Several academic institutions in the country have achieved notable milestones over the past year.
A total of 68 schools were acknowledged for their outstanding performances at the closing of the 3rd School Leaders Convention 2021. Awards were given to schools that excelled in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) examination and other public examinations in 2020.
Awards were presented to schools achieving above the target of 90 per cent in grades ‘A’ to ‘C’ in 2020; schools showing continuous improvement in achieving grades ‘A’ to ‘C’ for three consecutive years (2018-2020); schools achieving above the 90 per cent target in grades ‘A’ to ‘C’ for three consecutive years (2018- 2020); and performing primary schools in Whole School Evaluation (WSE).
Meanwhile, at BC GCE ‘O’ Level and IGCSE ‘O’ Level achievement, schools were awarded based on three categories of incentives: schools achieving the target of 60 per cent and above in 2020; schools performing continuous improvement in achieving five ‘O’ Levels and above for three consecutive years (2018-2020); and performing secondary schools in WSE.
Three categories of incentives were also awarded at the BC GCE ‘A’ Level. The categories included: schools achieving three ‘A’ Levels and above in meeting the target of 80 per cent and above in 2020; schools performing continuous improvement in achieving three ‘A’ Levels and above for three consecutive years (2018-2020); and performing sixth form centres in WSE. Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Primary School was named the performing primary school in WSE.
In July 2021, International School Brunei (ISB) celebrated another year of outstanding success in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme examinations. The 2021 cohort exceeded expectations with students completing the full diploma scoring an average of 36 out of 45, beating the worldwide average of 33 points.
Four students scored 43 points, 13 students scored 40 or more points, and 27 students qualified for the ISB Board of Directors Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for achieving 37 points or more. This marked 2021 as the most successful year in recent ISB history.
Five students from Jerudong International School (JIS) achieved distinctions in the annual Canadian Computing Challenge in April 2021, competing against 4,000 students worldwide in their ability to understand, design and implement algorithms in the competition hosted by University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing.
In addition, 34 Year 12 students from JIS entered the Intermediate Biology Olympiad held by the UK Biology Competitions (UKBC) in July 2021. One student achieved gold, while seven achieved silver and one achieved bronze.
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