The Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) has been taught at our school for approximately six years. As an island community, Bruny has a natural link with the Indonesian archipelago of over 17,000 islands.
All students from Kindergarten to Grade Six are immersed in the language and culture of our closest Asian neighbour through a face-to-face weekly lesson. The lesson involves a variety of learning activities to introduce and reinforce vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar. Students are involved in games and songs as well as activities which focus on the diversity and vibrancy of Indonesian culture and Geography.
We are very fortunate to have a unique teaching arrangement which involves a specialist Indonesian Teacher, Ingrid Colman who visits throughout the term to mentor and guide our classroom teacher of Indonesian. Indonesian lessons exemplify best practice and use methods of teaching which bridge all learning areas.
Each year students from Grade Three to Grade Six enter an Indonesian Competition which is judged at the University.
We have an Indonesian Bridge Partnership school in Bandung, West Java. Over the past four years we have had teacher visits to Bandung and teachers from Bandung to Bruny Island! This connection has been continued through simple means such as electronically sharing newsletters and events which are culturally significant to our cultures.
We have been privileged to have received several visits from Balinese artists who have been involved in Dark Mofo. This interaction has been facilitated through the University of Tasmania.