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Their Majesties grace JIS Year 6 graduation ceremony

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 and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam brought cheers to Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday as they graced His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel’s Year 6 graduation ceremony.

The event was organised by JIS Junior School at the JIS Arts Centre where Their Majesties were greeted on arrival by Minister of Finance II and Chairman of JIS Dato Seri Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah; JIS Board of Directors members – Deputy Minister of Education Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad and Datin Paduka Magdalene Chong; JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow and senior members of the school.

Also present at the ceremony was Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah who is currently in Year 5 in the school.

The Year 6 graduation ceremony was led by the Year 6 graduating students who each spoke at some stage of the event with students sharing with the audience their favourite memories in Junior School.

The event was enlivened by poem recitations by Wa’iz, Iman, Sakhawi and Yi Hui, a memorable photo montage and music performances, namely Chanson Napoliante on the trumpet by Caitlyn, Prelude by Yi Hui and Jordan accompanied by the Foundation Strings and All is Calm by Melodee on the piano.

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, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah at the Jerudong International School Year 6 graduation ceremony

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, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah at the Jerudong International School Year 6 graduation ceremony

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 interacts with students during the visit

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 interacts with students during the visit

His Majesty with Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam take a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by students. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI

His Majesty with Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam take a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by students. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI

His Majesty tours the classroom of Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah

His Majesty tours the classroom of Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel speaks during the ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel speaks during the ceremony

Head of Junior School Paul Bannister gave closing remarks, followed by the graduating students singing a rendition of the popular hit Hall of Fame.

Following the ceremony, Their Majesties took a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by JIS students at the foyer of the JIS Arts Centre. Their Majesties later went on separate tours of the Junior School campus.

His Majesty visited the classrooms of His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, where the monarch met their classmates and teachers during a classroom session.

His Majesty, who takes a keen interest in the development of education in the country, was seen happily interacting with students who proudly explained and showed their work while in their learning sessions.

His Majesty also visited the classrooms His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah will study in for the new academic year which starts in August.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty enjoyed meeting early years students aged two-four years from the JIS Nursery and Kindergarten classes.

At the end of their visit, Their Majesties were greeted by students from the Junior School and class teachers.

With His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel graduating Junior School, His Royal Highness will be entering Year 7 of the JIS Middle Years, joining 132 other students in August.

On Their Majesties’ visit, JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “Everyone at JIS is tremendously proud and honoured to have Their Majesties joining us today.”

JIS was established in 1997 and currently has around 1,650 international and Bruneian students aged two-19 years. Students study the British International Curriculum from age two. From 14-16 years, students study the I/GCSE programmes. Senior students may choose between the ‘A’ Level programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for their pre-university course.

Borneo Bulletin | Hakim Hayat and Izah Azahari | June 23, 2018




JIS presents donations to 90 orphans

JERUDONG International School (JIS) presented donations to 90 orphans at a ceremony at the Conference Room of the JIS Arts Centre.

The event was held in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadhan and the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

The donations were handed over by Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow and Principal of the JIS Religious School Hajah Noraidah binti Haji Tengah.

Also present were family members and guardians of the orphans and JIS staff.

Recipients during the donation handover ceremony at the JIS Arts Centre. – AK ZAKI KASHARAN

Recipients during the donation handover ceremony at the JIS Arts Centre. – AK ZAKI KASHARAN

The orphans were chosen by the Social Services Unit, Community Development Department (JAPEM), under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by a religious teacher from JIS Religious School Mohd Norisham bin Haji Kamis, followed by a Tausyeh performance by students of JIS Religious School and a welcoming speech by the Principal.

The event concluded with the recitation of Doa Selamat led by a religious teacher from JIS Religious School Norimy bin Haji Ahad.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | June 9, 2018




Display of excellence by giving back to community

MEMBERS of the Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) donated a number of specialised equipment to nine special needs students from primary and secondary institutions at a student-led assembly yesterday to aid with their learning and mobility.

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit (SEU) at the Ministry of Education, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, was the guest of honour.

Also present were SEU officers and JIS Junior School students and staff.

JIS supports a number of local charities and in February this year, its Junior School raised BND8,000 at their annual Fundraising Week, with the funds for children with special needs in Brunei. The children are chosen in consultation with the SEU and this enables the Junior School of JIS to present children with equipment such as laptops, iPads and learning resources to help them with their learning needs.

The Fundraising Week provides an opportunity for JIS children to actively give something back to the wider Brunei community.

Paul Bannister, Head of the Junior School, said, “We talk a lot about achieving excellence in JIS. We expect our children to be not only academically excellent but display excellence in the way they live their lives and make a positive impact on others. By learning that they can contribute to the wider Brunei community, and help those who need it, we begin developing excellent citizens from a very early age. Seeing the difference that they can make to help other children overcome challenges in their education really helps them to understand the benefits of giving back to others.”

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education, and guest of honour, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, in a group photo with Jerudong International School (JIS) Junior School Student Council members and recipients

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education, and guest of honour, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, in a group photo with Jerudong International School (JIS) Junior School Student Council members and recipients

JIS Junior School Student Council members sell cakes to JIS students at a bake sale during the Fundraising Week in February this year. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS Junior School Student Council members sell cakes to JIS students at a bake sale during the Fundraising Week in February this year. – PHOTOS: JIS

The Junior School students were enthusiastic in participating throughout the Fundraising Week’s activities such as ‘Dollar for a Job’, ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’, ‘Coin Drop’, ‘Bake Sale’, ‘Launch a Teddy’ and ‘Messy Day’, as it was one of the most anticipated events in their academic calendar.

