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majlis khatam al-qur`an - Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong
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PULSE
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Issue #4
MAJLIS KHATAM AL-QUR’AN
2014
Kata Mutiara
Munirah binti Murni, BE3
Ilmu Pemangkin
Kejayaan
Principal : Hjh Rosni Bte Hj
Mohd Amin @ Hjh Siti Nur’ain
ADMINISTRATION
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Email: TBA
Khatam Al-Qur’an
PP1-2
Kuiz Hijrah
PP2-3
Tree Planting
PP3-4
Lawatan Innova
PP4-6
Pelantikan MP & PRR PP7-8
Meet the President
P9
Vision :
Enhance Teaching and Learning
For Individual Excellence
Mission:
To provide the opportunity for all
students to realise their potential
and become better citizens.
Tetamu Kehormat Majlis Al-Qur’an merenjis bunga rampai
Majlis khatam Al-Qur’an bagi Pelajar Tingkatan Enam Atas Pusat Tingkatan Enam
Sengkurong bagi tahun 1435H/2014M telah diadakan pada hari sabtu, 20 September,
bersamaan 25 Zulkaedah 1435 bertempat di dewan serbaguna Pusat Tingkatan Enam
Sengkurong. Seramai 22 peserta lelaki dan 68 peserta perempuan turut serta dalam majlis khatam Al-Qu’ran tahun ini. Majlis dihadiri oleh Tetamu Kehormat Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd
Yussof, Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Hal Ehwal Ugama berserta Datin.
Acara dimulakan dengan bacaan Surah Al-Fatihah yang diketuai oleh Tetamu
Kehormat seterusnya bacaan Surah Ad-Dhuha hingga Surah Al-Lahab oleh
Peserta Khatam. Setelah itu, bacaan Takhtim oleh pelajar-pelajar perempuan
PTE Sengkurong dan diikuti dengan bacaan
MAJLIS KHATAM AL-QUR’AN
Doa Khatam Al-Qur’an oleh wakil peserta Khatam. Majlis diserikan dengan Dikir Marhaban oleh pelajar-pelajar lelaki PTE
Sengkurong dan diteruskan dengan acara menabur Bunga Rampai dan merenjis minyak wangi serta penyampaian cenderamata dan sijil kepada para peserta Khatam. Penyampaian cenderamata kepada Tetamu Kehormat turut dilaksanakan sebagai tanda terima kasih. Majlis diakhiri dengan bacaan Doa Selamat dan sesi bergambar ramai bagi peserta Khatam bersama Tetamu Kehormat berserta Datin dan para jemputan khas.
Peserta Khatam membaca doa
SERI MAHKOTA DINOBATKAN SEBAGAI JUARA
KUIZ HIJRAH
Oleh Munirah binti Murni, BE3
Buat julung-julung kalinya, Kuiz Maal Hijrah 1436 antara rumah-rumah PTE Sengkurong telah diadakan pada hari sabtu, 1
November, 2014 sempena menyambut tahun baru Hijrah. Acara ini diadakan di Multimedia Theatre dan penuntut tingkatan
enam bawah diarahkan duduk mengikut warna rumah masing-masing. Bagi memberkati majlis, Doa Al-Fatihah dan doa
selamat di bacakan oleh wakil PRR. Dalam ucapan alu-aluan dari pengerusi majlis, Cikgu Azmi mengucapkan berbanyak
terima kasih kerana memberi peluang kepada pihak pentadbiran, Jabatan ICT, logistik, Jabatan Food Studies dan pihak Majlis
Pelajar bagi menjayakan majlis ini.
Pertandingan ini dibahagikan kepada dua kategori, iaitu kategori individu dan kategori berkumpulan. Pada pusingan pertama,
rumah Seri Maharaja menentang rumah Seri Setia. Dalam pusingan kedua, rumah Seri Mahkota berlawan dengan rumah Seri
Indera. Seri Maharaja dan Seri Mahkota merebut kedudukan dalam pusingan akhir. Pusingan akhir mempunyai tiga soalan
dan soalan dijawab oleh wakil rumah yang terawal menekan suis lampu yang disediakan. Selesai pusingan akhir, pengerusi
majlis memberi tazkirah tentang perubahan diri untuk menjadi seorang yang lebih baik. Seri Mahkota dinobatkan sebagai
juara dalam pertandingan tersebut. Majlis diteruskan dengan penyampaian hadiah kepada pemenang.
