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Biology lesson at Tasek Merimbun

Park rangers brief the students before going in Banunih trail. Picture: Courtesy of JIS

Park rangers brief the students before going in Banunih trail. Picture: Courtesy of JIS

FORTY-EIGHT International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Level students from Jerudong International School (JIS), along with six Biology staff, recently conducted their coursework at Tasek Merimbun.

Upon their arrival, the visitors met with park rangers who took them through a 650-metre trail, which is known as the Banunih Trail. The students spent the next two days planning and carrying out their practical work on the plants in the jungle that included measuring leaves and trunks, observing lichen and diseased plants as well as checking light, water and canopy cover. The students also had the opportunity to explore the longer trail, which is known as the ‘Merimbun Botanical Trail’, before visiting the Butterfly Garden. In a JIS press statement, the trip was part of IB Diploma students’ internal assessment, which makes up 20 per cent of their overall grade. As for A-Level students, the trip gave them the opportunity to develop their field work skills of which will be tested at the end of the course.

The Brunei Times | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN




JIS hosts Football Funday

THE Jerudong International School’s (JIS) annual community event, ‘Football Funday’, was held at the JIS football fields and was sponsored by Kia Motors.

Competing in the event were Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah playing for the ISB Panthers and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim playing for ISB Lightning.

Students from 20 invited local schools competed in a 5-a-side football game on 19 pitches, in 12 age groups from U9 up to U19 years. The invited schools were Kolej IGS, Maktab Duli, Maktab Sains, PTE Katok, PTE Meragang, Cemerlang Abejess School (SECA), SM Berakas, SM Menglait, SM Rimba, SM Sultan Sharif Ali, SM Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam School (SMJA), Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), SOAS College, St Andrew’s School, St George’s School, SM Sayyidina Ali, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary and Secondary Schools, Hornbill School, Panaga School and International School Brunei (ISB).

Chris McGeorge, JIS’s Director of Sports, said, “We have been working with Kia for three years in organising ‘Football Funday’, ‘Netball Funday’, and the ‘JIS Fun Run’.”

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah playing for the ISB Panthers. – PHOTOS: ABDUL HAKIIM YAKOF

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah playing for the ISB Panthers. – PHOTOS: ABDUL HAKIIM YAKOF

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim playing for ISB Lightning

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim playing for ISB Lightning

Kuno FC pose for a group photo at the V Block field

Kuno FC pose for a group photo at the V Block field

Some of the games organised to raise money for charity

Some of the games organised to raise money for charity

Vendors selling various food and accessory items at the school’s indoor basketball court

Vendors selling various food and accessory items at the school’s indoor basketball court

JIS together with Kia are delighted to be joining the nationwide push for grassroots sports by delivering an exciting fun day of football involving around 1,000 children and over 100 teams participating from all over Brunei. “We are also be happy to announce that we will be organising ‘Netball Funday’ with Kia Motors next term.”

Also playing in the Under-19 category from JIS were the Kuno FC team who are sponsored by Kia Motors in Brunei. Kia Motors has been sponsoring JIS sports events since last year to further enhance their sports marketing initiatives.

On the side, parents and students had set up a number of stalls to raise money for the official school charities including the special needs unit in Brunei.

Borneo Bulletin | Abdul Hakiim Yakof | October 10, 2016 | PLACE




100 teams turn up for Football Funday

One of the participating teams, sponsored by KIA Motors, pose for a photo. Picture: BT/Zaim Kasmat

One of the participating teams, sponsored by KIA Motors, pose for a photo. Picture: BT/Zaim Kasmat

OVER 100 football teams from various schools in the sultanate took part in the Football Funday event at Jerudong International School’s (JIS) Football Fields in Jerudong, yesterday.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim participated in the Under-10 category for International School Berakas (ISB). Son of Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb, also took part in the event and competed for ISB in the Under-11 category.

Panaga B emerged champions in the Under-8 age category at the Football Funday, hosted by JIS and sponsored by KIA Motors.

In the same category, Panaga A and ISB Rockets finished second and third, respectively.

Panaga Thunder bagged the first place in the Under-9 category while JIS Lightning and Panaga Warriors clinched second and third spots, respectively.

