School lauds fourth batch of IBDP scholars


Ho (centre) and Ong (sixth from right) with the SJIIM International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) scholars.

St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) celebrated its fourth batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) scholars through a Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

The guest of honour was SJIIM Board of Governors chairman and SJI Singapore brother president Datuk Paul Ho.

Also present were Datuk Richard Ong, who is Tan Sri Tan Foundation council member, and other notable guests.

A time-honoured Lasallian tradition, the IBDP scholarship programme is a cornerstone of St Joseph’s Institution International Schools in Singapore and Malaysia.

Now in its fourth cycle, the programme has been supported by many organisations and well-wishers since its inception in 2016, particularly philanthropist Tan Chin Tuan and the Tan Sri Tan Foundation.

Each scholar stood proud as they were called on stage to receive their scholarship award certificates while being celebrated by SJIIM’s Board of Governors, principals, guests, teachers, parents and fellow students.

Ho’s presence also reflected SJIIM’s connection with SJI Singapore, the mother school of the SJI International Schools.

In his speech, Ho congratulated the recipients and reminded them that the scholarship received was a result of their talent and intelligence and therefore, should also be used to make a difference to humanity.

He said IBDP students need to be self-directed learners and yearn to learn for life, adding that these were similar to the traits of founder St. John Baptist De La Salle and how he constantly looked to new ways to innovate schools – one of the reasons behind the longevity of LaSalle schools which have been around for more than 300 years.

In his closing remarks, Ho urged the scholars to develop the habit of listening and empathising with other individuals and groups as this is what the world sorely needed.

An all-round enriching scholarship experience, the IBDP scholars also had the opportunity to participate in a Lasallian Leadership Training Camp in the Philippines this year, focusing on Lasallian formation, leadership training and service work.

This helped the scholars, as senior Lasallian student leaders, to serve the school’s community and the needy upon their return.

SJIIM high school principal Dr Nicola Brown said, “The support that the scholarship programme provides to students is invaluable and we are proud to be able to offer this assistance to these deserving recipients.

“Our fourth batch of scholars have been selected not only for their academic potential but also for their commitment to our values and ethos. They are role models for our younger students and as such, must represent the characteristics of true Lasallians who ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve’. We are proud to have them with us, ” she added.

The SJIIM IBDP scholarship programme offers a two-year grant to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in SJIIM.

Applications are evaluated based on merit and means and all applicants are expected to be able to provide evidence of good academic performance and demonstrate active participation and leadership in service and co-curricular activities.

Applications will open again in November for SJIIM’s 2020/21 IBDP intake in August 2020.

Interested applicants can email scholarships@sji-international.edu.my

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