| Daniel Lim |
AN OPENING ceremony was held yesterday morning for the new school building of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Primary School (PSB SOAS), which also featured performances by the students and a tour of the facilities.
PSB SOAS moved to the new building on August 8 last year and the move was planned as early as January 2016.
PSB SOAS currently accommodates 476 Year 1 to 6 students as well as 40 teachers and 10 other staff members.
The four-storey building will house more than 21 classes for the students as well as a multitude of facilities to aid their education, including an Art room, learning space, ICT room, science lab and library, among others.
The guest of honour yesterday was the former Principal of SR PSB SOAS, Hajah Zaiton binti Abdullah, who hit a gong to officiate the opening ceremony.
In an interview, the current principal Cikgu Hajah Nor Zurina binti Haji Assim said that “the school has 14 years of history, and bringing all that history to the new school building proved to be quite a challenge”.
“Since the new school building was unfurnished for use by teachers and students, we had to bring many of our school equipment over to the new building,” she explained.
She added that many agencies, such as those from the Ministry of Education, also helped in acquiring and moving equipment.
Several donations were also provided by various companies who gave chairs and table for use in the school canteen as well as 40 desktop computers for the ICT room.
“We hope that this move will help the students in their studies, as the building is close to Kampong Pandan Mosque as well as the public library,” said the principal.