BANDAR SERI BANGAWAN - Giggles and cheers of pre-school to Year Six pupils of Pehin Dato Jamil Primary School filled the school's hall on Thursday as they had a fun-filled time with employees from McDonald's.
The event organised by the sole franchiser of the fast food outlet - Makan Ceria Sdn Bhd - was part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility programme to bring cheer through games and other activities to schools at the end of the first academic term.
The event started with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah, which was delivered by the school's representative, Ustaz Jaharnoor Hj Rungging.
This was then followed by a welcoming speech by the coordinator of the event from Makan Ceria, Nur Azyranizah Hj Jalaihi.
After the prayers, fun ensued with pupils participating in several games such as 'In and Out' and Uniform Relay Games between teams. Prizes were later handed out to winners.
The highlight of the day was the celebration of nine pupils and five teachers whose birthdays fell in March.
They were surprised with a birthday cake and were treated to an appearance of one of McDonald's mascot, Hamburglar, who brought joy to all the pupils.
Apart from the games and birthday celebration, pupils also engaged in creative play time as they were given the opportunity to create, build and play with Lego robots guided by the Managing Director of the sole distributor of Lego Education in Brunei, Blue box Services, Hjh Faridah Hj Burut. The company collaborated with McDonald's for the fun occasion.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Principal Junaidi Hj Hussin espressed his gratitude to the fast food outlet and saw the occasion as an eye-opener for pupils to view the firm as more than just a business entity.
He also welcomed more non-government or public sector organisations and firms to come visit the school.
Meanwhile, Nur Azyranizah said that the CSR was a way to put smiles on pupils' faces.
"It is also a way to discipline ourselves and gain more skills on leadership," she added.
The event concluded with an exchange of gifts between the school and Makan Ceria as well as a closing remark from the principal of the school.