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Display of excellence by giving back to community

MEMBERS of the Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) donated a number of specialised equipment to nine special needs students from primary and secondary institutions at a student-led assembly yesterday to aid with their learning and mobility.

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit (SEU) at the Ministry of Education, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, was the guest of honour.

Also present were SEU officers and JIS Junior School students and staff.

JIS supports a number of local charities and in February this year, its Junior School raised BND8,000 at their annual Fundraising Week, with the funds for children with special needs in Brunei. The children are chosen in consultation with the SEU and this enables the Junior School of JIS to present children with equipment such as laptops, iPads and learning resources to help them with their learning needs.

The Fundraising Week provides an opportunity for JIS children to actively give something back to the wider Brunei community.

Paul Bannister, Head of the Junior School, said, “We talk a lot about achieving excellence in JIS. We expect our children to be not only academically excellent but display excellence in the way they live their lives and make a positive impact on others. By learning that they can contribute to the wider Brunei community, and help those who need it, we begin developing excellent citizens from a very early age. Seeing the difference that they can make to help other children overcome challenges in their education really helps them to understand the benefits of giving back to others.”

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education, and guest of honour, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, in a group photo with Jerudong International School (JIS) Junior School Student Council members and recipients

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit at the Ministry of Education, and guest of honour, Cikgu Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, in a group photo with Jerudong International School (JIS) Junior School Student Council members and recipients

JIS Junior School Student Council members sell cakes to JIS students at a bake sale during the Fundraising Week in February this year. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS Junior School Student Council members sell cakes to JIS students at a bake sale during the Fundraising Week in February this year. – PHOTOS: JIS

The Junior School students were enthusiastic in participating throughout the Fundraising Week’s activities such as ‘Dollar for a Job’, ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’, ‘Coin Drop’, ‘Bake Sale’, ‘Launch a Teddy’ and ‘Messy Day’, as it was one of the most anticipated events in their academic calendar.

One of the popular activities during the Fundraising Week is the annual ‘Coin Drop’ where students collect as many Brunei coins as they can and add their donation by rolling the coins down a designated pipe from the first floor of one of the Junior School buildings down to the ground level.

In ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’, students have three guesses for BND1 and the person with the closest guess will win the jar of sweets. The Year 6 students from the Junior School Council managed this year’s Bake Sale and sold a variety of baked goods to Junior School students during their morning break.

‘Launch a Teddy’ was a fun challenge where students participated in a creative challenge to design the best parachute to keep their teddy bear in the air for the longest time possible. For every teddy bear and student participating in Messy Day, BND2 was donated towards the fundraising.

Paul Bannister described the hard work and dedication shown by the students during the Fundraising Week as admirable and inspiring. “We are immensely proud of the Junior School children, parents and teachers for raising the money and we look forward to seeing how the learning resources we can now provide make a difference to those children who receive them.”

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | May 17, 2018