2017, Term 3


31 Aug 2017 (Thu) - Teachers' Day Greetings ... ...      


Dear Parents, 

With the End-of-Year examinations just 3 weeks away, parental presence and supervision as you journey with your son during this period of heightened stress would be most beneficial. Do refer to the <Feedback from Subject Tutors (Sec 1, Common Test 3)> to have a better understanding and insight to the various subjects. The pointers and feedback may be useful as you help your son review what he has learnt in the past 8 months. Your support for these young men during these seemingly stressful times would put them in good stead - setting an example for them as their first teachers and role models. 

Celebrating Teachers' Day today, we are thankful for the gift of teachers and say a silent prayer for the 'men and women' who had left an impression in our lives. Today, we also remember that we parents are in fact our son's first and most important teachers. His first grunt, step, word, etc. These numerous firsts were taught by you, his first teacher. There are many more things that his 'little mind' will learn and 'catch' from you. As we celebrate this day, we are thankful too for this blessing - our vocation (calling) to teach and inspire. Here's wishing all of us ... ...

Blessed Teachers' Day to One & All!

Sec 1 Matters 
    • Fees Deduction for Nov & Dec 2017. Letter from Principal, click <here>.
      • Kindly note that there will be an additional deduction for the Nov & Dec fees on 18 Sep and 20 Oct respectively. 
      • SJI School Term for 2018 / School Gate Opening & Closing Hours. Letter from Principal, click <here>.
        • 1st of of School 2018. Kindly note that the first day of school for all students (except JC1) will be on 8 Jan 2018 (Mon).
      • Sec 1 Results Slips for Term 3 Assessment [Online]. <From 29 Aug (Tue), 1300 hrs onwards> To log-in, click <here>.
        • What? Parents are to note that the Term 3 Assessment results will be presented online which can be accessed from 1 Sep (Tue), 1800 hrs onwards. 
        • User ID & Password. Child’s/ ward’s BC No. (e.g. User ID: T0012345F, Password: T0012345F)
        • Log-in Guide. Click <here>
        • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Click <here>
        • Queries. Should you experience any technical issues, please email <sjihelpdesk@sji.edu.sg>
      • Sec 1 CCA Stand-down from 11 Sep (Mon) till 11 Oct (Wed). 
        • To help the Sec 1s prepare for their End-of-Year (EOY) Examinations, kindly note that all CCAraining will stand-down from 11 Sep (Mon). Please check with your son's CCA teachers when CCA training will resume after the EOY exams. 
      • Sec 1 Ban for all Games from 18 Sep (Mon) onwards [Term 4 Week 2 onwards].
        • All Sec 1 students are to note that all forms of games are banned before school and during recess from 18 Sep (Mon) onwards till the end of the End-of-Year Examinations on 11 Oct (Wed). This is to help the boys settle down and start revision. Parental support in this matter is greatly appreciated if you could discourage you son from bringing his soccer ball to school.
      • Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam from 26 Sep (Thu) to 11 Oct (Wed). For schedule & topics, click <here>.







        29 Aug 2017 (Tue) - Sec 1 Term 3 Results & Feedback for Subjects  ... ...      


        Dear Parents, 

        Kindly take note of the following matters ... ... Have a Blessed Week ahead!


        Sec 1 Matters 
          • Sec 1 Results Slips for Term 3 Assessment [Online]. <From 29 Aug (Tue), 1300 hrs onwards till 12 Sep (Tue)> To log-in, click <here>.
            • What? Parents are to note that the Term 3 Assessment results will be presented online which can be accessed from 1 Sep (Tue), 1800 hrs onwards. 
            • User ID & Password. Child’s/ ward’s BC No. (e.g. User ID: T0012345F, Password: T0012345F)
            • Log-in Guide. Click <here>
            • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Click <here>
            • Queries. Should you experience any technical issues, please email <sjihelpdesk@sji.edu.sg>

