The recent cohort of the Gifted and Talented programme at ISB had the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills and explore illustration and animation production.
With the help of the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia (MIAA), 10 students worked together to debut an original animation series, Rez and Tang. This short animation is available on the official ISB Primary YouTube channel.
Rez and Tang follows two friendly Australian flies who go on an adventure in Brunei to discover all that the beautiful abode of peace has to offer. In the debut episode, Rez and Tang go around Brunei to learn about local delicacies such as ambuyat, nasi katok, kelupis and durian.
Fawwaz Nazri, one of the students in the programme, said that they chose food as a theme for the first story because they intended it to be for young readers, “and food is a simple thing that children will understand easily”.
The students have worked virtually as a group for over two terms, coming up with ideas, rhymes, and visuals for the story. They then teamed up with MIAA who helped them illustrate and animate the story while the student themselves narrated.
ISB Head of Primary, Michael Everett said, “We hope this first episode of Rez and Tang inspires the next group of talented writers, animators and voice artists and we can’t wait to join Rez and Tang on future adventures across Brunei”.
Since 2021, ISB has piloted a Gifted and Talented programme where class teachers nominate students with exceptional potential to join Head of Student Development Trent Green in a special group.
The programme aims to further instil the International Bachelorette (IB) Learner Profile (LP) which encourages attitudes and traits in students that develop international mindedness.
Since its inception, the group of Gifted and Talented students have been presented with enhanced opportunities for learning and development outside of the normal school curriculum. Students have participated in special projects and activities such as presentations and hosting assemblies.