that character. “New Beginnings” sparks hope in one’s heart, and hope does not disappoint.”
Congratulations to Sebastian Jerome Chin Long Yee (MN201) on receiving the Commendation award in the Design for Good Competition 2021 organised by the Media Literacy Council. His vibrant and distinctive artwork has raised awareness to encourage better use of the Internet by promoting the values of Be Kind, Be Smart and Be Safe.
The Better Internet Campaign is all about gathering like-minded people to create a safer, better internet for everyone. It is interesting to learn that it is based on 4 core values of Empathy, Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity, the Better Internet Campaign and raises awareness of cyber wellness issues that affect all of us, especially to help us create a safer, better internet for everyone.
August: Josephians Win Awards in Essay and Poetry Competitions
Jack Li Murray Wigmore (FN203) on winning one of the awards at the Live On Festival, an initiative by the National Organ Transplant Unit, Ministry of Health! Launched in 2018 as the Live On Design Competition (LODC), the competition is renamed as Live On Festival (LOF) following an expansion to include writing in 2021. LOF celebrates having participants express their thoughts on organ donation and transplantation through art and creative essay writing. LOF serves as a platform for exploring values of responsibility, compassion, empathy and altruism through the delicate and emotive nature of the topic of organ donation and transplantation. Jack’s essay ‘The Angel of Sight’ drew on the metaphor of light and the renewed gift of sight, an apt choice for this competition that seeks to educate the public on organ donation.
Rohanveer Singh Sidhu (ML101) is one of the winners at the National Poetry Competition 2021! His poem ‘The Community of Bukit Ho Swee’ about the loss of kampong spirit for the people of Bukit Ho Swee who had resettled into their new dwellings won the hearts of the judges for its sincere and nostalgic tone. Rohanveer also received a Merit award in the Super Junior Category (10 – 14 years old).
Sarah Zafirah Bte Noor Ashikin (LE609) was shortlisted as one of the finalists in Poetry Festival SG: Catharsis Open Call. She is a gifted and prolific writer, having already won the Rice x Dialogic Op-Ed Competition and 24-Hour Playwriting Competition (Youth Category) in July 2020. Congratulations!
August: Alumni Receive SAF Scholarships
SJI congratulates our alumni who have received the prestigious MINDEF/SAF scholarships on 28 August from the Minister of Defence. Ng Kang Jie graduated from our Integrated Programme in 2019 and was awarded the Defence Merit Scholarship. Kumaresh Natarajan S/O Venkatesh (Class of 2014) completed his O-Level and IB studies in SJI and is awarded the SAF Medicine Scholarship (Mid-Term). His story is of a Josephian who dared to dream and make it come true!
August: Josephian Amongst the Best in MOE Budding Poets Programme
Sanfo Bimal Thomas (FN605) took part in MOE’s Budding Poets Programme, an annual event for junior college students that is organised by the Ministry of Education’s Tamil Language Unit of the Mother Tongue Languages Branch, Curriculum Planning and Development Division. This year, the programme was held over 5 months, beginning with 2 workshops by Tamil Poets in March that led to the final presentation in July. Over 100 students from Singapore’s junior colleges participated in this year’s Budding Poets Programme. Amongst all the poem entries, Sanfo’s poem was selected as one of the best to be featured for the grand event on 17 July.
August: SJI Teams Gained Exposure at Ethics Olympiad
4th Place and Finalist: Tay Zhe Qian (MN516), Chow Zeyi (LE508), Yandapalli Sri Dhanya (FN504), Tan Ling En Beatrice (FN505), Leong Xiu Yi (MN518)
Attracting teams from schools the world over, the Ethics Olympiad was a prestigious global competition that tested the ability of participants to make cogent ethical decisions based on real-world case studies, ranging from the validity of exploitation in the K pop industry to the ethicality of fast fashion.
SJI had sent two teams to participate in the preliminary round of the competition, which was held through Zoom. After countless sessions of training and sparring, both teams entered the gruelling phases of the competition with hearts of steel. Though the teams faced many challenges such as tough opponents and technical difficulties, both teams emerged victorious from the struggle, earning the fourth and fifth spot amidst tenacious competition from many other teams. As an added bonus, the team which placed fourth were invited to participate in the finals of the competition - a great honour. Through this competition, both teams gained invaluable experience in approaching ethical debates with restraint and clarity of expression, putting them in a position to appreciate the greyness of this highly contested area of philosophy.
August: Josephians Receive Special Awards for their Diverse Achievements and Contributions to Community
Congratulations to our Josephians who have received the following Special Awards for their diverse achievements in both academic and non-academic spheres, including their contributions to the community!
Ariel Aiman Bin Noorisman(MN102) – The Prime Minister’s Book Prize (Pri)
Luke Xavier Chew Wen Xiong(MN517) – The Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence (Sec)
Natasja Raine Silva(MN518) – The Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students (NA)
August: Keeping the Faith Alive Through Online Video Streaming
Did you know that SJI has an online prayer channel on YouTube where Josephians can come together to pray every morning? Thanks to a tech-savvy Year 4 Josephian - Xavier Pan, who initiated this idea of conducting online morning prayers for the SJI Catholic community during the pandemic. This idea was conceived at a time when Home-Based Learning began last year. He rallied his friends to chip in and soon they began preparing and recording their daily prayer videos for streaming. Watch his faith story below.
August: SJI’s Team WishyWashy Clinches Merit Award at NXplorers 2021
Two SJI teams participated in the NXplorers 2021 competition organised by the Science Centre and Shell Singapore. It is a science-based competition with the objective of developing sustainable solutions to food, water and energy challenges. The teams are:
Kieran Tan, Horatius Koh, Matthew Oon, Tay Kia Yong and Sim Weilun (all from FN302) – Team WishyWashy
Balakrishnan Akshath, Ethan Ng Ming Jun, Isaac Wong Xin Kai, Kayden Ee Kai Wen and Saravanan Meyyappan (all from ML202; they received Certificates of Participation)
Driven by their passion for science, Team WishyWashy decided to tackle an issue every Singaporean would be familiar with – the high amount of domestic water usage. They conceptualised a prototype that allows the recycling of laundry water. With the help of their mentor from Shell and teacher-in-charge Ms Gina Tan, the team designed a product that could purify laundry water at a low cost, through processes such as coagulation, flocculation, adsorption and filtration. Their creative prototype clinched the merit award (top 4) against 127 teams from 52 schools!