          Feedback from Subject Tutors (Sec 1, Common Test 3)
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          To help parents have a better understanding and insight to the various subjects, the teachers have provided some pointers and feedback which would be useful as we help the boys review what they had learned in the past semester and some common pointers to note.   
          • English Language
            • Components for TA3. TA3 for English consisted of (i) Independent Reading Portfolio, (ii) Media Studies, (iii) Passage-based Question (Animal Farm), (iv) Paragraph Building and (v) Comprehension.
            • (i) Independent Reading Portfolio. The nine pieces of work in this portfolio were completed over two terms. Portfolios which are commendable are not only highly organised and complete with all the required pieces of written responses but also show strong evidence of good textual knowledge and creative personal responses. Meaningful learning and depth in thought are also prominent in the reflection component of these reading portfolios.
            • (ii) Media Studies. This assignment requires students to demonstrate understanding of a media text through deconstruction or construction of a book cover of Animal Farm. The concepts in focus are purpose, audience and context which form the underlying reason for the choices made in the visuals and text of the book cover. The assignments which are awarded high grades are those with accurate and in-depth analysis of the media text with reference to its purpose and intended audience.  
            • (iii) Passage-based Question (Animal Farm). Good answers are highly organised responses which begin with a clear and accurate point, developed with strong textual evidence, succinct explanation and a link to the point made. Equally critical are coherence, clarity in expressions and seamless transitions in the responses. 
            • (iv) Paragraph Building. The narrative writing task demands the use of a range of techniques for effective communication of an intended message. These include the use of metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole and other techniques. Students are required to use a range of vivid verbs and descriptive adjectives to illustrate the action, thought, appearance or feeling of the character through a show-and-not-tell method.  The weak writings demonstrate simple sentence structures and plain language use while the strong ones demonstrate interesting ideas through the effective use of language and varying sentence structures to achieve impact.
            • (v) Comprehension. This reading comprehension test demands careful reading of the passage and understanding of the questions in order to respond with accuracy and conciseness. The types of question include factual, inferential, language for impact and vocabulary in context questions. Weak answers, especially those lifted from the passage show a lack of comprehension and sensitivity to the use of words in the text. 
          • Geography 
            • Components for TA3. TA3 for Geography consisted of a Common Test (20m - 25%), Enrichment Day Report [Geographical Investigation] (20m - 50% ) and a graded assignment timed and completed in class (10m - 25%). 
            • Summary of TA3. For TA3, the focus was to teach the students geographical skills, in addition to content on the Arid Tropics (Climate, Formation of Deserts and Map Reading Skills). The students were assessed more according to how they read and interpret data from maps and diagrams as answering data-response questions is a key skill to applying Geography in the world around us. The students had good practice and exposure to such questions since work is usually assigned once every two weeks. Students are generally performing better as they are more used to the answering skill of the different sections of the Geography Paper. Students were made aware of the expectations of the subject, therefore, many scored better in this Term's written assessments. However, there are some students who did not do as well in their Geographical Investigation reports. The most common mistake which led to the poor results for the reports was the inability to read the questions and understand the expectations of the questions. Many of their answers lack elaboration and application, as requested by the question. Students need to learn to read the questions carefully and answer accordingly. 
            • Preparing for End-of-Year Examination. Students should refer to the Sec 1 Geography EOY 2017 (Revision Outline) which was emailed to them by their respective Geography teachers. When studying, they should attempt to write their own notes, redo the worksheets from the Geography file and consult their teachers when in doubt.  
          • History  
            • Topics Covered. In Semester 2, the boys were taught basic essay writing skills based on the 3 topics: (I) Reasons for Mass Migration in the 19c, (ii) Why did migrants come to SG in 19c and (iii) Reasons for decline in Qing Dynasty in 1911. They were also taught the more advanced source based skill of comparison. While these new skills will be assessed in the Final Year Examinations, TA3 was still based on foundational source based skills. (A) Basic Inference Skills. (i) To be able to make valid inferences which does not lift/describe the source and (ii) To be able to back up their inferences with evidence from the source (evidence based assertions). (B) Purpose Skills. (i) Identify the correct target audience based on context and provenance, (ii) Identify message (main point) of the source and (iii) With the audience and message attained, students should be able to identify the desired outcome of the source based on the historical context.
            • Common Mistakes. Include the boys' inability to make a valid inference as boys lifted or described the source. Some boys did not correctly identify an audience or message thus resulting in a baseless outcome. It is essential that the boys are able to infer, because it will form the basis for their comparison questions as well.
            • What to Do. Over the holidays, boys should read through their corrections, and worked examples of Source Based questions to better understand the requirements of the questions. They should also read through their content for: (i) mass migration (ii) migration to SG and (iii) decline of Qing Dynasty.
          •  Lower Secondary Science
            • Components for TA3. TA3 for Science consisted of a Common Test (30m - 25%), Enrichment Day Report (10m - 25% ) and a Science Practical Test (10m - 50%). 
            • Skills Required. Students is exposed to practical skills and interdisciplinary project for this term. The learning of science is not confined to just pen and paper test. For Term 3, most of the topics covered are in biology and thus students have to be familiar with a number of new terms. They also need to understand and remember the concepts behind what they are learning. Definitions and using of correct terminologies in tests and exams are also essential.  
          • Mathematics  
            • Components for TA3. TA3 for Mathematics comprised of a Field Trip (20%), ACE Learning Quiz (20%) and a Common Test (60%). 
            • Skills Required. The competencies tested were knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts, geometry and construction. It was a fair and manageable paper. Many students do not provided accurate reasons for their answers in geometry. Algebraic Equations and Algebraic Manipulation were mastered by the majority of students. Students who did not perform up to expectation seemed to lack the extra practice and it would be beneficial for them to clarify their doubts with their Math teachers if concepts have not been mastered. 
            • What to Do ... ... For the coming holidays, the students must continue to revise and practice topics taught in Semester 1 and 2. They must complete the past years papers and the Ten Year Series (TYS) questions found in the booklet. 
          • Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese Language) 
            • Components for TA3. TA3 for Chinese Langauge comprised of one Essay Test (40%), one Informal Email Writing (20%) and one Common Test(40%). 
            • Skills Required. Students were taught to write and Narrative Essays in Term 1 and 2 with the focus on descriptive development . Students who scored well in the essays were able to fully develop the descriptions in their essays with the use of wide and precise vocabulary, varied  and accurate sentence structures. However, some of the students write out of point while others made a number of mistakes in their sentence structures. Some of the students could not differentiate the narrative essay of person or and incident. They need to read more to improve their language proficiency.
            • Language Test. Vocabulary and proverbs are components that students can prepare in advance.  Students who prepare well (i.e. 'study') for these two components will generally score higher marks than their peers. However, students have to learn the answering skills in the reading comprehension. Some of the student lack the necessary vocabulary and hence this affects their ability to understand the passage. They need to read more to improve their language proficiency.
          • Mother Tongue Languages (Higher Chinese Language) 
            • Components for TA3. Sec 1 HCL TA3 assessments comprised of one Essay Test (40%), one Email Test (20%) and 1 Common Test (40%). The common test paper consisted of a vocabulary test and a test on Chinese idioms and comprehension. 
            • Composition. Students were taught and practice on how to 'read' the question so as to answer what is being asked - answering for the content. Some students did not score well for their composition as they did not read the questions carefully and thus wrote out of point. Students need to 'read' the questions carefully and improve their writing skill so as to do better for composition.
            • Language Test. For the language test, vocabulary and proverbs are components that students can prepare for in advance. Students who prepare well (i.e. 'study') for these two components will generally score higher marks than their peers. However, to really score well for HCL, students need to learn how to answer what is being asked in the comprehension



          28 Aug 2017 (Mon) - Reporting Time on 29 Aug (Tue) & Teachers' Day Celebrations  


          Dear Sec 1s, 

          Kindly take note of the following matters for this coming week ... ...

          Have a Blessed Week ahead!


          Sec 1 Matters 
            • Replacement Day on 29 Aug (Tue) for 31 Aug (Thu) [Even Week Thursday].
              • Sec 1s are to note that there is a replacement day on 29 Aug (Tue). This is only for lessons and we will observe the normal time-table.  All other activities such as CCAs will carry on as usual. 
              • Since the Thursday time-table will be observed, Sec 1s are to note that reporting time will be at 0800 hrs.
            • SJI Celebrates Teacher's Day on 30 Aug (Wed). School dismissal at 1100 hrs. 
              • Programme for the Day
                • 0730 hrs - Assembly on Track
                • 0740 hrs - Reflection in Classroom
                •              - Mass in LT 2 (for all Catholic students and those interested to attend) 
                • 0850 hrs - Teachers' Day Concert. All students to proceed to ISH 
                • 1100 hrs - Dismissal by Class Tutor 
              • Seating Plan. Sec 1s are to note of where your class is seated. Class Committee members are requested to assist your teachers in maintaining 'good order'.   



            27 Aug 2017 (Sun) - Term 3 Week 10 & Holiday Matters  ... ...      


            This is a true story ... ... 

            "Never say not enough, always say "good enough". Where others would have seen the lack of a school field this group of boys saw opportunities. They thought out of the box for "possibilities" and practised a "can do" attitude with determination and positivity. The boys recognised and value that they are "good enough". With a grateful heart they recognized that they had was a "Golden Opportunity for Possibilities"!

            This is the story of the SJI 'C' Division football team. A football team that had no field to practise on, no field markings, no goal posts and no corner flags, until just recently. Instead, they used the area behind the chapel and played football 'tennis'. The boys sprinted up the slopes of Malcolm Road to improve their speed and ran along Goldhill Avenue and back to school to improve their stamina. This team is made up of boys with an iron heart. Through their sheer hard work of the coaches and the teachers this group of average group of football boys emerged Zonal Champions! From there, the team worked even harder to make their way into the top 4 of the National competition and emerged 3rd place in the Nationals.

