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Students go multi-lingual, multi-cultural to celebrate European Day of Languages

LANGUAGE students from the Jerudong International School (JIS) recently celebrated European Day of Languages, annually held on September 26, with an activity-filled day organised by teachers from the European Language Faculty.

Established in 2001, the European Day of Languages was set up by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to celebrate the linguistic diversity of a continent with over 200 European languages, 24 official EU languages, about 60 regional/minority languages and many more spoken by people from other parts of the world.

A total of 24 Year 11 IGCSE students participated in the multi-sensory cultural day, which was aimed to not only develop students’ confidence in speaking a different language, but to also give them some first-hand insight into the French, Spanish and Latin American culture.

According to the Head of European Languages Faculty Philippe Poulain, the European Languages Day has been celebrated in different ways over the years.

“This year we set up a whole day programme for our Year 11 Spanish students while French students were involved in a variety of activities during lesson time. Whatever the format, at the end of the day, it is all about promoting students’ awareness of European languages, something which is embedded in the schemes of learning at JIS we had fine-tuned collectively as a team,” said Poulain.

Year 11 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) enjoy traditional Mexican tacos

Year 11 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) enjoy traditional Mexican tacos

Hopscotch played by Junior School French Language students

Hopscotch played by Junior School French Language students

Year 11 students in a Spanish language class. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Year 11 students in a Spanish language class. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

French students participated in activities from playing Pétanque or Hopscotch outdoors to visiting places via virtual means using Google Virtual Cardboard glasses and learning through online quizzes hosted by the Council of Europe’s Centre for Modern Languages.

The students started their classroom activity in groups, encouraging each other as they attempted the Spanish Spelling Bee challenge which covered topics such as Flora and Fauna and the History and Geography of the Spanish speaking world.

This was followed with a general knowledge competition about Spain and frequently used Spanish words taken from a variety of IGCSE topics.

After a break and Churros con chocolate, the students were given recipes in Spanish with steps on how to make traditional Mexican tacos.

Albeit adapted according to ingredients available in Brunei, this activity provided students with a chance to work as a team, using problem solving skills.

At the end, they were happy to devour their tacos.

Finally, to develop their listening skills, historical understanding and cultural knowledge, the students watched a film based on a true story about child soldiers and the civil war in El Salvador. “Learning languages is a vitally important skill. Understanding how to see things from another person’s perspective starts with understanding their language because it is inextricably linked to culture, history and even geography. Only by understanding how another person thinks can one really create an integrated community.

“I am totally supportive of initiatives from the European Languages Department such as this to promote language learning in a creative way,” said JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari & Khairil Hassan | October 4, 2018




JIS bags international award for Geography learning methods

JERUDONG International School (JIS) announced that it is one of the 24 schools to receive the prestigious Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) 2018 awarded by the Geographical Association (GA) in the United Kingdom (UK).

The SGQM is a prestigious award that recognises quality and progress in Geography, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools.

All the awarded schools underwent a rigorous process, and the National Moderation Team was hugely impressed by the manner in which schools embraced new and innovative approaches to teaching geography.

The SGQM recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in geographical knowledge, understanding, values and skills, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in Geography. It promotes effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standard of Geography in their schools.

Over 500 SGQMs have been awarded since the scheme was launched in 2006, and with many active Centres of Excellence there is an increasingly widespread support network for teachers. Furthermore, this is the second time for JIS to receive the SGQM award.

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “I am delighted to learn that JIS has again received the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) 2018-21. This is the result and evidence of the hard work of the Geography teaching team at JIS that continues to provide an excellent educational foundation and curriculum for the JIS Geography students.

“JIS is all about ‘achieving excellence’ and so I am personally very proud when I hear of our teachers and the school being recognised and honoured in this way.”

Year 7 students conduct field work at Tasek Lama. – JIS

Year 7 students conduct field work at Tasek Lama. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | September 30, 2018




Peace Week sees students bonding with host of events

JERUDONG International School (JIS) once again celebrated Peace Week, a spectacular combination of educational, artistic and recreational events, designed to celebrate the United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace.

The week was led, planned and coordinated by the Head Girl Rania Teguh and Head Boy Jacob Hill.

The week commenced with peace-themed activities and video presentations in tutor periods on Monday. The focus was on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (UN SDG 16): To promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Senior students participated in a peace-themed chalk drawing event during lunchtime on Monday. The students also performed music with a focus of peace during lunchtimes throughout the week.

