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JIS students perform thriller comedy ‘The 39 Steps’

AROUND 100 Jerudong International School (JIS) senior students took the stage in the school’s adaptation of the thriller comedy, The 39 Steps last weekend at the JIS Arts Centre.

The show began with the ‘Swinging Sisters’ singing several 1940s style songs to help the audience picture the period in which the play takes place.

The opening scene saw final year student Caleb Burhan as Canadian Richard Hannay and Nicholas McCorrister as Mr Memory.

Both were involved in the school’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream play in November 2017.

The Director of The 39 Steps Sarah Grimshaw commented, “As a director, I feel it is my job to take those ideas straight from the students and help them to transform them into workable and interesting moments on stage.

“It is a show that belongs to the students and I could not be prouder.”

The school production was performed by senior schools students from Year 9 to Year 13, where 49 appeared on stage and more than 50 worked behind the scenes in set design and construction, designing and building props inspired by the 1950’s classic detective comics, making costumes, creating choreography, the complex lighting and sound, hair and make-up.

Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “It is a critical part of the journey at JIS that students challenge themselves to try something new and grow as a result. These are sizeable obstacles in terms of self-confidence, communication and trust that each individual has faced and overcome.

“The quality of performance that you have seen does not come about without a huge amount of commitment, resilience and determination given by each cast and crew member involved,” he added.

Caleb Burhan as Mr Hannay and the wicked Professor Jordan played by Eden Chiam. – PHOTOS: JIS

Caleb Burhan as Mr Hannay and the wicked Professor Jordan played by Eden Chiam. – PHOTOS: JIS

Spy Annabella Schmidt by Evie Hogan

Spy Annabella Schmidt by Evie Hogan

Borneo Bulletin | Wani Roslan | October 21, 2018




Megabytes wins big at EduTECH Asia 2018

FIVE senior students from Jerudong International School (JIS) recently won the first EduBUILD Masters Hackathon competition hosted by EduTECH Asia 2018 exhibition at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

The Megabytes, comprising Year 10 students, Otto Wiseman, Sakshi Mishra, Manahil Chughtai, Zhi Min Lim and Josh Lindsay, competed against 10 schools from Asia at the competition from October 9 – 10.

‘The Megabytes’ were accompanied by Head of IT at JIS Simon Carter and Coordinator of JIS’ Outdoor Discovery Centre Gwendoline Sandow.

Students presented their project where they have been working on bringing Augmented Reality (AR) into the award winning JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC). The challenge was to identify issues and design a future classroom that provides a solution to key issues faced in education. The students designed an app whereby when a code is scanned, a multimedia presentation is opened.

“To make an essentially natural environment, such as the ODC, information-rich – even multimedia-rich – without bringing in any additional technology was a challenge,” said Simon Carter. “The other challenge was for students to present their plan to adults from the twin worlds of technology and education from one-to-one conversations to the keynote address on the main stage: In all these contexts, our students were so impressive, and learned an incredible amount.

“The Megabytes’ multi-media pods are a fantastic addition to the ODC: not only will they enable anyone from our school or community to use the ODC independently as a learning space, they also give us the potential to share our ideas for sustainable living with other schools,” said Gwendoline Sandow.

Student teams underwent a six-week preparation process from September to October. The Megabytes attended weekly workshops in school, via Skype with Singapore and China on the weekends.

Other competing schools were Bukit View Primary School; EduGrow School; Cape of Colours School; St Francis Methodist School and Home School from Singapore, Manila Xiamen International School and Xiamen International School from China and Oak Meadow International School from Phuket, Thailand.

The Megabytes in a group photo with staff of ‘It Takes an Island’, the organisation which organised the EduBUILD Masters Hackathon, and two judges. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The Megabytes in a group photo with staff of ‘It Takes an Island’, the organisation which organised the EduBUILD Masters Hackathon, and two judges. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The Megabytes presents their project in the first round of the competition

The Megabytes presents their project in the first round of the competition

Borneo Bulletin | Lyna Mohamad | October 18, 2018




School introduces itself to the public

20 Years Ago

OCTOBER 2, 1998 – Jerudong International School (JIS) introduced itself to the public on Wednesday evening with its inaugural Open Evening event.

Beginning around 6.30pm, students took part in various activities ranging from music and drama performances to displays of their study routine.

Since its establishment in 1997, over 600 students, both local and foreign, have enrolled in JIS.

Students’ achievement and progress from last year were highlighted for visitors to see. Visitors also witnessed the incredible show on physical education and co-curricular opportunities given to students.

JIS boasts world-class education saying the school is fully equipped with state-of-the-art educational facilities and students are given unparallelled access to leading-edge technology.

Living up to its motto “Achieving Excellence”, students of the school achieved outstanding results in JIS’ first IGCSE examination after just one year in operation. – Syed Rory

A kindergarten student brushes up on his keyboard skills

A kindergarten student brushes up on his keyboard skills

Borneo Bulletin | Lest We Forget - DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH BORNEO BULLETIN ARCHIVES | October 13, 2018




JIS hosts largest Football Funday

JERUDONG International School (JIS) hosted its 19th Football Funday on October 7.

This year, with 132 teams, saw the largest number of teams participating in the most anticipated community sports event of the academic year.

This year’s Football Funday was further enlivened by the presence of Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.

Also participating in the Under-13 category of the event was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim.

JIS was especially delighted to welcome local schools and football academies who were playing at Football Funday for the first time.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah in action at Football Funday 2018. – JIS

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah in action at Football Funday 2018. – JIS

Alongside a number of teams from JIS, 10 local schools joined in the five-a-side football game on 19 pitches, in seven age groups from U8 years up to U19 years.

Other participating schools included International School Brunei (ISB), Hornbill School, Panaga School, Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), DES School, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains), Brunei Darussalam Schools Sports Council (MSSSBD), Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School, St Margaret’s School Seria and St Andrew’s School. Teams from Projek Ikan Pusu of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) also attended.

Every competitor received a certificate of participation.

The top three teams in each category received medals.

The winners in Boys Under-8, Under-9 and Under-11 were Panaga Dragons, Team Panaga and Panaga Raiders.

Teams from Projek Ikan Pusu won the Under-13 and Under-15 categories, while JIS Teams, JIS Red and Timor Leste were champions in the Under-10 and Under-19 categories.

Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow said, “It was wonderful to see all three sports fields at Jerudong International School full of hundreds of young people enjoying every moment of playing football with their teams. There are plenty of sports opportunities at JIS and the most important thing is to simply enjoy the act of taking part in sport.”

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | October 13, 2018




Brunei rugby under-14 team Japan bound

THE Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU) under-14 team will participate in a rugby tournament and exchange from today until October 9 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The aim of the rugby exchange festival is to grow and develop the game in Asia and to facilitate fostering next-generation leaders of Asian countries and promote their international exchanges through the game.

This event is supported by Fukuoka Prefecture as the host city, Japan Rugby Union as the host union and Asia Rugby.

The Brunei Rugby Union also thanked parents for allowing their children to participate and train for the tournament. Special thanks were also reserved to International School Brunei (ISB) and Jerudong International School (JIS) for supporting the training facilities and providing coaches.

The team will be led by Ken Han as the Vice President of the BRFU and head coach Colin Dickinson of JIS and assistant coach Grant Macpherson of ISB.

The team members comprise six children from ISB and six from JIS – Jonathan Hunter, Jack McCarthy, Muhammad Zaki M Raziq, Austin Greaves, Reuben Brown, Toby Heath, Rynhard Steyn, Frederick Gillam, Jayden Moffitt, Oliver Harris, Daniel Sim and Cameron Smith.

The Brunei under-14 rugby team in a group photo. – FADHIL YUNUS

The Brunei under-14 rugby team in a group photo. – FADHIL YUNUS

Borneo Bulletin | Fadhil Yunus | October 5, 2018