            ------------

            Dear Parents, 

            The story of the SJI 'C' Division football team reminds us that the boys are in the prime of their life - youth. Teenage years are the time where one exudes vigor and spirit, a time of numerous opportunities and many possibilities - even when things are down and not going the right way. As the examinations draw near, we must be mindful to help the boys take ownership of their own learning. 

            For a start, we can guide and prod them gently by writing down the exams dates and to check with on details such as topic, format, etc for the various subjects, to do up a revision time-table. It is important that we refrain from taking over but gently hand hold them and when necessary let them fumble and fall once in a while. Yes, it'll hurt them (and us) but it'll definitely make them stronger. More importantly, always remember that we are in this together.

            Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!


            Sec 1 Matters 
              • SJI School Term for 2018 / School Gate Opening & Closing Hours. Letter from Principal, click <here>.
                • 1st of of School 2018. Kindly note that the first day of school for all students (except JC1) will be on 8 Jan 2018 (Mon).
              • Sec 1 Results Slips for Term 3 Assessment [Online]. <From 29 Aug (Tue), 1300 hrs onwards> To log-in, click <here>.
                • What? Parents are to note that the Term 3 Assessment results will be presented online which can be accessed from 1 Sep (Tue), 1800 hrs onwards. 
                • User ID & Password. Child’s/ ward’s BC No. (e.g. User ID: T0012345F, Password: T0012345F)
                • Log-in Guide. Click <here>
                • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Click <here>
                • Queries. Should you experience any technical issues, please email <sjihelpdesk@sji.edu.sg>
              • SJI Celebrates Teacher's Day on 30 Aug (Wed). School dismissal at 1100 hrs. 
              • SPF Advisory for 2017 September Holidays 
                • In view of the upcoming September school holidays, SPF would like to remind students of the undesirable consequences of crime. In particular, students areto note that offences with regards to shop theft and possession of offensive weapons have seen an increase in occurrence in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2016.
              • Sec 1 English Language Oral Exam from 11 to 13 Sep (Mon to Wed). Details to be made known when available ... ...
              • Sec 1 CCA Stand-down from 11 Sep (Mon) till 11 Oct (Wed). 
                • To help the Sec 1s prepare for their End-of-Year (EOY) Examinations, kindly note that all CCA training will stand-down from 11 Sep (Mon). Please check with your son's CCA teachers when CCA training will resume after the EOY exams. 
              • Sec 1 Ban for all Games from 18 Sep (Mon) onwards [Term 4 Week 2 onwards].
                • All Sec 1 students are to note that all forms of games are banned before school and during recess from 18 Sep (Mon) onwards till the end of the End-of-Year Examinations on 11 Oct (Wed). This is to help the boys settle down and start revision. Parental support in this matter is greatly appreciated if you could discourage you son from bringing his soccer ball to school.
              • Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam from 26 Sep (Thu) to 11 Oct (Wed). For schedule & topics, click <here>. 
              • ACE Camp [Confirmed Dates] Repeat Announcement
                • Why? Due to various administrative and logistical requirements, kindly note that there is a change in dates for Lawrence (LE) and Marcian (MN) fraternities for ACE camp. Parents having any queries are kindly requested to email Mr Jude Tan at <judetan@sji.edu.sg>. 
                • Where? 4 day 3 night outdoor camp at Pulau Ubin 
                • When? 
                  • [Camp 1] 31 Oct (Tue) to 3 Nov (Fri). FN & MN Fraternities 
                  • [Camp 2] 6 Nov (Mon) to 9 Nov (Thu). LE & ML Fraternities
                • Skills & Equipment. Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time in Oct. Arrangements will be made for the vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment.
                • Queries. Kindly email Mr Jude Tan, Head of Level (Sec 1) <judetan@sji.edu.sg>.


              Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
              • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1500 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.
                • Last Novena on 13 Sep (Wed) at 1550 hrs. No Novena on 12 Sep (Tue).
              • Teachers' Day Mass on 30 Aug (Wed) at 0710 hrs @ LT2. Parents are invited to attend.   


              Schedule for Term 3 Week 10 - 28 Aug to 3 Sep
              • 28 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
              • 29 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day [Replacement Day - Thu Time-table] *
              • 30 Aug (Wed) -SJI Celebrates Teachers' Day. Early Dismissal at 1100 hrs 
              • 31 Aug (Thu) - Teachers' Day (School Holiday) 
              • 1 Sep (Fri) - Hari Raya Haji (Public Holiday)
              • * Dismissal as per time-table 



              20 Aug 2017 (Sun) - Term 3 Week 9 & 10 Matters  ... ...      


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              As the boys come to the end of a busy week of common tests, it is timely that we help them learn from what they've 'achieved'. With the boys entering teenage-hood, it is wisdom that we (the adults) need. To know when and how to speak to these young man as they enter into teenage-hood, wanting independence and keeping more to themselves. We need and must, in our very subtle and caring way, help the boys realize that each of them have that potential to do well and that the only thing that's holding them back are themselves.

              Coming to the end of yet another term, I would like to thank you for the support thus far - monitoring of your sons’ academic pursuits to ensuring his regular attendance in school and commitment to his CCA. It would be most beneficial if you could spend some time going though with your son on his school work. Do help him plan and set aside time to revise for the upcoming exams scheduled to begin in late Sep.  

              Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!


              Sec 1 Matters 
                • Replacement Day on 29 Aug (Tue) for 31 Aug (Thu) [Even Week Thursday].
                  • Sec 1s are to note that there is a replacement day on 29 Aug (Tue). This is only for lessons and we will observe the normal time-table.  All other activities such as CCAs will carry on as usual. 
                • SJI Celebrates Teacher's Day on 30 Aug (Wed). School dismissal at 1100 hrs [Tentative]. Details will be made known when available.  
                • Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam from 29 Sep (Thu) to 11 Oct (Wed). For schedule & topics, click <here>. 
                • ACE Camp [Confirmed Dates] Repeat Announcement
                  • Why? Due to various administrative and logistical requirements, kindly note that there is a change in dates for Lawrence (LE) and Marcian (MN) fraternities for ACE camp. Parents having any queries are kindly requested to email Mr Jude Tan at <judetan@sji.edu.sg>. 
                  • Where? 4 day 3 night outdoor camp at Pulau Ubin 
                  • When? 
                    • [Camp 1] 31 Oct (Tue) to 3 Nov (Fri). FN & MN Fraternities 
                    • [Camp 2] 6 Nov (Mon) to 9 Nov (Thu). LE & ML Fraternities
                  • Skills & Equipment. Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time in Oct. Arrangements will be made for the vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment.
                  • Queries. Kindly email Mr Jude Tan, Head of Level (Sec 1) <judetan@sji.edu.sg>.

