JIS honours 80 outstanding students

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BRUNEI-MUARA

JERUDONG International School (JIS) held a ceremony yesterday to celebrate the academic achievements of its students and graduating Year 13 class.

Around 80 outstanding students in Year 10 to Year 13 were presented with awards at the JIS Arts Centre including Jasmin Thien, who received the Sixth Form Creative Writing Award and the Year 13 Subject Prize for History.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the visually impaired student hoped her academic achievements will inspire others to overcome challenges.

“You can do anything you want even if you think you can’t, even if people say you can’t. You have to take the first step... Even if it’s hard at first and you want to give up, just keep putting one foot in front of another. You’ll eventually get there,” said Thien.

The 19-year-old also believed that love and appreciation for learning is the key to achieving academic success.

“If you genuinely love studying or learning new things, you’ll realise how important it is... Appreciate your education, because it’s such a huge gift. I think education is the most amazing gift you can give anybody in life,” she pointed out.

Following sixth form, Thien planned to take a gap year before pursuing a joint degree in Psychology and English Literature at a university in Canada or the United Kingdom.

Besides academic awards, the students were recognised for achieving excellence in areas such as arts, sports and service.

Among the recipients were scholars under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The ceremony also saw the presentation of certificates to about 140 students of the graduating Year 13 class.

JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow in his address commended the students for taking the lead in numerous school initiatives such as the TEDx Youth@Gadong Conference, house music concerts and various lunchtime lectures.

He added the students’ largest legacy was the Polio Points programme, where points earned for school achievements were used towards buying polio vaccinations in developing countries.

“It’s a very simple idea, but it’s massively powerful. It meant that all our students have bought into an idea where they are trying to be the very best they can be. This was a student-led initiative that has made that impact happen,” said Sandow.

The Brunei Times