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Summer Camp students learn about Brunei during tour of Tutong!

THIRTY-three students from China, Japan, Korea and Jerudong International School (JIS) recently toured the Tutong District through a visit package under the Tutong District Tourism Facilitation and Promotion Body.

The foreign students were in the country to attend the JIS Summer Camp, and the Tutong District tour was an opportunity for them to learn more about Brunei Darussalam’s cultural traditions and heritage.

Led by Abdul Aziz bin Haji Hamdan from the Tutong District Tourism Facilitation and Promotion Body, the first stop of the tour was the Sungai Basong Recreational Park, where the students learnt about the history and customs of the five ethnic groups in the district through replicas of traditional wooden houses and village settlements.

The students also visited the One Village, One Product (1K1P) Gallery at the Tutong District Office featuring local products by village communities.

The tour ended with a visit to the Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm at Kampong Sungai Kelugos, where owner Haji Mistaby bin Haji Metamit briefed the students on the importance of bees to the eco-system, before allowing them to try harvesting the honey themselves from the Kelulut (honey) bee hive.

The students with a local honey bee farmer in a group photo. – AZARAIMY HH

The students with a local honey bee farmer in a group photo. – AZARAIMY HH

Borneo Bulletin | Azaraimy HH | July 29, 2018




Student makes school proud in world of Mathematics

JERUDONG International School (JIS) has announced that Ahmad Jamsari, a Malaysian Year 8 student studying in Middle Years achieved a Gold Award in the prestigious UK Junior Mathematical Olympiad, scoring 105 out of 135 marks.

According to a press release from JIS, approximately 300,000 students worldwide participated in the competition, with the top 1,200 students invited to participate in the next stage – the ‘Junior Mathematical Olympiad’.

The Junior Challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust, was undertaken by all JIS students in Years 7 and 8.

The press release explained that the challenge included 25 multiple choice questions based on mathematical problem solving. The top 40 per cent of students were presented with Gold, Silver or Bronze awards according to their results, and the Olympiad is a two-hour written paper with more in-depth mathematical problems, where marks are awarded based on their process of problem solving rather than just having the correct solution.

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker said, “We are so proud of Ahmad for successfully obtaining the Gold Award and for achieving excellence in the world of mathematics.”

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker, Ahmad Jamsari and Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon. – JIS

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker, Ahmad Jamsari and Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Danial Norjidi | July 7, 2018




JIS students share Japanese experience

JERUDONG International School (jis) students who participated in the week-long ‘Japan Experience’ programme – which focussed on the Japanese Language and culture – showcased what they had learnt during a closing ceremony yesterday.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato attended as the guest of honour.

The Japan Experience is one of a broad range of options offered by the school as part of its annual Enrichment Week Programme held at the end of the school year.

Students presented a slideshow summarising what they had done throughout the week and performed a rendition of popular Japanese song Sukiyaki prior to receiving their certificates.

Japan Experience Programme Leader Andrew McCulloch said his motivation to run the programme stemmed from participation in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme 16 years ago, which he describes as a highly-valuable and truly life-changing.

The programme was led by JIS teachers and supported by Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam officials, namely Deputy Chief of Mission Hiroshi Abe, Second Secretary Hiroki Akasaka and Second Secretary Mai Ogawa.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

On the second day of the programme, embassy officials arranged for the Brunei Judo Federation – led by Muhammad Ali-Rashid bin Haji Mohammad Alipah – to conduct a hands-on workshop at the school. The students found it both captivating and highly enjoyable.

Following the Judo workshop, the students were invited to the Japanese ambassador’s official residence, where they were taught the traditional method of making sushi by Yamane, the Ambassador’s personal chef, with detailed explanations provided by Ogawa.

During the closing ceremony, students gained an insight on Japan’s energy policy courtesy of the Japanese Ambassador who delivered a highly informative and engaging lecture titled Energy Policy and Eco Policy in Japan.

In his closing remarks, JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow noted that the final week of the academic year provided students with a fantastic opportunity to learn outside the classroom. He acknowledged the excellent work done by the Japanese Embassy to help the school realise this goal, noting in particular the comprehensive range of topics covered in the ambassador’s lecture, which included explanations on advances in Japan’s sophisticated waste management and recycling systems (such as using gold recycled from old mobile phones to make the gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), Japan’s increasing use of renewable sources of energy (such as geothermal power generation), and the Hydrogenation Project in Brunei, which will produce ‘zero emission’ hydrogen fuel used to power motor vehicles in Japan.