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KUIZ HIJRAH
Pasukaan Seri Mahkota dinobatkan juara Kuiz Hijrah
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TREE PLANTING CEREMONY MARKS 100th ANNIVERSARY OF FORMAL EDUCATION IN
NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
By Nadiatulhazwani binti Mohd. Khairul Nazri, AE11
PTES recently had the honour of hosting the official tree planting ceremony, organised by the Ministry of Education, to mark
the 100th year of formal education and the twenty-fourth Teachers’ Day celebrations in Brunei Darussalam.
In preparation for the event, which was held on 2nd October, 2014, a team from the Forestry Department of the Ministry of
Industry and Primary Resources, came to the college on 30th September. The students were informed that they had to dig about
twenty holes and under the guidance of Awang Mohd Zukrina bin Haji Daimun and the rest of the team, the groundwork was
carried out.
On the day of the actual ceremony, the Guest of Honour was the Deputy Minister of Education, Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia
Haji Awang Yusoff bin Haji Awang Ismail.
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TREE PLANTING CEREMONY
The ceremony began with a recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and was followed by the welcoming address of Pengiran Haji
Zahari bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad, the Acting Senior Special Duties Officer (Secondary Schools) at the Ministry of Education,
went on to the stage to give a speech.
In his speech, he explained that the tree
planting was a symbol of a sustainable,
healthy and happy life. In particular, he
emphasised the fact that the youth of the
country, especially the students, needed to
cooperate in order to take care of the environment. In this way, he explained, society
can in some way ‘give back’ to the environment for the benefit of future generations.
The ceremony continued with the presentation, by the Guest of Honour Yang Mulia
Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Yusoff, of saplings to representatives of various primary
and secondary schools as well as sixth form
centres.
Following a group photograph session, the
Guest of Honour, together with the other
YM Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Yusoff bin Hj Awg Ismail prepares to plant the tree invited guests from the Ministry of Education and Forestry Department, was then given the honour of planting a tree outside the Administration Block.
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PTES TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS
Eusoff Fitri bin Sarnin, BE5
Sengkurong Six Form Centre (PTES) celebrated Teachers’ Day on
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 in the Multi-Media Centre.
Each year Teachers’ Day is celebrated at the school as a sign of the
students’ gratefulness and gratitude for their teachers’ diligence and
effort in helping them succeed in their studies.
The celebration began with the recital of the surah Yassin and doa by
Ustaz Haji Zulkfli bin Haji Jaili, lecturer in the Islamic Studies Department.
“Everyone is a teacher” said Mr. Maxim Yap, Head of the PTES
Chemistry Department, in his opening speech. He went on to say that
he had been teaching for 11 years and that it was the guidance that he
received from his own teachers that helped give him the desire to learn
more.
Mr. Maxim developed this theme by stating that a teacher is someone
Mr. Maxim Yap: Everyone is a teacher
who points his students in the right direction, but cannot force them to
follow that path. He likened this situation to when food is put out on a table. People are encouraged to eat but if they choose not
to, then that is their choice.
He then spoke of his own experience – of how his teachers inspired him to study hard and to know more than them.
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PTES TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS
The celebration continued with a Tausyeh performance from the members of the Badan Keagamaan dan Kerohanian. Two
student council members then presented a short video about a teacher who tries to interest his students by using slightly unconventional methods. Members of the audience were then invited to give their comments.
A performance by students taking A Level Malay followed. The students were accompanied by the PTES Choir and Music
Club.
PTES Tausyeh group performing
Then it was the turn of some of our A Level Literature students to recite a poem.
After a performance by members of the PTES Student Council and PRR, the celebrations ended with a slide show of photographs of our teachers taken during the many activities that they have been involved in this year.