                The Great SJI Extravaganza on 26 Aug (Sat) from 0900 to 1800 hrsOrganized by the SJIOBA. 
                Repeat Announcement
                  In conjunction with SJI's return to its renovated home and the school's 165th Anniversary, the SJIOBA is organising a one day fun-filled event on 26 Aug (Sat) from 0900 to 1800 hrs at the SJI Malcolm Road Campus. There will be a Sports Fiesta, a music band competition (Bands of Bros and Sisters), school tours, fun attractions together with food and flea market - a carnival-like atmosphere for the family and friends to enjoy and have fun! 
                  • Bands of Bros & Sisters. Watch old boys and girls of SJI reunite with their former class rock bands and take part in a music and singing competition that will bring all Cool Joes together for a good time! Gather your classmates and showcase your musical talents by forming a band and participate now*! To register, click <here>.
                  • Sports Fiesta. 5-on-5 Fustal, 5-on-5 Basketball and Badminton (Doubles). Relish the opportunity to come together and have fun through various sports. Form a team with your buddies and teachers to play at the Sports Fiesta! To register, click <here>.
                  • Food & Flea Market. Prime your taste buds for a delectable adventure as we have lined up a number of stalls selling a variety of mouth-watering food items - the famous Waterloo Street's Mee Siam & Indian Rojak, Ramly burgers, popcorn, candy floss and many more! There will also be a flea market featuring a number of retail stalls selling a good selection of merchandise.
                  • Mass at SJI Chapel @ 1700 hrs. To end off the day and together as one SJI, we encourage you to join us for evening Mass to give praise and thanks to Almighty God for all that he has blessed SJI with!   


                  Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
                  • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1450 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.
                  • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   


                  Schedule for Term 3 Week 9 - 21 to 27 Aug
                  • 21 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                  • 22 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                  • 23 Aug (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                  • 24 Aug (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                  • 25 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                  • * Dismissal as per time-table 

                  Schedule for Term 3 Week 10 - 28 Aug to 3 Sep
                  • 28 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                  • 29 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day [Replacement Day - Thu Time-table] *
                  • 30 Aug (Wed) -SJI Celebrates Teachers' Day. Early Dismissal at 1100 hrs [Tentative] **
                  • 31 Aug (Thu) - Teachers' Day (School Holiday) 
                  • 1 Sep (Fri) - Hari Raya Haji (Public Holiday)
                  • * Dismissal as per time-table 
                  • ** Details will be made known when available



                  6 Aug 2017 (Sun) - Term 3 Week 7 to 9 Matters [#OneNationTogether, ACE Camp Dates, etc ... ...] 


                  Dear Parents,Related image   

                  #OneNationTogether, the theme for this year's National Day, is a rallying call to unite all Singaporeans and that ‘Together’ Singaporeans united in times of uncertainty and challenges will be able to overcome the odds. As Singapore celebrates her 52nd Birthday, we are reminded that we, at home and in school, are always #Together working for the well-being of this teenager who has been entrusted to our care.

                  With the upcoming common tests, it is timely that we gently remind the boys of the need for them to be on task (to take ownership of their own learning) especially with the upcoming common tests. It is crucial that we (the adults) work together during this time of heightened stress to support these young men and help them adjust and cope. *Do note that constant vigilance (stalking around the child while he is doing his revision) and reminders (aka. nagging) is not recommended ... ... Kindly also note that due to various administrative and logistical requirements, there is a slight change in dates for ACE Camp. Parents having any queries are kindly requested to drop Mr Jude Tan <judetan@sji.edu.sg> an email. 

                  Here’s wishing each and everyone a “Happy ‘Birth’-day” ... ... Have a Blessed Week ahead!



                  Sec 1 Matters 
                    • SJI Celebrates National Day - SJI Cross Country on 8 Aug (Tue) @ Bedok Reservoir Park.  
                      • Notice Form. Click <here>.  
                      • For more information. Click <here>
                    • Sec 1 Ban for all Games from 4 Aug (Mon) to 21 Aug (Mon). 
                      • Why? To help the Sec 1 students settle down and start revision for their upcoming class tests, do note that Sec 1s would be banned from all forms of game before school and during recess from 10 to 21 Aug (Mon to Fri). 
                      • How? Parental support in this matter is greatly appreciated if you could remind not to bring his soccer ball, frisbee, etc to school.
                    • Sec 1 Term 3 Common Tests from 14 to 21 Aug. For topics, click <here> 
                      • Stationary of Common Test. Kindly note the use of correction tape / fluid is not allowed. Stationary to be brought into the classroom are also to be placed in a clear, transparent holder (e.g. pencil case, Ziplog bag, etc).
                      • Conduct of Common Test. Sec 1s, especially class committee members, are to note the following:
                        • Class Noticeboard. To remove any materials that may compromise the integrity of the test.
                        • Notes/ Files/ Textbooks & Other Materials. To be removed from under student table and kept either in lockers or bag.
                        • Arrangement of Bags. Neatly outside the classroom.
                        • Punctuality. To be seated in classroom 10 min before the start of the paper.
                        • Unauthorised Materials. (e.g. devices (handphones/ i-watches etc) capable of storing, transmitting and receiving information) to be kept in the locker or surrendered to the invigilator. 
                      • Normal Curriculum after Common Test. Kindly note lessons resume after common test. Dismissal for Sec 1s is as per time table.  
                    • ACE Camp [Confirmed Dates]
                      • Why? Due to various administrative and logistical requirements, kindly note that there is a slight change in the dates for ACE Camp. Parents having any queries are kindly requested to email Mr Jude Tan at <judetan@sji.edu.sg>. 
                      • Where? 4 day 3 night outdoor camp at Pulau Ubin 
                      • When? 
                        • [Camp 1] 31 Oct (Tue) to 3 Nov (Fri). FN & MN Fraternities
                        • [Camp 2] 6 Nov (Mon) to 9 Nov (Thu). LE & ML Fraternities
                      • Skills & Equipment. Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time in Oct. Arrangements will be made for the vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment.
                      • Queries. Kindly email Mr Jude Tan, Head of Level (Sec 1) <judetan@sji.edu.sg>.


                    The Great SJI Extravaganza on 26 Aug (Sat) from 0900 to 1800 hrsOrganized by the SJIOBA. 
                      In conjunction with SJI's return to its renovated home and the school's 165th Anniversary, the SJIOBA is organising a one day fun-filled event on 26 Aug (Sat) from 0900 to 1800 hrs at the SJI Malcolm Road Campus. There will be a Sports Fiesta, a music band competition (Bands of Bros and Sisters), school tours, fun attractions together with food and flea market - a carnival-like atmosphere for the family and friends to enjoy and have fun! 
                      • Bands of Bros & Sisters. Watch old boys and girls of SJI reunite with their former class rock bands and take part in a music and singing competition that will bring all Cool Joes together for a good time! Gather your classmates and showcase your musical talents by forming a band and participate now*! To register, click <here>.
                      • Sports Fiesta. 5-on-5 Fustal, 5-on-5 Basketball and Badminton (Doubles). Relish the opportunity to come together and have fun through various sports. Form a team with your buddies and teachers to play at the Sports Fiesta! To register, click <here>.
                      • Food & Flea Market. Prime your taste buds for a delectable adventure as we have lined up a number of stalls selling a variety of mouth-watering food items - the famous Waterloo Street's Mee Siam & Indian Rojak, Ramly burgers, popcorn, candy floss and many more! There will also be a flea market featuring a number of retail stalls selling a good selection of merchandise.
                      • Mass at SJI Chapel @ 1700 hrs. To end off the day and together as one SJI, we encourage you to join us for evening Mass to give praise and thanks to Almighty God for all that he has blessed SJI with!   



