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Renowned humanitarian shares life experiences

Jerudong International School (JIS) Senior School students attend the Lessons Learned From the Front Lines talk by Peter Dalglish yesterday. Picture: BT/ Amanda Yap

Jerudong International School (JIS) Senior School students attend the Lessons Learned From the Front Lines talk by Peter Dalglish yesterday. Picture: BT/ Amanda Yap

WORLD renowned humanitarian Peter Dalglish yesterday gave a talk to senior students of Jerudong International School (JIS) as part of the school’s Peace Week observance.

Dalglish, a Canadian citizen, previously worked as the Head of Mission for the United Nations (UN) Habitat in Afghanistan, in addition to working for the UN in Liberia and Sudan.

He has also carried out earthquake recovery work in Nepal, following the 2015 Himalayan earthquake.

During his talk titled ‘Lessons Learned From the Front Lines’, Dalglish delivered anecdotes and experiences from his years of humanitarian work while shedding light on issues such as conflict-affected children, climate change, nuclear weapons and virus outbreaks.

“A man named Donald Trump wants to build a wall but the issues for your generation defy borders... they are transboundary issues that require an international coordinated approach,” he said.

Dalglish hoped the students who attended his talks would realise that they can make a difference in the world, even from a young age.

“You are people with good education, have the language skills and financial stability to make a difference.

“Find something that you like to do, and get good at it,” he told the students.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, 16-year-old JIS student James Wood said that Dalglish’s talk was “one of the most interesting lectures” he has attended.

“My aspiration at the moment is to become a doctor and after seeing and hearing what he has talked about such as the ‘Doctors Without Borders’ organisation, I think I’m going to do some research on that because it is really brilliant what they are doing,” Wood said.

Peace Week is celebrated annually at JIS, and this year’s theme is “Gender and Equality”, which was based on the UN’s fifth Sustainable Development Goal which is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

Peace Week continues today at JIS, with a variety of activities lined up in honour of the UN International Day of Peace.

The Brunei Times | AMANDA YAP | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN




Bruneians urged to pursue law degree in UK

DOZENS of sixth form students from Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday attended a talk about the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Patrick Maddams, sub-treasurer of the society, said the Inner Temple is a specialist legal institute based in London where they train lawyers to become a specialist court advocate (barrister).

Maddams said the talk yesterday hoped to attract more Bruneian students to become lawyers and be a part of the Inner Temple. “Recruitment was part of the visit, but it was also to inspire students to think about law as a career and to remind them that knowing the law is only part of being a lawyer,” he told The Brunei Times. He urged Bruneians to study law in the United Kingdom, saying universities there offering law degrees are ranked among the best in the world.

Pg Shahyzul Khairuddien Pg Abdul Rahman and Hjh Noor Amalina Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin, former JIS students, who are now working at the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam, also shared their experiences as law students in the UK.

The Brunei Times | ABDUL AZIZ ISMAIL | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN




JIS Year 11 students shine in IGCSE exams

YEAR 11 students and staff at Jerudong International School (JIS) are celebrating success in the results of the recent International GCSE (IGCSE) examinations.

According to a press release, this is the second time that JIS students have taken these exams which are designed to prepare students for the A-Level or International Baccalaureate courses studied in the 6th form.

The results for 2016 surpassed the results for 2015 despite a global reduction in the number of examinations passed.

The results at the top end showed a staggering increase from the 2015 results. Indeed, 27 per cent of all grades awarded were at A* and 53 per cent of all grades were either an A* or an A grade.

These are increases from 24 per cent and 50 per cent respectively in 2015.

Renee Teo excel-led with 11A* Grades.

Renee Teo excel-led with 11A* Grades.

Jasveena Sandhu scored 10A* Grades. – PHOTOS: JIS

Jasveena Sandhu scored 10A* Grades. – PHOTOS: JIS

Bruneian Salsa Mazlan achieved 10A* Grades.

Bruneian Salsa Mazlan achieved 10A* Grades.

Bruneian Michael Koh scored 9A* Grades in the exams.

Bruneian Michael Koh scored 9A* Grades in the exams.

Individually there were some especially impressive performances by JIS students.

Renee Teo excelled with 11 A* grades. Jasveena Sandhu and Salsa Mazlan achieved an outstanding 10 A* grades. Mups Hirse, Sei Ya Hua, Michael Koh and Uma Roy Prabhakaran also achieved nine grades at A*. A further 15 students achieved six to eight grades at A*.