LAWATAN MAKTAB RENDAH INNOVA SINGAPURA
KE PUSAT TINGKATAN ENAM SENGKURONG
Salemunyati Hj Moksin dan Eusoff Fitri bin Sarnin, BE5
Pada 12 November 2014, Maktab Rendah Innova Singapura telah mengadakan lawatan ke Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong (PTES) yang
terdiri daripada 22 orang penuntut dan 4 orang guru yang diketuai oleh
Cikgu Muhammad Fuad bin Salim. Lawatan tersebut bertujuan untuk
mempelajari dan mendalami pembelajaran Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa rasmi negara yang digunakan secara meluas di Negara Brunei Darussalam. Lawatan ini juga menjalin persahabatan antara kedua-dua
sekolah berkenaan. Selain itu, mereka juga boleh mendapat maklumat
dengan lebih terperinci tentang bahasa, karya kesusteraan, dan budaya.
Pelajar-pelajar mengambil bahagian dalam matapelajaran BM
Acara ini dimulakan apabila semua penuntut tingkatan enam bawah di Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong dan Maktab Rendah
Innova diminta untuk berkumpul di dewan multimedia pada pukul 7.00 pagi untuk menyanyikan lagu kebangsaan, doa sekolah
dan diikuti dengan ucapan alu-aluan daripada pengetua Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong, Hajah Rosni binti Haji Mohammad
Amin. Salah seorang wakil daripada penuntut Maktab Rendah Innova yang bernama Dayang Nabilah binti Razali juga telah
dijemput untuk menyampaikan ucapan ringkas tentang lawatan mereka selama mereka berada di Brunei.
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LAWATAN MAKTAB RENDAH INNOVA SINGAPURA
Lawatan delegasi tersebut diteruskan dengan menjemput penuntut dari Singapura untuk menghadiri kelas
pembentangan kertas kerja yang dibentangkan oleh
penuntut Bahasa Melayu yang bernama Eusoff Fitri bin
Sarnin dan Muhammad Fadhlullah bin Metassan beserta pengerusi iaitu Anisah Najihah binti Abdullah
dengan tajuk “Penyusuan Ibu”. Pembentangan ini
mendedahkan kepada para pelajar akan keistimewaan
susuan ibu beserta dengan langkah-langkah menggalakkan penyusuan susu ibu. Penuntut Maktab Rendah
Innova diberi peluang untuk mengemukakan pendapat
dan soalan serta berkomunikasi dengan penuntut lain
dengan menggunakan Bahasa Melayu. Mereka juga
diberi masa untuk berkenalan dengan penuntut-penuntut
PTES dan mempelajari bahasa Melayu Brunei.
Kemudian para peserta diminta untuk menyaksikan
persembahan tarian tradisional daripada kelab tarian
tradisional dengan lagu “Kayum Oh Ya Kayum” diikuti
dengan persembahan mendeklemasikan sajak dan koir
yang bertajuk Sebarkan Keseantero Dunia oleh pelajarpelajar Bahasa Melayu Blok 5.
Program pada hari tersebut diteruskan dengan bengkel mempelajari pantun yang dikendalikan oleh
Dayang Nabilah binti Razali memberikan ucapan pensyarah Kesusasteraan Melayu di Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong
iaitu
Cikgu
Haji
Kula
Pelajar-pelajar Innova mempelajari tarian tradisional Brunei
bin Haji Muhammad Noor. Bengkel pantun ini bertujuan untuk mendedahkan penuntut-penuntut memahami tentang pantun
kerana tajuk ini adalah salah satu tajuk tradisional yang popular hingga kini. Mereka juga diberi tugas untuk mencipta pantun
sendiri. Penuntut-penuntut yang berjaya mencipta pantun dengan baik telah diberi cenderamata oleh pihak sekolah Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong. Program lawatan Maktab Rendah Innova berakhir dengan penuh pengalaman yang diperolehi daripada pelbagai aktiviti yang dianjurkan oleh pihak Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong dan pihak sekolah berharap agar lawatan program ini boleh mengeratkan hubungan dua hala di antara kedua buah sekolah.
