St Joseph’s Institution Junior (SJI Junior), formerly St Michael’s School, celebrated its 60th year with a gala dinner on the school grounds at Essex Road.
The July 5 event took place at the same site which saw its first batch of students reporting to school to be educated in the Lasallian tradition, a point noted by SJI Junior principal Timothy Goh in his welcome address.
Br Edmundo Fernandez, Visitor of the Lasallian East Asian District, attended the dinner together with some 700 guests consisting of former Michaelians. They included priests, present and former politicians, teachers, and entertainers.
Ten members of the pioneer batch of Michaelians (1954-1959) were also present along with current students and their parents.
The dinner was abuzz with conversations among long-lost classmates. Mobile phones and digital cameras worked overtime as the old boys took photos with their former classmates and teachers.
An auction was also held. Items auctioned included a painting of the school building by Brayden Tang, 14, from the class of 2012; a Lego set of the building; and a six-tier St Michael-inspired cake designed by Mr Augustine Ashley, 27, from the class of 1999.
The school had kicked off its 60th anniversary celebrations earlier this year with a Thanksgiving Mass on Jan 10, celebrated by Archbishop William Goh and priests, including some who were former students.
The school will also launch its Heritage Gallery later this year.
To donate or loan school-related items, visit the school at 3 Essex Road, Singapore 309331. To make a contribution to the school, write a cheque in favour of St Joseph’s Institution Junior. For more information, visit http://www.sjijunior.edu.sg/ or the school’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sjijunior.
By Daniel Dominic Kwek