Pandemic no barrier for JIS students

Lyna Mohamad

Although the ‘A’ Level Examination was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jerudong International School (JIS) students have seen their efforts rewarded.

Some 100 students completed the ‘A’ Level studies with 39.8 per cent achieving grades A* to A, 63 per cent, grades A* to B, 10 students, four A* or A and 14 students, three A* or A.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “We are delighted to celebrate with them as they head to some of the world’s leading universities.”

Student Maya Roy Prabakharan achieved four A* and earned a place at the University of Cambridge to read Engineering.

She joined JIS in Nursery and achieved 11 A* at IGCSE.

She will follow in the footsteps of other JIS alumni Ellis Turton, who joined Cambridge in August 2019, Haeram Jalees, who graduated in Law in June 2020 and Bruneian Jasmin Thien, who also graduated recently.

Maya Roy Prabakharan. PHOTOS: JIS
Sayuni Ekanayake

Fifteen ‘A’ Level students will pursue their studies at the Russell Group Universities namely: Zuhairah Ahmad (Orthoptics) and Louis Malik (Architecture) both at the Sheffield University; Thomas Conway (Veterinary Medicine) at the Nottingham University; Alif Fahsa (Computer Science) at the University of Leeds; Muhammad Hipni (Economics) at the University of Southampton; Ahza Jufri (Civil Engineering) and Bryant Kua (Computer Science) at Newcastle University; and Riley Larkins will study Environmental Science at the University of York.

Meanwhile, Aliza Nafees will pursue International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, Syafiq Sofian (Computer Science) at the University of Warwick, Hana Sufri (Dentistry) at the Queen’s University Belfast and Bazilah Maidin (Law) at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Some of the ‘A’ Level graduates are recipients of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) or Ministry of Education (MoE) scholarships to study in JIS.

MoRA scholars Aqilah binti Mohammad Norazmi will pursue Chemistry and Mathematics at the University College London (UCL), a Russell Group University; Aqilah Mat Dani (Mathematics) at the Nottingham University; Alya Norarfan (Medicine) at the University of Aberdeen; and Alya Mohd Ali (Medicine) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

MoE scholars Syakirah binti Suhaimi, Siew Wei Han and Fateenah Muinuddin Chin will also pursue Medicine at UBD.

Seven students will undergo further studies in Canada namely: Sayuni Ekanayake, who also achieved four A*, and Muskan Rajaji at the University of Calgary, Sherin Hamid (Engineering), Kylie NG, Daniel Kua (Mathematics) and David Kua (Mathematics and Computer Science) at the University of British Columbia.

Students Brandon Benson will pursue Economics at the University of Toronto; Cho Zaw at the Lakehead University, Ontario; and Shayan Sabet (Nursing) at the McGill University.

Ilyas Musib chose to study in Australia and Farah Khairol Asmiee holds an offer to study Medicine at the Auckland University, New Zealand.

Shahira Shahromey will pursue Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Timothy Lim, Accounting at a university in Singapore.

Twelve Year 12 students sat for the ‘A’ Level Mathematics paper last July and passed with flying colours.

The students are Bilal Reza, Rania Lim, Haziq Jeffery (MoE scholar), Ammar Mohieldin, Joseph Jung, Brendan Murphy, Nicholas Ng, Firdaus Khairussyakirin (MoRA scholar), Rui Ren Lee, Alexander Ting, Isabel Loh and Kayla Ho.