| Daniel Lim |
ST JOHN’S School emerged winners at the School Song Singing Competition at Sayyidina Ali Secondary School on Friday night in celebration of 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’s 73rd birthday.
The participating schools – part of the Cluster 6 in the Belait District – included Anthony Abell College, Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School, Perdana Wazir Secondary School, Sayyidina Ali Secondary School and St John’s School.
St John’s School’s ‘SJS Voice Chorale’ group obtained a final score of 72.5 per cent, wowing judges with the creative use of their school flag and accompanying costumes.
Second place went to the ‘Voice of Unity’ group from Sayyidina Ali Secondary School with a final score of 68.5 per cent, with the students performing an impressive capella version of their school song.
‘Suara Perdana’ from Perdana Wazir Secondary School finished third with a final score of 54.75 per cent, followed by the ‘PAP Rashidah’ group from Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School in fourth and Anthony Abell College’s ‘Maktab Anthony Abell’ group in fifth.
The event aimed to further strengthen relations between schools within the district, foster patriotism and nurture students confidence.
Head of the Counselling and Career Unit at the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, Mohamad Hatta bin Haji Suhaili was the guest of honour.
Head of Cluster 6 Asmah binti Tengah, principals and deputy principals from the participating schools, as well as executive members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Sayyidina Ali Secondary School also attended.
Sayyidina Ali Secondary School Principal and competition chairman Steven Shim highlighted that the event is a “special moment” not only for the participating students but also the invited guests, parents and guardians.
“Such a gathering of talents and skills singing their school songs in front of an audience is a rare occurrence,” he said.
The groups’ performances were evaluated by a judging panel based on voice intonation, harmony, tempo and creativity.
The top three winners received cash prizes. Certificates were also presented.