Teacher’s Day award recipients share tips to stay relevant, effective

Wani Roslan

Twenty-seven recipients received awards from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for their achievements during the 29th Teacher’s Day Celebration yesterday.

There were three awards namely Meritorious Teacher Award, Excellent Teacher Award and Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Award.

Dato Paduka Haji Ishaaq bin Haji Abdullah, who was awarded the Meritorious Teacher Award, expressed his gratitude to His Majesty for the recognition.

Highlighting on current development of education, he explained that the use of technology makes the learning and teaching more convenient, faster and effective.

He added that what matters in any job is always to improve ourselves and to be more advanced.

One of the Excellent Teacher Award recipients Rossaleni binti Haji Selamat, a Malay Language teacher from Masin Secondary School, believes that a teacher should be committed and not to give up easily.

“Teachers have to multi-task and that involves taking care of students who are unwell, as a second mother for them,” she said.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presents Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Award to Helen Chin Sout Hung. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Award recipient Hisham bin Haji Abdul Salam during an interview

She advised teachers to have good intentions for the sake of Allah the Almighty. She also said that the duties of a teacher are not easy and require sacrifice. She said that teachers should also find methods to attract students to Malay Language.

Meanwhile, Principal of Jigsaw Primary School in Berakas Helen Chin Sout Hung was awarded the Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Award.

Helen Chin shared that the school began in 2003 with only about 300 children, and after few years of struggling in improving the teaching and learning quality of the school, she revamped the school’s system.

“From 2003 to 2013, the school did very well as the systems had been updated with facilities and recruitment of qualified teachers, and now the school has become one of the best private schools nationwide,” she said.

She said that one of the school’s achievements was the success of eight of its students, out of 16 nationwide, to receive the Ministry of Education’s Outstanding Achiever’s Award, for scoring the best Primary School Assessment (PSR) overall results (5A*) nationwide in 2018.

Since she came to the school, she managed to improve the school’s teaching and learning environment and the school now accommodates around 700 students from pre-school to Year 6.

“Jigsaw Primary School’s success comes with our great team of teachers and I dedicate this Teacher’s Day award to all of them for their dedication and hard work,” said Helen Chin.

Another Special Mention Teacher’s Day Appreciation Award recipient was Hisham bin Haji Abdul Salam from Pengiran Anak Puteri Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah Religious School who is an expert in Religious Special Education.

In an interview, Hisham shared that the award motivates him and other teachers to strive for success.