About SMSS

Mission

“Total Education for All”

Seri Mulia Sarjana School aspires to provide quality all-rounded education aimed at reaching excellence and life-long learning for all, within a happy, caring and secure environment.

 

Vision Statement

In pursuit of our vision, the School with dedicated teamwork will take the initiative to provide world-class education; demanding personal responsibility, respect and honour for all.

We achieve this by:

1)     Focusing on “No Child Left Behind”

  • Unfolding the child’s talent as whole and unique person
  • Empowering and Inspiring the child to reach full academic, physical,emotional and spiritual potential
  • Valuing each child’s individuality
  • Developing children to be independent, responsible learners

2)     Promoting Excellence in all areas of learning

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • ICT
  • Communication and leadership
  • Sports
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Personal moral character and spiritual development

3)     Cultivating students’ interests, knowledge and skills in non-academic related fields through comprehensive range of extra-curricular programmes, clubs and societies

4)     Equipping students with 21st century learning skills through a highly knowledgeable and competent staff force who share these values:

  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Honour
“To strive towards excellence by establishing high academic standards”

Here in Seri Mulia Sarjana School we provide every child with a basic integrated education and more. As educators it is our goal to provide an academically challenging curriculum that meets the needs of our students’ development in a positive, safe, and nurturing climate where students are expected to maintain a high level of academic and behavioural expectations.

A wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are made available to our students. We believe that it is important to educate the whole child, in alignment with our vision of Total Education for All. We strive to instill joy and enthusiasm for learning in our students.

We believe that each child is an individual that learns in his/her own way at his/her own pace. We strive to create an open and trusting atmosphere that provides our children with full opportunities to express how they feel, to directly ask what they want, to question, voice their opinions, and to resolve conflicts. With a strong academic base, a love for learning, and good communication skills, we are certain that the students will be prepared for whatever they encounter in their future. Our paramount aim is to prepare them through increasing self-reliance, to contribute positively and significantly to a world in constant flux.

Seri Mulia Sarjana School teachers, staff, students, parents, and community leaders are committed to providing the safest environment possible. We have prepared the Health, Safety and Environment procedures to provide a framework in which the school can plan for and perform its respective emergency functions during school crisis situations. It is further designed to assist the staff in following the procedure with the greatest possible speed and safety. Regardless of the prescribed procedures, training, and instruction, we acknowledge that the sound judgment of the administration and staff is an integral part of safety management.

Objectives:
• to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment throughout the school.

• to establish and maintain safe working procedures among staff and pupils.

• to ensure the provision of sufficient information to ensure that all employees and pupils are aware of hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety.

• to ensure that all employees have access to health and safety training as appropriate.

• to formulate effective procedures for use in the case of fire and for evacuating the school premises.

• to formulate effective procedures to be followed in the case of an accident.

• to teach safety as part of the pupils’ duties where appropriate.

• To create awareness among the teacher and staff about the importance of health and safety environment throughout the school.

Our Founder and administrator

Our founder’s passion for delivering quality education is deeply rooted and personal in nature. Dr. Mary Lim is a self-made woman who recognised from a very early age that only good education has the power to lift a person out of trying circumstances. She has put this theory to the test and persevered throughout her younger years by working hard to send herself to school to get good education. Today, she is a living testament that quality education goes a long way in improving people’s lives. From her personal experiences, she made it her life’s work to deliver quality education within reach of many.

She first ventured into education in the late 80s before starting the then PDS School (now Seri Mulia Sarjana School) in 1992. The school opened with just 14 students which exploded to over a hundred students by the end of the school year. Word soon spread about the tiny Pre-school that offered warm and nurturing environment for pre-schoolers to start their journey through life-long learning. This word of mouth popularity and growing public confidence fuelled the phenomenal growth of the school. Reaching deep into her own personal resources and through sheer dedication, the school reached its 1000 student mark in 5 years.

Excellence has always been the cornerstone of the educational philosophy she put in place. A firm believer in balanced, holistic education, Dr. Mary Lim put in place an academic programme that is rich in the arts and music. In the early years of the school, she was mother to all her students as well as her teachers. Her warm and caring persona spread throughout the school and became the basis for the school culture – a learning community that provides a warm and nurturing environment where young minds thrive in pursuit of excellence.

