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JIS students set to stage popular Shakespeare play

A CAST of over 30 Jerudong International School (JIS) students will be performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ over two days on November 10 and 11.

Those keen to purchase tickets can drop by the stationary shop at JIS or contact the school directly.

The show will be staged on November 10 at 7.45pm and November 11 at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at $10, $15 and $25.

Aside from the cast, a large behind-the-scenes team will assist in operating mechanical props, ambient lightings and sound settings to transition between the different scenes during the performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons.

These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular stage works and is widely performed across the world.

The performance will represent a change in direction from the school’s usual choice of musicals, but as drama teacher and the play’s director Sarah Grimshaw explains, the decision was very much an educational one.

“Many of our students want to go on to study drama after they leave JIS,” she says.

“Doing something like A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives them an opportunity to add more skills to their repertoire and increases their chances of not only getting a place at drama school or university, but also to succeed when they get there.”

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | November 7, 2017




Special needs students receive donated learning aids from JIS

THIRTEEN special needs students from the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School in Sungai Akar yesterday received learning aids and specialised resources donated by the Junior School Council of the Jerudong International School (JIS).

Present to witness the handover was Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafoor, the Acting Head of Special Education Unit (SEU) at the Ministry of Education.

Also present were Paul Bannister, the Head of the Junior School; and Richard Hallam, the Deputy Head of the Junior School at JIS.

In his welcoming remarks, Haji Ali Yusri, who is also the chairman of the SEU’s IKHLAS initiative, thanked JIS for its contribution in support of students with special needs.

“This is not the first time that JIS has contributed learning aids and specialised resources for the benefit of our students with special needs,” he said. “Your kind generosity has indeed benefited and made a positive impact in assisting our students’ learning journey. The learning aids and specialised resources required by these students with special needs will indeed help to fulfil and maximise their learning potential.”

Special needs students in a group photo with representatives from Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) and the Ministry of Education. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Special needs students in a group photo with representatives from Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) and the Ministry of Education. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show happy faces of the students receiving the learning aid from representatives of JIS

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show happy faces of the students receiving the learning aid from representatives of JIS

He then outlined the objectives of IKHLAS as a collaborative effort that sets out to meet the needs of students who require learning aids and specialised resources.

“IKHLAS comprises several committees that aim to identify the access needs of students with special needs, enlist the support from corporate bodies to sponsor learning aids and specialised resources as well as to provide training on the use of these resources,” he said.

“All of these are aimed at overcoming learning barriers; enhancing the students’ accessibility and independence in schools and at home; and also to realise the goals of Vision 2035.”

Earlier this year, the Junior School at JIS held a special fundraising week for students with special needs in Brunei.

A total of $6,000 was collected during the fundraiser, to procure numerous learning aids and specialised resources to assist students with special needs in their learning and mobility. The donated items include a rollator, a modified chair, a bar magnifier, a desktop computer, laptops and sensory resources.

Two of the donated laptops have been installed with a screen reader software program, JAWS (Job Access with Speech), which allows visually impaired users to access the computer and its screen content through a text-to-speech output.

Borneo Bulletin | Achong Tanjong | November 3, 2017




Cultural diversity celebrated at JIS International Day

SOME 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages.

JIS International Day, part of the school’s International Week, is held each academic year and plays an important part in encouraging JIS’ students to be global citizens. During this week, students will have the opportunity within the curriculum to learn about each other’s cultures in a variety of activities during academic lessons and in their house groups.

This year’s International Day theme is centred around ‘Teaspoons of Change’, which challenges every student to make a small personal choice, decision or action that has a positive impact on people or the planet.

The challenge is built on the premise that the students can double their impact as global citizens by not only thinking about doing good for others, but also by considering the indirect impact of their everyday choices and actions.

Junior School students started the day with a parade in their national costumes followed by an assembly at the Arts Centre Foyer.

