| James Kon |
AS THE largest international school in Brunei Darussalam, Jerudong International School (JIS) has a long history of producing all-rounded students who are not only excellent academically but also possess good leadership qualities and thinking skills.
Poised to lead JIS to more success is Barnaby Sandow, the new principal of JIS.
Previously a physics teacher for more than nine years at the prestigious school, Barnaby Sandow’s appointment as the new principal of JIS was recently confirmed.
In an exclusive interview with the Weekend Bulletin, Barnaby Sandow talked of his future vision of the school.
“We got to play a role for the greater society towards Vision 2035 and we can provide students to be prepared to face and overcome challenges in the future. Students who have been in JIS were more open, communicative and able to demonstrate thinking skills,” said Barnaby Sandow.
“We can never tell a 12-year-old to learn the skills of becoming a geologist but we can prepare the students to think for themselves and to face challenges themselves so that when they are facing problems, they can find their ways and the solutions. We are also giving the students the self confidence that they can do it,” he added.
JIS’ motto of ‘achieving excellence’, he stated is “to do the very best for every child in our care”.
“This enables them to maximise their potential to become a global citizen and be successful on the wider stage. Therefore, besides developing academically, we are also looking to develop leadership skills to prepare them to participate and give their all to be integrated in Brunei’s society and also the global community,” said the principal.
JIS’ success in producing all-rounded students, he revealed, came from its holistic education system that interconnects with thinking skills, leadership, integration, language, active engagement and participation.
With its reputation of being one of the top schools in the region, the school’s population has been steadily growing each year.
Barnaby Sandow noted that although JIS is an international school, 40 per cent of the current 1,690 students are Bruneians.
Speaking of JIS as a top notch international school, the principal said, “JIS is adding values to students as compared to those in the UK. If we were compared to some of the top schools in the UK, we would be doing just as well. We have got the benchmark to measure ourselves and also to assure parents of the quality of education that we are delivering.”
Barnaby Sandow also revealed that JIS will be expanding its sports facilities.
“Last year, we lost about 50 days of physical education because of the weather. The next major project we will undertake is a sports area where students can continue their physical education in any weather. We believe that being fit and healthy is an essential part of life.
“We are also looking to redesign some areas in JIS to allow students to be more engaged in practical leadership tasks and problem solving skills.”
In addition, “we are always looking at the best practices around the world and make them work here in Brunei. We are keen to provide students the best opportunity to success in this digitally evolving environment,” said the principal.
Barnaby Sandow also shared that JIS has just started meeting with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) to play a greater role in the teaching programme.
On his appointment as principal of JIS, he expressed his delight and is grateful to the JIS board of directors for entrusting the next stage of development for JIS to him.
“This is one of the best schools in the region. I speak from my own experience as I have done a lot of work as a consultant to some of the best schools in the region. This is a faboulous place with excellent teachers and outstanding students.”