                      Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
                      • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass on 15 Aug (Tue) at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.
                      • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1450 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.
                      • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   

                        
                      Schedule for Term 3 Week 7 - 7 to 12 Aug
                      • 7 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                      • 8 Aug (Tue) - SJI Celebrates National Day
                      •                     SJI X-Country @ Bedok Reservior Park
                      • 9 Aug (Wed) - National Day (Public Holiday)
                      • 10 Aug (Thu) - School Holiday
                      • 11 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                      • * Dismissal as per time-table 

                      Schedule for Term 3 Week 8 - 14 to 20 Aug
                      • 14 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                      • 15 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                      • 16 Aug (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                      • 17 Aug (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                      • 18 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                      • * Dismissal as per time-table 

                      Schedule for Term 3 Week 9 - 21 to 27 Aug
                      • 21 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                      • 22 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                      • 23 Aug (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                      • 24 Aug (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                      • 25 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                      • * Dismissal as per time-table 



                      23 Jul 2017 (Sun) - Term 3 Week 5 to 7 Matters <SJI 165th Anniversary Gala Dinner> Celebrating the Gift ... ...      



                      Dear Parents,  
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                      Josephian of all ages gathered to celebrate their alma mater's 165th Anniversary over the weekend. Our history since 1852 has been rich, not only because of the school's accomplishments but, more so, because of the many contributions Josephians have made to Singapore, the world and even to the local Church. All these have come to be because of the gift of the De La Salle Brothers.

                      SJI is a gift and the school is blessed to be gifted with Lasallian Partners like yourself. Thank you for sending your son to SJI. Thank you too for your support as we journey with your son through his teenage years. 

                      Have a Blessed Week ahead!



                      Sec 1 Matters 
                        • GCE O-Level MTL Oral Exam will be from 24 to 27th July - Closure of School Library from 1300 to 1800 hrs. Image result for silence clipart free
                          • Closure of School Library. Please be informed that the school library will be closed on the above date from 1300 t6o 1800 hrs for the GCE O-Level Higher Mother Tongue (HTML) e-Oral Examination.
                          • Alternative Study Venue @ School Hall. Sec 1s are to note that the school hall will be opened on the afternoons when the library is closed.  There will be tables and chairs available for students who need a place to study.   
                        • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - Loan of Devices for Students on ISB. [Deadline Extended till 31 Jul (Mon)]
                          • Loan of Devices. Students on 100% MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) Scheme may apply to the school for the loan of a very basic computing device. Other students on ISB may also apply but the availability of devices will be on a case-by-case basis. 
                          • Deadline for Loan. Kindly drop Mr Alan Chan (HOD / ICT) <alan.chan@sji.edu.sg> an email by 31 Jul (Mon) if you would like to loan a device from the school.
                        • Annual Health Check by Health Promotion Board (HPB) from 27 Jul (Thu) to 4 Aug (Fri) @ ISH Training Room.    
                          1. Class Chairman is to remind your teachers whose lesson may be affected by the above 
                        DateTimeClass
                        27 Jul (Thu)1230 - 1330ML 101
                        28 Jul (Fri)0950 -1050FN 101
                        1130 -1230FN 102
                        1 Aug (Tue)1030 -1130FN 103
                        1130 -1230LE 101
                        1230 - 1330LE 102
                        2 Aug (Wed)1030 -1130LE 103
                        1130 -1230ML 102
                        4 Aug (Fri)1030 -1130ML 103
                        1130 -1230MN 102
                        1230 - 1330MN 101
                        • SJI Celebrates National Day - SJI Cross Country on 8 Aug (Tue) @ Bedok Reservoir Park.  
                          • Notice Form. Click <here>.  
                          • For more information. Click <here>
                        • Sec 1 Term 3 Common Tests from 14 to 21 Aug. For topics, click <here>
                        • The Great SJI Extravaganza on 26 Aug (Sat). Organized by the SJIOBA. Watch out for details.
                        • Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam from 28 Sep (Thu) to 11 Oct (Wed). For schedule & topics, click <here>.


                        Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
                        • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   
                        • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1430 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.

                          
                        Schedule for Term 3 Week 5 - 24 to 30 Jul
                        • 24 Jul (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                        • 25 Jul (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                        • 26 Jul (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                        • 27 Jul (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                        • 28 Jul (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                        • * Dismissal as per time-table 
                          
                        Schedule for Term 3 Week 6 - 31 Jul to 6 Aug
                        • 31 Jul (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                        • 1 Aug (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                        • 2 Aug (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                        • 3 Aug (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                        • 4 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                        • * Dismissal as per time-table 
                          
                        Schedule for Term 3 Week 7 - 7 to 12 Aug
                        • 7 Aug (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                        • 8 Aug (Tue) - SJI Celebrates National Day
                        •                     SJI X-Country @ Bedok Reservior Park
                        • 9 Aug (Wed) - National Day (Public Holiday)
                        • 10 Aug (Thu) - School Holiday
                        • 11 Aug (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                        • * Dismissal as per time-table 


                        9 Jul 2017 (Sun) - Term 3 Week 3, 4 & 5 Matters ... ...  


                        Dear Parents, 

                        YouTube Video


                        With the boys enter in teenage-hood, there is present a growing tension between autonomy and independence which may cause a certain amount of pain and heartache for us parents. As part of the school's Religious, Moral and Social Education (RMSE) programme, the Sec 1s  are now looking at their relationship with their father or in some cases a significant male figure in their lives. The boys are watching us all the time* and to help the boys become aware of the many issues that come with growing up, they will be tasked to conduct <An Interview with The Man>. This is a deliberate opportunity created for the son to know his Dad - his growing up years, life as a teenager, his relationship with his parents, how he coped with school work and CCA, his army days, etc). When your son approaches you, do be open and be honest with him. Some of the boys may be shy, finding it awkward doing the interview and a small hug or an encouraging word from us the adult will go a long way  ... ...

                        Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!


