About Panaga School

'Panaga School provides learning supported by an International Curriculum that empowers children with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to be productive members of an ever changing, culturally-diverse world community.'


Panaga School is a company school, owned and operated by Brunei Shell Petroleum with all of our children's parents being employed in the oil and gas industry. There are currently 5 Shell schools around the world in locations where Shell operates; namely Nigeria, Oman, Russia and Brunei. 

Shell schools have changed in recent years with the previous core student population being either British or Dutch. Panaga School now has children from more than 28 different nations. The teachers at Panaga are British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealanders, American and Canadian. 



Panaga School was established in 1948. It is situated in the Brunei Shell residential camp of Panaga between the oil towns of Kuala Belait and Seria.

The school occupies a split site with a distance of approximately 700 metres between Mendaram and Rampayoh (catering for children aged 2 years to 7 years of age) and Teraja and Melilas (catering for children aged 7 years to 13 years of age).

Aims and Standards

Panaga School aims to provide a high standard of education in a style which closely matches each pupil’s own aptitudes and abilities.


We aim to ensure that :

  • All our pupils receive equal opportunities and treatment.

  • All our pupils learn to appreciate and respect the diversity of cultures and languages in the school and learn to be aware of the international world.

  • All our pupils are entitled to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on what a child already knows, understands and can do.

  • All our pupils will be given learning experiences that will be structured to challenge them to achieve their maximum potential academically and socially.

  • All our pupils will have opportunities to develop their self-confidence and self esteem.

  • All our pupils will be encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards learning.

  • All our pupils’ work will be valued and represent a good standard, in all respects, for each child’s age and ability.

Current Organisation

Currently, Panaga School provides education for children from 3-13 years of age. From August 2017, the school extended provision to include classes for children aged 13. There are 2 sites; Teraja (including Melilas) which caters for 7-13 years, and Rampayoh (including Mendaram) which caters for 2-7 years.


As in all Shell schools, the main curriculum taught is the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the core subjects of Mathematics and English follow the National Curriculum of England guidelines.


The school offers an NTC programme for children who speak Dutch, as well as a Mother Tongue programme for children who have French, German or Spanish as their first language.


Children in Rampayoh and Teraja are offered Digital Education, Physical Education, Swimming and Music ; taught by Specialists and there is an Additional Needs Team that supports children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) or children requiring additional support in other areas.

Children in P7 and Melilas middle school are taught by high school specialist teachers for all of their subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Expressive Arts (including visual, dance, drama and music), Humanities, Physical Education, Digital Education and Languages.


Year groups are split into four phases: Early Years, Milepost 1, Milepost 2 and Milepost 3. In August 2017 classes catering for children aged 11-13 will be referred to as the Middle Years.


The school is led by the Principal along with the two Head Teachers and two Deputy Head Teachers, at each respective sites (Rampayoh and Teraja).

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