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MAJLIS PERLANTIKAN AHLI MAJLIS PELAJAR DAN PEMBIMBING RAKAN REMAJA
Oleh Munirah binti Murni, BE3
Pada hari Selasa 16hb September 2014 Masihi, bersamaan dengan 21hb Zulkaedah 1435 Hijrah, PTES mengadakan sebuah Majlis Penyerahan Tugas Dan Perlantikan Ahli Majlis Pelajar dan Pembimbing Rakan Remaja (PRR). Majlis tersebut diadakan di
Dewan Serbaguna PTES.
Majlis itu bermula dengan ketibaan Tetamu Kehormat, Yang Mulia Professor Madya Dr. Haji Hashim bin Haji Abd. Hamid,
Pensyarah Kanan Akademi Pengajian Brunei, Universiti Brunei Darussalam pada pukul Sembilan pagi.
Yang Mulia Professor Madya Dr. Haji Hashim bin Haji Abd. Hamid menyerahkan sijil lantikan kepada ahli PRR
Acara diteruskan dengan bacaan ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran dan Tafsirannya. Majlis diikuti dengan ucapan alu-aluan oleh
Pengerusi Majlis itu, iaitu Hajah Rosni binti Haji Muhd. Amin @ Hjh Siti Nur’Ain, Pengetua PTES. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa tugas seorang ahli Majlis Pelajar merupakan tanggungjawab yang berat untuk dipikul dan dilaksanakan. Beliau menambah
bahawa, walaupun memikul sebuah tugusan yang berat, menjadi seorang ahli Majlis Pelajar merupakan langkah untuk
mengasah bakat kepimpinan serta pengalaman awal pelajar untuk menjadi pemimpin pada masa hadapan.
Seterusnya, Tetamu Kehormat dipersilakan naik pentas untuk menyampaikan ucapan beliau. Yang Mulia Professor Madya Dr.
Haji Hashim berkata bahawa untuk menjadi seorang pelajar yang berjaya, kita hendaklah menghormati kedua ibu bapa dan
guru-guru. Selain itu, beliau menyatakan bahawa pelajar yang dilantikan sebagai ahli-ahli Mjlis Pelajar dan PRS merupakan
seorang pemimpin. Beliau menekankan bahawa pemimpin itu adalah orang yang memiliki daya pemikiran yang tajam, cergas
dalam bertindak dan bijak dalam menyelesaikan masalah.
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MAJLIS PERLANTIKAN AHLI MAJLIS PELAJAR DAN PEMBIMBING RAKAN REMAJA
Untuk menghabiskan ucapan beliau, Yang Kehormat Professor Madya Dr. Haji Hashim mengatakan bahawa antara tiga perkataan yang banyak disebut dalam Al-Quran adalah Allah, ilmu dan adil. ‘Berjanjilah secara ilmiah,’ kata beliau sebelum menutupi ucapannya.
Persembahan Tausyeh diadakan untuk menghiburkan para hadirin.
Para ahli Majlis Pelajar yang kelihatan gembira selepas dilantik
Setelah persembahan tausyeh selesai, Tetamu Kehormat dipersilakan untuk menyampaikan sijil penghargaan kepada semua
ahli Majlis Pelajar dan PRS tahun 2013/2014. Berikutnya, sijil dan lencana disampaikan kepada ahli Majlis Pelajar dan PRR
tahun 2014 /2015.
Selepas penyerahan tugas Majlis Pelajar dan PRR sesi 2013/2014 kepada ahli Majlis Pelajar, semua ahli baru dikehendaki
mengulangi ikrar yang dibacakan oleh ???
Berikutnya sebuah ucapan oleh bekas Presiden Majlis Pelajar, iaitu Md. Rusydi bin Haji Morsidi, disampaikan. Dalam ucapan
tersebut, Md. Rusydi berterima kasih kepada ahli-ahli Pentabiran yang telah menyokongnya dan sebelum itu beliau berkata
bahawa tugas sebagai ahli-ahli Majlis Pelajar dan PRR memperlukan kesabaran serta pengorbanan dari segi masa, tenaga dan
juga komitmen. Walaupun begitu, Md. Rusydi mengatakan bahawa tugas sebagai seorang ahli Majlis Pelajar atau PRR memberikan semua ahli peluang untuk berfikir lebih matang serta mengajar erti perpaduan dan bekerja berkumpulan yang memerlukan fikiran yang positif sama ada sesama pelajar mahupun pensyarah-pensyarah.
