| Azaraimy HH |
IT HAS been another proud year for Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Secondary School for Boys.
Fifty-one students who passed their STPUB and ‘A’ Level from the school received scholarships to further their studies abroad at various universities in the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
The school yesterday held a farewell ceremony for the students and their families at Harini Restaurant, Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
Forty-four students received scholarships from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and among them, 36 will be studying at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, six at University of Jordan, one at University of Keele in the UK and one at University of Coventry, also in the UK.
One student received scholarship from the Ministry of Defence to study at the Imperial College in London.
Of the three students who received scholarship from the Ministry of Education, one will be studying at University of Nottingham, one at University of Belfast and one at University of Birmingham, all in the UK.
Three students received scholarship from the Ministry of Religious Affairs – two will be studying at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa in Malaysia and one at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.
In her speech, Ustazah Hjh Azizah binti Hj Mohamad, Acting Principal of the School, congratulated all the students saying that the school is proud of them.
She hoped that the students will further their studies with strong dedication and enthusiasm and continue to succeed in their academic journey.
She also advised the students to be wise in managing their time in their studies.
She also touched on the issue of culture shock, which she said is imminent, and hoped that the students will be not be influenced by negative and unproductive thoughts and activities.
She reminded the scholars to protect the good name of the country.
She also advised the students on the matter concerning homesickness.
“It is quite normal to feel homesick while staying abroad, away from family and close friends.
“However, for achieving success, the students must learn to overcome the feeling of homesickness and take the opportunity in learning to be independent,” she elaborated.
She also asked the students to always keep in touch with their families back home and be reminded of the sacrifices their parents have made in terms of time, energy and money for them to achieve success.
This is pretty easy, she said, given the level of technological advances in this ICT era, such as Whatssapp, Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, SMS, Video Call and Instagram.