St Joseph’s Institution on Malcolm Road will be redeveloped.St Joseph’s Institution on Malcolm Road will be redeveloped.

St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) on Malcolm Road will move to a temporary site in Bishan in December.

Assistant principal Malcolm Wong told CatholicNews that the school will be “redeveloping” its current campus.

SJI moved to its Malcolm Road campus from Bras Basah 25 years ago in 1988, and it is “time for upgrading the school”, said Mr Wong.

Redevelopment plans are now underway, he said.

Mr Wong added that SJI will continue at its current campus until Dec 6. It will start operating at the Bishan site from Dec 12.

The school will occupy the former Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Bishan campus for the next two years, and is expected to move back to Malcolm Road in 2016.

SJI students CatholicNews interviewed were generally positive about the move with some adding that they would miss their current campus.

“I’m quite excited, because we’ll be getting to see three schools – the current, the temporary and the new,” said Sec 1 student Wayne Ang.

Mark Wee, a Sec 2 student, shared: “I will miss our favourite places in the school, but I also hope that we can carry on the SJI spirit, like how they carried it from Bras Basah.”

Chew Kai Ming, another Sec 2 student, commented: “It’s not about the facilities or campus, but most importantly it’s about the people and the community.”

Secondary Three student Amos Aow said he feels “reluctant to go” to the temporary campus “and to be the first batch graduating there. But I’m okay with it, and I know it’s for the good of the school.”

By Clara Lai
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