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School celebrates Book Week

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah participated in the activities of the annual Book Week celebrated in Jerudong International School (JIS) recently.

Highlighting the importance of books, reading and writing, JIS had a number of exciting activities planned throughout the week, including special lectures by invited authors, a Skype session for Year 7 students with British novelist Julia Golding and discussions with this year’s Book Week guest, award-winning author and Everest Summiteer Matt Dickinson.

“When I look back at my Everest experiences, the adventurers I’ve worked with, one thing becomes very clear. People I worked with and the people I love to be with, they are people who have pretty crazy dreams. I like that, I think it’s pretty interesting,” said Dickinson.

At his lunchtime lecture, Matt Dickinson explained, “The more adventure you put into your life, the more successful you’ll be in any part of your life, because you’ll learn more about yourself, you will have the ability to test yourself, push yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone and that will help you to gain confidence in every single field.”

Meanwhile, Head of English Faculty at JIS Juliet Cooke said, “While students study books throughout the year at JIS, Book Week is an essential opportunity to bring books alive and see writers in action.

ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah participated in the activities of the annual Book Week celebrated in Jerudong International School (JIS) recently. A week highlighting the importance of books, reading and writing, JIS had a number of exciting activities planned throughout the week, including special lectures by invited authors, a Skype session for Year 7 students with British novelist, Julia Golding and discussions with this year’s Book Week guest, award-winning author and Everest Summiteer, Matt Dickinson. – PHOTOS: FIZAH HAB

ABOVE & BELOW: His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah participated in the activities of the annual Book Week celebrated in Jerudong International School (JIS) recently. A week highlighting the importance of books, reading and writing, JIS had a number of exciting activities planned throughout the week, including special lectures by invited authors, a Skype session for Year 7 students with British novelist, Julia Golding and discussions with this year’s Book Week guest, award-winning author and Everest Summiteer, Matt Dickinson. – PHOTOS: FIZAH HAB

“Our visiting authors inspire our young people to use their imagination and creativity in their own writing and develop a lifelong love of reading.” Prior to Book Week, Junior and Senior students read relevant books in preparation for the visiting authors they are meeting in Book Week.

“This year, JIS Junior School welcomed award-winning storyteller, Roger Jenkins, who shares predominantly Asian tales to young readers from a wide range of ages from the Reception class up to Year 4.”

International award-winning storyteller, Jenkins said, “By choosing age-appropriate stories, making them very interactive, the kids get to participate and enjoy that.

“What I really enjoyed is that it’s very intimate, telling stories in the library, I can really have the question and answer response,” said Jenkins.

Head of Libraries at JIS Karli Downey added, “Book Week is the showcase event for the Library and English faculties.

“It allows the whole school to highlight the importance of reading in a fun and imaginative way and really gets the whole community thinking and discussing books they have read, or on their wish list to read.

“It was wonderful to witness some incredibly creative costumes from our students.”

Borneo Bulletin | Fizah HAB | March 23, 2019




Fundraising Week raises over BND9,228

JERUDONG International School (JIS) recently raised over BND9,228 at its annual Fundraising Week, which will be donated for children with special needs in Brunei Darussalam, in consultation with the Ministry of Education Special Education Unit by giving specialist equipment to help them to access learning.

“Fundraising Week provides a great opportunity for our children to actively give something back to the wider Brunei community,” Head of JIS Junior School Paul Bannister said.

Several fundraising activities were held throughout the week including ‘Dollar for a Job’ – where students kept their own booklets to keep track of jobs they’ve done to help around their house, ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’, ‘Coin Drop’, ‘Bake Sale’, ‘Launch a Teddy’, ‘Design a New Hairstyle’ and ‘Mad Scientist Dress Up Day’.

One of the most popular activities in Fundraising Week was the ‘Coin Drop’. Students collected as many coins as possible and then rolled the coins down a designated pipe from the first floor of one of the Junior School buildings to the ground level into a trough of water.

The Year 6 students from Junior School Council managed this year’s Bake Sale, selling baked goods to Junior School students during their morning break.

JIS students buying cakes at Fundraising Week Bake Sale. – JIS

JIS students buying cakes at Fundraising Week Bake Sale. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Fizah HAB & Khairil Hassan | March 23, 2019




Musical extravaganza bonds students, staff

NINTY-NINE senior students from Jerudong International School (JIS) starred on the JIS Arts Centre stage last weekend with a High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show performance.

The school production took just six and a half weeks of preparations. It was performed by students from Year 9 to Year 13. They were supported by a team of musicians.

Behind the scenes, more than 100 students and staff worked in set design, painting and construction, designing and building props, making costumes, creating choreography, working on lighting and sound as well as hair and make-up.

Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “For many students, the productions here have been the most transformational experiences of their time in JIS.

“The team has to dig deep into reserves of resilience and challenge themselves to keep going. But it is because of this that they learn and become better versions of themselves. They have to communicate under pressure, collaborate and remain respectful.

The cast of High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show. – PHOTOS: JIS

The cast of High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show. – PHOTOS: JIS

The leads played by Ethan Officer and Daphne Ng

The leads played by Ethan Officer and Daphne Ng

“In turn, younger students look up to these leaders and are inspired to follow in their footsteps. There is a healthy legacy being created that perpetuates personal growth.”

Director of High School Musical and Head of Drama Will Kemp said, “The 99 performers on stage performed 18 songs with complex and detailed choreography… supported by a band of talented musicians who, being in the orchestra pit are not seen, but are an essential part of the performance and must be recognised as such.”

The musical was staged in three shows with several schools in attendance including Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) and children from Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam.

The High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Captain of the basketball team Troy Bolton (played by Year 10 IGCSE student Ethan Officer), and a shy transfer student Gabriella Montez (played by Year 13 A Level student Daphne Ng).

Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and this causes division among all the school’s students. Despite other students’ attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to “stick to the status quo”.

High school diva Sharpay Evans (played by Year 12 IB student Tara Zhang) and her twin brother Ryan (played by Year 11 IGCSE student Evan Chiam), will do anything not only to sabotage the friendship and romance between Troy and Gabriella but also to get the leads in the school musical.

Borneo Bulletin | Rokiah Mahmud | March 7, 2019




JIS hosts Careers Carousel

JERUDONG International School (JIS) held its annual JIS Senior School Careers Carousel recently.

Every year, JIS invites recognised experts within their specialist fields to meet and give presentations to over 300 JIS Upper Years students in Year 11 to Year 12.

These students are completing their IGCSEs or have just commenced their A Level or IB Diploma studies.

The students were invited to select two talks to attend from the wide range on offer – a selection of over 40 talks and 60 speakers presenting and discussing their careers.

A special aspect was the presence of several Bruneian JIS alumni who returned to the school as a speaker.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers Barnes talking about International Diplomacy

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers Barnes talking about International Diplomacy

JIS seniors participate in an activity at JIS Careers Carousel. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS seniors participate in an activity at JIS Careers Carousel. – PHOTOS: JIS

Each talk included a question and answer session, where students took advantage of the opportunity to question the speakers. This level of access provided students with the opportunity to acquire information about their possible chosen career.

Many students used the opportunity to network with the professionals to organise a possible work placement.

Speakers from this year included Natalie Gowers Barnes from the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam who spoke on International Diplomacy, Medical Superintendent from Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar who spoke on medicine, and Ampuan Dr Siti Nur Hanisah binti Ampuan Dr Haji Ibrahim from the Ministry of Health who spoke on dentistry.

Meanwhile, JIS alumni speakers included Shinny Chai from The Collective who spoke about the creative arts industry, Aimi Ramlee from Tyne Solutions who spoke about business entrepreneurship, Osveanne Osman from Creative Space who discussed creative arts and Azela Safri who spoke about working in engineering at Shell.

The Careers Carousel also included many careers represented for the first time such as media, petro physicist and an aviation helicopter pilot.

Borneo Bulletin | March 1, 2019




Students enjoy ‘Body Attack’ class

ONE-hundred-and-twenty-eight Year 8 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) enjoyed a ‘Body Attack’ class by Fitness Zone at the school’s gymnasiums recently as part of the ‘Healthy Living’ topic covered in their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Programme.

As students have been learning to appreciate healthy nutrition and daily exercise, ‘Body Attack’ was deemed a suitable activity for all students.

“It’s great to be able to teach the children how to exercise and have fun at the same time,” said Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon.

In Senior School, the PSHE Programme covers three key aspects of health – physical, emotional and intellectual health. In the Middle Years (Year 7 to Year 9), these strands are labelled Friendships, Healthy Living and Emotional Resilience.

Middle Years Healthy Living PSHE Coordinator Sue Mead said, “Not only were all students able to participate and have fun while exercising, but in this one session, we incorporated all three strands of PSHE we promote here at JIS.”

PSHE at JIS aims to equip each student with knowledge, self-understanding and social, emotional and intellectual skills necessary to live a healthy, safe and well-balanced life to achieve their full potential.

The PSHE curriculum at JIS takes a positive, preventative approach, aimed at empowering students with the self-awareness and emotional resilience required to confront the challenges of life.

Year 8 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with the instructors

Year 8 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with the instructors

Students during the ‘Body Attack’ class. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN

Students during the ‘Body Attack’ class. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | February 28, 2019