Tweed River High School student Laura Coulter with Indonesian dancer Luhsri Sumarni taking part in a cultural immersion exercise at the Bali Hut, Tweed Heads.
Tweed River High School student Laura Coulter with Indonesian dancer Luhsri Sumarni taking part in a cultural immersion exercise at the Bali Hut, Tweed Heads. John Gass

Getting a taste of Bali at home

BANORA Point High School students experienced a little slice of Indonesia this week.

Indonesian language teacher Nana Sheridan said 25 students visited the Bali Hut in Tweed Heads on Wednesday as part of a cultural immersion activity.

“Year 10 and 12 Indonesian language students and Year 10 food and technology students tasted Indonesian food and viewed traditional Indonesian dancing by a local Indonesian dancer as part of their unit of work,” Mrs Sheridan said.

“They’re always asking me ‘why aren’t we eating?’.

“We talk about the food and I do bring plates in sometimes.”

The food and technology students also enjoyed tasting the authentic food they had been studying.

Mrs Sheridan said her Year 12 students really benefited from speaking Indonesian with staff at the Tweed Heads restaurant.

“In the HSC they’ve got to demonstrate reading, listening and speaking skills, so this activity would have been a great advantage,” she said.

“The Year 10 students were keen also. They wanted to taste the food and see the Indonesian culture.”

Mrs Sheridan said she had previously tried to organise an excursion to Bali, but had been restricted because of the 2002 Bali bombings.

“This is the closest way to see the reality of learning a language,” she said.



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