SAS police cadets gain valuable first-hand experience

Jovinah-Ashley Koh Chyi

The St Andrew’s School (SAS) Police Cadet is a school-based youth development initiative that trains high school students to evolve as future leaders by instilling within them respect for the law, discipline, civic sense and civility in society. Their continuous efforts may not always be noticed, but their dedication and support to the school is paramount.

Many activities are organised for the Police Cadet throughout the year. Such activities include the three–day SAS Police Cadet Camp. Eighteen police cadets took part in the camp. They were supervised by the teachers-in–charge and personnel from the Police Headquarters. The activities included a visit to the Police Training Centre, the BSB Police Station, night walk in Bandar Seri Begawan and a cultural night. At the closing ceremony of the camp, the cadets performed a cadet song written by Deputy Principal of St Andrew’s School, Dr Chong Ah Fok. The guest of honour was Acting Deputy Commandant of Police Training Centre Superintendent Matusin bin Haji Jumaat graced the occasion.

Other than that, three students from the SAS Police Cadet participated in the 98th year line up for Police Day which was held at Main Parade Square, Police Training Centre, Gadong last year. Moreover, five of the St Andrew’s School Police Cadets were involved in the Majlis Santap at Istana Nurul Iman with Fakhrul Haji Sani as the teacher-in-charge. During the event, cadets were granted the momentous privilege of meeting and conversing with 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 and dining in the Istana.

Last year, St Andrew’s School was given the honour of hosting 20 students and six teachers-in-charge of National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC) from Singapore. Upon arrival, the SAS police cadets took them on a tour of the school. A special programme was organised for the guests. The programme began with a welcome speech by the Senior Inspector and teacher-in-charge of the SAS Police Cadets Dr Chong Ah Fok. The highlight of the programme was the enactment of a traditional Dusun wedding. The NPPC members were delighted to take part in the ‘berbasuh kaki’ ceremony. The Singapore cadets enjoyed a graceful performance by our cadets and the programme ended with local ‘kueh’ served as refreshment.

Partaking in such activities inculcates leadership, discipline, commitment and patriotism in cadets by granting the cadets first-hand experiences which are highly enjoyable and unforgettable. The SAS Police Cadet is one of the most active uniformed society in our school.

St Andrew’s students during a tour at the Police Museum