Mak Lai Ying Frances

Mak Lai Ying Frances Position: Head of School

Mdm Mak was awarded a Public Service teaching scholarship after completing her A levels. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the National University of Singapore and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of London, she joined the Singapore education service and held various appointments in schools, junior colleges and the Ministry of Education.

Mdm Mak is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese and her professional qualifications include a Further Professional Diploma in Education (Secondary) from National Technological University, Singapore and a Masters of Arts in Chinese Culture from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

As Principal of Nanyang Girls’ High School, a top independent girls’ school in Singapore, Mdm Mak spearheaded the Integrated Programme whereby the girls skipped the GCE O Levels and moved on to Hwa Chong Institution for their A levels. She was subsequently posted to head the Singapore International School (SIS) in Hong Kong to found their secondary section. During her tenure, SIS strengthened its reputation of being one of the best international schools in HK offering a vibrant bilingual and Mathematics programme, with a long waiting list for enrolment. When she completed her stint with SISHK, the school had expanded from a preparatory years/primary institution to one that now provides a full education pathway – offering the Singapore primary curriculum, IGCSE and IBDP.

Mdm Mak returned to Singapore in 2014 to fulfil her aspiration to serve as a Principal of a catholic school. She retired from the Singapore education service in 2019 after 35 years of service as Principal of St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School.

While Mdm Mak had several options available to her, her deepest desire is to grow her relationship with God and to do God’s will. She sees joining SJIIM as God’s calling. Mdm Mak hopes to work with SJIIM colleagues to bring the best out of our students. She has always believed that education serves two important functions and they are to build good character and to help every child achieve his/her full potential. In SJIIM, we do more. We enrich the minds, touch the hearts and transform lives.