Off to a great start

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

AU­GUST 29 was an aus­pi­cious day for St Joseph’s In­sti­tu­tion In­ter­na­tional School Malaysia ( Trop­i­cana PJ Cam­pus, also known as SJIIM) as the Board of Gov­er­nors and found­ing staff mem­bers wel­comed its first batch of stu­dents to the school.

SJIIM has re­ceived tremen­dous feed­back from in­ter­ested par­ents lead­ing up to its open­ing, which has de­lighted the school’s found­ing gov­er­nors and staff mem­bers.

The in­sti­tu­tion recorded an in­au­gu­ral en­rol­ment of more than 430 stu­dents across all lev­els – a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for a new school in the tier one cat­e­gory.

Prior to the open­ing day, fi­nal touches were put in place in terms of teacher and stu­dent in­duc­tions, class­room dec­o­ra­tion and clean­ing, light re­pairs and mov­ing in of school con­sum­ables. Traf­fic flow routes and se­cu­rity tags were also distributed to the school’s com­mu­nity as the school made prepa­ra­tions for its all- im­por­tant day.

There were smiles all round as found­ing fam­i­lies were greeted by SJIIM’s equally ex­cited found­ing gov­er­nors and staff. Par­ents were wel­comed with cof­fee and light re­fresh­ments to kick things off, giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with staff mem­bers and check out the school’s new grounds.

Mean­while, for the found­ing stu­dents, it was a hive of ac­tiv­ity with stu­dents from Year 2 to 12 seen ea­gerly ex­plor­ing their school and mak­ing new friends. It was also a spe­cial day off from school grounds as Nurs­ery and Re­cep­tion stu­dents were vis­ited at their homes by teach­ers in their first week, as part of the ele­men­tary school’s Home Visit pro­gramme.

A prac­tice unique to SJIIM, the home visits for the Nurs­ery and Re­cep­tion stu­dents al­low the young ones to fa­mil­iarise them­selves and get com­fort­able with their teach­ers first be­fore tran­si­tion­ing into the new school the week af­ter its of­fi­cial start.

As the day pro­gressed, stu­dents were given a Lasal­lian for­ma­tion in­tro­duc­tion to of­fi­cially in­duct them into the Lasal­lian fam­ily. A tra­di­tional yet jovial af­fair, the Broth­ers taught the stu­dents the school song be­fore they moved into class­rooms for their first SJIIM les­son.

One as­pect that sets SJIIM apart from other in­ter­na­tional schools in the area is its ethos that stems from the age- old Lasal­lian val­ues, and its com­bi­na­tion with the best prac­tices from schools and ed­u­ca­tors around the globe. In this, SJIIM Brother Pres­i­dent, Brother Thomas Lavin said to par­ents in the morn­ing, that ev­ery child en­trusted to the school is seen as a great re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“In Lasal­lian tra­di­tion, we take this re­spon­si­bil­ity very se­ri­ously and en­cour­age chil­dren to ex­plore their tal­ents by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to be de­vel­oped in school. We are pre­par­ing our chil­dren not just for ex­am­i­na­tions and ca­reers but for life.”

With its holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion phi­los­o­phy in place and in­fused by the Lasal­lian spirit of ser­vice in the pur­suit of knowl­edge, it cer­tainly looks like SJIIM’s stu­dents are set for a bright ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney ahead. High school prin­ci­pal Stu­art Glas­cott men­tioned in his wel­com­ing speech that the found­ing stu­dents are part of the start of some­thing spe­cial with SJIIM and to­gether as a com­mu­nity, they will help make SJIIM a great school.

The first day of school went by quickly and by the time the day was done, chil­dren were seen ex­cit­edly shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences to their par­ents as they left for home. Mean­while, for SJIIM’s found­ing gov­er­nors and staff, the end of the day sig­ni­fied the ac­com­plish­ment of a mis­sion and the be­gin­ning of an­other ex­cit­ing year for the school. Ora et Lab­ora!

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. sji- in­ter­na­tional. edu. my or call 03- 8605 3605.

SJIIM found­ing gov­er­nors and staff mem­bers hosted an ex­cit­ing first day for stu­dents on Aug 29 at the Trop­i­cana, Pe­tal­ing Jaya Cam­pus.

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