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JIS extends Polio Points Programme to Junior School

Jerudong International School (JIS) Principal Barnaby Sandow. JIS has extended its Polio Points Programme to its Junior School students beginning last month. Picture: BT/Amanda Yap

Jerudong International School (JIS) Principal Barnaby Sandow. JIS has extended its Polio Points Programme to its Junior School students beginning last month. Picture: BT/Amanda Yap

JERUDONG International School (JIS) has extended its Polio Points Programme to its Junior School students beginning last month when the new academic year started, the principal of JIS has said.

According to Barnaby Sandow, the school’s parents’ group, Friends of JIS Junior, had kindly donated a cheque from money raised through various events — which had allowed the school to kickstart the programme.

Under the Polio Points programme, JIS students get awarded with a “polio point” by a teacher any time they achieved one of the school’s six aims: integration, leadership, participation, active engagement, language and thinking skills.

Whenever all six of the aims are achieved by the students, the points are converted into one US dollar that goes to vaccinating a child against polio in the developing world through UNICEF.

“So a student could get two points while another could get four points — so any time points in all six aims are achieved, it becomes a dollar.

“This means that the points are not just awarded per student — it’s a collaborative effort of working together and engaging in teamwork, getting students to do as much as they can as a whole school,” Sandow said.

According to Sandow, the Polio Points Programme, which was first launched at the school at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year among the Senior School students, has resulted in about $4,000 worth of donations towards polio eradication.

“That’s 24,000 individual acts of excellence (by the students) that have gone into enabling people in the world to go and do excellent things that they might not have been able to do otherwise, if their lives had been torn apart by the horrible disease that is polio,” Sandow said.

Sandow said that the programme had entirely been student-driven and it was “a massive success” thus far, which had prompted school leaders to extend it to the younger students.

“What’s important is that every student leaves our school with the knowledge that they can make a difference and that they should go on and make a difference in the world around them.

“And that’s what we’re here for — as every school, parent and nation is — to create citizens who are imbued with a sense of global responsibility who really care about one another,” Sandow added.

The Polio Points Programme has also been running at International School Brunei (ISB) since 2012.

The Brunei Times | AMANDA YAP | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN




JIS students achieve outstanding results in global contest

STUDENTS from Jerudong International School (JIS) recently achieved outstanding results in this year’s University of New South Wales International Science and Digital Technology Competition (ICAS).

A participation by 80 JIS students in the Science competition resulted in the awarding of 10 High Distinctions, 32 Distinctions, 25 Credits, four Merits and nine certificates of participation. Of particular note was the Junior School Science medal winner, Jordan Lo, who achieved the highest mark in his age group in Brunei.

In the Digital Technology category, Nicholle Tang, Michael Koh, Jorge Perry, Niaj Sharif and Dominick Ang were awarded medals and High Distinctions while other students – ranging from Year 3 to Year 11 – received 13 Distinctions, eight Credits, two Merits, and nine certificates of participation, according to a press release.

For over 20 years, Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) of the University of New South Wales has been conducting the International Competition for Schools and is the largest independent assessment programme for schools in Brunei, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, China and the Pacific region.

Jordan Lo receiving a medal from JIS Head of Junior School, Paul Bannister and his teacher Mr Baker. – PHOTOS: JIS

Jordan Lo receiving a medal from JIS Head of Junior School, Paul Bannister and his teacher Mr Baker. – PHOTOS: JIS

Photographed with their Science teacher, Chris Kruger, are students Nicholle Tang, Dominick Ang, Michael Koh, and Niaj Sharif who all received high distinctions in the Digital Technology category.

Photographed with their Science teacher, Chris Kruger, are students Nicholle Tang, Dominick Ang, Michael Koh, and Niaj Sharif who all received high distinctions in the Digital Technology category.

JIS has been part of this competition – which sees around two million entries annually – for a number of years. The ICAS assess students’ academic ability in aspects of mathematics, science, English language, writing, computer skills and spelling.

The students were praised for their performance, particularly considering the competition took place during the students’ vacation period.

One of the special benefits of ICAS is that schools and students receive detailed diagnostic information about their overall performance. ICAS allow students to monitor their progress from year to year and identify individual strengths and weaknesses.

Borneo Bulletin | September 17, 2016




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