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JIS students attend motivational talk

SOME 300 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday attended a talk on ‘Lessons Learned from the Front Lines’ delivered by Peter Dalglish, a former United Nations (UN) diplomat organised in conjunction with the school’s Peace Week celebration.

Dalglish during his talk spoke about how the students in attendance can make a difference in climate change, the threat of nuclear proliferation and emerging viruses.

On the threat of global warming, he said, “Climate change will be the issue that defines your generation in ways that you cannot imagine. This school is just a few hundred metres away from the seas; will the school be here in 20 years time? How many homes are covered with solar panels? How many cars are using bio fuels?”

Speaking on reputable volunteer organisations, he said, “You are already in the right school and the right path with the best education. I want you to think about interning with organisations like Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch or United Nations.”

“The best organisation that I have ever seen in humanitarian work is Doctors Without Borders. These are some of the top physicians in the world who are carrying out operations in Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. They are in their twenties and thirties and they are heroic in the work that they perform,” he added.

Dalglish during the talk also spoke about his life experiences and his work.

A section of the students during the motivational talk. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

A section of the students during the motivational talk. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Peter Dalglish, a former United Nations (UN) diplomat, delivering his talk on ‘Lessons Learned from the Front Lines’.

Peter Dalglish, a former United Nations (UN) diplomat, delivering his talk on ‘Lessons Learned from the Front Lines’.

After an ‘epiphany’ during his mission to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, Dalglish gave up his career as a successful lawyer to work with the poorest children on earth, street children as well as war-affected children.

In 1986, He set up the first of its kind Sudan’s first vocational training school for street children funded by Bob Geldof of Band Aid.

For 50 months until July 1, 2015, the Canadian served as the country representative for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan, directing a team of 600 national and international staff members to address some of the nation’s most urgent urban challenges.

The Himalayan earthquake in April 25, 2015 prompted Dalglish to wrap up his work with the UN so that he could devote more time to assisting on a voluntary basis with earthquake recovery work in Nepal, focusing on communities where he has been active for many years.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | September 21, 2016




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