What we stand for

While welcoming children from all backgrounds and faiths, our ethos, values, and principles have a firm foundation in the Catholic faith and the 335-year tradition of the De La Salle Brothers.  We are proud of our Lasallian Catholic heritage and there are many opportunities for Catholic children to explore and deepen their faith.  We are a school where people are important and relationships are valued. We aim to instil an enthusiasm and curiosity for learning and encourage the pursuit of excellence and achievement of personal best in all endeavours. Our students are encouraged to achieve their full potential, to face new challenges and to become critical thinkers, to be discerning and analytical.

Mission Statement

Enabling students, within a Lasallian community, to learn how to learn and to learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people for others.

While the Elementary and High schools share the same Mission statement, their vision and ethos statements have been written for two different age groups and therefore use age-appropriate language with slightly different emphases, while embodying the same values.

Elementary School Ethos

Our ethos, values and principles are firmly based on a Lasallian Catholic foundation, underpinned by the Virtues Project. We are a school where each individual is important and relationships are valued.

Our team of caring and dedicated staff, work in unity to create an environment where the children grow and develop in a safe and nurturing community.

Our children are empowered to be resilient and critical inquirers. We inspire an enthusiasm and curiosity for learning, and encourage the pursuit of excellence and achievement of personal best.

Our curriculum is thematic and framed by current research on how children learn best. It reflects our international mindedness and prepares our students to be global citizens.

Vision

We are responsive to the needs of our children as learners, working alongside them to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. We aim to promote learning through the innovative use of digital tools.

We are committed to further the use of authentic assessment to inform teaching and to activate children as drivers of their own learning.

We strive to empower our children to take responsibility and action change to become compassionate global citizens, through their commitment to service and environmental sustainability.

We aim to enthuse our children to be passionate about achieving their best by immersing them in a holistic education, and providing them with diverse opportunities to develop their interests and talents.

High School Vision and Ethos

At SJI International our ethos, values and principles are firmly based on a Lasallian foundation. We are a school where people are important and relationships are valued. Our team of caring and dedicated teachers strive to create an environment where children can grow and develop in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.

We aim to instil an enthusiasm and curiosity for learning and encourage the pursuit of excellence and achievement of personal best in all endeavours. Our students are encouraged to achieve their full potential, to face new challenges and to become critical thinkers, to be discerning and analytical.

We offer a values-driven international educational experience within the context of the Catholic faith and the local community. To do so, we draw upon the best practice of leading international schools worldwide as well as the ethos of the global network of Lasallian schools.

The school aims to nurture students who:

  • are sensitive and considerate in their dealings with other people
  • lack prejudice and are enterprising in establishing relations with people who are different from them
  • are willing to lead and to accept responsibility in society, particularly in order to serve others
  • are risk-takers, willing to seek challenging experiences that will facilitate their personal growth
  • strive to make full use of their talents

We are committed to developing our students to become thinking and caring global citizens who are at the same time securely rooted in their community, share common values and have a genuine spiritual awareness. 

Our School Values: SMILES

The school values of Spirituality, Mutual respect, Internationalism, Leadership, Experiences and Service permeate all that we do.  These values are the foundation of the SJI International ethos and will be introduced to the students when developmentally appropriate as they progress through the Elementary School and into Secondary School.

  • learn what is true, just, beautiful and good, guided by the Catholic philosophy that finds harmony not contradiction in spirit and matter, faith and reason
  • take full advantage of the opportunities provided for prayer and/or reflection in the school, consistent with the SJI motto of Ora et labora (Pray and Work)
  • follow one’s own faith whatever it might be (special provision is made for children of Catholic faith)
  • treat each other with respect, fairness and kindness
  • communicate openly and frankly
  • be sensitive to other people’s opinions and aspirations
  • make compromises with respect to our own preferences for the sake of the community
  • as leaders, make decisions as democratically as possible, through genuine consultation with all stakeholders, including students, parents, staff and board members
  • seek to find out about and understand the cultures of other community members
  • sustain an interest in our own languages and cultures
  • develop a perspective as global citizens through talks, discussions and curriculum activities
  • avoid prejudice and ensure that our opinions about other communities are based upon evidence
  • be willing and equipped to take responsibility and to lead others, especially in the service of the less fortunate
  • develop the capacity to lead through inspiration rather than by exercising authority 
  • be willing to be taken out of our physical and psychological ‘comfort zone’ through challenging, character-building experiences
  • expect, as we get older, that the challenges will be more demanding
  • integrate aspects of the formal curriculum into adventurous and physically stretching expeditions so that we learn in a holistic, cross curricular and unforgettable way
  • be generally helpful to everyone around us
  • develop skills and habits that will enable us to serve the school, nation and global community
  • offer practical support to the less fortunate members of these communities
  • reduce and recycle to preserve the environment for future generations

The Virtues Project

The Virtues Project is used at SJI International Elementary School both as a vehicle to make the school values accessible for the children and as the basis of our Behaviour Policy. The Virtues Project is based on the beliefs and virtues valued by diverse cultures and world religions. Its mission is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. The Virtues Project enables us to address not only our core values, SMILES, but also to meet the personal development goals at the heart of the International Primary Curriculum.  (Please find more information on the Virtues Project here. www.virtuesproject.com

Implementing the Virtues Project in the Elementary School

Teachers seize every opportunity to compliment the children for practising their virtues. Compliments given at SJII ES are very specific in nature since effective praise brings out the best in everyone and reverses the statistics that show that children, on average, receive 460 negative or critical comments and 75 positive or supportive comments each day. The aim at SJIIES is to reverse this ratio and we challenge parents to adopt the same practice.

Teachers acknowledge children's positive behaviours through compliments and through Wow cards which are given to children during the school day when teachers see them practising their virtues. The Wow cards are collected each week with a grand draw during assembly on Friday when one card is drawn and that child's class receives a special positive consequence negotiated with their teacher. Teachers also have class-based initiatives for reinforcing the understanding, the practice, and the acknowledgement of virtues, such as a virtues ceremony at the end of the week.

When children show negative behaviours, teachers use the virtues language to call them to the missing virtue. The aim is to develop that virtue within the child by highlighting the desired behaviour. For example, if a child lacks focus during class a teacher may say, "Be self-disciplined and finish your work before lunch time". Instead of using coercion and force, teachers express clear and firm expectations based on the virtues. There are also negative consequences when codes of behaviour are not met.

The main codes of behaviour at SJI International Elementary School are:

  • Self-discipline: to be self-disciplined at the end of morning assembly, break and lunch 
  • Courtesy: to be courteous moving around the school
  • Responsibility: to be responsible in the playground
  • Respect: to be respectful of yourself, others and the environment at all times

Each code includes clear expectations of behaviours that are regularly discussed with the children through morning class meetings and assembly times. For example, "Be responsible" includes expectations from being responsible for keeping everyone happy and safe on the playground to the expectation that hats be worn or the "no hat, no play" rule is enforced. The children fully understand the consequences, both positive and negative, that relate to the codes of behaviour and through the setting of clear boundaries, the Virtues Project offers a positive approach to discipline, emphasising educative and restorative justice to create a respectful climate of trust in the classroom and in the school environment as a whole.

Contact

  • SJI International, 490 Thomson Road, Singapore 298191
  • High School (all enquiries): (+65) 6353 9383
  • Elementary School Admissions: (+65) 6871 5261
  • Elementary School: (+65) 6871 5202