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SM Tanjong Maya champs in 2011 Traffic Games


Liza Mohamad

JULY 1, 2011 – Tanjong Maya Secondary School emerged champions in this year’s BSP National Road Safety Traffic Games, while St George’s School earned the top spot in the Road Safety Choir competition for primary school students.

SM Tanjong Maya walked away with BND1,000 and a championship trophy while St George’s received BND2,200 during a prize presentation ceremony held yesterday at the multi-purpose hall in Seria.

Cyclists, drivers, a traffic policeman and a pedestrian playing their parts in the final round of the Traffic Games.

Meanwhile, Pintu Malim Primary School won the Road Safety Bookmark competition for primary students of Years 4-6, winning the BND300 cash prize. Present as guest of honour at the prize presentation was the Commissioner of Police of the Royal Brunei Police Force, Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Haji Hasrin bin Dato Paduka Haji Sabtu.

Organised by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) in partnership with the National Road Safety Council (MKKJR), the Fifth Road Safety Education Competition was meant to inculcate road safety behaviour among youth.

Cyclists, drivers, a traffic policeman and a pedestrian playing their parts in the final round of the Traffic Games. PHOTO: LIZA MOHAMAD

A total of 504 students from 32 government and private schools took part in the competition in various categories. Six schools advanced to yesterday’s final round.

The prize presentation ceremony that followed began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah.

BSP Managing Director Ken Marnoch in his speech at the ceremony described the Road Safety Traffic Games competition as an effective platform to cultivate good habits and behaviour among schoolchildren, especially the ones who will get behind the wheel for the first time.

He added that the Traffic Games is vital in educating Bruneian youth and spreading the word about road safety. With this in mind, said Marnoch, BSP through the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) has plans to expand the Traffic Games into a public programme by the final quarter of this year.

“BSP is partnering closely with the Ministry of Education to deliver the practical programme to support the existing road safety syllabus,” he said, adding that the collaboration marks a great milestone in the development of the road safety programme.

Marnoch was on hand to present certificates of appreciation to the panel of judges for all the categories, while the Commissioner of Police presented the prizes to all the winners.

The BSP National Road Safety Traffic Games competition was revived in 2007 and has since been integrated into the National Education System for 21st Century.

In the competition, each team had drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and reserves. The objective of the game was for students to travel to various designated checkpoints within 20 minutes while attempting not to break road traffic rules and regulations. The participants would try to accumulate 120 points but in the event that they break the road rules or commit driving offences, they would be given demerits and issued traffic violation summons.

The main aim of the competition was for students to develop proper road etiquette and practise the right gestures while observing real traffic situations during the road safety traffic games.

SMJA students in ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Book Report Competition receive prizes

Rokiah Mahmud

JULY 1, 2011 – Twelve students from Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam (SMJA) Secondary School received their certificates and prizes at a prize presentation ceremony yesterday at the residence of the High Commissioner of Canada.

Present at the ceremony was High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Wendell Sanford.

Some 30 students from SMJA have participated in the Anne of Green Gables Book Report Competition organised by the High Commission of Canada. Twelve students fror Year 9, 10 and 11 received their certificates of achievement and copies of Anne of Green Gables from Sanford.

The High Commissioner said, “I am pleased to see that students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and talent in a youth writing competition, which is a vital foundation in their personal development.

Anne of Green Gables is one of the most popular and read books in Canadian Literature in Asia and has been made into movies and animated series.”

SMJA Secondary School students with the High Commissioner of Canada. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD

Anne of Green Gables is a best-selling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, a story about an orphan girl named Anne Shirley who lives with her siblings at Green Gables.

The book was chosen for its positive values on life, as well as its universal appeal. In Japan. Akage no An (Red-Haired Anne) is an animated series derived from the book and achieved its popularity among the viewers.

Sanford also presented Anne of Green Gables DVD and books to the participating school for their library collection. Receiving on behalf of the school was Senior Mistress of SMJA Secondary School Hajah Norhashimah binti Haji Burut.