2017, Term 4


9 Nov 2017 (Thu) - [Delay till 1700 hrs earliest] Dismissal of ACE Camp [LE & ML] ... ...      


Dear Parents of Lawrence & Michael Fraternities, 

Greetings from Pulau Ubin. This is to inform you that there is currently a very heavy tunderstorm in Changi / Ubin area. With reference to the weather map attached, this inclement weather is expected to last till about 1700 hrs. As such, kindly note that the boys will likely depart from Pulau Ubin starting at 1700 hrs. They are expected to be back at Changi Point from 1730 hrs onwards. Do meet your sons at the same place which they'd assembled on Mon morning. 


Thank you and Have a Blessed Day ahead! 












8 Nov 2017 (Wed) - Greetings from Pulau Ubin [LE & ML] ... ...      



Dear Parents of Lawrence & Michael Fraternities, 

Greetings from the sunny island resort of Pulau Ubin ... ... The camp started off well with showers of blessings and things have been getting better. The weather has been very kind the past 2 days. The boys have been engaged in numerous activities from cycling to orienteering to kayaking and even 'river-crossing'. The boys have embarked on a new phase of theirlife where they'll return to the great outdoors. They have also assisted in the cleaning-up of Pulau Ubin, helping to preserve the last bastions of nature in land-scarse Singapore and learning about the flora and fauna in which the island has to offer. For photos, click <here>.

<My Story>. The past 72 hours have seen the boys writing many new stories in their 'Book of Life'. These 13 year olds were challenged to move beyond their comfort zone to learn from their mistakes and to put more time and effort in things that they've found too hard to do. The boys were taught to be more observant and appreciative of the many small things in life (e.g. the people who were important to them at ACE Camp, that special meal, the games or activities that we enjoyed, to the smells, tastes and sounds that Mother Nature has to offer. After 3 days away from home, the boys are very well and have picked up many new skills. We have also uncovered some hidden talents. These young boys have been the 'floods and furnace' of life. Friendships have been strengthened and brotherhood forged - ties that will remain with them for a long time to come. They have started to become young men ... ... 

Kindly note that, unless there's inclement weather, the boys will depart from Pulau Ubin starting at 1500 hrs. They are expected to be back at Changi Point from 1600 hrs onwards. Do meet your sons at the same place which they'd assembled on Mon morning. i.e. steps between Blk 1 and the hawker centre. ACE Camp 2017 has brandished on the boys the hallmarks of manhood. The boys have also learnt to appreciate the finer and simpler things in life. Tomorrow night they'll surely appreciate a home-cooked meal and will sleep soundly. Always remember, no news is good news. Do continue to remember them and the teachers in your prayers tonight ... ...

Have a Blessed Day ahead! 

  

 
 



2 Nov 2017 (Thu) - Greetings from Pulau Ubin [FN & MN] ... ...      


Dear Parents of Fintan & Marcian Fraternities, 

Greetings from the sunny island resort of Pulau Ubin ... ... The camp started off well with showers of blessings and things have been getting better. The weather has been very kind the past 2 days. The boys have been engaged in numerous activities from cycling to orienteering to kayaking and even 'river-crossing'. The boys have embarked on a new phase of theirlife where they'll return to the great outdoors. They have also assisted in the cleaning-up of Pulau Ubin, helping to preserve the last bastions of nature in land-scarse Singapore and learning about the flora and fauna in which the island has to offer. For photos, click <here>.

<My Story>. The past 72 hours have seen the boys writing many new stories in their 'Book of Life'. These 13 year olds were challenged to move beyond their comfort zone to learn from their mistakes and to put more time and effort in things that they've found too hard to do. The boys were taught to be more observant and appreciative of the many small things in life (e.g. the people who were important to them at ACE Camp, that special meal, the games or activities that we enjoyed, to the smells, tastes and sounds that Mother Nature has to offer. After 3 days away from home, the boys are very well and have picked up many new skills. We have also uncovered some hidden talents. These young boys have been the 'floods and furnace' of life. Friendships have been strengthened and brotherhood forged - ties that will remain with them for a long time to come. They have started to become young men ... ... 

Kindly note that, unless there's inclement weather, the boys will depart from Pulau Ubin starting at 1500 hrs. They are expected to be back at Changi Point from 1600 hrs onwards. Do meet your sons at the same place which they'd assembled on Tue morning. i.e. steps between Blk 1 and the hawker centre. ACE Camp 2017 has brandished on the boys the hallmarks of manhood. The boys have also learnt to appreciate the finer and simpler things in life. Tomorrow night they'll surely appreciate a home-cooked meal and will sleep soundly. Always remember, no news is good news. Do continue to remember them and the teachers in your prayers tonight ... ...

Have a Blessed Day ahead! 

  
 
 



29 Oct 2017 (Sun) - End-of-Year Holidays & Other Matters ... ...      


Dear Parents, Image result for pulau ubin

For the next 10 weeks or so, it is highly recommended that you work with the 'young man in formation' on their KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the holidays. It'll be ideal if they plan a schedule or timetable or sorts. These could include time for exercise, CCA, reviewing his Sec 1 schoolwork or just simply clearing his cupboards and school bag - filing up things that are important and getting rid of unwanted material. They will probably not be able to keep to what they have planned but it will teach them lessons on how to be an independent, self-regulated and self-directed learner. Getting the boys account for what was achieved at the end of week would also be helpful as this would help them see their 'accomplishments for the week'. 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 2017 and prepare for the year ahead. 

