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

Summer Camp students learn about Brunei during tour of Tutong!

THIRTY-three students from China, Japan, Korea and Jerudong International School (JIS) recently toured the Tutong District through a visit package under the Tutong District Tourism Facilitation and Promotion Body.

The foreign students were in the country to attend the JIS Summer Camp, and the Tutong District tour was an opportunity for them to learn more about Brunei Darussalam’s cultural traditions and heritage.

Led by Abdul Aziz bin Haji Hamdan from the Tutong District Tourism Facilitation and Promotion Body, the first stop of the tour was the Sungai Basong Recreational Park, where the students learnt about the history and customs of the five ethnic groups in the district through replicas of traditional wooden houses and village settlements.

The students also visited the One Village, One Product (1K1P) Gallery at the Tutong District Office featuring local products by village communities.

The tour ended with a visit to the Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm at Kampong Sungai Kelugos, where owner Haji Mistaby bin Haji Metamit briefed the students on the importance of bees to the eco-system, before allowing them to try harvesting the honey themselves from the Kelulut (honey) bee hive.

The students with a local honey bee farmer in a group photo. – AZARAIMY HH

The students with a local honey bee farmer in a group photo. – AZARAIMY HH

Borneo Bulletin | Azaraimy HH | July 29, 2018

Student makes school proud in world of Mathematics

JERUDONG International School (JIS) has announced that Ahmad Jamsari, a Malaysian Year 8 student studying in Middle Years achieved a Gold Award in the prestigious UK Junior Mathematical Olympiad, scoring 105 out of 135 marks.

According to a press release from JIS, approximately 300,000 students worldwide participated in the competition, with the top 1,200 students invited to participate in the next stage – the ‘Junior Mathematical Olympiad’.

The Junior Challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust, was undertaken by all JIS students in Years 7 and 8.

The press release explained that the challenge included 25 multiple choice questions based on mathematical problem solving. The top 40 per cent of students were presented with Gold, Silver or Bronze awards according to their results, and the Olympiad is a two-hour written paper with more in-depth mathematical problems, where marks are awarded based on their process of problem solving rather than just having the correct solution.

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker said, “We are so proud of Ahmad for successfully obtaining the Gold Award and for achieving excellence in the world of mathematics.”

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker, Ahmad Jamsari and Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon. – JIS

Head of the Mathematics Faculty at JIS Senior School Rebecca Baker, Ahmad Jamsari and Head of Middle Years at JIS Richard Bourbon. – JIS

Borneo Bulletin | Danial Norjidi | July 7, 2018

JIS students share Japanese experience

JERUDONG International School (jis) students who participated in the week-long ‘Japan Experience’ programme – which focussed on the Japanese Language and culture – showcased what they had learnt during a closing ceremony yesterday.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato attended as the guest of honour.

The Japan Experience is one of a broad range of options offered by the school as part of its annual Enrichment Week Programme held at the end of the school year.

Students presented a slideshow summarising what they had done throughout the week and performed a rendition of popular Japanese song Sukiyaki prior to receiving their certificates.

Japan Experience Programme Leader Andrew McCulloch said his motivation to run the programme stemmed from participation in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme 16 years ago, which he describes as a highly-valuable and truly life-changing.

The programme was led by JIS teachers and supported by Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam officials, namely Deputy Chief of Mission Hiroshi Abe, Second Secretary Hiroki Akasaka and Second Secretary Mai Ogawa.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

On the second day of the programme, embassy officials arranged for the Brunei Judo Federation – led by Muhammad Ali-Rashid bin Haji Mohammad Alipah – to conduct a hands-on workshop at the school. The students found it both captivating and highly enjoyable.

Following the Judo workshop, the students were invited to the Japanese ambassador’s official residence, where they were taught the traditional method of making sushi by Yamane, the Ambassador’s personal chef, with detailed explanations provided by Ogawa.

During the closing ceremony, students gained an insight on Japan’s energy policy courtesy of the Japanese Ambassador who delivered a highly informative and engaging lecture titled Energy Policy and Eco Policy in Japan.

In his closing remarks, JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow noted that the final week of the academic year provided students with a fantastic opportunity to learn outside the classroom. He acknowledged the excellent work done by the Japanese Embassy to help the school realise this goal, noting in particular the comprehensive range of topics covered in the ambassador’s lecture, which included explanations on advances in Japan’s sophisticated waste management and recycling systems (such as using gold recycled from old mobile phones to make the gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), Japan’s increasing use of renewable sources of energy (such as geothermal power generation), and the Hydrogenation Project in Brunei, which will produce ‘zero emission’ hydrogen fuel used to power motor vehicles in Japan.

The ceremony concluded with the Japanese Ambassador leading the students in ‘tejime,’ a Japanese custom of ceremonial rhythmic hand clapping, often performed at the end of a special event to bring the occasion to a harmonious, lively close.

Tejime signifies fulfilment, realisation, and completion, a fitting end to a week spent delving into the richness of Japanese language and culture.

Following his lecture, the ambassador, who has a deep interest in environmental issues, toured the JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC) with Sandow. There he saw a team of dedicated students working to improve the interactive learning facility, which is set in a specially designated area.

Borneo Bulletin | James Kon | July 6, 2018

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