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    JIS holds European Languages Day

    The European Languages Faculty at Jerudong International School (JIS) organised a series of activities for Year 9 students on the theme of sustainability, aimed at encouraging students to think about sustainability in a foreign language.

    Seventy-five students participated in a variety of linguistic activities with their French and Spanish teachers. They started the day by practising the vocabulary needed to express themselves on the topic through online competitions and a French Spelling Bee.

    Before the lunch break, they answered questions related to sustainability in the JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre and found out more about initiatives taken in Spanish speaking countries like Costa Rica as well as French speaking countries like Canada.

    Teachers from the Alliance française de Brunei led the activities, testing the students’ knowledge and showing them extracts from French environmental documentaries.

    A French explorer’s photo exhibition was also set up in the JIS Arts Centre where students were able to look at 35 pictures taken by Pierre Sauvadet during his expeditions to the Arctic in the last 25 years, with audio commentaries in English, French or Spanish

    Students participate in a linguistic activity. PHOTO: JIS

    JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “As an international school with over 1,680 students from 55 different nationalities, we are passionate advocates for international mindedness and for our students to be global citizens with a deep understanding of the complex issues facing the Earth in the 21st Century.

    “Learning about sustainability is crucial to the ethos of the school. This ethos is now having real curriculum impacts and the European Languages Faculty are to be applauded in their approach to the European Languages Day this year, which is innovative and supports the linguistic development of the students at JIS.”

    Head of European Languages Philippe Poulain said, “Our aim was to enrich the vocabulary knowledge of our students to enable them to express their views on how to make our planet a better place. This topic is part of the Y10 French and Spanish curriculum, hence exposing students at this stage will give them a linguistic advantage. We enjoyed collaborating with the Alliance française and French explorer Pierre Sauvadet and we look forward to further opportunities to do so. I would like to encourage our JIS community to come and experience our very first audio tour of the exhibition in three different languages.”

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