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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




JIS produce clean sweep in netball tourney

JERUDONG International School (JIS) made a clean sweep in the Secondary Schools and Colleges Cluster 2 Netball Championship after scooping both the under-15 and under-18s titles on home soil at the JIS Sports Complex yesterday.

JIS overcame Awang Semaun Secondary School in both the under-15s and under-18s final with the Masin Secondary School finishing third in both categories.

The individual awards were also dominated by JIS with the best player award won by Bazilah for the under-15 category while Sophie Granville took the best player award in the under-18 category.

Organised by the Co-curriculum Education Department under the Ministry of Education, the guest of honour at the event was the Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow who presented prizes.

Among the objectives of the competition were to encourage and drive teenage athletes in schools and colleges to be active in sports activities as well as produce a physically and mentally healthy and fit community.

The tournament also served to evaluate the level of quality and achievement of teenage athletes who have the potential and to be guided through systematic approach to enable them to represent the country in the future, other than being one of the annual projects of the Co-curriculum Education Department.

The JIS under-15s and under-18s teams in a group photo. – MOHAMAD ASYRAMISYANIE

The JIS under-15s and under-18s teams in a group photo. – MOHAMAD ASYRAMISYANIE

Borneo Bulletin | Fadhil Yunus | September 28, 2017




JIS receives PSQM Silver award

THE Jerudong International School (JIS) has announced that it has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) at Silver Level by the Primary School Quality Mark scheme in the UK.

This award is a great reflection on the Science education provided at JIS delivered from Nursery to Year 6 and led by Junior School Science coordinator Lynsay Scott, who is also the Osprey Boarding Housemistress, a press release said.

Junior School Headteacher Paul Bannister expressed, “I’m extremely pleased and proud that the work our staff and children put into making learning exciting, relevant and challenging has been recognised.

“This is a great reflection of the excellent Science provision taking place across the whole Junior School and the way we engage the children in exploring learning for themselves.

“Our facilities are fantastic, but it is the way the staff and children use them that makes the learning so amazing.”

A science lesson with Lynsay Scott, Junior School Science coordinator and Osprey Boarding Housemistress.

A science lesson with Lynsay Scott, Junior School Science coordinator and Osprey Boarding Housemistress.

In the Junior School at JIS, students from Nursery to Year 4 learn Science with their class teachers, with access to a dedicated laboratory for Years 3 and 4, while Year 5 and Year 6 students have Science lessons with specialist teachers in the laboratories.

A range of learning approaches are used by staff when delivering their Science curriculum and the local environment is used at every opportunity to make the children’s learning relevant.

JIS endeavours to provide a rich, hands-on practical approach interspersed with discussions to promote further questions to be investigated.

The JIS Eco Forest area is also a place that offers all of the young learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence as well as self-esteem through the hands-on learning experiences gained in a natural environment.

In the unique setting of Brunei, the establishment of an Eco Forest area supports the development of a relationship between learners and the surrounding natural world.

The PSQM award celebrates the development and commitment to excellence in Science teaching and learning in primary schools. Since its national launch in 2010, over 2,000 schools across the UK have received this award.

The PSQM is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Borneo Bulletin | January 23, 2017




JIS holds Year 12 Higher Education Evening

THE annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening was held at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre last night.

The evening began with an opening address by the Principal of JIS, Barnaby Sandow, followed by an overview of the event by the Dean of Higher Education at JIS, Russell Mann.

Students and parents had the option of attending education seminar sessions for United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada, and Oxbridge/Medicine that were held at the Main Auditorium, Conference Room, Foyer Gallery and Side Foyer.

United States Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Craig Allen; Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Nicola Rosenblum; Canadian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Marina Laker; Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Ben Boddy; Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, Thomas Heilmaier; and the Honorary Swiss Consul to Brunei Darussalam, Pengiran Izad Ryan bin Pengiran Laila Kanun Diraja Pengiran Haji Bahrin, were also present.

Information booths were also set up to provide information on studying in Australia, Brunei (Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Teknologi Brunei), Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Ben Boddy, speaks at the event.

Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Ben Boddy, speaks at the event.

Students visiting the booth. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

Students visiting the booth. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

Borneo Bulletin | Abdul Hakiim Yakof | January 19, 2017