At SJI, we focus on nurturing Josephians to learn how to learn and to learn how to live, so that they can be empowered to grow into persons of integrity and persons for others. We operate based on the values of Faith as our foundation, Service as our way, and Community as our support.
Hence, our academic and student development curricula focus on providing a balanced and holistic education with a strong emphasis on character formation and leadership development. We aspire our students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions that will prepare them well for post-secondary education and the future but also to be able to live a meaningful life driven by passion in the service for others.
Outcome of an SJI Education:
The Josephian Profile
The Josephian Profile
Josephian Formation Journey
The Josephian Formation Journey is the means through which our teachers accompany our students in their growth as a Josephian. The framework of the Josephian Formation Journey takes reference from that of the MOE Character and Citizenship Education curriculum. Lessons in the Josephian Formation Journey curriculum falls into three themes – Identity, Choices and Relationship.
The Identity lessons assist our students to develop their personhood – self-awareness, self-management, discovering aspirations.
The Choices lessons develop the personhood of our students to be one of responsibility and good moral standing. Through the Choices lessons, our students learn skills of reflectiveness so as to be able to exercise responsible and moral choices and thereby grow to become principled people. Through these lessons, they also learn goal-setting skills to support them to direct their growth and educational aspirations and thus be driven by faith and driven by passion.
As our students do not live in a vacuum but in community with others, the Relationship lessons develop them to become persons for others. They develop social awareness, civic-consciousness and relationship management. Thus, they become people-centred individuals who are also community-builders.
All Catholic students who join the school will participate in FIDEI, a Catholic programme that comprises:
F – (being in a) Fellowship community (weekly 1.5 hour sessions);
I – (gaining) Insights into the Faith (through the weekly sessions);
D – (having) Devotion to prayer (every morning 20 min before school begins);
E – Evangelisation through service (outreach service projects);
I – Intimacy with the Lord (annual Retreats)
Year 1 Catholic students who join the school from 2022 onward will participate in FIDEI for 4 years.
Through FIDEI, the school provides its Catholic students with an experience of Church in a more personal level through small fellowship communities; it does not however replace the parish catechism classes, which Catholic students must still attend at their parish church.
Through fellowship in the context of a faith community during the 4 formative years of his adolescent life, the Catholic student through FIDEI learns the importance of prayer, discovers insights into the Catholic Faith through mini input sessions and will have the opportunity to be the face of Christ to another person through direct acts of service.
FIDEI takes place every Tuesday afternoon for 1.5 hours, and it is timetabled as part of an afternoon curriculum for all Catholic students.
Catholic students who are part of a core CCA that functions on a Tuesday afternoon will take part in FIDEI on a Wednesday afternoon.
As a Catholic school of choice, students and staff experience God in their daily encounters at school. From our daily morning prayers held in our holy sanctuary, the Chapel, to our celebrated masses at the start of major school events such as Founder’s Day, these faith experiences nurture our hearts, minds and soul. There are also quiet, reflective experiences such as our retreats, and physical spaces like the labyrinth and the sitting water features, to allow for quiet time with God amidst the business of our lives.
We believe in nurturing men and women for others through many planned service experiences throughout the year. It is also our Catholic teachings that lie at the heart of our reflection sessions before, during and after the service experiences that allow us to nurture hearts that care for the last, the lost and the least. Our annual Lent Project, for instance, rallies the whole school to come together for various outreach initiatives in the spirit of rediscovering the true calling of Christ.
Xavier Pan (Year 4)
Ethan Goh (Year 6)
Natalie Chong (Year 6)
Two alumni - Mr George Yeo (Class of 1972) and Fr Adrian Danker, SJ (Class of 1981) share their thoughts about being educated in a Catholic school, and how SJI's motto - Ora et Labora (which means pray & work) have impacted their lives.
Video by Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS)