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Sekolah Pilar Indonesia's Newest International Partnerships

This last week on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of October, Mr and Mrs Iwan Kresna Setiadi (Management Board of Sekolah Pilar Indonesia) visited several schools in Canberra, Australia. Canberra is the capital city of Australia and the place in Australia where diplomats from all over the world congregate.

While visiting Canberra, Sekolah Pilar Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the most well-established schools in Australia, Telopea Park School.  Telopea Park School is a Lycee Franco-Australien de Canberra but Indonesian is also taught at the school. Being bilingual and using other languages  is a part of the school culture. Telopea Park School is also an IB World School and is authorized to teach the Middle Years Programme.


The school Principal, Kerrie Blain was very welcoming and explained the history of the school. Where ever the Management Board went in the school, whether it was to an Indonesian lesson or to the library, they were welcomed and graciously received. We are very happy to have Telopea Park School as one of our friendship schools and we will be supporting their Indonesian language program in different ways.  The teachers and students of Telopea Park School are very welcome to visit Sekolah Pilar Indonesia in the future and swap ideas and learning practices.

The second school visited was Forrest Primary School. Forrest Primary School is a candidate school for the IB PYP and is in the process of consolidating the process of inquiry as their way of thinking and learning. The students and teachers were ready for the visit and had prepared some questions to ask. Students asked some very thoughtful questions especially about the beliefs and values of their visitors and listened intently to the replies.

We will be very happy to support the teachers and students of Forrest Primary School on their journey towards authorization as an IB World School. We can do this by being very good friends and swapping ideas for our units of inquiry through a sustained and regular pen-pal program.

Indigenous education is an important part of the program at Forrest Primary School and they were shown how this is done in this Australian primary school. There was a lot to see and a lot to learn and the visit was too short.

The interest that the students and staff showed in Sekolah Pilar Indonesia was very pleasing and we hope to build on this in the future. The two schools have their differences, but the core commonalities and beliefs in the ability of the future generation to solve problems and make the world a better and more peaceful place will guide us through the times and challenges ahead.

Friendship Schools

Link to Le Fevre Web

link to Telopea Web Link to Forrest Primary Web