Sultan gives hundreds of children in 2 schools in Lumut moments to cherish
IT WAS a bright and cheerful day for hundreds of students in Lumut when His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam dropped by the Pg Anak Puteri Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School and Sungai Tali Lumut II Primary School yesterday morning.
Following the presentation of house keys to recipients in the Belait District, and in keeping with tradition, the monarch spent hours interacting with students, exchanging laughs and smiles; leaving many with heartwarming memories and picturesque moments to cherish.
At the Pg Anak Puteri Hjh Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah Secondary School, the monarch spoke, listened to and watched many students carry out their science experiments as well as explain their mini entrepreneurship activities within the school.
His Majesty and all spectators were both entertained and amused, bursting into laughter, when the monarch mingled with the primary students at the next school.
One memorable moment was of a child, dressed in a doctor’s coat and a stethoscope who was asked by His Majesty what his occupation was supposed to be.
Upon replying yes to His Majesty’s question of whether he was a doctor, the monarch asked the child to place his stethoscope on His Majesty’s chest to “examine” him.
The child, who immediately exuded his shyness, placed the medical tool on the monarch’s chest, causing the room to erupt in a fit of giggles and laughter.
The monarch then toured the school.
His Majesty had previously visited the primary school in 2004, also as part of his itinerary after handing over key plaques to new home owners.
The monarch also made unscheduled visits to several classrooms that took most of the pupils by surprise – all pleasant surprises nonetheless.
After the visits, His Majesty told The Brunei Times he was pleased with the current education system, but believes it could be improved further.
The monarch said such improvements would be for educators to find ways to “motivate the children more’’.
The Pg Anak Puteri Hjh Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah Secondary School, named after the monarch’s eldest daughter, was built in November, 1992. It was previously known as Sungai Tali Secondary School until it changed its name on October 6, 1994.
The school recently underwent a major facelift to improve its infrastructure. It now provides spaces for student exhibitions and exercise facilities, among others.
Meanwhile, the Sungai Tali Lumut II Primary School was built in October 1, 1997 and was completed two years later. It began operations in August 2000 with 143 pupils and 14 teachers. The school now houses 464 pupils and 34 teachers.
The Brunei Times