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Principal's Message

Ms Susie Ho
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent has come a long way since its inception in 1938 as a private school in a rented house at Flower Road. The school started with just 22 students. In 2018, eighty years later, our enrolment stands at 1300. With Mother Mathilde, SJC has kept pace - we have constantly improved and attained new benchmarks in academics, sports, aesthetics and character-development. However, one thing has not changed - the needs of the child remain at the centre of education. At SJC, our priority is to meet our students’ needs, developing them to be the best they can be – physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually.  

We continue to teach our students to be more self-aware, to love others, especially the less fortunate, and to have a community spirit. This is essentially what our IJ Mission stands for – ‘the creation of a Christ-centred school community where all work together for the promotion of truth, justice, freedom, and love, with special reference to the needs of persons who are disadvantaged in any way’. For the past eighty years, our hope is that every girl who steps through our doors leaves transformed with a new belief in herself and what she can do to help others.

That the theme of our 80th Anniversary celebrations is “Legacy of Love” is not a surprise. This focus brings us back to our roots. Corinthians 13:13 says,”As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love’. Love has always been the cornerstone of our Catholic education at SJC. As our girls understand, the heart of IJ education is not just about acquiring knowledge or being the best in a particular field.  It is also about developing ourselves to become the best we can be, in order to serve others in whatever capacity and ability we have. Our legacy of love at SJC will continue to guide us as we build many more generations of ‘women of integrity with the passion to pursue excellence.”

We thank God for the blessings which He has showered upon our school for the past eighty years. We pray and trust that He will continue to bless the staff, students, alumnae and parents as we come together to celebrate our legacy of love and share it with the generations that come.

Ms Susie Ho