| Lyna Mohamad |
THE visit by more than 60 students from Pre to Year 6 of the Batang Mitus Primary School to the State Archives yesterday marks the curtain raiser for the department’s pre-school holiday activity themed ‘Know the State Archives Programme’.
Accompanied by 12 supervising teachers led by Cikgu Ismadi Razali, the visitors were welcomed by committee members of the programme and ushered to the PM Dato Shariffuddin Cineplex for their first visit in their itinerary.
At the Cineplex, the students were presented with two short documentary films on the scenery and life at the water village in 1958 and the nation’s development in 1972 after which students were engaged in a brief quiz session on what they have seen through the short films.
The students then toured the Architectural and Creativity Exhibition and another brief quiz session were held.
According to Archives Supervisor, Hjh Nur Kamilah Hj Ismail, the programme will run until November 29 just before the final school term ends.
Among the objectives of the programme are to make use of archives collection into educational games and at the same time provide the opportunity to watch archives collection of films with shows ranging from 30 mins to 90 mins depending on the schedules.
The department also inserted interactive games for students to participate such as the Padian Race, Archive Enemies, interactive puzzle as well as colouring activities.
She further noted that the programme runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday is open to students from the government and private schools as well as members of the public.
Among the other films screened at the archives’ cineplex are the coronation of the late Seri Baginda Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III in 1951, visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Brunei in February 1972 and Brunei’s very own first film ‘Gema Dari Menara’.
Hjh Nur Kamilah also noted that these archives films are only shown to the public on special occasions and it is a rare opportunity for the public to be able to watch the screenings.