Sept 2014

Maaef, Saya tikak mengerti! - Indonesian Immersion in the classroom

Every class in the school has experienced a dramatic change in the way they learn Indonesian. Instead of combining the use of English and Indonesian to learn the Indonesian language, now the entire Indonesian class is taught using only the Indonesian language. This creates some difficulties for the students, but the benefits far outweigh these difficulties. One of the senior students commented “All this Indonesian talk is making my brain work too hard!" This Indonesian immersion approach will greatly improve our student’s ability to use Indonesian in a real life context. It is vital that each student focusses their attention on the teacher in these classes as most of the content can be understood through body language and simple actions. At times it may be appropriate to use some English in class, such as when searching for a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture. For the most part however, no English will be heard in class.

Here are some pictures of the 2/3/4 class achieved in an immersion class. The students created a short song using Indonesian vocabulary that they have recently learnt. It was very impressive to see what they were able to produce considering all the instructions were in Indonesian

Alec, Will and Bailey created an Indonesian rap about dogs and cats. Some of the lyrics are "There is a dog here, there is a dog over there", "There is a big cat over there, there is a small cat here"and the song concluded with "That's my song!" Excellent rap boys, it is very entertaining to hear.
Ryan, Jackson and Choloe developed an audience capturing performance by incorporating dance moves into their song. Each time they mentioned an Indonesian word such as dog, bus, car and bicycle, they would act out the work in a short dance. The song ended with the words "I have finished" It is great to see the fully undertand the meaning of the words they are learing.

The first students that tells Pak Ridgweay what the article title "Maaf, Saya tidak megerti!" means in English will recieve a special prize!


Our Indonesian Sister School

July 2014

We officially have our very own Indonesian sister school. Sunrise School Bali has welcomed us to form a relationship with them. The school consists of approximately 50% Indonesian students, 25% Australian students and 25% other nationality students. Classroom instruction is delivered in English and they study Bahasa Indonesia just the same as our students in Little River.
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This unique opportunity allows us to become better acquainted with life in Indonesia. Here are some of the goals we have as sister schools.
• To develop ties of friendship through regular communication.
• To develop students into citizens who are globally engaged, comfortable with diversity and with the skills to operate effectively across cultures with different world views and belief systems.
• To provide opportunities for students and teachers to develop skills which enhance Indonesia-Australia relationships.
• Starting and maintaining Pen Pals between students from both schools.
• Creating short videos and exchanging these in order to be immersed in both schools cultures.
Sunrise School Bali shares a very important common interest with our school. We both strive towards excellence concerning environmental science. Sunrise School Bali has a student vegetable garden where every class is able to grow their own produce. They also have a waste water garden that is thriving.
Certainly there are many great ideas to share between the two schools. We are privileged to be able to have a sister school which will ensure our students get the best education possible through our Indonesian program at LRPS.


March 2014

The Double Pak Team

We have the grand privelege of having Pak Rodd join us in the classroom for the final 5 weeks of term 1. Pak Rodd is a very experienced teacher and he is with us because he is doing his Masters of Teaching LOTE. Pak Ridgeway and Pak Rodd have been working hard to find new strategies to teach Indonesian and create new activies to engage all students. Here are some photos of Pak Rodd in class.

1/2 Hall - Making a number train. 5/6 Casey Maslen - counting numbers for the roll of a die

And Action!

Earlier in the term the senior classes made a short role play where they used simple Indonesian greetings. There were many outstanding role-play's from both classes. Some common words used were:

"Apa Kabar?" - How are you?

"Sampai Jumpa" - Goodbye

One particularly good role play was performed by Tom, Harry and Deegan.

Tom and Harry are Indonesian and Deegan was a tourist that could only speak English. Deegan came up to them and wanted to know where KFC was. Harry and Tom could only tell him in Indonesian but Deegan could not understand. He became angry and left.