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Volume 1, Issue 2 June 2010
Inside this issue:
Working Visit by Deputy Permanent Secretary National Day Celebration Efforts to boost Bruneian economy Sinaran Released! Budding Artists of SVSB! SVSB holds the First National Typing Speed Master Competition Dikir Competition for TVI Educational Trip
medium, our SINARAN.
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Vision To develop Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah into a centre of excellence in commercial and engineering studies and to establish a good working relationship with local industries Mission To provide theory and practical training to qualify school leavers and youth by maximizing the use of available resources and facilities to be able to channel them to commercial and engineering careers through technical/vocational training programmes.
To recall the few recent accomplishments, please allow me to relate what we have gone through during the previous months. In the education and training sector, we were able to organize a business seminar on “Current Economic Developments in South East Asia” and simulation workshop “Finance for Managers” in the first week of March. The response received from the participants clearly indicate that the efforts have not been in vain as the Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi students and local industrialists as well as teachers were able to gain A remarkable achievement in the Wabarkatuh much valuable insights from the area of students’ affairs has been the success in organizing of the Very warm greetings to all! And experience. National Typing Speed Master Comwelcome to the second issue of Secondly the next level of the cas- petition. This is the first time such a SINARAN 2010! cading workshop has been con- competition has been organized at I would like to congratulate the ducted in the school, thus passing national level. And we can be quite publication committee once again the skills and insights down one level legitimately proud as the organizers for their efforts to bring out the among the staff of the school. It is of that prestigious event. To add second issue of SINARAN 2010. planned to proceed with it step by more luster, the top three winners During the last three months much step as the name implies. including the Champion are from has happened in our school. And it our school! is indeed my honour and pleasure In line with the new education systo update you about the achieve- tem SPN21, the school has to en- The school is poised to take initiaments and awaken you to the chal- gage in reforming its mechanism and tive to enrich and equip students lenges and concerns through this resources to facilitate sustainable with marketable skills relevant to
and continuous improvement. Along with knowledge, the students should have the opportunities and advantages to imbibe the best values, practices and ethics from the teachers. This, in fact, points to the need for the teachers to be more equipped with the current and innovative teaching methods, and well informed and learned as far the latest developments and additions in their respective areas of studies are concerned, as well as to inculcate and exhibit higher values and professionalism in the attitude.
From the Editor’s Desk
Looking around, one is certainly amazed to see the vibrant variety of beauty in creation! What a grand spectacle is offered by nature around us! Brunei is blessed with pristine rain forests soothing to the eyes as well as to the heart of the onlookers! There will not be a single feeling heart that has not been touched by the scene of the vast blue expanse on the other side too! In fact, to see, to experience or to enjoy the beauty around you, you need a feeling heart – a heart that is susceptible to finer feelings. It is one of the most essential things necessary to make one’s life enjoyable and to feel and respond to the emotional needs of the others around us too. As well, it is the presence of such a heart that makes much of the difference between most of us and the creative genius. A creative artist sees and feels much more than most of us, in such a way or with such intensity that it creates violent storms of passion in him. The result is a poem, a story, a film, a painting, a play or the like. It necessitates mastery in the medium too to help him create masterpieces. Creativity is a natural gift, of course! Yet, it has to be explored, discovered, nourished and nurtured if it is to flower and fructify. So, when we say artists and writers are born, we should also think of ways to find the talents amidst us and give them
enough opportunities to discover themselves and develop their pas-
Working Visit by Deputy Permanent Secretary
On the 11th of February, Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah Seria witnessed the working visit by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Higher Education, Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman. Awg Akandi Bin Hj Abd Razak, Principal of Sekolah Vokasional Sulktan Bolkiah, and Pg Suhaimi Bin Pg Hj Bakar the Acting Director of Technical Education Department were present to welcome Dr Hj Junaidi upon his arrival. cation, Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman was accompanied by Hjh Nimah Hj Ahad, Senior Executive Officer Technical Unit of Ministry of Education and Azrin Bin Liomar, Education Officer Strategic Management Unit. Being newly appointed as the Deputy Permannet Secretary, SVSB is the first institution he is visiting on taking charge of the office to gather information regarding institutions of higher education in Brunei Darussalam. The Principal briefed the visiting officer about the organizational structure and courses offered in Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah. It was followed by a question and answer session that helped to highlight the challenges faced by the institution. He was much appreciative of the efforts put in by the school authorities to raise the standards and to fulfill its avowed roles effectively. He offered to look into the possibilities of promoting the interests of the institution at large. In the end of the visit, the Deputy Secretary went around the school, saw the facilities available here and interacted with the staff and students too.