Through this fulfilling journey, the team learnt more about a sustainable future and the need to combat the issues at hand. The NXtools learnt have equipped them with the necessary skills to be positive agents of change and make an impact on the environment.
August: Team SJI Wins at Raffles Business Symposium 2021
Team Blitz from PRISM – Chad Seah Zhuo Jun, Keerthana Bijunair, Pauline Audrey Chua Ongchan, Goh Teng Loong and Ryan Pang Jun Wen (all from FN501) have clinched the 1st runner-up position in the National Finals of the 2021 Raffles Business Symposium on 20 August. They beat several other educational institutions with their winning business idea to enhance the online shopping experience with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
August: Josephians Shine at Business Plan Competition
The SUSS SBIZ Business Plan Competition 2021 is an entrepreneurial competition that challenged student participants to come up with their own creative and innovative solutions to socio-economic issues that are arising in an increasingly digitalised Singapore during this pandemic.
SJI’s Team Sapientiae established their business plan offering smart glasses that are powered by Artificial Intelligence and innovative features such as facial recognition, augmented reality navigation and cognitive stimulating games. This solution is to improve the independence and mobility of the elderly, especially those with early stage dementia, in response to the rapidly growing elderly population in Singapore. Team Sapientiae emerged as the Champion in this competition against 43 other teams from major educational institutions in Singapore.
SJI’s 2nd team - Team Espoir came in 4th place with their environmental proposal that focused on solving the problem of surges in disposable mask wastage due to COVID-19 and its negative impact on the environment. The solution involves the collection of used masks from the public and centralised procedures that eventually turn them into a substitute for asphalt, which can be used in road construction. Digitalisation is incorporated into Team Espor’s business idea via the use of a location tracking mobile app to help donors find the closest mask collection bins. Their core value emphasizes slow-but-steady business expansion that eventually positions Singapore as the mask recycling hub of the world, coupled with awareness campaigns to educate the public about PPE plastic recycling.
Team Sapientiae(L-R) -Tristan Tay Yu Hng, Ng Kee Chew, Teo Li Yang Terence
(Absent:Dinh Khoat Hoang Long)
Team Espoir(L-R) -Benjamin Wong, Hoang Viet Giang Huong, Zou Lubing, Maverick Mikhail Remiel
August: Josephians Do Well at Raffles Model United Nations
Congratulations to Aeden Chng (LE303) on being awarded the best position paper at the Raffles Model United Nations 2021! Zhuo Chengsheng (LE403), Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403) and Assis Franklin Kevin Benedict (ML403) - as delegates of Malta, USA and Canada respectively - on being given honourable mentions.
“Reforming the United Nations Security Council” was the topic of discussion at the Raffles MUN, one that is deeply relevant to current issues in the United Nations with greatly differing opinions across various blocks of nations. A very detailed and comprehensive study guide was provided to all delegates under the United Nations general assembly which allowed all delegates equal ability and context to perform well based on their countries’ stance. It was an opportunity for the boys to glean an understanding of worldly issues and their impact or influence on people’s lives.
August: SJI Scouts Achieve 2nd and 4th Place in National Scouts Mind Quiz Competition
The SJI Scout and Venture units have done well in the National Scouts Mind Quiz Competition held over 2 weekends in July. Congratulations to:
Scout Unit – Adarsh Kumar Vatsa (LE303), Muhammad Amirul Ridhwan Bin Ru (LE301) and Sachin Palaniappan (LE103) – in 4th place
Venture Unit – Zhang Mingzhen Roger (NYJC, JC1), Koh Khee Png Matthew (MN519) and Ryan Ng Jun Zhi (LE509) – in 2nd place!
August: SJI Alumni Are Recipients of Healthcare Merit Award
Congratulations to our alumni from IB Class of 2020 - Hannah Khoo and Charlene Woon - they are recipients of the Healthcare Merit Award! This is awarded to promising students with strong academic track records and a passion to pursue careers in public healthcare.
We wish them all the best as they embark on their journey as healthcare scholars where they will shape the future of Singapore’s public healthcare, and be women of integrity and women for others.
August: Josephians Are Recipients of 2021 National Day Award
Congratulations to our SJI staff and alumni who have been awarded National Day Awards 2021!
Mr Eric Lam
Long Service Award
Mr Azahar Bin Ahmad
Mr David Kwang
Mrs Josephine Lee
Mr Lee Han Seng
Mr Raymond Wong
Ms Wai Pei Pin
August: Commemorating National Day 2021
(photos: ‘together’ by Fr Adrian Danker, SJ)
This National Day will be muted and sober again as we stay safer in this pandemic. This has been a long, exhausting, painful, even heartbreaking time. Is there cause to celebrate?
In SJI, we reflected on two reasons to celebrate.
First, “Together, Still.” In spite of the pandemic, we are still alive and well, safe and healthy. And we still have family, friends, and the SJI community who care, encourage and support us onward. On birthdays, we celebrate God’s blessings with a meal together. SJI’s ND celebrations included a school-wide breakfast - a choice of bento boxes of local fare – for everyone because we are SJI! (Breakfast was eaten observing SMM.)
Second, “Together, for better.” We build up Singapore together. I challenged Josephains to “…commit yourselves to this task. We, your teachers and parents, are doing this now – for the nation and for you. On the road ahead, we need you to come on board with your gifts. …So, don’t just receive; give. Don’t just take; share. Don’t complain; improve. Don’t be a keyboard warrior; be the change you want to see. Don’t think of yourself always; put others first each time. Let us make the change … in our distinctively Josephian way – by being a blessing to all as Jospehians for others [and] the common good, ‘regardless of race, language or religion.’” Our support staff and school leaders modelled the way by packing all 2300 bento boxes into bags for our classes for our SJI ND breakfast.