Muhammad Zainul Asyraf @ Zamain bin Matzain sebagai Presiden Majlis Pelajar baru dipersilakan naik ke pentas selepas Md.
Rusydi untuk menyampaikan ucapannya. Dalam ucapan tersebut yang disampaikan dalam bahasa Inggeris, Muhammad Zainul
berterima kasih kepada semua yang hadir dan mengakui bahawa amat sukar baginya untuk meluahkan perasaannya. Dia mengongsikan mengenai pengelamannya sebagai seorang Pengawas ketika belajar di Maktab SOAS dan pada mulanya dia keberatan untuk mencuba menjadi seorang ahli Majlis Pelajar. Dia berkata bahawa dia sedar dengan tugas sebagai ahli Majlis Pelajar
atau PRR, semua ahli baru akan merasa seperti beratnya dunia yang akan dipikul oleh bahu mereka. Dia juga mengongsikan
mengenai proses panjang yang mereka hadapi sebelum mereka dilantik dengan menghadiri pelbagai temu ramah dengan pihak
pentadbiran. Akhirnya, dia berkata bahawa semua ahli Majlis Pelajar dan PRR mendapat kesempatan untuk berkembang – ‘We
train ourselves’ – dan meluahkan harapan supaya semua ahli baru akan membuat tugas mereka dengan sempurna disertai
sokongan dari warga sekolah.
Majlis diikuti dengan tayangan audio visual yang memaparkan gambar ahli baru Majlis Pelajar dan PRR semasa mengadakan
latihan untuk memikul tugas masing-masing.
Akhir acara, Doa Selamat dibacakan sebelum sesi penggambaran diadakan dan semua hadirin dipersilakan untuk menikmati
jamuan yang disediakan.
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MEET THE PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL
‫حيم‬
‫اسالم عليكم ورحمة هللا‬
Hi!
In case you don’t know, my name is Zainul Asyraf of BE8 and I was recently elected as the president of the Student Council. I
must admit that the news came as a bit of a shock, as I was not expecting it!
After being a member of the Student Council for
three years at SOAS College, I Initially decided that
I did not want to be a member of the PTES Student
Council. However, after thinking things over, I
thought of all the advantages of being a member of
the Student Council or, even, the Peer Support
Group. I realised how much more I could develop as
an individual – that this was a chance to improve on
what I was already good and to adapt to a new environment with different and more flexible working
options.
Before becoming president, I was nominated for the
Student Council by my group tutor. Following that,
I had to undergo an interview to see whether I was a
suitable choice or not. Then, in order to become a
member of the Main Committee, I was interviewed
by the Administration Team – including the Principal herself – which, quite honestly, was very tough
indeed!
I understand that it is not easy to be a contributing
Zainul Asyraf: brings previous experience to his position as President
and supportive member of the Student Council.
With the added responsibility on our shoulders, this year has been very challenging for myself and most of the other members.
We, however, do not find these duties or responsibilities burdens. Instead, we consider them challenges – challenges that are
inevitable and exciting - as well as opportunities to develop the key aspects of character building, self-esteem and confidence.
We have to train ourselves, and that is why I believe that we have to instill in ourselves great leadership values and resilience in
order to succeed in our studies while, at the same time, making sure that we do not stray away from our duties and responsibilities. We have to prepare ourselves to become elite students and potential leaders.
I believe that being on the Student Council is the best platform for us, or anyone else for that matter, to help us hone our skills
and to inculcate positive thinking. Above all, we aim to work hand in hand to bring about better communication with everyone
as it is only by cooperating and working as a cohesive unit that we can achieve the achievable.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation towards the Administration team for choosing me as the new president. In the
short time I have been in the post, I have gained a better understanding of my teachers and my fellow students which has
served to strengthen the ties between us.
Sincerely,
Zainul Asyraf
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PTES VICTORIOUS IN DEBATE FINAL
Ahmad Raihan bin Ramlie, AE2
Congratulations to Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong’s (PTES) debate team for winning the 18 th InterSchool Debate Competition. The finals took place on 11th September 2014 at Maktab Sains, and it so happens that PTES were also up against the hosts.
