COMING FULL CIRCLE: SJI INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE RITZ CARLTON
On the night of May 12th, the SJI International community—built over the past 10 years since its founding—was brought together for a momentous night of celebration.
Attendees of this dinner included ex-Josephians (past and present), teachers, parents from both High School and Elementary School, and friends who have donated to the school. The Guest-of-Honour was the President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan, a patron of the school. A grand total of $3,575,728 was raised and pledged from this fund-raising dinner. These donations will be channelled towards the school’s Building Fund as it prepares for its relocation in 2022 once the current lease expires.
At reception, guests were ushered in with soothing Jazz pieces played by the High School Jazz Band, led by Mr Chua and Mr Fantom. The cocktail area was decorated to resemble that of a “Gallery of Accomplishments” over the last 10 years by Ms Oxley, with the help of Mrs Roberts and Ms Lange. Yearbooks and past school publications were also on display for guests to reminisce over the school’s history.
The programme of the night kicked off with a highly-energetic showcase of “Play-nting” (Painting and Drumming) by Khairul Anwar from Grade 12, during which he painted a statue of John Baptist De La Salle with the use of drum sticks. Shortly after, the Gamelan Ensemble majestically played Tabuh Sekar Lilit as the welcome fanfare for President Tony Tan as made his entrance.
Other highlights of the entertainment included the musical performances from both the Elementary and High School students. From the Elementary School, Samantha Lee from Grade 6 sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Stanley Qin from Grade 4 wowed the audience with Chopin: Waltz in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2; from the High School, the African Marimba Ensemble, Orchestra and Bella Voce Senior Choir took the stage with their sheer talent and overflowing energy.
Yet, in spite of the wide selection of entertainment, the highlight of the night was the 10th Anniversary Song performance by a massive 120-strong combined Elementary and High School Choir and Orchestra. Lyrics for this special song were written by students and their families, with music scoring done by Head of Music, Mrs Thorpe.
As this dinner was a celebration of how much the school has accomplished over the past 10 years, heartfelt speeches were delivered by various stakeholders who have either played a huge part in the founding of the school or have in some way or another, been greatly impacted by the school. Mr Michael Sng, one of the school’s founders; Sophuth Phon, our first and only Cambodian scholar; and Ian Chai, a scholar from our founding batch of 2009, shared deeply personal and touching accounts of their journey with SJI International.
Upon the formal close of the event, the High School Orchestra came back onstage and the dance floor was opened. The orchestra played their popular rendition of a medley from the movie Grease as the remaining guests danced the rest of the night away.
A huge thanks goes out to all staff helpers, student performers and ushers, teachers and parent volunteers without whom, the 10th Anniversary Dinner would not have been the success it was. And especially to Ms Fiona Rankine and Brother Larry, Chairpersons of the Organising Committee, for their dedication and hard work in putting together such a massive event, but more importantly ensuring that it was a pleasantly memorable and unforgettable night for one and all.