At Port Lincoln High School students are very lucky to be offered a choice of two Asian Languages; Indonesian and Japanese.

Indonesian and Japanese at Port Lincoln High School

Through studying Indonesian or Japanese at Port Lincoln High School students will have the opportunity to participate in many unique learning experiences such as:

  • Exchange Trip to Muroto, Japan
  • A Balinese Cultural Tour
  • Oz Asia Festival
  • Adelaide Indo Fest
  • Cooking Asian Cuisine
  • Sampling local Asian cuisine
  • Language Specific Cultural Activities

Students have the opportunity to follow language pathways from year 8 through to SACE Stage 2.

Language Classrooms at Port Lincoln High School are well equipped with the latest technology, including individual laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards. Language students are immersed in a culturally authentic and modern classroom environment.


Japanese Assistant Teacher

In Terms 2 and 3 this year, Japanese students have had the opportunity to work with a voluntary Japanese Assistant Teacher, Miss Ai Tanaka from Kobe in Japan.

Ai has been working with students to help improve their speaking and listening skills and has provided them with opportunities to learn more about Japanese culture.

Activities have included origami, Japanese calligraphy and wearing Japanese yukata (cotton kimonos).

Senior students have been able to benefit greatly from Ai’s assistance to improve their skills in all areas of language learning.


Bali Trip 2013

One of the amazing opportunites at Port Lincoln High School is a bi-annual trip to Bali to experience all the grandeur of the culture, the people and the amazing food. Led by Mrs Mel McGown, the trip is provides a memorable experience for language students:

In the October holidays I set off to Bali with six girls: Mya Smart, Kendall Danzic, Teagan Cutler, Hannah Robinson Olsen, Marni Lydeamore, Chelsea Clothier and Mya’s mum Nic came along to help. I was both nervous and excited hoping it would meet the girls expectations. We had been planning this for two years and the girls had worked part time jobs to help pay for the trip themselves.

Ultimately I wanted them to experience the beautiful Balinese culture, speak the Bahasa they had been learning and to show them my favourite places on this island paradise.

From the moment we met at Adelaide airport until the day we went home they maintained a level of excitable enthusiasm beyond belief. Everything from checking through customs, riding an elephant to eating authentic nasi goreng was new to them, and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at Bali again through their eyes.

There were so many highlights, lots of giggles, singing, talking and selfies! We rode bikes through rice fields along mountain sides, rode elephants along a river, watched a fire dance from a cliff top inhabited by monkeys, conquered the slides at Waterbom park, watched the sunset behind an amazing ocean temple and visited an orphanage. Of course we ate amazing food, had massages and pedicures and shopped.

The girls were all wonderful ambassadors for our school, I was extremely proud of them and know I will always remember our amazing trip. Big thanks to Nic Symonds she was a fantastic travelling partner and we couldn’t have gone without you, and thanks to the girls for making it all worthwhile.

~ Bu McGown



Balinese Penjors

The Year 8 Indonesian students have been making Balinese penjors. A penjor is a tall, curved bamboo pole decorated with palm leaves and strips of coloured material. About half way down the pole they attach a small cage made from bamboo and offerings are placed inside.

The penjors form part of Hindu religious ceremonies, especially temple anniversary celebrations, and for Galungan, a ceremony which shows devotion to the Gods. During Galungan, each family erects a penjor outside their gate which makes the whole neighbourhood look beautiful.

Due to their innate beauty, penjors not only serve religious functions these days, but also feature at weddings, art performances and at any occasion where there is a guest honour.

The students have researched penjors, looked at their varied forms and then designed and created their own. It was fun but not as easy as we thought. Their finished products were very impressive.



Jumat Makanan

As a reward for the Year 9 Indonesian students this year, we have created “Food Friday” or “Jumat Makanan”. During the 75-minute lesson on a Friday, I bring in samples of Indonesian food for the class to try. Usually it is a popular Indonesian fruit, depending on what is in season.

So far the students have tried:

  • Pineapple
  • Durian
  • Coconut
  • Rambutan
  • Star Fruit (Blimbing)
  • Papaya
  • Paw Paw
  • Custard Apple

The students are amazed at the many different tastes, textures and smells, many of them trying these fruits for the first time. The Rambutan was definitely the favourite and the most interesting.

Some Indonesian taste words are:

  • Asam = sour
  • Enak = delicious
  • Manis = sweet
  • Pahit = sour