ST. JOSEPH’S INSTITUTION is a Gold Award value-added school, producing top students who continue to excel in college, take on leadership positions and win top scholarships. SJI is ranked Band 1 in the MOE’s listing of schools.
Founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1852, SJI is an independent Catholic school that nurtures boys to become “men of integrity” and “men for others”. The school nurtures these young men to take on roles of leadership and service, and to lead balanced and meaningful lives that make a difference to the lives of others. More than 20,000 of them have passed through the portals of SJI since her founding.
The SJI alumni include prominent Singaporeans in many fields. Fifty of them are profiled in the book “Men for Others” which also traces SJI’s history. These 50 Josephians “graced the school corridors over the years and grew to share in its mission and beliefs”. The book looks at how they are striving to keep that spirit alive by living it out in their everyday lives – as professionals, in business, politics and public service, or simply as good fathers, husbands, sons and friends.”
Warren Fernandez, SJI class of 1982 and author of the book, said the old boys profiled shared many common “likes”: They liked that the school valued all students. They liked that spirituality and moral development were very much part of the SJI ethos, but never rammed down their throats. They liked the contact and concern shown by their teachers, and especially the LaSalle Brothers (who founded, developed, and continue to guide the school).
Among the Josephians profiled in the Political Leaders category are Mah Bow Tan, Dr Tony Tan and George Yeo. Teo Chee Hean is listed under Fathers and Sons. Among those listed under Keeping the Faith are Father Simon Pereira, Bishop Paul Tan and Friar Michael D’Cruz. Interesting profiles of sportsmen Rudy Mosbergen, Tan Eng Yoon, Patrick Zehnder and Justin Morais are also included.
"Men For Others" is a fascinating and inspiring read. It provides insights into the school, the Brothers, and old boys, and how they contribute to nation, community, Church and family.