                        Sec 1 Matters 
                          • GCE O-Level MTL & EL Oral Exams from 5th July to late Aug - Silence @ Canteen. Image result for silence clipart free
                            • Why? The O-level Oral Exams is currently being conducted in the school hall as well as in some Sec 4 classrooms. For the exams, a conducive, quiet environment for the candidate to concentrate and to be able to hear the questions asked by the examiners will be required. As With the canteen and porch area "enclosed", the noise travels up to the hall and this is especially so during recess and after school.
                            • What to Do - Silence. Sec 1s encouraged not to loiter in the canteen after school and if you are having your lunch, to keep your noise level at a minimum. 
                          • National Anti-Drug Abuse Month - Talk & Exhibition by Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). 
                            • Talk by CNB on 13 Jul (Thu) from 0800 to 0850 hrs @ ISH. Sec 1s are to proceed directly to the ISH by 0800 hrs for the talk. DO NOT assemble on the track for assembly. 
                            • Exhibition by CNB on 25 Jul (Tue) @ School canteen. 
                          • Sec 1 Inter-class Badminton on 13 Jul (Thu) 1430 to 1730 hrs
                            • Why? The Inter-Class Badminton Tournaments held in Term 3 is organised by the Badminton CCA members for the SJI community, in their effort to pay forward their contributions and help build a strong sporting culture at SJI. Please use this an opportunity for the class to boost your class camaraderie, bonding and also vie for points for the overall class championship and medals. CCA Rep or nominated Class Badminton Captain and decide, with your Class Tutors, on your 7 (seven) players (2 doubles, 1 singles and 2 reserves) to be fielded. Double entries will not be entertained. 
                            • Deadline for Registration. 10 Jul (Mon), 1700 hrs.
                            • To Register. Click <here>
                          • Sec 4 GCE 'O' Level Listening Comprehension Exam on 18 Jul (Tue). School dismissal at 1230 hrs.  
                            • Kindly note that the GCE 'O' Level Mother Tongue Languages Listening Comprehension Examinations will be held in the afternoon on 18 Jul (Tue). As such school will dismiss at 1230 hrs so that the various venues can be prepared for the exam. 
                          • SJI Celebrates National Day - SJI Cross Country on 8 Aug (Tue) @ Bedok Reservoir Park [Tentative].  Details will be made known when available.
                          • Sec 1 Term 3 Common Tests from 14 to 21 Aug. For topics, click <here>
                          • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - Loan of Devices for Students on ISB. 
                            • Loan of Devices. Students on 100% MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) Scheme may apply to the school for the loan of a very basic computing device. Other students on ISB may also apply but the availability of devices will be on a case-by-case basis. 
                            • Deadline for Loan. Kindly drop Mr Alan Chan (HOD / ICT) <alan.chan@sji.edu.sg> an email by 24 Jul (Mon) if you would like to loan a device from the school.



                          Citi-Youth For Cause [Appeal for Support from SJI Senior Section]  Image result for Citi-Youth For Cause 2017

                          Dear SJI Family,

                          Hello, we are part of a Citi-Youth For Causes Project, an inter-school movement in support of Beyond Social Services Singapore called Project Candenti. Candenti", means "Incandescent" in Latin; full of strong emotion and passionate. We believe that this accurately describes what we aspire to be, full of passion for serving with a desire to make a difference in society. 

                          Beyond Social Services is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) but they view themselves as a village that helps raise disadvantaged children and youths. Beyond reaches out to such disadvantaged youth by offering a hand of friendship. They organise different activities to allow for the youth to be engaged in meaningful activities with others, helping to foster new, healthy friendships. They believe not only in providing monetary handouts or necessities, but also in promoting long term self-sufficiency allowing them to blossom into responsible adults, move past their socio-economic drawbacks and beyond social services by 25. The money they collect through donations and fundraising will go to the creation of educational and development programmes, as well as the establishment of structures which link caregivers to job and training opportunities. So far they have reached out to over 10,000 rental units in government rental blocks in Bukit Ho Swee, Lengkok Bahru, Henderson, Whampoa, Ang Mo Kio, Lavender, Stirling, Jalan Bukit Merah and Ghim Moh. If you would like to find out more about Beyond, do tell us! We would be more than happy to oblige.
                           
                          We hope that you would be able to help by coming down to our charity concert on 29 July 2017 at the Biopolis Auditorium. We appeal to your charitable spirit to assist us in making this charity concert a huge success for our beneficiary! Furthermore, we will be selling our merchandise on 17,19 and 21 July 2017 in the canteen. Do show your support on those days! 
                           
                          Thank you and God bless!
                           

                          Liew Shey- Lynn
                          Project Candenti, Concert Committee



                          Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
                          • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   
                          • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1430 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.
                          • Pilgrimage to Mount Carmel (Carmelite Monastery) on 16 Jul (Sun) from 1330 hrs to 1800 hrs.
                            • Why? This annual pilgrimage is a uniqueness of Josephians relationship with the community of Carmelite Sisters. As a community, the Josephians pray as well to offer service as a choir for the Eucharistic Celebration in the Carmelite Convent Chapel. This Mass fulfills the Sunday Mass obligation and your parents might want to attend this as well. However your parents will not be on the bus with you. They too do NOT have reserved seats like Josephians. This is a treasured privileged to be invited annually by the Carmelite Sisters to join in their Celebration on their Feast day: Feast of Mount Carmel. 
                            • Reporting Place & Time / Attire. SJI @ 1330 hrs / School Uniform
                            • Venue. Carmelite Convent Chapel. 196 Bukit Teresa Road (near St Teresa Church)
                            • Dismissal. Service for Feast of Mt Carmel will end at about 1630 hrs. Sec 1s are to inform their Catholic CCA teachers if they would like to return to SJI or be dismissed from there.
                            • Notice Form. Click <here>.


                          Schedule for Term 3 Week 3 - 10 to 16 Jul
                          • 10 Jul (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                          • 11 Jul (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                          • 12 Jul (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                          • 13 Jul (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                          • 14 Jul (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                          • * Dismissal as per time-table 

                          Schedule for Term 3 Week 4 - 17 to 23 Jul
                          • 17 Jul (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                          • 18 Jul (Tue) - Normal School Day **  
                          • 19 Jul (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                          • 20 Jul (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                          • 21 Jul (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                          • * Dismissal as per time-table 
                          • ** Sec 4 GCE 'O' Level Listening Comprehension Exam on 18 Jul (Tue). School dismissal at 1230 hrs.  

                          Schedule for Term 3 Week 5 - 24 to 30 Jul
                          • 24 Jul (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
                          • 25 Jul (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                          • 26 Jul (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                          • 27 Jul (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                          • 28 Jul (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                          • * Dismissal as per time-table 
                            

                          24 Jun 2017 (Sat) - Term 3 Week 1 & 2 [Start of Term, BYOD, Time-table for Term 3, etc]   


                          Dear Parents, 
                            
                          With the month-long holidays coming to an end, it would be most beneficial if you could spend some time going though with your son on his school work and completing his holiday homework, if any. As they are Sec 1s, it might be good to remind them that there are only about 12 more weeks to their End-of-Year Examinations. Discounting all the weekends and school holidays, the boys have less than 60 days to their first exams in secondary school. We, at home and in school need to work together to help these boys make time and plan for their revision. Parental assistance in checking on your son's personal grooming (e.g. haircut, nails, etc) will also be most appreciated.   
                             
