2021 Specialist Teaching and Learning
Indonesian - Mrs Cheryl Wixon
At South Hedland Primary School, students from Years 1 - 6 participate in Bahasa Indonesian language classes for one hour a week. Indonesia, where approximately 257,000,000 people speak Bahasa Indonesian, is Australia’s closest Asian neighbour.
South Hedland Primary School recognises the importance of learning a second language. Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical thinking, listening skills, improves memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
Learning a second language has many benefits for students. It increases chances for participation in exchange programs organised by schools and universities. Second language proficiency enhances future career opportunities as many organisations often employ people who can speak a second language so they can connect with people from different backgrounds.
Our Indonesian Language Program aims at engaging students in interesting lessons which focus on developing their oral and written communication skills in Bahasa Indonesian. The Program also teaches students about the history of Indonesia, the location of Indonesia on a world map and its geographical features. Students learn to appreciate and accept cultural differences, and in doing so, view the world from a wider perspective.
The Language Program provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in several ways including songs, games, role play, cooking, short performances, art activities, reading books in the Indonesian language and writing sentences. Students are encouraged to use Bahasa Indonesian when interreacting with friends and staff out of the classroom.
Our Indonesian teacher, Ibu Wixon, has a personal connection to Indonesia as her son and granddaughter live there. Ibu Wixon is very passionate about the culture and history of Indonesia and is devoted to providing interesting, fun and meaningful Indonesian language learning experiences for the students at South Hedland Primary School.