At Bayswater North Primary School, Bahasa Indonesia is taught weekly to the whole school, with preps to Grade 2 students having 40 minute sessions and Grade 3 to Grade 6 students having 60 minute sessions.
Our Indonesian program focuses on developing language skills and building cultural awareness. Students are encouraged to be curious and have fun while they learn, to build their confidence and encourage engagement.
Students learn in a wide variety of ways including singing, role-plays, art, dance, writing, reading, watching video clips and online learning. Language learning covers topics such as Greetings, Colours, Numbers, Pets, Family, School, the Body, Clothes and Shopping. By learning Indonesian, students learn about, and value, different ways of life, traditions, geography, arts, flora and fauna. Students also learn more about themselves.
Indonesian is offered by a number of nearby secondary schools and we have close ties with the Indonesian Department at Heathmont College. Every year, Grade 5 students participate with 4 other primary schools and attend Asian Day at Heathmont College. We work together to manage transitions for our Year 6 students continuing Indonesian.
Apart from being lots of fun, learning another language has many benefits!
- Learning a language is great training for your brain
- Language skills can open new doors for travel, work and understanding.
- You can build connections with people from other countries
- Language learning supports literacy
- You can learn more about your own language and culture
- There are also plenty of good reasons to study Indonesian:
- Being ‘Indonesia-savvy’ can open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities
- Indonesian is very accessible – it uses the same alphabet as English and there are no tones
- Indonesian is a form of Malay so you can communicate with around 250 million people in Indonesia plus people in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
If students have access to the internet at home, they might like to explore or revise their vocabulary at the Indonesian section of Languages Online at:
Terima kasih (Thank- you),
(Bu) Mary-Ellen Dowling