After a great display in arguing the motion, ‘This house believes that science is a threat to humanity’, Jerome Liow Shen Voon, Zahra Nashath, Macalister Mak Geng Buo, Christopher Ijok and Mohd. Nasri bin
Hjaji Mohd. Tahir came out as the victors for PTES.
“It was a nerve-racking experience. We had some ups and downs on the way but we managed to overcome these hiccups,” said one of the debaters.
PTES Debate team worthy winners
All of them were grateful for the support of their coaches, Cikgu Dk. Zarina Jade binti Pg. Sabri and
Cikgu Ida Iryani binti Pg. Hj. Abu Bakar. They would also like to thank their senior captains, May Cho
Xin Yin (AE13) and Muhammad Danyal bin Johan Thani (AE20) as well as the school for believing in
them.
These talented speakers not only made their school proud, but they also made a name for the school.
PTES only opened at the beginning of this year and the recognition the achieved as a result of winning
this competition is an incredible feat for such a newly established school.
The Debate Club and the school as a whole are looking forward to receiving the next batch of young debaters who, it is hoped, will continue the winning tradition.
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YOUNG SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO A ROARING
Nur Amirah Aimi Afifah binti Hj. Ramlee, BE8
In the knowledge that the Brunei government is committed to developing local businesses, some members of the PTES Young
Social Entrepreneurship Club were encouraged to dip their toes into the business world by taking part in the Ramadhan Bazaar
which was held from 19th July 2014 – 21st July 2014 at the Hassanal Bolkiah, Stadium Berakas.
The Ramadhan Bazaar was organised
by Live Wire and Cikgu Dk Sabrinawati binti Pg. Damit made her
booth available to any members of
the PTES YSEC who wished to make
use of it.
More than 100 booths were set up in
the area around the Stadium with all
sorts of food and beverages for sale.
Our booth (AB 08) was located at the
back of the Anggerik Desa swimming
pool. Under the very able guidance of
Cikgu Halinah binti Apong, Cikgu
Fatimah binti Hj Tuah and Cikgu
Hjh. Aneesah binti Hj Abd Hamid,
the students offered a large selection
of local and international cuisine such
as nasi ayam penyet, tumpi with
ayam kari, bubur si bujang, chocolate
balls, chicken cheese balls, lasagna,
snacks and pop ice to name but a few.
Members of the YSEC manning their stall
Throughout the Ramadhan Bazaar, we changed the menu from day to day just to keep the customers coming back to try something different. All the food that we sold was prepared and cooked by ourselves. Asking the students who took part in the bazaar to prepare their own food was designed to make them more self-reliant.
Time management was a very important factor as there was only a short amount of time for the preparation of the food since
we had to be there at 2.30 p.m.
This activity really opened our eyes to a whole new world. From observing other vendors, we learned a lot about the ways in
which people try to sell their products as everyone has their own ideas about how to attract customers.
The Ramadhan Bazaar certainly helped us to improve our direct selling skills as shown by the fact that we succeeded in attracting a lot of customers through skilful promotion of our products, and managed to make a profit for both the club and ourselves.
Overall, we made more of a profit than we expected!
Being given the opportunity of taking part in the bazaar was a once in a lifetime experience. Although it was tiring, we had a
lot of fun during the process. It was one more great moment in the club’s history and one which we will all have fond memories of. We learnt so much as a result and it is hoped, Insha’Allah, that we will be able to apply the knowledge that we gained
by taking part in a different type of bazaar soon.
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TRAVEL AND TOURISM STUDENTS COMBINE WORK WITH PLEASURE
Muhammad Haris Arifin bin Abdullah, BE16
On Sunday 9th November 2014, I went on a trip with four of my friends to Ulu-Ulu Belait. The trip, which was really meant for
visitors from other countries, was organised by a group of students from UBD known as 1StopBrunei. 1StopBrunei is a nonprofit making organisation, or NGO, which has close ties with the travel and tourism industry in Brunei.
Although the excursion was really meant for visitors from other countries, my friends and I went on the trip to obtain ideas
about how to organise tourist excursions as part of our Travel and Tourism A Level course.