Meanwhile, this is a time where we, at home and in school, need to work together to encourage and support them as they 'venture into the unknown'. ACE Camp 2017 will be a fun-filled and enriching experience - something that the boys will remember for a long time. Some of the boys will be hesitant to be away from the comforts of their home, please assure them that they'll be fine with their friends and the teachers around. The school have put in place the necessary to ensure the safety and well-being the boys. If you have any other queries, kindly refer to the section below on <ACE Camp 2017 - Things to Note> which was shared in last week's email. The boys are young men - teenagers, who are more than capable of taking care of themselves. They will be fine as they've got all you'll ever want in 'life' - the sun, the sea and the sand. So, don't worry ... ... No news is good news. 

Have a Blessed Holidays ahead!

  • Sec 1 End of Year Matters 
    • Vacation Travel Plan (During Nov/Dec School Vacation). <To Submit On-line> Click <here>. Requires log-in to SJI E-mail
      • With the year end month long school break round the corner, parents are kindly requested to update the school of their intended travel plan. A NIL return is greatly appreciated.
    • Sec 2, 2018 Admin Matters
      • Sec 2 Level Website 2018. Please note that this website will be migrated to the new URL at <sec2.sji.edu.sg>, effective 1 Dec 2017.
      • Start of School Term for 2018. Kindly note that the first day of school for all students (except JC1) will be on 8 Jan 2018 (Mon).
    • Sec 2 Booklist 2018.
  • 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. Some CCAs (especially the Sports & Games CCA) train through the Nov / Dec holidays as they prepare for the national competitions starting in early 2018. 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.    
  • Sec 1 Parent-Teacher Meeting on 10 Nov (Fri) from 0800 to 1200 hrs. <Book online from 2 Nov (Thu), 1200 hrs to 8 Nov (Wed), 1200 hrs>
    • Booking for PTM Slots. Click <here>
    • Selection by Teachers. Kindly note that before to opening up the booking to all parents, prior bookings will be made open to students who have been identified by the teachers. These students will receive an email early next week.  
    • Making Appointments. Book online from 2 Nov (Thu), 1200 hrs to 8 Nov (Wed), 1200 hrs for your preferred time slots. Kindly do so early to avoid any disappointment. To book a time slot, click <here>Requires log-in to SJI E-mail.
    • Contacting Teachers. Due to constrains of time, it is most regrettable that the teachers are unable to accede to every PTM request. As such, parents who would like to contact the various subject teacher/s are requested contact the teacher separately. The emails of the Sec 1 class, subject and CCA teachers can be found <here>.
  • ACE Camp Matters 
    • Notice to Parent Form. Click <here> 
    • Reporting / Dismissal Place (for both Camps). Open Area between Blk 2 & 3 Changi Point, next to Changi Village Food Centre. See map on right.
    • Camp 1 [31 Oct to 3 Nov (Tue to Fri)] - Fintan & Marcian Fraternities.*  
      • Reporting Time. 31 Oct (Tue) @ 0830 hrs [FN] & 0900 hrs [MN]
      • Dismissal Time. 3 Nov (Fri) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both FN & MN]
    • Camp 2 [6 to 9 Nov (Mon to Thu)] - Lawrence & Michael Fraternities. 
      • Reporting Time. 6 Nov (Mon) @ 0830 hrs [LE] & 0900 hrs [ML]
      • Dismissal Time. 9 Nov (Thu) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both LE & ML]
    • * All catholic students at ACE Camp 1 will attend <All Saint's Day Mass> on Pulau Ubin which will be celebrated by Friar Michael D' Cruz on 31 Oct (Tue).  

ACE Camp 2017 <Things to Note> [Repeat ... ...] 

