By Syafiq Affendy
The Perdana Wazir Secondary School in Kuala Belait became part of the itinerary as His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a friendly visit in conjunction with the presentation of houses, which were part of the Kampong Panaga 2,000-unit National Housing Scheme, yesterday.
His Majesty consented to tour the school in order to view the conditions and atmosphere, portraying his consistent concerns regarding the provision of excellent education for his subjects.
During the visit His Majesty visited booths located at the school's multipurpose hall, in which His Majesty consented to interact with students and receive various pesambah as gifts commemorating His Majesty's recent birthday.
Nurfaizah Sani and Siti Nur Asyiqin Abdullah were among the first to receive a visit by His Majesty, who looked at their handmade projects for the History booth.
The Food and Nutrition booth saw His Majesty officially cuts a vegetarian birthday cake prepared by students.
Meanwhile at the Business Studies booth, Muhammad Syafiq Shahdan, was honoured to present a pesambah of a homemade greeting card containing lots of greetings signed by students of Young Entrepreneurs Club.
A very interesting animation presentation also caught the attention of His Majesty at the Multimedia booth where talented Kamilah Kifli demonstrated animation production skills to His Majesty. The animation is an entry produced and submitted by Kamilah for the Drugs Abuse Education for Career and Counselling Competition. The school has previously earned a spot in the top five during the competitions held in 2008 and 2010.
Muhd Syarifuddin Abdul Halim was another fortunate student who was presented with an opportunity to display his ability in a freehand drawing technique referred to as 'contour lines', where he drew a depiction of His Majesty on a piece of paper without taking his eyes off his monarch.
Aspiring journalists Adibah Hanim and Auji Haziqah from the Journalism Club presented His Majesty with a pesambah in the form of a copy of the school's newsletter, which had been compiled and arranged by students of the club, as well as getting His Majesty's consent to sign a commemorative parchment.
A demonstration by the Touch Rugby Club then ensued with the club's coach cum English teacher, Noel Fe'ao of New Zealand watching the proceedings. Fe'ao has only been in the country for four months and stated that he finds Brunei to be a very pleasant country to reside in courtesy of the hospitality that has thus far been shown to him by locals and students at the school. In addition, he is also a member of the Kuala Belait Pythons rugby team and has expressed his interest and hopes of getting students involved in rugby competitions.
Following the exhibitions at the multipurpose hall, His Majesty then consented to visit classrooms and various designated facilities such as the arts and craft room, science lab, library, canteen and other areas of the school.
- Borneo Bulletin
(31st July 2011)