Chung Hwa Middle School


To provide quality education to Tiong Hwa community in Brunei, Kapitan China Ong Boon Pang and few dignitaries, after much effort, established a school called York Choi School in 1918. The school had a humble start where it only rented a two-story shop lot as its classroom without a building of its own.

In 1922, the school was named Chung Hwa School and only 16 years later in 1938, the school made a major breakthrough with its own premises situated at Jalan Bendahara (approximately the vacant space of the current Parliament)

In 1940, Kapitan China Ong Boon Pang passed away peacefully after chairing the school board for 22 years and his great contribution in laying a solid foundation for the school is still remember and much appreciated.

In 1954, Lim Teck Hoo was elected as the new School Board.

In 1955, the school commenced its secondary level and changed its name to Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB.

In 1957, the government of Brunei subsidised the school and paid for the teachers' salary, administration cost and the construction cost of the basic school facilities. Moreover, free lunch, and later changed into free beverage, was provided to fellow students from 1959 to 1969.

In 1959, a comprehensive learning curriculum was successfully implemented at the school with its upper secondary level introduced in 1959. The total student population surged, surpassing the 1000 benchmark.

In 1962, one two-storey building was completed with the financing from both government and donation from the community. In 1962, the school launched its kindergarten level.

In 1968, a stadium was in completion.

In 1970, the government withdrawing its financial support to the school fomented financial constraints in the Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB. The crisis was solved after the Tiong Hwa Community volunteered to support the school in a form of monthly donation and the kind benefaction provided by the philanthropic Kapitan China Awang Lim Teck Hoo and other board members.

In 1971, the medium of instruction was changed to English for Upper Secondary Science Streams.

In 1972, the school was honoured when Al-Marhum Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddin consented to officiate the 50th school anniversary. At the same time, a four-storey building was completed to cater for the needs of its secondary students.

In 1974, in line with the national policy, Friday was declared a weekend holiday. The school syllabus was adapted to echo the national syllabus where English and Bahasa Melayu were taught to primary students. After 1975, the medium of instruction of the school, except Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, History, Music, Physical Education (PE), Arts and Moral, was aptly changed to English.

In 1975, the school embraced teachers assigned by the government to teach Bahasa Melayu for primary level and their salary was shouldered by the government.

In 1978, the school marked a glorious history and established its name when its students scored the public exams such as the PCE and BJCE with flying colours.

In 1982, a three-storey building was built to cater for the needs of kindergarten pupil. In May 1982, the school hall was upgraded and its named was officially changed to Darussalam Hall. The school marked a new milestone when Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir graced the grand celebration of the school 60th anniversary. In November, the gala night, organised by the school alumni, successfully collected $241,937.80 with the establishment of the alumni education fund.

In 1983, the rules of the school board were amended and for the following year, election of the school boards abided by such amended rules. The new school canteen was open in 1986 and one year later, sixth form was launched at the school with a total of 11 students.

In 1988, the school made history as the first school whose management and learning was aided by computer.

At the same year, computer was integrated as part of the extracurricular activities. The new meeting room and the school library were completed and one air-conditioned school bus was used. In December that year, seven students graduated from the sixth form. The new entry policy, where a credit in GCE O' Level Bahasa Melayu was a prerequisite to study in Sixth Form, jeopardised the source of students and forced the school to cease its sixth form education later.

In 1990, one hostel for teachers and students was constructed.

In 1992, the 70th anniversary celebration of the school was officiated by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Pehin Haji Abdul Aziz Umar. On May 1995, one gala concert was held in Darussalam Hall to fund the fixing of air conditions for the staff room and kindergarten. $300,000 was successful collected.

In 1996, the chairman, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Temenggung Dato Lim Teck Hoo retired after leading the school for more than 40 years.

In 1997, Awang Ang Swee Chuan was elected as the new chairman. In May, the school alumni donated $100,000 to the school after CHMS Gala Cultural Night.

In 1998, the school launched its own website, and in June that year, a cutting-edge computer lab and multimedia language rooms were officiated.

In 1999, parents could surf the net to peruse their children's performance at school and apply leave for their children via the school web.

In year 2000, the school ventured into the cyber era and teachers from eight core subjects were requested to post their lesson plans online to make it convenient for students in their revision. Series of activities such as the Zhuan Deng camp and Duan Wu Exhibition were held. Express class was introduced from Primary 4 to Form 3 to expedite learning for students with excellent results.

In 2001, Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzzadin Waddaulah, sultan dan Yang Di-pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam consented to visit the school. Beginning with the same year, the election of the new school board would be held once every four years. The construction of PE rooms for kindergarten and computer rooms for secondary were also completed at the same year, along with the CHMS Vision 2003 campaign.

