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JIS shortlisted for British award

JERUDONG International School (JIS), Brunei Darussalam has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in the prestigious British International Schools Award (BISA) for 2018.

The award winners will be announced in London, United Kingdom on January 22, 2018.

The initiative for which the school has been shortlisted is its Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC).

Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “I am tremendously proud to hear that JIS has been shortlisted for this award ceremony. It is testament to the dedicated students and hard working, inspirational teachers at JIS who have united to create the ODC.”

Early in 2016, the school set aside a piece of land where a group of teachers and students restored its soil quality. Since then, projects on the land have been led by students.

“I’ve come to really enjoy and appreciate the environment around us,” said Kai Jie Hii, a Year 12 student who is a leader in the ODC committee.

Since May 2016, when the boundary was established, the ODC has become an important learning space for the school community. It was officially opened in January 2017.

Botanists from the nearby Universiti Brunei Darussalam assisted in identifying plants for parts of the centre.

Since September 2016, a group of students met weekly, mentored by a local permaculture expert to focus on using garden waste in a composting project.

The infrastructure for the ODC was developed with pathways, seating, signs and fencing installed by the students, assisted by teachers.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex during their visit to the Jerudong International School

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex during their visit to the Jerudong International School

Junior School students visiting the Outdoor Discovery Centre

Junior School students visiting the Outdoor Discovery Centre

In April 2017 during the Earth Week, the ODC has its first opportunity to showcase itself to the whole school and several NGOs.

A highlight of Earth Week was the ‘herb spiral’ project, designed and constructed by senior school students. Coco Bennett, a final year A-Level student said, “Not only had the co-curricular activity made integration possible between the different year groups, it gave me a chance to step outside my comfort zone.”

Junior school students and middle year students visited the ODC to not only discover more about the natural world but also learn from projects by their seniors.

Many of the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award students have chosen to carry out their service or skills activities in the ODC.

The school’s eco-JIS recycling team are also looking into ways that they can use the ODC to help them recycle and upcycle waste.

Shanie Chauhan, a Year 12 student who volunteered in the ODC as part of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, said, “It has given me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I am pleased to know that the ODC will continue to grow and develop.”

The senior students are using the ODC in a variety of ways. For example, physics students have an ongoing solar study to determine how to provide solar energy to the hub.

Geography students are undertaking research into issues such as “What conditions promote the growth of Brunei’s national flower Simpur (Dillenia Suffruticosa)?”

Art students regularly visit the ODC as a source of inspiration for their work.

The junior school is embarking on the ‘Farm to School’ project, sponsored by Progresif and in association with Agrome IQ. Interestingly, one of the Bruneian Agrome IQ personnel is a JIS alumnus, who also studied at Cardiff University in Environmental Science.

Borneo Bulletin | November 21, 2017




JIS students receive Star of the Month award

THE Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS), recently presented 16 outstanding senior school students with the inaugural Asian Languages Star of the Month award, certificate and badge.

The Asian Languages Faculty at JIS offers Malay Language, Urdu, Foreign Language Chinese and Foreign Language Malay programmes across the Junior School to the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in sixth form.

Melhan Adam, Head of Asian Languages at JIS, said faculty members selected and shortlisted students from their classes who have stood out for ‘Excellence in Languages’.

“The recipients are not necessarily the most able linguists, but students who have displayed tremendous levels of effort, enthusiasm, progress and work ethics for their language learning.

The recipients of the Asian Language Star of the Month award in a group photo with Melhan Adam, the Head of the Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS)

The recipients of the Asian Language Star of the Month award in a group photo with Melhan Adam, the Head of the Asian Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS)

“This includes promoting and using the language outside the classroom or by producing an outstanding piece of work, or even showing significant improvements in their language proficiency and interest in the culture and language.”

Awards for the senior school are given once every two months and termly for the junior school.

The Asian Languages Star of the Month badge are worn by recipients with their school uniform designed by Year 9 JIS student, Rafeeqa Teo.

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | November 20, 2017




JIS students learn environmental issues at Muara Beach

ON NOVEMBER 13, 70 students from Year 5 of Jerudong International School (JIS) took their learning outside of the classroom with activities designed to extend their awareness on environmental issues.

The students who went to Muara Beach collected over 30 bags of rubbish, sorting out the plastics and developing an understanding of the need to dispose of refuse responsibly.

The bags were transported to the recycling centre, where the students were fascinated to learn that much of the recyclable waste is shipped overseas to countries like Singapore, Indonesia and India. After the tour, the students visited the turtle sanctuary.

At the Marine Biodiversity Centre in Meragang, the students got up close and personal with a range of endangered animals. Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green Turtles are housed at the centre to be rehabilitated. The staff informed about the threat to turtles from polluted seas and man.

Increasing knowledge and awareness of the consequences of polluting the seas helped the students to develop their sense of responsibility towards environment.

Year 5 students participating in a beach clean-up at Muara Beach

Year 5 students participating in a beach clean-up at Muara Beach

Year 5 students of Jerudong International School in a group photo at the Marine Biodiversity Centre. – PHOTOS: JIS

Year 5 students of Jerudong International School in a group photo at the Marine Biodiversity Centre. – PHOTOS: JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | November 18, 2017




JIS students set to stage popular Shakespeare play

A CAST of over 30 Jerudong International School (JIS) students will be performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ over two days on November 10 and 11.

Those keen to purchase tickets can drop by the stationary shop at JIS or contact the school directly.

The show will be staged on November 10 at 7.45pm and November 11 at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at $10, $15 and $25.

Aside from the cast, a large behind-the-scenes team will assist in operating mechanical props, ambient lightings and sound settings to transition between the different scenes during the performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons.

These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular stage works and is widely performed across the world.

The performance will represent a change in direction from the school’s usual choice of musicals, but as drama teacher and the play’s director Sarah Grimshaw explains, the decision was very much an educational one.

“Many of our students want to go on to study drama after they leave JIS,” she says.

“Doing something like A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives them an opportunity to add more skills to their repertoire and increases their chances of not only getting a place at drama school or university, but also to succeed when they get there.”

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | November 7, 2017




Special needs students receive donated learning aids from JIS

THIRTEEN special needs students from the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School in Sungai Akar yesterday received learning aids and specialised resources donated by the Junior School Council of the Jerudong International School (JIS).

Present to witness the handover was Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafoor, the Acting Head of Special Education Unit (SEU) at the Ministry of Education.

Also present were Paul Bannister, the Head of the Junior School; and Richard Hallam, the Deputy Head of the Junior School at JIS.

In his welcoming remarks, Haji Ali Yusri, who is also the chairman of the SEU’s IKHLAS initiative, thanked JIS for its contribution in support of students with special needs.

“This is not the first time that JIS has contributed learning aids and specialised resources for the benefit of our students with special needs,” he said. “Your kind generosity has indeed benefited and made a positive impact in assisting our students’ learning journey. The learning aids and specialised resources required by these students with special needs will indeed help to fulfil and maximise their learning potential.”

Special needs students in a group photo with representatives from Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) and the Ministry of Education. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Special needs students in a group photo with representatives from Junior School Council of Jerudong International School (JIS) and the Ministry of Education. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show happy faces of the students receiving the learning aid from representatives of JIS

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show happy faces of the students receiving the learning aid from representatives of JIS

He then outlined the objectives of IKHLAS as a collaborative effort that sets out to meet the needs of students who require learning aids and specialised resources.

“IKHLAS comprises several committees that aim to identify the access needs of students with special needs, enlist the support from corporate bodies to sponsor learning aids and specialised resources as well as to provide training on the use of these resources,” he said.

“All of these are aimed at overcoming learning barriers; enhancing the students’ accessibility and independence in schools and at home; and also to realise the goals of Vision 2035.”

Earlier this year, the Junior School at JIS held a special fundraising week for students with special needs in Brunei.

A total of $6,000 was collected during the fundraiser, to procure numerous learning aids and specialised resources to assist students with special needs in their learning and mobility. The donated items include a rollator, a modified chair, a bar magnifier, a desktop computer, laptops and sensory resources.

Two of the donated laptops have been installed with a screen reader software program, JAWS (Job Access with Speech), which allows visually impaired users to access the computer and its screen content through a text-to-speech output.

Borneo Bulletin | Achong Tanjong | November 3, 2017