First catholic private schools in Kuching

KUCHING — The Archdiocese of Kuching witnessed the historic launching of the St Joseph’s Private Primary and Secondary Schools (SJPPSS) on the 9 April. These will be the very first catholic private schools in Kuching initiated by ex-Josephians and Yayasan Lasallian Kuching with the blessing of Archbishop John Ha.

The new private schools promise to provide a holistic education to enrich the lives of her students and creating and providing opportunities in a conducive environment to enable every child to realize his/her potential in the spirit of the school motto “Ora Et Labora” (Pray and Work). The church draws on the vast experience of the Jesuits and the sisters of St Francis in the field of education. The secondary school will be managed by the Jesuits, with a Jesuit priest as Principal; while a Franciscan nun will head the primary school. They will be ably assisted by a team of trained and experienced teachers specially selected to set up the school.

While SJPPSS follow the national curriculum, KBSR and KBSM, where Bahasa Malaysia is the main medium of instruction, the learning and usage of English will be emphasised and actively encouraged. Since religious studies are important in the formation of a wholesome child, they will be a part of the curriculum.

St Joseph’s is a single-session co-ed school, with lessons from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, followed by extra-curricular activities. Development of soft skills such as the creative arts, music, drama and dance, media awareness programmes and the nurturing of interpersonal skills and leadership qualities will be all provided in the holistic education.

To help accomplish these aims and objectives, plans are underway to construct a modern campus at a central location, featuring a chapel, a language laboratory, and a well-equipped library among others, with state-of-the-art facilities. This new complex is projected to be in full operation by 2013. In the meantime classes will be temporarily housed at the present St Joseph’s Parish Tuition Centre.

Although these new private schools are fee paying, they are non profit endeavours and all revenues collected applied to running and maintenance costs.

The philosophy of the new schools is rooted in time honoured values. It views education as ideally helping every child to develop a spirit of love, service and respect; to fully respond to his/her God given potential to learn and excel in all undertakings. Among other objectives, SJPPSS strive to help students fully develop their potential irrespective of race, gender or socio-economic status, foster spiritual and moral values through religious and moral education, and inculcate self-discipline, mutual respect, goodwill and friendship, responsibility and a sense of service towards society.

In his message in the launching multimedia presentation video His Grace Archbishop John Ha said: “Education is an integral part of the Church’s mission. It is a fact that mission schools have greatly contributed to education in Sarawak. Now that education is available to the masses and the needs of our times are increasingly challenging, a group of ex-Josephians have initiated steps to take education to a different level. A licence to start St Joseph’s Private School was granted in August last year. This Catholic Private School is committed to providing education beyond the ordinary by developing the God-given potentials of every student to the full. For this, they have my total support. May God bless this school as her students ‘pray and work.’”

Registration for admission to Primary One and Form One in 2012 is now open. For further enquiry please contact 010 9747098 for pertinent details.

Stella Chin

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9 thoughts on “First catholic private schools in Kuching”

  1. Good afternoon,

    First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the initiative of the Catholic Church for setting up SJPPSS.

    Upon hearing it, I have great interest in registering my child. But it is still a long way to go as he is only 1 years 5 months.

    In view of that, as a Catholic parents, I would like to know more in order to prepare him for the enrollment. I understand that Chinese language will be taught and its optional. Will there be any additional fees for the enrollment in Chinese class.

    I appreciate that the management could refurnish me with a detail information of the school system and etc.

    Thank you so much and looking forward to hearing from the management.

    Warmest Regards
    Melinda Chai
    Re

    1. Hello Melinda,

      Thank you for your interest in our new private schools. However as Today’s Catholic is merely the publicity agent, please call 010 9747098 for more information regarding the schools. Or else drop in at the new St Joseph’s Private school office at 118, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg (next to Carmelite Chapel) during office hours. We appreciate your support!

      God bless.
      The Editor

  2. Happy morning,

    I would like to say congtratulation to the managements. Since we already have St Joseph’s Private Primary and Secondary Schools (SJPPSS). So when we can initiate to get the Catholic University or College? I would like to know the answer, please i bag you

  3. Dear management ,

    Happy afternoon, i would like to congratulate for the openning new St Joseph’s Private Primary and Secondary Schools (SJPPSS). Since we already got Catholic Private School.
    When can we initate for the Catholic University or College? What do you think about it? Please, i would
    like to know the answer if you do not mind?

  4. Dear Management,

    I have applied for the post at a teacher in your school. I sent my application to your email today (29/8/2011) at 3:50pm.

    Kindly let me know if you have received my email.

    Thank you.

  5. i like to congratulate our Church as the launching of SJPPSS… this will be create a better surrounding for our children to study n with God…. maybe next time we can builts Catholic Universities or College?? God Bless and Happy Sunday..

  6. Congratulation! I am an ex-Josephian living in California, USA and it’s wonderful to see the tradition lives on.

    1. i am hoping you will come to visit St. Joseph Cath, bro. N May God bless you n family. Oh yeah, happy Gawai..bro

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