Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan
|Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan|
Serusop, Jalan Muara
|School type||Government Selective, Day School, Mixed|
|Head of school||Principal|
|Years offered||Year 7 - Sixth Form|
|Age range||11-18 years|
|Average class size||16-30|
Hulubalang, Laksamana, Panglima, Pahlawan
|Nickname||MS, Science School, Science College|
|Founded as||Sekolah Menengah Melayu Pertama|
|Inaugurated by||Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien III|
Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (English: Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, also known simply as MS or Science School) is an academically selective school and sixth form college focusing primarily on areas of Science and Mathematics. It is located in the capital city of Brunei Darussalam, and is named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien III.
Entry for Maktab Sains, which is operated by the Ministry of Education, is by achieving only straight A's in their PSR examination. The school takes pride in its academic performance in the country. The Science College has a long tradition of academic excellence nationwide.
The school is located on Jalan Muara, in close proximity to the Brunei International Airport, a shopping complex and two other secondary schools- Sekolah Menengah Berakas and Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College.
Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan began as Sekolah Menengah Melayu Pertama in Brunei Town in 1966. Upper secondary level (Form 4) was introduced in the school in 1967 while Sixth Form classes were introduced two years later. In 1969, the school moved from Brunei Town to Jalan Muara.
On 23 September 1971 Sekolah Menengah Melayu Pertama was officially renamed as Maktab Melayu Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Malay College). It was inaugurated by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei.
Bilingual education policy was implemented in 1974 and English medium classes was introduced. Two years later science education was started. The school was then again renamed as Maktab Melayu Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan/Sekolah Sains (Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Malay College/Science School). Hostel facilities for both boys and girls were provided.
In 1985, the status of the school was raised to that of a college to acknowledge the inclusion of the Sixth Form. With this, the school was again renamed as Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College).
The students population of the school increased and the campus was renovated to accommodate its growing population. In 1994, the college moved to a new campus in Kampong Rimba, Gadong. The old campus was renovated and on 2 April 2005, 11 years after, the college moved back to its old site. Since 2007, the Form 1 (now known as Year 7) students were scheduled in the afternoon session due to a shortage of classrooms. In 2008, Year 8 students were also scheduled in the afternoon session. Year 7 students in 2008 were the first batch to try out the scheme of work for SPN21 (Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad Ke-21).
Enrolment and structure
The school operates in a two sub-school structure. The secondary school caters for students in years 7 to 10, whilst the Sixth Form Centre caters for students in Lower and Upper Six. The school enrolls students only for Year 7 every year, prohibiting entries for other years. Only current enrolled Year 7 students are allowed to proceed to upper levels. The size of classes vary each year, depending on the entrance quotas.
Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan's uniform for boys consists of purple pants for years 7 to 10 and grey pants for sixth form students, white MIB shirt with embroidered school logo and a black songkok.
Girls' uniforms are long white and lavender checkered skirt for years 7 to 10 and long grey skirt for sixth form students, white dress and a school embroidered square tudong.
Members of the student councils wear the same uniform with the exception of the colour of their pants and long skirts, which are navy blue.
A different uniform applies for physical education classes.
Aside from academics, the school provides a wide range of extracurricular activities for its students. These includes: Debate (Gavel Club), Choir, Drama and Theatre, Anime Club, Environmental Club and more. This is along with Swimming, Basketball, Football, Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Golf, Rugby, Cross Country and Hockey.
The school takes part in interschool competitions including Science, Mathematics, Computing, Debate, Hadrah and Nasyid competitions.
MS is also known for their notable Netball, Hockey, Track and Field team, winning several titles each year. In 2013, the unofficial school team, consisting of sixth form girls, MS Rebels came second in the First National Women's Rugby Tournament. During the early years in 1978-1980 the hockey teams and netball teams were very competitive and went to national competitions. This trend still continues today.
The school has also been known to be active in extracurricular activities including a drug awareness team. The school also has an Environmental Club to encourage students on natural awareness and for class research purposes.
The four houses and their associated colours are:
- Hulubalang, Commander (Yellow)
- Laksamana, Admiral (Blue)
- Panglima, General (Red)
- Pahlawan, Warrior (Green)
The houses compete in five major competitions for House of the Year annually:
- Track and Field
- House Drama
Several of Brunei's royal family attended Maktab Sains. The Crown Princess of Brunei Darussalam, Pengiran Anak Sarah, was educated at the school, graduating in 2005.
MS is also known to produce most of Brunei's top lawyers, doctors, high ranking Government officers and armed personnel.