Six Year 5 students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School had the opportunity to attend an international conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
As a full regional member of the Round Square Association, and each year, Year 5 students are invited to apply to attend the annual conference hosted in the Australasian region.
“The trip was ultimately a humbling, exhilarating and eye-opening opportunity for the students, enabling them to build relationships with students from different countries, share perspectives, debate topical issues, forge friendships, support local communities, and develop international understanding,” stated Mr Whirledge, the Head of Primary and who accompanied the students.
While at the conference, hosted by British School Jakarta, the students made music, performed local dances, cooked a signature Indonesian dish, created batik, constructed shadow puppets and more.
“We were excited by the variety of the activities such as planting rice in paddy fields, cooking Nasi Goreng, speaking Indonesian, holding baby orangutans and feeding baby elephants,” said Emily Duff.
The students also gained a new understanding of how governance structures and support differ between countries.
“At one stage, we went to drop off food parcels to the homes of elderly people and listened to their stories. They lived in tiny, damp and dilapidated homes with no income or pension. They rely on their children to send them money,” said Hamish Clark.
Outside of the city, students learned about organic farming in Indonesia and about animal rehabilitation at an animal hospital where they met tigers, orangutans, and elephants.
“We were surprised that the baby orangutans in the animal hospital were wearing nappies! We got to see Sumatran Tigers close up and heard how loud their roar was. Their cages were very small,” noted Emily.
“I loved the trek up the mountains to collect coffee beans. We then got to husk, roast, grind and drink the coffee. It was the first time many of us had drunk coffee,” Elsie Rose reported.