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

JIS A, 64th clinch U-15 football title

JERUDONG International School (JIS) A and 64th were crowned co-champions of the Brunei Darussalam's Scouts Association (PPNBD) 9 a-side Under-15 Football Tournament yesterday after the final was cancelled due to bad weather.

Sayyidina Umar Al-Khattab Secondary School (SMSUA) All Stars finished third after defeating JIS B 1-0 in the third place play-off at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas. Earlier yesterday, Singapore League (S-League) reigning champions DPMM FC made an appearance as special guests at the one-day tournament.

The team which was led by head coach Steve Kean helped the Under-15 players during the warm-up sessions and offered them advice before the tournament starts.

"DPMM FC is the best football team in the country and they are also the defending champions of the Singapore (S-League), so we want them to come over and inspire the young players to excel in the sport," said the tournament’s secretary Ismail Dato Paduka Hj Osman in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"This year we see an increase in number of teams participating, with 16 team competing altogether…it is a very number encouraging number, we hope to have more teams competing next year. The main objective of this tournament is to develop a football team for the Brunei Darussalam Scout Club in particular. We have to start looking at players at young age so that these players can be the foundation of the club's football team in the future.

"Last year we only had two football teams from our club competing, but this year, we have five... it is a very good start for us in our search for potential players," he added.

Organised by PPNBD, Brunei-Muara District Scout Association (PPDBM), and Sahabat Pengakap 1024 with the support of the Department of Youth and Sports (JBS), the 16 teams were divided into four groups of four.

Academy Kilanas, Ikrab FC, 1024 Gennext 2035 and SMSUA All Stars were in group A.

Putra Warriors FT A, Brunei Sports School Soccer Academy (BSSSA), 64th and Brunei Muara District Scout Association (PPDBM) were pooled in group B.

Group C were made up of Griffins FC, JIS A, Gennext 2035 and PHD FC.

Meanwhile, group D consisted of Putra Warriors FT B, Tripas Muda, JIS B and PSI Galaxy.

Present to award the prizes to the winners was the Scout Chief Commissioner of PPNBD Hj Awang Badar Hj Awang Ali.

The Brunei Times | AK FAUZI PG SALLEH | Monday, May 9, 2016 | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

JIS community takes part in Family Fun Run

STUDENTS and staff of Jerudong International School and their families took part in the school’s second Family Fun Run yesterday.

A total of 370 children and adults participated in the run that kicked off at the school compound.

Three categories were open during the day, namely the 1km fun run, the 3km fun run and the 5km run.

“Today it’s all about having fun with a meaningful activity, and link JIS with the community, and to draw the community to have a wonderful time with us,” shared JIS Head of Sport Chris McGeorge.

At the end of the run, everyone was presented with medals and wristbands as recognition for their achievement.

The JIS Family Fun Run is an annual event and was sponsored by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd.

“Every year, JIS will organise several fun days, such as football fun day, the fun run, and hopefully next year we will be organising a basketball fun day,” McGeorge said.

The Brunei Times | ADIB NOOR | Monday, May 9, 2016 | BRUNEI-MUARA