JIS Principal, Barnaby Sandow, commented, “The students and teachers are extremely proud of their GCSE results.

“They are a clear indicator that a holistic education not only produces well rounded global citizens but that they are even able to cap this off with excellent examination results.”

Borneo Bulletin | September 07, 2016




Promoting Brunei with heart in S’pore

CFLT (S) Pte Ltd in partnership with Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) – Singapore conducted their inaugural event ‘Discover the Green Heart of Borneo – Brunei Darussalam’, which was hosted by the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Singapore.

The event showcased Brunei as an educational destination for Singaporean students and provided them with the opportunity to get a first-hand look at places of interests, local culinary delights and the unexpected treasures of the country.

The event further provided the audience with an experience that they could achieve when they choose Brunei as a destination for their Overseas Learning Journey or School Twinning Programme.

Interesting packages and adventurous expeditions were also shared at the event for schools to plan enhanced and exciting Education and School Immersion Programmes to Brunei.

The winner of a three-day, two-night stay at Orchid Garden Hotel with air ticket to Brunei, presented with the prize by Pengiran Hajah Saadiah binti Pengiran Muda Haji Hashim, the spouse of Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Mansor, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore.

The winner of a three-day, two-night stay at Orchid Garden Hotel with air ticket to Brunei, presented with the prize by Pengiran Hajah Saadiah binti Pengiran Muda Haji Hashim, the spouse of Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Mansor, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore.

Participating vendors, such as the Orchid Garden Hotel, StarLodge, Jerudong International School, Jerudong Park Country Club and Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd helped add to the experience, and invited guests were able to immerse themselves in the ambience of the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures.

The world-class boutique airline RB also showcases Bruneian hospitality and grace to enrich one’s journey for a timeless experience.

The event welcomed around 200 educators and facilitators from all over Singapore, and everyone had a chance to understand what Brunei can offer, and also at the event, attendees had a chance to sample the local delicacies, such as Ambuyat, Kelupis and authentic Prawn Crackers.

Borneo Bulletin | September 05, 2016




High achievements of JIS students

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) students are celebrating another set of outstanding GCE ‘A’ Level results.

At the A2 Level, just under 10 per cent of the grades awarded to the school’s Year 13 students were top A* grades. In a year when the award of these grades has fallen across schools taking GCE ‘A’ Levels, JIS students achieved an outstanding A* or A grade in 30 per cent of all the grades awarded, while an impressive 60 per cent of all grades were A*, A or B (generally regarded as the minimum level required for entry into a leading UK university).

The corresponding A* – B figures for all UK schools is 52.8 per cent, showing that JIS students are outperforming the statistics for UK schools, said a press release.

A very large number of students received straight A* or A grades. A remarkable 14 students in Year 13 achieved either 3, 4 or 5 A*/A grades at the A2 Level.

A Ministry of Education (MoE) Scholarship student, Maisarah Malik, achieved 5 A*/A grades. Hafizah Azhar, Nadiah Hamid, Nirmal Jayakrishnan, Jun Wei Kuan, David Lim, Ashraf Marasharin (also a MoE Scholarship student), Umi Sazali and Nicole Tay all achieved 4 A*/A grades

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Meanwhile, Sidharth Ambady, Honn Wee Son, Rajvir Jutla, Jasmin Thien and Hanson Ting all achieved 3 A*/A grades. Jasmin’s grades are all the more inspiring as she has achieved these grades in spite of being blind.

Furthermore, a vast majority of the students met or exceeded their predicted grades that JIS generates based on ability. At the AS Level, a similar pattern was seen with the majority of Year 12 students performing above expectations.

A further 16 students achieved 3 or more A grades. Nine students achieved 3 A’s – Ruzana Adnan, Shaffena Affendy, Sheanne Ang, Ling Chua, Syuhada Ishak, Nathan Kok, Mus Mahleyuddin, Zul Mahri and Wafid Sophian.

Adrian Azaharaini, Haeram Jalees, Zakirah Syajirah Rahman and Sanjana Thota all achieved 4 A’s. John Fung, Brandon Lim and Calvin Newn achieved remarkable 5 A grades.

Borneo Bulletin | September 04, 2016