16 May, 2015
Siti Aisyah receives her prize trophy from the guest of honour
| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
WITH her speech on ‘Climate Change’, Siti Aisyah binti Haji Abdul Jalal of St Andrew’s School took home top honours in the final of the 6th English Oratory Competition for private secondary schools.
Themed ‘Global Concerns and Challenges’, the competition which took place yesterday at the multi-purpose hall of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Secondary School saw nine other students displaying their oratory skills in the final round.
Azmina Iqbal, also from St Andrew’s School with her topic ‘Hunger’ and Muhammad Yadiy Wa’ie Mukminin bin Rizalman from St James’ School who spoke on ‘Cybercrime’ won the second and third prizes respectively.
The guest of honour at the event was Pengiran Datin Paduka Hajah Hairani binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, a member of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School’s Board of Governors, who also presented the prizes to the winners and participants.
In her welcoming remarks, Siew Kuan Keasberry, Acting Principal of YSHHB Secondary School in her capacity as the chairperson of the event, said the theme of the competition coincided with the school’s slogan ‘A School With a Global Vision’.
“We aspire to see more young people being able to raise awareness on global issues and matters that have been affecting the world they are living in.
“We hope that the competition will encourage budding speakers, who not only address the global issues through their well-articulated, informative and persuasive speeches but who also have the courage to become global players to make a difference to the world inherited from the people who have gone before them,” she said.
Also present to watch the final round was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Raqiib bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim, son of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah.