Monday, September 12, 2005

Day one, total immersion.


The day started early, 7.30am. After meeting all the staff, I joined the junior school outside for their Monday morning assembly called Upacara. This is a national assembly the children ran singing traditional songs and raising of the flag, all in Indonesian. I was introduced to the students as Ibu Liz by Kathryn Young, the primary expat principal.

I had a tour of the school, which is huge, and surrounded by a kampung (village) on one side and open land on the other. Plenty of space for the students in a beautifully maintained tropical garden setting. I attended two team planning meetings and was impressed by the collaboration of the one expat teacher and four Indonesian teachers. Each classroom has two Indonesian teachers who teach in Indonesian and one expat per year level to teach subjects in English.They worked together on the week aheads plan for the program of inquiry, all equally contributing ideas. A specialist (library) joined us for the year two meeting and demonstrated a truly integrated approach of specialist subjects. Time for planning meetings was available due to religion classes happening at that time.

Religion seems to play a big part in the school as Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Buddists and Hindus are equally acknowledged and respected. They all go off to seperate classes and these teachers are also brought on board for units of inquiry.
Your comments are welcome!
- Liz Bawden-Nixon

13 Comments:

At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Year 4 Sekolah Global Jaya said...

Year 4 Sekolah Global Jaya said...
One thing I get frustrated about Jakarta is the traffic, pollution and graffiti and rubbish. - Telly, Irfan and Smita.

One thing I wonder about is if the world could be one world and everyone would cooperate and there would be peace. - Oscar

One thing I like about SGJ is the food, good friends, and exciting lessons. - Soemaya

Does your school have big buildings? - Daniel

 
At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Agus said...

Welcome to Jakarta, we are very happy to make contact with another PYP school. Maybe my children during the IT class can exchange ideas with St Leonards children. Do you have any great ideas??
-Pak Agus - IT teacher - SGJ

 
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At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Sekolah Global Jaya said...

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At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Sekolah Global Jaya said...

Hi there,

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Sekarang anda bisa mengirim komentar positif mengenai program ini tanpa harus memasukkan username atau password.

Just click onto anonymous at the bottom of this box when you are ready to publish your comment.

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Remember to include your name, position and email address at the end of your comment.

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Hope your are learning alot about Liz's visit to Jakarta!!

Allison - PYP coordinator - SGJ
Pak Agus - IT teacher - SGJ

 
At Tuesday, September 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ibu Liz

I hope you are haveing fun at our school(SGJ)and I hope all of the students & teacher are nice to you.

Have you met the students in thire class?

Also,I want to ask you this

-In Melbourne do they have many black outs?

-In wich class are you teaching?

-What is your school name in Melbourne?

-How old are you?

(LOVE* Nuna)

 
At Tuesday, September 13, 2005, Blogger Sekolah Global Jaya said...

Hi Nuna,
Thank you so much for your message.In Melbourne I teach the kindergarten class. I am sure one of the classes at St Leonard's College would love to answer your questions about life in Melbourne and find out more about life in Jakarta.

Regards,
Ibu Liz

 
At Tuesday, September 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from the Year 4 students here at Sekolah Global Jaya to the Year 4 students at St. Leonards.

Our Unit of Inquiry is "Send Me A Message".

In Jakarta there are many frustrating things like, traffic jams, pollution and litter. Some of us wish that we could have snow here on our mountains but the weather is too hot...

Do you have snow in Melbourne?

We think our school is great because there are many fun games and activities...we also think we are very lucky to have a big wide open space with a gym and a swimming pool too. The kids are kind and friendly here.

Our canteen has lots of deicious food like scrambled eggs, spaghetti, pancakes, noodles,cheese rolls, hash browns, nachos, yoghurt, milk-shakes and fresh juices.
What is the food like in your canteen?

Please reply soon,
From all your Indonesian friends here at SGJ in Year 4 H

 
At Wednesday, September 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Year to Year 4's at St Leonard's College,

This is Year 4I from Sekolah Global Jaya in Jakarta...

Can you be our pen pals? Shula

do the boys and girls play together and visit each others houses? Sarah

Do you have a Student Council? Widy

what do you guys do when is snows? Shula

We like to play basket ball, soccer, clapping hand songs, yoyos, tic tac toe, dino-duel, yogioh and some of our favourite songs are by Britney Spears and Hilary Duff... Keshia and Sekar

We would like to come and visit you soon,

Please write back,
from all your friends here in 4I

 
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