55 nationalities come together at JIS International Day celebration

Aziz Idris

Jerudong International School (JIS) marked International Day yesterday, encouraging students to develop as a global community and to celebrate each other’s nationalities, cultures, customs and languages. Over 1,680 students made up of 55 nationalities attended.

The event opened with a parade by Junior School students clad in national attires, followed by a mini tour of the International Day stalls.

The Junior School parents also played an important role in the celebration, helping set up educational and colourful displays about their home countries.

The JIS community and students also enjoyed traditional Brunei dances by Warisan Budaya, as well as silat and wushu demonstrations by national wushu team members.

This year’s celebrations at the Senior School centred around the theme ‘Teaspoons of Change’ and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ABOVE & BELOW: Year 12 student Basma Lachkar from the national wushu team stages a special Wushu demonstration; and students enjoying the performance. PHOTOS: JIS

Parents set up educational displays about their home countries

The 16 Senior School Houses embraced the SDGs challenge by creating a green ‘business product’. These included a thrift stall where students could purchase preloved books, clothes and other items; as well as pandan chiffon cake and blue lemonade – made using the butterfly pea flower and pandan grown by students.

Both Junior and Senior School students were entertained by soldiers from the pipe band of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR). The soldiers also staged a display of skills through their famous Khukuri dance.

Meanwhile, the Music Department hosted an International Day performance themed ‘Music from Around the World.’

This included a performance from the Royal Gurkha Rifles Pipe Band, Gurkha Khukuri dance, and the Senior School’s Jazz Band performing interpretation of award-winning Jazz pieces.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “In a very challenging year, it is wonderful to have a day where, as one community, we could lift our focus and celebrate together.”