November 19, SENAI, JOHOR – For the first time in history, all four schools in Johor adopted under the Setia Caring School Programme (SCSP) by S P Setia Foundation came together for a grand joint graduation ceremony for all the Standard Six students from each school. The joyous and meaningful ceremony was witnessed by more than 400 teachers and proud parents of the students together with representatives from the local District Education Offices of Kulai and Batu Pahat.
A total of 267 students from SK Kota Dalam (84 persons), SK Felda Bukit Permai (17 persons), SJKT Kulai Besar (138 persons) and SJKC See Long (27 persons) achieved one of their first milestones in life and were excited to be given a chance to be a part of a momentous event. None was more elated than the Chairman of S P Setia Foundation and S P Setia Berhad, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Zahid Noordin who was also the Guest of Honour for the event.
“I am truly proud to witness this joint graduation which is the first of its kind for our adopted schools under the SCSP here in Johor. This is only the second time we are having a joint graduation as we started off with the adopted schools in Klang Valley in 2015. This year, we decided to host the multiracial joint graduation ceremony in Johor as the schools have been very active in supporting all the programmes that we have embarked on together over these two years,” said Tan Sri Wan Zahid.
In his speech, Tan Sri Wan Zahid mentioned that he was happy to see the teachers, parents and pupils working together in making the ceremony a success. He also took the opportunity to inform all attendees of the recently launched #StandTogether, a bullying prevention campaign by S P Setia in collaboration with Star Media Group that is advocating for the first week of April each year to be designated as ‘National Kindness Week’ nationwide.
The joint graduation ceremony also saw cultural performances by special students from The Inclusive Caring Arts (TICA) programme as well as students from SJKC See Long who mesmerised the crowd with a multi-cultural dance routine. The graduating children took the opportunity to meet other students and make new friends. The platform also gave the parents a chance to meet and share their experiences on parenting and the transition of their children from primary school to secondary education.
The schools were adopted by the foundation in 2016 with the aim of cultivating future leaders who are not only academically successful, but also grounded in positive moral values and ethics with empathy for all in a multi-cultural community. “On the whole, our programme aims to nurture a more empathetic and morally-grounded society rooted in the core idea of cultivating a caring society,” said Tan Sri Wan Zahid.
“I truly believe that we can make a difference in ensuring that the children are properly guided as unity is vital in bringing everyone together and this collaborative effort to bring multiracial pupils together under one programme should be emulated. S P Setia, through the Setia Foundation, will continue to enrich the lives of the children as our social efforts are focused on education as well as aiding the less fortunate,” he added.