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JIS students explore higher education opportunities

JERUDONG International School (JIS) recently hosted their annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening at the JIS Arts Centre, where parents and students attended a range of country-specific presentations and visited information booths set up by the respective missions represented at the event.

The event commenced with an opening address by the school’s Principal, Barnaby Sandow, followed by an overview of the system for guiding and advising JIS students making university applications by the Dean of Higher Education Russell Mann.

These sessions provided the opportunity to learn more about a range of popular tertiary destinations worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition, one session addressed Oxbridge and Medicine applications for those aspiring to apply for places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as those wishing to pursue medical studies.

Nicola Rosenblum, the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; and Craig Allen, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam, were present with their teams to make presentations, disseminate information and answer questions about studying in universities in their countries.

Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam addressing parents and students about studying in UK universities

Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam addressing parents and students about studying in UK universities

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow delivering the opening address. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow delivering the opening address. – PHOTOS: JIS

ABOVE & BELOW: Representatives at the information booths speaking to parents and students about higher education opportunities

ABOVE & BELOW: Representatives at the information booths speaking to parents and students about higher education opportunities



Also in attendance were Katia Menargues, Deputy Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam; Thomas Heilmaier, the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam; and Pengiran Izad Ryan bin Pengiran Laila Kanun Diraja Pengiran Haji Bahrin, Honorary Swiss Consul to Brunei Darussalam.

Teams of representatives from Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Teknologi Brunei were also available to answer questions and provide information.

The annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening is a key part in every JIS student’s journey to researching and selecting the appropriate university for their future careers.

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | February 2, 2018




JIS bags Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in London

JERUDONG International School (JIS) recently won the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in the prestigious British International Schools Award (BISA) for 2018 for their environmental effort to restore 10,000m2 of tropical heathland initiative.

The Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC) initiative by JIS was announced the award winners in London, the United Kingdom (UK) at a prestigious award ceremony at The Connaught Hotel on January 22. Chris McGeorge, the former Sports Director at JIS and now based in the UK, collected the award on behalf of the school.

Early in 2016, the JIS set aside 10,000m2 of land within the extensive campus.

Part of the land is forested while in other sections the tropical heathland had been beaten back, leading to soil quality to be diminished.

It has now become a learning space of which the school community are very proud as it lies just behind the large Sports Complex adjacent to the Junior School for easy accessibility as a learning area.

Students explaining about compost to Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex

Students explaining about compost to Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex

Chris McGeorge, former Sports Director at JIS, receiving the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in the prestigious British International Schools Award (BISA) for 2018. – PHOTOS: JIS

Chris McGeorge, former Sports Director at JIS, receiving the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in the prestigious British International Schools Award (BISA) for 2018. – PHOTOS: JIS

Botanists from Universiti Brunei Darussalam assisted in identifying plants in the remaining areas of woodland while students helped by testing the soil and indigenous Bruneian saplings such as the Simpur which will be planted in the open areas.

Students have met weekly, mentored by a local permaculture expert to focus on using garden waste in a composting project. The infrastructure for the ODC was developed with pathways, seating, signs and fencing being installed by the students and assisted by teachers.

In April 2017, for Earth Week, the first opportunity to showcase the ODC to the local community in Brunei arose. The ODC was used as the backdrop and focus for the celebrations that week with activities arranged by the whole school and participation from local NGOs.

The project to restore and use this area has been primarily student led. The ODC was visited in October 2017 by Their Royal Highnesses Earl and Countess of Wessex when visiting Brunei for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne.

As Year 12 student, Shanie Chauhan (who volunteered to help in the ODC as part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award) commented, “It has given me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for everyone who was a part of it. I am especially pleased to know that the ODC will continue to grow and develop.

“I will be proud to be able to say that I witnessed the development from the very beginning. Working as part of a team of all ages has inspired me that when you have an idea and you truly believe in it, it will grow into something to be proud of. Going from a deserted space, the ODC has transformed into a unique learning facility for all ages and all the faculties of my school. From the sensory path, to the herb spirals and the compost area, these have all impacted many people from my school community and I’m glad to have been a part of and will continue to be.”

