Live it by learning it. Learn it by doing it.
The Seri Mulia Sarjana School supports a number of outreach programs that invites SM Sarjana Community members, particularly its students, parents, and families to participate in the community programs. SM Sarjana has a real sense of place: a school with high expectation of teaching and learning with a strong sense of memory and belonging. It fosters community involvement and promotes active engagement, thereby confirming the conditions for a young person to flourish; for it is only when we feel connected to others that our sense of responsibility is heightened and develop an awareness of our accountability for the wellbeing of others.
The Outreach that We Do:
1999 THE LION KING MUSICAL
After a very successful production of “Aladdin” in 1996, the school thought of harnessing the school’s talent resource to help raise funds for charity. The 1st major community outreach by the school was conceptualized. Fresh from its debut in London, the school made an adaptation of this well-loved musical, turned it into a dance drama and staged it for one night at the International Convention Centre. The amount of B$15,000 was raised from ticket sales and was donated to the Dana Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphaned Children. Present at the event was Her Royal Highness, Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddin Sa'adul Khairi Waddien.
2001 WALK FOR HEALTH / KACA NOVELTY GAMES
With the aim of promoting social responsibility and awareness, as well as to support the health campaign by the school, two charity events were organized. The 1st ever walkathon was held along Jalan Gadong stretching from the Kg Jangsak campus to the Kg Mata-Mata Campus and back. The activity helped to raise funds for KACA, a non-profit organization which aims to improve the welfare of the children with disabilities in Brunei Darussalam who have not attended any formal coaching and mentoring. After the event, a mini sportsfest was held at the Multi-purpose Hall Scout Centre where volunteers from the Secondary students looked after the KACA children like a “big brother or sister” as they assist them during the novelty games. The activity succeeded in promoting understanding and compassion among the students especially to people with disabilities. During the event, office items such as a computer and printer, stationeries, toys, t-shirts and cap as well as swimming equipment were donated to KACA from the proceeds of the walkathon amounting to $5,027.22.
MUARA BEACH CLEAN-UP DRIVE
371 students and 26 teachers participated in a clean-up drive in Muara Beach as part of the school’s environmental awareness program. The event started with prayers and welcoming remarks followed by safety procedures from the teachers. Students as young as 9 and 10 years from Years 4 and 5 morning classes had their hands and feet dirty by picking up non-decomposing materials at the beach. After collecting bags of undesired rubbish and debris, the students cleaned up in time for games and the sharing of their experiences with each other.
RECYCLING DRIVE COMPETITION / SCHOOL GREENING ACTIVITY
For one whole month in March to April 2002, students were asked to bring recyclable materials such as newspapers, cardboard, bottles, and aluminum tins to raise their consciousness in recycling and converting some unwanted materials to cash. The materials were then sold to the recycling company and the class that collected the most amount based on the price obtained were awarded. Proceeds of the collection were used to purchase plants and grass materials for the School Greening Activity.
2003 SULTAN OMAR ALI SAIFUDDIEN MOSQUE CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN
In line with Teacher’s Day celebration, an activity was organized as an initiative from the teaching staff. A clean-up campaign was held on the 12th of October 2003 at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. 178 Teachers and staff gathered in front of the mosque with their brooms, rags and other cleaning materials. Muslim teachers worked their way inside the mosque as the non-Muslim teachers focused on the outside areas. This is their way of commemorating Teacher’s Day in a more meaningful way by taking a proactive role as partners of the community, inside as well as outside the school.
2004 WALK-A-TON OF HEALTH
The 2nd walkathon was held on 22nd August 2001 along Jalan Gadong. More than 3000 participated in the actual walkathon and the proceeds were given to Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, a non-government and non-profit organization which provides quality education, training, care and rehabilitation services to special needs people in Brunei Darussalam.
2005 LIFE, LOVE & LEGEND
A grand musical concert was held at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre which featured a trilogy of Traditional Life in Brunei, Stories of Love and the Legend of Mulan. The concert generated $10,000 and the proceeds donated to DANA
FINANCIAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN
Together with Tabung Amanah Pekerjah (TAP), the school conceptualized a musical drama comprised of Primary students that teaches children how to manage their finances. Through an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, children were taught how to "Save, Share and Spend". The production was shown on 30th July and 4th August 2008 at the Rizqun International Hotel for primary students from different government schools in the country.
WALK FOR LIFE
To mark the school’s name change from PDS School to Seri Mulia Sarjana School, a walkathon was again held which allowed the school to raise the biggest amount for a good cause in its history so far. This was presented to the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans. Almost 4000 participants came to witness and participate in a grand event at the Kg Jangsak campus which saw performances from students and teachers. Jalan Gadong was filled with parents and their children walking together from the Primary Campus in Jalan Gadong up to the Secondary Campus in Mata-Mata. This activity made history by raising the highest amount in any single activity by a school as well as the biggest donation ever presented to the recipient. The activity was exhibited and presented to His Majesty, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on 13th October 2008 at the International Convention Centre.
2009 BADAS 50,000 Tree
A project in support of the Heart of Borneo organised by ISB in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry & Primary Resources and the Forestry Department. The objective of which is to re-plant trees on a degraded area of kerangas forest in an area known as the Badas Triangle near Seria.
