This year, sixteen students and two teachers, Mrs Madya and Mrs Siti from our sister school SMP 5 Yogyakarta have come to live with local families and attend Cobden Technical School classes for a week.

The students have had a great time taking part in lessons ranging from Maths to Home Eco. On Wednesday August 23 we all went to Flagstaff Hill and Tower Hill to experience and learn about the local indigenous and settler history of Victoria’s South West. Students have also enjoyed spending time with their host families, watching netball and footy along with taking a trip along the Great Ocean Road and some even went to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.

Gemma Kelly is hosting Fidela (Dela) and Sam Parsons is hosting Alyssa. They have written the following piece about their experiences.

“It has been a great experience to be a host family and to get to know the students from Indonesia. We showed them around the community and surrounding areas as they took photos and stood in awe at the views they might not get athome, attempting to speak as much Indonesian as we can to them as they have been doing a great job at speaking English, one of the hardest languages in the world to learn and speak."

In the last week, we have become great friends with these girls and boys and hope to see them again and continue talking to them via social media. We both hope to host again in the future as it has been an honour and experience to welcome them into our home and community. We also hope the other families had a blast and encourage more Cobden Technical School families to host in the future. Sam and I will continue our Indonesian studies and hopefully go over to Indonesia one day and use what we have learnt at school and from our exchange students in the future.”

Our next Sister School event will be the second Cobden Technical School Indonesian Tour to Java and Bali, which will occur in September next year. Stay tuned for further information on how you can join the tour!