Tranby on Bali high
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.”
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.