Senior School News
Students in the Year Nine Indonesian class are currently undertaking a term-long study of wayang kulit – Indonesian shadow puppetry. This is an important and highly valued performing art form in Indonesian society, particularly in Java and Bali.
An important component of wayang kulit performances is the accompanying music of a gamelan orchestra.
The Indonesian faculty at St Aloysius College in Adelaide is in possession of a gamelan orchestra. Our students were invited to visit St Aloysius College for a gamelan-playing session in order to get a feel for this important aspect of wayang kulit performances. It is hoped that students will be able to incorporate a recording of traditional gamelan music into an assessed wayang kulit performance that they will deliver at the College to a middle years class later in the term.
After the gamelan session, students enjoyed lunch at the Central Market Food Court before returning to the College.
I take this opportunity to thank the St Aloysius College teacher of Indonesian, Ms Julie Barletta; gamelan instructor, Pak Dodi; and the administration teams of both colleges for recognising the value of this opportunity for our students of Indonesian.
Mr Roberto Lombardi
Teacher of Indonesian