As you help to prepare your son for ACE Camp, I do hope that you'll find the following information helpful ... ... They are basically pointers which we've gathered from our experiences in bringing boys to outdoor camps. Do note that there may be specific instructions pertaining to this camp, which may not be covered in this note. 
  • Packing - Use a Haversack. This is because the boys will be camping over at different sites on the island each night and they are required to bring their luggage with them. Carrying a haversack is a lot easier than pulling a trolley bag along on gravelly or muddy paths.
  • Waterproof ALL Items. Use Ziploc bags and/or line haversack with a huge trash bag. Better still, do both. We cannot be sure that it will not rain, and we cannot be sure that the luggage will be completely under shelter at all times – it might rain during our transit between camp sites. Having clean, dry clothes to change into after a long day of activities will be a luxury - something the boys would appreciate and must therefore plan for. In addition, we do not want them catching a chill wearing damp clothes.
  • Clothings - Pack by Day. Pack clothes according to days and activities, each set in individual Ziploc bags. For example, put 1 shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of underwear into 1 Ziploc bag for Day 2; another for Day 3, ... ... you get the idea. Pack the clothes for wet activities into another Ziploc. Label each bag if necessary. Please teach your boys how to expel all the air out before sealing the bags shut. This will help save space.
  • Day Pack / Bag. Pack a “day pack”. This is a smaller bag for day activities. It should be light and compact, large enough to contain a water bottle, repellent, energy bars … items the boys need for 1 day. 
  • Shoes - A clarification ... ... The boys will already be wearing a pair of shoes when they report. They just need to pack 1 pair of slippers and 1 pair of old (but not falling apart) covered shoes. This pair of old shoes is for water activities. It is necessary because we do not want the boys to get injured due to sharp objects embedded in the sand when they wade through shallow waters while moving the kayaks. Alternatively, in place of old shoes, some of you might want to consider getting your sons water booties but this is not a necessity.
  • Insect Repellent & Sun Block. These are necessary. The mozzies are ferocious at Ubin; in addition, they may have to endure sandflies. Do get a repellent that contains deet. However, it might not be suitable for boys with sensitive skin, so please exercise discretion when purchasing repellent for your sons. As for sun block, do your your son a SPF 50 sun block that is preferably water resistant (does not get washed off easily), otherwise we can only hope that the boys reapply sun block regularly.
  • Extra Plastic / Ziplop Bags. Do pack an 2-3 extra plastic / Ziploc bags. 1 of it can be used as a “day pack” for kayaking. The boys can put their sunscreen, energy bars and perhaps a small towel in, inflate it and stuff it under the elastic straps of the kayaks.
  • Other Items. Do check the packing list that was given earlier.  Click <here>. 
Do note that the most of the items should be available at the supermarket / pharmacy. However, the one-stop shop would be the “Beach Road Army Market” and “Decathalon”. The former sells cheap and good equipment while the latter is a more upmarket camping and adventure gear retail chain. 



Feedback from Subject Tutors (Sec 1 End-of-Year Examinations)
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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 2017 and prepare for the year ahead.      
  • English Language
    • Composition.  Those scripts which are awarded the high band grades show competent control of sentence structures, literary devices, varied vocabulary, appropriate tone, clear and organised recount structure with some style in conveying the intended message. The lower mark range scripts show vague expression and informal language usage and repetitive sentence structure.
    • Comprehension. Strong responses are those which are presented in accurate language. Also, these strong responses are able to identify the nuances required from the question and phrase the answer in accordance to the demand of the question. Weak responses fail to address the requirements of the question, stating narration instead of explanation.
    • Passage-Based Questions. Accurate point with relevant analysis of the passage and are presented in the correct format are the characteristics of strong responses. Those scripts with chunks of narration with vague analysis are the weak responses. Some of the weak scripts demonstrate error in understanding the demand of questions as well as inadequate content in them. 
  • Geography 
    • Common Errors. For the exams, students' errors tend to fall into 4 categories: (1) Poor/ inadequate/ incomplete knowledge and understanding of geographical processes and key concepts, (2) Weak in description and/or analysis of geographical data of various types, (3) Errors arising from poor interpretation of/ non-compliance to questions and (4) Weakness in answering Open-response questions. Of these 4 categories, the first and second are most common and will decrease in occurrence as the students progress in their learning and understanding of Geography. For students to do well in Geography, they need to be self-directed owners of their own learning by: (i) participating in class discussions, (ii) asking questions and (iii) sharing of views and thoughts. 
    • Skills and Depositions. Geography is a content subject which requires the students to remember a substantial amount of facts and is also very skills based. Students thus must be able to use the facts and apply them to the questions. They must also learn to analyse data, diagrams, photographs, figures etc. It is not a difficult subject to do well in. All that is required is a little diligence and general knowledge. It is common for most Sec 1s students to score a B average for Geography.  
  • History  
    • Inference and Purpose Question. Students faced considerable difficulty differentiating between the requirements of the inference and purpose question. Most students used inferences to answer the purpose question not certain how to interpret the sources in their own words. This is understandable at the Sec 1 but has is a skill that they have been trained throughout the year - how to para-phrase and finding relevant substantiation from the given source material/s. A number of students also did not answer the question. e.g. Question asked for "coolies' contributions to Singapore’s development", but students do not link back to “Singapore’s development”.
    • Purpose Question. Students fare not so well if they had used the inference approach to answer this type of question. They were not able to specify the type of audience the author was attempting to address, the purpose in which the author wrote the sources in order to convince the readers and the actions the author hoped to see the readers would take after reading the source content. Students also tend to use generic terms for audience (e.g. the people in Singapore) and were not able to determine the meaning of “Motive”. Some students only gave outcome, audience and evidence with no valid message such as “ ... so that the Queen would do something”.
    • Essay. Most students could use the SEE/PEEL method to structure their answers. The format of high scoring essays usually followed the taught structure of four paragraphs, commencing with a brief introduction that touched on the definition of the topic and foreshadowed the stand they would take. This helped with conciseness and relevance. Some excellent answers included frequent references to the question requirement ‘more important factor’. Better answers contained a good range of factual information in precise detail and showed an awareness of dates, a good strategy that adds to the precision of their answers.  
  •  Lower Secondary Science
    • Use of Scientific Keywords and Concepts. Students need to be mindful that the usage of scientific words is essential and important in the study of science. Clarity of Science explanations by using appropriate scientific terms is important to show their understanding and communication of concepts. Concepts when clearly understood would allow students need to better answer application and non-conventional questions. 
    • Scientific Drawing & Time Management. Students need to spend some time on this. Scientific drawings (such as force diagrams and cells) help students show their understanding and appreciation for science. The ability to draw clear and accurate diagrams is also an essential scientific skill. Students also need to better manage their time in completing the exam paper.  
  • Mathematics  
    • ​Presentation of Answers. Performance varied across the whole range of questions. Presentation has generally improved, but students are still not writing statements to qualify their processes. A minority of students are still not the labeling parts in the question. They must continue to make a conscious effort to write their presentations clearly and logically.
    • Units and Working. Students simply wrote their steps in a disjointed manner with units not indicated at the end of the process. Marks were deducted for omission of essential working and the absence of appropriate statements and units.
  • Mother Tongue Languages (Chinese Language) 
    • Essay. 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 .Besides the technicalities of writing, one major problem among students is lack of reading and this contributes to their poor vocabulary and lack of ideas in writing. Students keep ‘recycling’ the ideas and materials they acquired in primary school and very often, used in the wrong context. Some of the students could not differentiate the narrative essay of person or and incident,and a lot of students cannot differentiate which context have to write in details or which context can just simple describes. 
    • Informal Letter. Generally the students can elaborate the content,however some students misunderstand the questions. For Paper 2 most students need to improve their answering skills in open-ended reading comprehension.
    • Reading as a Habit. Reading will expose them to many new words and phrases which they can use in writing their essays. Their vocabulary and background knowledge on the topic will also increase with each reading experience. Reading also helps them to discover new patterns of organizing their compositions. Without adequate reading (receptive skills), it is very difficult to produce a good piece of writing (productive skills). So start reading today!  
  • Mother Tongue Languages (Higher Chinese Language) 
    • Essay. Besides the technicalities of writing, one major problem among students is lack of reading and this contributes to their poor vocabulary and lack of ideas in writing. Students keep ‘recycling’ the ideas and materials they acquired in primary school . Reading will help them with their expression and sentence structure.For Email, some students did not write in detailed ,therefore the content is not substantial.  The boys need to cultivate a habit of reading Chinese books and articles to help them improve their proficiency in Chinese Language. Without adequate reading (receptive skills), it is very difficult to produce a good piece of writing (productive skills).
    • Comprehension. Careless students tend to give very imprecise or long-winded answers, or failed to read the questions carefully. Most students did not do well in the open-ended questions (Q25, Q29 and Q30). To answer this type of questions, students must know how to do critical analysis and to use the correct vocabulary to express their view.