Let’s live and act for the better for everyone in SJI and around us. Then we make true these words in our Anthem to advance our nation onward — Majulah Singapura!
Happy National Day!
August: Josephians Scores Distinction at IM2C Singapore
Congratulations to our Josephians who scored distinctions at IM²C Singapore!
The International Math Modelling Challenge (IM²C Singapore) is a competition for Singapore Secondary and JC students. IM²C (Singapore), which takes a similar form and structure as the international edition of IM²C, is jointly organised by the Academy of Singapore Teachers, National Junior College and Raffles Girls School.
In March 2021, five Year 4 and three Year 5 Josephians - Boey Yui Jit (FN403), Seng Liang Gin Johann (LE403), Jaryl Lee (Jaryl Li Enjie) (FN403), Anish Ketan Gathani (FN403), Sudhan Harez Vinshan (FN401), Evan Michael Neo Ren Jie (ML512), Loh Zi Quan Keith (ML511), Timothy Tan (FN501) - in two teams of four represented SJI to compete against 47 other teams from different schools in Singapore.
Sacrificing their school term break, each team worked independently to develop an original mathematical model to answer the highly debatable question in sports, “Who is the GOAT?” (GOAT stands for the “greatest of all time”)
In creating their own mathematical models, the students used basic and advanced concepts in Probability Theory and developed their mathematical framework further, with the help of Optimisation Theory. They then generated their results and proceeded with Statistical Testing in order to validate and refine their answers. Despite just being high school students, our teams showed maturity and utilised mathematical techniques way beyond their years. By the end of the competition, both teams were awarded the Distinction honour for their efforts and the quality of their work.
This is the third year that SJI students have participated in IM²C (Singapore). In 2019, SJI sent one team that received a Merit award. In 2020, two teams participated where one achieved a Distinction award and the other a Merit award.
SJI Team 1: Boey Yui Jit (FN403), Seng Liang Gin Johann (LE403), Jaryl Lee (Jaryl Li Enjie) (FN403), Anish Ketan Gathani (FN403)
SJI Team 2: Sudhan Harez Vinshan (FN401), Evan Michael Neo Ren Jie (ML512), Loh Zi Quan Keith (ML511), Timothy Tan (FN501)
August: Josephians Are Scholarship Recipients!
Congratulations to our Josephians who have received scholarships from DSTA and MOE!
Fan Enrui(Year 3) is awarded the Young Defence Scientist Programme Scholarship 2021 by DSTA and DSO.
Year 5 Josephians -Colin Toh, Koon Wei Pheng, Keith Loh, Torance TanandAmbrose Yong- received the MOE Pre-University Scholarships for the academic year 2021.
Well done, boys!
August: National School Games 2021
Congratulations to our sportsmen and woman who fought a good fight at the National School Games 2021:
B Division - Table Tennis (South Zone): 1st runnerup (Silver)
B Division - Badminton (South Zone): 4th position
NSG Sportsmanship Awards: Goh Kai Jun Kavan (ML402) - Table Tennis and Julien Christian Tremolieres Xiangkai (LE401) - Tennis
July: Josephians Win Medals at 24th National Informatics Olympiad
Congratulations to Luo Jiaqi (MN403), Nguyen Phuc Chuong (FN303) and Nguyen Duc Minh Anh (FN303) who won bronze and silver medals at the 24th National Informatics Olympiad this year. This competition is conducted annually by the NUS School of Computing.
The online qualification contest took place on 20 Feb 2021. There were stringent regulations that required the students to record the entire 3 hr duration of the competition and submit video recordings of their screens as well.
July: SJI Wins and Goes to the International Finals (World Economics Cup)
Congratulations to Hoang Viet Giang Huong (FN505), Ian Lee Zhi Kai (ML514), Madhu Pavan (FN505), Benedict Chua Wei An (ML515), Pham Ho Vuong (ML513) and Disha Harish (LE507) on clinching the National 1st Place (overall) during the National Preliminary Round of the World Economics Cup (WEC) National Preliminary Round in July. They will advance to the International Round held in September.
July: SJI Soars at 2020 NPR and NPRjr Programmes
Congratulations to our Josephians who have performed well at the Nanyang Research Programme / Nanyang Research Programme – Junior Researcher that has concluded its 2020-run:
July: Josephians Receive Outstanding Cadet Awards from NCC
Congratulations to our Year 4 Josephians -
NCC Land –Caleb Tan Kah Lok(ML403)
NCC Air –Koh Tze Tsuen Daniel(LE403) andMatt Liew Ge Yuan(FN403)
They have achieved the Outstanding Cadet Awards from National Cadet Corp HQ for their outstanding performance and dedication.
July: Josephians Participate in Research@YDSP Programme
The Young Defence Scientist Programme (YDSP) was conducted over December 2020 holidays where the students had the opportunity to conduct a research project at DSO National Laboratories. Mentored by Dr Sergei Prokopenko, the 3 Josephians were presented Certificates of participation for their projects:
Lee Xavia(LE510) – Project "Unmanned Surface Vessels for Maritime Search and Rescue"
Kierann Chong(ML611) – Team project "Examining the Efficiency of the Lenstra-Lenstra-Lovasz and Gauss Sieve Algorithms to Solve the Shortest Vector Problem"
Caden Ho Kin Wah(ML611) – Team project "Emission Security of Smart Glasses"
July: Josephians Awarded Best Prototype Award at Young Technopreneur Challenge
3 teams of Josephians participated in the Young Technopreneur Challenge (YTC) 2021 organised by Junior Achievement Singapore during the June holidays. They were mentored by Mr Colin Toh, Mr Eric Lam and Mr Thomas Yeo:
Dinh Nho An, Nguyen Duc Minh Anh, Nguyen Phuc Chuong and Nguyen Thien Minh Tuan (FN303) - Runner-Up team!
