Home-based art competition helps students learn dangers of smoking

James Kon

Jigsaw Primary School students held a ‘Smoke-Free Jigsaw, Smoke-Free Brunei, and Smoke-Free World’ home-based art competition recently.

It was held in conjunction with the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ celebrated on May 31 as well as to promote healthy lungs and hearts in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition was open to students from Kindergarten 3 to Year 5.

The home-based art competition, spearheaded by the school’s Creative and Art Team, was a culmination of the series of health awareness talks in early 2020 on the ‘Dangers of Smoking’ by Medical Director of Clinic Olympia International and Medical Advisor to Jigsaw Primary School Dr Jimmy Chin.

The school’s management and staff with Principal and CEO of Jigsaw Primary School Helen Chin and Discipline Master and Creative Coordinator Hilmi Zaini ensured that the ‘Dangers of Smoking’ message is reinforced with the ‘No Smoking’ signs put up around the school and the accompanying penalties enforced by the Brunei laws and regulations.

This initiative is in line with the school’s ethos of creating a safe, healthy and conducive education environment and reinforcing the life-long message of the dangers of smoking to students, parents and staff.

The World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable deaths and diseases it causes.

Some of the drawings for the art competition. PHOTO: JIGSAW PRIMARY SCHOOL