JIS Head of School Dr. Tarek Razik met with the Ministry of Education and Culture's Director General of Early Childhood and Community Education, Harris Iskandar, on Nov. 19 to discuss the various ways JIS can help early years schools in Lombok and Palu reopen their doors after the recent natural disasters. Monday's meeting is part of JIS' wider efforts to make real, long-lasting contributions to our host country's education sector.
Nine dedicated JIS High School students and two chaperones Cicilya Damayanti & Richard Miller helped put a roof over one family in Sentul, Bogor. This was the first Habitat for Humanity Indonesia builds this year, which focused on wall construction.
Thanks to CrossFit 6221, the JIS community worked up quite a sweat on Saturday, Nov. 4 — all in the name of charity and to raise funds for JIS Peduli!
More than 250 participants comprising JIS dragons, fitness enthusiasts, boot campers and personal trainers joined the event, which managed to raise more than Rp 200 million for relief efforts in Palu, Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi and Mamuju, West Sulawesi.
Our Elementary School students have reached the end of Uniting Nations Week, and based on their enthusiastic response to the event, it’s safe to say that they had a wonderful experience! Uniting Nations Week saw JIS Dragons representing some 70 countries come together in a celebration of peace and unity.
We are very proud to introduce to you JIS High School student Taruli Tambunan, who is also a gymnast for the Indonesian Gymnastics Association in Bogor, West Java. She recently won not one but two gold medals in the XIII Regional Sports Week (PORDA) West Java Artistic Gymnastics competition for the beam and team. She scored second highest for All Around.
We’re proud to announce that JIS has once again met the requirements of being an Apple Distinguished School, a title presented to only 400 schools in 29 countries — and only two in Indonesia. Apple Southeast Asia Education Development Executive Robert Appino visited our school to present the two-year (2018-2020) designation to JIS Head of School Dr. Tarek Razik and High School Technology Specialist Matthew Schafer, officially placing JIS among the most innovative schools in the world.
The inauguration of JIS' new Early Years Center was a great success! We'd like to thank Ir. Harris Iskandar, Ph.D from the Ministry of Education and Culture for attending the event and celebrating the joyful moment with us.
JIS is excited to be joining hands with the Ministry of Manpower's Politeknik Ketenagakerjaan, a university dedicated to human resources management. JIS Head of School Dr. Tarek Razik signed the cooperation agreement on the first anniversary of the institution, which was also attended by representatives of the Gadjah Mada University's (UGM) Vocational School, the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), MM2100 Industrial Town, East Jakarta Industrial Park (EJIP), mining firm PT. Jhonlin Baratama and Tanri Abeng University. The event also featured a series of public lectures conducted by Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri.
The Independence Day spirit continued all throughout this week at JIS as we celebrated Indonesia's 73rd birthday with more fun-filled activities! Students, teachers, and staff members got together in the spirit of Bhinekka Tunggal Ika — Unity in Diversity — to honor our host nation through songs, a flag ceremony, an eco-fashion challenge, and some exciting traditional games!
JIS was delighted to welcome officials from the Jakarta Education Agency including Dr. Muhammad Husin, Division Head of Curriculum and Assessments for Secondary School, Mrs. Suryani, MPd, Section Chief for Elementary Education & Special Education and Services, and Mrs.Westka Amalia MJP, M.Psi, Head of Research for the gifted school development project to discuss the various ways we could work and expand together.
The Jakarta Education Agency officials were received by JIS Middle School Principal Christophe Henry, High School Principal Clint Calzini and Dina Vusparatih from the Indonesia Education Program. They also took a tour of our Middle School and High School campuses, where they were introduced to a number of students and teachers.
After two years of construction and one year delay due to building permit process, PIE Early Year Center has been finally completed. The project is a ‘new build’ to replace Nusa Indah building at PIE, which was 23 years old. The new facility is a self-contained building designed to nurture EY1, EY2 and EY3 grades under 1 roof. There are 2 stories with a total of 12 classrooms (6 on each floor) with a usable roof garden area on level 3. Other facilities include: art room, maker space, dance and movement, training kitchen, project space, gathering area, outdoor reading, dark space and roof top playground area.
The building also has maker’s space area which combines technology and craft. Roof garden area will be the safe green playground area for children and the ecologically designed building with vertical gardens features ecological theme. PIE EYC was designed by Burhan Tjakra, M.Arch, a graduate of UCLA with certified Greenship Professional with collaboration with Elsa Donahue, the former Principal of Elementary School and concluded by Maya Nelson, the incumbent Principal of Elementary School.
Many teachers participated in the design development, furniture selection, accessories and transition process, some of whom are Jennifer Krembs and her assistant Angga, Anne Boudreau, Jane Ross, Sarah Pickles, Barbara Carr, Regina Alcorn, Murray Hodgson, Shauna Feeney, Butch Koltai, and many others. Thank you to Facilities, IT and Risk Management Divisions for their on-going support and Dr. Tarek Razik whose support has made this project a reality.
