Exam tips from school alumni for students

Lyna Mohamad

Awang Semaun Secondary School (SMAS) conducted its annual Majlis Restu and Izin Ilmu gathering for its Year 10XP and Year 11 students in the run-up to their final examinations recently.

The event started with the mass recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Ustaz Noordin bin Haji Abdul Rahman followed by welcoming remarks from SMAS Principal Siti Marienah binti Haji Umar, who told the students that life’s daily challenges should not prevent them from achieving success.

Three invited SMAS alumni – Mohd Helmi bin Abdullah, Muhammad Amirul Mukminin bin Jufri and Mohamad Muiz bin Mahanin – gave motivational talks to the students.

Mohd Helmi, who studied at SMAS from 2002-2006, later pursued BSc studies in Sports and Physical Education at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Cardiff Metropolitan University from 2009 to 2012. Currently an instructor at Helmi Abdullah Fitness, he advised the students to form plans on what to do next after their examinations, in addition to viewing setbacks as the opportunity to grow.

Fellow alumni speaker Muhammad Amirul Mukminin, who studied at SMAS from 2002-2008 and is now the CEO of AMillennium Holdings, said to reach individual goals, one must be prepared to work hard.

Mohamad Muiz, who studied at the school from 2010-2014 and currently employed as a fitness consultant while waiting for his graduation as a paramedic in Diploma Level 5 from Politeknik Brunei (PB), reminded the students to practise on previous examination papers and to perform their prayer obligations.

The ceremony also featured a recall session conducted by Deputy Principal (Administration) Haji Mohammad Fadhillah bin Haji Ismail, as well as a speech by Roslena binti Haji Munel representing the teachers of Year 10XP and Year 11.

Two student representatives of Year 11, Fathin Farhana binti Japar and Nur Liyana Alyssa binti Narawi, also delivered speeches, thanking the parents and teachers for helping them to excel in their studies.

The event concluded with the recitation of Doa Peperiksaan, and the students seeking their parents’ and teachers’ blessings.

A student and her mother during the recall session. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD