SJI student Joelle Tan (far left) sharing the meaning behind a photo with fellow students and SJI principal Fr Adrian Danker (second from right) at the photography exhibition on Nov 19.

St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) launched a photography exhibition that aimed to give viewers a glimpse of the community projects undertaken by their students.

The Global Education Programme Photography Exhibition was held on Nov 19 at the Nassim Gate of Singapore Botanic Gardens. Students shared with members of the public their inspiration behind some of the photos they took.

The photo exhibits were available for viewing at the three different gates at Botanic Gardens from Nov 19-27.

Each gate had a series of photos with its own theme: Sustainable Development (Tanglin Gate); Relationships (Nassim Gate); Growing up in the community (Bukit Timah Gate).

In May this year, 140 students and staff from SJI’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) embarked on a one-week trip to engage with the local communities from five regional countries.

The countries visited were Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Australia. Students from different classes went to different countries.

Some of the things the students did included helping to build classrooms and teach the local children English.

During their stay, students were encouraged to take photos of certain moments which touched or inspired them.

A St Joseph’s Institution student is helped by two Cambodian boys in carrying plaster for building a classroom.

“We hope the experience gave the students an idea of what life is like in these countries,” said Jesuit Fr Adrian Danker, principal of St Joseph’s Institution.

“The journey was for the students to really embrace the Lasallian ethos of growing up to become people who can make a positive and lasting impact on society,” he said.

For Willy Wai, 17, his visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand, showed him “how fortunate we are in Singapore”.

“When we went to a local village, we saw that the school there was very remote, very rundown. The teacher comes from the city once a week to teach the children.

“We taught students English and also played with them. It was very heartwarming ... I was no longer in my comfort zone and, in a way, it exposed me to the realities of life,” he said.

Joelle Tan, 17, who went to Cambodia, said one thing in particular made her realise just how much she takes things for granted in Singapore.

“Clean water. At the place we were staying, the tap water there was not safe to consume and I had to consciously remind myself [of this] for the first three nights when brushing my teeth.” 

By Jared Ng
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