Learning Indonesian at Castlemaine North has been an integral part of the curriculum for many years. The program focuses on the development of Indonesian communication skills and intercultural knowledge. Students participate in language classes for one hour per week in a dedicated language-learning environment, where critical thinking, inquiry learning and creativity are all encouraged and embedded as the students learn about the various ways in which people live throughout different parts of the world. In an ever-increasing global community, learning a second language provides students with the tools to do this effectively.
We also hold an annual Indonesian day where students participate in traditional games, cook and eat Indonesian foods and watch our unique Balinese ‘Barong’ Lion Dragon awaken. This serves as a fundraiser for our World Vision sponsorship of an Indonesian village. As well as this we are fortunate to be home to a traditional Javanese Gamelan, where students have the opportunity to experience being part of a very unique orchestra.