Dr. Mary Lim is a strong proponent in generating nationalistic pride and fervour among her students. This is a reflection of her desire to give back to the society and showing appreciation for the generosity of The Government of His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam. She led the school community in participating in national events as well as international events showcasing the best that Brunei has to offer in events such as the Asia Pacific Economic Conference, SEA Games and the International ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting held in Brunei Darussalam.

In October 2002, Dr. Mary Lim was bestowed the PIKB Medal (Excellent Service Medal) by His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in recognition of her excellent service to His Majesty’s government and the people of Brunei Darussalam. In 2007, Dr. Mary Lim was the recipient of the Excellence Award of the Asia Pacific Business Leaders for her outstanding socio-cultural achievements. She was once again recognised by the Government of His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2010 and conferred the PJK Medal (Meritorious Service Medal) for social service in Brunei Darussalam. In the following year, she was given recognition by China and was presented with the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Education Enthusiastic People Award.

Her stance as a business leader and innovator of new ideas gained her recognition as an Outstanding Entrepreneur in the Struggle History of Chinese Hundred Outstanding Entrepreneurs in 2014.

Dr. Mary Lim is also among the elite group of 50 women dubbed as the Most Influential Women in Brunei.

Dr. Mary Lim

Managing Director, SEG

Upon graduating from Flinders University, South Australia with a Degree in Economics, double major in Psychology and Econometrics in 1994, she returned to Brunei to take on the post of Assistant Principal of PDS School (former name of Seri Mulia Sarjana School). Her background in economics and psychology served her well in handling administration of the school.

She was one of the key personnel in the set up of SMS International School in 1998 as well as SMS School (Secondary Section) in 2001. She was then appointed as Principal of SMS School (Primary and Preschool sections) in 2001, looking after over 1000 students and over 100 teachers and staff. In 2006, Sophia completed her Masters in Education majoring in Educational Psychology from the University of South Australia.

Prior to being the Director of the school, Sophia was the HR manager for both Seri Mulia Sarjana School and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School where she continued to serve the field of education through supporting, maintaining and improving welfare and professional development of teachers and staff within the organisation.

Sophia Lim Ming Pey

Director, SEG

With over 30 years of educational experience, Gazala joined Seri Mulia Sarjana School as the secondary section principal in March 2014. Gazala began her career as a geography teacher in the 1980s, teaching at various secondary schools after graduating from Middlesex University, United Kingdom. She soon returned to the UK to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Wales.

After several years of classroom experience, she went on to serve as Deputy Principal at Sekolah Menengah Muhammad Jamalul Alam and Principal of Sekolah Menengah Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna. During this time, she also attained a Diploma in Educational Administration from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Gazala was appointed Acting Director of the Department of Schools (secondary section) in 2008, before retiring from government service in 2010 . It was her passion for teaching and youth that brought her out of retirement to continue her career as an educator in the private sector.”I want to make a difference in this people lives” is her popular quote.

For her devoted service to education, she was awarded the Excellent Service Medal (Pingat Indah Kerja Baik), Long Service Medal (Pingat Kerja Lama), and The Most Blessed Order of Loyalty to the State of Brunei (Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia, fourth class) (PSB)by His Majesty’s government.

Gazala binti Abdullah

Principal (Secondary Section), Seri Mulia Sarjana School

Putri completed her Bachelor of Science Education at Universiti Brunei Darussalam in 1997, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry under the ASEAN scholarship programme. After a series of teaching and administrative posts at private institutions, she joined Seri Mulia Sarjana School in 2000 as a primary teacher assigned to teach Mathematics, Computer Studies and Science. Her passion in Science has led to several victorious wins in the national Young Scientist Badge Award organised by BASE.

The Principal entrusted her to the position as the Science Department Head and eventually  Secondary Section Supervisor in 2005. She taught the subjects Biology and Chemistry for GCE ‘O’ Level; whilst actively participating in science related national competitions and school based events. Teamwork is very important to her especially in winning the championship in the 7th and 2nd place in the 11th PRYNSA Princess Rashidah Young Nature Scientist Award competitions. Her dedication in Science was recognised by the Ministry of Education at the Teacher’s Day Awarding Ceremony 2012 with the Special Mention Award (Biology / Chemistry).

 

Her tireless pursuit of perfection in academics, administration and passion in teaching earned her the trust of the school Board of Directors to lead the secondary team as the Deputy Principal in 2006. She still refuses to give up the Chemistry teaching load since she took up office, insisting that the students keep her “young” and “alive”. The team grew over the years to its current forty-five strong teaching staff to cater to more than 700 students – a remarkable achievement for a small private school that started with only 25 students in 2001!

