All human relationships are founded on the ability of people to communicate effectively with each other. Our thoughts, values and understandings are developed and expressed through language. Languages is one of the eight learning areas which help all students to learn appropriate knowledge, understandings, skills and values to participate and prosper in our changing world, along with the opportunity to achieve academic excellence according to your personal preferences and aptitudes.

Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of our closest neighbour, the Republic of Indonesia and is spoken widely throughout the region. Indonesia is also the world’s largest Muslim nation. Indonesian language skills can open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities in the areas of government administration, education, business, tourism, travel, translating and interpreting, the military, medicine, law, engineering and journalism The study of Indonesian promotes the strengthening of the links that exist between Australia and Indonesia.

Students in Year 8 and 9 complete two Semester based Bahasa Indonesian Languages courses throughout the year, participating in two periods of Languages per week. If they wish to further their studies they can choose to continue Languages in Year 10 as one of their electives. In Languages, students will demonstrate outcomes in the following areas: Listening, Speaking and Responding; Viewing, Reading and Responding; and Writing.

Margaret River Senior High School’s Indonesian Language teacher; Mrs Angela McCoy, is a native speaker and  Level 3 Classroom Teacher. Mrs McCoy has also won a number of scholarships and fellowships and it is as a direct result of her initiative and efforts that the Indonesian Language Program at Margaret River Senior High is recognised both in Australia and Indonesia as one of the best in the nation. Consequently the students have consistently achieved outstanding results in the national Assessment Language Competency Test.

To compliment the Language course Mrs McCoy conducts a range of enrichment and extension initiatives and opportunities including cooking classes, restaurant excursions, cinema viewings, exchange student programs, online communication with students in Indonesia, web based language learning and multicultural festivals. A sample is provided below.

  • Sister School Exchange Program with Santa Laurensia School, Indonesia
  • Involved in BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project
  • WILTA (Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers Association) Reciprocal Teacher Visit
  • Traditional Indonesian Gamelan workshop
  • Indonesian Cultural Day and Festivals
  • Independence Day activities
  • Assessment Language Competency Test
  • Excursion to Indonesian Restaurant and Indonesian Consulate General
  • Indonesian Cooking Class
  • Bali Orphanage Project
  • Murdoch University Asian Studies workshops