Chung Ching Middle School (CCMS) in Seria celebrated its 81st anniversary yesterday with a host of special events marking its continuing efforts to support and nurture students’ talents.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong also participated in the event held at the school’s multi-purpose hall. She was welcomed by Chairman of the Organising Committee for the celebration Lim Thian Ming and Chairman of the CCMS Board of Directors Chin Kim Min.
The celebration began with the singing of the national anthem followed by a birthday song by the students. Lim in his opening speech said, “Eighty-one represents not only a number, but an inherited history from decades of our predecessors in conscientiously striving to nurture countless students in spreading Chinese culture and knowledge, transcending generations.
“Chinese has become one of the six working languages prescribed by the United Nations (UN). No longer is it limited to the Chinese people, but more and more people around the world are beginning to learn it as a second language.”
He added that it is among their objectives to set up an education plan in nurturing more talents among students who will contribute to the society as adults.
Chin, meanwhile, said the school has continued to seek constant change and innovation, all of which serves to meet national school standards.
Ambassador Yu said, “It is precisely because of countless overseas Chinese schools, such as Chung Ching Middle School here in Seria, that the Chinese culture is able to flourish across the world, and it is a cause for celebration that your school is able to celebrate 81 years.
“Such an achievement would not have been possible without the efforts made, by your predecessors in planting the seeds to success, with the goal of having their successors and children reaping the rewards.”
The ambassador was invited to join other guests and members of the CCMS Board of Directors in the cutting of the anniversary cake.
The night was also marked with the presentation of the Outstanding Student Awards to Shim Lih Chyi, Ho Jing Lu, Fong Jian Yuan, Nikolai Hew Jia Zen, Kong Jia Voon, Lei Jian Ting, Wong Wan Leon, Jong Chiau Yen, Adrian Chai King Hung, Foo Jiong Liang and Wong De Wang, for scoring six A grades or better in their GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.
School Inspector Michael Foo Ven Hwa presented the awards.
The celebration also showcased several drama, singing and dance performances by the students.