Launched in June 2008, the 1000th tree was planted by HRH The Prince of Wales while the 1001st tree was planted by HRH The Crown Prince of Brunei. The project aims to have His Majesty the Sultan plant the 50,000th tree by 31st October 2009.
In response to this campaign, SM Sarjana school students, teachers and staff collected various amounts to purchase trees to support the Heart of Borneo project. Through the combined efforts of the school community, the school was chosen as one of those who collected the most amount of money. The highest collectors comprised of 36 students and assisted by 12 teachers were brought to the area on 3rd October 2008 to join in the actual planting of the trees in Badas together with representatives from various organisations.
INDOOR TUG-OF-WAR TOURNAMENT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
The school in co-operation with the Brunei national Tug-Of-War Association and the Ministry of Education organized and held an indoor Tug-of-War tournament for Secondary Schools to promote the national sport. The school was requested to support the initiatives of the association and responded by spearheading the preparations as well as the running of the actual event. The activity also gave birth to the first Tug-of-War team in school. It was held at the PTE Katok Multi-purpose Hall on 31st January 2014.
SUNGKAI FOR ORPHANS
The school organized a special sungkai activity for orphans on 25th August 2010 at the SMSIS Hall in Kg Mata-Mata. Dr Mary Lim presented cash donations to the children after the berbuka puasa which was attended by some of the members of the school administration and teaching staff.
WHEELATHON : ROLLING FOR A CAUSE
Held at the Jerudong Park playground, the school added a twist in an ordinary activity by promoting and adding creativity in the way people exercise. Participants were encouraged to come up with their own non-motorised decorated “wheels” to ride, push or pull along the route. Hundreds of families came with colourful rides and toys all excited to roll. Collections from the activity amounted to $22,311.50 were donated to the Special Olympics and DANA with $11,155.75 per organization.
2010 PAKISTAN WALK A CAUSE
Students and teachers pooled their resources together to raise funds for the victims of a major flood in Pakistan. A walkathon was organized by the Pakistan High Commission where our teachers and students participated.
2011 CLEAN AND GREEN PROJECT
Through the initiative of the Primary Science Department, a clean and green project was organized to teach students to be more responsible of their environment. Students were encouraged to undertake green projects in their homes by having and looking after plants and trees in their own backyards. A cleaning and greening activity was also held in school on 22nd of July 2011 to beautify the school compound with plants and flowers.
2012 PETER PAN THE BRITISH MUSICAL
The first ever donation to an organization outside Brunei was made possible through the school’s production, Peter Pan, the British Musical. Part of the proceeds from the license and royalty fee went to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. This is so far, the biggest production ever staged by the school, held at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in November 2011. Peter Pan the British Musical required a flying machine that was imported together with a coach from the US for special effects in the popular children’s story. Proceeds and was also donated to DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah for orphaned children.
The Bahasa Melayu and IRK Department initiated Iftar Ramadhan for the orphans at the Stadium Restaurant with the theme “IFTAR JALINAN SILATURAHIM”. The event was co-organised by KatakIjau, a non-government organisation that has been very active in supporting the less fortunate families and orphans in Brunei. Green packets and hampers containing Hari Raya goodies were presented to 29 orphans in need right after the sungkai.
The devastation from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left thousands homeless and trapped in their own areas. With the Brunei government facilities made available to transport donations from those who wants to help, the school made the three campuses as receiving points for donations for the typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. After two weeks of campaign, Six (6) buses full mainly of food, drinks, laundry products and clothes were delivered to Pusat Belia from the contributions of the Sarjana community.
GO GREEN RECYCLING CAMPAIGN
To encourage more recycling habits and awareness about the waste problem in the country, the school once again called on the Sarjana community to bring newspapers, old magazines, clear plastic bottles, aluminium and tin cans on 26th May 2014 at the Primary Section, Kg Jangsak. This project was an initiative of Hewlett-Packard through Sulaiman Development Services Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Green Brunei and Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd. The objective of the activity was to raise awareness not just in recycling but also in reducing and segregating waste in the homes.
CHARITY SPORTSFEST & PRESCHOOL FAMILY FUNDAY
The school hosted two sporting events in June, generating a total of $6,752.00 in cash for Pusat Ehsan. Preschool Family Fun Day, which was held on the 8th of June raised a cash amount of $3,210.00 while the Primary and Secondary Charity Sportsfest held on the 12th of June came out with $3,542.00. The amounts were donations in cash and kind from students, parents, teachers and friends.
On the 12th of July 2014, the donations were handed over to Pusat Ehsan at their multi-purpose Hall. The donation comprised of one treadmill, a mobile treatment plinth and sports items that are necessary in upgrading the special needs centre’s Rehabilitation Unit.
“HeART Beat”, is an Art Charity Exhibit organized by the Art and Creative Skills Department aimed at promoting cancer-awareness among the Sarjana community as well as to raise funds in support of children cancer patients of Brunei Darussalam. The activity raised $1,000 through the sales of the art materials donated to the cause. The amount together with two of the best artworks were presented during the Hariraya celebration at the Secondary campus on 13th August 2014 to the representative from Yayasan Kanser Kanak-kanak (YASKA).