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Visiting Indonesians share culture
Jovia Mariana, Jas Sinclair, 15, Layla El-Ansary, 15, and Suryadi Prianda at Gold Creek School for a cultural
Photo: Jay Cronan
Mary Lynn Mather
A group of 18 Indonesian ambassadors
brought colour and culture to the Gold
Creek School gymnasium last week.
With their traditional outfits, songs
and dances, the performers transported
junior and senior students, teachers,
staff and carers to the archipelago they
Crossing language barriers with
ease and energy, the Australian
Indonesian Youth Exchange Program
participants entertained their audience
as they celebrated love, the rains, a
catch of fish and even an old car.
The younger children copied them
as they engaged in body percussion,
clapping and tapping with their hands
or lifting their arms as one.
Year 9 students Jas Sinclair and
Layla El-Ansary, both 15, learn
Indonesian as part of the curriculum.
They appreciated the way the
performers synchronised their
movements and wove them together.
Layla said she would be interested
in doing an exchange program with the
country that is Australia’s ‘‘closest
neighbour’’ one day.
‘‘I reckon it’s an easy language to
learn but the cultural differences are
the hardest part,’’ said Jas, who comes
The students praised their teacher,
Philip De Zylva, for making their
language classes fun and filled with
plenty of games and interactive
They said the stress-free
environment he created made it
enjoyable to learn Indonesian and find
out more about the country and its
Not only does Mr De Zylva speak
the language fluently; he is also an
‘‘I’m proud to boast that Gold Creek
places a large emphasis on equipping
students as global citizens, offering
five languages as part of a compulsory
language program from years 7 to 10,’’
Mr De Zylva said.
The school expected to receive full
certification for the International
Baccalaureate by the year’s end.
Indonesian ambassador Suryadi
Prianda, who helped Mr De Zylva
during his work placement in
Canberra, found it ‘‘very interesting to
experience the Australian classroom’’.
The exchange program operates
under an agreement between the
Australian and Indonesian
RED POPPY AWARD
impact of war
The first Veterans Film Festival will
start at 6pm on Wednesday, November
11, at the Australian War Memorial.
Remembrance Day was chosen for
the screening as the collection of short
films from around the world
showcases stories about serving and
ex-serving military personnel, their
families and the impact war has on
Festival director Tom Papas said
more than 100 films were submitted
for the program, from many countries.
‘‘They explore issues that touch war
veterans from diverse perspectives,
and exploring consequences and
influences,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a real challenge to select a
program of just 20 short films.’’
The Veterans Film Festival will
present the Red Poppy Award to the
Best Australian Film, sponsored by
Vietnam veteran and filmmaker
Francis Edwards, and the Best
Canberra glass artist Annette Blair
created the beautiful Red Poppy
■ For further information
or to buy tickets, visit
SANTA’S GOT MAIL
Bulging sack of letters expected at North Pole
With a busy month ahead for
Santa, help him by posting your
wish-list to the North Pole early.
The Advent calendar countdown
hasn’t yet begun but Australia Post
wants children to post their Santa mail
nice and early to give the man in the
big red suit time to reply.
Before he packed up his sleigh full
of gifts last year, Santa received more
than 100,000 letters from young
Australians eager to spell out their
But with so many letters for the jolly
man to read, the national postal service
is advising children to pop their letters
in one of the 226 street post boxes in
Canberra or Queanbeyan to make sure
they receive their response from the
North Pole before December 25.
Australia Post executive general
manager of postal services, Christine
Corbett, said the postal service was
preparing for the big postal drop to the
“Each year, Santa receives
thousands of letters from children
across Australia with requests for all
sorts of Christmas gifts including the
latest toys and games,” Ms Corbett
“With so many good boys and girls
in the ACT this year, Australia Post is
expecting to send even more letters to
the North Pole this Christmas, so be
sure to get yours in the mail as soon as
possible so Santa has plenty of time to
To ensure Santa reads and responds
to your letter, the sender must put their
wish-lists in the post addressed to
Santa, North Pole, 9999.
While he may have the knack for
knowing whether you’ve been naughty
or nice, it is important to write your
full name and address on a stamped
envelope so Santa knows where to
send the reply.
Australia Post confirmed all letters
mailed before Christmas will receive a
response direct from the North Pole.
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