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Liverpool legend Barnes in Brunei

MORE than 100 kids aged five to 12 were star-struck when they came face-to-face with Liverpool Football Club’s (LFC) legend, John Barnes, at the Jerudong International School (JIS).

The students from JIS and International School Brunei as well as Standard Chartered Bank clients’ children were taking part in a Football Clinic with LFC Legend John Barnes hosted by Standard Chartered Bank and JIS.

The event was part of Standard Charted Bank Brunei’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei said, “Standard Chartered has reached a key milestone of being in Brunei for 60 years. As a global sponsor of the Liverpool FC, we are delighted to be able to bring a differentiated experience for our clients and the youths in Brunei through our global partnership.

“We remain committed as the only international bank in Brunei to continue driving commerce and prosperity in Brunei through our unique diversity.”

John Barnes in a group photo with children participating in the clinic. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

John Barnes in a group photo with children participating in the clinic. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei with Liverpool Football Club’s John Barnes

Anirvan Dastidar, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei with Liverpool Football Club’s John Barnes

Standard Chartered Bank Brunei is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Brunei this year by offering a full range of financial products and services for corporate and retails clients.

John Barnes said, “This is a fantastic event. Standard Chartered believes in giving back to the community and they understand the importance of family as well as the community.

“This is my second time in Brunei and I know that the people in Brunei and the region are very passionate about football. It is not surprising to see the massive love and interest in football among the children here.”

Standard Chartered Bank originally signed up as LFC’s main sponsor in July 2010 and over the years, Standard Charted and LFC used their partnership to support a number of the bank’s award winning sustainability and community investment programmes.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | April 29, 2018




Over 200 attend Anzac Day service

DESPITE the poor weather, over 200 Australians, New Zealanders and Bruneians yesterday attended the pre-dawn service at the Brunei-Australia Memorial in Muara Beach, in remembrance of the servicemen and women of Australia and New Zealand, on Anzac Day.

Muara Beach is the site where the Allied Forces, led by Australia’s 9th Division, landed in Brunei on June 10, 1945, as part of the campaign to liberate Borneo.

Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud attended the event on behalf 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’s Government. He laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the RBAF.

The dawn service included a prayer of remembrance and poetry recitals by government and military officials from Australia and New Zealand.

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum with other attendees at the Anzac Day service

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum with other attendees at the Anzac Day service

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander laying a wreath at the memorial. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander laying a wreath at the memorial. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Visiting Australian naval frigate, HMAS Toowoomba, provided the Catafalque Party (ceremonial guard), and the RBAF Gurkha Reserve Unit provided pipers and buglers.

Matthew Mann and Ellie Shaw from Jerudong International School participated as flag orderlies.

Following the service, VIP guests and senior Brunei military officials were hosted aboard HMAS Toowoomba for a traditional Anzac Day commemorative breakfast.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum said, “Anzac Day is not a commemoration of the victories or defeats of Australia or New Zealand at war. Rather, we honour the ordinary men and women who have made personal sacrifices, many giving their lives, for the freedom we enjoy today.”

Borneo Bulletin | Fizah HAB | April 26, 2018




JIS comes alive to ‘The Sound of Music’

JERUDONG International School (JIS) students produced yet another spectacular show recently, as more than 50 of them took the stage in the school’s adaptation of the classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’.

Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, ‘The Sound of Music’ is the final musical written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein before Hammerstein’s death in 1960.

The story follows the plight of Maria (Eden Chiam), who reluctantly takes a job as a governess to a large family while she decides about her future vocation, only to fall in love first with the children, then eventually with their widowed father, Captain von Trapp (Chuck Ionescu).

However, the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly for Maria, and she’s soon forced to take drastic action to protect her new family from the wrath of the rising Nazi army (or ‘First Order’ as they were called in the production).

The show was peppered with some of the world’s best-known musical numbers. The tone was set as Chiam belted out the title track ‘The Sound of Music’ with all the composure and assurance of a seasoned performer. Mother Matron (Freda Ngu), backed by Sisters Margaretta (Elanor Briffa), Berthe (Hannah Bourbon) and Sophia (Natsune Nishi), performed ‘Maria’ with aplomb.

