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JIS students receive Star of the Month award

THE Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS), recently presented 16 outstanding senior school students with the inaugural Asian Languages Star of the Month award, certificate and badge.

The Asian Languages Faculty at JIS offers Malay Language, Urdu, Foreign Language Chinese and Foreign Language Malay programmes across the Junior School to the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in sixth form.

Melhan Adam, Head of Asian Languages at JIS, said faculty members selected and shortlisted students from their classes who have stood out for ‘Excellence in Languages’.

“The recipients are not necessarily the most able linguists, but students who have displayed tremendous levels of effort, enthusiasm, progress and work ethics for their language learning.

The recipients of the Asian Language Star of the Month award in a group photo with Melhan Adam, the Head of the Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS)

The recipients of the Asian Language Star of the Month award in a group photo with Melhan Adam, the Head of the Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS)

“This includes promoting and using the language outside the classroom or by producing an outstanding piece of work, or even showing significant improvements in their language proficiency and interest in the culture and language.”

Awards for the senior school are given once every two months and termly for the junior school.

The Asian Languages Star of the Month badge are worn by recipients with their school uniform designed by Year 9 JIS student, Rafeeqa Teo.

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | November 20, 2017




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