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JIS Summer Camp 2016 gets good feedback

FOR the first time in Brunei, Jerudong International School (JIS) is bringing in the JIS Summer Camp 2016, inviting children aged between eight to 18 years of age to participate in various camp activities from July 20 until August 16 for those within the country, as well as internationally, in partnership with OneSport Media.

The camp began on July 20 with guest celebrity coaches – James Goddard, a former UK three-time Olympic swimming finalist, and Rachael Downie, UK based TV Sports Journalist, until July 26, which was later taken over by Allan Smart, a former English Premier League player, and Daniel Coombs, International Great Britain swimmer and medalist.

The Bulletin had the opportunity to interview Allan Smart and Daniel Coombs yesterday during the football and swimming sessions of the camp.

Coombs, who swam in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and British Champion in the 200m Freestyle Champions 2007, explained that they started One Sport Media in Thailand last year which went on for about a week where he taught swimming lessons, and a year later, One Sport Media has currently arranged two running Summer Camps which is on-going in Thailand and one in the Sultanate.

The Summer Camp has been receiving good feedback so far in Brunei, with children coming in from Thailand, China, America, India, UK and New Zealand, bringing in diverse languages and children.

ABOVE & BELOW: Children participating in various camp activities offered during the JIS Summer Camp 2016. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM


ABOVE & BELOW: Children participating in various camp activities offered during the JIS Summer Camp 2016. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

“I’ve had the kids who weren’t able to swim, so I’ve seen them from not wanting to get into the water to actually being able to swim a little bit in the pool, so it’s great for these guys as well because they’re enjoying it,” said Coombs.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Allan Smart, he explained that the children will have some football work and swimming work during their sessions, in addition to group exercises to work on communication, confidence building and football, to help develop the children’s abilities and making them a little better than how they were when they first arrived through giving ideas on what to practise and how to practise.

In terms of how the Summer Camp will be able to help Brunei, Smart said that the biggest factor is that it is attracting people from different areas, where it’s also good for the school as it will get better and bigger in the future, as the children are able to learn so many different skills from football and swimming to reporting and public speaking.

JIS Summer Camp is an English speaking camp which helps children develop self-confidence, leadership and communication skills through a wide variety of activities, with an added bonus of having children coached by former international footballers and coaches or swim while being coached by a former Olympic athlete.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | August 05, 2016




JIS hosts summer sports school

JERUDONG International School (JIS) have recently started a summer sports school programme which has attracted parents from overseas to bring their children to Brunei.

According to JIS, the programme could benefit the country in a way that it promotes Brunei as a travel destination and thus helps the nation’s tourism industry.

Operating as a partnership between OneSportMedia a company based in Bangkok, Thailand and JIS, OneSportMedia is providing a number of celebrity coaches and other qualified staff along with the camp format and organisation, whilst JIS has provided its outstanding facilities, including boarding for overseas guests.

The first camp began on Wednesday last week with almost 30 participants aged between eight to 16 years old. The guest coaches for Camp 1 and 2 include swimmer James Goddard, who represented the UK in three different Olympic Games as well as achieving Gold Medals in Commonwealth Games; and Rachel Downie, a British TV presenter and journalist. JIS and OneSportMedia have been delighted to see a number of children flying in from China and also Turkey to attend the Summer Sports Camp.

Some of the summer sports school participants in a group photo with the guest coaches

Some of the summer sports school participants in a group photo with the guest coaches

Among the activities conducted during the programme. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

Among the activities conducted during the programme. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “I am delighted that our wonderful facilities can be used during the holidays to develop children’s sporting abilities in particular. A number of parents of children from overseas have accompanied them in travelling to Brunei and we hope that in the future this is something we can build upon so that parents can enjoy this beautiful country whilst their children are in the safe and secure setting of JIS, having a fabulous time with the guest celebrity coaches.” Royal Brunei Airlines have also shown a keen and supportive interest on the programme, JIS stated.

Camps 3 and 4, slated for August 3-16, will have former premier league footballer, Allan Smart. Allan Smart is regarded as one of the best youth coaches in the game and comes highly recommended by former Manchester United manager, David Moyes.

