While waiting for our next entry about what we did for Step 1, why not learn a bit about our school first? After all, as the saying goes, "you cannot love what you do not know."


So dearest readers, welcome to Kuala Nerang, Kedah!

Panorama of our school at night.


Our Location

Our school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato' Syed Ahmad, is located in Kuala Nerang, Padang Terap, Kedah. Kuala Nerang is located in the northern region of Kedah. Here is where our school is located on the map:


The Origin

First established in 1965, our school was first named Sekolah Menengah Kuala Nerang and it only had three buildings, including a canteen. Its first schooling session began on January 1, 1966.


In 1971, our school was renamed to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Syed Ahmad, to honour the current Kedah Chief Minister at that time – Dato’ Syed Ahmad bin Syed Mohamad Shahabudin.



In 2007, our school was crowned as the most excellent school for rural daily school at national level (anugerah Sekolah Cemerlang Peringkat Kebangsaan Kategori Sekolah Harian Luar Bandar) and later in 2009, our school was selected to be a cluster school of excellence.

As a cluster school, our niche areas are Bahasa Melayu (academic and co-curriculum) and archery (co-curriculum). Our school has produced many athletes who have contributed at different levels of participation, especially in archery. The most noted archery athlete was Nurul Aifa Ayuni binti Abu Sufian who did not only excelled in academic, but also has paved her way into various national-level archery tournaments by representing Kedah and brought back gold and silver medals for both individual and team categories. Her success has ignited the flame in young archery athletes in our school and today, she is still active in UPM archery team and every now and then, comes back to help train young archers.


Throughout the years, our school has excelled in many areas – both academic and co-curriculum alike, at many different levels – from district to international level. Our school has also produced numerous excellent students who have become the backbone of local and outside communities.


The most memorable year for our school is definitely 2017. Other than participating in the prestigious Toyota Eco Youth 2017, our school also had set new records for academic achievements. Our 2016 STPM candidates surprised everyone when Chow Wai Loon was chosen as one of the best 2016 STPM students at national level. A month later when 2016 SPM result was announced, our school was surprised yet again with another record-breaking achievement when there were 13 excellent students who scored straight As with one straight A+ candidate, Muhammad Azrul Hamzi bin Abdullah.


As this entry was being written, more students are paving their way into glory with notable achievements and we, the Ecosphere Protectors, will also make our school proud through this Toyota Eco Youth challenge.


Wish us luck, and let's work together with us to reduce carbon footprints, because "a clean and green world is our perfect dream."