Sister School ExchangeOur three guests from our sister school in Gunungsitoli on the island of Nias, Indonesia have been exploring Wodonga and learning about life at Victory
Over the past two weeks, we have been truly blessed to share our College community with three guests, teacher Mr Amisari Ziliwu and two students Chantika and Siprianius, from our sister school – SMA SWASTA KRISTEN BNKP from Gunungsitoli on the island of Nias, Indonesia. They have been involved throughout the College during their visit in a range of ways, both in and out of class. It has been a great benefit to our Indonesian program as Mr Ziliwu, Chantika and Siprianius have been supporting some of our classes and giving our students the opportunity to practice their language skills. It is a true credit to our guests as while they were strangers when they first arrived, they certainly aren’t anymore.
As a school that utilises the Australian Curriculum, a visit such as this provides the opportunity to embed international school partnership activities across all learning areas and year levels and provides unique learning opportunities to connect students, teachers and school communities internationally. Providing opportunities for students to make global connections with peers works towards developing the twenty-first century capabilities required to be active and confident global citizens.
Later this term, I will be returning to Nias on our 2018 Indonesian Immersion Tour with Mr Gavin Hickey, Ms Emily Brien and a small group of Year 10 & 11 students. This is an exciting opportunity to further enhance our sister school connection and I know that we will be blessed by the experience with everyone coming away saying “Omasido Tano Niha” – I love Nias.
We thank the Victory P&F for their financial support to cover the travel expenses of one of our Indonesian guests as well as the McIntosh, Moffat and Baker families who have hosted our guests over the past two weeks.
I look forward to our sister school partnership with SMA SWASTA KRISTEN BNKP in Gunungsitoli growing over the coming years and see a great opportunity to share an amazing learning experience for both school communities.
Yours in Christ,
Mr John Thompson
Helping Years 9 and 10 build their Indonesian conversation skills
Teaching Years 3 and 4 the latest Indonesian dance moves
Kahoot Language Quiz with some general knowledge thrown in