MSB wins crown at Action Team contest

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BERAKAS Secondary School (SMB) was crowned champion at the Action Team (‘A’ Team) Competition held among secondary schools and colleges in the Sultanate after impressing the judges with its project presentation Remaja Sihat Tanpa Tembakau (Healthy Youth without Tobacco) yesterday.

Speaking to The Brunei Times at the sidelines of the event, SMB’s counsellor Hjh Norjinah Hj Musa said that it was worth the hard work and effort put in by the students despite obstacles faced throughout the competition.

“Our (participating) students had to miss their classes sometimes in order to work on their project but this is something that is beneficial for them too. Although it was pretty tough at first, we managed to overcome them (problems),” she said.

She added that the students will catch up with lessons they missed and get reading materials from their classmates.

“Some teachers were reluctant to allow students to miss their classes but we made them understand about it and students know how to divide their time wisely,” said the counsellor, adding that continuous support and cooperation from other teachers and parents was vital.

Hjh Norjinah advised other students who have not participated in the competition to take the initiative to be part of such event as it will be an advantage for them in the long run.

Najwa Qayyimah Sanudin, speaking on behalf of the winning team who also won the Best Presenter award, said that despite the financial constraints, the team was able to hold various activities within and outside of school.

“Although some of us faced problems in terms of money and parental support, nevertheless we won the competition today… and this proves all our efforts and sweat paid off,” she said.

She said that the purpose of choosing the project was to reduce the number of smokers among students in school.

“Before, the rate of students caught smoking in school was about 70 per cent and now, the figure has fallen to about 25 per cent… we are yet to make the school free from smoking,” said Najwa.

She added that the project will not end there and aimed at reaching out to primary schools to address the dangers of smoking and raising awareness among teachers and parents.

“We also aimed to make our school a free-smoking environment and once we accomplished that, maybe we will go and reach out to other schools…” she said. SMB also won the Best Exhibition Booth award.

For the competition, participants were given one year and half to complete their project which comprised research, exhibitions and outreach programmes to the public.

The competition was divided into stages where judges visited respective schools to assess their activities prior to the preliminary stage.

Only five out of 21 schools made it to the final stage yesterday where SMB as the champion obtained 82.3 per cent for the total marks.

The second place went to Sayyidina Othman Secondary School (SMSO) while the third place was claimed by Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA) with overall marks of 81.7 per cent and 80.5 per cent respectively.

Hj Mohammad Hanafi Pehin Orang Kaya Di Gadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Abdul Rahman, board member of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB), gave away the prizes.

The Brunei Times