                          To all our Muslim friends, we extend our warmest greetings of "Selamat Hari Raya". Here's wishing you and your loved ones a warm and blessed Aidilfitri, showered with love and happiness, with peace and joy!
                           
                          Have a Blessed Long Weekend ahead!


                          Sec 1 Matters 
                            • Class Time-table - Term 3, 2017. <Updated on 23 Jun (Fri), 1200 hrs> Click <here>
                            • Term 3 Week 1 Matters
                              • 26 Jun (Mon) - Public Holiday 
                              • 27 Jun (Tue) - Normal School Day [1st Day of Term 3]
                              • Replacement Day on 28 Jun (Wed) for 26 Jun (Mon) [Odd Week Monday].
                                • Sec 1s are to note that there is a replacement day on 28 Jun (Wed). This is only for lessons and we will observe the normal time-table.  All other activities such as CCAs will carry on as usual. 
                            • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - From Term 3 Week 2, 4 Jul (Tue) onwards 
                              • When? Sec 1s are only to bring your personal computing devices from Term 3 Week 2, 4 Jul (Tue) onwards. Do inform your son's class tutors or myself if he is unable to do so. 
                              • Dos and Don'ts. Sec 1s are to note of the various matters with regards to taking care and being responsible for your personal devices. This does not only concern the usage but also the safe-keeping of the device at all times. Sec 1s will be briefed in detail at the next Level Assembly. Parental reinforcement of the following would be appreciated. 
                              • Taking Ownership & Personal Responsibility. (i) Taking Ownership - Safe-keeping of Devices. Devices must either be locked in their personal locker or be with student at all times. Leaving their devices in their bags unattended or they run off to play is a sure no-no. (ii) Personal Responsibility. Sec 1s must be responsible for their own belongings at all times, this includes the device they are bringing to school. Being responsible also entails that they ensure that their devices are fully charged the night before. Charging of devices in school may lead to 'unforeseen' incidents in which students trip over a web of charging cables. 
                              • Usage of Device. (i) In Class. Devices can only be used in the classroom only after permission had been sought from the teacher present as this is the right and polite thing to do. (ii) Outside Class. Devices should only be used for school-related work. Mind-less surfing, watching of YouTube videos, gaming, etc are strictly prohibited. 

                            Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
                            • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   
                            • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Tue at 1430 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend. 
                            • Catholic CCA on 27 Jun (Tue) starts at 1500 hrs. Sec 1s are to note that as there no Novena on 27 Jun (Tue), Catholic CCA will begin at 1500 hrs.  


                            Schedule for Term 3 Week 1 - 26 Jun to 2 Jul
                            • 26 Jun (Mon) - Public Holiday  
                            • 27 Jun (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                            • 28 Jun (Wed) - Normal School Day [Replacement Day - Monday Time-table] *
                            • 29 Jun (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                            • 30 Jun (Fri) - Normal School Day *    
                            • * Dismissal as per time-table 

                            Schedule for Term 3 Week 2 - 3 to 9 Jul
                            • 3 Jul (Mon) - Youth Day [School Holiday]  
                            • 4 Jul (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
                            • 5 Jul (Wed) - Normal School Day [ADM starts] *
                            • 6 Jul (Thu) - Normal School Day 
                            • 7 Jul (Fri) - Normal School Day *
                            • * Dismissal as per time-table 


                            3 Jun 2017 (Sat) - Holiday Matters 


                            Dear Parents, 

                            On Wednesday, the Sec 1s spent a day outside the classroom walking through the nature trails at the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah and MacRitchie. We were blessed with good weather this morning and the boys had a different school day learning in a very different way. It's amazing what one will 'see' if we take time off our regular schedule to learn the more beautiful and important things is life ... ...

                            Thank you too to the parents for taking time off for the Parent-Teacher Meeting earlier this week. Our apologies too for not being able to accede to all the request for meetings. Do feel free to drop an email to the various subject teacher/s. To help you have a better understanding and insight to the various subjects, the teachers have provided some pointers and feedback (that can be found at the end of this email) which would be useful as we help the boys review what they had learned in the past semester and some common pointers to note. 

                            As we recall the past 5 months that have passed by so quickly and look forward our well-deserved June holiday, thank you for all your patience and kind understanding. Credit must be given to the vast majority of Sec 1s who have settled well into school life and have put in much effort and have obtained commendable grades. For a handful of Sec 1s, we look forward to working with you so as to help him achieve his fullest potential for the coming semester. What's most important is that we let these young men take ownership things, affirm them for their efforts and teach them the value of hard work, or for some of them - the lack of it. We need to let them know that no matter what happens and regardless of their results, we will always be there for them. 

                            Have a Blessed Holidays ahead!   


                            Sec 1 Matters 
                            • Vacation Travel Plan (During June School Vacation). <To Submit On-line> Click <here>[Requires log-in to SJI E-mail] 
                              • Your co-operation is also sought to update the school of your son's intended travel plan. A NIL return is appreciated.
                            • Holiday Homework & CCA Schedule.   
                              • Holiday Homework. Kindly check with your son on his holiday homework, if any.  
                              • Holiday CCA Schedule. Please check with your son on his CCA schedule for holidays. Do remind him that he is to be present for all training and must inform his teachers, in advance, if he unable to be present. 
                              • Contact for CCA Tutors. Click <here>
                            • 'Maximizing Your Son's Potential - A Sec 1 Parent Talk. 

                              HOL 2017 S1 Parent Talk ‎[1 Jun]‎

                              • Many thanks to the close to 100 parents who took time off for your son. The school appreciates your presence to understand and appreciate the changes taking place in the boys as they enter into teenage-hood and how we, at home and in school, can better support them. 
                              • Google .ppt. For the parents who were unable to join us, the slides and video are attached. Click <here>


                            Sec 1 Semester 2 Matters ... ... [Please Note]
                            • Term 3 Week 1 Matters
                              • 26 Jun (Mon) - Hari Raya Puasa [Public Holiday] 
                              • 27 Jun (Tue) - Normal School Day [1st Day of Term 3
                              • Replacement Day on 28 Jun (Wed) for 26 Jun (Mon) [Odd Week Monday].
                                • Sec 1s are to note that there is a replacement day on 28 Jun (Wed). This is only for lessons and we will observe the normal time-table.  All other activities such as CCAs will carry on as usual. 
                            • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 
                              • When? Starting in Term 3 Week 2. Sec 1s will be briefed on this at the start of next term. For more information, click <here>
                              • FAQ & Device Specifications. Click <here> 
                                • Platform. Windows 7 or higher and must have physical keyboard suitable for touch-typing
                                • RAM. Minumum 2GB or 4 GB or more for new purchases
                                • Processor Type. Multicore
                                • Wireless. 802.11 G, N or above
                                • Soft Required. (i) Web Browsers: Latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (all can be downloaded for free), (ii) PDF Reader, (iii) Word Processing Software (Google .doc will suffice) and (iv) Antivirus (Highly recommended)
                              • Students on FAS. Students on 90% and 100% may request for loan of a device from the school. Details will be made known at start of Term 3.  
                              • Queries. Email: Mr Angelo Anthony Agujo, Educational Technologist <angelo.agujo@sji.edu.sg>
                            • ACE Camp 
                              • Where? 4 day 3 night outdoor camp at Pulau Ubin 
                              • When? 
                                • [Camp 1] 1 Nov (Wed) to 4 Nov (Sat). FN & LE Fraternities 
                                • [Camp 2] 6 Nov (Mon) to 9 Nov (Thu). ML & MN Fraternities
                              • Skills & Equipment. Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time in Oct. Arrangements will be made for the vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment.
                              • Details. Will be made known in Term 3.


