St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) and St Joseph’s Institution International (SJI International) performed well in the 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma exams.

All 138 students from SJI’s fourth IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) cohort passed and achieved an average score of 41 out of 45 points.

Five students achieved 45 points and 17 students attained 44 points. Fifty percent of the cohort scored 42 points or more, and 79 percent attained at least 40 points. Six students were also awarded the prestigious Bilingual Diploma.

SJI’s class of 2017 IBDP students includes the pioneer batch of 55 boys who switched from the school’s O-Level Programme to the Integrated Programme at Sec 3 in 2014 to do the IBDP.

The 187 students from SJI International achieved an average of 37.7 points, a new high for the school.

The school also set another record as 40.6 percent of these students scored 40 points or more. One student attained 45 points, five scored 44 points, while 12 students scored 43 points.

Jesuit Fr (Dr) Adrian Danker, SJI principal, said he was proud of his school students’ achievement, attained “by having a healthy and happy balance between studies and play, between learning deeply and serving the community generously”.

Mr Bradley Roberts, principal of SJI International, said, it is important to see his school’s results in the right context. “SJI International is not an academic ‘hothouse’ that focuses only on academic results as the main aim of our education.

Rather, we strive to develop people of integrity and people for others,” he said.

IB diploma students take six subjects and Theory of Knowledge, a course built around analysing knowledge claims by formulating and exploring knowledge questions. They are also required to write a 4,000-word essay on a self-initiated research area that is supervised by a teacher and complete a community service project.