22 Oct 2017 (Sun) - Term 4 Week 7 (End-of-Year, ACE Camp & Other Matters ... ...)      


Dear Parents, 

With the end of the examinations, some of us will realize that there may significant difference in the 'numerical' grade that your son has achieved compared with that when he was in primary school day. As mentioned previously, the format and content of the subjects in secondary school can be different from what the boys are used to. The examinations are just part of a longer journey here in SJI, one of the many skills that we would want the boys to learn and acquire. We need to encourage the boys to take be honest with their results, on what went right and what went wrong, what they've done well and in what areas can they do better. This is also an opportunity for the boys to take ownership of their own learning such as sharing with us, the adults, how we can help themplanning their revision schedule for the holidays, etc.

In about 2 weeks, the boys will embark on another phase of the life where they'll return to the great outdoors - ACE Camp 2017 @ Pulau Ubin. It is a time where we, at home and in school, need to work together to encourage and support them as they 'venture into the unknown'. We must use the many teachable moments that Mother Nature has to offer to teach our boys the many lessons that life has prepared for me - self-confidence, resilience, tenacity, team spirit, ... ... the list goes on. Many of the boys are looking forward to the upcoming ACE camp and it's with certainty that the majority of the boys with enjoy their stay in Ubin. Do email your son's Class Tutors or myself if you need any clarification. Kindly refer to the section below on <ACE Camp 2017 - Things to Note>.

Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!
 
