ST Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (Tropicana PJ Campus) also known as SJIIM, is different thanks to its Lasallian education ethos and roots.
Seventeen of its new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) recently took part in the Third SJIIM Lasallian Leadership Training Camp in Manila, Philippines.
A time honoured Lasallian tradition that is also observed in its Brother school SJII Singapore, the programme prepares the IBDP students as Senior Lasallian Student Leaders to serve the school’s community and the public on their return from the camp.
This year both scholars and non-scholars in a group of incoming Year 12 students were involved in the camp.
During the trip, the students had sessions where they learned about the history of the Lasallian movement and the values that it stands for, as well as the story of its founder Saint John-Baptiste de la Salle.
In addition to this, they also had opportunities to actively serve the less fortunate in the Philippines through the planning and implementation of mini service projects. This prepares them to initiate and carry out similar service projects for those in need closer to home back in Malaysia.
Most of the IBDP students who attended the camp had never met each other before, nor had they been to the Philippines, which made the camp very special.
The students visited three different Lasallian schools namely La Salle Green Hills School and De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in Metro Manila as well as Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle, near Bagac on the western coast of the Philippines.
Thanks to the different experiences at these schools, the students developed a deeper understanding of the three core values associated with the Lasallian movement, which are faith, community and service.
At the Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle, they interacted with other Filipino students through class immersions on the first day there as they were assigned a class teacher to shadow for the day.
Through this experience, they supported other students in their learning and found out what it was like to be a teacher in the school. The students also had the chance to plan and deliver some sessions of their own, which involved singing a song and carrying out games with the Filipino students and ended up with them learning each other’s languages.
At the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, the IBDP students learned how to effectively plan a service project. They also took part in the school’s “Goodbye Gotam” (or “goodbye hunger”) project for the local children.
They visited a home for former street children called “Haven for Children” where they played games and shared a meal.
The IBDP students had the opportunity to tour the De La Salle University in Manila. They had a session on core Lasallian values with Brother Michael Broughton, the outgoing vice president for Lasallian Mission at the university.
The tour of the university included the academic and administrative buildings as well as a visit to the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The experiences gained from the trip served to reinforce the students to make a difference in the world.
SJIIM high school principal Dr Nicola Brown said: “The benefits of attending the camp for our IBDP students are invaluable.”