Musical extravaganza bonds students, staff

NINTY-NINE senior students from Jerudong International School (JIS) starred on the JIS Arts Centre stage last weekend with a High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show performance.

The school production took just six and a half weeks of preparations. It was performed by students from Year 9 to Year 13. They were supported by a team of musicians.

Behind the scenes, more than 100 students and staff worked in set design, painting and construction, designing and building props, making costumes, creating choreography, working on lighting and sound as well as hair and make-up.

Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “For many students, the productions here have been the most transformational experiences of their time in JIS.

“The team has to dig deep into reserves of resilience and challenge themselves to keep going. But it is because of this that they learn and become better versions of themselves. They have to communicate under pressure, collaborate and remain respectful.

The cast of High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show. – PHOTOS: JIS

The cast of High School Musical, the Disney Stage Show. – PHOTOS: JIS

The leads played by Ethan Officer and Daphne Ng

The leads played by Ethan Officer and Daphne Ng

“In turn, younger students look up to these leaders and are inspired to follow in their footsteps. There is a healthy legacy being created that perpetuates personal growth.”

Director of High School Musical and Head of Drama Will Kemp said, “The 99 performers on stage performed 18 songs with complex and detailed choreography… supported by a band of talented musicians who, being in the orchestra pit are not seen, but are an essential part of the performance and must be recognised as such.”

The musical was staged in three shows with several schools in attendance including Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) and children from Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam.

The High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Captain of the basketball team Troy Bolton (played by Year 10 IGCSE student Ethan Officer), and a shy transfer student Gabriella Montez (played by Year 13 A Level student Daphne Ng).

Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and this causes division among all the school’s students. Despite other students’ attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to “stick to the status quo”.

High school diva Sharpay Evans (played by Year 12 IB student Tara Zhang) and her twin brother Ryan (played by Year 11 IGCSE student Evan Chiam), will do anything not only to sabotage the friendship and romance between Troy and Gabriella but also to get the leads in the school musical.

Borneo Bulletin | Rokiah Mahmud | March 7, 2019

JIS hosts Careers Carousel

JERUDONG International School (JIS) held its annual JIS Senior School Careers Carousel recently.

Every year, JIS invites recognised experts within their specialist fields to meet and give presentations to over 300 JIS Upper Years students in Year 11 to Year 12.

These students are completing their IGCSEs or have just commenced their A Level or IB Diploma studies.

The students were invited to select two talks to attend from the wide range on offer – a selection of over 40 talks and 60 speakers presenting and discussing their careers.

A special aspect was the presence of several Bruneian JIS alumni who returned to the school as a speaker.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers Barnes talking about International Diplomacy

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers Barnes talking about International Diplomacy

JIS seniors participate in an activity at JIS Careers Carousel. – PHOTOS: JIS

JIS seniors participate in an activity at JIS Careers Carousel. – PHOTOS: JIS

Each talk included a question and answer session, where students took advantage of the opportunity to question the speakers. This level of access provided students with the opportunity to acquire information about their possible chosen career.

Many students used the opportunity to network with the professionals to organise a possible work placement.

Speakers from this year included Natalie Gowers Barnes from the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam who spoke on International Diplomacy, Medical Superintendent from Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar who spoke on medicine, and Ampuan Dr Siti Nur Hanisah binti Ampuan Dr Haji Ibrahim from the Ministry of Health who spoke on dentistry.

Meanwhile, JIS alumni speakers included Shinny Chai from The Collective who spoke about the creative arts industry, Aimi Ramlee from Tyne Solutions who spoke about business entrepreneurship, Osveanne Osman from Creative Space who discussed creative arts and Azela Safri who spoke about working in engineering at Shell.

The Careers Carousel also included many careers represented for the first time such as media, petro physicist and an aviation helicopter pilot.

Borneo Bulletin | March 1, 2019

Students enjoy ‘Body Attack’ class

ONE-hundred-and-twenty-eight Year 8 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) enjoyed a ‘Body Attack’ class by Fitness Zone at the school’s gymnasiums recently as part of the ‘Healthy Living’ topic covered in their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Programme.

As students have been learning to appreciate healthy nutrition and daily exercise, ‘Body Attack’ was deemed a suitable activity for all students.

“It’s great to be able to teach the children how to exercise and have fun at the same time,” said Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon.

In Senior School, the PSHE Programme covers three key aspects of health – physical, emotional and intellectual health. In the Middle Years (Year 7 to Year 9), these strands are labelled Friendships, Healthy Living and Emotional Resilience.

Middle Years Healthy Living PSHE Coordinator Sue Mead said, “Not only were all students able to participate and have fun while exercising, but in this one session, we incorporated all three strands of PSHE we promote here at JIS.”

PSHE at JIS aims to equip each student with knowledge, self-understanding and social, emotional and intellectual skills necessary to live a healthy, safe and well-balanced life to achieve their full potential.

The PSHE curriculum at JIS takes a positive, preventative approach, aimed at empowering students with the self-awareness and emotional resilience required to confront the challenges of life.