Maria and the von Trapp children singing ‘Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do’

Maria and the von Trapp children singing ‘Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do’

Captain von Trapp, portrayed by Chuck (left) and Shana as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder. – PHOTOS: JIS

Captain von Trapp, portrayed by Chuck (left) and Shana as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder. – PHOTOS: JIS

The von Trapp family and part of the chorus singers in a scene from the finale

The von Trapp family and part of the chorus singers in a scene from the finale

This was followed by back-to-back hits, with Chiam again excelling in her renditions of classics ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘Do-Re-Mi’ – the latter aided ably by the irrepressible von Trapp children Liesl (Renee Teo), Louisa (Rafeeqa Teo), Friedrich (Zed Smith), Kurt (Malo Sandow), Brigitta (Charley Grimshaw), Marta (Evelyn Hogan) and Gretl (Zoe Zhi Yi Chan). Egged on by their quirky ‘uncle’ Max (hilariously portrayed by Nick Bourbon), the von Trapp children were a constant source of entertainment, their innocence and optimism brilliantly captured by the talented cast, not least in their renditions of ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ and ‘So Long, Farewell’.

While the excellent performances of those on-stage deservedly took the plaudits on the night, perhaps the most impressive thing about ‘The Sound of Music’ was that it was a culmination of an entire school’s efforts, coming together as one to create a truly outstanding spectacle.

What the audience may not have noticed was the huge amount of work that went on behind the scenes, with hundreds of students and staff working on everything from set design and construction, costumes and choreography, to lighting and sound, props and hair and make-up.

“The skills most valued by employers awaiting these students are complex problem-solving, creative thinking, reflective improvement and collaborative communication,” said JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow.

“Every single scene in this play has been forged through each of these skills. The set has evolved into a solution-focussed masterpiece, each piece of choreography has weaved aesthetics into the narrative, every interchange has improved as a critical contribution of each participant. The value for me in the learning is even greater than the pride I feel in their performances.”

Borneo Bulletin | March 21, 2018




Students connect with future employers at JIS Careers Carousel

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual Careers Carousel yesterday, and accredited experts within their specialist fields were invited to give presentations to over 300 students in Years 11-12.

The students were allowed to attend two talks of their choice, with approximately 60 speakers presenting and discussing the topic of their future careers.

Among this year’s speakers were Nicola Rosenblum, the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Ben Boddy, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Shazali Sulaiman, the resident partner of KPMG Brunei and Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam International Chamber of Commerce and Industry; JIS alumni, Shinny Chai, from The Collective; Aminudin Zaki bin Dato Abdul Rahman, Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of Attorney General’s Chambers; and Jason Kok, the Economics Manager at the Economics and Statistics Unit of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD).

Each talk included a question-and answer session, and students had the opportunity to ask about their chosen careers and network with the professionals to arrange a possible work placement.

Many careers were represented for the first time in this year’s Careers Carousel, such as Marketing, Marine Biology, Info-Communications Technology (ICT) and Neuro-Science.

Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam speaks on International Relations and Diplomacy. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam speaks on International Relations and Diplomacy. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | February 15, 2018




JIS students explore higher education opportunities

JERUDONG International School (JIS) recently hosted their annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening at the JIS Arts Centre, where parents and students attended a range of country-specific presentations and visited information booths set up by the respective missions represented at the event.

The event commenced with an opening address by the school’s Principal, Barnaby Sandow, followed by an overview of the system for guiding and advising JIS students making university applications by the Dean of Higher Education Russell Mann.

These sessions provided the opportunity to learn more about a range of popular tertiary destinations worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition, one session addressed Oxbridge and Medicine applications for those aspiring to apply for places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as those wishing to pursue medical studies.

Nicola Rosenblum, the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; and Craig Allen, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam, were present with their teams to make presentations, disseminate information and answer questions about studying in universities in their countries.

Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam addressing parents and students about studying in UK universities

Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam addressing parents and students about studying in UK universities

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow delivering the opening address. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow delivering the opening address. – PHOTOS: JIS

ABOVE & BELOW: Representatives at the information booths speaking to parents and students about higher education opportunities

ABOVE & BELOW: Representatives at the information booths speaking to parents and students about higher education opportunities



Also in attendance were Katia Menargues, Deputy Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam; Thomas Heilmaier, the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam; and Pengiran Izad Ryan bin Pengiran Laila Kanun Diraja Pengiran Haji Bahrin, Honorary Swiss Consul to Brunei Darussalam.

Teams of representatives from Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Teknologi Brunei were also available to answer questions and provide information.

The annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening is a key part in every JIS student’s journey to researching and selecting the appropriate university for their future careers.

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | February 2, 2018