Buddy Work in Indonesian Lessons

I just love watching students working collaboratively together and when the students ages and capabilities are very different, it is even more satisfying.
This week, junior primary classes are completing their becak models. A ‘becak’ is a form of transport found in many places in Indonesia (not Bali & Jakarta) and they are lots of fun to ride in. We are talking about them because the book R – 2 students have been reading this term, “Guru Kami Pak Budi” (Our Teacher, Mr. Budi),a book about the ways in which Pak Budi gets to school over the week his motor bike is ‘rusak’ (broken). He travels by becak, by horse and cart (delman), by car, by pushbike and even walks one day! All forms of transport were familiar, or are ones they had heard of at least, except for the becak.
Here is a picture of a becak:
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As you can see, it is half bike and half carriage.

Over 2 weeks, students have coloured in their becak model



then this week we cut them out and constructed them
…..either independently (years 1-2)


…….or with help from their buddies (receptions).




A lovely way to complete the term!


Skyping Our Sister School

Yesterday, 5/6 Roberts ‘Skyped’ a class from our sister school, Bakti Mulya 400, who are in Indonesia. It was a very exciting time for both PEPS and Bakti Mulya students. This is the first time (of hopefully many times) that we will have the chance to speak with students from our sister school.

Late last term, our school applied for (and won) a grant from the south Australian Government for $2000. The grant money is specifically for this purpose; i.e. establishing an e-partnership with our sister school. So we are off to a great start already!! With the money, 3 iPads have been purchased and these will be used in a variety of ways to interact and communicate with our sister school.

Even though it was our first time Skyping Bakti Mulya and there were many internet issues, students from both sites were still excited to have the opportunity to make contact with each other.

Here are some comments from our students:

It was fantastic to Skype our sister school today!

It was great to see what their classroom and uniform looks like!

Instead of speaking English, we spoke in Indonesian to our sister school!

It was fun listening to their English because we didn’t expect them to say stuff like ‘What’s up?’ and ‘I come in peace’!

It was brave of students to stand up and introduce themselves when they were so shy.

Even though the internet connection was tricky, it was still good to Skype another country.

I enjoyed see what they were wearing. It was interesting.



Sekolah – School

In preparing for approval of the new Australian Curriculum – Languages, which will have a strong push for greater spoken Indonesian within the classroom, students have been focusing on classroom phrases and vocabulary.
All students can answer, “Apa kabar?” (how are you?),
can say ‘terima kasih‘ (thank you),
sama-sama‘ (you are welcome)
and are now consolidating the phrases:

May I please borrow a (pencil/eraser/sharpener etc)
Boleh saya pinjam (pensil, penghapus, penyerut)

May I please go to the toilet?
Boleh saya ke w.c.?

May I please get a drink?
Boleh saya cari minuman?

Students have also been learning the vocabulary for objects commonly found in classrooms. We looked at some photos I took in the Indonesian classrooms I worked in last year to compare and contrast the similarities and differences. Students then labeled as many objects as they could!