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages

A section of the audience dressed in various outfits

A section of the audience dressed in various outfits

JIS students performing in a choir while dressing up in various cultural costumes

JIS students performing in a choir while dressing up in various cultural costumes

A performance by the JIS Irish dancers. – PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

A performance by the JIS Irish dancers. – PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

The event this year saw members from the school Music Department entertaining the audience – students from Year 4 right up to Year 13 – with two choral musical performances which carried the theme ‘Music from Around the World’.

The musical performances saw the involvement of choirs from various age groups across the school, including the Junior School Choir – comprising students from Year 4 to Year 6, Senior School Choir and Staff Choir.

The audience was also treated to performances by the orchestra, JIS Camerata, newly formed Gulingtangan Group from the Malay Faculty, and an American tunes performance by the JIS Jazz Band, as well as a step dancing performance by the JIS Irish dancers.

Students participating in the JIS International Day were required to donate a minimum of $2 to start their own ‘Teaspoon of Change’, with all the money raised handed to charities supported by the school, such as Cambodia Charity, the Borneo Project and the school’s very own Polio Points initiative.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | November 2, 2017




Cultural diversity celebrated at JIS International Day

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin.

Borneo Bulletin | November 2, 2017




A memorable day for 65 JIS Religious School students

THE annual certificate presentation ceremony for Primary 6 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) Religious School was held yesterday at the auditorium of its Arts Centre.

The event aimed to appreciate students who have obtained excellent results and passed in the Religious Education Primary Schools Certificate Examination 1437H/2016.

Present as guest of honour at the event was the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

Also present were First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Deputy Minister of Defence; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; as well as the permanent secretary, deputy permanent secretaries, acting director, acting assistant directors and senior officers of the Islamic Studies Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

A total of 65 students registered for the examination and all of them passed and received their certificates. Forty-eight students achieved Grade 1, while 11 achieved Grade 2 and six achieved Grade 3.

Out of the 65, 12 students obtained Aggregate 5, the highest result in the examination.

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Photos above show the Minister of Religious Affairs presenting certificates to students

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Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Deputy Minister of Defence; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; and other officials at the ceremony

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Cikgu Hajah Noraidah binti Haji Tengah, Principal of JIS Religious School during her speech. – PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

The event marked the end of religious school education for these students and served as a platform to strengthen the relationship between teachers, officers and parents.

Opening the event was the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Cikgu Norimy bin Haji Ahad, a religious teacher from JIS Religious School followed by an opening speech by Cikgu Hajah Noraidah binti Haji Tengah, Principal of JIS Religious School in her capacity as the chairperson of the event.

In her speech, Cikgu Hajah Noraidah highlighted that the JIS Religious School was established on January 10, 2005 with four teachers as a result of negotiations between the JIS Board of Directors and the Ministry of Education. Then, classes were divided into four – from Pre-Primary until Primary 3 with 11 students.

The religious school now has 221 students for the 2017-2018 session and 13 teachers.

The principal also noted that a number of activities were conducted by the school during the 2016-2017 session such as a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony for Primary 6 students, a new Hijrah Year celebration, a Maulidur Rasul celebration, Hari Raya and Teacher’s Day celebration as well as extra classes and Parent-Teacher meetings and Amali programmes among others.

One student from JIS Religious School was chosen to participate in the 71 times Khatam Al-Quran held in conjunction with 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 birthday celebrations.

“Religious education is very important to Muslim students in Brunei Darussalam to protect themselves from unhealthy and unbecoming circumstances,” said the principal. “I can feel that the two parties (JIS and JIS Religious School) have a strong bond in ensuring the success of students and their achievements in both religious and academic studies which gives the school outstanding results.”

The event also saw a brief speech by the Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow, followed by a speech by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

The event also saw a slide presentation on the JIS Religious School before the presentation of certificates to the students and appreciation gifts to the Primary 6 teachers by the guest of honour.

Students of the JIS Religious School carried out a Tausyeh performance. The ceremony culminated with a souvenir presentation to the guest of honour.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | October 21, 2017