JIS students go international after excellent set of IB results!

Posted on 23rd Sep 2020 in School News, International Baccalaureate, University study

The International Baccalaureate (IB) students at Jerudong International School (JIS) are about to begin fantastic courses at prestigious universities throughout the world. These IB Alumni are heading to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA amongst others.

The thirty seven IB alumni are truly to be commended in a very challenging academic year which resulted in the students being unable to actually sit for their final examinations in May 2020. With their IB Diplomas in hand, the world is truly their oyster!

The School’s IB results continue to be outstanding, 51% of the students achieved 38 points or above. The challenging IB Diploma had an average Diploma score worldwide of 29.9; the JIS average score for 2020 was 37.1.

Shana Holmes is heading to The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to study Social Anthropology. Nizam Kasmirhan will be studying Economics at the University of Manchester and Dania Johari will be studying Geology at Cardiff University. 2019/20 Head Boy, Sheng Kai Wong will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.

In the medical field, Zhi Yin Lim will be pursuing a course in Dentistry at Queen’s University, Belfast; Syasya Jamain is reading Medicine at the University of Ireland and Amira Ho is studying Pharmacy at the University of Manchester. Three of the IB Alumni are pursuing degrees in Law (Izz Khan Hasreen, Zoe Ho and Aeisyah Iskandar Rizal) at the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield respectively). Izz Khan is the proud recipient of an Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Other alumni such as Masin Talanana are studying the International Bachelor in Economics and Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, whereas Isaac Hua, the recipient of a significant University scholarship, and Monica Okochi are about to embark on studies at the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia in Canada. In the USA, Julian Lee will be studying at the University of Southern California. Eric Song is returning to Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea to study Material Science and Engineering, and Alexander Wiseman, our highest performing IB Diploma student, recently commenced studies in a 5 year conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Science Degree at Auckland University, New Zealand. Across the Tasman Sea, in Australia, Caitlan Doolan will be studying Medicine at Monash. Natalie Hallot and Kate Saap are also pursuing degrees in Australia.

Mr Nicholas Sheehan, Principal of JIS said that; "Whilst these top performing students will leave JIS with superb academic results, they will be remembered more by their fellow students for the significant impact as young leaders in the school and the influence they have had on those around them. They have set an excellent example to the younger members of our community. These success stories would not have been written without their parents support and also that of the academic team in the Upper Years - Mr Tony Piper (Head of Senior School and JIS Vice Principal) and Dr Colin Dickinson (IB Coordinator) together with the teaching staff continue to challenge and inspire students to become the best that they can be. Our Higher Education team led by Mr Alex Cook has played a key role in assisting with their University applications.”

The International Baccalaureate is offered at JIS as one of the pre-university options for 16-18 year olds and is the world's fastest growing international qualification. To complete this challenging qualification, students study six subjects – three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level including English, Maths, a Language, a Humanities subject, a Science subject plus a final creative or elective subject choice. In addition, they complete a challenging 4000 word piece of research, a mini thesis, as well as completing Theory of Knowledge (ToK), a critical thinking skills course as well as a compulsory Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component which takes place throughout the two years.