The beginning of the third year.

Third year. Third grade. It’s me and my 37 kids. *cheers!*

KELAS3It’s gonna be a whole new experience.

There are gonna be lots of fun and challenges as well.

One thing for sure, we’re gonna learn together this year…

and God’s gonna be with us along the way.

So, bring it on!

We’re ready for the adventure! 🙂

Lots of love from us!

*Ibu Riska and 3rd graders Sekolah Lentera Harapan Palopo*

#LatePost: Pekan Bahasa

Two weeks ago, my school, Sekolah Lentera Harapan Palopo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, just had our first big event: Pekan Bahasa. Pekan Bahasa (Eng: Language Week) is an annual event held in all Lentera Harapan Schools all over Indonesia. In Pekan Bahasa, we usually have some competitions involving the students as participants and some teachers and staff as judges and also the committee. The competitions we usually have in this event are poem writing and reading, drawing and coloring pictures, singing, traditional dancing, traditional costume play, berbalas pantun and also story telling. Pekan Bahasa is usually held in a week, consisting of a series of competitions and one last day as a final celebration.

Our theme for this year’s Pekan Bahasa was: “Bahasa bangsaku salurkan bahasa kasih-Nya” (Eng: Our language extends God’s love language). And the theme verse was taken from 1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I could speak all languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

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Here are some of the pictures of the events:

lil torayan meet Kryel, the little Torayan from grade 5 🙂

sahat me with Sahat, the little Batak man.

girls here is me with the Torayan girls from grade 5.

grade 3 The Batak couple from grade 3.

grade 4 Papuan dancers from grade 4

grade 2 grade 2 & teacher The Saman dancers wearing Torayan’s traditional clothing from grade 2

costume play all costume play participants from grade 1-6. So pretty! 🙂

cry this pretty little girl cried because she didn’t win the costume play competition 😦

the performers Indonesian national dancers from Senior school

end of event the whole crew the whole crew of Pekan Bahasa Sekolah Lentera Harapan Palopo.

It was a lot of fun working together for the event and at the same time celebrating together the various cultures we have in Indonesia. The enthusiasm and exuberance of all the school members flood the celebration. Despite the heat in Palopo, all seemed to have fun in the event. It’s really such a privilege of being part of a big nation with great riches of traditions and cultures like Indonesia 🙂

Lampung day 3-4: SLH Sekampung

I was in the first group which went to SLH Sekampung. SLH Sekampung is located in Sekampung village, eastern part of Lampung province. My group and I stayed in a hotel in Bandar Lampung, and it was two hours away from Sekampung. So every morning we had to wake up at 4.30 am to get ready and leave the hotel by 5.00 am. The school started at 7.00 am. So, two days in a row, we had to have super early start and super long and bumpy ride to Sekampung from Bandar Lampung. Praise God it was only for two days, hehe. Let me tell you, the roads in Lampung are mostly bad. They are bumpy and damaged. So the long ride was really uncomfortable and two days are just enough for the experience. Those two days we experienced sunrise in the car while we tried to hang on the bumpy ride.

Here are some pictures of the school:

2013-06-11 07.09.11 the front gate.2013-06-11 07.08.34 2013-06-11 07.08.46 the school yard and its simple basketball court.

Our first day at school, we played some fun games with the students also we had fun English classes. At the end of the first day the students performed mixed Indonesian traditional dances. Such a great performance! I can never imagine dancing in the basketball court, in a clear day, barefoot. Owell anyway, they were amazing.

2013-06-10 13.03.57fun with English class. We made posters together! so much fun 😀

2013-06-11 08.29.23games! the kids enjoyed them so much.

2013-06-10 14.12.01and… the dancing! really cool!

Our second day was sports and games day. We played many games including frisbee. The students seemed to like it so much. So hard to say goodbye, we had good times together for two days. But we took some great pictures at the end of the second day.

2013-06-11 10.17.37the whole group! 🙂

IMG-20130611-WA0001group 1 plus the principal. 🙂

SLH Sekampung, thank you for having us! 😀