A dinner will be held on May 12 for old boys of SJI on the school premises.
More than 1,000 old boys of St Joseph’s Institution are expected to attend a dinner celebrating their alma mater’s 160th anniversary on May 12.
The celebration, to be held on the school field, would have 160 tables – one table for each cohort. The organisers say they want the event to be “inclusive” and to “accommodate as large a turnout as possible”.
So far, 120 tables have been reserved for the event to be held at the Malcolm Road school.
The organisers added that having the dinner on the school grounds would rekindle fond memories among alumni of their student life and help those from the former Bras Basah Road campus get acquainted with the current campus.
The eight-course Chinese dinner will feature live entertainment by old boys who are now in showbiz.
Souvenirs and merchandise relating to the school will also go on sale that evening with proceeds going towards a Teachers’ Welfare Fund. This fund aims to defray medical costs and provide financial support for retired teachers, and will also be used to sponsor the future development of present teachers.
Several activities have been organised in the runup to the dinner, such at the eight Homecoming series of dinners with 2000 alumni, a concert at Botanic Gardens last September, and the launch of the SJI Old Boys Association Facebook page to help ex-Josephians connect with one another.
By Darren Boon