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Hats off to top IB Diploma students

The Class of 2022 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students at Jerudong International School (JIS) celebrated a superb set of IB Diploma results and a 100 per cent pass rate recently.

The 43 IB alumni were commended for having completed their studies over two challenging academic years starting August 2020. Despite studying online for the whole of term one in their final year, they overcame the challenges and claimed their IB Diplomas.

The school’s IB results continue to be outstanding, building on the excellent 10 years of IB Diploma provision at JIS.

Australian student Tiana Moore achieved the highest score of 44 points while Deputy Captain for Ibis Boys Boarding House Benjamin Hinoul from Belgium achieved 43 points and is holding an offer to study at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge. Twelve students achieved 40 points or above.

The world average IB Diploma point score was 31.98. JIS’ average point score was 35.4. 53 per cent achieving 36 points or above.

This is important because to enter the Russell Group Universities in the United Kingdom (UK), 36 points is typically the minimum required.

Local student Isyam Sazali and Filippa Baur from Germany both achieved 42 points. Isyam was the Eco Captain for Argus Boys House and Filippa was the Sandpiper House Deputy Captain.

The graduating Jerudong International School IB cohort with Sixth Form Curriculum Head Alex Cook and Senior School Assistant Head John van der Marel. PHOTO: JIS

Ministry of Education (MoE) scholarship student Qawiem Jais secured 41 points, affording him access to the top universities across the world. Qawiem held a leadership role in the Eagle Boarding House Council as the eco-captain, inspiring the boys in Eagle to always consider the impact of action upon the environment.

Also achieving 41 points were Muhammad Qaiser from Canada (Hawk House Deputy House Captain) and Bruneian Jun Heng Tan (Monarch House Deputy House Captain).

Four students achieved 40 points: Canadian students Anusha Bhushan (Deputy Captain for Osprey Girls Boarding House) and Athena Chalmers (Blackeye House Captain), together with Jillian Fernandes from India (Eco Captain for Osprey Girls Boarding House) and Alisha Shahromey from Singapore.

Twelve students achieved 35 points or above. They are Chloe Hill (39 points, from Australia, JIS Sports Captain and also Sports Captain for Whistler House), Kiwi Li (39 points, from Hong Kong, Creative and Digital Captain for Osprey Girls Boarding House), Australian twins Chi Phan (39 points, Fireback House Captain) and Le Phan (37 points, Social Director for Fireback House), James Bannister (38 points, return to the UK to study at the University of Manchester; Senior School Council and Hawk House Leadership Team), Preksha Shubham from India – 38 points (Whistler House Captain) and Bruneian Aisyah Musib (37 points, Senior School Council and Heron House Captain).

Fellow Bruneians Aliah Adzlan (Deputy Sports Captain for Whistler House) and Wafiy Faizal Ezam (Media Captain for Argus House), Australian Nick Bourbon (Senior House Council – Polio Points and Deputy Argus House Captain) and Clara Grafe from Germany all achieved 36 points and Nadhrah Melhan, from Singapore, the Skylark House Captain, achieved 35 points.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “The IB is offered at JIS as one of the pre-university options for 16-18 year olds and is the world’s fastest growing international qualification. To complete this challenging qualification, students study six subjects – three at higher level and three at standard level including English, Maths, a language, a humanities subject, a science subject plus a final creative or elective subject choice.

“Addition, they complete a challenging 4,000 word piece research, a mini thesis, as well as completing theory of knowledge (ToK), a critical thinking skills course as well as a compulsory creativity, activity and service (CAS) component which takes place throughout the two years,” he said.