As part of their research for preparing for their upcoming IB PYP Exhibition, our Year 6 students last week went on camp to Jogjakarta. They stayed for 4 days and 3 nights, giving them plenty of time to explore the city and for them to gather all the information that they needed. All the activities on the camp were cleverly designed to expose the students to the richness of the creative arts in Jogjakarta.
On the first day, as soon as they landed they went to Nglanggeran Village. They were greeted with a warm welcome by our host families. After lunch, they met with some local guides to learn some Javanese phrases to help them to communicate with their host families. The students were being very pro-active by offering to help their host families to clean up after meal times. We were super proud of them! In the afternoon they participated in a traditional dance and had gamelan lessons. Theye all enjoyed jamming with the locals! After that, they had a short hike up to a local look out spot.
On the second day, after a morning hike, the students decorated a traditional wooden mask, batik style and made a Keris (traditional dagger) from palm tree leaves. Then they were off to learn where chocolate comes from, and tasted raw cocoa beans. They learnt how to make banana chips with chocolate and dodol, a traditional Jogjakarta sweet made with chocolate. The students were then able to sample the products. After a long day, the students headed off to bed for the night.
On the third day, the first stop was Keraton Palace. They had a guided tour of the palace, from a lady who had been working there for over 30 years, who told the students all about the Sultan and his family. The students were very impressed by the beauty of the architecture, artifacts and artwork. Then they headed to Borobudur and discovered all about the history of the biggest Hindu-Buddhist temple in the world. They were all amazed at what the builders and carvers were able to create, without the machinery that we have today!
For their final adventure on the last day they visited Jogja Pirates Water Park. Overall the students said that they had a lot of fun and that it was an amazing experience. They now know how interesting it can be to get information from the actual source and not by doing research in school or bu searching on the internet.