School marks first graduation

One for the album as Eng poses with Dr Brown (left) and SJIIM brother president Brother Thomas Lavin (right) at the graduation.

One for the album as Eng poses with Dr Brown (left) and SJIIM brother president Brother Thomas Lavin (right) at the graduation.

IT was celebration time at St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) when it held its first graduation ceremony at its Tropicana PJ Campus auditorium.

Graduates, school governors, parents, sponsors, teachers and VIP guests attended the ceremony.

Its guest of honour was Datuk Brother Paul Ho who is the Brother Auxiliary Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District and the Brother President of SJI Singapore, sister school of SJIIM.

Forty one students graduated from SJIIM’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) this year. This is a remarkable figure for an international school with its first graduating batch.

SJIIM High School principal Dr Nicola Brown congratulated the graduates on their achievements and performances.

She said they made it through the IBDP Programme with flying colours.

Dr Brown urged them to face life’s challenges head on, adding that she has confidence that they will do well due to their ability to view the world positively.

Brother Ho reflected in his graduation address on the tremendous effort the Board of Governors and Directors took to establish SJIIM.

He thanked the graduates’ parents for entrusting their children’s education to SJIIM. He reminded the graduates on the school’s guiding Lasallian principles and reiterated the importance of them making a difference no matter how much future success they may achieve. This is in line with the school’s motto of “Enter to Learn and Leave to Serve”.

Besides receiving their certificates, the inaugural graduation ceremony featured musical performances and inspiring speeches from the graduates which left everyone near tears.

A total of 14 student honours were given out during the ceremony comprising six academic prizes and eight major awards including the Sportsperson Of The Year Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Lasallian Service Award, Academic Excellence Award, Principal’s Award, Arts Award, Tan Sri Tan Foundation Book Prize Award and the coveted Josephian of the Year Award.

Eng Ying Xuan who is from Penang, is the first recipient of the Josephian of the Year Award.

A true Lasallian all-rounder who excels in academia, music and service, Eng credits the school’s Lasallian ethos which is rooted in faith, service and community and his teachers for his success and experience for the past two years.

In his speech, he said that he has never been in a school with such a strong focus on character formation as SJIIM.

He gave examples of this with proverbs in Mandarin, Malay and English that focused on reflection, gratitude and passion which are some of the important non-academic lessons he has picked up from SJIIM. Eng also received the Tan Sri Tan Foundation Book Prize Award. He received this from the Tan Sri Tan Foundation council member Datuk Richard Ong.

He will be heading to the University of Pennslyvania in the United States to study computer science.

Cheah Hui Qin who was the Students’ Choice Speaker was surprised with her nomination.

In her speech, she credited her teachers and peers for her success and recounted the many happy memories she had in school.

In particular, she paid tribute to her Economics teacher who inspired her love for community development. Cheah will be performing stints with a think tank and a local press before heading off for her tertiary studies.

The ceremony concluded with two musical performances by the graduates along with the singing of the school rally at the end.

Everyone was then treated to a graduation dinner in the school.

Applications are still open for the SJIIM 2018/19 IBDP intake in August 2018.

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