Meanwhile, Principal Barnaby Sandow expressed his delight to hear that JIS has won the prestigious award. “It highlights the presence of such an outstanding school here in Brunei on a global platform – something we all can be proud of.

“It is also testimony to the dedicated students and hardworking, inspirational teachers at JIS who have united to set up and create the ODC. I hope that it is something we can all celebrate here in beautiful Brunei.”

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris & Khairil Hassan | January 28, 2018




Wu Chun shares business secrets with JIS student

BRUNEIAN superstar Wu Chun recently hosted a lunchtime lecture, and question and answer session for Jerudong International School (JIS) students at the school’s Lecture Theatre.

A hugely successful entrepreneur, Wu Chun shared some of the business secrets that helped him along the way to owning some of Brunei’s most prosperous companies. “Business has to be meaningful,” he told the audience.

“Business has to be your passion, something that you really like. Being an entrepreneur is not easy – you have to work long hours, you have to be hands-on and you have to motivate a team to perform well. Being a good leader is very important.

“I don’t know everything, but in my experience in business, I’ve learnt and want to share that you need to have the right kind of attitude,” he said. “You have to commit to your dream. When you start a business it is your dream, it’s your baby, but if you give it your full commitment then it can grow into something amazing because miracles do happen if you truly believe in it.”

The lecture was the latest in the regular ‘Lunchtime Lecture’ series at JIS where students can bring their lunch and listen to a talk on a variety of subjects. Wu Chun added some serious star power to the Business and Economics courses on offer at JIS as part of the broad IGCSE, A Level and IB Diploma curricula.

Wu Chun during the lunchtime lecture, and question and answer session for Jerudong International School. – JIS

Wu Chun during the lunchtime lecture, and question and answer session for Jerudong International School. – JIS

Another important point Wu Chun was keen to focus on was charity. “Some people think partying is very cool,” the entrepreneur said, “but I want to tell you that helping people, doing charity work, is even cooler.”

An ambassador for a whole raft of charities including the National Anti-Drug Association, the star has done everything from goodwill concerts to raise money for children and athletes with special needs, to twice yearly blood donation campaigns and even a 10-hour road trip from Qinghai to deliver much-needed medical supplies to small villages in China.

It’s a concept that will no doubt resonate with the students at JIS, who are educated with a strong philosophy of giving, and contribute to the school’s support of a number of charities, not least with the innovative Polio Points system, which sees good behaviour rewarded with donations to charitable causes.

“Polio Points are really meaningful and very encouraging for students to prove themselves,” Wu Chun said of the scheme. “It’s programmes like this that make JIS what it is. The school is more about building personality than focussing only on results. They want to make learning fun and such an encouraging culture is definitely the right direction for the students.”

And amid all the talk of showbiz and entrepreneurialism, Wu Chun was keen to point out that, for him, there really is no substitute for good old-fashioned family values. With his family joining the JIS students in the audience he finished his lecture by saying, “The thing I am proudest of in the world is being a father. That is something that money can’t buy.”

Borneo Bulletin | December 1, 2017




14 JIS students attend THIMUN conference in Singapore

A GROUP of 14 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) including two Bruneian students recently attended the THIMUN conference in Singapore with approximately 1,500 students from the best schools in Asia, according to a press release.

THIMUN Singapore was established in 2004 as a sister conference to THIMUN (The Hague Model United Nations) and is part of the THIMUN Foundation.

It has taken place since the very first conference at the Hwa Chong Institution and students and staff from the school have supported the conference in many different roles.

The five-day conference is a simulation of the United Nations for secondary students and takes place annually in November in Singapore.

