SEAS English Camp 2019 Closes With a Bang and Melody

Participants in the programme.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah English Aspiration Society (SEAS) successfully completed another English Camp  this year on the 3rd and 4th  August 2019, conducted at SJKC Pei Yin, Membakut.

Jennifer Lasimbang, the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Education and Innovation of Sabah officiated in the closing ceremony of SEAS English Camp 2019.

Jennifer Lasimbang (middle) commemorating the event.

A statement released by SEA saivd the main attraction of the closing ceremony was the performances by various students group, the first being the Kulintangan performed by pupils of SK Pengiran Jaya Membakut.  A demonstration of the Taekwondo KATA and board breaking by SEAS Martial Arts Club led a 13 year old black belt holder Nur Hakeemah from London.

Mohd Hafiz Zainol Shokor , a professional photographer qualified from The London Royal College of Arts has also impressed the audience with his interesting video show. Finally, the audience was surprised by a solo vocalist performance by the 10 year old Azry who travelled all the way from Sandakan with his traditional Sabahan melody.

Organisers and participants with their books.

At the beginning of the closing ceremony, the three finalists in the  Engaging the Audience Competition showed their skills on the stage.

Nur Ashiera Natasha from Inanam, Kota Kinabalu become the champion at the end.  Aisha Fatimah and team from Manchester and Aqif Rahimi Khairuddin from London who mentored the contestants in the competition were very excited that their young mentees were very talented and passionate in public speaking.

Annabelle Magdalene and Lucas Chong who are both from SJKC Kung Ming Beaufort won the second and third places respectively. The trophies were sponsored by Associate Prof Dr Zainal Abidin Sanusi from IIUM.

Mohd Azmi Thauffeck , Marvin Ooi and Cecilia Wan  from Kuala Lumpur were among the judges tasked to decide on the winner amongst the young talents.

Jennifer Lasimbang presented 20 individual awards of various achievements to the winners. Among the awards were Asma Khan Awards of Generosity which was sponsored by Asma Khan, the owner of the Darjeeling Express Restaurant in Central London. A substantial amount was raised during a fundraising event at her restaurant.

The other interesting award was Zaleha Olpin Award of Authenticity. Zaleha is a celebrity chef in England who is famous for her “Non-crispy Rendang”. Syebvonne Award of Charity was also given to a winner. Syebvonne is a Malaysian philanthropist in London who dedicates herself to charity causes.One important skill that was emphasized during the English Camp was the pronunciation and this was done through reading competition. The winner was Callister Hoven who won Nur’s Reading Trophy. The highest and most unique award is The SEAS Presidential Award which also comes with RM 250 cash gift, sponsored by Dr Zainab Kassim and her Vice President Mr Mohd Damshal Awg Damit from SOCSO Malaysia.

The contestants went through a rigorous assessment and interview reflecting the skills required for the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The Trophy was jointly won by Lucas Chong and Nurain Shakira.

During the SEAS English Camp, hundreds of  books mainly shipped from United Kingdom and some were from Asia Foundation were distributed to  all  participating schools, 8 schools were involved with Seeds of the Future Initiative With Maybank Sabah as one of the sponsors for this camp.

Dr. Zainab in her closing speech expressed her appreciation to Budreh Hj Ahmad the Beaufort District Education Director for his support to SEAS. This year the English Camp was participated by 200 students from almost 20 schools from all over Sabah and Labuan, half of which are from the 8 schools participating in the Seeds of the Future Initiative With Maybank Sabah .

She attributed the success of this year’s camp to the able management and leadership of the camp director,  Zaiazieyana Yanti Zainal from SK Pengiran Jaya Membakut who is also the Secretary for SEAS.

Dr. Zainab also thanked the generous donors mainly from UK and her Alumni CLASS as well as other NGOs and individuals who sponsored the English Camp this year and  Maybank Sabah who  has kindly sponsored the tshirt for the participants.-pr/BNN