The ceremony concluded with the Japanese Ambassador leading the students in ‘tejime,’ a Japanese custom of ceremonial rhythmic hand clapping, often performed at the end of a special event to bring the occasion to a harmonious, lively close.

Tejime signifies fulfilment, realisation, and completion, a fitting end to a week spent delving into the richness of Japanese language and culture.

Following his lecture, the ambassador, who has a deep interest in environmental issues, toured the JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC) with Sandow. There he saw a team of dedicated students working to improve the interactive learning facility, which is set in a specially designated area.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | July 6, 2018




JIS brings Peter Pan to life with enthralling musical

THE adventurous tale of the boy who never grew up came to life in a musical from Disney’s Peter Pan Jr performed by Junior School students from Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday.

Some 151 children from Year 3 to Year 6 performed on stage dressed in costumes of characters from the popular children’s tale.

Leading the cast of talents were Jordan Lo as Peter Pan, Breanna Lee as Wendy, Luqa Briffa as Captain Hook, Sofia Sim as Tiger lily, Sienna Holmes as Tinkerbell alongside other characters who contributed to the success of the performance.

A classic fairy tale by JM Barrie which enthralled audiences around the world since it premiered on a London stage 100 years ago, Peter Pan tells the story of the Darling children.

Wendy, Michael and John flew to Neverland with Peter Pan where they embark on an adventure involving beautiful mermaids, Peter’s band of Lost Kids in their Hideout, Indians, the villainous Captain Hook with his band of pirates, the Tinkerbell the naughty fairy and of course, the clock-ticking crocodile.

Created to engage the imagination of young and old, the production team has created a mobile set that captured the attention of the audience into each scene. The play also included several well-loved Disney songs such as Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life for Me, Never Smile At A Crocodile and Following the Leader.

Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow lauded the students by saying, “It is a privilege to witness the journey of each child through JIS and share in their success when the curtain comes down.”

Meanwhile, Head of Junior School, Paul Bannister revealed that it was the first full-scale musical performed by Junior School students.

He expressed his gratitude to parents and guardians who spent time after school and at weekends to bring Peter Pan to life describing it as “another example of the levels of commitment that typify JIS”.

Director Anna Hogan attributes the success of the Peter Pan production not only to the wonderful cast on stage but also to the very large supporting backstage teams.

“To our young people, as the responsibilities of your lives continues to grow with age, make sure you carry the joy of childhood and imagination with you,” she noted.

Jordan Lo (above) plays Peter Pan while Breanne Lee stars as Wendy, the eldest of the Darling children

Jordan Lo (above) plays Peter Pan while Breanne Lee stars as Wendy, the eldest of the Darling children

One of the scenes from the musical Peter Pan Jr. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRS

One of the scenes from the musical Peter Pan Jr. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRS

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | July 1, 2018




JIS students enjoy ‘Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat’ film

THE special screening at the Empire Cinema of the locally-produced film Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat for 150 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students from Years 9, 10 and 12 of Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday received accolades and praises from the young cinemagoers.

The film directed and produced by award-winning director Siti Kamaluddin that has hit local cinemas in the country was keenly watched by the JIS students due to its local flavour and content, and the life that depicted a village lifestyle which many locals can relate to.

Siti Kamaluddin said she considered the screening of the film to the JIS students as of great importance because it portrayed the life and the spoken language utilised in a ‘Kampong Perpindahan’ setting.

The film will also enable foreign students at JIS to understand better the lifestyle common to Bruneians, and which some of the local students can relate to as well.

Jerudong International School (JIS) students with director Siti Kamaluddin and Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam at the screening of the Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat movie. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Jerudong International School (JIS) students with director Siti Kamaluddin and Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam at the screening of the Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat movie. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

The film illustrated the importance of family values and the festive atmosphere of Hari Raya which the JIS audience appreciated very much, she added.

The JIS students were led by the Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam, who also held a dialogue session with Siti Kamaluddin at the end of the film’s screening. The dialogue session involved discussions on film producing, the experiences and obstacles faced by Siti Kamaluddin and her university life. She also answered questions from the JIS students.

The cinema experience was an important and integral component of the programme designed to enhance the skills and proficiency of the JIS in the oral and written usage of Bahasa Melayu.

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | June 30, 2018