| Rokiah Mahmud |
A TOTAL of 14 students and two teachers from Victoria School Singapore made a four-day visit to Brunei with the agenda of a school twinning programme between them and Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School (SMSSA). The visit was held on October 27-30.
The visiting delegation comprised the school staff developer, Jason Matthew Lai Shang-Yi and Malay Language teacher, Puan Suriya binti Ahmad from the Mother Tongue Department, who is also the language teacher for the 14 students who are learning the Malay language as their third language.
Among the aims of the programme was to foster close relations between the hosting school and the visiting school by sharing of ideas and experiences that would benefit both.
The programme also aimed to widen the scope of education in line with the latest needs and the requirements of the future by sharing school experiences and information and implementing certain best practices that are available and relevant to both partner schools.
The delegation was personally welcomed by the Principal of Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School, Cikgu Zamain bin Abdul at the Brunei International Airport.
A welcoming lunch followed before a tour to Kampong Ayer.
The visitors had a chance to observe water village life, seeing both the traditional and modern houses and visiting one of the houses that served traditional Brunei delicacies.
‘Kueh Buahulu’ and ‘Kueh Ardam’ were the students’ favourites while one of the teachers liked the ‘Kelupis’, which is known to them as ‘Pulut’. It was a new experience for them as they have never seen houses built on water. The visitors were fascinated by the fact that the water village has its own schools, police stations, fire station and petrol station.
On the second day, an immersion programme was also organised for the students to learn the Brunei Malay tradition and culture through MIB (Malay Islam Monarchy), Malay language and English lessons.
Students were also paired with their respective student buddies from the hosting school giving them a chance to observe and interact with each other during lessons.
The afternoon session was spent on a visit to the Royal Regalia. The programme continued with a tour to the national housing schemes in Brunei to compare the different housing schemes of the two countries.
The immersion programme continued on the third day in which the students had an opportunity to learn lessons in Design & Technology, Art and Business Art & Technology.
A special CCA showcase was also presented to show lessons in traditional games and gulintangan.
The Victoria School students also had the chance to play traditional music instruments by performing ‘Adai-Adai’.
In the afternoon, the group was taken to The Empire Hotel & Country Club for a stroll along the beach.
The last day of the visit witnessed a friendly futsal match between the hosting school and Victoria School students is the futsal court at Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School.