In the Under-10 category, ISB Panthers won the champions title, while ISB Jaguar finished second, followed by Panaga Dragons.

Meanwhile, the Brunei Sports School Soccer Academy (BSSSA) emerged champions in the Under-11 category. ISB Thunder finished second, while ISB Lightning had to settle for third. Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien College (SOAS) bagged the Under-13 category title while JIS Legends finished second, followed by JIS Dream Team.

Director of Sports, Chris McGeorge said: “JIS is delighted to join the nationwide push for grassroots level sport by delivering an exciting fun day of football, involving close to 1,000 children and over 100 teams participating.”

“Football Funday is not just about football though. During the event, parents and students are also running a number of stalls to raise money for the official school charities, including the Special Needs Unit in Brunei,” he added.

The event was enlivened with an array of fun activities for younger children like archery tag and bubble football. Food vendors including Fratinis, Mr Softy, London Kebab House and Seri Kandi made their presence at the event.

The Brunei Times | RAGHADAH AGUS | MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 | BRUNEI-MUARA




JIS students learn of Singapore’s success story

A GROUP of 56 Year 13 Geography students and six staff members from Jerudong International School (JIS) recently went on a four-day trip to Singapore with the aim of developing the students’ knowledge and understanding of various aspects of their ‘A’ Level and IB Diploma geography courses.

As part of the Geography ‘A’ Level course, all students will be following a unit of work entitled ‘World Cities’ and another unit looking at Urban Ecology. IB Diploma students also study a unit on ‘Urban Environments’, as well as the issues of sustainability throughout the course.

According to a press statement, the trip covered topics such as urban regeneration, ecological conservation areas, the development of green spaces within cities, the planning and implementing of sustainable urban planning, the development of an integrated, efficient and sustainable transport system in Singapore.

“This trip provides students with a fascinating case study. They are given an opportunity to learn about aspects of Singapore that will help them evaluate the nature of sustainability in the city. The trip has been successfully running for several years and is part of an extensive fieldwork programme at JIS,” explained McCulloch, Head of Geography Department at JIS.

JIS geography students toured the Urban Regeneration Agency, Housing Development Board, the Land Transport Gallery, Punggol New Town, Bishan Park, Marina Bay area, MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore Barrage and Semakau Island. Students were investigating on what makes Singapore one of the most sustainable cities in the world today.

Year 13 Geography students in a group photo at the Land Transport Gallery in Singapore. – JIS

Year 13 Geography students in a group photo at the Land Transport Gallery in Singapore. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | October 08, 2016




‘Knowing various languages makes you more employable’

SENIOR School students of Jerudong International School (JIS) were briefed on the advantages of learning more than one language during a recent talk delivered by Canadian High Commissioner Marina Laker (pic) at the school.

Laker, who speaks English, French, German and Greek, said that being able to communicate in various languages was an asset, and drew on her own experiences in using the different languages during her various tenures as a Canadian envoy in different parts of the world.

Laker was speaking as part of JIS’s weekly “Lunchtime Lecture” series, held every Wednesday at the school.

This week’s lecture was held in conjunction with the ‘European Day of Languages’, which falls annually on September 26.

Speaking to the students, the Canadian high commissioner emphasised that being able to speak different languages would give one an advantage over the competition, when it came to job hunting “in today’s globalised world”.

She urged the students to “take advantage” of the languages they already knew or were learning, when considering their career goals.

Laker also said that knowing different languages enables a person to learn more about other cultures and better appreciate them.

“It allows you a window in other people’s worlds,” she said.

“It leads to more tolerance and less racism, which makes for a more tolerant and harmonised society,” Laker said.

Being able to speak more than one language was also “good for the brain”, making one a better critical thinker and problem-solver, as well as a better listener, she said.

“Be proud of your linguistic heritage, never let anybody make you feel bad about the languages you speak at home.”

She also recommended for students to try and practise languages they knew as much as possible, pointing out that they can “go dormant” if unused.

According to a JIS representative, languages currently offered as subjects at the school include Malay, Mandarin, Spanish, French and Urdu.

The Brunei Times | AMANDA YAP | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN