Last week, nine students and two teachers from Al Azhar Sentra Primer High School in Jakarta, Indonesia, visited Hove Park School. The school had specifically asked to come to HPS because of our International specialisms. They really wanted to experience life as an English school student; so each student was buddied up with a Young Interpreter at Hove Park School. We had so many volunteers for the job that we had to create a special timetable so that every Young Interpreter had a chance to buddy an Indonesian student in lessons.
Our fantastic Young Interpreters did a fabulous job of “buddying” with each student, ensuring they felt welcome and comfortable so far away from home.
The Indonesian visitors learnt many things about life in an English school, however our own Young Interpreters also learnt many things about life in Indonesia. Leelah told us that as they were learning about ‘probiotic drinks’ in Science her buddy told her that in Indonesia all students have a probiotic drink every day! Konstantinos told us that he and his buddy especially enjoyed sharing and learning about each other’s cultures and ways of life.
On the last day we were treated to an Indonesian dance and presentation as a special “Thank You” to the school for hosting them. With traditional costumes and music to accompany them, all nine students performed a mesmerising cultural dance. Our Head Teacher, Mr. Jim Roberts then presented each of them with their certificates which they proudly accepted with beaming smiles.
As a parting gesture they very generously, presented gifts to their Young Interpreter Buddies and every member of the audience.
The visitors and our Young Interpreters all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Here you can see a video of the traditional dance performed to our students.