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JIS celebrates achievement, fetes outstanding students

VISUALLY impaired sixth form student Jasmin Thien won two awards in creative writing and history at the 2016 Year 10 to Year 13 Celebration of Achievement and Year 13 Graduation Ceremony, held yesterday at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre.

Eighty other students from Years 10-12 received awards in numerous categories, namely the Arts, Sports, Service, Eco-JIS, Lifetime Eco-JIS, and Gold International Award.

A total of around 140 Year 13 students graduated, and a large majority of them will be continuing with higher education, according to the spokesperson of JIS.

The whole ceremony was presented by the students, commencing with opening remarks from the Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow, followed by the Deputy Head Girl Nadiah Hamid, before the presentation of awards.

Students of Year 13 receiving their award. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Students of Year 13 receiving their award. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Jasmine Thien (L) receiving the Outstanding Performances Award and Sixth Form Creative Writing Award

Jasmine Thien (L) receiving the Outstanding Performances Award and Sixth Form Creative Writing Award

Upper Years Academic Awards for Year 10 were received by 15 students; while 16 Year 11 students received awards; Sixth Form Academic Awards for Year 12 saw 15 recipients of AS prizes; and IB prizes were presented to 10 students.

A total of 29 Year 13 graduates who were nominated by teachers for outstanding perfor-mance in a particular subject received subject prizes. These students are from both A-Levels and IB Diploma Courses.Twelve students received JIS Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Borneo Bulletin | Nuri Sufri | June 14, 2016




Make full use of overseas studies

STUDENTS travelling to the US for further education were told yesterday to make full use of their opportunity for professional development during a pre-departure orientation hosted by EducationUSA, the US Embassy’s academic advising service.

“The benefits of an international education are incalculable. Students that benefit from that kind of experience grow and develop in exceptional ways. They become global citizens, more aware, more educated and more knowledgeable about how to navigate the world of the 21st century,” said US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Dr Edward Findlay.

The orientation was held at the Collective Makerspace, Gadong, and provided information on visa regulations and application.

There was also a panel discussion by Bruneian students and alumni from American universities regarding safety advices, travel tips and life experiences as well as an American university student and lecturer who talked about how best to make use of the study abroad opportunity.

An alumnus from University of California Farah Nabilah Mohammad Zaidi Davis said that students should not only focus on achieving academic excellence but also to make use of the connection and opportunities to develop themselves professionally.

“Take advantage of all the opportunities there like internship, you can actually go out and be involved in research. I’ve been in two internships and have gained a lot of experience and that helped with my resume for my future,” she added.

Norzaidah Mardani, an alumnus who graduated from Georgetown University, Washington DC, with a Masters in Security Studies advised students to make full use of the different learning environment to learn and develop different ideas for their personal development.

“What I think is more important (than getting good grades) is to participate in classes, engage in opinions with people around you. The (American universities) provide a safe learning environment which emphasises expression and to stand your ground with your beliefs (that helps you grow),” she said.

She pointed out one of the challenges that will be faced by Muslim students was finding halal food.

She said that when she was in the US, she approached the Muslim communities and students in the university which was more familiar with the area. She also mentioned a helpful website called Zabihah.com that contains a database of halal restaurants in various countries.

According to EducationUSA Advisor Mayra Robles, the embassy has registered 15 students that will be travelling to the US to further their education in universities such as Cornell University, The University of Rochester, New York University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University, The Culinary Institute of America and Berklee College of Music among others.

She said many students are currently awaiting their confirmation letters and that this year’s total number of students travelling to the US for education will most likely exceed last year’s figure of 35 students.

During an interview with the students, many expressed excitement at the opportunity.

Gayatri Raj who will be studying at Purdue University said that she was interested in experiencing the “liberal” culture of America and to travel and meet different people.

Honn Wee Son who will be studying at University of California, San Diego, said that he hopes to make many new friends during his study in America.

“For the first time, we’re going to be fully independent. In Brunei, we are quite taken care of so being able to be away from that is something new to experience,” said Hjh 'Azemah Hanim Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Hj Abd Rahman who will be studying at the University of California, Los Angeles

The Brunei Times | JULIUS HONG | Saturday, June 4, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN




Former Olympian advises athletes to work hard

WITH the sporting facilities and the passion for sports in Brunei, there is no reason why Brunei cannot produce top quality athletes who could compete in major competition around the world.

The positive observation was made by James Goddard, three-time gold medalist swimmer at the Commonwealth Games and a former Olympian for the United Kingdom, during his visit to the Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday. Some 80 Year 5 students attended the talk.

To compete in major tournaments, his advice for local athletes especially national swimmers is to train hard and push oneself to the limit as well as be consistent in training because there is no shortcut to success.

Asked about the biggest hurdles in his career as national swimmer for the United Kingdom, he replied, “The major hurdle is to always keep the competitive mindset to compete on the top at all times because the high commitment and consistent high level training regime does take over the lifestyle. Trying to be focussed all the time is difficult and I nearly quit in 2006 because I thought that I couldn’t cope anymore.”

Besides intense training and hard work, he also mentioned that maintaining the passion and hunger for the success is also vital to be a top athlete in the world.

James Goddard in a group photo with the JIS students – JAMES KON

James Goddard in a group photo with the JIS students – JAMES KON

James Goddard, who has won a gold in the men’s 200m backstroke and a bronze in the men’s 200m individual medley at the 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as gold medal in the men’s 200m backstroke and in the men’s 200m individual medley at the 2010 Commonwealth Games has cited that his swimming teammates, coaches as well as family have been a major push factor and support for him to win the medals.

The former Olympian was forced to quit competitive swimming after he failed to get financial backing in 2014 and he also touched on the importance of financial support for athletes.

He said, “It is extremely important to have financial backing. If you don’t have a financial assistance or support for your sport then you have to look for finance by working in the day and train at night.

“It is difficult to train hard and work at the same time because recovery is very important for an athlete. Therefore, if an athlete is working all day and train at the evening, his body cannot be trained at its peak.”

James Goddard with Terry Butcher, former England football captain will be in Brunei to host the Summer Camp in July at the JIS’ Campus to develop confidence, leadership and communication skills among students for four weeks.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | May 26, 2016




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.

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Borneo Bulletin | May 21, 2016