Our newly arrived teachers are settling in, meeting new colleagues and getting to know our JIS campus throughout the ongoing New Faculty Orientation Week. This academic year, the Dragon family is also welcoming new principals and vice principals who are set to propel our school into an exciting future of bigger and better accomplishments. Let's give the newest members of our JIS community a warm Dragon welcome!
Congratulations to JIS' very own Moses Mayer for securing a gold medal in Computer Science during the 2018 National Science Olympiade! Moses was part of a talented team of Jakarta high school students who brought home a combined count of 19 gold medals from the annual event, which drew 1433 participants from 34 provinces across Indonesia.
The National Science Olympiad was held on July 1-7 in Padang, West Sumatra, this year and featured the country's brightest young scientists vying for the top spot in a range of subjects.
We're extremely proud of Moses for his outstanding achievement and wish him even greater success in the future!
JIS students recently embarked on an unforgettable service trip to Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas, where they explored the culture, history and untouched landscape of one of the world's most isolated regions. As part of the outreach program, they volunteered at health clinics in Leh under the supervision of doctors from various humanitarian organizations, while also helping out at the famed Lamdon School for children from low-income families.
Twelfth-Grade student Lianne Placer shared with us her account of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:
"This wonderful trip allows students to interact exclusively with the environment and experience the authentic culture of Ladakh, India. In this trip, students are given the opportunity to participate with doctors from around the world at dental and eye clinics in the Lamdon School of Leh. Twelve students and three teachers spent two days on a medical service and six days trekking in Matho valley surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. At the end of the trip, students were given plenty of self-reflection time and gained knowledge on new ways to cope with extreme challenges and applying those skills in school and in the future."
Many thanks to all those who made the annual "Day in the High School" a roaring success. The soon-to-be ninth grade students seemed to really enjoy the welcoming atmosphere on campus, engaging in conversations with Student Ambassadors, and playing fun activities throughout the day.
Last weekend several Dragons teams participated in the SNG 7s soccer tournament. This is the biggest youth tournament in the region. Our teams did really well and the U14 Girls and the U16 Boys ended up winning silver medals. GREAT ACHIEVEMENT !
Our middle school and high school students along with the faculty conducted a solemn flag-raising ceremony at Bali Stage this morning to celebrate National Education Day, also known as Hari Pendidikan Nasional (Hardiknas).
At the ANZAC Day Dawn Service conducted at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Jakarta on April 25, two Pattimura elementary students placed a memorial wreath on behalf of JIS. Shown in this photo are the students with Chris McCann, JIS risk management advisor. The service was also attended by Tarek Razik, head of school, JIS faculty and JIS families. Lest We Forget.
Our High School Varsity Boys and Girls Badminton teams had an outstanding showing at the 3rd season IASAS tournament in KL. Our girls took home the silver for the second consecutive year and our boys won GOLD for the first time in school history. Thank you to all the parents, athletes, and coaches for an amazing season. (Click photo to enlarge)
JIS had three teams earn medals at the IASAS baseball and softball tournements, three more qualify for the playoff rounds, and many individual recognitions earned by our amazing student athletes. Thank you to all the volunteers and fans that came out to support JIS as the host of IASAS baseball & softball this weekend. The energy and good vibes at the games was AWESOME! Shown here is a cool drone photo of our baseball and softball fields during the night games from this past weekend taken by one of our JIS parents. - Jake Stockman
The computer-based national examination (UNBK) for High School students has started. As a multicultural learning community in Indonesia, JIS facilitates the UNBK and prepares our Indonesian students to continue their educational journey at Indonesian universities or anywhere they choose. Best of luck to all JIS students who take the exams !
The computer-based national examination (UNBK) for High School students has started. As a multicultural learning community in Indonesia, JIS facilitates the UNBK and prepares our Indonesian students to continue their educational journey at Indonesian universitities or anywhere they choose. Best of luck to all JIS students who take the exams!
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno (rear, far right) officially opened JIS Elementary School Indonesia Week 2018, and was joined by Elsa Donohue, JIS Elementary School principal, (rear, far left) on the Pattimura campus. Organized by faculty and parents, the students from Early Years to Grade 5 learned about Indonesian culture in a series of activities.
JIS elementary school students shared their iTime projects and their development process with educators from 15 fellow SPK schools with international curricula at the first JIS-hosted Maker Mindset Event. Tech coaches Jane Ross, Hugo Indratno, and Jay Graham designed an inspirational agenda of collaboration and learning for all who attended.
Dr. Tarek Razik, head of school, accompanied by the JIS Scholarship Committee, visited SMP 41, a public school in South Jakarta, to introduce "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", the JIS premier scholarship program for Indonesia’s future leaders. The students of SMP 41 were very enthused to learn more about the program and to be best for the world together with JIS!
JIS signed a fifteen-year Land Lease Agreement (with priority of extension for another fifteen years) on CIL land with LMAN (Lembaga Management Asset Negara - State's Asset Management Agency) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
LMAN has been appointed by the Ministry of Finance to oversee all state's assets in Indonesia, including CIL land. The last CIL land lease agreement was signed between JIS and the Directorate General of State's Revenue which was valid from 2013-2018. LMAN acknowledges the strategic value of JIS, not only its contribution in the educational sector, but also its role as one of the anchors for foreign direct investment in Indonesia, supporting the overall investment climate.
