St. Margaret's School, Brunei

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St. Margaret's School
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Coordinates 4°36′35.93″N 114°20′5.89″E / 4.6099806°N 114.3349694°E / 4.6099806; 114.3349694Coordinates: 4°36′35.93″N 114°20′5.89″E / 4.6099806°N 114.3349694°E / 4.6099806; 114.3349694
Motto Be Strong and of Good Courage
Key people Koh Hong Puah (Principal)

St. Margaret's School is a school located in Seria, Brunei.


The school was founded by Rev. Melling, a resident priest at St. Margaret's Church, in 1955. The first school was an old wooden building which was a vehicle repair shop, opposite St. Margaret's Church. It started with three classes and had 60 children. The school was inaugurated by R.E. Hales, the Managing Director of British Malayan Petroleum Company on 8 April 1956. The school moved to its present site in 1959 which was given by the government.

The school was established by the efforts of founder Principal Rev L R Melling and the parishioners of St Margaret’s Church in Seria at Lorong Tiga to cater for those who wanted English as the medium of instruction.

The official opening of the School By Mr R E Hales, Managing director of British Malayan Petroleum Company on 8 April 1956.

St. Margaret's School, circa 1956

In January 1960, the school opened a secondary section with Form 1.

In February 1960, Mr John Heath took over as the principal.

The ARCON building was inaugurated by the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, Mr PM Linton, on 7 May 1961.

The first batch of candidates from St Margaret’s entered the Brunei Certificate of Education in November 1962 (which was later changed to PMB) and the Cambridge School Certificate of Examination in 1964.

A new class room block was inaugurated by the Bishop of Borneo on 26 Feb 1967, and the Principal’s Quarters werer completed in October 1967. Mr Curie (Australia) took over for a short while as Acting Principal. Mr John Heath served the school as Principal until 1970.[1]

A new school block was opened in December 2011.[2]

School song[edit]

We are proud that our school is St.Margaret's, Seria
The place of our studies to fit us for life.
Each morning we study with teachers to guide us.
At home we are busy to learn all they've taught.
We are boys and we are girls with lives stretched out before us.
Oh! what shall we do with this life that is ours?
We'll fit ourselves daily to be useful people;
To serve God and neighbour the rest of our lives.[3]

School prayer[edit]

Almighty God, bless our schools. Help all teachers and scholars. Give us grace to do what is right and strength to do what is difficult. May we always honour Your name. Amen.


Mr. John Heath, Ms. Olwyn Parker, Ms. Sheila Vicars and Mr. David Vicars
Principal Years served
Rev L. R. Melling 1956–1958
John Heath 1960–1970
Rev. J. G. R. Osborne 1971–1974
Rev. A. J. Tudball May – December 1975
Abraham Thomas 1978–1996
Siew Kuan Keasberry 1997–2007
Hjh Kertini Binti OKPSD Abang Hj Abu Hanifah 2007–2009
Mohan Varghese 2009-2011
Koh Hong Puah 2011-2017
Liew Yong Kim Since 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History in a nutshell. "History in a nutshell". Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "St Margaret's School launches 'Mellings Block'". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "School song and prayer". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 

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