Nguyen Phuc Truong (FN303), Aarush Nair (FN303), Tran Thanh Hung (MN301) and Le Xuan Hai (FN301)
Agil Singaraselvan, Chen Wei En James Ryan, Seow Yong Ann Reuben and Harjas Singh Sidhu (ML301)
Congratulations to the Runner-Up team who proceeded to the finals and was awarded the Best Prototype Award! Their prototype aims to find out the relationship between microclimates and health so that it could help to protect the community from harmful external factors as well as improve their performance and reduce stress levels.
The YTC aims to support students to take ownership of the world they live in and actively develop solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Singapore Green Plan 2030 and Sustainable South West Masterplan. The objective of the competition is to interest, excite and provide participants with a unique platform to stretch their imagination and push their boundaries to learn to think global, innovate, create and pitch an idea or concept by making use of STEM and technology.
Nguyen Duc Minh Anh: “Technopreneur has been mind-opening for me as well as my teammates - Tuan, Chuong and An. We have gained a lot of experience in terms of teamwork and actualizing our product. We did not win 1st place, however, we hope that our product can further be developed to find out the relationship between microclimates and health so that it could help to protect our community from harmful external factors as well as improve our performance and reduce stress levels.”
Tran Thanh Hung: “Young Technopreneur Challenge 2021 has been an incredible learning opportunity for me. First of all, I learned skills such as design thinking, programming languages (Python and HTML), and presentation. Moreover, I appreciate the opportunity to work with my friends in solving global problems. The problem our team wanted to tackle was the growing digital divide in developing countries, whose impacts were further exacerbated by the pandemic. After doing research on this issue, I gained a deeper understanding of the struggles of people in these part of the world (which includes of Vietnam, my home country), and felt responsible for making a change. From that, I have also grown to be more humble and grateful for my upbringing and the opportunities I was given. Additionally, our teamwork sessions taught me the values of cooperation. Throughout the competition, I learned to encourage my quieter teammates to participate in group discussions. I realised that when I actively asked them questions and complimented their ideas, they were more eager to share, which helped us ultimately to create a better final product with the feedback of all four team members. Overall, YTC2021 has been an incredibly enriching experience for me.”
July: Josephians Shine at 22nd International Elementz Fair
The 22nd International Elementz Fair organised by Anderson Serangoon Junior College seeks to assess students’ Science Research Skills. The annual Elementz Fair (formerly known as Elementz Science Research Conference and Exhibition) aims to provide a platform for Upper Secondary and Junior College students to showcase their primary and secondary scientific research (Biology), and prototypes that can contribute to the betterment of society. Three teams of Year 5 Josephians participated in this year’s biology challenge:
Team 1: Tan Ying Liang Torance (LE508) and Lim Dao Han, Xander (ML515) – Bronze
Team 2: Colin Toh Sze Peng (MN516) and Yong Chong You Ambrose (LE506) – Bronze
Team 3: Koon Wei Pheng (LE507) and Benedict Chua Wei An (ML515) – Commendation
July: Josephians Awarded at SG Young Physicists’ Tournament 2021
Congratulations to our Josephians who have performed well at the Singapore Young Physicists’ Tournament (SYPT) and 22nd International Elementz Fair (IEF) with their award-winning Physics research projects under the mentorship of Ms Lydiawati Cao and Ms Wong Kah Yan:
SYPT Bronze medallists and IEF Gold Award - Nguyen Thanh Tin (Team Leader-ML401), Ngo Hoang Nhat Minh (ML401) and Lee Hai Long Quang (MN403)
IEF Silver Award - Cao Peiyuan (team leader), Huang Yixuan, Joshi Mihir Ashutosh and Ray Ong (all from ML401)
SYPT Poster Presentation (Distinction) - Cao Peiyuan (team leader), Huang Yixuan and Joshi Mihir Ashutosh.
Congratulations to Harjas Singh Sidhu (ML301) on being awarded the Champion Medal (Senior League) at the ACJC Orator’s Trophy Competition this year!
Arjun Jayaprakash (MN517) also did SJI proud by making it to the finals in the Pre-U League category.
July: Celebrating Youth Day with SJI Ice Cream Day
We ended the first week of Term 3 with a sweet surprise for Josephians; an ice cream treat! It is our way to celebrate Youth Day* in our community. Happy Youth Day, Josephians!
(* Youth Day falls on the first Sunday of July. The following Monday, 5 July is a scheduled school holiday)
June: Josephians Selected for National Programmes & Scholarships
Congratulations to the following students who were selected for various national programmes:
Owenn Phua (ML303), Dinh Cao Tue (MN519) and Leong Xiu Yi (MN518) were selected by MOE for this year’s Creative Arts Programme (CAP)
Caleb Tan Kah (ML403) and Koh Tze Tsuen Daniel (LE403) were selected for the Research @ YDSP (Young Defence Scientist Programme) 2021
Fan Enrui (FN302) is awarded the Young Defence Scientist Programme Scholarship 2021
Aidan Gregory Khoo Chian Khai (MN303) joins the Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Hrishit Chhabra (MN402) and Tran Thanh Hung (MN301) were selected for the National Debate Training Programme
Kek Qing Xiang Kenneth (FN403) and Hrishit Chhabra (MN402) have achieved excellent performance in the Individual Component of the NUS Geography Challenge 2021. They are now being invited to attend the 2022 Geography Talent Development Programme (TDP) Invitation Tea. Organised by the Geography Unit of CPDD, the TDP is an annual programme for selected Geography students. It offers them opportunities to deepen their mastery of the subject through seminars, field-based learning and career exploration sessions. TDP participants will learn from academic experts, industry professionals and one another. In addition, four TDP participants will be selected to represent Singapore at the International Geography Olympiad in 2022.
