JIS student wins Gold in UK Biology Olympiad

Thirty-four Year 12 biology students from Jerudong International School (JIS) recently entered the Intermediate Biology Olympiad held by UK Biology Competitions (UKBC).

The organisation works closely with the Royal Society of Biology and the University of Warwick to bring Biology competitions to students all over the world.

The competition typically receives around 9,000 participants from over 550 schools worldwide.

Questions in the competition were set on topics which students are likely to have covered in their first year of the ‘A’ Level Biology course.

Additional questions required the students to use their problem solving skills and understanding of core principles of Biology in general.

JIS students with principal Nicholas Sheehan and biology teacher Adele Major. PHOTO: JIS

Out of 34 students, Mohamed Bassim Isa achieved gold, Beverly Liaw, Elmeeza, Yasrinal Eddy, Gabriel Chan, Jayden Ang, Josh Lindsay and Patricia Sim achieved silver while Ye Htet Oo won bronze.

In addition, five of the JIS students were highly commended and nine were commended. Overall, 65 per cent of senior JIS students who participated were commended or higher.

Biology teacher Adele Major was delighted to hear the news, Principal Nicholas Sheehan said.

“This is the first time that the Biology Department has entered students for this internationally-recognised competition.

“Biology ‘A’ Level is a popular subject at JIS and I am very proud of these remarkable achievements.”