| Izah Azahari & Lyna Mohamad |
A TOTAL of 18 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) Junior School received Polio-Points certificates to acknowledge their efforts. Newly appointed JIS Polio Points Ambassador Wu Chun presented the certificates during a special Junior School assembly at the school yesterday.
Wu Chun is a passionate believer in the importance of helping others and actively supports a number of charities.
“I believe it is an important part of our lifestyle. I am delighted to see and support the Polio Points initiative at JIS. Through this scheme, children are able to help others in a tangible way as an ongoing part of their daily school lives,” said Wu Chun.
One of the school’s missions is to make a critical difference in the lives of others. At JIS, the students are rewarded for the behaviours that are the explicit aims of the school. When they are successful they earn USD1 that goes to vaccinate a child in the developing world against polio.
The students earn tangible benefits for their efforts that reinforces the importance of their role as global citizens. The evident benefit of doing something worthwhile becomes an incentive that inspires further positive actions.
Head of Junior School Paul Bannister believes school is about educating a child in the very widest sense of the world.
“When children come to JIS, of course we want them to learn subjects such as Maths, English, Science and Art.
“However, we also want our children to care about others and ultimately to leave school with the ability to make the world a better place.
“The Polio Points scheme allows children to excel in school and by doing so, to purchase Polio vaccines which literally saves lives,” added Bannister.
Students at JIS have the opportunity to challenge their leadership skills even as young as Junior School while taking up roles and responsibilities by joining the Student Council.
Events such as Fundraising Week’s Bake Sale and Junior School assemblies are all student-led, specifically by members of the Junior School council.
They represent the student body and act as a voice to all of their peers reflecting excellent leadership.