By: Cikgu Hemy Pilpus General Studies Department
The Deputy Permanent Secretary of Higher Edu-
The Publication and Library Unit is glad to invite materials to be published in the future issues of Sinaran. All the staff and students are urged to make use of their talents and enrich the publication in their own way. Please submit creative and other original works to the Secretary of the Unit.
Some highlights in next issue
• • • • • • Bisai Project Cascading Workshop Project Presentation by ND BNF and CST students New intake July 2010 Educational visits by SVSB students Seminar and Courses attend by SVSB Staff
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Articles Stories Poems Sketches
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Paintings Caricatures Jokes Quotations
Condolence to Haji Yajid
All the staff members and students of SVSB offer their condolence to Cikgu Hj Mohd Yajid Bin Hj Bayong of the FNW Section of Mechanical Department at the sad demise of his father. Haji Bayong passed away on 27th February 2010, Saturday at Ripas Hospital. May Allah bless his departed soul and reward him Jannat-ul-Firdaus in the next world. AL – FATIHAH
National Day Celebration 2010
Brunei Darussalam celebrates its independence day on 23 Feb every year. This year Brunei celebrated its 26th year of independence with the theme “Negaraku Brunei Darussalam” or “My Nation Brunei Darussalam”, with much pomp and show at Taman Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien. The celebration started with recitation of Holy Quran which was followed by the National Anthem, taking of vow, “Ikrar” and patriotic songs. All these were performed in the esteemed presence of His Majesty and the Royal Family. The preparation for the occasion had started well in advance, weeks before the celebration. The students and employees of our school, Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah along with those of other selected Government and private institutions practiced hard in the sun and shower for the march past and other activities two weeks before in their respective institutes and one week before at Taman Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan. A few military personnel from the ‘Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ took pains to train the participants. On the actual day, Bandar Seri Begawan, the heart of Negara Brunei Darussalam was filled with people. The streets and the city centre became lively with the bustling crowd. Some public roads and pathways had to be blocked to make way for the participants to reach the Taman. The weather literally gave full support and added to the charm of the day. The sun seemed to play hide and seek as the dark clouds passed across the sky now and then. One could even wonder if the clouds too were doing a march past along with us. The showers from above relieved and saved the participants from the scorching sun. The air was filled with drum beats and music. Big balloons of various companies and festoons were seen flying and floating in the air over the stadium. In such a pleasant atmosphere, it was a great joy and pride for us to march saluting His Majesty and the Royal Family. At eleven o’clock, the function came to
By: Ernie Sahliza Binti Salleh and Abdul Malek Ali
Cikgu Sani Transferred
Cikgu Muhd Sani bin Abdullah Unan who was working as Deputy Principal (E&T) was transferred to the Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education. He started working at SVSB on 4th August 1998 as an Education Officer in the Machining Section of Mechanical Engineering Department. After a gap of few years he was promoted to the post of Deputy Principal in Educational Training on 8th January 2007. Then on 5th March 2010 he was transferred to the Higher Education Department of MOE. For a period spanning over more than eleven years he has served the school in various positions. All staff and students of SVSB would like to wish him all the best and a successful career in future. By: Cikgu Norhamizah Hj Hamdan ICT Department
MEMORABLE QUOTES on ‘LIFE’
“Never part, without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. “ "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
“Arguing with a fool proves there are two.“
Doris M. Smith
“Live every act fully, as if it were your last.”
Jean Paul Richter
EFFORTS TO BOOST BRUNEIAN ECONOMY
Educational has major roles to render in the socio-cultural and economic development of a nation. This has been the conviction of the Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam. The spirit has percolated down the layers of administration thus inspiring individual educational institutions in the country to do its role in finding ways and means to contribute in various measures to strengthen the country’s economy. Keeping this in view, a business seminar on “Current Economic Developments in South East Asia” was organized by Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah on 6th March. The seminar virtually brightened up the aspirations of the business community of Brunei. It was followed by a business simulation workshop “Finance for Managers” held at the Club Room at Panaga in the afternoon. The seminar began at 8.00am with the recital of Al-Fatiha followed by the welcoming remarks by Awg Akandi Bin Hj Abd Razak, Principal of SVSB. The Principal who materialized this venture emphasized the relevance of wider collaboration in fighting and facing global cataclysmic phenomenon like recession. He also pointed to the importance of closer ties between academic institutions and business firms for achieving academic and professional excellence. The keynote address focusing on “An Australian View on the Current Economic Climate and Developments in South East Asia” by the Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mark Sawers, the High Commissioner of Australia, dwelt largely on the relevance and anticipated impacts of AANZFTA, the ASEANAustralian-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, an agreement that came into force in January in the backdrop of the global financial crisis. In his speech, the High Commissioner delineated the regional trade picture and Australian priorities. The second speaker of the seminar Mr. Tareq Mahmood, the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC invited the attention of the gathering to the role of banking sector in