Aidan Ang Keng Kiat (MN517), Benedict Chua Wei An (ML515), Christopher Koh Jie En (MN516), Koon Wei Pheng (LE507), Lam Yan Yu (MN517), Nuttawat Worawitjarungwat (FN505), Purushothaman Sanjai (ML515), Timothy Tan (FN501), and Tan Ying Liang Torance (LE508) have been selected by MOE to attend the Research Methods Module (RMM) of this year’s Science Research Programme (SRP). Chosen based on their applications, our Josephians have proven their capabilities in research work. The SRP programme will help them realise their hope to work with a Professor-mentor from a participating research institute or university.
Alston Cheng (LE403)/Judo, Russell Yom (MN402)/Sailing and Zachary Zhang (ML102)/Sailing have been awarded the National Encouragement Awards for Sporting Excellence under the Singapore Olympic Foundation - Peter Lim Scholarship.
June: Josephians Shine at Linguistic Competitions
Congratulations to the following Josephians who have done well in these competitions:
Muhammad Daiyan (ML403), Jefferson Theophilius Edward Juhardi (LE402), Darren Darwis Tanuwijaya (ML401) are champions at the Inter-Secondary Schools Translation Competition - 3T (Terjemah, Tutur, Tepat)! The trio beat 40 teams around Singapore to emerge as winners in this competition organised by National Junior College.
Parameswaran Nithiskrishna (FN402) won the 3rd prize in the Sangamam 2021 Short Story Competition, organised by MOE TLLPS and Raffles Institution (JC) ICS.
Shananth Sivakumar (LE606) won the 2nd prize in the poetry writing competition organised by the Society of Tamil Poets.
Le Xuan Hai (FN301), Nguyen Phuc Chuong (FN303) and Nguyen Thien Minh Tuan (FN303) emerged top 15 in Singapore Linguistics Olympiad organised by SUTD.
Gregory Chooi and Phua Ping Yuan of LE401 were among the five teams that received the Creative Script Award “创意剧本奖” (Commendation Script) in a script-writing competition organised by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Radio UFM100.3. Their script《陈词滥调》(chén cí làn diào) has been made into radio dramas by the DJs from UFM100.3. The radio dramas were broadcasted during the awards ceremony and will also be aired on UFM100.3 from July to August this year. (Read more about their story in Lumen (June 2021).
June: Josephians Participate in International Ethics Olympiad 2021
Congratulations to the two teams of Josephians represented SJI at the International Ethics Olympiad 2021:
Aarushi Mathur (LE510), Tan Yu Harng Zldyn (LE515), Dhanush Anilkumarapillai (LE507), Lee Qi Xuan (LE510), Lim Ruey Shuane (ML513) – they were placed 5th in the competition.
Tay Zhe Qian (MN516), Chow Zeyi (LE508), Yandapalli Sri Dhanya (FN504), Leong Xiu Yi (MN518) and Tan Ling En Beatrice (FN505) – in 4th place, who will be invited to the International Finals in July.
June: Josephians Participate in National Chess Competition
Jaeden Etienne Ng (MN102), Hong Deyao Ignatius (MN102), Tristan Thoo Jun Xue (LE101) took part in the National Schools Individual Chess Competition. Congratulations to Tristan who took the 18th spot in the Top 20 National Level for Boys Under 14 against 92 players and 8th position in the Top 10 for South Zone schools.
June: SJI Educators Present at ExCEL Fest
Congratulations to our educators who presented their work and experiences at the MOE 10th Teachers’ Conference and ExCEL Fest from 1 to 3 June:
Ms Daisy Chia and Mrs Lorraine Vastel presented on “Teaching & Learning through the Assessment, Planning Implementation and Evaluation (APIE) Framework”
Mr Karthick Govindaraj, Ms Wong Wah Lee, Nalini Moorthi, Mrs Chia Yin Shian and Ms Surjeet Kaur presented on “Developing a Growth Mindset: The Impact of Written Feedback in Creating Cultures of Thinking”
Mr Michael Ee and Ms Jessica Cheng presented on “Cultivating Creative Behaviours in the Art Classroom”
Ms Chen Shuying, Mr Ron Tok, Mdm Lee Pick Siew, Ms Tan Lay Moi, Ms Chew Hui Fang and Ms Winnie Yap presented on “An education that transcends the classroom: Effective use of ICT tools to prepare for examinations in the face of the pandemic”
Ms Winnie Yap, Ms Chew Hui Fang and Mr Ron Tok showcased their poster display at Excel Fest.
May: Josephians Receive Honourable Mention in Filmmaking Competition
Congratulations to Film CAS team helmed by Tan Wei Shynn (MN517) and Hannah Wong Li-En (MN518) who received an Honourable Mention, which included a $100 prize and certificate, in the Canadian High Commission’s Smartphone Competition.
May: SJI Debaters Spar Online During Pandemic
Even as the pandemic continues to plague the world and hamper our daily school life, the SJI debaters continued to interact and reach out to fellow debaters from other schools at the SJI inter-school debate sessions.
Our junior debaters from Years 1 and 2 met their counterparts from Singapore American School (SAS) at SJI’s Inter-School Debate III on 23 March. This was an impromptu debate where debaters from both schools argued for and against the following motion: “This House believes that major film and television awards should abolish award categories which are separated by gender”.
On 20 April, our Josephian debaters met the team from Zhong Hua Secondary School (ZHSS) at SJI’s 4th Inter-School Debate. SJI was represented by Debaters from the FPAM and OPAM academies. Our debaters argued well and were commended for their abilities.
The sessions were organised by the SJI Debate Society - Pham Ngoc Diep (President), Alwyn Choo Khai Hong (Vice-President) and Harith Zaydan Bin Imran (JDEP Coordinator), and supported by several enthusiastic Josephian observers.
May: Josephians Score at National Social Innovation Relay (SIR) Competition 2021
SJI teams won the second and third places in the National Social Innovation Relay (SIR) Competition 2021. The teams went through many phases of selection - from 104 team submissions to qualifying to the top 20, and finally making it to the top 10 finalists.