One of the popular activities during the Fundraising Week is the annual ‘Coin Drop’ where students collect as many Brunei coins as they can and add their donation by rolling the coins down a designated pipe from the first floor of one of the Junior School buildings down to the ground level.

In ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’, students have three guesses for BND1 and the person with the closest guess will win the jar of sweets. The Year 6 students from the Junior School Council managed this year’s Bake Sale and sold a variety of baked goods to Junior School students during their morning break.

‘Launch a Teddy’ was a fun challenge where students participated in a creative challenge to design the best parachute to keep their teddy bear in the air for the longest time possible. For every teddy bear and student participating in Messy Day, BND2 was donated towards the fundraising.

Paul Bannister described the hard work and dedication shown by the students during the Fundraising Week as admirable and inspiring. “We are immensely proud of the Junior School children, parents and teachers for raising the money and we look forward to seeing how the learning resources we can now provide make a difference to those children who receive them.”

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | May 17, 2018




Students sample traditional Tutong life

THE real-life replicas of different ethnic houses at the Cultural Village of Sungai Basong Recreational Park are a good starting point for students to learn about the past way of life and culture of Brunei, according to Cikgu Melhan bin Adam, Head of the Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS).

Melhan was speaking while leading a JIS student field trip to the Cultural Village yesterday under the Tourism Development Department’s Tutong Destination Visit Package.

The visitors were the school’s Year 8 foreign students currently taking the ‘Malay Language as Foreign Language’ class.

The Cultural Village is located within the Sungai Basong Recreational Park – one of the country’s many natural parklands, and a popular spot among Tutong residents for picnics, jogging, family gatherings, and other recreational activities.

The park, a five minutes’ drive from Pekan Tutong centre, is home to a picturesque small lake, while huts which dot the park compounds and an open activity area are favoured hangout spots for families.

A representative from the Tutong Tiong Hua community doing calligraphy

A representative from the Tutong Tiong Hua community doing calligraphy

Students taking notes during the trip. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

Students taking notes during the trip. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

Students listening to a Dusun ethnic elder

Students listening to a Dusun ethnic elder

The Cultural Village itself, or ‘Rumah Budaya’, houses life-size replicas of homes of the five ethnic groups of Tutong – Puak Tutong, Puak Kedayan, Puak Iban, Puak Tiong Hua (Chinese), and Puak Dusun – from the olden days.

The park’s management went the extra mile to make the exhibits as authentic as possible – the cultural houses were built with the exact same material used in their construction in the past. Also included among the exhibits are herbs farmed by the five ethnic groups for use as medicines during those times.

Upon arrival at the Cultural Village, the students – accompanied by three teachers led by Cikgu Melhan – were greeted by the Chief Executive of the Tutong District Tourism Promotion and Coordination Body (BPPPDT). They were taken on a guided tour of the village by Abdul Aziz bin Haji Hamdan from the Arts and Cultural Body of BPPPDT, where they experienced the culture through traditional dances and music, and sampled some ethnic delicacies.

“For most students, this is the first time they are visiting the Cultural Village. The students are doing a project on housing structure, so the visit is a good eye-opener for them as they are getting the chance to see the different styles of ethnic houses, which could also be a good source of inspiration for them,” said Melhan, who was impressed with the concept of the Cultural Village.

Melhan, who hails from Singapore, added that he hoped students currently taking the Malay Language programme at JIS will get a chance to visit the Cultural Village at least once in the programme.

“They can explore the other attractions of the Sungai Basong Recreational Park. The Malay Language students can learn about the food, culture and different ethnic dialects of Tutong as well. Hopefully we can arrange more of such visits,” he said.

Borneo Bulletin | Azaraimy HH | May 3, 2018




Liverpool legend Barnes in Brunei

MORE than 100 kids aged five to 12 were star-struck when they came face-to-face with Liverpool Football Club’s (LFC) legend, John Barnes, at the Jerudong International School (JIS).

The students from JIS and International School Brunei as well as Standard Chartered Bank clients’ children were taking part in a Football Clinic with LFC Legend John Barnes hosted by Standard Chartered Bank and JIS.

The event was part of Standard Charted Bank Brunei’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei said, “Standard Chartered has reached a key milestone of being in Brunei for 60 years. As a global sponsor of the Liverpool FC, we are delighted to be able to bring a differentiated experience for our clients and the youths in Brunei through our global partnership.

“We remain committed as the only international bank in Brunei to continue driving commerce and prosperity in Brunei through our unique diversity.”

John Barnes in a group photo with children participating in the clinic. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

John Barnes in a group photo with children participating in the clinic. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei with Liverpool Football Club’s John Barnes

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei with Liverpool Football Club’s John Barnes

Standard Chartered Bank Brunei is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Brunei this year by offering a full range of financial products and services for corporate and retails clients.

John Barnes said, “This is a fantastic event. Standard Chartered believes in giving back to the community and they understand the importance of family as well as the community.

“This is my second time in Brunei and I know that the people in Brunei and the region are very passionate about football. It is not surprising to see the massive love and interest in football among the children here.”

Standard Chartered Bank originally signed up as LFC’s main sponsor in July 2010 and over the years, Standard Charted and LFC used their partnership to support a number of the bank’s award winning sustainability and community investment programmes.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | April 29, 2018