| Lyna Mohamad |
SULTAN Sharif Ali Secondary School (SMSSA) yesterday emerged as victor in the history quiz, defeating Menglait Secondary School at the finals and taking home the Pehin Jawatan Dalam Trophy.
Held at Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) in Sungai Akar, the finals saw the presence of Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman as guest of honour.
In his speech, Acting Deputy Principal of the History Centre, Hanafi Hj Salleh, in his capacity as chairman of the organising committee, noted that throughout the competition, the participants had displayed high spirits and determination in answering questions.
Such competitions will indirectly generate positive attitude among the community, particularly the younger generation, when it comes to learning, understanding and appreciating history, he explained, adding that appreciating history allows for the raising of the spirit of nationalism.
It is hoped the competition will increase knowledge on history of the nation and that of others.
In this regard, he noted the History Centre will continuously work to enrich its history learning programmes, ensuring they are creative, innovative and interactive. It will also collaborate with government agencies and relevant parties to highlight the importance of history at all levels of the community.
The champions took home a $1,500 cash prize, while the second and third place winners were awarded $1,000 and $750. Trophies and certificates were also handed to them.
Ranking in third place was Sayyidina Husain Secondary School, and Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, came in fourth.
The biennial competition, jointly organised by the Brunei History Centre, Awang Semaun Secondary School, Media In-Service Centre (MiSC), is open to Year 9, 10 and 11 students of government and private secondary schools.
Themed ‘Sejarah Saksi Semalam, Sarana Masa Depan,’ the competition this year saw the participation of 27 schools.