Science College welcomes new intake
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
PADUKA Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (MSPSBS) welcomed its first batch of Year Seven students yesterday afternoon at the college's multipurpose hall.
Compared to a crowd of 343 Year Seven students last year, the Science College this year has a total of 157 students. This year, there are eight classes with 86 girls and 71 boys registered in the college.
Under the National Educational System for the 21st Century (SPN21), it is compulsory for Year Seven students to take an optional subject other than their core subjects of Maths, English, Science, Malay and Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK).
According to statistics, the favourite option modules this year is French Language with 15 students registered, but the largest number of students who are taking combination option subjects are in Commerce and Design and Technology.
During the event, Acting Principal of MSPSBS Dk Sarimah Pg Hj Ahmad delivered a speech about the rules and regulations of the college, what is expected of the students academically and disciplinary rules that have to be adhered to during their time there.
Highlighting the new system, the principal also spoke of the SPN21 and how the syllabus will be integrated in terms of assessment, examination procedures as well as the issuing of textbooks under the new syllabus.
The students who have successfully registered into the school were elected through their exemplary results during the Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (Primary School Assessment) examinations. Students must obtain 5 "A"s to qualify for a place in the college.
Crowds of proud parents were also present to accompany their children on their first day at the secondary school and witnessed them standing proud to recite the Science College oath, which was read aloud by the head of the student council.
As newcomers to the college, the Year Seven students will be subjected to an orientation programme organised by staff teachers as well as student council facilitators of the college.
The objective of the orientation programme is to ensure that the new students from different backgrounds come together for an ice-breaking session to improve their self-esteem individually and as a group, and also to further welcome the students and produce ones who are responsible, disciplined who will be able to live up to the school's standards.
The Brunei Times