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BRIDGE school partnerships provide teachers and students with the opportunity to engage with peers in Asia.
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6.2 Leongatha Primary School—connecting with Indonesia | Australia in the Asian Century

6.2 Leongatha Primary School—connecting with Indonesia | Australia in the Asian Century | Bridge School Partnerships | Scoop.it
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Asia Education Foundation's curator insight, December 11, 2012 6:44 PM

For one school in particular, ‘the BRIDGE project was an ideal opportunity to involve the school with Indonesia. We wanted to go beyond the walls of the school, beyond our area, and indeed beyond Australia.’

Irene Beasley is the only teacher of Indonesian at Leongatha Primary School in Gippsland, in the heart of Victorian dairying country. Leongatha Primary is partnered with SD Pondok Labu 11, a school in the bustling 10 million‑strong metropolis of Jakarta. The two schools connect classes through Skype. This enables the children to have authentic, real‑time, face‑to‑face conversations. ‘We try to speak Indonesian at our end and they speak English,’ Irene said. The students investigate and use a range of Web 2.0 technologies to exchange their ideas, interests and information about their country and culture. These exchanges have led to regular teacher exchanges, and in 2012, to the first student exchanges.

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ICT Week at Federation Square | Asia Education Foundation

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Students from Karangmojo #1 State Junior High, Yogyakarta 
(SMPN 1 Karangmojo) taught visitors to ICT Week at Federation Square, Melbourne, how to do the Indonesian poco-poco dance on September 7th! School excursion all the way from Indonesia to Australia, right? Wrong. Indonesian students taught the dance to peers from Heathmont College, Victoria, via video conferencing using Skype.

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Indonesia Uncovered Study Program | Asia Education Foundation

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Asia Education Foundation's curator insight, December 11, 2012 6:51 PM

13 were teachers participating in the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project  who capitalised on the opportunity to spend an additional week visiting their Indonesian partner school with the support of scholarships provided by The Myer Foundation.

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Curriculum Leadership Journal | BRIDGE: linking Australian schools with schools in Indonesia

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The relationship between Leongatha Primary School in Victoria and Pondok Labu 11 Primary School in Indonesia is one of the 60 school partnerships between Australia and Indonesia formed under the BRIDGE program of Melbourne University's Asia Education Foundation since it started in 2008. Its success led to it being featured in the Australian Government's recent white paper, Australia in the Asian Century, as an example of innovative learning practices to connect with Asia.

 

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All benefit when cultures meet

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MACARTHUR Anglican School has welcomed the federal government's push to make Asian languages a priority in schools.
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Asia Education Foundation's curator insight, December 11, 2012 6:30 PM

Among the targets was a goal to see Asian studies at the core of the Australian school curriculum, with every student having access to an Asian language.

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Kormilda College, NT hosted a second visit from SMA Negeri 15 Surabaya | Asia Education Foundation

Kormilda College, NT hosted a second visit from SMA Negeri 15 Surabaya | Asia Education Foundation | Bridge School Partnerships | Scoop.it
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In late May 2012, Kormilda College in the Northern Territory hosted a second visit from its BRIDGE Partner school, SMA Negeri 15 Surabaya.

 

"I have really enjoyed this whole experience. It really is an eye-opener about how different their lives in Indonesia are compared to ours in Darwin. I have never been to Indonesia before but I would love to one day. All I ever hear about is Bali, but this experience has made me realise that there is more to Indonesia than JUST Bali and someday my family and I will go to Surabaya."

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Bob Carr likes view from the Bridge school partnership

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THE innovative Bridge Australia-Asia school partnership program has won a belated fan in Foreign Minister Bob Carr.
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Senator Carr's department administers most of the funding for the Asian capability program, which was singled out in the Asian Century white paper.

 

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Geraldton applauded for intercultural programs

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Geraldton was the only regional city in Australia to host a professional development day for teachers involved in the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Partnerships Project.
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Development days were held in every capital city and Geraldton was selected as a location for the event due to the large cohort of schools involved in the project.

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Schools sign agreement to strengthen ties

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Mount Tarcoola Primary School and partner school SD Negeri 4 Wates put pen to paper to cement their dedication to each other and the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project.
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The two schools signed a Memorandum of Agreement, signalling a strengthening of their relationship. The visit to Wates was a reciprocal visit, following the visit to Geraldton by SD Negeri 4 Wates teachers Ibu Arni and Ibu Sutarjilah in March this year.

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