JIS Year 11 students shine in IGCSE exams

YEAR 11 students and staff at Jerudong International School (JIS) are celebrating success in the results of the recent International GCSE (IGCSE) examinations.

According to a press release, this is the second time that JIS students have taken these exams which are designed to prepare students for the A-Level or International Baccalaureate courses studied in the 6th form.

The results for 2016 surpassed the results for 2015 despite a global reduction in the number of examinations passed.

The results at the top end showed a staggering increase from the 2015 results. Indeed, 27 per cent of all grades awarded were at A* and 53 per cent of all grades were either an A* or an A grade.

These are increases from 24 per cent and 50 per cent respectively in 2015.

Renee Teo excel-led with 11A* Grades.

Renee Teo excel-led with 11A* Grades.

Jasveena Sandhu scored 10A* Grades. – PHOTOS: JIS

Jasveena Sandhu scored 10A* Grades. – PHOTOS: JIS

Bruneian Salsa Mazlan achieved 10A* Grades.

Bruneian Salsa Mazlan achieved 10A* Grades.

Bruneian Michael Koh scored 9A* Grades in the exams.

Bruneian Michael Koh scored 9A* Grades in the exams.

Individually there were some especially impressive performances by JIS students.

Renee Teo excelled with 11 A* grades. Jasveena Sandhu and Salsa Mazlan achieved an outstanding 10 A* grades. Mups Hirse, Sei Ya Hua, Michael Koh and Uma Roy Prabhakaran also achieved nine grades at A*. A further 15 students achieved six to eight grades at A*.

JIS Principal, Barnaby Sandow, commented, “The students and teachers are extremely proud of their GCSE results.

“They are a clear indicator that a holistic education not only produces well rounded global citizens but that they are even able to cap this off with excellent examination results.”

Borneo Bulletin | September 07, 2016

Promoting Brunei with heart in S’pore

CFLT (S) Pte Ltd in partnership with Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) – Singapore conducted their inaugural event ‘Discover the Green Heart of Borneo – Brunei Darussalam’, which was hosted by the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Singapore.

The event showcased Brunei as an educational destination for Singaporean students and provided them with the opportunity to get a first-hand look at places of interests, local culinary delights and the unexpected treasures of the country.

The event further provided the audience with an experience that they could achieve when they choose Brunei as a destination for their Overseas Learning Journey or School Twinning Programme.

Interesting packages and adventurous expeditions were also shared at the event for schools to plan enhanced and exciting Education and School Immersion Programmes to Brunei.

The winner of a three-day, two-night stay at Orchid Garden Hotel with air ticket to Brunei, presented with the prize by Pengiran Hajah Saadiah binti Pengiran Muda Haji Hashim, the spouse of Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Mansor, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore.

The winner of a three-day, two-night stay at Orchid Garden Hotel with air ticket to Brunei, presented with the prize by Pengiran Hajah Saadiah binti Pengiran Muda Haji Hashim, the spouse of Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Mansor, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore.

Participating vendors, such as the Orchid Garden Hotel, StarLodge, Jerudong International School, Jerudong Park Country Club and Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd helped add to the experience, and invited guests were able to immerse themselves in the ambience of the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures.

The world-class boutique airline RB also showcases Bruneian hospitality and grace to enrich one’s journey for a timeless experience.

The event welcomed around 200 educators and facilitators from all over Singapore, and everyone had a chance to understand what Brunei can offer, and also at the event, attendees had a chance to sample the local delicacies, such as Ambuyat, Kelupis and authentic Prawn Crackers.

Borneo Bulletin | September 05, 2016

High achievements of JIS students

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) students are celebrating another set of outstanding GCE ‘A’ Level results.

At the A2 Level, just under 10 per cent of the grades awarded to the school’s Year 13 students were top A* grades. In a year when the award of these grades has fallen across schools taking GCE ‘A’ Levels, JIS students achieved an outstanding A* or A grade in 30 per cent of all the grades awarded, while an impressive 60 per cent of all grades were A*, A or B (generally regarded as the minimum level required for entry into a leading UK university).

The corresponding A* – B figures for all UK schools is 52.8 per cent, showing that JIS students are outperforming the statistics for UK schools, said a press release.

A very large number of students received straight A* or A grades. A remarkable 14 students in Year 13 achieved either 3, 4 or 5 A*/A grades at the A2 Level.

