The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching has received RM1 million from the Sarawak Government to help finance the construction of an international school here.
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem presented a cheque, on behalf of the state government, to St Joseph’s International School Board Chairman Leo Moggie Irok.
Present at the ceremony were the Archbishop of Kuching John Ha and Auxiliary Bishop Simon Poh.
Leo Moggie, a Catholic, is a former works and energy minister. He is also the former chairman of Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
Archbishop Ha also serves as president of the Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Episcopal Biblical Commission.
The new school, sited on a 15-acre plot in the Muara Tuang land district, Kota Samarahan, is set to open its doors to foreign and local students here in January 2017. The school will accept non-Catholic students.
St Joseph’s International School is currently inviting applications for Year 7 (equivalent to Form 1), with classes set to start in January 2017. The school was granted a licence last November by the Education Ministry.
The school offers the Cambridge syllabus leading to the Cambridge “O” and “A” Level examinations. All subjects will be taught in English. The syllabus will be managed by a religious congregation led by Jesuits and assisted by secular teachers.
Malaysian citizens will be required to study Bahasa Melayu, Islamic/Moral Studies and Malaysian History.
The first phase of the new school, which costs RM17.5 million, is targeted for completion in 2018. Pending completion, classes will be held at SK St Teresa, Padungan.
This is the second private school constructed under the Kuching Archdiocese, the first being St Joseph’s Private School, a primary school completed in 2013.