There were about twenty real tourists on this excursion and, by joining them, we were able to see how the trip was organised
from the tourists’ perspective.
We departed from UBD at 9.50 a.m. and headed to the Belait District where we visited four places of interest. Our four destinations were as follows:
1) Luangan Lalak Recreational Park
(11:25 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
When we arrived there at 11:25 a.m. the
tour guide, Shavez, told us that we could
do anything we wanted, including swimming. However, as he said that he would
not be responsible for anything that happened to any of us, many of us avoided
swimming and just enjoyed walking
across the bridges and looking at the beautiful scenery. The trees in this park are
protected, so it is illegal to chop them
down. We took pictures and made video
recordings to be used for marketing purposes when we do our coursework next
year.
Setting off into the jungle along a stream
We also had lunch there after an hour of being allowed to roam freely around the park. The food provided was nasi biryani.
For us locals, eating this was just normal but, for the tourists, this was something new. They really loved it and even their children wanted second helpings! Apples were also provided as well as bottled water.
We left the park at 12:45 p.m. to go to the next place on our itinerary.
2) Iban Graveyard (1:20 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.)
Despite the fact that the tourists didn’t like the mosquitoes attacking them, this was an interesting place!
The purpose of this visit was to learn about the traditional beliefs of the Ibans. On each of the graves were placed some offerings to indicate what each person used to like before they passed away. Some of the graves had radios, bicycles and even plates
on them. This is considered a sign of respect in Iban culture.
3) Wang Kadir Park (1:35 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)
We were supposed to go jungle trekking in the park but, due to arriving behind schedule, we didn’t have time. Nevertheless,
we enjoyed the scenery here. There was no rubbish scattered around and the stream was beautiful to look at. The water was
cold and most of us took off our shoes and sandals and soaked our feet.
I also did some rock climbing. This was very difficult as the last time I did this activity was when I went to Wang Kadir Park
as a young child! In addition, the rocks were slippery and as I wasn’t wearing the right footwear, this made trying to climb
them dangerous.
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TRAVEL AND TOURISM STUDENTS COMBINE WORK WITH PLEASURE
4) Iban Longhouse (2:25 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.)
Our final destination was an Iban longhouse. The people there were very happy and made us feel very welcome. They greeted
us with their generous hospitality when we arrived.
The longhouse was made of wood and we discovered seven families living there. We met and socialised with the Iban household in the communal area outside their seven individual living areas or rooms.
Shavez had brought some dead chickens for the Ibans to cook. He is well known by the Iban people and they were happy to
cook the chicken in bamboo for us. The bamboo chicken was delicious, but if only they had cooked some rice with it, I would
have said that it was the best food I had ever tasted!
While we were waiting for the food to be cooked, the Iban families showed us some of their handicraft such as baskets and
animal figures that they had made out of bamboo. They explained that these objects were sold to tourists as souvenirs.
4One of our hosts also demonstrated how to use a blowpipe which their ancestors used to use for hunting wild animals. A
blowpipe is very long and you have to blow as hard as you can to make sure the dart penetrates an animal’s skin. We all knew
what a blowpipe was, but none of us had seen one in real life. The demonstration was therefore very interesting as it gave us an
idea of what hunting was like in the past.
Before we waved goodbye and boarded the bus to take us home, we took part in a group photo session with all the Iban families. They were sad to see us go and hope that more trips like this will be organised as they rarely receive visitors.
As for myself and my four friends, we were very happy with the tour organised by 1StopBrunei and I would like to thank
Shavez for giving us the opportunity to learn something about organiing tours. We hope to be able to apply this knowledge to a
tour that we are organising next year.
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TRAVEL & TOURISM TALK
Cikgu Ramarao Simadari Naidu
A former colleague of our college, Mr. Stuart Graeme Alpe, gave a talk to a group of interested lecturers on 15 th August, 2014.
During his talk, he touched on how tourism can be an enriching exercise as well as a tool
for staff development. Staff development, he explained, would encompass team-building,
problem-solving and comparative school-based activities.