A Ministry of Education (MoE) Scholarship student, Maisarah Malik, achieved 5 A*/A grades. Hafizah Azhar, Nadiah Hamid, Nirmal Jayakrishnan, Jun Wei Kuan, David Lim, Ashraf Marasharin (also a MoE Scholarship student), Umi Sazali and Nicole Tay all achieved 4 A*/A grades

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Maisarah Malik (ABOVE), Jasmin Thien (BELOW, 1st) and Ashraf Marashain (BELOW, 2nd) of Jerudong International School.

Meanwhile, Sidharth Ambady, Honn Wee Son, Rajvir Jutla, Jasmin Thien and Hanson Ting all achieved 3 A*/A grades. Jasmin’s grades are all the more inspiring as she has achieved these grades in spite of being blind.

Furthermore, a vast majority of the students met or exceeded their predicted grades that JIS generates based on ability. At the AS Level, a similar pattern was seen with the majority of Year 12 students performing above expectations.

A further 16 students achieved 3 or more A grades. Nine students achieved 3 A’s – Ruzana Adnan, Shaffena Affendy, Sheanne Ang, Ling Chua, Syuhada Ishak, Nathan Kok, Mus Mahleyuddin, Zul Mahri and Wafid Sophian.

Adrian Azaharaini, Haeram Jalees, Zakirah Syajirah Rahman and Sanjana Thota all achieved 4 A’s. John Fung, Brandon Lim and Calvin Newn achieved remarkable 5 A grades.

Borneo Bulletin | September 04, 2016

Educating the young for a sustainable future

LANDFILLS everywhere are rapidly filling up and the environment is increasingly affected in various ways as a result of this. It was stated in the Recycle 123 Handbook produced in 2015 by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) under the Ministry of Development that approximately 400 to 500 tonnes of waste goes to the Sungai Paku landfill daily.

In fact, it has been estimated that by the year 2025, that very landfill will be entirely filled. In the nation, the waste generation is around 1.4 kilogrammes per person per day, comprising 36 per cent food waste, 18 per cent paper and 16 per cent plastic. We are at a point where we know that there’s a problem and have identified the causes of the problem but the question lies in whether we are doing what’s necessary to remedy the problem as much as possible.

One such solution to this problem is recycling, and the nation’s aim is to achieve a recycling rate of 15 per cent by the year 2020. Through recycling, old items that are no longer useful to us can be converted into functional products with a new purpose.

What’s being taught and done in schools?

It’s important for everyone to practice recycling but an important place to begin instilling the habit would be at school while individuals are still young.

In the nation, a good number of schools have started taking steps towards ensuring both staff members and students play their part in going green.

“We have recycling bins placed all around the school, in the canteens and main areas where students congregate at break times.

“These include recycling bins designed by one of our Design and Technology students a few years ago which are made out of recycled wood. The latest bin units have the slogan ‘Don’t Trash Our Future’ which one of our Eco-JIS committee came up with,” said the Environmental Education Coordinator at Jerudong International School (JIS), Yvonne Follows-Smith.

“Our Eco-JIS Committee has also designed and made wire mesh bins which are very light and easy to move into place when we have special events such as Football Funday or Netball Funday. Each tutor group is encouraged to have a paper recycling bin in their classroom, where they earn ‘Green Points’ for their Houses if these bins are in place. Each of our 16 Houses then has its own larger recycling bin for the classroom paper to be sent to before being moved down to the school’s main recycling collection points,” she added.

It’s not as simple as placing the bins there and hoping that individuals in school will put the trash in an organised manner. JIS also actively finds different ways to educate individuals on the importance of the act and ways in which they can contribute. In addition to specific lessons on waste management in Geography, awareness is raised through carrying out beach clean-ups, involvement with Society for Community Outreach & Training’s Green Xchange and activities during its annual Earth Week. The school has also won a four-month recycling initiative by the Green Brunei Eco Drive earlier this year.

“The students are taught to think about waste in a holistic way to help them understand that valuable resources are used to produce items and that waste disposal is not only a waste of these resources, but that it can also have serious impacts on the environment even when waste is disposed of in a responsible manner. Therefore, reusing waste materials is more sustainable. We also give attention to reducing waste in the first place, by avoiding the excessive use of packaging,” said Follows-Smith.

Similar efforts are being made in Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah (Maktab Duli) by its Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Unit. In addition to encouraging all individuals to separate their trash into three recyclable types, the unit carries out a recycling drive project during each school term where all recyclables are collected from various areas of the campus.

