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JIS bags international award for Geography learning methods

JERUDONG International School (JIS) announced that it is one of the 24 schools to receive the prestigious Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) 2018 awarded by the Geographical Association (GA) in the United Kingdom (UK).

The SGQM is a prestigious award that recognises quality and progress in Geography, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools.

All the awarded schools underwent a rigorous process, and the National Moderation Team was hugely impressed by the manner in which schools embraced new and innovative approaches to teaching geography.

The SGQM recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in geographical knowledge, understanding, values and skills, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in Geography. It promotes effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standard of Geography in their schools.

Over 500 SGQMs have been awarded since the scheme was launched in 2006, and with many active Centres of Excellence there is an increasingly widespread support network for teachers. Furthermore, this is the second time for JIS to receive the SGQM award.

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “I am delighted to learn that JIS has again received the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) 2018-21. This is the result and evidence of the hard work of the Geography teaching team at JIS that continues to provide an excellent educational foundation and curriculum for the JIS Geography students.

“JIS is all about ‘achieving excellence’ and so I am personally very proud when I hear of our teachers and the school being recognised and honoured in this way.”

Year 7 students conduct field work at Tasek Lama. – JIS

Year 7 students conduct field work at Tasek Lama. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan | September 30, 2018




Peace Week sees students bonding with host of events

JERUDONG International School (JIS) once again celebrated Peace Week, a spectacular combination of educational, artistic and recreational events, designed to celebrate the United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace.

The week was led, planned and coordinated by the Head Girl Rania Teguh and Head Boy Jacob Hill.

The week commenced with peace-themed activities and video presentations in tutor periods on Monday. The focus was on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (UN SDG 16): To promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Senior students participated in a peace-themed chalk drawing event during lunchtime on Monday. The students also performed music with a focus of peace during lunchtimes throughout the week.

Yesterday, students chose to pay BND2 and wear white clothes to symbolise peace.

Head Girl Rania Teguh sings at lunchtime during Peace Week

Head Girl Rania Teguh sings at lunchtime during Peace Week

A student adds her handprint on a Peace Week banner

A student adds her handprint on a Peace Week banner

Students participate in a peace-themed chalk drawing event

Students participate in a peace-themed chalk drawing event

Jerudong International School (JIS) senior students participate in a tie-dye t-shirt activity. – PHOTOS: JIS

Jerudong International School (JIS) senior students participate in a tie-dye t-shirt activity. – PHOTOS: JIS

Monies raised from this will be donated to the charities which the school supports including the Polio Points initiative.

The extended lunchtime included a number of vendors coming into school to sell their products. The students had included several new and start-up companies.

A ‘Peace Museum’ exhibition was set up by the students to encourage and challenge students about the UN SDG 16.

The ‘Random Act of Kindness Day’ was held on Thursday.

A new ‘Kindness’ project was launched to encourage students to consider others.

Administration staff members received ‘thank you’ cookies from senior students.

The week culminated in peace-themed assemblies planned and led by the student leadership team.

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “Peace Week is a unique and special week at JIS as part of the hard work of the senior students. Seeing everyone working toget-her to raise money for charity is inspiring. It reminds me that genuine education goes well beyond the classroom. It reminds us to value the blessing of living in Brunei Darussalam, a beautiful country of peace.”

Borneo Bulletin | Khairil Hassan & Ishan Ibrahim | September 27, 2018




Royalty among JIS students briefed on nationhood

THE Information Department at the Prime Minister’s Office, through its Nationhood Unit, Nationhood and Community Division, delivered a briefing on ‘Our King, appreciating our national flag and anthem’ at the Jerudong International School (JIS) yesterday.

A total of 50 students from Year 7 were in attendance.

Among those present was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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.

Others were the Head of Middle Years Richard Bourbon and the JIS teaching staff.

The briefing was delivered by the Head of the Nationhood Unit, Hajah Hamsah binti Datu Kerna Haji Jaya.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel receives a token of appreciation from the Information Department. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel receives a token of appreciation from the Information Department. – PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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 and Year 7 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with officers from the Information Department

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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 and Year 7 students of Jerudong International School (JIS) in a group photo with officers from the Information Department

Hajah Hamsah explained to the students, the procedures of hoisting the national flag and a detailed history behind the Brunei national anthem Allah Peliharakan Sultan.

The students had the opportunity to watch several video clips entitled Kibarkanlah Dengan Megah Bendera Negara, Semarak Pengibaran Bendera Negara, Tatacara Menaikkan Bendera Negara and Information Department mobile app, InfoDeptBN.

They then participated in a nationhood quiz and prizes were presented to the winners.

The programme was one of the many continuous efforts by the Information Department to instil and enhance loyalty to the ruler, religion, race and country, as well as to strengthen the spirit of solidarity, patriotism and nationhood among the students.

The Information Department has thus far organised nationhood briefings in 33 government and private secondary schools in the Brunei-Muara District.

Borneo Bulletin | Izah Azahari & Aziz Idris | September 21, 2018




Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel joins school visit to Kota Batu

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS).

The purpose of the educational visit was to introduce the Year 7 students to Geography and History field work, as well as the collection of data.

