On 17th and 19th August 2023, a total of 34 Geography students visited the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), located near the Brunei International Airport. The students were divided into two groups. The first group, which consisted of 18 students from Year 10B, visited BDMD on Thursday, whereas the second group, consisting of 16 students from Year 9B, went on Saturday afternoon.
On arrival at the site, students and teachers first collected a visitor pass in exchange for an IC or passport. The students then had the opportunity to tour the Meteorological Garden and the Weather Forecast Centre of BDMD. Students engaged in interactive sessions, presentations, and demonstrations conducted by knowledgeable officers and staff.
In a presentation by Ms. Nadiah Yasin, a BDMD officer shared that, beginning in the late 1950s, weather service in Brunei primarily served aviation activities. She added that over the years, the demand for meteorological services grew, and since 14 January 2013, BDMD has officially been the country's National Meteorological Service and is the authority responsible for the provision of meteorological and climate services.
It is hoped that this field trip and witnessing the work carried out by professionals in BDMD will inspire and help students connect theory with real-world applications and contribute to their overall learning and development. Before leaving, teachers and students enjoyed some refreshments and took group photos with the BDMD staff members.
We are grateful to the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department for hosting this educational field trip and making it an invaluable experience for the St. Georgians!