Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Since the Award began in 1956, its aim has been to help young people plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop themselves mentally, physically and emotionally. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is widely recognised by employers and education providers as the definitive qualification for demonstrating self-reliance, commitment and dedication. All this, and a lot of fun along the way. Some of the benefits to young people include:
– developing self-confidence and self-reliance
– gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility
– discovering new skills, interests and talents
– developing leadership skills and abilities.
This is achieved through young people undertaking a range of activities for the four different Award sections.
- Skill section – Young people must spend at least one hour per week learning a new life skill (outside of school lessons). There are hundreds of different activities that young people can choose from. Popular choices include music, art, drama, cooking, DJing, committee skills, art and sign language. Unfortunately sports cannot count for this section (even though you need to learn skills to do them), this is because sports come under the physical recreation section.
- Service section – This section requires young people to spend at least one hour per week doing voluntary work. This gives young people the opportunity to get out into their communities and give something back.
- Physical Recreation section – This section requires young people to spend at least one hour per week of their own time engaging in physical recreation. It can be any form of activity and does not need to be in a team or competitive environment.
- Adventurous Journey section – The Adventurous Journey is a unique opportunity for your child to experience self-reliance and team work in an outdoor environment. The length of the Adventurous Journey varies depending on the level of the Award.
How long does it take to complete the Bronze and Silver Award?
The Award cannot be achieved in a shorter time span by working more intensely; the objective is to develop a sense of commitment to a given task over time. Participants must persist for at least these minimum periods:
|Level||Minimum period of participation by|
|Direct entrants||Award holders|
|Bronze||6 months||not applicable|
|Silver||12 months||6 months (if Bronze holder)|
Minimum timescale for each level by section is as follows:
|All participants must do an extra 3 months in either Physical Recreation or Skills or Service||2 days + 1 night|
|Non Bronze holders must do an extra 6 months in either Physical Recreation or Skills or Service||3 days + 2 nights|
For more information about the scheme you can look at the following web site – www.intaward.org
Early Childhood Training
Early Childhood Training in Education
ISB is at the forefront of Early Years training in Brunei and currently offers three CACHE qualifications. As an approved CACHE centre, the qualifications are accepted worldwide as foundation for a career in Early Years Education.
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care
* Prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.
* Suitable for learners looking to work under supervision within early years settings.
* Suitable for learners who have no previous experience in working in childcare.
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning
* Suitable for learners wanting to work with children aged 5-19 years old.
* Suitable for learners seeking to work under supervision.
* The Level 2 Certificate gives access to Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
CACHE Level 3 Early Years Workforce Diploma
* Learners who qualify can work as Early Years Educators.
* Qualify to be part of the adult child ratio so that you can work unsupervised.
* Suitable for learners who have previous experience in working in childcare or are presently working in childcare in order to pass the competency of skills for each unit.
* Gives access to Early Childhood Degree at University of East London (online or in person)
For more information, please contact Ms Rachel (CACHE@ac.isb.edu.bn)
ISB proudly offers enrichment classes for those in the broader ISB community, who like meeting new people, learning new things, or just having some fun while staying fit.
It is said that ‘music is a language the whole world speaks’, and as such, every child enrolled at our school has the opportunity to learn that language.
It is our philosophy that a well-educated child has a firm foundation in the Arts, and excellence in the Arts leads to fulfillment in all spheres – the cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual. Throughout primary and secondary all students have access to music lessons on a weekly basis.
In secondary, from Year 7-9, students have 3 music lessons every two weeks, involving the opportunity to explore all aspects of music theory and practice. An exciting feature of student participation is the Concert Band, which contains woodwind, brass, percussion, string and electronic instruments.
For those interested in private music lessons, they are offered on a daily basis across a number of instruments including piano, guitar, violin, flute and drums.
For those who are extra passionate about music, there are opportunities to play for audiences in the form of:
New policy coming soon
ISB hosted its first official Summer School in the summer of 2016. Attended by over 200 young people, it will be a feature of July and August every year. December may also see another similar event.
The format is popular. Children of ages 3-14 take part in a variety of activities from 7am-12pm and are supervised in fun activities and games. On average there are 80 – 100 children present on each day. The video link below, compiled by one of the student volunteers, Amai Rawiri from Year 11, shows the summer school at its best!
The Dramatic Arts
The arts are highly regarded at ISB and drama has a special place in the life of the school as an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. A drama education, which begins naturally with learning through dramatic play, will eventually include many elements of theatre. Like the other arts, it involves imagination and feelings and helps us to make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter. From this solid base, ISB students bloom into actors of the highest ability and self-confidence, highlighted in the quality productions and the full houses!
Through engagement in drama, pupils apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences. Their increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work enables them to effectively shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses, making use of language, space, symbol, allegory and metaphor. It provides an opportunity for pupils to explore the world and people from other places, times and cultures, and to examine differences and similarities with their own environment. All this, in a safe, nurturing environment.
All Students participate in Drama in Key Stage 3. They will explore the world of theatre from Commedia Dell’ Arte to costume design, whilst developing their confidence and communication skills.
In Key Stage 4-5, students will be introduced to the many different roles within Theatre. After which, they will start developing a specific skill. This might be acting, deign or directing.
There is an active Drama ECA which will lead into a school production as well as regular festival/events which require performers.
Our yearly highlights for the Drama department include the school production, Singapore Arts Trip (an opportunity to see live theatre, music and visit art galleries, drama and music festivals).
PE and Sport
Physical Education and Sport
Throughout our long history, ISB has regarded sport and physical education as an important building block in developing well-rounded children with healthy bodies and sound minds.
The ethos of our P.E. department at ISB is “Particpation & Performance”; to enable our students to participate in sport at a recreational or social level, as well as a representative level, whether it be House, School, District or Country. To date, we have had numerous students (past and present) who have represented their countries in sports such as Football, Basketball, Swimming, Fencing and Athletics. One ISB alumnus, Zac Payne represented the Cook Islands in swimming at the 2012 London Olympics.
At ISB, all children have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity as a part of the school curriculum. For those that have the desire to participate in sports competitively, there are yearly local leagues and international school sports competitions all over Asia that students may train for and, if selected, compete in.
The school boasts world class sporting facilities ranging from a floodlit football pitch and indoor multipurpose sports hall, to a Crossfit gym, dance studio, and a 25m FINA-approved, touch-pad competition swimming pool.
Extra Curricular Activities
The extra-curricular (ECA) choice at ISB is extensive. The lists below highlight an example range of ECA’s in both primary and secondary areas. More activities are added on an on-going basis. Qualified staff supervise all activities.
Primary Years Activities (R-6)
Secondary Years Activity (7-13)