A Visit from the Indonesian School in The Netherlands

We are pleased to announce that we are expecting a visit and performance from the Indonesian School in The Netherlands (SIN Wassenaar) on Monday, 23 September! We will enjoy an Angklung and traditional dance performance, short Angklung workshop, and a presentation of Indonesian and international culture and traditions by the students. We are looking forward to this unique visit and warmly welcome SIN Wassenaar.

The following is an excerpt from the Indonesian School in The Netherlands, in regard to their trip to Switzerland and their visit to our school on Monday

“INDONESIAN CULTURAL PROMOTION AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL APPRECIATION”

Bern, 23 September 2013

The Indonesian School in The Netherlands (SIN Wassenaar) was established in June 1965 and its campus is currently located in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. It is funded by the Indonesian Government and was designated as a foreign school by Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in September 2011. We are a small school with fluctuating number of students around 60, aged from 6 to 18 years old, divided into the children of Indonesian diplomats and expats in Western Europe and Indonesian children who were born and grow up in The Netherlands.

Our educational vision is: “International standards, Indonesian values” which requires our school community to continuously nurture Indonesian characters through education. Simultaneously this vision demands us to learn, understand and appreciate world culture and promoting international friendship.

One of our school missions is to promote Indonesian education and culture to the international community. As part of our school programme, we are organising a study-trip combined with the promotion of Indonesian culture and appreciating international culture. This year we organise the study-trip to Switzerland, a unique country with amazing landscape, affluent culture and vibrant international community; and in certain field of education, science and technology is highly developed and advanced. For Indonesia, Switzerland has been an important partner and both sides have enjoyed good relationship.

Among the diverse heritages of Indonesian tangible and intangible culture are angklung and traditional dance which will be exhibited as part of this year study-trip. The angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. The angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but it originated in today’s Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese of West Java – Indonesia for many centuries (cited from the Wikipedia).

Against this backdrop we propose to visit the International School of Berne, Monday, 23 September 2013 with the purpose of promoting Indonesian culture and to increase international understanding, forge friendship and possible collaboration in the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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