Every year on April 21st Indonesian’s celebrate the life and efforts of Ibu Kartini, an extraordinary woman who was perhaps 100 years ahead of her time. She was a champion of women’s rights and education, and today we remember her as the hero that she was.
Today is National Teachers’ Day in Indonesia, or Hari Guru Nasional. Which is also the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI.
It is not a holiday, but we all take some time to thank our teachers and reflect on the great work that they do in our schools for society.
At SVP we are also in the process of arranging free teacher professional development for some local teachers, but more on that soon!
Once again the parents from our Parents’ Support Group (PSG) arranged a small ceremony and small tokens of appreciation for our teachers at SVP. We were delighted with some lovely singing, a delicious cake, and some small presents or a chocolate snack, several lovely door prizes of a massage voucher and a individualized PSG World Teachers’ Day coffee mug.
“To practice art, no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, an American writer
Art edcuation is truly a chance for students to express and demonstrate their creativity, their communicaiton skills, their collaboration with others, their self-discipline and their self-confidence. This is why Sekolah Victory Plus holds regular student performances. This year our parents and teachers were treated to a version of Pocahontas.
All of our Primary School Students were involved and hard at work practicing several times a week for the last few months. There was screaming, there was tears and there was some laughter; and that’s just from the supervising teachers!
I know that everyone enjoyed themselves, as well as appreciating the students’ hard work, perseverance and creativity. Of course, everyone needs a ‘thank-you’, but in particular this production would not be possible without a producer and a director, so thank-you very much to Ibu Dewi and Ibu Lita.
Traditionally, one does not wish a performer good luck, but instead we said to all of our performers on the day, “Break a leg!”
Our ECE production of Pinocchio was a resounding success! So many students, teachers and parents assisted in making sure everyone knew their lines or their dance and their part in the whole made the all the hard work worthwhile. The story of Pinocchio is based on the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Since the story of Pinocchio is one of the most well known of children’s stories most people are familar with it. The morals within the story that resonate with our CHAMPION values are to be honest, to be principled, and to work and study.
Mahatma Gandhi said that “It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact”. At SVP we interpret that to mean we can only become citizens of the world when we understand and celebrate our own identity.
It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact
An important day to all Indonesians is Hari Kartini, when we can celebrate the efforts of Ibu Raden Ajeng Kartini to change the role of women in Indonesia and allow them the right to learn and study; however, R.A.Kartini also questioned the Dutch colonialism and her efforts for female emancipation were just part of a wider movement for education and rights for all Indonesians. (as indicated in this Jakarta Post article) Continue reading