Brunei marks World Oceans Day

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

THE new Marine Biodiversity Centre (MBC) at Meragang Beach was opened yesterday as Brunei observed the fourth World Oceans Day since its inception in 2009.

The centre, which was completed last year, will be used as a research and education centre for students and scientists as well as continue the work of marine life conservation programmes.

It was also built to promote public awareness on conservation programmes and management of marine biodiversity in the country as well as a rehabilitation and treatment services for marine life that get caught or discovered, the Fisheries Department explained in a statement yesterday.

Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, who was present to officiate the celebrations, said that the staff who will be stationed at the centre consist of personnel from the Fisheries Department.

"They are eco-divers, they also study the marine life our own marine biologists," he said, when asked if the personnel working at the centre were experts in the field.

A laboratory, briefing room, library, turtle management pools, souvenir shop are among the facilities available in the two-storey building.

The minister shared that all existing marine wildlife under the care of the Fisheries Department would be transferred to the new centre.

The World Oceans Day is celebrated worldwide every June 8 to mark and appreciate the insurmountable importance of the ocean's and marine life's contribution to the human lives, in terms of providing food supply, employment, transportation and research, among others.

The event carried the theme 'UNCLOS at 30' to commemorate the 30th anniversary

The celebration yesterday began with a speech by the minister who stressed upon the importance of responsible fishing and public awareness on marine biodiversity management and conservation.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya then went on to unveil a guidebook on coral identification, management and conservation which will serve as a reference for researchers and scientists to continue their study on marine biodiversity in the unexplored areas of Brunei waters.

The event continued with the presentation of certificates for "Reef Check Eco Diver Training for Youths" to 13 students and two supervisors from Meragang Sixth Form Centre and Jerudong International School (JIS).

Another highlight of the event before the launching of the centre was the releasing of sea turtles as a symbol of care towards the marine life led by the minister and was participated by at least 150 school students.

Non-profit environmental organisation Beach Bunch also took part as the event's "friends" and launched their official 'Beach Bunch car' as well as organised exhibitions and competitions for the celebrations.

Among the activities arranged in the afternoon were colouring competition, sandcastle making contest, and an environmental and awareness programme.

The open day for the MBC will be extended from June 12 until 14 beginning 8am to 5pm.

The Brunei Times

Student artwork on display at JIS Art Centre

Friday, June 15, 2012

STUDENTS of Jerudong International School (JIS) are sharing their creative works through JIS' 2011-2012 Design & Technology exhibition, which was opened on Wednesday, June 13.

Present at the modest launch was Principal of JIS, Andrew Fowler-Watt and Head of Design & Technology, Justin Harris. Other students along with their families also attended the event.

A total of 130 students' artworks were on display showcasing their creativity in creating everyday household items that have their own flair. Students from Year 2 up till Year 13 took part in the exhibition which is ongoing until July 6.

Also included in the exhibition are Food Technology and Textiles & Fashion Design, a newly introduced course. The exhibition included a variety of works such as 3D printing, Computer-Aided Design work, Computer Manufactured models as well as handmade items.

"It is great to have the students' works being exhibited at the Arts Centre. We hope that other schools will also come by and view the exhibition as we would love to have them here," said Harris.

The exhibition is open from 8am to 4pm until July 6 at the school's Arts Centre.

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JIS hosts briefing on UK student visas

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A TALK on student visas was held on Wednesday by the British High Commission in Brunei, for students looking to further their education in the UK. It was held at the Art Centre of Jerudong International School (JIS).

The briefing was conducted by Stephen McCracken (pictured), the entry clearance manager from the UK Border Agency of the British Embassy in Manila.

The session is held once a year for those needing a clearer understanding of the student visa application process from the authorities that manage the process.

Parents of JIS students, as well as members of the public, attended the briefing that went into detail on the various regulations, qualifications and fees involved with the application.

McCracken emphasised that visa applications must be submitted up to three months in advance, and preparation of all required documentation are also of high importance.

He also advised applicants that appointments should be made online at their respective visa application centres (VAC), as well as providing their biometrics, passport and supporting documents.

In addition to that, he mentioned that a period of 15 working days will be needed to process the application.

Dean of Higher Education at JIS Russell Mann said that the talk was particularly useful for students who plan to further their education in the UK.

"It gives them a proper understanding of the application process, which in turn will lessen the chances of confusion between the applicants and the visa centre," he said.

The Brunei Times

JIS awards Year 13 graduates

Sunday, June 24, 2012
JERUDONG International School (JIS) held a graduation ceremony on Friday night for the school's Year 13 students who completed their A-Level studies for the year 2011 to 2012.

A total of 140 students received their certificates from His Excellency Daniel L Shields, US Ambassador to Brunei, who was the guest of honour of the event.

The school also awarded special awards for academic, arts and sports excellence. Other awards given out on the night were the United Nations Delegate of the Year awards, the Green Award and Dux of the School Award.

Also present at the event were Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, Deputy Minister of PMO Dato Paduka Hj Ali Apong, parents and students of JIS. The Brunei Times