‘Songs can raise awareness on traditions’

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THE annual national choir competition can further promote awareness of Brunei’s traditions and legacies to primary students.

Roslin Suhailee, acting assistant director of the Co-Curricular Education Department under the Ministry of Education, said children’s songs set for this year’s choir competition are aimed at instilling an understanding of the cultural values of Brunei society amongst the students while simultaneously instilling a love for the country and its heritage.

He was commenting during the final of the fifth Primary School Children’s Songs choir competition which was jointly conducted yesterday with the 22nd Secondary School Patriotic Songs singing contest.

“Brunei’s traditional children’s songs that were chosen for primary school students to sing this year will hopefully expose these students to these old songs that have been sung by Bruneians for decades.

“Through appreciating these songs and singing them in the competition, the students will learn and have a comprehensive understating of the history and life of Bruneians in the past such as what’s illustrated in one of the songs named Padian,” he said.

He also hoped that words of wisdom and values in the content of these traditional songs such as being respectful, humble and polite will be adopted by these youth.

He went on to say that the longstanding theme of patriotic songs for secondary students is intended to inspire feelings of patriotism amongst youth in achieving great success in line with the nation’s motto ‘Generation With a Vision’.

Organised by the Department of Co-Curriculum Education, this year’s choir competition saw the participation of 28 schools from across the sultanate with only eight schools (four from each category) advancing to the finals.

In the finals yesterday, choir teams from St George School took home the crown of national champions for both the primary and secondary categories.

The school’s rendition of the song Angan-Angan earned them an overall score of 88.83 per cent while 87.50 per cent was granted for their performance of Anak Brunei.

Datu Ratna Haji Muhd Jaafar Primary School came in second in the primary schools category followed by Seri Mulia Sarjana School with scores of 84.33 per cent and 75.75 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile, a score of 81.50 per cent was awarded to Seri Mulia Sarjana Secondary School as the runner up, with St John’s Secondary School trailing close behind with an overall score of 81 per cent.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil was the guest of honour.

The Brunei Times