| Lyna Mohamad |
HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam consented to grace Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah’s Year 6 graduation ceremony at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre yesterday.
Upon arrival at the venue, Their Majesties were greeted by Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, who was attending the event as Chairman of the JIS Board of Directors.
Their Majesties were also greeted by Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Chairman of JIS’ Board of Directors Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Managing Director of the Strategic Development Capital Fund and Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Junaidi bin Haji Masri and other members of JIS’ Board of Directors.
Also receiving Their Majesties were JIS’ senior leadership team – Principal Barnaby Sandow, Assistant Principal Nicholas Sheehan, and Head of Junior School Paul Bannister.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, Their Majesties consented to take part in a group photo session with the graduating students and visited the Junior School Art Gallery to view the Junior School artworks on display.
“We are very proud of every student and all they have achieved,” said Sandow. “This celebration shows how they are able to speak for themselves, find what to say independently and have the skills they will need to flourish in the senior school and beyond.”
A total of 84 Year 6 students passed out at yesterday’s graduation ceremony.
The event featured poem recitals by Bethan Payne, Isla Hallam, Aiman Zaxquarim and Aliya Ahmad Omar, and piano performances called Por Una Cabeza and Holiday in Paris by Zahrah Furlonge and Cameron Ang. A performance called Fly by the Year 6 graduating students brought the event to a close.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah will be entering Year 7 of the JIS Middle Years together with more than 130 other students next month.
“The annual Year 6 graduation ceremony is an opportunity for us to celebrate the children’s time in Junior School and recognise that they are moving onto the next stage of their educational career,” said Paul Bannister.
“The ceremony is an important milestone for the Junior School children and something they look forward to – a chance to reflect on everything they have achieved and for the children to realise they have all the skills they need to be successful as they move up through JIS.”