                            Term Assessment (TA) & Results Slips Image result for taking ownership quotes
                            • Overall Percentage & Promotional Criteria. Overall percentage for Sec 1 is computed on equal weighting for all examinable subjects except for English which has a 1.5 weighting as it is an integration of English Language & Literature in English. For more information on the promotional criteria, click <here> 
                            • L1S4 – What is It?. L1S4 is the aggregate that a student has obtained for the English Language and his other 4 selected subjects. The grade for each subject is based on the marks that a student attains for that subject as follows. A1: 75 and above, A2: 70 – 74, B3: 65 – 69, B4: 60 – 64, C5: 55 – 59, C6: 50 – 54, D7: 45 – 49, E8: 40 – 44 and F9: 39
                            • Performance Indicator (PI). Performance Indicator (or PI) is a summary showing the highest, lowest and average grades obtained by students in the entire cohort.
                            • Subject Outline & Assessment. Click <here> [Requires log-in to SJI E-mail] 
                              • Access via SJI Student Portal > Secondary Section Student Portal >Subject Outline & Assessment

                            Feedback from Subject Tutors (Sec 1, Semester 1 2017)
                            To help parents have a better understanding and insight to the various subjects, the teachers have provided some pointers and feedback which would be useful as we help the boys review what they had learned in the past semester and some common pointers to note.   
                            • English Language
                              • Semester 1 Assessments for English Language comprised of 2 Essays, 2 Comprehensions, 1 Oral Presentation, 1 Media Studies Analysis, 1 Table from a Short Story and 1 Passage-Based Question on Animal Farm (Common Test). The Students were taught to write and Narrative Essays and  Personal Recount Essays in Term 1 and 2 with the focus on descriptive development [Show, Don't Tell]. Students who scored well in the essays were able to fully develop the descriptions in their relevant and interest-aroused essays with the use of wide and precise vocabulary, varied  and accurate sentence structures and accurate grammar. 
                              • Students with average marks need to progress from their Primary School standard essays and heed to what has been taught and shared during their English Language lessons in SJI. For the Passage-Based Question on Animal Farm, students who answered well had paid close to the terms of the questions and selected accurate and significant traits and emotions for the characters with judicious selection of textual evidence. Students must know the text very well and need to develop their elaboration and analysis. For Semester 2 , we continue with Animal Farm with focus on characterisation and themes on Leadership and Power. 
                            • Geography 
                              • Geography's assessment for Semester 1 includes a class test (16%), reflection journal (16%), two graded assignments timed and completed in class (34%) and a common test (34%). As for results, 95% of the cohort passed Geography with a third scoring distinctions. In the Semester 1, the focus was to teach the students geographical skills, in addition to content. The students were assessed more according to how they read and interpret data from maps and diagrams as answering data-response questions is a key skill to applying Geography in the world around us. The students had good practice and exposure to such questions since work is usually assigned once every two weeks. During the initial stage, many will falter due to the unfamiliarity of a new subject. After the first assessment, most students were made aware of the expectations of the subject, therefore, many scored better in the subsequent assessments. 
                              • Geography is not a difficult subject to study and when the students are able to dismiss the misconceptions about Geography being a difficult and hard-to-study subject, they will do well. There were many students who improved on their understanding of Geography and saw its relevance to the world we live in as they were able to rise to the occasion and dismiss the misconceptions. The SJI geography curriculum is unique because it is planned and taught conceptually. So, there is no textbook nor assessment books available that supplement our curriculum. The students each have a Geography file which contains all the notes, worksheets and past years' papers that they require and to help them along their Secondary school years. Therefore, it is not necessary to supplement with other assessment books. When in doubt, the student should be self-directed towards their own learning by researching on the topic and seeking the help from their teachers.
                            • History  
                              • Assessment in history is mainly based on foundational source based skills. Based on the timed assignments and common test the following skills are important for students must be able to better their grades: (A) Basic Inference Skills. (i) To be able to make valid inferences which does not lift/describe the source and (ii) To be able to back up their inferences with evidence from the source (evidence based assertions). (B) Purpose Skills. (i) Identify the correct target audience based on context and provenance, (ii) Identify message (main point) of the source and (iii) With the audience and message attained, students should be able to identify the desired outcome of the source based on the historical context. 
                              • For the upcoming holidays, students can revise on the past semester using the practices which can be found in the history file. Students should also read up on China which is also found in the history as it will be covered in Semester 2. 
                            • Lower Secondary Science  
                              • Term 1 & 2 Assessments. The assessments Term 1 & 2 for Science comprised of a common test and a practical test with the majority of students doing very well for the latter. Therefore most students did much better in science obtaining results which is much higher than they usually would. However, the boys still must be commended for their efforts but also be reminded that as science is a content-based subject, clarity of concepts through note-making would help them better understood and apply what they have learned. 
                              • Learning of Science. Most students are less competent in answering questions which require the interconversion between units. Hence they should revisit this concept in Chapter 2 during the holidays. The learning of science requires students to be well read which is something that today's student sorely lack. Students must be encouraged to read their textbooks and preferably beyond the lesson notes given to them. They could also make their own notes, and attempt to connect new concepts with what they already know.
                            • Mathematics  
                              • Term 2 assessment for Mathematics comprised of a class test (20%), ACE Learning Quiz (20%) and a common test (60%). The competencies tested were knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving. It was noted that basic concepts in Basic Algebra, Algebraic Equations and Algebraic Manipulation were mastered by the majority of students. Students who did not perform up to expectation seemed to lack the extra practice and it would be beneficial for them to clarify their doubts with their Math teachers if concepts have not been mastered. For the coming holidays, the students must continue to revise and practice topics taught in Semester 1 (by attempting the SJI TYS for Sec 1) before we embark on Statistics and Geometry in Semester 2.  
                            • Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese Language & Higher Chinese Language) 
                              • Term 2 assessment for Chinese and Higher Chinese comprised of Project Work (80%) and a Language Test (20%). The theme of the project work is family. It comprised of a family tree chart, oral presentation, video of family gathering and a composition on family. Most students did well for this project if they put in effort to collect data and prepare for the presentation. For language test, vocabulary and proverbs are components that students can prepare in advance. Students who prepare well for these two components generally scored higher for the overall. 
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