The team that came in third is Team DJ Luckas, from Year 4IP Signum Fidei Programme: Lucas Soh Keng How, Dinesh John Peeris, Caelan Kang Tze Khye and Jeremy Kiang from LE403. The team recognised that the visually handicapped desired a sense of independence and confidence in public. Many do not have access to guide dogs, leading them to use walking sticks. However, this often comes with limitations and may not be able to accommodate their needs. The team designed the ‘Solostick’ which aims to help visually handicapped users gain independence through its simple, innovative and effective functions. The team was mentored by Wen Yankai (MN620) from PRISM.
L-R: Jeremy Kiang, Caelan Kang Tze Khye, Fr Adrian, Lucas Soh Keng How, Dinesh John Peeris and Ms Ivy Or
The team that won the second place is from TeamDA, a group of Year 5 Prism Members: Sanjai Purushothoman (ML509), Jinseo Park (LE506), Jiwoo Seo (ML513) and Aarav Sandhu (LE509). The team aimed to solve the problems faced by dementia patients and their caregivers in a holistic manner by creating a smart watch and an AppOSD. Through these innovative products, they hoped to create an inclusive community where dementia patients and their families can lead- purpose-driven lives. Xander Lim Dao Han (LE515) lent his creative expertise in producing the video for their product.
May: Josephians Aced Through PhIMO 2021 Heats
76 Josephians took part in the heat round in the Philippine International Mathematical Olympiad 2021. This was their first time where they were enrolled in an online international Olympiad competition. Despite having some technical glitches during the session, the team of teachers rallied together to render support to each other during the 90-minute competition, to ensure that the students were not deprived of the opportunity.
Out of the 51 Year 1 participants, 12 garnered Gold, 14 garnered Silver, 20 garnered Bronze and 5 garnered Merit.
Out of the 25 Year 2 participants, 3 garnered Gold, 4 garnered Silver, 8 garnered Bronze and 10 garnered Merit.
The participants with Gold, Silver and Bronze achievements will proceed to the Final Round.
May: Josephians Performed Well at Singapore Chemistry Olympiad 2020
A group of our then Year 5 Josephians competed in the 32nd Singapore Chemistry Olympiad in 2020 and garnered the following awards:
Certificate of Participation for Cheah Chong Joon Brandon (ML614), Devina Calista Samzaeren (FN604), Ee Chun Huang Nicholas (ML614), Joshua Leong Yi Xin (FN601), Lim Hong Jing Luke (FN601), Panneer Selvam s/o R (MN618), Tan Athan (LE607), Zaer B Zaqy (ML613)
May: Josephians Excel at Inaugural Physics League Singapore 2021
Congratulations to our three teams of Josephians who were among the 300 teams of 1324 participants who competed in the inaugural Physics League on 12 June and they achieved the following awards:
Team 1: Goh Kai Jun Kavan (ML402), Kong Yu Herng (ML402), Chua Jia Jun (ML402) - Honourable Mention
Team 2: Dinh Nho An (FN303), Nguyen Duc Minh Anh (FN303), Nguyen Thanh Tin (ML401), Nguyen Phuc Chuong (FN303), Nguyen Thien Minh Tuan (FN303), Ngo Hoang Nhat Minh (ML401) - Bronze Award
Le Xuan Hai (FN301), Tran Thanh Hung (MN301), Nguyen Phuc Truong (FN303), Ngo Hoang Nhat Minh (ML401) - Bronze Award
May: Josephians Shine at Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2021
Congratulations to our four teams of Josephians who made it to the finalist round at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2021! These four projects were among 366 projects in the Main and Junior Scientist categories that progressed to the final judging round. One of the four projects was awarded a Silver Award at the SSEF.
Lee Rui Kai (LE609), mentored by Dr Sergei in 2020 and Ms Chua Pei Ni in 2021, has been working on his Nanyang Research Project (NRP) project “Magnetic Materials in 2D Spintronics” since April 2020. It was conducted at NTU, in the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Science, under the supervision of Associate Professor Gao Weibo. For the SSEF competition, Rui Kai partnered with two NRPjr students from River Valley High School to submit one unified project “2D Moire Heterostructure”. Their project was awarded a Silver Award at the SSEF.
Three other teams received a Participation award:
Nithil Chakravarthy Thirumurugan, Guhan Venu, and Pook Wei Lun Alexander (all from ML202), mentored by Mr Genesius Chan for their in-house project “Are masks really effective against COVID-19?”.
Nguyen Thanh Tin (ML401), Ngo Hoang Nhat Minh (ML401) and Le Hai Long Quan (MN403), mentored by Mrs Lydiawati Wong for their in-house project “Circling Behaviour of a Homopolar Motor”.
Kierann Chong (ML611) conducted his Research@YDSP team project “Examining the Efficiency of the Lenstra-Lenstra-Lovasz and Gauss Sieve Algorithms to Solve the Shortest Vector Problem” together with another student from River Valley High School in DSO National Laboratories. He was mentored by Dr Sergei.
Josephians who also participated in SSEF 2021:
Caden Ho Kin Wah (ML611) participated in Research@YDSP 2020 team project, together with a student from RVHS.
Tran Viet Khoa (ML615) participated in Nanyang Research Programme (NRP) 2020-2021 project.
Shao Junzhe (LE607) participated in Nanyang Research Programme (NRP) 2020-2021 team project, together with a student from VJC.
Teo Li Yang Terence (FN502) and Tristan Tay Yu Hng (LE507) participated in Nanyang Research Programme Junior Researcher (NRPjr) 2020-2021 project.
Benedict Chua Wei An (ML515) and Koon Wei Pheng (LE507) participated in Nanyang Research Programme Junior Researcher (NRPjr) 2020-2021 project.
Cao Peiyuan (ML401), Huang Yixuan (ML401) and Ong Guan Kit Ray (ML401) took part in an in-house SJI project.
