30 JIS pupils in Bangkok for annual FOBISIA Games

A TOTAL of 30 students from Jerudong International School left for Bangkok yesterday to take part in the Primary FOBISIA Games, an annual South Asian sports festival for schools in the region.

The team is represented by students from Years 4, 5 and 6.

They will compete in athletics, swimming, football and T-Ball.

Participating countries include schools from Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, China and Brunei with a total of 276 students and 58 teachers.

“We are incredibly proud to have 30 talented students representing JIS at the FOBISIA games in Bangkok.

The JIS contingent poses for a group photo

The JIS contingent poses for a group photo

“At JIS we wholeheartedly believe in the values of sportsmanship and leadership.

“The FOBISIA games will give our young athletes the opportunity to gain experience and hone their skills in a friendly and competitive environment,” expressed Principal, Barnaby Sandow.

The team have been training for 6 months and are well prepared as they head into the competition.

Borneo Bulletin | May 25, 2016

JIS holds Design and Technology Exhibition

AT JERUDONG International School (JIS), the subject of Design and Technology is an integral part of the creative curriculum.

The annual Design and Technology exhibition opened this week in the JIS Arts Centre Foyer.

The exhibition is a showcase of the wonderful work created by students from the ages of seven to 18 years old. The latter being GCSE, ‘A’ Level and IB Diploma submissions.

Head of Design and Technology, Justin Harris explained that the exhibition has a strong focus on modern technology and manufacturing methods with many items designed and made using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM).

Laser cutters, CNC machines and 3D printers are central to the manufacturing and the students use a very wide range of materials to give opportunities to solve problems with different media.

The Design and Technology exhibition is open to the public from 8am until 4pm daily (closes at 12pm on Fridays) until June 12.



Borneo Bulletin | May 21, 2016

JIS starlets impress against MSPSBS in footie friendly

THE Jerudong Under-13 and Under-15 teams hosted a friendly match against their age group opponents from the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College at its football field yesterday.

The Zone Cup winners have not featured in a lot of matches at the start of the year until an arrangement was made of a match against MSPSBS.

Steven Conlin, the Under-15 coach said the idea behind the friendly was to establish cooperation where teamwork and character-building in the players should be present.

“We’ve actually see some quiet kids actually come out and be a leader on the pitch and it is really nice to see that. The whole idea is to see them enjoying themselves,” Steven told the Bulletin.

In preparation for the friendly, the team have indeed treated the fixture as part of the school’s co-curricular activity (CCA) with the same competitive drive from past competitions with skill-based training sessions.

“We work out for 45 minutes on skills-based training. Basically, we will get on with the agility, pace, control the ball, passing and shooting the ball and in matches, we’ll just try put it all together”, Steven said.

The teams in a group photo

The teams in a group photo

The team, declared as co-champions in the recent Scouts Tournament, has been clear in its aims which they vastly benefited in their last six games where they have not conceded a goal.

“What we pride ourselves on is in the last six games we haven’t conceded a goal. That’s because what we are trying to do is teach them to push up and put pressure onto their attackers so they will get worried about it.”

“We’ve got the pace at the back if anyone goes pass us they can come back and retrieve it”

“The hardest thing about the sport is the positioning. If you get the positioning right, then you don’t really need to run anywhere and that’s what we are trying to do.”

The final against 64FT in the Brunei Darussalam’s Scouts Association (PPNBD) 9 a-side Under-15 Football Tournament was abandoned on May 8 due to bad weather but a friendly between the two sides has been discussed.

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Borneo Bulletin | Fadhil Yunus | May 17, 2016

JIS students revisit WWII Brunei

IN A BID to further foster comprehensive understanding of Brunei’s history, students of the Jerudong International School (JIS) have taken upon themselves to conduct research on the people affected by the World War II (WWII) as parts of their history projects.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, head of History at JIS Matthew Langridge said as WWII and Brunei’s history are part of the learning syllabus in Year 9, these (Year 9) students use these projects as opportunities to gain in-depth understanding of this significant period in history.

