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Fun day out for JIS students at Jerudong Park

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joined 70 fellow Frogmouth students from middle years and upper years of Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday afternoon for a fun-filled social trip to Jerudong Park, organised by Frogmouth House and its sister-house, Sandpiper House.

The aim of the trip was to build upon and further develop the supportive structure and bond between the upper years and middle years’ students in the Senior School.

At JIS, the senior students (Years 7-13) are allocated into one of the 16 houses. Each ‘House’ is actually a community or big family of students. There are eight boys’ and eight girls’ houses.

Named after the birds of Borneo, all 16 houses participate throughout the academic year in friendly yet competitive inter-house competitions such as the debating tournament, War of Words, House Football, House Netball and Tug of War tournaments to win the esteemed House Cup. All houses encourage all their students to participate to earn points for their houses. Each house has a leadership structure providing wonderful opportunities for the students to flourish.

Housemaster of Frogmouth House Ralph Morel added, “the art of creating opportunities for integration and developing friendships comes from such shared experiences outside the classroom. With many opportunities such as this throughout the year, it enables us to create a culture of mentoring and a strong bond between our Houses, especially when we come together in the academic Joint House Competitions.”

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joined 70 fellow Frogmouth students from middle years and upper years at Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday afternoon for a fun-filled social trip to Jerudong Park, organised by Frogmouth House and its sister-house, Sandpiper House

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joined 70 fellow Frogmouth students from middle years and upper years at Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday afternoon for a fun-filled social trip to Jerudong Park, organised by Frogmouth House and its sister-house, Sandpiper House

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in a group photo with fellow Frogmouth students from Middle Years and Upper Years of Jerudong International School. – PHOTOS: JIS

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in a group photo with fellow Frogmouth students from Middle Years and Upper Years of Jerudong International School. – PHOTOS: JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris & Fizah HAB | January 19, 2019




Royalty stars in JIS musical

HER Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 80 Year 6 students in the year group production, R for Resilience.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn,” said Her Royal Highness in one of the many scenes of R for Resilience.

This line in particular held a strong emphasis in the story as it was spoken and repeated throughout the play.

Performed at the Black Box Theatre located at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre, Year 6 students brought to life on stage the stories of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and the failed NASA mission of Apollo 13. Contrary to the standard styles of musicals, R for Resilience reflected the topics learnt by Year 6 students in Term 1, revolving around the topic of survivors.

Students also included current stories on refugee survivors in their performance which delivered an intense and sentimental experience for the audience.

Head of Junior School Music and Drama Anna Hogan directed and co-wrote the script with the Year 6 students. It looked at what all the people had in common to survive and achieve through adversity, eventually leading them to admire resilience and leadership.

“Every year a group at JIS does an annual production that supports the children developing important communication skills in front of an audience. They are encouraged to show their ideas creatively to engage an audience,” added Anna.

At the Jerudong International School, Drama is introduced in junior school from Year 3 to Year 6. This allows students to grow in self-confidence as well as providing them with a means of re-evaluating and re-visiting topics taught in the classroom in a different way and context.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 80 Year 6 students in the year group production, R for Resilience. Performed at the Black Box Theatre located at the JIS Arts Centre, Year 6 students brought stories of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and the failed NASA mission of Apollo 13 to life

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 80 Year 6 students in the year group production, R for Resilience. Performed at the Black Box Theatre located at the JIS Arts Centre, Year 6 students brought stories of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and the failed NASA mission of Apollo 13 to life

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah with fellow students at the R for Resilience musical. – AZIZ IDRIS

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah with fellow students at the R for Resilience musical. – AZIZ IDRIS

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | January 12, 2019




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