- International School Brunei
International School Brunei (ISB) is an
international schoolin Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The school was founded in 1964 and follows the British national curriculum from kindergarten to upper secondary. It is considered one of the most prestigious schools in the country. It is the only school in Brunei Darussalam and Borneo that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
ISB isa member of the Federation of British International Schools in South-East Asia (FOBISSEA), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
The school opens at 7:15am and closes at 2:00 from Monday to Thursday for Primary, while for Secondary the opening hours are the same, but the school closes 2:40 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11:45 on Fridays alongside Primary.
Lessons generally last 40 minutes.
The school is divided into three divisions: the Junior School, the Secondary School and the IB Sixth Form.
Each division has its own director or Principal, each year level its own coordinator, and in the secondary school, students are allocated to a tutor group where their academic progress is monitored and pastoral care is provided.
The majority of the teaching staffs are expatriates hailing from the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe and Canada.
There is a student council where students elect a Tutor Group Representative for four sections: sport, social, environment and art & performance (four per Tutor Group).
Sports council hosts sport events such as: sports day, inter-form sports competition, etc.Social council hosts social events such as: discos, battle of the bands, etc.Environment council discuss ways to raise money for environmental projects.Art & performance holds arts exhibitions and school plays, etc.
After School Activities
These are Clubs that take place after school hours, which include cricket, football, basketball, golf, tennis and yachting. There is a good mixture of activities for the Upper and Middle Schools, but for the Junior school the range is small due to lack of interest.
Timetable for Junior School is currently being reviewed.
Middle & Upper School
The new ISB campus is currently in the early stages, due to be completed in 2009.
ISB places a strong emphasis on its well-rounded curriculum. Language is a required subject from year 3 up until year 13, and language options include
Bahasa Melayu, French, Chinese and Spanish. Music is also available, and the music department offers an Instrumental Music programme, where students are given the opportunity to receive tuition in a particular instrument of their interest. ISB participates in the annual FOBISSEAcompetitions against other international schools in the South East Asian region.
Paula Malai Ali– TV presenter. Former veejay on Channel V.
* [http://www.ISB.edu.bn/ International School Brunei website]
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