  • Sec 1 End of Year Matters 
    • Vacation Travel Plan (During Nov/Dec School Vacation). <To Submit On-line> Click <here>Requires log-in to SJI E-mail
      • With the year end month long school break round the corner, parents are kindly requested to update the school of their intended travel plan. A NIL return is greatly appreciated.
    • End of School Year 2017 / Start of School Term for 2018. Letter from Principal, click <here>.
      • Last day of School 2017. Kindly note that the last day of school for Sec 1s is 27 Oct 2017 (Fri).
      • 1st Day of School 2018. Kindly note that the first day of school for all students (except JC1) will be on 8 Jan 2018 (Mon).
    • Clearing Out of Lockers [by 25 Oct (Wed)]. In preparation for the end of the school year and a possible change of classroom in Sec 2, all Sec 1s are to note you are to clear all your belongings from your lockers by 25 Oct (Wed).
    • CCA Training. With the end of the examinations, Sec 1 are reminded that CCA training resumes. Please check with your CCA teachers with regards to your CCA training schedule. 
    • Sec 1 Parent-Teacher Meeting on 10 Nov (Fri) from 0800 to 1200 hrs. Details to be made known when available ... ...
  • Schedule for Sec 1 [Term 4 Week 7]
    • Sec 1 Time-table - Term 4, 2017 (Post-Exam). Click <here>. 
    • MOE Survey on 24 Oct (Tue) from 0830 to 1030 hrs in Respective Classroom
      • Classes Involved / Venue. LE 101, LE 102, ML 102 & MN 101 in respective classroom
      • Why & What? Students to complete a MOE survey conducted by MOE Exams Branch for their annual data collection. Students involved to bring your pencil case with a pen, pencil and an eraser and calculator for the survey. Kindly follow the exam procedures of leaving your bags neatly outside the classrooms and bringing in your Ez-link card and pencil case into the classroom and seated in your index number order. The invigilators are personnel from the MOE Exams Branch and they will be conducting the survey with you.
    • Lockdown Drill on 27 Oct (Fri). Do note that the school will be holding our lockdown drill on 27 Oct (Fri). All students will report to school as per usual. This drill is important in educating our students on what to do in an emergency and we encourage all students to participate. 
    • Talks & Other Schedules. To assist in managing good order, at least 1x CT requested to be present for all Level talks / sessions. 
  • ACE Camp Matters
    • Notice to Parent Form. Click <here> 
    • Sale of ACE Camp Equipment on 24 Oct (Tue) & 25 Oct (Wed) from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs. Back by popular demand ... ...
    • Reporting / Dismissal Place (for both Camps). Changi Point Basketball Court. Between Blk 2 & 3 Changi Point, next to Changi Village Food Centre. 
    • Camp 1 [31 Oct to 3 Nov (Tue to Fri)] - Fintan & Marcian Fraternities.  
      • Reporting Time. 31 Oct (Tue) @ 0830 hrs [FN] & 0900 hrs [MN]
      • Dismissal Time. 3 Nov (Fri) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both FN & MN]
    • Camp 2 [6 to 9 Nov (Mon to Thu)] - Lawrence & Michael Fraternities. 
      • Reporting Time. 6 Nov (Mon) @ 0830 hrs [LE] & 0900 hrs [ML]
      • Dismissal Time. 9 Nov (Thu) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both LE & ML]

ACE Camp 2017 <Things to Note> Image result for pulau ubin
As you help to prepare your son for ACE Camp, I do hope that you'll find the following information helpful ... ... They are basically pointers which we've gathered from our experiences in bringing boys to outdoor camps. Do note that there may be specific instructions pertaining to this camp, which may not be covered in this note. 
  • Packing - Use a Haversack. This is because the boys will be camping over at different sites on the island each night and they are required to bring their luggage with them. Carrying a haversack is a lot easier than pulling a trolley bag along on gravelly or muddy paths.
  • Waterproof ALL Items. Use Ziploc bags and/or line haversack with a huge trash bag. Better still, do both. We cannot be sure that it will not rain, and we cannot be sure that the luggage will be completely under shelter at all times – it might rain during our transit between camp sites. Having clean, dry clothes to change into after a long day of activities will be a luxury - something the boys would appreciate and must therefore plan for. In addition, we do not want them catching a chill wearing damp clothes.
  • Clothings - Pack by Day. Pack clothes according to days and activities, each set in individual Ziploc bags. For example, put 1 shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of underwear into 1 Ziploc bag for Day 2; another for Day 3, ... ... you get the idea. Pack the clothes for wet activities into another Ziploc. Label each bag if necessary. Please teach your boys how to expel all the air out before sealing the bags shut. This will help save space.
  • Day Pack / Bag. Pack a “day pack”. This is a smaller bag for day activities. It should be light and compact, large enough to contain a water bottle, repellent, energy bars … items the boys need for 1 day. 
  • Shoes - A clarification ... ... The boys will already be wearing a pair of shoes when they report. They just need to pack 1 pair of slippers and 1 pair of old (but not falling apart) covered shoes. This pair of old shoes is for water activities. It is necessary because we do not want the boys to get injured due to sharp objects embedded in the sand when they wade through shallow waters while moving the kayaks. Alternatively, in place of old shoes, some of you might want to consider getting your sons water booties but this is not a necessity.
  • Insect Repellent & Sun Block. These are necessary. The mozzies are ferocious at Ubin; in addition, they may have to endure sandflies. Do get a repellent that contains deet. However, it might not be suitable for boys with sensitive skin, so please exercise discretion when purchasing repellent for your sons. As for sun block, do your your son a SPF 50 sun block that is preferably water resistant (does not get washed off easily), otherwise we can only hope that the boys reapply sun block regularly.
  • Extra Plastic / Ziplop Bags. Do pack an 2-3 extra plastic / Ziploc bags. 1 of it can be used as a “day pack” for kayaking. The boys can put their sunscreen, energy bars and perhaps a small towel in, inflate it and stuff it under the elastic straps of the kayaks.
  • Other Items. Do check the packing list that was given earlier.  Click <here>. 
Do note that the most of the items should be available at the supermarket / pharmacy. However, the one-stop shop would be the “Beach Road Army Market” and “Decathalon”. The former sells cheap and good equipment while the latter is a more upmarket camping and adventure gear retail chain. 


Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
  • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.  