“Our students have undertaken their own research projects on the experience of Brunei during WWII and some even interviewed relatives who lived through that period,” he said.

“This period (WWII) is an important event in our history, and to learn about what really happened from individual’s personal accounts is something unique and valuable not only for us historians but also the students themselves in getting to know their own family’s background and history,” said the history teacher.

Sachi Dieker, a Japanese-American student, said that she interviewed her Japanese grandmother for the project when her grandmother visited the sultanate recently for a month from Japan.

Another student, Fairuz Zahra Feisal highlighted that the project was ‘a good learning experience’ in knowing the history of her family as well as Brunei itself.

She said that her interview with her 86-year-old grandmother was calm although her grandmother went through ‘traumatic experience’ during the war.

“She saw a lot of things happening around that time like she saw Japanese secretly taking some Bruneians and putting them in a hole and they shot them there,” said the 14-year-old.

Fairuz’s grandmother aged only nine to 10 during the war, also said that she and her family spent most of the time running and hiding in the forest during the Japanese’s occupation of Brunei.

“I didn’t know that she had that kind of experience and it’s hard to have that (experience) at that age.”

The videos of these interviews were showcased yesterday along with the opening ceremony of the multimedia exhibition of ‘Stories through Memories: 70 Years of Friendship’ hosted by JIS at its Art Centre. The exhibition was first launched last year to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the landing of Australia troops in Brunei in liberating the sultanate from Japanese occupation in 1945, dubbed as the ‘Oboe Operations’.

A joint-project between Australian High Commission and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the exhibition displayed historical photos from the Australian War Memorial archives, along with first-hand video interviews of Bruneians who lived during WWII as tributes to survivors of the war.

The exhibition at JIS formally opened by Jessica Bowen-Thomas, Australian High Commission’s Second Secretary representing the Australian High Commissioner and followed by a guest lecture by Dr Frank Dhont of UBD’s Institute of Asian Studies.

The WWII-themed exhibition with the added touch of JIS’s own students’ videos, will be opened for students, staff and families of the JIS community for the next two days (until May 13th).

The Brunei Times | ROSERA MOHD | Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

64FT and JIS A emerge co-champions of scouts football meet

64FT and JIS ‘A’ have been declared co-champions of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association and the Brunei Muara District Association Scout 1024 9-a-side Football Championships following bad weather at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.

The organising committee has decided to abandon the final and declared the finalists co-champions as the stadium was lashed by heavy showers.

The captains of both teams lifted the shining silver trophy which has been proudly displayed since the tournament was launched by the President of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association Dato Paduka Ar. Haji Idris bin Haji Abas.

Earlier during the day, the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association President was introduced to the participating teams before launching the all-day mini football tournament as confetti burst into colour in the pitch. Dozens of young footballers also joined the DPMM FC players and staff including head coach Steve Kean in a group picture. The participating teams also took part in a warm-up session conducted by a DPMM FC player as an incentive to boost confidence and also to enjoy close interactions with the football stars.

A total of 16 teams divided into four groups took part in the competition with each group winner advancing to the final and subsequently to the final showpiece where the losers in the semi-finalists battled for third place.

The competition served as a platform to unleash potential players who is capable to represent the Brunei Darussalam scouts in the regional level.

The co-champions of the competition got hold of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association President Trophy.

The tournament has not gone according to plan as Academy Kilanas appeared to have fielded an ineligible player prompting the officials no choice but to award Ikrab FC victory via walkover.

In the last four, JIS ‘A’ defeated SMSUA All Stars 2-0 to progress to the final while 64FT denied an all-JIS final after beating JIS ‘B’ with the same score-line.

SMSUA All Stars won third place after edging out JIS ‘B’ 1-0.

Borneo Bulletin | Fadhil Yunus | May 09, 2016