WHEN Datin Glass started a tutorial group for her daughter and two friends in 1964, little would she have realised that 50 years later the school would have grown to be one of the most reputable international schools in Asia, teaching almost 1,300 students from all around the world. The growth and development of ISB has been a source of pride for its many stakeholders over the years.
Over the years, the school has occupied at least three different locations. The first correspondence school address is unknown but by 1970 the school had moved to a site provided by the Brunei Government at Jalan Tapak Kuda. It remained there for 10 years. As number of students grew, it acquired a larger premises at its current site in Berakas in 1986 and two smaller sites in Kuala Belait in 2007. To cater for increased numbers, the school will be moving to a purpose-built site in Sungai Hanching in August 2015.
“In Sungai Hanching, our capacity will increase to 1,400 students, with a boarding for 200, representing at least 40 different nationalities in a truly multi-cultural environment. The site will serve to strengthen the eco-credentials of ISB as it will be one of the few green-mark buildings in Brunei and will also contain a recycling centre and an energy conservation centre. Our curriculum strength is already evident in many areas, not least our world-beating examination results, but we are all excited by the other opportunities that the future will bring,” said Dr Steve Geraghty, the executive principal.
As part of the 50th anniversary of establishment, ISB is hosting a Gala Dinner at The Empire Hotel and Country Club on October 19 at 7pm. There will be students’ performances, dinner and an opportunity for all past and present students and parents of the ISB community to come together. All friends of ISB are welcome and tickets can be purchased from ISB’s main office.