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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