Yesterday, students chose to pay BND2 and wear white clothes to symbolise peace.

Head Girl Rania Teguh sings at lunchtime during Peace Week

Head Girl Rania Teguh sings at lunchtime during Peace Week

A student adds her handprint on a Peace Week banner

A student adds her handprint on a Peace Week banner

Students participate in a peace-themed chalk drawing event

Students participate in a peace-themed chalk drawing event

Jerudong International School (JIS) senior students participate in a tie-dye t-shirt activity. – PHOTOS: JIS

Jerudong International School (JIS) senior students participate in a tie-dye t-shirt activity. – PHOTOS: JIS

Monies raised from this will be donated to the charities which the school supports including the Polio Points initiative.

The extended lunchtime included a number of vendors coming into school to sell their products. The students had included several new and start-up companies.

A ‘Peace Museum’ exhibition was set up by the students to encourage and challenge students about the UN SDG 16.

The ‘Random Act of Kindness Day’ was held on Thursday.

A new ‘Kindness’ project was launched to encourage students to consider others.

Administration staff members received ‘thank you’ cookies from senior students.

The week culminated in peace-themed assemblies planned and led by the student leadership team.

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “Peace Week is a unique and special week at JIS as part of the hard work of the senior students. Seeing everyone working toget-her to raise money for charity is inspiring. It reminds me that genuine education goes well beyond the classroom. It reminds us to value the blessing of living in Brunei Darussalam, a beautiful country of peace.”

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan & Ishan Ibrahim | September 27, 2018




Royalty among JIS students briefed on nationhood

THE Information Department at the Prime Minister’s Office, through its Nationhood Unit, Nationhood and Community Division, delivered a briefing on ‘Our King, appreciating our national flag and anthem’ at the Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday.

A total of 50 students from Year 7 were in attendance.

Among those present was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Others were the Head of Middle Years Richard Bourbon and the JIS teaching staff.

The briefing was delivered by the Head of the Nationhood Unit, Hajah Hamsah binti Datu Kerna Haji Jaya.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel receives a token of appreciation from the Information Department. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel receives a token of appreciation from the Information Department. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Year 7 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with officers from the Information Department

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Year 7 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with officers from the Information Department

Hajah Hamsah explained to the students, the procedures of hoisting the national flag and a detailed history behind the Brunei national anthem Allah Peliharakan Sultan.

The students had the opportunity to watch several video clips entitled Kibarkanlah Dengan Megah Bendera Negara, Semarak Pengibaran Bendera Negara, Tatacara Menaikkan Bendera Negara and Information Department mobile app, InfoDeptBN.

They then participated in a nationhood quiz and prizes were presented to the winners.

The programme was one of the many continuous efforts by the Information Department to instil and enhance loyalty to the ruler, religion, race and country, as well as to strengthen the spirit of solidarity, patriotism and nationhood among the students.

The Information Department has thus far organised nationhood briefings in 33 government and private secondary schools in the Brunei-Muara District.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari & Aziz Idris | September 21, 2018




Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joins school visit to Kota Batu

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS).

The purpose of the educational visit was to introduce the Year 7 students to Geography and History field work, as well as the collection of data.

The students were accompanied by 10 teachers from the Humanities faculty led by Head of Humanities, David Griffiths and Head of Middle Years, Richard Bourbon, who is also a History teacher at JIS.

According to Griffiths, this is the first year of Senior School at JIS for the visiting students who previously attended Junior School.

“We are enormously privileged to have educational resources like the Malay Technology Museum and the Archaeological Park in Kota Batu on our doorstep, to enhance our students’ learning,” he said, adding that the visit would motivate the students to “discover, question and learn”.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS)

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS)

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel listens to a briefing from Head of Humanities at the Jerudong International School David Griffiths

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel listens to a briefing from Head of Humanities at the Jerudong International School David Griffiths

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel along with other students get a first-hand look at Brunei’s traditional game. – PHOTOS: YUSRIN JUNAIDI

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel along with other students get a first-hand look at Brunei’s traditional game. – PHOTOS: YUSRIN JUNAIDI

“We hope it will start to create a passion for Geography and History too.”

While at the museum and Archaeological Park, the students completed a series of worksheets, answering questions on what they had learned and discovered at the locations.

Geography and History are compulsory and core subjects at JIS up until Year 9.

Students can opt to study both of these subjects for IGCSE, and also as part of the A-Level or IB Diploma courses.

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | September 19, 2018