Schedule for Term 4 Week 7 - 23 to 29 Oct
  • 23 Oct (Mon) - Normal Time-table *  
  • 24 Oct (Tue) - Normal Time-table * 
  • 25 Oct (Wed) - Normal Time-table *
  • 26 Oct (Thu) - Normal Time-table * 
  • 27 Oct (Fri) - Normal Time-table ** [Last Day of School]
  • * Dismissal as per time-table 
  • ** Early Dismissal at 1230 hrs



15 Oct 2017 (Sun) - Term 4 Week 6 & 7 (Post-Exam, ACE Camp & Other Matters ... ...)      


Dear Parents, 

With the exams over, the boys have over the past week enjoyed themselves tremendously learning and having fun in the sun, sea and sand. For the few classes that have not 'hit the water', it's something that the boys will look forward to next week. Looking at the menu that the boys have prepared puts a smile on ones face but also brings about mixed feeling. Seeing the joy on their faces surely reminds us adults of the many skills (from how to cook rice to how to water-proof their belongings) that we need to impart to these young men in their journey into their teenage years. There's surely a role for all of us and much awaits in the weeks ahead  ... ...

Over the course of next week, your son will be receiving his End of Year examination scripts. As the format and content of the subjects in secondary school can be different from what they are used to, it is not surprising that some of the boys would not attain the grades that they used to in primary school. Credit must be given to the vast majority of Sec 1s who have put in much effort and have obtained commendable grades. For that handful of the Sec 1s, we look forward to working with you so as to help your son achieve his fullest potential. Do feel free to drop your son's Class and Subject Tutor/s and/or myself an email if you have any queries. However, I do seek your patience in giving us some time to get back to you ... ...

Kindly note the following matters in the coming weeks and Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!


Sec 1 Matters 
  • Sec 1 Admin Matters
    • Sec 1 Time-table - Term 4, 2017 (Post-Exam). <Updated on 15 Oct (Sun), 1000 hrs> Click <here>. 
    • Clearing Out of Lockers [by 25 Oct (Wed)]. In preparation for the end of the school year and a possible change of classroom in Sec 2, all Sec 1s are to note you are to clear all your belongings from your lockers by 25 Oct (Wed).
    • CCA Training. With the end of the examinations, Sec 1 are reminded that CCA training resumes. Please check with your CCA teachers with regards to your CCA training schedule. 
    • Sec 1 Parent-Teacher Meeting on 10 Nov (Fri) from 0800 to 1200 hrs. Details to be made known when available ... ...
  • Proper School Attire
    • Why? Sec 1 are reminded to be in proper school attire not only during school hours but also during after-school hours and CCA training. Kindly note that you are not to come to school in 'outside clothes'. You must be properly attired when you come to school on Sat or during the school holidays and may be sent home if you are not properly attired
    • Proper Attire.  
      • School Library. Strict policy of No PE attire in the library.
      • CCA Training / Sat (and School Holidays). School uniform or PE/fraternity/CCA T-shirts. 
  • Sec 1 Post-Exam Activities. Details to be advised ... ...
    • Sec 1 ACE Camp Briefing on 24 Oct (Tue) from 0800 to 1000 hrs @ Founders' Hall
    • Talk by Health Promotion Board on 25 Oct (Wed) from 0800 to 0900 hrs @ Founders' Hall
    • Police Talk on 26 Oct (Thu) from 0800 to 0900 hrs @ Founders' Hall
    • ISM Challenge 26 Oct (Thu) from 1000 to 1200 hrs @ LT2/LT3 [All Classes]
  • ACE Camp Matters 
    • Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time (CCT) 
      • Normal Lesson During CCT. Sec 1s are to note that normal curriculum resumes for all the other classes except for the classes on CCT.
        • [AM] Session. No lessons for the day. Students may report to school in PE attire.
        • [PM] Session. Lessons till 1030 hours. Thereafter to change and proceed for CCT.
      • Notice to Parent Form. Click <here> 
    • Dates to Note ... ... 
  • Sec 1 ACE Camp 2017 @ Pulau Ubin. More details will be made known closer to date. 
    • Notice to Parent Form. Click <here> 
    • Sale of ACE Camp Equipment on 24 Oct (Tue) & 25 Oct (Wed) from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs. Back by popular demand ... ...
    • Reporting / Dismissal Place (for both Camps). Changi Point Basketball Court. Between Blk 2 & 3 Changi Point, next to Changi Village Food Centre. 
    • Camp 1 [31 Oct to 3 Nov (Tue to Fri)] - Fintan & Marcian Fraternities.  
      • Reporting Time. 31 Oct (Tue) @ 0830 hrs [FN] & 0900 hrs [MN]
      • Dismissal Time. 3 Nov (Fri) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both FN & MN]
    • Camp 2 [6 to 9 Nov (Mon to Thu)] - Lawrence & Michael Fraternities. 
      • Reporting Time. 6 Nov (Mon) @ 0830 hrs [LE] & 0900 hrs [ML]
      • Dismissal Time. 9 Nov (Thu) Approx. 1600 hrs [Both LE & ML]


Sec 1 Catholic Matters 
  • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   

Schedule for Term 4 Week 6 - 16 to 22 Oct
  • 16 Oct (Mon) - Normal Time-table / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time **   
  • 17 Oct (Tue) - Normal Time-table / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time **  
  • 18 Oct (Wed) - Deepavali (Public Holiday)
  • 19 Oct (Thu) - Normal Time-table / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time ** 
  • 20 Oct (Fri) - Normal Time-table *
  • * Dismissal as per time-table 
  • ** Please refer to schedule for Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time 