OneSportsMedia’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Tarrant added, “We have taken the students out of their comfort zones and they have responded incredibly well. We are teaching the values of teamwork and setting them a number of challenges. By bringing former professional athletes to coach on the camps, we help to show the students that if they set targets and work hard their goals are achievable. Brunei itself and JIS are fantastic venues to hold the sports camp with student coming from all over the world to a world class venue we believe that over a number of years this could grow to be something truly incredible.”

Students aged between eight to 16 years who are still interested in joining Camps 3 and 4 as day or boarding students are welcome to contact JIS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Borneo Bulletin | Azaraimy HH | July 26, 2016




‘JIS summer camp has tourism potential’

THE Jerudong International School’s (JIS) Summer Sports Camp, a pilot project between the school and OneSportMedia has managed to attract participants from overseas highlighting the potential of summer camps as a product for educational tourism in the sultanate.

Speaking to the media, JIS spokesperson who would like to be known as Anne said 50 participants have registered for the summer camp, which commenced on July 20 recently.

She added that out of the 50, eight participants are overseas youths who flew in to Brunei from countries such as China, Thailand and Turkey.

“A large number of our participants are actually international as they are students from JIS, however we have a few Bruneian students, some from our school and some from the International School Brunei,” she said.

Although the number of overseas participants is not large, only making up about 16 per cent of the overall participants, Anne said it has the potential to increase tourism volume in the sultanate if done at “a bigger scale.”

“When our participants from China came to Brunei, their parents came with them and stayed at the Empire Hotel to settle them (their kids) in for a couple of days while also exploring the country before flying back,” said Anne.

Campers who live in the school’s boarding house for the duration of the camp are also brought outside of the school to visit a number of places within the country in order for them to be able to experience the sultanate fully.

“This is why we are keen to work with Brunei’s Tourism Development Department, because although this camp benefits the school, if it is done on a bigger scale there is large potential that the summer camp can also promote Brunei as a country,” she said.

Anne went on to say that if the summer camp goes well this year, they might consider conducting future summer camps with the aid of travel agents as well as Royal Brunei Airlines in terms of promotion and marketing.

According to a statement issued by JIS, the Summer Sports Camp is divided into four camps, with a different camp each week featuring sports celebrities and professionals who act as guest coaches for the camp participants.

Among these professionals is James Goddard, a professional swimmer who represented the UK in three different Olympic Games and achieved gold medals in the Commonwealth Games.

Other guest coaches include Rachael Downie a British TV presenter and journalist, Allan Smart, former premier league footballer and Daniel Coombs, a former UK Commonwealth swimmer residing here in Brunei.

CEO of OneSportMedia, Kevin Tarrant said that bringing former professional athletes to coach the camps help show the participating youths the merit of setting their goals and working hard.

“Brunei and JIS are fantastic venues to hold the sports camp and with students coming from all over the world, we believe that over a number of years this could grow to be something incredible,” he said.

The summer camp will be ongoing until August 16 and students who are interested to participate in the remaining camps can contact the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Brunei Times | Wail Wardi Wasil | Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | BRUNEI-MUARA




JIS students receive certificates for completing Japanese programme

FOURTEEN Jerudong International School (JIS) students recently received certificates from the Embassy of Japan to Brunei Darussalam to acknowledge their participation in a week-long programme of activities focused on Japanese language and culture.

On hand to present the certificates on Thursday was the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Noriko Iki.

In a press release, the Japanese Embassy explained that the “Japan Experience” is one of a broad range of options the school offers as part of an annual enrichment week programme. The JIS teachers who led the programme, who have all lived and taught in Japan, were supported by Japanese Embassy officials, namely the Deputy Head of Mission Dr Toshio Kaneko and First Secretary Ms Junko Kurihara.

The Embassy Officials conducted workshops at the school, which the students found both captivating and highly enjoyable.

The closing ceremony on Thursday saw students formally introduce themselves to the Ambassador in Japanese prior to receiving their certificates. The students also showed the Ambassador and Principal of JIS, Mr Barnaby Sandow, a slide presentation of the various activities they had participated in.

