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Cultural diversity celebrated at JIS International Day

SOME 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages.

JIS International Day, part of the school’s International Week, is held each academic year and plays an important part in encouraging JIS’ students to be global citizens. During this week, students will have the opportunity within the curriculum to learn about each other’s cultures in a variety of activities during academic lessons and in their house groups.

This year’s International Day theme is centred around ‘Teaspoons of Change’, which challenges every student to make a small personal choice, decision or action that has a positive impact on people or the planet.

The challenge is built on the premise that the students can double their impact as global citizens by not only thinking about doing good for others, but also by considering the indirect impact of their everyday choices and actions.

Junior School students started the day with a parade in their national costumes followed by an assembly at the Arts Centre Foyer.

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages

A section of the audience dressed in various outfits

A section of the audience dressed in various outfits

JIS students performing in a choir while dressing up in various cultural costumes

JIS students performing in a choir while dressing up in various cultural costumes

A performance by the JIS Irish dancers. – PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

A performance by the JIS Irish dancers. – PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

The event this year saw members from the school Music Department entertaining the audience – students from Year 4 right up to Year 13 – with two choral musical performances which carried the theme ‘Music from Around the World’.

The musical performances saw the involvement of choirs from various age groups across the school, including the Junior School Choir – comprising students from Year 4 to Year 6, Senior School Choir and Staff Choir.

The audience was also treated to performances by the orchestra, JIS Camerata, newly formed Gulingtangan Group from the Malay Faculty, and an American tunes performance by the JIS Jazz Band, as well as a step dancing performance by the JIS Irish dancers.

Students participating in the JIS International Day were required to donate a minimum of $2 to start their own ‘Teaspoon of Change’, with all the money raised handed to charities supported by the school, such as Cambodia Charity, the Borneo Project and the school’s very own Polio Points initiative.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | November 2, 2017




Cultural diversity celebrated at JIS International Day

Some 1,700 students from 55 different nationalities gathered at the JIS Arts Centre as Jerudong International School (JIS) held its annual International Day, giving an amazing opportunity for the students to develop as a global community and celebrate each other’s cultures, customs and languages. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin.

Borneo Bulletin | November 2, 2017




A memorable day for 65 JIS Religious School students

THE annual certificate presentation ceremony for Primary 6 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) Religious School was held yesterday at the auditorium of its Arts Centre.

The event aimed to appreciate students who have obtained excellent results and passed in the Religious Education Primary Schools Certificate Examination 1437H/2016.

Present as guest of honour at the event was the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman.

Also present were First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Deputy Minister of Defence; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; as well as the permanent secretary, deputy permanent secretaries, acting director, acting assistant directors and senior officers of the Islamic Studies Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

A total of 65 students registered for the examination and all of them passed and received their certificates. Forty-eight students achieved Grade 1, while 11 achieved Grade 2 and six achieved Grade 3.

Out of the 65, 12 students obtained Aggregate 5, the highest result in the examination.

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Photos above show the Minister of Religious Affairs presenting certificates to students

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Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Deputy Minister of Defence; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; and other officials at the ceremony

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Cikgu Hajah Noraidah binti Haji Tengah, Principal of JIS Religious School during her speech. – PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

The event marked the end of religious school education for these students and served as a platform to strengthen the relationship between teachers, officers and parents.

Opening the event was the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Cikgu Norimy bin Haji Ahad, a religious teacher from JIS Religious School followed by an opening speech by Cikgu Hajah Noraidah binti Haji Tengah, Principal of JIS Religious School in her capacity as the chairperson of the event.

In her speech, Cikgu Hajah Noraidah highlighted that the JIS Religious School was established on January 10, 2005 with four teachers as a result of negotiations between the JIS Board of Directors and the Ministry of Education. Then, classes were divided into four – from Pre-Primary until Primary 3 with 11 students.

The religious school now has 221 students for the 2017-2018 session and 13 teachers.

The principal also noted that a number of activities were conducted by the school during the 2016-2017 session such as a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony for Primary 6 students, a new Hijrah Year celebration, a Maulidur Rasul celebration, Hari Raya and Teacher’s Day celebration as well as extra classes and Parent-Teacher meetings and Amali programmes among others.

One student from JIS Religious School was chosen to participate in the 71 times Khatam Al-Quran held in conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s birthday celebrations.

“Religious education is very important to Muslim students in Brunei Darussalam to protect themselves from unhealthy and unbecoming circumstances,” said the principal. “I can feel that the two parties (JIS and JIS Religious School) have a strong bond in ensuring the success of students and their achievements in both religious and academic studies which gives the school outstanding results.”

The event also saw a brief speech by the Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow, followed by a speech by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

The event also saw a slide presentation on the JIS Religious School before the presentation of certificates to the students and appreciation gifts to the Primary 6 teachers by the guest of honour.

Students of the JIS Religious School carried out a Tausyeh performance. The ceremony culminated with a souvenir presentation to the guest of honour.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari | October 21, 2017




Shakespeare fever sweeps Jerudong International School

JERUDONG International School (JIS) is putting on a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream over two days on November 10 and 11.

A classic comedy surrounding the marriage of Thesus Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, former queen of the Amazons, the story is one of the Bard’s most popular works, which has starred some of the world’s most celebrated thespians over the years, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ben Kingsley and Frances de la Tour.

Inspired by a recent trip to the UK, during which JIS students and staff visited the birthplace of Shakespeare and took in a performance of Twelfth Night at London’s Globe Theatre, the JIS adaptation will see an on-stage cast of 33, complimented by a large behind-the-scenes team, performing their take on Shakespeare’s classic.

“The trip gave us an incredible personal experience of the life of Shakespeare,” said Eden Chiam, a Year 12 A-Level Drama student who plays Titania in the upcoming production. “We went to Stratford-upon Avon; went to his home; to his grave, and more. We also watched live Shakespeare performances and witnessed how a piece of theatre from the 1600s can be modernised and adapted to entertain a modern-day audience without losing the essence of Shakespeare’s time. As part of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast, I am incredibly excited to pioneer Shakespeare into Bruneian performances.”

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Year 12 A-Level Drama student, Eden Chiam performing a ballet at Showcase Performance

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The cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a group photo. – JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Mahmud Baharudin, one of the stars of last year’s JIS production (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and a member of the behind-the-scenes team on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, concurred. “The trip was fascinating,” he said. “We have learnt about Shakespeare not only in Drama Class but in English and History as well, and to actually go to his birthplace was an incredible experience that made us eager to learn even more about him and ultimately put on a performance of one of his works.”

Having played a principal role in last year’s production during his final year at JIS, Bruneian Mahmud is now lending his expert advice to the stars of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while on a gap year before starting university.

The performance will represent a change in direction from the school’s usual choice of musicals, but as Drama Teacher and Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sarah Grimshaw explains, the decision was very much an educational one. “Many of our students want to go on to further study drama after they leave JIS,” she said. “Doing something like A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives them an opportunity to add more skills to their repertoire and more chance not only to get a place at drama school or university, but also to succeed when they get there.”

Borneo Bulletin | October 10, 2017




British royalty visit JIS

JERUDONG International School (JIS) in partnership with the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam hosted a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex recently as part of Their Royal Highnesses visit to Brunei Darussalam to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex is Chair of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)’s International Award Foundation, and the visit gave him an opportunity to congratulate award participants and their leaders on their progress, and to highlight the holistic value of The DofE’s International Award.

According to a press statement issued by the British High Commission, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh founded the award in 1956 with the aim to enable young people to learn, develop and thrive through non-formal education, equipping them with better life skills.

During their visit Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex, accompanied by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam engaged with award participants. They saw first-hand how these students support the wider community in Brunei Darussalam and challenge themselves to learn new skills.

Escorted by the JIS Head Girl, Salsa Mazlan and Head Boy, James Brien together with the Deputy Head Girls, Renee Teo and Uma Roy Prabhakaran, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex saw this process in action.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex speaking to students and teachers about The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)’s International Award

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex speaking to students and teachers about The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)’s International Award

Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex mingling with Gold Award Level students mentoring and training younger Bronze Award Level students for Adventurous Journey training. – PHOTOS: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex mingling with Gold Award Level students mentoring and training younger Bronze Award Level students for Adventurous Journey training. – PHOTOS: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

Moving through the JIS Arts Centre, they talked to JIS students involved in lighting and rehearsals for the upcoming performance of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The school musicians spoke about and demonstrated their range of expertise from orchestral ensemble through to rock band.

Barnaby Sandow, Principal of Jerudong International School commented, “Our team was hugely excited for this VIP visit. It was wonderful for the participants and Award Leaders of The DofE’s International Award to meet the chair of this excellent organisation. These life journeys have meant so much to so many members of our community, and to have the chance to share these experiences with Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex was an awe-inspiring opportunity.”

Students from the International School Brunei (ISB) were also present to showcase their DofE Award expeditions and community projects. The Beach Bunch, a registered local NGO with a vision of keeping Brunei’s beaches safer, cleaner and more enjoyable had an opportunity to showcase their community coastal cleanliness efforts including tree planting conservation, trail running races, sea turtle conservation efforts and coastal water safety efforts on a national level, all of which are offered to DofE Award students.

Students from JIS shared their experiences of working to help others in Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo and India. They explained to the honoured guests about the JIS Polio Points scheme whereby students earning merits redeem these for polio vaccines.

At the JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre, students explained about the student led Eco Agroforestry project – creating compost from food waste and planting herb spirals. Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex also saw Adventurous Journey training taking place with Gold Award Level students mentoring and training younger Bronze Award Level students.

The Head Girl and Head Boy led Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex to the new Sports Complex where they saw students coaching in one of the sports halls and a lifesaving skill demonstration at the swimming pool.

Students shared their own personal journeys with the special guests – explaining how the award has given them to opportunity to deepen their self-awareness, build their self-confidence and broaden their skills to develop as active, responsible citizens.

To complete the visit, Richard Lindsay, introduced Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex to families from the British community based in Brunei Darussalam.

This included members of the Loan Service (British Armed Forces personnel seconded to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces), the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) whose teachers are based in local schools, members of the Britain Brunei Business Forum (BBBF), and the staff and families of the British High Commission.

At the end of the visit His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque inaugurating the JIS new Sports Complex.

Borneo Bulletin | October 14, 2017