She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Leadership and School Improvement.

Putri Maharani Simanjuntak

Acting Principal (Primary Section), Seri Mulia Sarjana School

Masjiah possesses a combined 20 years’ experience in teaching and administration experience. She began her teaching career with Seri Mulia Sarjana School in 1995 teaching Bahasa Melayu, Jawi, and Sejarah/History. She competently taught across six levels including the special class which eventually became the pioneering batch of Seri Mulia Sarjana International School. Her enthusiasm and drive for teaching and her innate character of being able to motivate students prompted the administration to involve her in the PSR Review classes. During which Sejarah consecutively garnered a 100% passing mark, and the school ranked 3rd in Brunei.

With the administration’s belief in her, she capably rose through the ranks becoming ECA Supervisor and Head of Department for Jawi and Sejarah. As head of department she was keen on adapting alternative methods of teaching actively incorporating ICT in the lessons. She was one who didn’t settle for anything less than exemplary.

Masjiah has a strong penchant to the richness of the Malay Language and Literature. She has written lyrics for numerous choir competitions which led to triumphant wins for the school. She won Best Lyrics for the Road Safety Choir Competition. Most prominent of all is her lyrics for the Anti-Corruption Choir which has since been incorporated in Brunei textbooks.

In 2006 Masjiah became  Deputy Principal. She took this nomination with steadfast leadership and stepped up to the challenge. After a year she was appointed Acting Principal looking after preschool and primary.

Masjiah believes that life is a cycle of learning. Her participation in various trainings and workshops have allowed her to skilfully tread on her path as academician and bring the school to a new level.
She is currently pursuing a further studies in Business.

Presently, as Deputy Principal her vision is to empower every child through education and prepare them for the challenges of a globalised world. She is also stirring fellow educators not to underestimate the power of connection – to relate to students on a personal human level and bring out the best in them.

She is currently pursuing further studies in International Business.

Masjiah binti Hj Metussin

Deputy Principal Academic (Primary Section), Seri Mulia Sarjana School

Cecilia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – Major in English Language at La Consolacion College in Manila, Philippines. The young Cecilia had a flare in academics as reflected in her numerous scholarly accomplishments. She has managed to juggle the demands of education and the rigors of sports and extra-curricular activities as she was an active swimmer, volleyball, and badminton player.

In 1993, she joined the teaching SMSS force as a preschool teacher where she stayed for five years. She went on as an English Language teacher in the Primary section for the next fourteen years while taking the lead as the department’s head in 2000 until 2013. In the intervening years, she became assistant supervisor of the Primary Section. Her colleagues esteem her as a feisty, fair and friendly leader. Having attended diverse workshops and trainings, she herself spearheaded functional courses in English language and workshops to the advantage and advancement of teachers.

Cecilia rose to the challenge of greater leadership when she became the Deputy Principal (Academics) of Seri Mulia Sarjana Preschool Section. With enthusiasm and experience under her belt, this is nothing new to the seasoned teacher and English Language Department head that she is.

Today, Cecilia continues to fortify her role as an academician. While establishing her goals as a deputy principal, she enjoys the process with equal dedication, proving that having more than one goal can be truly beneficial. She has proven her loyalty and commitment to educational pursuits for the past 20 years. But, she isn’t done there. She continues reaching towards new goals, new heights.

Ma. Cecilia Tuazon Landingin

Deputy Principal Academic (Preschool Section), Seri Mulia Sarjana School

Simon completed his Bachelor of Computer Science from a joint degree program in Computer Science from the University of Wollongong, Australia & Inti College, Malaysia in 2001.Upon completing his degree program, he has joined several IT companies which further enhanced his skills and knowledge.

In 2003, he joined Seri Mulia Sarjana School as an IT teacher while helping the school to plan, upgrade and maintain the IT infrastructure. In 2005, he was entrusted as the Head of Subject for Computer Studies which helped him widen his skill in planning, administrating and managing through several IT related projects in the school.

Armed with all the skills that he experienced and learned in the school, he was appointed as Deputy Principal Administration for Preschool, Primary and Secondary sections in 2013. With his background of IT in database, software, hardware and networking, he is very much a man of logic and procedure which has supported him in the continuous enhancement of the administration of the school involving the administration office, HSE, school assets, store, facilities and procurement.

Simon Wong Soon Wen

Deputy Principal Administration, Seri Mulia Sarjana School

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