Tranby on Bali high

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

Stu­dents at Tranby Col­lege were of­fered the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence In­done­sian cul­ture up close and per­sonal af­ter they took part in the school’s in­au­gu­ral Year 6 Bali Cul­tural Im­mer­sion Tour last month.

The tour took place from Septem­ber 21 to 25 and in­volved the stu­dents trav­el­ling to Bali with their fam­i­lies and tak­ing part in daily ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the school staff.

Ju­nior school In­done­sian teacher Brooke Thomp­son said nor­mally Year 6 stu­dents would be con­sid­ered too young for an over­seas school trip so the col­lege or­gan­ised for the fam­i­lies to ac­com­pany them.

“The trip was sched­uled for the last week of term 3 so the stu­dents could take part in the trip with their fam­i­lies and have the op­tion to stay on and re­main in In­done­sia for the school hol­i­days,” she said.

“Fam­i­lies could choose their own ac­com­mo­da­tion and the stu­dents were dropped at the meet­ing place each day where the school staff ac­com­pa­nied them and or­gan­ised the ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The stu­dents be­gan the week meet­ing staff from the re­gional ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment who wel­comed them to the coun­try and ex­plained how happy they were to be build­ing links with an Aus­tralian school.

Through­out the week they vis­ited an or­phan­age where they ex­changed do­na­tions and gifts, spent time in the mar­ket where they tested their bar­gain­ing skills, vis­ited the sa­fari park, took part in tra­di­tional dance, art and even at­tended a cook­ing class.

Mrs Thomp­son said the feed­back from stu­dents and fam­i­lies af­ter the trip was good and there was a strong chance the trip would go ahead again next year.

“We had 22 stu­dents out of about 70 choose to at­tend the trip which was fan­tas­tic, the week ran smoothly and it had such great out­comes for stu­dent lan­guage skills and cul­tural un­der­stand­ing,” she said.

“I wanted the stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence In­done­sia for them­selves rather than just hear­ing me tell them about it and to be able to make it hap­pen has been incredible.”

Pic­ture: Tranby Col­lege

Tranby stu­dents Ge­orga El­li­son, Paige Howie, Is­abelle Jemin­son and Lilly Hamil­ton-Vi­dot take part in tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese dance dur­ing the school’s cul­tural im­mer­sion tour.

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