In 2002, the school celebrated its 80th anniversary with much gaiety and an array of activities was held to commemorate the eventful year. Kick starting the celebration was the opening ceremony on 6 April 2002. Students, teachers and public jousted and frolicked to participate in the launching of the 80th anniversary logo, touch light relay, tug-of-war and internet quiz. On 28 April that year, Walkathon 2002 was officiated by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abu Bakar. A total of $345,291.71 was collected from people of all walks of life and fellow Chung Hwa boys or girls. Part of the collection which comprised $28,000, was donated to Tabung Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah. On 28 September 2002, the Legacy Hall was officiated by the chairman at that time, Mr. Ang Swee Chuan.

On 2 October 2002, the school was honoured to have Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam consenting to officiate the 80th anniversary of CHMS, BSB.

In 2003, the distinguished Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz and his entourage, officiated the cleaning campaign to curb SARS on 6 May. On 7 September 2003, a gala funfair was successfully held to raise money for the school development fund. On 2 October 2003, in conjunction with the 81st anniversary, a cultural concert was held at Darussalam Hall. On 21 October 2003, the school and UNITEK inked the IT-SMS and paved way for the e-administration implemented later.

On 24 July 2004, the school won the fourth place in the National Cleaning Campaign. On 2 September, a gala cultural performance was organised at Darussalam Hall for the school development fund. On 2 October, the school celebrated the 82nd anniversary where a cultural performance was held at Darussalam Hall to add gaiety to the event. In October, our student, Dayang Huang Xiu Mei, was honoured to receive the BICTA award from Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.

On 18 March 2005, the school Board of Directors, the principal and other staff from the school held an educational tour to China. On 30 August, the school launched a programme to enable parents to communicate and share ideas via SMS. On 2 September, a Wall Painting Competition involving students of different levels successfully festooned the school compound with numerous educational wall paintings. In November, our school was honoured to host the 6th South East Asia Mandarin Forum.

On 5 September 2006, the school and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Brunei inked the agreement to elect the school as the organising school for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Brunei, a national standardized test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. On 9 September, three students from the school secured a scholarship from the school to pursue their academic advancement in China. Students that year also achieved outstanding results in O' Level and were honoured with 10 Brilliance Awards. In October, the school launched the ground-breaking ceremony of the new school building. On 14 November, the school participated in the Aidilfitri Educational Exhibition in ICC, Berakas and the school was indebted when Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan consented to visit the exhibition booth of the school.

On 11 March 2007, CHMS Parent-teacher Association was established to involve parents and teachers of kindergarten, primary and secondary in the development of the school. On 8 April, a walkathon to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the school was successfully held and the school was grateful to the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Rahman to officiate the walkathon. Students of the school again made Chung Hwa proud by their remarkable results in O' Level whereby one student of the school emerged as the world top in commercial studies. On 29 August, the recycle campaign was successfully launched. On 2 September, the school held a grand funfair to raise fund for the new school building. On 24 October, the renowned philanthropist Madam Aw Sian visited the school.

On 6 January 2008, the state-of-the-art Pehin Temenggung Dato Lim Teck Hoo Bulding was completed. The Opening Ceremony was graced by the presence of Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Cina Kornia Diraja Awang Lau Ah Kok. On 19 July, the new exit bridge was officiated to expedite the traffic flow at school. On 15 November 2008, the minister of education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Haj Awang Abdul Rahman officiated the opening of the new school building and marked a new era for the school.

Admission Policy

CHMS offers a continuous education from kindergarten till secondary 5. The main intake of students is at the Kindergarten 1 & 2 levels for which registration normally begins in August each year.

The school accepts any student, Bruneians, local residents, and foreigners, who meet the appropriate age requirements (3 years for Kindergarten 1 and 4 years for Kindergarten 2). The school also accepts any student with appropriate age and education attainment requirements into other levels of study on a case by case basis, subject to the availability of places.

All foreign students are required by law to have a valid student pass issued by the Ministry of Education and endorsed by the Immigration Department before they can be enrolled in the school.

Vision:To Be Most Sought after school in brunei


To lay in our students strong eastern values, the ability to do well in both their studies and sports, and the confidence to excel in their future careers.


To provide the children of the Chinese community in Brunei with an opportunity for a quality education while at the same time welcoming children of other ethnic groups.

To provide an education with equal emphasis on the learning of the Chinese, English and Malay languages in accordance with the social and national needs of the country.

To mould the students into loyal and law abiding citizens.

To create an environment where children are developed fully and harmoniously all round-morally, intellectually, physically, socially and aesthetically.

School Moto

• Propriety ● Righteousness ● Modesty ● Remorsefulness