Kuching (Sarawak), Saturday, 24 September 2016 – Datuk Syed Ahmad Alsree, Group Executive Director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB), accompanied by Dato Hajjah Hanifah Hajar Taib-Alsree were joined by parents, teachers and members of the local community at the flag-off for the inaugural Tunku Putra School (TPS) Fun Run, which formally began the festivities that will culminate in the school’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, 7th October.
After warming up and receiving a safety briefing, friends and family of TPS students cycled, rollerbladed, ran or walked from the school campus to the Sarawak Stadium and back to support local causes and in celebration of the School’s achievements that have spanned 20 years.
The open day also included a world food fair, serving delights from around the globe, which stood on standby for the hungry Fun Run participants and visitors from throughout Kuching who joined the celebrations to experience the unique atmosphere amidst a cosmopolitan learning culture.
Also on offer were a host of sporting, cultural and other exciting activities, including some to highlight the importance of recent advancements in the classroom through assisted learning technology (using iPads) as well as impressive performing arts presentations, for which the School has become renowned. Recent TPS drama performances have included ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Sondheim’s classic musical, ‘Into the Woods,’ in which students partnered the Sarawak State Symphony Orchestra.
Playing host to the netball and volleyball finals was the impressive and recently-opened TPS Tun Taib Hall, which witnessed nail-biting basketball clashes with SMK Kuching High coming up against TPS’ A Team and Chung Hua Middle School take on SMK Lundu. In a separate friendly basketball match, TPS also came up against, and ultimately overcame, St Joseph’s Private School.
Proceeds from the sale of food and all gift donations, which totalled over RM6,000.00, are being given to the Kuching Autistic Association. Students also chose to run stalls to raise money for their own special charities, successfully raising RM1,337.00 for various good causes.
On Friday, 7th October 2016, His Excellency, Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, The Governor of Sarawak, will be guest of honour at a special ceremony to be held on-campus at TPS, where he and others will be entertained with a rich cultural presentation of dance and music as well as taking a trip down memory lane with a video presentation charting the development and growth of TPS – the growth His Excellency has closely followed since the School’s founding and naming by him in 1996.
Speaking at the School’s first Fun Run, Susan Holmes, the Principal of TPS, said: “Celebrating 20 Years of Learning is another landmark in the unique history of TPS. As a School we are continuously aspiring to improve on our previous best, to impact positively on students’ progress and raise standards of achievement as we seek to achieve our mission and vision. How we have achieved those, will of course, have been developed and refined over time as we prepare the students to take their place in the 21st century world, where excellent character and possessing a wide range of skills are as significant as wide knowledge base.”