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Sunday November 27, 2011

St Joseph’s Private School still has places for Year One and Two pupils

KUCHING: St Joseph’s Private School will start operations in January with three Form One classes and one class each of Year One and Two.

School director Gerald Lee said the Form One classes were fully subscribed with 105 students, but places were still available for Year One and Two pupils.

“At the moment, we have 24 students for Year One and four for Year Two, so we can still accept students up to a maximum of 35 per class,” he said after a blessing ceremony for the school site here yesterday.

The blessing was conducted by Archbishop John Ha at the 0.8ha site behind SMK St Joseph.

Lee said St Joseph’s Private School would follow the Malaysian national curriculum, while English would also be taught using the Singapore syllabus.

“We will put greater emphasis on English. Mathematics and Science will be taught in English in Form One, whereas Year One and Two students will be taught the subjects in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.”

He added that Chinese would be offered as an optional subject in Form One but would be compulsory for Year One and Two.

“We will have up to 10 periods of Chinese a week, so parents who are thinking of sending their children to Chinese-medium schools can consider St Joseph’s Private School.”

In addition, the school will teach religious studies as part of its emphasis on character-building of students.

“This will be a new stage of education for children. With character-building, we hope to produce better citizens for the country,” Lee said.

School hours will start at 7.30am and end at 3.40pm for the primary school, and 3.50pm for the secondary school from Mondays to Fridays.

Extra-curricular activities will be held after school hours, with Saturdays free.

Classes will be held at the old St Bernadette’s School next year while construction work proceeds on new school buildings, expected to be completed by November or December next year.

Building committee member Chris Chua said the RM8mil school buildings would comprise four blocks with 12 classrooms, a library, science lab, language lab, computer room and other state-of-the-art facilities.

The new buildings will house the secondary school while the primary school will remain at St Bernadette’s.

“We expect to be a full-fledged school over the next three to six years. If there’s demand for Form Four in 2013, we will start the class,” Chua said, adding that the school’s registration for Year One and Form One was up to 2017 already.

Fees are about RM300 a month for the primary school and RM400 for the secondary school. Parents also need to make a one-time contribution of RM2,000 for the first child who enters the school, RM1,000 for the second child and RM500 for the third child.

For more information or to register, call 014-695 6575 or the Archbishop’s office at 082-242 634.

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