He focused mainly on tourism in New Zealand by listing the array of popular tourist destinations that people can choose to visit, some peculiar and well-kept secret locations, adventure and sightseeing activities as well as the ever-popular shopping expeditions.
As a local resident of Christchurch and one who is a keen traveller, he has a wealth of
experience in organising tours that can be personalised for individuals, small groups as
well as larger groups of all ages.
He also touched on the question of the cost versus the benefit of particular tourist destinations and activities – some being expensive but worthwhile, with others being cheap but
meaningful as well. The biggest expense being the air fare from Brunei to New Zealand
which is around BND $1,500. Some expenses could be minimised while others are Mr.
Stuart Alpe: informative talk beyond our control.
He explained that when we deal with package tours, for every ten tour members, he could
work out one free place. This could be taken as an organiser’s benefit or the benefit could
be shared out among the 11 tour group members.
Mr. Stuart Alpe: informative talk
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JERAYAWARA KESELAMATAN JALAN RAYA
Nur Fa’atihah Bt Hj Mohamad Rozan, BE7
Jerayawara ini telah berlangsung pada 13 haribulan November 2014 bertempat di Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong. Acara
dimulai dengan bacaan doa lalu diikuti dengan ucapan alu-aluan oleh Dr. Hajah Siti Haziah Binti Pehin Dato Hj Abidin Ketua
Kesihatan, Keselamatan, Sekuriti Dan Alam Sekitar (HSSE).
Di dalam ucapan beliau menyatakan bahawa jerayawara ini telah
dianjurkan sebanyak 3 kali pada
tahun ini. Ianya juga merupakan
salah satu pelaburan sosial Syarikat Minyak Brunei Shell Sdn.
Bhd. BSP. Jerayawara ini juga
telah pun dilaratkan ke Daerah
Belait dan juga Tutong.
Beliau memberitahu semua hadirin bahawa jerayawara ini bertujuan
untuk
meningkatkan
kesedaran
dan
kepentingan
keselamatan jalan raya. Menurut
Global Status Report on Road
Safety pada tahun 2013 yang
dikeluarkan oleh WHO menunjukkan bahawa kira-kira 1.24 juta
nyawa terkorban dalam kemalangan jalan raya setiap tahun dan
di Negara Brunei Darussalam
sendiri majlis Kebangsaan Jalan
Raya
mencatatkan
statistik
jumlah
kemalangan
yang
mengakibatkan kematian
Dr. Hajah Siti Haziah Binti Pehin Dato Hj Abidin
telah pun menjangkau sebanyak 19 kes.
Menurut beliau lagi, punca kemalangan jalan raya adalah berkaitan dengan tali pinggang keselamatan, menggunakan telefon
bimbit semasa memandu dan memandu secara laju. Beliau menambah lagi bahawa kemalangan jalan raya amat
membimbangkan di Negara Brunei Darussalam ini. Beliau juga ada menyatakan bahawa objektif jerayawara yang diadakan
ini ialah sebagai salah satu usaha bagi meningkatkan kesedaran kepada masyarakat terutama sekali kepada pengguna jalan
raya termasuk penuntut-penuntut yang baru mendapat lesen memandu yang sah agar sentiasa mematuhi peraturan jalan raya
serta memandu dengan lebih berhati-hati dan bertimbang rasa.
Dikesempatan itu juga Dr Hajah Siti Haziah telah menasihati para pengguna jalan raya untuk sentiasa bertolak ansur, memandu secara berhemah dan saling menghormati hak pengguna jalan raya yang lain. Beliau juaga menerangkan bagaimana
sistem baru yang telah pun dikuatkuasakan pada tahun lepas telah sedikit sebanyak mendisiplinkan pemandu-pemandu.
Jerayawara ini juga mengadakan sesi khas di peringkat sekolah menengah yang bertujuan supaya menjadikan mereka sebagai
pemandu dan pengguna jalan raya yang berhemah dan menghormati ciri-ciri keselamatan jalan raya. Di akhir kata beliau,
beliau berharap semoga usaha yang telah mereka ungkayahkan itu akan mencapai objektifnya dan seterusnya meningkatkan
mutu keselamatan jalan raya di Negara Brunei Darussalam.
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