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Indonesian Sister School Students get a taste of Portland culture

 

Vegemite, bush dancing and the cold weather are just some of the highlights listed for visiting staff and students from the Portland Secondary College’s Indonesian sister school. Twenty students and two staff members from SMPN5 in Yogykarta spent the week in Portland with host families, sharing in classes and the local community and experiencing the Australian home life.The group also took time to visit some of the region’s iconic attractions, including the Halls Gap Zoo, Bridgewater Bay and the Gorae West Christmas tree farm. To cap off their taste of Australiana, the school hosted a night of bush dancing at the Gorae West Hall, which showcased both traditional Indonesian and Australian dances.The torrential rain and single-figure temperatures did not dampen the spirits of the students, with many noting that they had never been experienced the cold weather before. "Bridgewater was a beautiful beach to visit," said Faisal Helfidiar Rachmad. "It was very cold."School mate Fikri Muhammad Akbar’s was excited to see a kangaroo, noting that it was impossible to witness something similar in his hometown."We come from the busy city of Yogyakarta," Fikri said."It has been enjoyable to experience a country town. It’s a lot quieter than the city."Teacher Ibu Madya expressed her delight in the experience for her students."The people of Portland and the host families have been friendly and sincere," Ibu Madya said."We have gained a lot from the visit and look forward to the Portland Secondary College students reciprocating with a visit to Yogyakarta in the near future."The students were farewelled by host families on Monday.

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