Jerudong International School is thrilled to announce that a JIS senior student has made it to the final round of the prestigious global Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) for the second year in a row. Year 11 student, Ahmad Jamsari achieved 13th place from the many thousands of competitors in the world!
Computing is a core subject at Jerudong International School for the 240 students in Years 7 & 8. In Years 9 and above, they can choose to continue to study Computing as an optional subject.
To be able to compete in the OUCC, all the JIS Year 7 and 8 students together with the students in Years 9-13 who are studying Computing as part of their IGCSE, A Level or IB curriculum took a one hour, online test - the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge in their lessons. This test is a set of challenges which students complete online. At this stage, it does not involve any programming skills. Students from more than 50 countries participated in this event.
The top 10% of students in each age group from the BEBRAS Challenge, were then invited to the First Round of the Oxford University Computing Challenge. Seven students from JIS were invited to compete. This first round required the students to solve problems using their computer programming skills.
The top 20 students in each age group, world-wide, were then invited to compete in the second and final round. Ahmad Jamsari was required to complete a one hour, online test using his programming skills to complete an increasingly complex set of challenges using block-based programming and Python.
Simon Carter, Head of Computing, lauded their achievements. “It is great to see these developing programmers challenging themselves and getting rewarded for the time they have spent developing and practising their skills.”
Nicholas Sheehan, JIS Principal, commented “To have achieved 13th place from over 250,000 students globally bears testimony to both the calibre of student that Ahmad is, and also the quality of teaching in the Maths and Computer Science Faculties here at JIS. Our sincere congratulations to Ahmad - both JIS and his family are enormously proud of him!”
Ahmad Jamsari receiving his certificate from JIS Principal, Mr Nicholas Sheehan.
About Jerudong International School
Jerudong International School was started in 1997. It presently has around 1650 international and Bruneian students aged from 2 years to 19 years. Students study a British International Curriculum from ages 2 years to 3 years. From 14 years to 16 years, students study the I/GCSE programmes. Senior students may choose between the A Level programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for their pre University course. JIS has a thriving boarding house for up to 200 boarders.