Year 8 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with the instructors

Year 8 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with the instructors

Students during the ‘Body Attack’ class. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN

Students during the ‘Body Attack’ class. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | February 28, 2019

Maths Week keeps students on toes

JERUDONG International School (JIS) hosted the annual Maths Week in its Junior and Senior Schools recently.

In the Junior School, the event was celebrated with activities such as Shape Hunt in Nursery; Fraction Art and Problem Solving competitions in Year 2; Mondrian Art Launch in Year 3; 2D Maths Spelling Games in Year 4; Murder Mystery ‘Shape Up!’ and 3D Shape Hunting in Year 5; and a Maths Treasure Hunt in Year 6.

The activities were held throughout the week in the students’ lessons in the Junior School.

The theme of this year’s Maths Week in the Senior School was ‘Code Breaking’, where throughout the week Years 7 to 13 students participated in activities celebrating the wonderful world of Mathematics.

Throughout the week, the Maths Faculty hosted Maths workshops held mainly during the students’ lessons and at lunchtimes.

Year 7 Jerudong International School (JIS) students participate in the annual House Sprint Maths competition

Year 7 Jerudong International School (JIS) students participate in the annual House Sprint Maths competition

The House Sprint Maths competition was judged by teachers from the JIS Senior School Maths Faculty. – PHOTOS: JIS

The House Sprint Maths competition was judged by teachers from the JIS Senior School Maths Faculty. – PHOTOS: JIS

Maths Week’s activities also included the annual House Sprint Maths competition, a Maths-themed lunchtime quiz and the Maths Week Treasure Hunt held for each Year group in JIS Senior School.

“Maths Week has been a huge success once again. The amazing team of dynamic Maths teachers planned and delivered a huge range of enriching activities from sprint Maths to code breaking,” said JIS Deputy Principal and Academic Director Nicholas Sheehan.

“They (teachers) even got the parents involved every day with a new code challenge. This is curriculum enrichment at its best.”

For the Code Breaking Challenge, students from Years 7 to 10 teamed up to follow a series of clues. The challenge was to break the code in each clue which then led them to another clue. These clues were located in a variety of locations around the school.

Students had to use their knowledge of different ciphers such as Viginere, transposition, Caesar and Pigpen to help them decode the secret message which led them to the next clue.

Each set of clues also included a written challenge which directed them to the next clue.

There were lots of laughter as students tried to solve riddles and quote rhymes such as the ‘Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers’ before receiving their next Maths problem.

They were especially motivated to crack the codes quickly because of the prizes on offer – vouchers to Escape rooms and Ner Dee Cafe, who kindly sponsored the event.

Year 12 students learnt more about the history behind the Enigma machine used in World War II, and made their own replicas of the machine, enabling them to encode and decode their own secret messages in exactly the same way as it would have been done in the past.

Head of the Maths Faculty Rebecca Baker was delighted with the way the students seized the opportunity to focus on Maths that week.

She said, “This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved in Maths beyond the curriculum, experience code breaking for themselves, and tap into their competitive side.”

JIS students are assessed upon entry to the school and placed into Maths classes appropriate for their current attainment. Thus, those who are more confident in Maths are able to excel and be challenged, while those who take Maths at a slightly slower pace are able to do so.

In Years 7 to 9, the children follow the same curriculum. In Years 10 and 11, some study Additional Maths IGCSE alongside the standard Maths IGCSE.

All the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students will study Maths at Standard or Higher Level, choosing between the Analysis and Approaches Course or the Applications and Interpretations Course.

Some Year 12 students also study for the Further Maths ‘A’ Level course, as well as the ‘A’ Level Maths course.

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | February 20, 2019

 JIS hosts annual Higher Education Evening for Year 12 students

JERUDONG International School (JIS) hosted its annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening at the JIS Arts Centre.

The event began with an address by Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow and an overview of the school system by the Dean of Higher Education Russell Mann to guide JIS students in making university applications.

Students and parents attended the seminar sessions on a range of popular tertiary destinations worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as visiting information booths set up by foreign missions and Bruneian tertiary institutions represented by Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Laksamana College of Business, Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology, Kolej International Graduate Studies and Kemuda Institute.

The Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum introduced the seminar on studying at universities in Australia, while the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Brunei Darussalam Peter Wolff promoted tertiary studies in Germany.

Also in attendance was the Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers-Barnes, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Thomas Heilmaier and Director of DAAD Kuala Lumpur (the regional German Academic Exchange Service Office) Brian Trenaman, Chargé d’Affaires at the High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam Lee-Anne Herman, Honorary Swiss Consul to Brunei Darussalam Pengiran Izan Ryan bin Pengiran Laila Kanun Diraja Pengiran Haji Bahrin and Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam Daniel Lee.

The annual Year 12 Higher Education Evening is a key part in every JIS student’s journey to researching and selecting the appropriate university for their future careers, and attaining places at a university with the right fit for them.

Students and parents mingling with a representative at the event. – FIZAH HAB

Students and parents mingling with a representative at the event. – FIZAH HAB

Borneo Bulletin | Fizah HAB | January 31, 2019