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Character Building

07.01.24

Renowned for its commitment to character education, Rachael Bryant spends the day at St. Joseph’s Institution International to shine a light on what lies at the heart of this Lasallian community

St. Joseph’s Institution International is a non-profit co-educational school proud of its Lasallian Catholic foundation. The school offers a holistic, values-driven and international educational experience to a diverse student body of over 40 nationalities rooted in the context of Singapore. Celebrating a community of over 2,000 students across two schools on one campus, SJ International welcomes students, teachers, parents, friends and supporters of all faiths and cultural backgrounds.

Founded in 2007, SJI International High School is one of just three schools in Singapore with a license to educate both Singaporean and international students together. Drawing upon the best practices of leading international schools, alongside the ethos of their global network of Lasallian schools, the school has gained an outstanding reputation for quality education and trust. Core values of faith, service, community, excellence and respect are demonstrated daily by the whole school community, be it within the classrooms, playgrounds, theatre, music rooms or sporting facilities.

Students have access to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Middle Years Curriculum(IMYC), IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme.

Teachers follow an active, child-centred learning approach to encourage each student’s personal and academic development. Highly experienced and nurturing teachers create an environment where children feel safe, inspired and supported, empowering students to become resilient and critical thinkers, develop their own curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, as well as recognise excellence and how to achieve it.

In 2024, the Elementary School will launch a bilingual programme to enable students to become equally proficient in two languages, English and Chinese. It’s designed for both native and non-native speakers and follows a ten-day teaching cycle dividing the language of instruction by subject area as well as by time. Alternating language instruction ensures equal commitment to both English and Chinese.

Another fundamental part of an SJI International education is learning through ‘Service’. All students are given opportunities to support a range of charities and organisations, going beyond their self-interests and serving the needs of others. These activities promote an appreciation of the world, develop skills and understanding that are driven by experience, and create significant opportunities for personal development.

The beautiful, landscaped campus is centrally located in the Thomson suburbs, with facilities that encourage maximum engagement and provide inspiring learning spaces. In addition to specialist subject classrooms, auditoriums, black box, television studios and music rooms, the Lawrence Da Silva Sports Complex on campus includes a 25m swimming pool, indoor sports hall, fitness room and rock-climbing wall. Outdoors, the school offers dedicated courts for basketball, netball and tennis and a large FIFA-and IRB-approved turf field for track and field enthusiasts.

The elementary School houses the Cecilia Creative Arts Centre consisting of two Music Rooms, four Practice Rooms, two Art rooms, an ICT room with a recording studio and a multi-purpose room. All students in Grades 1 - 6 are provided with an individual Chromebook, whilst Prep 1 and Prep 2 students have 1:1 iPads to enhance their learning.

www.sji-international.com.sg

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