Two of the participating JIS students held significant leadership positions in this student-led conference. Year 13 IB Diploma student, Krishna Kasim was Deputy Secretary General and Year 13 ‘A’ Level student, Saumitra Tripathi was the Deputy President of the International Court Justice.

JIS students at THIMUN conference in Singapore

JIS students at THIMUN conference in Singapore

At THIMUN Singapore, students find themselves debating on current world issues in the General Assembly with topics in the likes of International Security, Economics and Finance, Health and Youth, Tourism and Human Rights just to name a few.

The THIMUN Foundation aims to promote and foster collaborative and solution-oriented discussion on world issues by instilling a long-life passion for improving the global community into today’s youth.

Attendants of THIMUN conferences seek solutions through discussions, negotiations and debates on current problems of the world.

As well as the full range of committees, including the Human Rights Council and ECOSOC, the conference has its own newspaper, Munity East. For more information about THIMUN Singapore, visit http://singapore.thimun.org/.

In JIS, one of the well-established co-curricular activities is the Model United Nations (MUN) Club. There are two levels – the Middle Years MUN and the Upper Years MUN.

These clubs provide opportunities for students to learn more about the world as well as provide leadership teamwork and public speaking opportunities.

Borneo Bulletin | November 25, 2017




JIS shortlisted for British award

JERUDONG International School (JIS), Brunei Darussalam has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in the prestigious British International Schools Award (BISA) for 2018.

The award winners will be announced in London, United Kingdom on January 22, 2018.

The initiative for which the school has been shortlisted is its Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC).

Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “I am tremendously proud to hear that JIS has been shortlisted for this award ceremony. It is testament to the dedicated students and hard working, inspirational teachers at JIS who have united to create the ODC.”

Early in 2016, the school set aside a piece of land where a group of teachers and students restored its soil quality. Since then, projects on the land have been led by students.

“I’ve come to really enjoy and appreciate the environment around us,” said Kai Jie Hii, a Year 12 student who is a leader in the ODC committee.

Since May 2016, when the boundary was established, the ODC has become an important learning space for the school community. It was officially opened in January 2017.

Botanists from the nearby Universiti Brunei Darussalam assisted in identifying plants for parts of the centre.

Since September 2016, a group of students met weekly, mentored by a local permaculture expert to focus on using garden waste in a composting project.

The infrastructure for the ODC was developed with pathways, seating, signs and fencing installed by the students, assisted by teachers.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex during their visit to the Jerudong International School

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex during their visit to the Jerudong International School

Junior School students visiting the Outdoor Discovery Centre

Junior School students visiting the Outdoor Discovery Centre

In April 2017 during the Earth Week, the ODC has its first opportunity to showcase itself to the whole school and several NGOs.

A highlight of Earth Week was the ‘herb spiral’ project, designed and constructed by senior school students. Coco Bennett, a final year A-Level student said, “Not only had the co-curricular activity made integration possible between the different year groups, it gave me a chance to step outside my comfort zone.”

Junior school students and middle year students visited the ODC to not only discover more about the natural world but also learn from projects by their seniors.

Many of the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award students have chosen to carry out their service or skills activities in the ODC.

The school’s eco-JIS recycling team are also looking into ways that they can use the ODC to help them recycle and upcycle waste.

Shanie Chauhan, a Year 12 student who volunteered in the ODC as part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, said, “It has given me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I am pleased to know that the ODC will continue to grow and develop.”

The senior students are using the ODC in a variety of ways. For example, physics students have an ongoing solar study to determine how to provide solar energy to the hub.

Geography students are undertaking research into issues such as “What conditions promote the growth of Brunei’s national flower Simpur (Dillenia Suffruticosa)?”

Art students regularly visit the ODC as a source of inspiration for their work.

The junior school is embarking on the ‘Farm to School’ project, sponsored by Progresif and in association with Agrome IQ. Interestingly, one of the Bruneian Agrome IQ personnel is a JIS alumnus, who also studied at Cardiff University in Environmental Science.

Borneo Bulletin | November 21, 2017