The students were accompanied by 10 teachers from the Humanities faculty led by Head of Humanities, David Griffiths and Head of Middle Years, Richard Bourbon, who is also a History teacher at JIS.

According to Griffiths, this is the first year of Senior School at JIS for the visiting students who previously attended Junior School.

“We are enormously privileged to have educational resources like the Malay Technology Museum and the Archaeological Park in Kota Batu on our doorstep, to enhance our students’ learning,” he said, adding that the visit would motivate the students to “discover, question and learn”.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS)

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, the youngest son 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, yesterday visited the Malay Technology Museum and the nearby Archaeological Park in Kota Batu, together with 122 Year 7 Humanities students from Jerudong International School (JIS)

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel listens to a briefing from Head of Humanities at the Jerudong International School David Griffiths

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel listens to a briefing from Head of Humanities at the Jerudong International School David Griffiths

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel along with other students get a first-hand look at Brunei’s traditional game. – PHOTOS: YUSRIN JUNAIDI

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel along with other students get a first-hand look at Brunei’s traditional game. – PHOTOS: YUSRIN JUNAIDI

“We hope it will start to create a passion for Geography and History too.”

While at the museum and Archaeological Park, the students completed a series of worksheets, answering questions on what they had learned and discovered at the locations.

Geography and History are compulsory and core subjects at JIS up until Year 9.

Students can opt to study both of these subjects for IGCSE, and also as part of the A-Level or IB Diploma courses.

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | September 19, 2018




JIS students achieve outstanding IB Diploma results

IN 2018, 165,752 students sat for the IB Diploma examinations across the world. The average Diploma Score at Jerudong International School (JIS) was 37 out of 45. The average Diploma score worldwide was 29.78. So JIS students exceeded this by more than seven points.

In a press release by JIS, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered as a pre-university option for 16-18 year olds and is the world’s fastest growing international qualification. To complete this challenging qualification, students study six subjects – three at a Higher Level and three at a Standard Level including English, Maths, a language subject, a Humanities subject, a Science subject plus a final creative choice or an elective subject. In addition, they complete a challenging 4,000-word piece of research, a mini thesis, as well as completing Theory of Knowledge (ToK), a critical thinking skills course.

Bruneian Salsa Mazlan, Jack Collicut (from Ireland) and Julia Hallot (from Australia) all achieved an outstanding 43 points. They were closely followed by two more Bruneians, Izzati Azhan and Alissa Yong, who together with British student Surina Martin all achieved 42 points.

Former JIS Head Girl Salsa is heading to University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) while Jack plans to study at the University of Manchester in the UK. Julia is exploring the possibility of studying a double honours degree in Arts and Science in Australia, but is presently spending six months in Europe as an au pair brushing up her language skills. Izzati will be studying for a BSc in Planning and Real Estate at the University of Manchester, UK. Alissa is starting a Film and TV production course in New York University’s prestigious TISCH School of the Arts.

Other Bruneian students who achieved outstanding IB scores are Vanessa Kwong (38 points) who plans to study in Australia, possibly a Nursing Degree and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) Scholarship student Ameerah Kasmirhan (36 points) has accepted an unconditional offer to study BA in Architecture at the University of Newcastle, UK.

The graduating JIS Year 13 IB students in a group photo with IB Coordinator Dr Colin Dickinson, Head of Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Ben Bartlett and Extended Essay Coordinator Yvette Conway. – JIS

The graduating JIS Year 13 IB students in a group photo with IB Coordinator Dr Colin Dickinson, Head of Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Ben Bartlett and Extended Essay Coordinator Yvette Conway. – JIS

However, what is striking about the achievement of the top performing students is that they have not only thrown themselves into their studies but into all areas of school life. They fully embrace JIS vision of achieving excellence in holistic education. Salsa Mazlan led large teams of fellow students throughout the school to organise events, deliver assemblies and participating in musical productions.

Principal of JIS Barnaby Sandow said, “While these top performing students will leave JIS with superb academic results, they will be remembered more by their fellow students for the significant impact as young leaders in the school and the influence they have had on those around them. They have set an excellent example to the younger members of our community. These success stories would not have been written without their parents support and also that of the academic team in the Upper Years – Tony Piper (Head of Upper Years), Dr Colin Dickinson (IB Coordinator) and Russell Mann (Dean of Higher Education) who, together with the teaching staff continue to encourage and inspire students to become the best that they can be.”

A number of the JIS top performing students have also been offered scholarships.

Mups Hirse (40 points) who was Sports Captain at JIS has received the Pearson Scholarship for overseas students at the University of Toronto, ranked 28th in the world on the 2019 QS World University Rankings. This full scholarship covers tuition, books, incidental fees as well as full residential support for all four years of study. Surina Martin (42 points) has been awarded a GBP5,000 per annum Global Education Scholarship from the University of Edinburgh. Renee Teo (40 points) has received a Year One Entrance Scholarship for the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Jamie Offen (36 points) will study Law (Scots & LLB dual qualifying degree) at the University of Dundee and has been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship of GBP5,000 in addition to a Discover Dundee Scholarship of GBP2,000.

Borneo Bulletin | September 1, 2018