May: SJI Virtual Open House - A Showcase by Josephians for future Josephians
Josephians across all levels shared their favourite memories and experiences of their school life in SJI at the SJI virtual open house: https://openhouse.sji.edu.sg. Through their short videos that ranged from academics and projects to CCAs and competitions and student life, these Josephians tell of their personal journeys of growing up in SJI and discovering their passion and interests along the way.
Potential Josephians who are considering SJI as their secondary school or junior college in future should visit the virtual open house to hear their stories!
May: Josephians Shine at SYF 2021!
The SYF Arts Presentation was held from 29 March to 6 May. As these were conducted with SMM in place, the various presentations were recorded for judging and viewing.
Our students in these CCAs took part in the following categories:
Concert Band (2 teams) - Certificates of Distinction
Drama - Team A (A Wok Story) - Certificate of Accomplishment, and Team B (The Three Wishes) - Certificate of Commendation
Guitar Ensemble - Certificate of Accomplishment
Vocal Ensemble - In view of Covid-19 Restrictions, MOE made modifications from a live performance to an audio recording with no benchmarking.
April: Celebrating 169th Founder’s Day & 20th Anniversary of The Beurel’s Opening
Every Founder’s Day, the SJI community celebrates the Founder of Lasallian schools, St John Baptist De La Salle (30 April 1651 - 7 April 1719), his life and work in education, especially for the poor. He is the role model for Josephians to be a person of integrity and a person for others. Today, the Lasallian mission of education continues in more than 80 countries around the world.
This year, in conjunction with Founder’s Day on 30 April, we also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the opening of our library - The Beurel. It was officially opened on Founder’s Day in 2001. The theme for this year’s Founder’s Day - Ignite - is fitting for this occasion as it reminds us of the important role the passion for learning can play in inspiring students to seek new knowledge in this rapidly changing digital information age.
At the Founder’s Day assembly, we celebrated the success of our students who have displayed zeal and perseverance in the past year and shown progress and achievements in character and their studies. The presentation of Founder’s Day awards was conducted in two parts: the character and scholarship awards were presented at this event, while the remaining academic awards will be presented to the recipients in Term 3.
In closing the celebrations, Fr Adrian Danker, S,J. reminded the school of the holy boldness Fr Beurel and the first De La Salle Brothers in Singapore had. God’s fire that they educate everyone moved them to set up SJI. He challenged Josephians today and in the future to have this same fire; it will be the necessary holy boldness SJI needs to move forward with significance.
April: Characters Come Alive at EPIC Lit Fest 2021
By Mrs Mishaelle Chua
EPIC Lit Fest 2021 celebrates amazing and outstanding characters and stories from the old world to the new world, from classics to modern, from fantasy to fiction to non-fiction. This year, the Year 1 students had the opportunity to experience characters come alive as they don costumes, participate in quizzes as well as theatre workshop. On top of that, like any literary event, teachers shared their favourite book characters and stories from both Western and Chinese literature, certainly enriching the lives of many bookworms and opened their eyes to the literary world of words, setting, atmosphere and culture.
April: Developing Green Reading Habits Through Book Swap
In the spirit of encouraging and developing environmentally-conscious readers among the Josephians, the Library organized a Book Swap event on 27 April, in support of Earth Day. Teachers and students alike brought books from their homes, where fellow Josephians in the community can benefit from the exchange. With the focus centred on reusing and recycling, we hope that this is the beginning of inculcating in Josephians a zero-waste reading lifestyle!
April: SJI Uniformed Groups Celebrate 169th Anniversary Parade
(photo: parade by Fr Adrian Danker, SJ)
The SJI Uniformed Groups celebrated the 169th Anniversary Parade on 19 April. In spite of the various safe management measures and restrictions, our Josephians have learnt to adapt to changes and challenges to celebrate life, especially those important moments in a cadet’s life.
While there was no pomp, cheers or music like the grandeur of past parades, yet the scaled-down Parade carried on its tradition and ritual, in dignity and style. A select group representing the UG Contingents lined up in the Indoor Sports Hall, while the other cadets watched the Parade as it was live-streamed into classrooms. The School Colours were paraded. Commands were given and salutes were made. Cadet prizewinners and long-serving teachers were honoured. The highlight of every Parade was the Changing of Command and the recitation of the Josephian Pledge. An SJI tradition that was preserved to keep our SJI spirit alive.
Congratulations to the Senior Cadets for a year of leadership and service as they stepped down and all the best to the new cadets who will now lead SJI’s NCC Land, NCC Air, St John’s Brigade, NPCC and Pelandok Scout units.
April: SJI NPCC Named Champions of Inter-NPCC Unit Anti-Scam TikTok Challenge
Congratulation to the SJI NPCC Unit! They were crowned Champions for the first-ever Tanglin Division’s Inter-NPCC Unit Anti-Scam TikTok Challenge organised by Toa Payoh NPC.
The NPCC cadets from schools within Tanglin Division were invited to create 1-minute TikTok videos, as crime prevention advisories on Online Purchase or Social Media Impersonation Scams. (Photo source: Toa Payoh NPC)
April: Celebrating the Heroes of Our Lives at Book Week
By Ms Darrell Keziah Foo
Heroes Read Indeed! This year’s Book Week, a collaboration between the English Department at Foundation Programme Academy and the library, celebrated and remembered the efforts of both staff and students who actively involved themselves in this grand and epic adventure of reading. Book Week kicked off with a promotional video with a few teaching staff unreservedly sharing their views on what defines or makes a hero as well as who their favourite and personal heroes are and why. Book Week was replete with activities, satisfying the reading palette of all book enthusiasts, particularly those who were particularly fond of legends, folklores and myths. The activities available were diverse and exciting - ranging from online creative writing competitions to Class Readathon, Reading Challenge and Intra-Class Word Games just to name a few; all of which were enough to whet the appetite of both avid and less enthusiastic readers alike.
