Jerudong International School graced by Earl, Countess of Wessex
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Jerudong International School graced by Earl, Countess of Wessex

The international school in Brunei hosted their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex last Saturday, who was in the country to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Sultan of Brunei.

The royal figures’ visit to Jerudong International School (JIS) was to promote as well congratulate the participants of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, which rewards 14 to 24-year-olds worldwide on their achievements.

School principal Barnaby Sandow said: “Our team was hugely excited at the prospect of this VIP visit. It was wonderful for the participants and Award Leaders of The Duke of Edinburgh’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 that to have the chance to share these experiences with TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex was an awe-inspiring prospect.”

The award was founded in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh, as a means for young people to learn, develop and thrive through non-formal education. There are four sections (community service, skills development, physical recreation and adventure) participants have to complete for each level: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

During this recent visit, Award students from JIS showcased their community projects while students preparing for the school’s upcoming performance of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream spoke about and demonstrated their musical skills to the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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A student talks about a project in Cambodia. Source: JIS

Other JIS students also shared their experiences of working to help others in Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo and India as well as two other projects: the JIS Polio Points scheme and Eco Agroforestry project.

Under the Polio Points scheme, JIS students get awarded with a “polio point” by a teacher any time they achieved one of the school’s six aims: integration, leadership, participation, active engagement, language and thinking skills. Once they have reached all six aims, points collected are then converted to one US dollar to be used to vaccinate a child against polio in the developing world through Unicef

For the Eco Agroforestry project, students create compost from food waste and plant herb spirals.

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