School assembly pagipagi (very early)

This morning I was awake at 5am. Itwas still dark and the sliver of moon that is left was just setting….

When I arrived at school preparations

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Were already starting. It was 6:30am..

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Soon the students began streaming in

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Finally everyone is there nearly a thousand students! Amazing!

Let the assembly begin…

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First, it is  the flag raising ceremony…
It is choreographed and disciplined. Every one participates and joins in a national song and a reading of the

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Pancasila (like a code for living)

After this a representative from the police addresses the students about the dangers of driving and the best ways to to drive carefully. He outlines the regulations. Its an important conversation as nearly all the students
ride motorbikes to school.

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After this there is a celebration of the school’s latest achievements. The principal Pak Suteja holds up each trophy and congratulates all those involved. This  week there were many

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Soon after this assembly concludes.
We all stood for a long time… I wonder if our students in Australia could do this.

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