The historic Infant Jesus Convent in JB

It was way back in 1925 when three nuns came to Johor Bahru and, with two teachers, began a school in two rented shop houses side by side in Jalan Ibrahim.

Oct 05, 2017

By Vincent D’Silva
It was way back in 1925 when three nuns came to Johor Bahru and, with two teachers, began a school in two rented shop houses side by side in Jalan Ibrahim. This was mainly for girls, but boys came too. This was the beginning of the mission school in Johor.

The land where the school stands majestically today was donated by the late Sultan Sir Ibrahim. The Sultan was very interested that a Convent be set up in Johor Bahru. He also made sure that the state government gave a grant of RM25,000. The Sultan even sent his grandchildren to the school.

The school started with only 83 students. By 1947, that number had reached an impressive 590 students. Classes at that time were held on the ground floor of the building. Boys were not allowed to enter the Convent from 1938 onwards.

It was in 1951, when the nuns came to reside permanently, that the Johor Bahru Convent became an independent unit. As years went by, it grew in size with classrooms, pupils and teachers.

In 1960, the building of the secondary school block, consisting of 11 classrooms, and all amenities, was completed. The school has seen many principals and teachers in the primary and secondary sections. Some have gone to their well-earned reward, while others are old and still around, watching with interest the changes that are taking place.

Today, the Convent stands as a landmark in the city. There is a white carrara marble statue of the Immaculate Conception right in front. This had also been donated by the late Sultan Ibrahim.

During the Japanese Occupation, the school was requisitioned by the military and the sisters were forced to leave. They returned in 1946, after the war was over and restored the school to its original state.

Although the Johor Bahru Convent and other distinguished IJ Convents in the country are no longer supervised by the mission, it is most encouraging to note that this school’s traditions are very much alive.

This nonagenarian Convent remains a testimony of the I.J. Sisters’ belief that education is for everyone, regardless of race, wealth, status and religion. The school has managed to hold true to the distinctive traditions of the Infant Jesus Sisters — a tradition that stands for high academic standard, excellent moral tone and discipline.

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Catherine john jayatillekcatherinejjohn55@g.mail dot co
Convent Holy Infant Jesus Johor Bahru Was Really Amazing in the 1950 s to the early 1970 s Era... Such Dedicated Nuns with the Vision .... They had Library books Installed in the Cupboards for Primary Students To Read... We had a Cinema ONCE A MONTH.. AND LEARNING DANCING AT 8 YEARS OLD.. HAD HAPPY TIMES WITH POEMS ARTS NEEDLEWORK..CRAFT...GREAT ITEMS FOR.. SPORTS... THERE WERE DRAMAS AND TALENT SHOWS.. FUN FAIRS..OUTINGS TO ZOO AND PARKS.. THE NUNS WERE SO INNOVATIVE... WE EXCILED IN ENGLISH...PLAYS.. AND IMPROVING IN MATHS HEALTH SCIENCE HISTORY AND GEOGRAOHY...MORAL AS WELL AS IN DISCIPLINE AT SCHOOL KEEPING SCHOOL CLEAN.. SISTER XAVIER ...WAS THE INCREDIBLE NUN WITH THE TRUE MISSION SPIRIT FOR EDUCATION....AND FOR SKILLS. SHE EQUIPPED A GREAT LIBRARY.. AND SCIENCE ROOMS...LABS. ALL HAD EQUIPMENT... THE TOILETS ALL HAD THE NECESSARY BASIC TOILETRIES. FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.. OF SANITARY PADS AVAILABLE VIA GADGET. AT JUST 10 CENTS EACH.. THERES THE CLEAN BIN AND CLEAN CUT NEWSPAPER WRAPPINGS...AT THE WALL. FOR GIRLS TO USE TO WRAP ANY USED PADS.. ALL THOUGHT UP BY SISTER XAVIER. TOILETS ARE INSPECTED 3 TIMES A DAY.. AND CLEANERS CLEANED AT SCHEDULE HOURS.. USAGE OF CLEANING AGENTS LIKE STRONG ANTI BACTERIAL DETERGENTS WERE USED.. CANTEENS VERY CLEAN.. WE DONT LITTER.. FOOD BOWLS AND SPOONS AND CUPS WERE PUT IN DIFFERENT BASINS AFTER EATING. SO...TABLES WERE NOT MESSY.. TABLE MANNERS WERE TAUGHT.. SAME WITH GOOD MANNERS.. SO SO SO PROUD OF CONVENT NUNS AND TEACHERS AND STAFF... AND STUDENTS WERE OF REAL TALENTS.. IN THEIR OWN WAY... WE ENJOYED THE YEARS.. TRIPS...PICNICS...EDUCATION...SPORTS.. GAMES...SOCEITIES...DANCES MUSIC DRAMAS..ETC..STORY BOOKS..DEBATES.. CHOIR.. THANKS TO MISSION NUNS.. AMAZING TEACHERS...AND GOODNESS OF UNITY AND COOPERATION AND GOODWILL.. AS...A TEAM SPIRIT..C.J.J. 8th August 2021..Well DONE NUNS.. AND THE KINDEST SULTAN AND MANY GOOD PEOPLE..AND..SPONSORS.
siva prasanna krishnanprasannakrishnan@hotmail.com
My alma mater I declare with a pride that bursts from my heart as the years pass by and I see what has become of so many schools. The nuns sacrificed much for their belief in God and in us the girls that they educated. In the early 80s, I met Sister Lawrence for the last time. I went to meet her with some English tea biscuits and she insisted that I share her biscuits, which I gladly did. By having tea with her, I fulfilled a dream of mine when I was a student there from 1957 to 1967 - I got to sit in the room where the revered nuns sat for their meals! She left her home in Ireland at the age of 18. She had only gone home once, when I met her. Johore Bahru and the Convent was her home, the home she loved. May her soul rest in peace. I would like to say something without appearing to brag If you could check the English Textbook for Form 4 students, from the year 2001 till about 2 years ago, you will find the names of the writers. I am one of the writers and I dedicate whatever I have achieved, to my school and the teachers, especially Mrs Ramakrishnan and Mrs Kwang, not forgetting Mrs Antoinette Towle-Oliveiro, who was also my neighbor. I never to failed to tell one and all when I was the principal of MGS Ipoh, that I owe it all to the Convent. May God bless my school.