enabling companies to grow, with the main focus on areas of trade finance, foreign exchange and banking prospects. An associate professor in the University of Brunei Darussalam, Dr. Shamim Ahmed Siddiqui presented in his talk, a picture of the current economic situation of Brunei, at the same time, suggesting the need to learn from the policies and strategies of other South Asian countries. The seminar chaired by Hjh Hanita binti Hj Hussain witnessed spirited participation from the audience. The chairperson added an air of seriousness and enthusiasm to the event making it palatable to each and everyone present on the occasion. The proceedings of the seminar were meticulously conducted with precise introductions and subtle remarks by the masters of ceremony namely Ms Hemy, Ms Liza and Mr Johari. Executives and representatives of various business enterprises, graduates and students attended the business simulation workshop “Finance for Managers” held in the afternoon session at the Panaga Club Room. It was conducted by Mr. Steve Allen, Director of Income Outcome Australia and it was supplemented by a spirited interactive session. Among the participants were officers from HSBC, DTE and various private concerns and government offices. Viewed in its totality, the seminar and the following workshop have helped the business students By: Cikgu K.B. Venugopalan Nair a n d General studies department t h e
local industrialists to gain valuable insight into
In a function held at the OGDC, Seria, the newsletter of Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah was released by the school’s Principal, Awg Akandi Bin Hj Abd Razak. The first copy of the newsletter named SINARAN was formally handed out to His Excellency Mark Sawers, the High Commissioner of Australia. The function was attended by various dignitaries and officials of high repute from the Ministry and various private organizations, in addition to the staff and students of the school. This newsletter’s intention is to serve as a mechanism to bring the whole school alive and active. It is the outcome of a vision that the school’s development can be achieved through various activities, intellectual, creative and cultural in essence and spirit. This way, the school also wants to provide a platform for the SVSB family to share their views and futuristic visions regarding the school. It envisages encouraging the staff and students to express themselves in writing and to develop and utilize their hidden talents to their own benefit as well as to the benefit of others. It was indeed a moment of great pride for the entire school especially, the editorial team to have brought out the fruit of their concerted effort aimed at projecting the school’s image among the public. The Principal congratulated the entire team for their r e By: Cikgu K.B. Venugopalan Nair General studies department
Principal’s Message (continued)
activities incorporating commercial services that will surely promote enterprise and manufacturing skills too, through cooperatives. I am quite optimistic about the whole school undergoing a transformation in order to achieve greater heights and glory. As per the next five year strategic plan for the school, we have planned a lot to develop the institution and to sustain the development. One of the major visions is to upgrade the school to a college and to get approved as a centre of excellence in Welding and Fabrication. Alhamdulillah… through your concerted efforts and sincere support, we have surmounted the challenges of the bygone year. It gives me enough faith and hope that we shall strive as a team, a well knit unit I our efforts to scale new heights in the coming months of this year too! Thank you all! And till the next issue …
From the Editor’s Desk (continued)
into a great rewarding profession for themselves and a wonderful source of entertainment or aesthetic experience for others. They add much colour and charm to our otherwise dry life! They add music and life to otherwise insipid experiences! They add life to otherwise dead moments! A society is known or valued not always for its wealth but for the cultural and aesthetic contributions it makes to the world. Civilized societies adore and emulate great men of letters and artists. They are considered informal ambassadors of that society to the world. In effect, they mould the thinking and cultural standards of the society to which they belong, thus elevating the quality of life of even the average human being. Publications of our sort can be well utilized as a platform by budding writers and artists to explore and promote their creative talents. inclined should evince interest in the publication and make their own contributions in a worthwhile manner. We dream of a day when those who try their hands here and now prove to be giants in the field influencing millions of minds across the globe!
I Don't Want To Go To School Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son. "Wake up, son. It's time to go to school!" "But why, Mom? I don't want to go." "Give me two reasons why you don't want to go." "Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me also!" "Oh, that's no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready." "Give me two reasons why I should go to school."
Budding artists of SVSB!
A Drawing contest was held at our school on March 10 during the ECA period. The Drawing contest was the aim of providing an opportunity for students to display their artistic talents and to express themselves creatively. According to Mr Robert Lesney, the instructor in charge, Art is considered a therapeutic subject, hence the contest also served as an interesting break from the mundane life of school work, tests and assignments for the students. There were three categories opened for competition: Still life, Landscape and Portrait.The 1ST prize winner for the Still Life category was Norhayati Masing of NV/CSA/19. The 1st prize winner for the Portrait category was Ratna Sri Dewi Julaini of NV/CSA/19 while Muhd Hamizan of PND/BNF/11 emerged best artist for Landscape. A total of 35 students took part in the contest and all of them were awarded with certificates of participation. It is hoped that in future there will be more opportunities like By: Cikgu Robert Lesney this for SVSB students to express their artisGeneral Studies Department tic flair and creativity.
