|St. John's Institution|
|Jalan Bukit Nanas|
Kuala Lumpur, 50250
|Type||All-boys primary and secondary school|
|Motto||Latin: Fide et labore|
(Faith and Labour)
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Established||18 January 1904][|
|Principal||Manmohan Singh Kartar Singh|
Co-educational (Form 6)
|Color(s)||Gold and green|
|Feeder schools||SK St. John 1, Kuala Lumpur|
SK St. John 2, Kuala Lumpur
|Alumni President||Mohd Isham Ishak|
St. John's Institution (Malay: formerly known as SMK St. John; abbreviated SJI) is a public all-boys school (sixth form is co-ed) and is one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The school is widely known by its initials SJI and the students of St John's Institution bear the name Johannians.
SJI consists of a primary school and a secondary school. The primary and secondary schools initially were fee paying missionary schools. They functioned together until the increase in enrolment of pupils led to a separation of the primary school in 1960. The primary schools are formally known in Malay today as Sekolah Kebangsaan St. John (1) and Sekolah Kebangsaan St. John (2) while the secondary school was called Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St. John, but it was announced in April 2016 that the name would be reverted to St John's Institution, a decision widely applauded by alumni and backed by another Johannian Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak.
SJI is among the first 30 schools selected into the Cluster School scheme when it was first introduced in 2007 by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
The La Sallian Brothers and the Board of Governors still hold much autonomy over management of the secondary school compared to the Malaysian Ministry of Education. This has allowed the secondary school to maintain a certain amount of prestige. Though the school land is owned by the Roman Catholic Church (including St. John's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur which is next to the school), much of the school funding is received from the Government of Malaysia.
The main school building is located in Jalan Bukit Nanas, in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, next to the Bukit Nanas forest reserve, giving it a lush surrounding. St. John's Primary Schools are located across the road from the main school building while the Convent Bukit Nanas, an Infant Jesus Sisters' school for the girls, the AIA building and the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur are located further down the road. The Fatima Kindergarten (housed in what is Kuala Lumpur's oldest catholic church and now converted into a community service centre) and the Roman Catholic St John's Cathedral are located on the road leading up to SJI.
The school has traditionally been headed by the Brothers of the La Sallian order, with a Brother Director (like a headmaster) and a Brother Supervisor (like a deputy headmaster). In recent years, the Brother Supervisor was replaced with three assistant principals, who are not in the La Sallian order.
Former Brother Directors are:
|Name of Director||Took Office||Left Office||Comments|
|Bro. Julian Francis||1904|
|Bro. James Gilbert||1904||1910||Saw the construction of the Main Block|
|Bro. Adrian Edmund||1911||1913|
|Bro. Marcian Cullen||1914||1915|
|Bro. Claude Marie Guibert||1916||1921||Introduced Sports Day|
|Bro. Barnitus Kennedy||1922||1923|
|Bro. Stephen Edward Buckley||1923||1924||Built the existing Brothers' Quarters|
|Bro. Defendant Louis||1925||1930||Installed the statue of Jean Baptist de La Salle|
|Bro. Cornelius Nulty||1930||1946||Longest serving Brother Director|
|Bro. Amor Matthias||1946||1948|
|Bro. Dositheus Joseph Brophy||1948||1954|
|Bro. Tiberius Lawrence Spitzig||1955||1961||Bro. Lawrence wrote SJI's famous School Rally and introduced many improvement projects to the school during his two terms|
|Bro. Celestine Jennings||1958||Bro. Celestine was appointed Director when Bro. Lawrence Spitzig went on leave to Canada|
|Bro. Ignatius Barry||1962||Deteriorating health forced him to return to Ireland in September that year|
|Bro. Joseph McNally||1963||1967||Bro. Joseph, an accomplished artiste and sculptor, designed the present school badge and introduced many beautiful sculptures and murals to the school. He painted the school's exterior white and some of his works are still standing today. He went on to establish the LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore in 1984|
|Bro. Basilian Wong||1967||1968||Cleared the immense debt incurred by the development committee under Bro. Joseph McNally|
|Bro. Joseph Yeoh||1969||1978||Former student of St. John's. First Malaysian to lead the school. Bro. Joseph Yeoh repainted the school to its current color scheme|
|Bro. Tiberius Lawrence Spitzig||1979||1983||Bro. Lawrence wrote SJI's famous School Rally and introduced many improvement projects to the school during his two terms|
|Bro. Cassian Pappu||1983||1988||Served in La Salle Klang before taking up Brother Director's role in St. John's.|
|Bro. Michael Wong||1989||2002||The last Brother Director of St. John|
The headship of the school passed to the laity in 2002 when Peter Yii Sing Chiu became the first non-brother and non-Catholic to head the school.
