Story and pic by Wong Kung Kui
MIRI – The 4th Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Bible Knowledge (BK) quiz Sarawak Zone was held at SMK St Columba on July 11 with the participation of 120 secondary students throughout Sarawak.
The aim of the quiz was to test SPM BK students on their knowledge of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.
Many Christian parents and students are still not aware that BK is offered as a subject in SPM. Students can opt to take up BK in their respective schools and it is not limited to missionary schools only. Hence the quiz also hopes to raise awareness among students in BK.
“The BK quizzes are student-friendly, fun events. They are not exams. Last year’s individual quiz (BK14) saw excellent scores from Forms 1-6. Oral quiz gets SPM BK candidates to notice details, major events and God-moments. Get into the Word now. God speaks to the reader, the seeker and the Bible scholar,” said Kua Kun Han, the founder of BK quiz. Kua founded the BK quiz 19 years ago with the cooperation from the Malayan Christian School’s Council (MCSC), Scripture Union and some BK teachers from KL and Selangor.
In addition, BK 15 contestants (Form 1-3) who are not sitting for their SPM this year were able to benefit by participating in the written quiz hence preparing them as future SPM BK candidates
SMK Methodist Sibu took the 1st and 3rd place in the SPM BK Oral Category, with SMK St Columba clinching 2nd place.
In the BK 15 Upper Form (4-5) Category written quiz, Fourth Former Jemima Hii Beng Eng (SMK Methodist Sibu) was placed first followed by Victor Lee Zheng Siang from SMK Dato Permaisuri and third place both from Form Four SMK St Columba, namely Florence Wong Jia Yi and Roshanth Aaron James.
Marina Wong Mei Ing, a Form Three student of SMK St Columba Miri topped the Lower Form category (Form 1-3). The second place went to Gerald Lisson Ralphie of SMK Lutong Miri followed by Esther Lau Yi Ci, a Form Three student from SMK St Columba.
The judges were Rev. Lenita Tiong (Grace Methodist Church, Miri), Catherine Chia (St. Joseph Cathedral, Miri), and Sii Ling (Grace Methodist Church, Miri).
Meechang Tuie, the Chairman Teachers’ Christian Fellowship Miri and Principal of SMK St Columba was present to congratulate and give away prizes to the winners.
In his closing speech, Meechang welcomed and thanked all the participants and judges for their support to the event. He encouraged participants to study harder to deepen their faith in Christ. “For God’s Word is the foundation of Christian faith,” he said.
“I would also like to thank the organizing committee, the helpers and students for a job well-done. I believe it is right and good for us as a Mission School to host such a significant and meaningful event and let us be reminded to work closely to glorify God. I hope this event will continue to bless more students,” he added.
“BK Oral Quiz East Malaysia Zone has started in year 2012 in SMK St Columba. This year marks another breakthrough for BK quiz, because a new regional center started in Kota Kinabalu. I am hoping to see more participants from other divisions in Sarawak to join the quiz in near future. Indeed I’m so thankful to the Christian teachers in SMK St Columba. They have shown unity in Christ working together as a team to make this event a successful one.” said Wong Kung Kui, the Coordinator for the quiz.
The event was organized by the Malayan Christian Schools’ Council (MCSC), Scripture Union and SMK St Columba, and sponsored by Grace Methodist Church.
Chief Judge Rev Lenita Tiong from Grace Methodist Church took the opportunity to encourage and motivate the participants. “You all have done a great job in today’s quiz,” she praised them.
The top finalists for SPM BK oral quiz have qualified to join the national finals at SMK Assunta, Petaling Jaya on Aug 1. The grand finale is the climax for the event and the organizer is expecting 600-700 participants from throughout Malaysia.