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Learning Mathematics behind chocolate fountain

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) Mathematics faculty welcomed visiting Mathematician Dr Adam Townsend, a postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London recently.

JIS senior school students from Year 7 to Year 13 attended a presentation about Mathematics.

Dr Townsend shared about careers in Mathematics and his experience to students studying Further Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.

Dr Townsend, who investigates complex fluids and how objects and organisms move through them, also give popular Mathematics lectures for all ages across the UK, most commonly on the Mathematics of chocolate fountains.

The visit aimed at exposing students to the work of a full-time mathematician and to experience Mathematics beyond the curriculum.

Head of Mathematics Faculty at JIS Rebecca Baker, added, “It was fascinating to learn about the mathematical models behind chocolate fountains, and to learn how the concepts that underpin this relate in other areas, including medicine.”

Dr Adam Townsend and a student during an experiment. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Dr Adam Townsend and a student during an experiment. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | December 5, 2018




JIS students shine in French online international contest

JERUDONG International School (JIS) French Language students in Year 7 to Year 13 took part in a worldwide competition organised by Education Perfect, an online software tool to enhance knowledge of vocabulary, over the course of one week.

Out of 134 schools entered, JIS came 11th for French. Among schools with similar student population, JIS was placed second out of 34 and first in Southeast Asia.

Students embraced the opportunity of learning new words as well as having fun competing against their peers in other countries around the world. Year 11 student Vania Goh achieved 57th place worldwide and 13th in South-east Asian FOBISIA schools.

Prizes were awarded to the students.

At JIS, French is taught from Reception level all the way up to International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma level.

Head of European Languages at JIS Philippe Poulain said, “JIS students have taken part in this competition annually for a few years now but this year I was particularly impressed on how engaged they were with it for the whole week, including the weekend.

“This enabled our school to lead the scoreboard and the students to acquire the vocabulary necessary for their current studies. Students must be commended for their efforts and eagerness to achieve excellence in the subject.”

Winners Josh Lindsay, from Year 10, San Oo from Year 12, Vania Goh from Year 11 and Head of European Languages Philippe Poulain. – JIS

Winners Josh Lindsay, from Year 10, San Oo from Year 12, Vania Goh from Year 11 and Head of European Languages Philippe Poulain. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | December 4, 2018




PE teachers share best-practices

JERUDONG International School’s (JIS) Physical Education (PE) Department recently hosted a Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Secondary PE Job Alike Workshops (JAWS).

The workshop involved teachers from seven different international schools from five countries – Brunei, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. It was a great opportunity for the senior school PE teachers to get together to share best practices and new ideas about the teaching of PE.

Held over two days, Friday and Saturday, the ‘PE and Sport in International Schools’ JAWS workshop saw fruitful discussions, presentations and practical applications through the sharing of ideas and collaborations which enable teachers to emerge as better practitioners.

During the workshops they identified the various approaches to teaching net and wall games, ways to get creative in PE, info-communication technology in PE as well as the practical ways of PE IGCSE Theory.

They also participated in modified games to develop transferable skills and personalised learning.

JAWS workshops are available exclusively to FOBISIA member schools and embody the sharing of good practices, collaboration and idea development.

FOBISIA is a regional federation of leading British International Schools in Asia established in 1988. JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow has recently completed a three-year position on the Heads Executive Board of FOBISIA.

Physical Education teachers participate in activities during the workshop. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Physical Education teachers participate in activities during the workshop. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | November 18, 2018




 Royalty’s day out at Muara Beach

HER Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah yesterday joined other Jerudong International School (JIS) Year 6 students on a trip to Muara Beach.

According to JIS, the Year 6 students took part in activities by the beach that were designed to give them the opportunity to relate to the characters in the story, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo which they are currently studying.

Their activities included walking on the beach and catching crabs, building mini-shelters, creating sand-art using Japanese characters, learning to tie nautical knots and roasting marshmallows over a beach bonfire.

JIS said such activity allows its students to explore firsthand the activities mentioned in the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom and will provide inspiration that will be helpful for their future writing.

Years 5 and 6 Phase Leader John Baker said, “Educational visits such as this provide unique opportunities for learning to take place outside the classrooms. Students learn through a variety of hand-on activities that wouldn’t be possible at school. In this case, the trip allowed the children to really empathise with the main characters in the story, which will benefit the fictional writing they will go on to produce.”

Head of JIS Junior School Paul Bannister added, “We are fortunate to be able to support our learning through the fantastic natural environment in Brunei. Bringing alive classroom learning, in this case being able to immerse themselves in a ‘castaway’ scenario, really enhances the children’s understanding of the themes covered.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah experiments during the trip to Muara Beach. – JIS

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah experiments during the trip to Muara Beach. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Hakim Hayat | November 15, 2018




Students learn about brain scanning

SIX Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students and two teachers from the Psychology Department at Jerudong International School (JIS) recently visited the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital for a tour of the brain scanning facilities at the hospital’s Radiology Department.

A press release by JIS said the trip began with an introduction to the brain scanning facilities before a tour of the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning rooms. A radiographer from the hospital explained the procedures as well as strengths and limitations of the machines to the students.

The students also viewed a mini exhibition by the Radiology Department on the range of scans available.

They also spoke with the staff to learn more about the department in general.

The press release said the visit would help the students learn more about brain scanning techniques as part of the IB Psychology syllabus, as well as enhance their understanding of the relationship between physiology (the brain) and cognitions known as mental processing (thinking, language, attention, perception and memory).

In IB Psychology, students learn about brain scanning in the biological and cognitive levels of analysis, as it is a way of collecting data on brain activity and connections between the brain and behaviour.

IB Coordinator at JIS Dr Colin Dickinson said, “JIS is very grateful to RIPAS Hospital for allowing our students to visit and learn from their staff. It was a great opportunity to see how the theory taught in school is actually used to treat patients.”

Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Psychology students from Jerudong International School during the introductory talk at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital

Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Psychology students from Jerudong International School during the introductory talk at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital

ABOVE AND BELOW: Students view the mini exhibition on Radiology at the RIPAS Hospital. – PHOTOS: JIS

ABOVE AND BELOW: Students view the mini exhibition on Radiology at the RIPAS Hospital. – PHOTOS: JIS

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Borneo Bulletin | Danial Norjidi | November 15, 2018