Ratna Sri Dewi Julaini Winner of Portrait Category
Norhayati Masing Winner of Still Life Category
Muhd Hamizan Bin Hj Ibrahim Winner of Landscape Category
SVSB holds the First National Typing Speed Master Competition: “Moments of pride and celebration for SVSB”
The First National Typing Speed Master Competition was organized at Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah on 29th April. Though similar competitions were held earlier, this is the first time it is being held at the national level. Students from vocational and technical schools as well as general academic schools vied with one another to prove their mastery in typing skills. Assistant District Officer of Kuala Belait was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony. In his speech the Guest of Honour enlightened the gathering on the need to inculcate proper competitive spirit in the changing life scenario. This is because societies cannot waste time and money on unproductive projects or people. The right type of human resource has to be developed to meet the the needs of tomorrow. The workforce that we produce should be able to meet and master the situations of a more demanding and challenging time. The two things that can certainly help them are “the art of knowing” and “the art of doing”, he observed during his speech. He was all praise for the SVSB for holding a contest at the National level involving the technical, vocational and other schools in Brunei Darussalam. Prizes were awarded to the Champion Dyg Zurairatul Zakiah Hj Muhd Syafie of Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah and the three runners up namely Dyg Noorazimah binti Hj M. Talip and Dyg Nurulain binti Hj Tajodin of Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah, Nurasma binti Maidin of Sekolah Menenga Masin. The whole school rejoiced in the celebration as the top three positions including the championship were won by the students of SVSB. The gathering also congratulated all the participants for displaying proper and healthy competitive
presence and guidance of the Principal of SVSB, Yang Mulia Awg Akandi Bin Hj Abd Razak, was conducted by Ms Hemy Pilpus of General Studies’ Department and Ms Nur Qamariah Fakhriah binti Hj Yunos of Dressmaking and Tailoring section. The function came to a close by 12 noon.
By: Cikgu K.B. Venugopalan Nair General Studies Department
The competition started at 8.30 am after the participants were briefed about the rules of the competition. A total number of nineteen contestants from various schools participated in the event. Out of them the Champion and three more toppers were awarded prizes at the prize awarding ceremony held in the school’s lecture theatre. The prize awarding ceremony began with the recital of Surah AlFatihah and Doa by Ustaz Mohammad Hirmi bin Tahir. The Deputy Principal of SVSB, Yang Mulia Awg Rahman Bin Hj Ghani welcomed the Guest of Honour, other dignitaries from government and private institutions and various school principals. In his introductory address, he dwelt largely on the relevance of typing skills in professional and student life. He remarked that the skills assume greater significance today with the commitment that His Majesty’s government has shown in egovernment too. With minimum adaptation the same skill is applied in IT for a variety of purposes ranging from simple
Dignitaries and other guests
The contest goes on...
PERTANDINGAN DIKIR SYARAFIL ANAM SENEGARA ANTARA INSTITUSI-INSTITUSI TEKNIKAL DAN VOKASIONAL TAHUN 2010.
Sekolah Vokasional Sultan Bolkiah telah mengikuti pertandingan Dikir Syarafil Anam antara Institusi-institusi Teknikal dan Vokasional yang di anjurkan oleh Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rizal. Pertandingan ini adalah kali ketiga dianjurkan sebagai menyemarakkan sambutan Maulud Nabi Muhammad s.a.w disamping mengeratkan hubungan antara institusiinstitusi tersebut. Pertandingan yang diadaan pada 15.4.2010 telah di ikuti oleh 14 buah pasukan daripada instusi-institusi teknikal dan vokasional yang dibahagikan kepada 2 kategori, iaitu kategori lelaki seramai 7 buah pasukan dan perempuan seramai 7 buah pasukan. Dalam pertandingan tersebut sekolah ini telah berjaya merangkul kejuaraan bagi ketegori lelaki dan naib johan kategori perempuan. Hadiah-hadiah kepada pemenang telah disampaikan oleh pemangku pengarah jabatan Oleh: Ustazah Hjh Sarinah Haji Musa
Educational Trip to the Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Centre
The Dressmaking and Tailoring Section organized an educational trip to the Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Centre, Bandar Seri Begawan on 13 March 2010. On their way back to school, they also had a stop at the Brunei Museum The students who were ten in number visited the place along with their staff members as well as some members of administrative section. The trip was aimed at exposing the students to Brunei’s history and traditional handicrafts such as weaving and songkok-making. At the Arts and Handicrafts Centre, the students were briefed about the rich heritage of the country. They all were happily received and taken around by the officer in charge of the Centre. All in all, the students and staff enjoyed this trip and gained much knowledge and information about the traditional handicrafts of Brunei.
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