Schedule for Term 4 Week 7 - 23 to 29 Oct
  • 23 Oct (Mon) - Normal Time-table *  
  • 24 Oct (Tue) - Normal Time-table * 
  • 25 Oct (Wed) - Normal Time-table *
  • 26 Oct (Thu) - Normal Time-table * 
  • 27 Oct (Fri) - Normal Time-table *
  • * Dismissal as per time-table 



16 Sep 2017 (Sat) - Term 4 Week 2 to 5 (Exam, ACE Camp & Other Matters ... ...)      


Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your patience and understanding over the past weeks. With less than 2 weeks to the end-of-Year examinations, we seek your co-operation in working together with the school to settle the boys down in doing their revision. Your presence and supervision at home during this period of time would be most helpful for your son - that he knows he is not alone.

On a separate note, earlier this week, the Sec 1s were briefed about the upcoming ACE Camp and Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time (CCT). The latter starts once the exams ends. Many of the boys were excited as these are events that they have heard of and have been looking forward to in their journey as a Josephian. A crucial part of the outdoor experience is outdoor cooking where the boys will have to cook their own meals. For your convenience, the school has made arrangements for vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment. It is not compulsory for Sec 1s to purchase the items for the vendor and parents may choose to purchase items elsewhere. The items required and packing list for ACE Camp can be found below. Parents may also consider an outing to 'Beach Road Army Market' the next few weekends to help your son unwind and de-stress as you help him shop for some basic items for ACE Camp.

Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!


Sec 1 Matters 
  • ACE Camp Matters
    • Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time (CCT). 
      • Notice to Parent Form. Click <here> 
    • Sale of ACE Camp Equipment. 
      • Packing List for ACE Camp [Tentative]. Click <here>  
      • When is Equipment Needed?. Kindly note that they boys only need the items for 'Water Activities' and 'Outdoor Cooking' and during the Sec 1 CCT. All other equipment is only needed when he goes for ACE Camp. 
      • Loan of Equipment. Students on 90% or 100% MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) Scheme may apply to the school for the loan of a very basic camp equipment (e.g. mess tin, tommy stove, sleeping bag, etc). Other students on ISB may also apply but the availability of equipment will be on a case-by-case basis. Kindly drop Mr Alfred Nathan (Head / Discipline) <acn@sji.edu.sg> an email by 25 Sep (Mon) if you would like to loan some of these equipment.
        • Price List*. Click <here>
        • * [Note] Arrangements made by school for vendor to come to school for Sec 1s to purchase necessary equipment. Not compulsory for Sec 1s to purchase the items for the vendor. Parents may choose to purchase items elsewhere.
      • Dates to Note ... ... 
    • Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam from 26 Sep (Thu) to 11 Oct (Wed). For schedule & topics, click <here>. 
      • Stationary of Exams. Kindly note the use of correction tape / fluid is not allowed. Stationary to be brought into the exam hall are also to be placed in a clear, transparent holder (e.g. pencil case, Ziplog bag, etc).
      • Dismissal Time for Exams. Kindly note that students are dismissed from school at the end of the exam.
      • Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Exams. Students who are exempted from MTL are not required to be present in school on the day of the MTL exams. 
    • 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 Catholic Matters 
    • Wednesday Mass at 0710 hrs @ SJI Chapel. Parents are invited to attend.   
    • Rosary Devotion on 22 Sep (Fri) at 0730 to 0815 hrs @ SJI Chapel. 
      • Organized by the Catholic Parents Group with fellowship after the prayers at school canteen. All parents are invited.

    Schedule for Term 4 Week 2 - 18 to 24 Sep
    • 18 Sep (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
    • 19 Sep (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
    • 20 Sep (Wed) - Normal School Day [No ADM] *
    • 21 Sep (Thu) - Normal School Day 
    • 22 Sep (Fri) - Normal School Day *
    • * Dismissal as per time-table 

    Schedule for Term 4 Week 3 - 25 Sep to 1 Oct
    • 25 Sep (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
    • 26 Sep (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
    • 27 Sep (Wed) - Normal School Day [No ADM] *
    • 28 Sep (Thu) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam ** 
    • 29 Sep (Fri) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam **
    • * Dismissal as per time-table 
    • ** Students are dismissed from school at the end of the exam

    Schedule for Term 4 Week 4 - 2 to 8 Oct
    • 2 Oct (Mon) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam *  
    • 3 Oct (Tue) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam * 
    • 4 Oct (Wed) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam *
    • 5 Oct (Thu) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam 
    • 6 Oct (Fri) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam *
    • Students are dismissed from school at the end of the exam

    Schedule for Term 4 Week 5 - 9 to 15 Oct
    • 9 Oct (Mon) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam *  
    • 10 Oct (Tue) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam * 
    • 11 Oct (Wed) - Sec 1 End-of-Year Exam  / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time **
    • 12 Oct (Thu) - Marking Day / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time ** 
    • 13 Oct (Fri) - Marking Day / Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time **
    • Students are dismissed from school at the end of the exam
    • ** Please refer to schedule for Sec 1 Canoeing Contact Time 


    9 Sep 2017 (Sat) - Term 4 Week 1 & 2 (Time-table, Exam & Other Matters ... ...)      


    Dear Parents, 

    Time flies and the longer than usual September holidays are coming to an end. I do hope you had a fruitful week with your son the past week. As we prepare for a new term, it would be most helpful if you could spend a little time helping your son prepare for school (haircut, attire, etc.). 