Led by the Embassy officials and teachers, the students then sang a Japanese folk song, the highlight of which was the Ambassador singing the second verse of the song solo.

Japanese Ambassador and JIS Principal in a group photo with embassy officials, teachers and participants. – DANIAL NORJIDI

Japanese Ambassador and JIS Principal in a group photo with embassy officials, teachers and participants. – DANIAL NORJIDI

Earlier in the week the Ambassador hosted the students at her official residence, where they were taught how to make sushi rolls and observed a Japanese Tea ceremony.

One of group-based the students were given was the task of researching and planning a holiday for the JIS Head of Middle Years, Mr Richard Bourbon, who is due to visit Japan during the school holidays with his family.

The Japan Experience Programme Leader, Andy McCulloch, who is Head of Geography at JIS, noted that his motivation for running the programme stemmed from his participation in the Japanese government-run Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme some 15 years ago.

In his closing remarks the Principal noted that the final week of the academic year provides students with a fantastic opportunity to learn outside the classroom. He highlighted that the Japan Experience was one example of the myriad of opportunities students have to explore their own place in the wider global community, an activity that epitomised the school’s key pastoral and academic aims, such as integration, participation and active engagement.

The press release shares that, in response to words of thanks and gratitude for the wholehearted support the Japanese Embassy gave to the programme, issued by one of the programme leaders, Mr Russell Mann, Dean of Higher Education at the school, Ambassador Iki said, “I really appreciate the originality of the Enrichment Activities Programme and offer my thanks to JIS for selecting Japanese culture as a theme of the Programme.”

“I believe that the participating students have deepened their knowledge about Japan and had a great opportunity for emotional growth through coming into contact with a foreign culture. As a result, I do hope that they will have a fond view of Japan for years to come.”

The ceremony concluded with the Ambassador leading the students in ‘tejime’, a Japanese custom of ceremonial rhythmic hand clapping, performed at the end of a special event to bring the occasion to a peaceful, lively close. Tejime observes fulfilment, realisation, and completion, providing the students with a final glimpse into the richness of Japanese culture.

Borneo Bulletin | Danial Norjidi | July 02, 2016




JIS students buy vaccines to join fight against polio

JERUDONG International School (JIS) students have bought 2,500 vaccines for children in polio-affected countries since the school first started its Polio Points Programme in August last year. JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said this recently on the sidelines of a JIS Ramadhan donation event at the school’s Arts Centre. Sandow said JIS students under the programme get awarded with a “polio point” by a teacher any time they achieved one of the school’s six values: active engagement, thinking skills, language, integration, leadership and participation.

When a student achieves all six aims and receives six polio points, the points are converted into one US dollar that goes to vaccinating one child against polio in the developing world, he said.

“The donations are done through UNICEF and the Teaspoons of Change initiative, both very much in partnership with (global awareness educator) d’Arcy Lunn,” Sandow said.

The principal said the money comes from a fund that consists of donations from companies and government agencies, as well as school fundraisers.

Students from Years 7 to 13 currently take part in the Polio Points Programme at JIS.

However, there were plans to roll out the programme to JIS primary school students this August, Sandow said.

“The (secondary school students) developed a huge momentum which has initiated a change throughout the school.

“Our parents’ group — Friends of JIS Junior — think it’s a really good idea and have been actively raising the money so that we can launch the Polio Points Programme among the junior school students in August,” he continued.

Sandow also said the programme has been “really powerful” because it had been student-led.

“It was the students in this school who first sold this idea to the other students and teachers, and who talked about how it was going to work.

“It's been a great motivator for the other students to work hard to be able to enable other children in other parts of the world to go on and do other things because otherwise they wouldn’t have had a future (without the polio vaccines),” he said.

Through the programme, the students not only better understood the school’s six values, but they were able to learn that they can make a difference.

“If our students leave this school thinking that they can go out into society and make it a better place, that has got to be a good thing,” Sandow said.

 

The Brunei Times | Amanda Yap | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN