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JIS brings Peter Pan to life with enthralling musical

THE adventurous tale of the boy who never grew up came to life in a musical from Disney’s Peter Pan Jr performed by Junior School students from Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday.

Some 151 children from Year 3 to Year 6 performed on stage dressed in costumes of characters from the popular children’s tale.

Leading the cast of talents were Jordan Lo as Peter Pan, Breanna Lee as Wendy, Luqa Briffa as Captain Hook, Sofia Sim as Tiger lily, Sienna Holmes as Tinkerbell alongside other characters who contributed to the success of the performance.

A classic fairy tale by JM Barrie which enthralled audiences around the world since it premiered on a London stage 100 years ago, Peter Pan tells the story of the Darling children.

Wendy, Michael and John flew to Neverland with Peter Pan where they embark on an adventure involving beautiful mermaids, Peter’s band of Lost Kids in their Hideout, Indians, the villainous Captain Hook with his band of pirates, the Tinkerbell the naughty fairy and of course, the clock-ticking crocodile.

Created to engage the imagination of young and old, the production team has created a mobile set that captured the attention of the audience into each scene. The play also included several well-loved Disney songs such as Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life for Me, Never Smile At A Crocodile and Following the Leader.

Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow lauded the students by saying, “It is a privilege to witness the journey of each child through JIS and share in their success when the curtain comes down.”

Meanwhile, Head of Junior School, Paul Bannister revealed that it was the first full-scale musical performed by Junior School students.

He expressed his gratitude to parents and guardians who spent time after school and at weekends to bring Peter Pan to life describing it as “another example of the levels of commitment that typify JIS”.

Director Anna Hogan attributes the success of the Peter Pan production not only to the wonderful cast on stage but also to the very large supporting backstage teams.

“To our young people, as the responsibilities of your lives continues to grow with age, make sure you carry the joy of childhood and imagination with you,” she noted.

Jordan Lo (above) plays Peter Pan while Breanne Lee stars as Wendy, the eldest of the Darling children

Jordan Lo (above) plays Peter Pan while Breanne Lee stars as Wendy, the eldest of the Darling children

One of the scenes from the musical Peter Pan Jr. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRS

One of the scenes from the musical Peter Pan Jr. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRS

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | July 1, 2018




JIS students enjoy ‘Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat’ film

THE special screening at the Empire Cinema of the locally-produced film Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat for 150 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students from Years 9, 10 and 12 of Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday received accolades and praises from the young cinemagoers.

The film directed and produced by award-winning director Siti Kamaluddin that has hit local cinemas in the country was keenly watched by the JIS students due to its local flavour and content, and the life that depicted a village lifestyle which many locals can relate to.

Siti Kamaluddin said she considered the screening of the film to the JIS students as of great importance because it portrayed the life and the spoken language utilised in a ‘Kampong Perpindahan’ setting.

The film will also enable foreign students at JIS to understand better the lifestyle common to Bruneians, and which some of the local students can relate to as well.

Jerudong International School (JIS) students with director Siti Kamaluddin and Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam at the screening of the Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat movie. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

Jerudong International School (JIS) students with director Siti Kamaluddin and Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam at the screening of the Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat movie. – ISHAN IBRAHIM

The film illustrated the importance of family values and the festive atmosphere of Hari Raya which the JIS audience appreciated very much, she added.

The JIS students were led by the Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melhan Adam, who also held a dialogue session with Siti Kamaluddin at the end of the film’s screening. The dialogue session involved discussions on film producing, the experiences and obstacles faced by Siti Kamaluddin and her university life. She also answered questions from the JIS students.

The cinema experience was an important and integral component of the programme designed to enhance the skills and proficiency of the JIS in the oral and written usage of Bahasa Melayu.

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | June 30, 2018




Princess Ameerah joins JIS students on educational trip

HER Royal Highness Princess Anak Puteri Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 29 other Jerudong International School (JIS) Year 5 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students on an educational visit yesterday to Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School to get an insight into Bahasa Melayu.

The trip was organised by Head of Asian Languages at the Jerudong International School Melhan Adam, who together with four other staff members from the Asian Languages faculty accompanied the students.

Melhan said, “We are very grateful to the headmistress, teachers and students of Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School for extending such a warm welcome to the Year 5 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students. Such an event provides a wonderful opportunity to our students to speak Malay and make new friends.”

The educational visit commenced with opening remarks by Headmistress of the school Hajah Noorliah binti Haji Aspar, followed by a briefing on the day’s activities.

She explained that the school has included the utilisation of information and communication technology (ICT) as one of the tools to achieve best practices in its teaching, learning and education.

She said the school is fully committed to achieve the mandate given by the Ministry of Education, which is to use ICT as an effective learning tool. The ICT vision of the school, ‘Enhancing 21st Century Skills Using ICT to Empower Learning’ has enabled the students to gain commendable improvement in Bahasa Melayu in Primary School Assessment from 73 per cent grade ‘A’ to ‘C’ in 2011 to 95.16 per cent in 2017.

She also expressed hope that the visit can be a platform to generate new ideas on how teaching, learning and education can be enhanced, especially in the utilisation of ICT as an effective tool for the benefit of the community of teachers and students of both schools. The visiting JIS Year 5 students then joined in a Bahasa Melayu lesson with students from Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School conducted by three Bahasa Melayu teachers – Hajah Rafeah binti Haji Salleh, Firdaus bin Haji Hamidon and Aryati binti Haji Ahmad.

In the Bahasa Melayu class, Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah participated in various activities with other students in learning about Peribahasa (proverbs) and Penjodoh Bilangan (classifiers).

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 29 other Jerudong International School (JIS) Year 5 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students on an educational visit to Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School yesterday to get an insight into Bahasa Melayu

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah joined 29 other Jerudong International School (JIS) Year 5 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students on an educational visit to Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School yesterday to get an insight into Bahasa Melayu

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah along with her classmates and students from Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School during the Bahasa Melayu lesson

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah along with her classmates and students from Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School during the Bahasa Melayu lesson

Her Royal Highness Princess Anak Puteri Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah in a group photo with Headmistress of Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School Hajah Noorliah binti Haji Aspar, teachers and staff. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Her Royal Highness Princess Anak Puteri Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah in a group photo with Headmistress of Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School Hajah Noorliah binti Haji Aspar, teachers and staff. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Borneo Bulletin | Ishan Ibrahim | June 29, 2018




JIS students make study visit to RTB

FORTY Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students from the Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday made a study visit to Radio Television Brunei (RTB), to get more insights into the world of electronic media in Brunei.

Joining the young delegation during the educational visit were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, and Pengiran Muhammad Hasbul Qahhar bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi, the grandson of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.

The trip was organised by the Head of Asian Languages at JIS Melham Adam, with the support of four other faculty members.

“We hope that our students who are learning Bahasa Melayu – whether as a mother tongue language or as a foreigner – will enjoy this opportunity and listen in to the many excellent programmes available in Bahasa Melayu,” said Melham.

The arrival of the Year 6 students was welcomed by the Director of RTB Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu, who delivered a short briefing on RTB’s role in broadcasting educational programmes, news and entertainment for local, regional and international audiences.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Pengiran Muhammad Hasbul Qahhar bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi, grandson of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam, along with their classmates in a group photo. A total of 40 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students from the Jerudong International School (JIS) visited Radio Television Brunei (RTB) studios yesterday to get an insight into the world of electronic media in Brunei

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Pengiran Muhammad Hasbul Qahhar bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Suhaimi, grandson of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam, along with their classmates in a group photo. A total of 40 Bahasa Melayu and Foreign Language Malay students from the Jerudong International School (JIS) visited Radio Television Brunei (RTB) studios yesterday to get an insight into the world of electronic media in Brunei

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in a group photo

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in a group photo

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel tours one of the radio stations. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel tours one of the radio stations. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel signs a memorial book

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel signs a memorial book

The students were then taken on a tour of the radio stations for Harmoni FM, Pilihan FM, Pelangi FM, Nasional FM and Nur Islam, where His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and his classmates were entertained by a Mukun performance in one of the studios.

After the tour of the radio stations, they were taken to the set of Rampai Pagi, where they were invited to talk about school life at JIS.

After the live telecast, the students were given the opportunity to visit the news and editing suites to see how the news programmes are televised and learn about the behind-the-scenes process.

A Bahasa Melayu teacher at JIS Hajah Hasnah binti Haji Jumat said that the visit was aimed at exposing the students to the broadcasting process at RTB.

The visit ended with an RTB presentation for the Year 6 students, followed by a group photo session.

Borneo Bulletin | Syazwani Hj Rosli | June 27, 2018




Their Majesties grace JIS Year 6 graduation ceremony

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 and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam brought cheers to Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday as they graced His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel’s Year 6 graduation ceremony.

The event was organised by JIS Junior School at the JIS Arts Centre where Their Majesties were greeted on arrival by Minister of Finance II and Chairman of JIS Dato Seri Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah; JIS Board of Directors members – Deputy Minister of Education Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad and Datin Paduka Magdalene Chong; JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow and senior members of the school.

Also present at the ceremony was Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah who is currently in Year 5 in the school.

The Year 6 graduation ceremony was led by the Year 6 graduating students who each spoke at some stage of the event with students sharing with the audience their favourite memories in Junior School.

The event was enlivened by poem recitations by Wa’iz, Iman, Sakhawi and Yi Hui, a memorable photo montage and music performances, namely Chanson Napoliante on the trumpet by Caitlyn, Prelude by Yi Hui and Jordan accompanied by the Foundation Strings and All is Calm by Melodee on the piano.

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, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah at the Jerudong International School Year 6 graduation ceremony

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, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah at the Jerudong International School Year 6 graduation ceremony

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 interacts with students during the visit

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 interacts with students during the visit

His Majesty with Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam take a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by students. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI

His Majesty with Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam take a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by students. – PHOTOS: AZROL AZMI

His Majesty tours the classroom of Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah

His Majesty tours the classroom of Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel speaks during the ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel speaks during the ceremony

Head of Junior School Paul Bannister gave closing remarks, followed by the graduating students singing a rendition of the popular hit Hall of Fame.

Following the ceremony, Their Majesties took a closer look at the creative artworks displayed by JIS students at the foyer of the JIS Arts Centre. Their Majesties later went on separate tours of the Junior School campus.

His Majesty visited the classrooms of His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, where the monarch met their classmates and teachers during a classroom session.

His Majesty, who takes a keen interest in the development of education in the country, was seen happily interacting with students who proudly explained and showed their work while in their learning sessions.

His Majesty also visited the classrooms His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah will study in for the new academic year which starts in August.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty enjoyed meeting early years students aged two-four years from the JIS Nursery and Kindergarten classes.

At the end of their visit, Their Majesties were greeted by students from the Junior School and class teachers.

With His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel graduating Junior School, His Royal Highness will be entering Year 7 of the JIS Middle Years, joining 132 other students in August.

On Their Majesties’ visit, JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “Everyone at JIS is tremendously proud and honoured to have Their Majesties joining us today.”

JIS was established in 1997 and currently has around 1,650 international and Bruneian students aged two-19 years. Students study the British International Curriculum from age two. From 14-16 years, students study the I/GCSE programmes. Senior students may choose between the ‘A’ Level programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for their pre-university course.

Borneo Bulletin | Hakim Hayat and Izah Azahari | June 23, 2018