KOTA KINABALU (CS) – SRK Sacred Heart has done the state and nation proud by becoming the National Best Team champion for the 2014 Level 2 Science competition of Malaysia Asean Science & Maths Olympiad (MASMO).
The school also won the silver team award for Standard 6 Mathematics of MASMO, making it the best primary school team overall in Malaysia for both these subjects.
SRK Sacred Heart Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) president Simon Linus said the Olympiads who brought home the glory for Sabah and Malaysia were Isaac Emmanuel JF Isidore, Visalan Roshan, Jayden Joseph, Edwardson Muis, Azri Danish Jumaat, Ryan Constantine Libamin, Iskandar Zulkarnain Ramlee, Zachary Abel Willaam, Jordan John and Emmanuel Elijah Diego.
Those on the team that won the silver team award were Muhammad Zawawie Ahmad, Awang Syazrieff Azriel Awang Jasrie, Visalan Roshan, Isaac Emmanuel JF Isidore, Jayden Joseph, Jordan John, Azri Danish Jumaat, Ryan Constatine Libamin, Nigel Adam Gaim and Clifford Rechard.
Visalan Roshan was the only Year 5 recipient of Individual Merit Winner Award for Borneo Maths 2013 covering Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan from over 1,627 students of SRK and SRJK schools.
Linus said they were proud of the students’ hardwork and dedication which had brought them success, and that the parents were overjoyed by the win as it came barely eight months after the school celebrated its 110th anniversary in January this year.
According to Linus, SRK Sacred Heart, being a mission school is committed to provide the highest quality Catholic education, after the aspiration of its founding father, Fr Henry Van Der Heyden, who was the first headmaster in 1903.
It was recorded that the only thing that gave Fr Heyden great consolation was the school and the boys, especially those who were ready to be formed as new catechumens. He was concerned both for their spiritual welfare and general education.
In this respect, Linus calls on the school to revive its stand as a Catholic Mission School and to make its worth in impacting the life of the students against the trends that challenge their notiions of traditional education, as well as the definition of what it means to be Catholic.
MOSMA aims to build stronger foundation of teaching methodology, to stimulate enthusiasm, interest and love in exploring mathematics, to cultivate, inspire and develop innovative abilities, creative thinking and special characteristics, to strengthen mathematical intuition, logical thinking and strategies for problem solving, to provide satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges, as well as to enrich experiences in intellectually stimulating mental activities.