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Indonesian Culture at FHS

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Between the 6th November to 11th November, some Indonesian students from Labschool school in Indonesia came to visit us on a cultural trip. They stayed for just short of a week and became part of our everyday life at school. The students stayed at host homes in Scarborough for the duration, getting a full taste of life in Yorkshire.

The Indonesian students gave a fantastic assembly all about Indonesia. Firstly there was a video that we were shown. This video covered all the key facts about Indonesia and gave us a general overview about what it is like in Indonesia. Our guests took it in terns to present to us, each talking about something different.

This followed with a fantastic martial arts display. Two of their students showed off their talent in a traditional martial arts display which had amazed us all. We watched in amazement as the two students fought; the fight only lasted a few minutes but this gave us a valuable insight into their culture.

The students also talked about the geography of Indonesia. This was certainly a cultural experience for us as well as them. A few facts about Indonesia that we learnt were; there are around 255 million people in Indonesia and also that Indonesia covers around 735,400 mi²; and also that their currency is the Indonesian rupiah.

The Indonesian guests finished off with a performance of a traditional piece. This was played on an angklung. The Angklung is made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. They hold the base of the frame in one hand, whilst the other hand shakes the instrument. To finish off this performance they played Hey Jude; a well known classic which everyone enjoyed.

   Samuel Thorogood (Year 12)

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