University of Indonesia research has concluded that 51% of expatriate parents whose child/children are currently at JIS would not have relocated to Indonesia if it were not because of JIS, an internationaly-recognized school. LMAN supports the idea that a long-term and affordable land lease provides long-term legal and commercial certainty to JIS so the school is able to continue its strategic partnership with the Indonesian Government.
In the photo are Dr. Tarek Razik, head of school (far left) and Phil Rickard, JIS Board of Trustees chairperson, with two GOI members following the lease signing.
Nick Kent, deputy head of school, Christophe Henry, middle school principal, Jusni Ridjab, head of D'Toko, Dr. Tarek Razik, head of school, Steve Clark, high school principal and Sinta Sirait, head of business development, cut the ribbon to officially open D'Toko, the middle school community store.
Dr. Tarek Razik, head of school, speaks during the launching of "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika," a new JIS scholarship program for promising Indonesian students and future leaders. For more information please email: email@example.com
The representatives of five public senior and middle schools in South Jakarta, (SMA 8, SMA 3, SMA 28, SMP 115, and SMP 41), and the Head of Assessment and Curriculum for Jakarta secondary schools, Dr. Muhammad Husin, visited JIS for the upcoming program, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, a Scholarship program for Indonesia’s Future Leaders. Head of school, Dr. Tarek Razik, accompanied by the JIS scholarship committee and parent were very pleased to have a great discussion and get positive feedback.
JIS Students Building Homes, Building Lives
On Saturday, February 10th, 13 grade 9 Students, 1 grade 12 Build Leader, and 2 teachers traveled to Sentul for JIS' 7th Habitat for Humanity Build of the school year. It was the first build for many for of the Grade 9 students, who we hope will continue to support Habitat for Humanity throughout their time in High School.
Braving the very cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain, 40+ alums showed up in New York City for a brief reunion and to meet our new head of school, Tarek Razik. The alums were super keen to promote the JIS alumni organization and support scholarships, etc.
Christophe Henry, middle school principal, listens as one of many grade 6 students presented their math Travel Expo projects in a presentation session on campus which was also attended by other students, faculty and parents.
- Photo by Edo Hutapea
Dragon Strong! Cooking Strong! On Friday, Jan 19th JIS held its first ever Chili/Rendang Cook-Off at which over 40 million rupiah was raised in support of the innocent and their families. click poser to enlarge
Tarek Razik, head of school, and JIS representatives visited Jakarta Deputy Governor, Sandiaga Uno (left), at the latter's office to discuss JIS's contribution, role, and mission in education. Sandiaga Uno was also accompanied by Sopan Andrianto, Jakarta Education Agency head and his team, and Susie Nurhati, Jakarta Education Agency secretary, and Kanti Herawati, Head of Primary School and Special Education Primary School Education Agency of Jakarta Province.
Tarek Razik, Ed.D, head of school (second from right) and Drs. Agusman Anwar, school principal of SMA 8 Jakarta (second left), sign a memorandum of understanding to mark a partnership program to improve the quality of education in Jakarta.
Kyle Grovers, a tech developer, speaks to the first ever JIS Hackathon. Created and organized by Kritin Dhoka (11th), the Hackathon brought together 14 high school students interested in applying their design and coding skills to solve real world problems for the Emmanuel Foundation social service organization.
Pattimura Elementary enjoyed a week of learning through cultural activities, performances, presentations and wonderful food during their Festival of Nations, held on campus.
- Photo by Metty Suprapti
I want to thank everyone involved for their time and incredible energy spent in the Ronald MacDonald House Charities mural design process and final Saturday filled with mural painting. From the moment we arrived at RMHC everyone worked collaboratively, positively, and constructively. I am very proud of your professionalism and commitment to turn a 6 meter wall surface into fun and vibrant scenes that will definitely create smiles for visitors who unfortunately need to stay in the center. (click photo to enlarge)
12 JIS High School Students and 2 faculty chaperones Join Habitat for Humanity's 28uild. Habitat for Humanity 28uild is an annual nationwide youth build held in 4 Indonesian cities, including 200+ high school students from the Jakarta area.
The students said thank you to their teachers and Pondok Indah staff with flowers and cards. The parents said thank you with cuisines from all over the world. This is how PIE students and parents show appreciation for dedicated, caring and hard working teachers and staff of PIE.
The High School creative arts/drama department staged a rollicking production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, to the delight of sold out audiences. Congratulations to the cast and crew!
To commemorate Indonesian National Batik Day, Oct. 2, faculty, staff and admin that could attend gathered for a group photo in the Cilandak campus amphitheater.
High School club PMU held their first concert of the school year: Unplugged Live Lounge, in the Pondok Indah Melati Theater. The audience sat on cozy pillows and enjoyed music from students and faculty and invited performers as well as food and drink sold to fund raise for other service clubs.
Head of School Tarek Razik speaks to parents at one of two parent coffee mornings on the CIL and PEL campuses recently. The mornings featured Tarek and other JIS leaders speaking about enrollment patterns, finances, communications and facilities projects.