We are home to 1700 students from 40 nationalities. We are inclusive and celebrate our diversity by welcoming students of all faiths.
It was billed as an Arabian Extravaganza and it certainly lived up to its billing – and then some. From the moment that the colourful and appropriately attired guests arrived, they were greeted by a quartet of Arabian dancers outside the lobby. Over the staircase was a wonderful Arabian archway and guests then moved to the reception area where there were sellers big and small, an Aladdin’s Lamp to rub for a mystery prize and other items, all adding to the atmosphere.
After a speech of welcome by the Chair of the SINGALA team, Ms Fiona Rankine, guests were treated to the wonderful talents of artist Rosihan Dahim who, in a matter of minutes, conjured up an eloquent representation of the former SJI building in Bras Basah Road. This item was later auctioned – attracting the top bid of the evening. There were a multitude of other items for auction, lavishly displayed in the gorgeously bedecked auction tents which attracted generous bids, and in total the evening raised over $455,000 - a wonderful boost for our Scholarship Fund.
There were speeches by a former Scholar, Brian Theng, on video from Oxford, and Ong Ju Boon, a 2016 Scholar. All the helpers on the night are current scholars, and the Scholars’ dance, featuring also Mr Bradley, Ali Brad Baa, Roberts and Mrs Pamela Main, was an obvious hit. We sincerely thank the SINGALA team, Fiona Rankine, Beatrice Chen, Juliette Smythers, Melinda Ross and Simone Yeo, assisted by Ursula Ryan from the ACO and Herwin Rahmat from Asian Palette, for a sumptuous evening of fine food, great company, all in a beautiful Arabian environment.
We were delighted by the success of our inaugural SINGALA dinner when students, teachers and HS and ES parents and other guests were taken back in time to the 1930s. The gala dinner raised a massive $719,000 for the SJI International Scholarship Fund.
Highlights of the night included the Elementary School teachers when Mr Grigson, Mr Gericke, Ms Main, Mr Vassbotn and Mr Bazzo, took to the stage as Elementary Undefined and wowed the audience with their brilliant performance of Mack the Knife. High School Principal, Mr Bradley Roberts sang Hey Dolly with gusto, both he and the group having raised over $5,000 each in pledges to perform on the night.
While the silent auction ran throughout the night, the live auction saw jaw-dropping bids for a painting of Brother Larry with Elementary School children, amongst other items, all for the good cause of giving a needy, deserving student an SJI International education. Even Brother Larry was auctioned off – for his cooking skills, and will now be personal chef for a night for the lucky bidder.
Thanks to all the Scholars, student helpers, teachers and staff who helped make SINGALA such a great night. Especial thanks to parents, Ms Fiona Rankine, Ms Anthea Then and Ms Simone Yeo, the SINGALA organising committee, for their dedication to ensuring that it was a spectacular, enjoyable and phenomenally successful event.
For the first time, this year’s event included works from both the Elementary School (ES) and High School (HS), so it really was a whole school event. Out of nearly 100 entries, a total of 51 photos were selected for the exhibition and were available for silent bids. We were delighted at the participation rate from the ES – about a third of those displayed. Once again, proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund.
We held our annual event with the aim of celebrating the creative talents of our students and displaying their photos for others to enjoy and purchase. Ms Jessica Tan, Chairman of the SJI International Scholarship Committee, was our Guest-of-Honour. Around 50 photos were exhibited and were available for silent bids while the seven finalists were auctioned live by our amazing pair of in-house auctioneers: Mr Greg Thorpe and Mr Alistair Wood. A remarkable $10,631 was raised through the event, as well as through sponsorships from parents, with all proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.
As part of our fundraising efforts, to encourage a spirit of volunteerism among our parents and to raise the profile of the school, a committee made up of Lyn Sen, Gracie Wee, Fiona Yap, Simone Yeo and Jan Roberts embarked on a journey to organise the golf match, with a target of $150,000.
The day of the event itself fortunately was the first day in 10 days when players at Sentosa were able to complete all 18 holes without play being interrupted by rain. Following a wonderful dinner with prizes and auctions, attended by our Guest-of-Honour, former President, Mr S R Nathan, the final tally stood at $284,000. The money raised will go to the Scholarship Fund.
We are grateful to the parents, SJI Old Boys, supportive organisations and friends of SJI International, who remain the backbone of our success in providing an exceptional educational experience for our students. This critical support ensures that access to an excellent education is determined by ability and not financial need. The event was a success only because of the support of our sponsors – Thank You!
SJI International parents from the Elementary School and High School gather to share insights and experiences as professionals in a range of industries from Finance and Banking to Architecture, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and more. The sessions aim to provide industry links for SJI International parents and encourage dialogues on like-minded interests as valuable thought-starters for future action and support. So far, we have held two of these stimulating sessions, the first on Community and Giving and the second entitled Women in Leadership. We invite all interested in participating to join us.