St Joseph’s Private School’s 14 shine

St Joseph’s Private School (SJPS) principal Fr Francis Lim.

KUCHING: Despite the significant challenges faced by students due to the Covid-19 pandemic, St Joseph’s Private School (SJPS) has managed to produce 14 graduates who scored A’s in all their subjects in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination.

SJPS principal Fr Francis Lim said overall the school average grade (GPS) had dropped to 3.40 from 2.85.

“SJPS had 148 students taking SPM in 2020 as compared to 166 in 2019. SJPS had 14 graduates who scored A’s in all subjects, ranging from nine to 11 subjects. Fifteen students managed to score A’s in all their subjects except one B, and another eight with A’s in all subjects except two B’s,” he said on Thursday (June 10).

He congratulated the school’s graduates on having done admirably in their SPM examination despite the incredible challenges this past year.

He said the last year had been challenging to prepare the school’s students for SPM due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions.

Furthermore, he pointed out they had to adapt to the newness of online schooling, the lack of physical school, and the delay in the examination.

“Despite all this, they pulled through and did so in a manner that makes us all proud.”

Fr Francis also expressed his appreciation to all the teachers from Form 1 to Form 5 who had played a role in forming the students until they graduated.

“The African proverb rings true: it takes a village (whole school) to educate a child. All teachers, especially Form 5 teachers, have been working extremely hard for the good of our students and ensuring that our students can learn well during these times.

“Their support, encouragement, and innovation to keep our students on track and target for SPM remind us of what assets they are to our school. I appreciate their effort very much. Keep up the good work.”