Former principals include:
|Name of Principal||Took Office||Left Office||Comments|
|Peter Yii Sing Chiu||2002||2009|
|Leong Kum Loy||2010||2010|
|Lim Hean Hwa||2010||2014||Second Johannian to lead St. John's after his own principal, Rev. Bro. Joseph Yeoh. He was a student from 1961 - 1973|
|Dr. M. Puvanendran||2014||2016|
|Manmohan Singh Kartar Singh||2016|
Brothers who have served as headmasters of the primary school when it was split from the secondary school include Brother Patrick Arokiasamy, Brother Alban Tang and Brother Matthew Liew.
As St John's was founded by the La Sallian Brothers, it is related to many other La Sallian schools located all over Malaysia and around the world. These schools call each other brother schools and the La Sallian Heritage which binds them together.
The St. John's Alumni Association Kuala Lumpur (1988) or SJAA was registered as an official body with the Registrar of Society Malaysia on 7th August 1989. SJAA was formed as a continuation of the previous St. John's Old Boys Association (SJOBA) and Old Johannians Association (OJA) to foster a feeling of brotherhood, mutual goodwill, understanding among the alumni of St. John's Institution Kuala Lumpur and other La Sallian Associations. The Alumni conducts its core activities and programs to promote social, cultural, education and sports activities for its members and the greater good of all Johannians.
Office of the SJAA consists of 14 Elected Members through its Annual General Meeting on a two-year term. Together with the other stakeholders of St. John's Institution Kuala Lumpur, members of the Main Committee sits on a monthly basis to oversee the running of the association, programs as well as matters relating to the well-being of the school and the Alumni members.
Some of the school uniformed bodies are the St John's Cadet Corps (Pasukan Kadet Bersatu Malaysia), St John's Cadet Band,St.John's Drama Team, St John Ambulance, Eagle Scout Group, Red Crescent Society, Police Cadets, and Kadet Remaja Sekolah. Martial arts are also included in this category. They are the Taekwondo Club, Karate club, Fencing Club, Silat Gayung Club & Kendo Club.
The 8th Bukit Bintang KL Eagle Scout Group was established in 1963.
KL SJI A/C is a division under the St John Ambulance of Malaysia, part of an international voluntary service organisation dedicated to training and providing first aid skills. The division has had numerous achievements in competitions at the state and national levels, and continues to be a major contributor in voluntary first aid service around the capital.
The St John's Institution Cadet Corps was established in 1915, one of the oldest cadet corps in Malaya. It is the oldest cadet in this school formed by Lt. Eric Chart. It was under the command of the British Military Somerset Light Infantry during the colonial days
The St John's Institution Cadet Band was formed in 1916. The Cadet Band is also one of the few bands in Malaysia which include bagpipes in its ensemble.
In 2005 the St John's Institution Cadet Band Alumni was registered as an alumni body representing ex-band members. Today the members continues their passion through the formation of the Alumni Band, mainly Pipe and Drums, performing at private functions. In history, the band won their first title as 1st place in the "KL State Marching Band Competition 2009". In that year also, they were adopted by The Royal Navy Of Malaysia .
St. John's also has sports clubs that are open to students namely rugby, archery, football, hockey, badminton, basketball, sepak takraw, gymnastics, fencing etc.
St. John's has 5 sports houses namely the Blue House (Claude) - Fleur de Lis, Red House (Cornelius) - Crown, Green House (D'Joseph)- Star,Brown House (Gilbert) - Bee, and Yellow House (Stephen) - Shamrock.