Three distinguished local writers - namely, Mr Felix Cheong and Ms Shamini Flint and Claire Leow - were also invited over the course of the week to talk about their respective works and where they drew inspiration from. These speakers drew roaring applause from their audience via their zoom sessions for their brilliant sharing. Book Week 2021 ended on a heroic note, with our readers emerging triumphant and richer in their literary quest.
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.
April: Keeping the Faith Alive Through the Liturgical Seasons
Lent is the most important liturgical season for Catholics. Together as a faith community, Josephians embarked on the 40-day Lenten journey to reflect on the life and Passion of Christ that culminated in the final celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Although our spirits and activities were dampened by the ongoing pandemic and social distancing measures put in place, the Catholics persevered in faith and service to the community throughout the season of Lent. We began the Lenten season on 17 February with an Ash Wednesday service at 3 locations across the school. Weekly Lenten reflections by Fr Danker were shared during our daily morning prayer. Josephians also conducted prayers of the Stations of the Cross in small groups. The school also launched three Lenten projects across different levels, where Josephians contributed food, digital devices for learning and other daily essentials for the underprivileged beyond our community. The Palm Sunday Mass was also celebrated for students after their Year 5 Day of Recollection.
On the evening of Maundy Thursday, as part of Lenten observance, Catholic students and staff celebrated the Eucharist in school. The atmosphere was solemn and sombre as Catholics recollected the night of the Last Supper before the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday. After the Eucharist, 22 students from the Legion of Mary (Queen of All Saints praesidium), together with Mr Bernard Teo and Mr Dominic Ang made a pilgrimage on foot to the Church of St Joseph (Bukit Timah) to mark the Year of St Joseph as proclaimed by Pope Francis.
During the 13-kilometres walk to the Church that took about 2 hours, the students in small groups of 4 or 5 reflected on the Stations of the Cross. They took time to relate the theme of each Station with their daily life and conversed with one another about this as part of their reflection. When they arrived on the grounds of the church, they were met by Fr Edward Seah, who imparted his blessings.
Ian Lee (LE201) from the Queen of All Saints praesidium shared, “This night-walk on Maundy Thursday was really an enriching experience, both for my Catholic faith as well as the bonding between me and my fellow legionnaires, as we were able to pray in a meaningful manner in a serene environment, as well learn more about the lives and struggles of the people around me. To me, this is a completely new experience and such a step-up from my Year One, where we could not have these activities last Easter. I am glad I stayed on to experience this with my friends.
One part that was really meaningful during our walk together with Mr Bernard Teo was the sharing of our experiences. I had the opportunity to express my opinion and impart some knowledge and wisdom to the Y1s. I could sense the strong faith when everyone prayed together, including Mr Teo. When I joined SJI, I really didn’t know I would be able to experience this with my schoolmates and I am thankful for God, who has worked through the admins of SJI to get us together like this. Hopefully, we can have more experiences like this together, especially with the lively Y1s.”
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 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:
Li ShaoKai (ML403)
Tanishq Gunasekaran (ML403)
Ho Justin (ML403)
Zachary Mak (FN401)
Mahessen Subra (ML403)
Emmanuel Mark Heng (ML403)
Michael Yang (LE403)
Karthik Nodu (LE403)
Tan Kieran (LE403)
Rangasamy Rupesh (ML403)
Royce Manikandan (FN401)
Ha Yujian (ML403)
Sean Gerard Chin (FN401)
Princeton Toh (LE403)
Andrew Tay (ML403)
Kevin Benedict (ML403)
Keevan Kanagalingam (LE403)
Aeden Chng (LE403)
They have been working on their research findings based on these topics from April - December 2020:
Study on increasing safety of consumption of Sashimi
How can the Environmental Sustainability of Oral Drug Packaging be improved on?
The effect of varying essential oils on homemade isopropyl-based hand sanitisers
Investigation of natural corrosion inhibitors and their effectiveness on iron in NaCl solution as compared to inorganic corrosion inhibitors
Efficiency of different methods of microplastic removal
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.
March: 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: Josephians Host Visitors from MOE JC-SM2 Special Integration Programme
By Dana Cheng (ML 512) and Torance Tan (LE508)
International Education (IE) is integral in today’s education to provide students with international mindedness, see the world, and gain the internationalisation experience so vital in today’s borderless and interconnected world. In this respect, the hosting of overseas visitors provides Josephians with an opportunity to be engaged at a global level in three areas; physical challenges, intercultural understanding and community service. This transformative curriculum hopes to lead students to learn through community engagement and connections. In SJI, IE provides the platform to nurture Josephians to become curious and passionate learners who create purposeful connections between learning and effective leading and service.
As part of the SJI IE Programme, 14 Year 5 Josephians organised and hosted Senior Middle 2 (SM2) students from China on 13 March 2021, under the Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme as part of the JC Experiential Programme (JXP) organised by MOE. The Josephians brought their Chinese visitors on a guided walking exploration tour in the Tiong Bahru heritage area. Through this, the Chinese students had the opportunity to visit and explore Singapore’s heritage places and learn about our local culture and history. This was observed with strict safe management measures while conducting the tours.
Through this programme, the students were reminded of the importance of people-centeredness, especially in Singapore as a city-island state. This experience has made them more aware of the importance of bilateral ties between countries and the necessity for Singapore as an island nation to maintain good relations with the countries around us. This exchange has given them the opportunity to interact, get to know, and gain a deeper insight into another culture.
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.
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: Chilling Out with Quali-Tea Time
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 Verghese 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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’
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
Number of students who sat for the GCE 'O' Level examinations
Pass rate/ Qualify for JC/Polytechnic education (%)
Boys who qualified for JC education (%)
Boys with 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes (%)
Boys with 6A’s or more (%)
Boys with scores of less than 10 points (L1B5) (%)
Distinctions (A’s) per student (%)
Subjects With High Distinctions:
Humanities (SS, Geography)
Humanities (SS, History)
Literature in English
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:
99.3% of 272 IBDP students were awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an average score of 41 out of 45 points
Eight students were awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.
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.