“At the same time, we get them to bring in their recyclables from home too. They’ve learned to separate their trash correctly into the different types of recyclables and we often have student volunteers participating in the drive,” said Maktab Duli’s Head of HSE Unit Armacester Hj Arsad.

“The staff and students are being taught waste management, such as to reduce paper wastage and the importance of practicing the 6Rs (rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle). More awareness on eco-friendly habits is also consistently being raised so as to promote a more sustainable lifestyle for the future,” added the Head of the Green Council at Maktab Duli, Kathrina Murni.

For its part, Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd has provided industrial sized skip bins for certain schools but not all schools as some have abused the use of the bins.

Project Manager James Hung said, “Some other schools recycle on their own without our bins. They just collect the recyclables, segregate it and then put it into plastic bags for us to collect. I think there has been a significant increase in schools doing so in recent years.”

He added,“We do hold some talks but mostly, the schools would organise visits to our recycling yard where we show them what we do to the recyclables and how we segregate and export it. We show them the possibility of these materials being placed next to their houses as the landfill is running out of space.”

Importance of developing and instilling the habit

Kathrina Murni said that the habit of recycling is important because the existence of our species, the plants and animals depends on this. “Promoting sustainable development should be a top priority and should be a life goal for individuals of all ages. These are habits that we as individuals can actually fulfill because these are merely simple selfless acts,” she said.

For Follows-Smith, it’s getting students to understand the impact first.

“If students can understand the impact poor waste management is having on our planet and the implications of this for future generations, then not only will they be encouraged to act responsibly, but they are also more likely to spread the message and try and influence their relatives and friends outside school to also act responsibly,” said Follows-Smith.

“On the whole, I would say that the students have a good level of awareness and appreciate the need to recycle. It’s good to see that students are now much better about separating waste items correctly so recycling bins are being used properly. Some students are extremely motivated and are good role models for their peers. However, there is always room for improvement,” she added.

Making it a norm and a part of their lives, said Hung, will be the way to go. He added that when we were young, teachers used to bring us out to brush our teeth so that we could learn and the same could be done with recycling.

“I hope everyone, starting from young or old, can get a habit to recycle, even if it’s a small amount because when they do that, it keeps their homes and neighbours clean and eventually leading to the entire being clean,” he said. Every single effort counts and the things that are done on an individual level can make a great difference in the long run.


JIS students achieve outstanding IB results

THE International Baccalaureate (IB) students of Jerudong International School (JIS) have once again achieved outstanding results in their recent examinations.

The students obtained a superb average point of 37.2, well above the world average of 30.1, with 44 per cent of the JIS students achieving 40 points or more (150,000 students from 136 countries completed the IB Diploma worldwide this year). To place these results into context, the very best universities in the world such as Cambridge University typically ask for 40 points and above and the best British medical schools would require a point score in the region of 36-38 points.

JIS Principal, Barnaby Sandow proudly commented, “As a school, JIS continues to emphasise academic results are crucial, but we aim to produce well rounded, confident global citizens. The IB students have been hugely committed to their studies, but have also been fully involved in school and community life. This has included representing the school on the sports field, supporting local and international charities, performing musically and theatrically.

“In addition, the majority have completed the International Gold Award or the Borneo Project. Significantly, the IB students have undertaken key leadership and mentoring roles within the school. I am extremely proud to see our students can balance strong academic performance with a vast range of extracurricular activities. Indeed, this is something we encourage in all our students and is valued by prospective universities.”

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow in a group photo with the students. – JIS

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow in a group photo with the students. – JIS

Exceptional individual achievements were obtained by Prajna Soni (43 points) and Joseph Sleiman (42 points). Prajna will be going to New York University (Abu Dhabi) which has awarded her a significant scholarship. Joseph will be studying in Delft University, Holland. Bruneian students Marina Isa-Kalebic and Phoebe Ten both obtained 41 points and will be studying in the UK. Thin Kyi Naing achieved 41 points and will be studying medicine at Nottingham University, UK. Siang Jin Law, who achieved 42 points, will be studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and Law at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. Another Bruneian, Elisha bin Markus, achieved 40 points as did Kate Brien. They will be studying in Singapore and Australia respectively.

The other IB students will be continuing their education in high ranking universities in Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the United States of America.

Borneo Bulletin | August 06, 2016