| Aziz Idris |
STUDENTS and teachers of Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School (SMPDSM), Mentiri yesterday celebrated its 20th anniversary with a get-together of former principals, deputy principals and retired teachers as well as ex-students from the school.
The guest of honour was Awang Haji Abdul Rahim bin Derus, Acting Director General and Acting Director of Schools, Ministry of Education.
SMPDSM’s Principal Hjh Monaliza binti Hj Abdul Halim, in her speech, welcomed everyone and expressed her happiness at seeing old friends and former colleagues.
She expressed her gratitude to those who are currently teaching in the school as well as to former principals, deputy principals and teachers who contributed so much to make SMPDSM what it is today.
She also said that more than 20 of SMPDSM’s current teachers were former students of the school who are always keen to give back to the community they grew up in. SMPDSM has shown that it can grow great teachers, capable of becoming great role models in education.
The guest of honour in his speech congratulated the school on its great achievements over the past 20 years. There were choir and drama performance from Year 7 and Year 11 and a special performance by about 20 current teachers, former students of SMPDSM showcasing the school’s achievements through two decades of learning.
The school also showed its appreciation to the sponsors of the school’s new Basketball Court, which included Maju Jaya, Aewon, Bonix, Borneo Steel Mesh Factory, Butra Heidelberg, Hasmit Sheild Manufacturer Roofing, Readymix Cement, Setia Motors, Swee and Syarikat Bapu & Anak-Anak.
The support of all teachers, staff and students of SMPDSM was also recognised.
The guest of honour then toured the 20th anniversary exhibition and guests were able to relive exciting moments of the school’s past.
The tour continued to the new Basketball Court, where the guest of honour met the sponsors and officially opened the court.
The school’s Basketball CCA students were at the court being trained by Nomar Isla and Kenneth Than of the National Basketball Programme who conducted warm up dribble exercises to launch the new basketball court. The basketball court was built to celebrate the 20th anniversary and to provide a special court for basketball students to play.