The year 2016 is momentous for the century-old Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan. The school has successfully enhanced its reputation by producing aspiring highfliers who actively participate in a myriad of activities. The school, the embodiment of Chinese Education in Brunei, will embark on a new chapter where challenges and opportunities abound.
Launching into a reminiscence, the incumbent board of directors initiated a series of revolutionary reforms to constantly reshape the educational landscape of the school. Such efforts are finally ripe for harvest. Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB becomes a branded name that demands immediate respect from educationists and parents alike.
I am elated to witness the completion of the new overhead pedestrian bridge along Jalan Tasek. The bridge is 100% sponsored by me and doesn’t use any school and public money. The bridge not only provides a safe and fast passageway for students to cross the busy Jalan Tasek but also represents an important milestone for the school that makes the students’ safety its top priority.
The board members have gone all out to improve the learning atmosphere of the school. Aimed to implement learning across the curriculum, the school provides an integral, quality education by assisting students to creatively and collaboratively achieve the broad learning objectives under a clean, tranquil and harmonious environment.
Under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Bruneians are living in a prosperous, peaceful and stable community for which we are eternally grateful. I would also like to echo His Majesty’s Titah on 15th August 2015 in conjunction with His Majesty’s 69th royal birthday celebration. The monarch stressed that any changes or progress around the globe will impact the global community and Brunei is no exception. In time of such conditions, His Majesty advised the nation “not to panic”, but to “remain calm as much as possible and act in more sensible manner”. “In economics, an important principle to have is our ability to seize opportunities. Opportunities usually knock once. Rarely does it knock twice. If we do not seize the chance when it comes, we will be left far behind,” advised the Sultan.
In accordance with the mission to lay in our students strong eastern values, the ability to do well in both their studies and sports, and the confidence to excel in their future careers, Chung Hwa encourages multiple means of representations, expressions and engagements via ICT (information and communications technology). In this regards, the flipped classroom, a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed, is introduced. The notion of a flipped classroom draws on such models as active learning, student engagement, hybrid course design, and course podcasting. Its key benefit includes the repurposing of class time into a workshop where students can inquire about lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities.
Flip classroom is one of the many programmes initiated to mould Chung Hwa BSB into the preferred school in Brunei that exemplifies excellence. Other measures such as engaging education consultants, shaping interactive classrooms and incorporating e-learning into normal lessons are also implemented to take the school to new heights.
The school has always put much emphasis on the integration of ICT into learning so students are more empowered to learning via different platforms. The school is reputed for its holistic approach to education in the spirit of pedagogical school visions to cultivate adaptability, competitiveness and survival skills. It vows to be the cradle grooming future leaders who make substantial contributions to Brunei and Southeast Asia.
Ong Tiong Oh
Board of Directors
Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB