Earl of Wessex inspires students on visit to Brunei School

In a recent visit to Jerudong International School, The Earl and Countess of Wessex enjoyed a tour, which showcased the new skills students have learnt on The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Earl of Wessex inspires students in visit to Brunei School
Jerudong International School (JIS) in partnership with the British High Commission hosted a visit from Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex on their recent trip to Brunei Darussalam to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty, The Sultan of Brunei.

Celebrating the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

In his role as chair of trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, The Earl of Wessex congratulated Award participants and their Award Leaders on the progress they have made and also publicised the holistic value of the Award in a Bruneian context.  During their visit they were accompanied by British High Commissioner, Richard Lindsay as they met with Award participants and Leaders.
They saw first hand the new skills that students have learnt whilst supporting the wider community in Brunei Darussalam. Moving through the JIS Arts Centre, they talked to students involved in lighting and rehearsals for the upcoming performance of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They were then treated to a performance from music students in both orchestral ensemble and rock!

Students showcased community projects

Mr Barnaby Sandow, principal of Jerudong International School said, “Our team was hugely excited at the prospect of this VIP visit. It was wonderful for the participants and Award Leaders of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award to meet the Chair of this excellent organisation. These life journeys have meant so much to so many members of our community that to have the chance to share these experiences with TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex was an awe inspiring prospect.”
Watch our recent video interview with Mr Sandow here
Award students from the International School of Brunei (ISB) also showcased their community projects, which included involvement with the Beach Bunch, a registered local NGO which aims to keep Brunei's beaches safer, cleaner and more enjoyable. Students have been involved in community coastal cleanliness efforts including tree planting conservation, trail running races, sea turtle conservation efforts and coastal water safety efforts.
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Students from JIS shared their experiences of working to help others in Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo and India. They also demonstrated the JIS Polio Points scheme whereby students earn merits which can be redeemed for polio vaccines. At the JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre, students explained about the student led Eco Agroforestry project - creating compost from food waste and planting herb spirals. TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex also saw Adventurous Journey training taking place with Gold Award Level students mentoring and training younger Bronze Award Level students.  

Demonstration of coaching skills in new Sports Complex

They also visited the recently opened Sports Complex where they saw students coaching in one of the sports halls and a life saving skill demonstration at the swimming pool.Students shared their own personal journeys with the special guests - sharing how through the Award, they have deepened their self-awareness, built confidence and broadened their skills to further their growth as active, responsible citizens.To complete the visit, the visiting guests were introduced to families from the British Community based in Brunei Darussalam. This included members of the Loan Service (British Armed Forces personnel seconded to the Brunei Armed Forces), the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) whose teachers are based in local Brunei schools, members of the Britain Brunei Business Forum (BBBF), Shell Corporation and the staff and families of the British High Commission.
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