Puppets teach in the shadows puppet master

Students at Cowaramup Primary School and Margaret River Senior High School were fascinated on Friday to see both sides of an ancient art when Indonesian shadow puppet master Pak Sumardi visited.

Sumardi visited the schools through Cultural Infusion, a national group supporting intercultural contact for positive change.

MRSHS Head of Society & Environment/Languages Mike Caudle said Cultural Infusion had brought a number of performers to the school. He spoke of benefits of exposing children to other cultures through performing arts and said he wanted to get students, particularly year 9s, away from the idea that “Indonesia equals Bali”.

The performance by Sumardi also complemented the school’s Indonesian language program and Mr Caudle acknowledged Indonesian teacher Angela McCoy for liaising with Cultural Infusion.