21st August 2018, Bandar Seri Begawan – The third venue for the Outreach Program 2018 “Encompassing Your Future: Ignite the Fire Within” hosted by the Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) and Brunei Religious Officers Students’ Association (BruROSA) was Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan. The program lasted for 2 days at the school from 20th of August until 21st August 2018 and took place in the afternoon. The essence of the program remained the same, which was to promote a good mental and physical health while developing the capacity to realise their own potential and choosing their own future path, for sixth form students who will be sitting for their ‘A’ Levels. The students who joined were made up of more than 50 students, both in the upper and lower sixth.
The first day of the program at the school started with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a welcoming remark from BSU’s President, Ak Muhammad Hisyam Al-Yura Pg Hj Zainal Abidin. This was followed by an icebreaking session as warm up activity. The core of the first day at Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan were the inspirational speeches delivered to the students and the sharing session between the students and their facilitators. The people who delivered a speech on the first day were Shuib Sahraldin, Ajrul Mail, BSU’s Information Secretary and Siti Maisarah Zaliqah binti Awang Haji Ramli, the Vice President of BruROSA, who was also an alumnus of the school. The speeches acted as an encouragement for the students to find their own passion for their prospects and paths in the future. The first day ended with the sharing session, which helped the students to know each other more and learn from each other’s situation as well as take any lessons they could get from the experiences of facilitators. The sharing session was also a way for the students and facilitators to bond, which helped them for the ‘Amazing Race’ that took place the next day.
The last day of the program began with another motivational speech from Abdul Hakim Shukrin, the General Secretary of BruROSA. The program continued with the “Amazing Race”, which required the students to work and communicate well with each other to complete game checkpoints spread around the school. Afterwards, Muhammad Aqil bin Awang, the President of BruROSA, explained each game and the meanings behind them. The essence of the race was to help the students understand better on how to plan, strategize and execute their actions as well as helping each other throughout the process, which can be applied to their studies.
The program in Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan officially ended with a session called “A Letter To Your Future Self’, requiring students to write down their aspirations and goals after ‘A’ Levels. This was followed by a photo session among the students with BSU and BruROSA members, as well as their facilitators. A recitation of Surah Al-Asr was read to close the program and end the Outreach Tour in Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan.
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