November 09, 2017
There’s much to be desired in terms of leadership for the young in the arena of education where typically emphasis is placed on academics rather than building well-rounded, caring, respectful children. This may be something that parents are concerned about, especially in a world where children grow up so fast and are expected to deal with many things at a young age.
St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia is a school that places core values at the centre of its education approach, recognising that learning driven by passion is what nurtures individuals who will make an impact upon the world – the very same students who will lead the world of tomorrow.
A Lasallian education, when it is true to the vision of St John Baptist de La Salle, is carried out not by individual teachers but by a community of educators working closely together for the full benefit of the students.
St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia offers the unique option of combining a 300-year-old tradition of Lasallian education standards with the best in modern holistic schooling, making it stand shoulders above the competition. For the school, a holistic education means educating the whole child, incorporating academic learning with values, ethos and training.
The school’s mission of ‘enabling youth to learn how to learn, and to learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people for others’, gives students of St. Joseph’s institution International School Malaysia an edge because it enables them to understand the world better, be more emphatic global citizens and to contribute in every which way.
One worthy example to point out is the SJIIM Scholars’ Lasallian Leadership Training Camp. The Leadership Training Camp is a time-honoured Lasallian tradition that prepares the scholars to give back.
Apart from organising events such as the Leadership Training Camp to fulfil their mission, the school provides holistic learning that is envisioned to be the everyday reality at SJIIM, and this is largely supported by the teachers and Brothers. Caring compassionate teachers are at the heart of the Lasallian educational mission, providing pastoral care and working closely to nurture the character development of the students which is a big part of the school overarching ethos.
Teachers at the school are subject specialist from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They hold degrees and a recognised teaching qualification with a minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching. Malaysian language specialists are part of the team teaching subjects such as Malay and Mandarin.
BRINGING CORE VALUES TO LIFE
St. Joseph’s institution International School Malaysia goes by the tagline ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve’ which is central to their student development philosophy. It is a mark of St John Baptist De La Salle’s essence of education, which is built on faith, service and community building from within the school. It is a unique feature of the school’s community that is distinct to SJIIM of which was developed and upheld together by Brother Thomas Lavin, Brother President and the school’s Head of School and also the Elementary School Principal.
“As a school built on spiritual values we give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received in the early months of SJIIM, not least the wonderful cohort of happy students we have attracted. We place our trust in Him to show us the best way forward so that we can establish our own unique Lasallian brand on the international school scene in Malaysia,” he says.
Religion and values education is a key component of the personal, social, health and civics education curriculum. Emphasis is put on elements such as service and leadership. Moreover, the students will be able to take part in religious education activities that is in line with their faith. The students of SJIIM are also blessed with a school equipped with facilities that benefit their studies. Staying true to their vision, the school provides their students with spacious classrooms and a well-lit laboratory to ease the learning process. The school strives to make their students’ learning experience more interesting by providing them with an auditorium where they can watch educational movies or listen to inspiring talks. There is also a swimming pool, a tennis court, a football field, and a sports hall; all available on campus in the name of boosting the students’ physical health.
The school is also an IB World School, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which prepares students thoroughly for university and the working world due to the broad nature of the course.
In line with their values and tradition, the school offers The SJII Malaysia Scholarship Programme to talented and capable students who wish to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. According to Br Thomas, one of the priorities of the school is the Lasallian scholarship programme for economically disadvantaged students, cultivating a giving culture from all stakeholders of the school, building a well-defined service-learning culture for the school.
If it is a school with values and tradition is what you are looking for for your children, St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia is the answer.