    With the boys preparing for their upcoming End-of-Year examinations, it is important that we, the adults, be mindful that what they need most now is our presence, not nagging ... ... The fact that they know we are around to support them at this time of heightened stress is something they would greatly appreciate.

    Have a Blessed Weekend ahead!



    Sec 1 Matters 
    • Class Time-table - Term 4, 2017. <Updated on 8 Sep (Fri)> Click <here> 
    • Centennial Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima (1917 – 2017) on 13 Sep (Wed) from 1930 to 2200 hours @ SJI 
      • Note from Principal. Click <here>.
      • School Day on 13 Sep (Wed). 
        13 Sep (Wed) is a normal school day. Classes will function as usual ending at 1450 hrs (or earlier, depending on time-table) and 1410 hrs for the secondary and senior sections respectively. 
      • CCA (Secondary Section). There will be no CCA on this day for secondary students, except for the Catholic students who are involved in Catholic CCAs who will be participating in the afternoon prayers. All Catholic students are also invited to join in these prayers, evening Mass and rosary procession.
      • Dismissal / Pick Up & Leaving School. 
         Students who are not staying for this event are requested to leave the campus immediately after school ends, so that the setup for the evening event can take place safely. Please note that on 13 Sep (Wed), the school gates will be closed from 0730 to 1800 hrs. Parents are kindly requested to pick up their children at the bus bays outside the school gates when school ends
      • Invitation to Catholic Parents. Catholic parents are welcomed to attend this event. Please note that the school car park will be closed to the public and SJI parents. Please come to SJI via public transport instead. 
    • Sec 1 English Language Oral Exam from 11, 12 & 14 Sep (Mon, Tue & Thu). 
    • Sec 1 Higher Mother Languages (HMTL) Oral Exam from 11, 12, 14 & 15 Sep (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri). 
    • ACE Camp Briefing on 14 Sep (Thu) at 0800 to 0850 @ Founder's Hall
      • Sec 1s are to proceed directly to the Founder's Hall by 0800 hrs for the talk. DO NOT assemble on the track for assembly.
    • 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>. 
      • Stationary of Exams. Kindly note the use of correction tape / fluid is not allowed. Stationary to be brought into the exam hall are also to be placed in a clear, transparent holder (e.g. pencil case, Ziplog bag, etc).
      • Dismissal Time for Exams. Kindly note that students are dismissed from school at the end of the exam.
      • Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Exams. Students who are exempted from MTL are not required to be present in school on the day of the MTL exams. 








    Let the Arts Engage your Senses @ "Vice Versa" 2017 IBDP Group 6 Grad Show 

    Josephians are cordially invited to "Vice Versa" - 2017 IBDP Group 6 Grad Show. This is a showcase for the creative outputs of our talented music and visual arts students. Come join us and immerse yourselves in a kaleidoscope of imaginative creations! Thank you for your support for the arts students! See you there!











    Sec 1 Catholic Matters 

    Catholic Education Sunday on 10 Sep (Sun). Message from Most Rev William Goh, Archbishop of Singapore. Click <here>
    • Why? The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore has declared 10 Sep 2017, this Sunday, as Catholic Education Sunday. The theme of Catholic Education Sunday 2017 is “Celebrating 165 years of Catholic Education in Singapore – Passing on the Light”. Josephians strongly urge you to be present with your families for specific Masses and if possible, do wear your school uniform or causal Friday t-shirt or something that proudly proclaims you are a Josephian and more importantly a Lasallian who is a student or work in a Catholic Education setting. 
    • What to Do? Come, be present and support SJI as unique individuals that God has created. We pray that we will in turn use our gifts for the service of humanity. Josephians have volunteered to be present and will join the choir, greeters and ushers. Sec 1s are urged to be present for one of the mass as it involves our school, St. Joseph’s Institution in celebration of 165 years of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Singapore. 
    • Where? Mass at St. Ignatius Church @ 0815 am or Novena Church (Mass at SJI Jr School Hall) @ 12 noon.



    Schedule for Term 4 Week 1 - 11 to 17 Sep
    • 11 Sep (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
    • 12 Sep (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
    • 13 Sep (Wed) - Normal School Day [No ADM] *
    • 14 Sep (Thu) - Normal School Day 
    • 15 Sep (Fri) - Normal School Day *
    • * Dismissal as per time-table 

    Schedule for Term 4 Week 2 - 18 to 24 Sep
    • 18 Sep (Mon) - Normal School Day *  
    • 19 Sep (Tue) - Normal School Day *  
    • 20 Sep (Wed) - Normal School Day [No ADM] *
    • 21 Sep (Thu) - Normal School Day 
    • 22 Sep (Fri) - Normal School Day *
    • * Dismissal as per time-table 

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