The aim of the program, created by the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney, is to provide students with an image of Indonesia’s diverse culture, and inspire them to continue studying the language. We were lucky to be a school that was recommended by the previous Consul General following a dance performance held at Shearwater last year.
The event was enjoyed by 400 students of Indonesian language, and included students from Mullumbimby High School.
Opening with a traditional Indonesian dance from Kalimantan, the event included a slide show presentation on Indonesia and Australia by Mr Heru, and was followed by an angklung performance and workshop, delivered by students from Queensland University of Technology. Class 7H and the Class 7 students from Mullumbimby High came together to learn how key collaboration is to producing a harmonious sound with these wonderful bamboo instruments.
Indonesian language has been a compulsory subject for all Shearwater Primary School students for the past
three years. However the school has a long history of engaging in Indonesian language and culture, such as kecak dance and gamelan playing.
Mr Heru thanked staff and students for contributing to a "greater understanding of Indonesia’s peoples and culture”.